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WOO WOO 101: Essential Oils, does it work?

Essential oils are like healing crystals, they are everywhere. Every wellness blogger and wellness Instagrammer seems to be using it to some degree and let's be real, I'm one of them!

I'm so excited to announce that I am officially a Saje Wellness Ambassador, which means I can give you the inside scoop of all things Saje Wellness and provide you some guidance on what plant-based healing oils can work for you.

THE FACTS

  • All plants produce essential oils in varying quantities. 
  • Essential Oils and fragrance oils are not the same 
  • Like spices, essential oils have a limited shelf life — their therapeutic benefits lose potency over time. 
  • Each essential oil has unique therapeutic benefits. Peppermint Halo, for example, may help to ease headaches when applied to the temples.
  • It was first used by Egyptians.
  • It has no side effect (because its herbal)
  • It purifies the air.

DO ESSENTIAL OILS REALLY WORK?

I'm still a newb to the whole essential oil game, but from my short-lived experience of using it in my life daily over the last 18 months, I do feel like they work. Essential oils work in synergy with our body creating a number of little tiny physiological and emotional reactions. Think about it, when you smell lavender, you begin to feel a sense of relaxation. This is because the aromatic molecules from essential oils trigger the olfactory nerves and carry all the sensory information from that oil to the rest of the body. All of that is really just the start of the healing benefits that you'll begin to see over time. 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ESSENTIAL OILS

Each essential oil has a purpose and can help with a variety of ailments. I suggest that before picking up a ton of essential oils learn about what each can do for you or head to your local Saje Wellness store and ask them what essential oils would be best for the healing your ailment. 

Below are some of the most common essential oils and their benefits:

Lavender essential oil - calming, reduces anxiety, heals wounds like cuts and burns, reduces itchiness, great for kids!

Lemon - Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, uplifting, immune enhancing, can be used for home cleaning and environment.

Peppermint - Relieves nausea, an analgesic for muscle aches and pains, relieves and reduces headaches/migraines, energizing

Tea Tree - supports immune system, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral

Frankincense - calming, grounding, anti-inflammatory, heals wounds and scars faster.

WHY SAJE WELLNESS ?

When I was first introduced to essential oils (by what felt like everyone and their mama) I was extremely skeptical. You can read more about that here.  When Saje Wellness first reached out to me to try their products I was drawn to their incredibly beautiful branding, their modern day approach to plant healing, and the lack of pushiness when it came to trying their brand. They were brand new to the U.S. Market at the time opening one of their first stores in SF. I remember meeting the two ladies on their team Kelly and Natasha, I instantly connected. They showed me how to use Peppermint Halo and all the other goodies they provided me and we parted ways. Peppermint Halo has been a part of my life now for over 18 months and I will say that its probably one of the reasons why its helped to keep my anxiety in control when I can't escape to workout or when I'm in the car and the kids are driving me crazy.

From a brand to influencer/blogger perspective, I loved that they took the time to get to know me, my story, and understand who I was about before deciding to provide me product. We talked about my struggles as a woman in the wellness industry and how I wanted to change the perception of what health truly means. Saje Wellness was trying to do the same, in their own ways. I also really admired that they are a family business. A husband and wife still owns the company and their daughter Kiara runs the marketing side. It's my dream to create a company with my family as well so seeing that as part of who they are, make me happy to support that.

Throughout the past year, they have supported me in various Instagram giveaways, community events, and simply by filling my home with plant healing benefits. The entire family and even a lot of my friends have quickly turned to Saje Wellness to help with their health.

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HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

Below are a few ways to use essential oils: 

  1. Apply to the skin
  2. Simply inhale
  3. Use an essential oil diffuser
  4. Use in a bath
  5. Aromatherapy massage
  6. Use them to keep bugs away in your plants (I'll write more about this soon).

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite ways of using essential oils are by inhaling it and using essential oil diffusers throughout my home. One of my favorite Saje Wellness products is my Pocket Farmacy. Which is a travel kit of 5 different essential oil blends packaged up into easy to carry roll-ons that you can take with you anywhere you go. 

Everyone in my house uses Peppermint Halo, this awesome blend that's refreshing and soothing. It's great for headaches and cooling you down after a workout. 

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When I'm stressed, need an energy pick me up, or getting settled into my meditation or yoga practice I do something called the Saje Breath.

HOW TO DO THE SAJE BREATH

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STEP 1:

Apply Saje Wellness Peppermint Halo onto the palms of your hands.

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STEP 2: 

Warm the essential oil in your hands by rubbing your hands together. 

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Step 3

Breathe all the goodness in. Take 3 deep and slow inhales in.

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STEP 4:

Repeat the steps if necessary and anytime you need extra help to relax.

The other way I love to use essential oils is to diffuse it. Diffusing essential oils is one of the most popular and effective ways to enjoy aromatherapy benefits. And we have them in every room! Ultrasonic diffusers use water and essential oils to create a cool mist of water/oils that release into the air. They also double as a humidifier which is great for cold weather or when someone is sick in the house.

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HOW TO USE AN ULTRASONIC DIFFUSER

1. CHOOSE A LOCATION: Pick an open space where you can place your diffuser on a solid surface or tabletop. 

2.  ADD WATER: Fill your diffuser with water up to the water line. *Do not overfill or it may not work properly. I've done this plenty of times thinking I could get more hours of diffusing, NOPE*

3. ADD OILS: Add 3-10 drops of oil or as recommended on the bottle. 

I get questions about diffusers all the time on my Instagram so I've rounded up my favorite ultrasonic diffusers from Saje Wellness. 

I get tons of questions on what diffusers I use so I

SAJE WELLNESS PRODUCT ROUND UP

Below is a list of my must have Saje Wellness Products and a list of the diffusers I love! 

Ultrasonic Diffusers

AromaOm - Great for large spaces like living rooms

AromaOm - Great for large spaces like living rooms

AromaCloud  - I pack this with me on long trips 

AromaCloud - I pack this with me on long trips 

AromaGem  in Black - great for bedrooms or  office spaces . 

AromaGem in Black - great for bedrooms or office spaces

AromaTime  - this sits next to my bed and can be set on a timer to automatically diffuse two different oils

AromaTime - this sits next to my bed and can be set on a timer to automatically diffuse two different oils

MY FAVORITE SAJE WELLNESS PRODUCTS

Pocket Farmacy  - a must have!

Pocket Farmacy - a must have!

Well there's my roundup of Saje Wellness goodies and how I use essential oils in my life.

Hope you enjoyed. Now I want to hear from you. Do you use essential oils and if so how? 

How to get on a Sleep Schedule

When I first started my fitness journey I remember getting overwhelmed with the idea of having to fit yet another thing into my day: a workout. I thought to myself, really we're going to throw this one more thing in my already busy day and my never-ending to-do list? I quickly learned that in order to be more productive I needed the energy and food was only going to give me so much. 

How to get on a Sleep Schedule

How to get on a Sleep Schedule

Did you guys know that sleep is the most underused medicine? I shared my 5 simple tips on how to get a better night's sleep a few years which I still incorporate now, especially tip #3. As a health coach, I work with my clients to help create a schedule that works with their lives. One of the areas I help guide them through is their sleep. Since the amount of hours of sleep is based on individual needs I rarely push a certain number of hours one needs to stay in REM. Instead, I  encourage healthy sleep habits for a better quality of life. 

Here's a few tips on how to get on a sleep schedule: 

Make small gradual adjustments.

Changing your routine won't happen overnight. If your goal is to get into bed by 10PM, but you're currently sleeping at 1AM, try pushing up your bedtime by 15-30 minutes. Adjust every 3-4 days to give ease your body into this change especially if you've been a night owl for years. 

Use your bed for sleep and sexy time, only.

Sorry not sorry for the TMI! Use your bed for only sleep and sex to help strengthen your sleep habits. When your bed is used for other things like work, eating, watching TV, all the things you open yourself up to anxiety about the other activities you do in bed. Try to use your bed for what it was intended for: sleep...and sexy time.

Be Consistent.

Like every other habit, you're trying to create for yourself, consistency is key! Pick a wake up time and bedtime you feel confident about and stick to it, even on the weekends. We all love sleeping in on Saturdays and Sundays, but try not to sleep in for longer than 2 hours. This will help keep your internal clock on track and adjust to your new bedtime.

Create a wind-down routine.

A wind-down routine is basically the adult version of a bedtime routine. Spend the last hour of your night focusing on activities that are calming: meditation, reading, writing, or drawing. You can watch TV or scroll on the internet if you like, but for some people, this just creates stimulation in the brain that keeps your mind going. My nighttime routine typically includes making tea, my skincare routine, writing in my journal, and diffusing essential oils by Saje Wellness

Sleep Well Kit by Saje Wellness

Sleep Well Kit by Saje Wellness

Skip the Snooze Button

If you're trying to create a new bedtime then this might be a challenge at first, but I believe its so important! In order to get your circadian clock on a healthy rhythm, you're going to want to get up once your alarm hits. The sleep you get after you hit snooze isn't high quality anyways. What I suggest is to create 3-4 different alarms spaced out by 5-10 minutes before the time you really want to wake up. For example, I like to be up by 5:30 AM. This means I'll set my first alarm at 5:00AM, 5:05AM, 5:10AM, 5:15AM, and then my final one at 5:30AM. To create even more of a barrier to hit that snooze button I've programmed my alarms on my Sonos in the bedroom which means I have to get up to shut it off. 

There are other tips such as: 

  • Reduce your daily intake of caffeine. 
  • Turn off the computer or other electronics an hour before your bedtime.
  • Don't go to bed on an empty stomach.
  • Invest in comfortable bedding. 
  • Exercise regularly

The direct connection between sleep and healthy inevitably helps to improve your quality of life. If you're struggling with getting on a sleep routine, don't give up. Remember that change takes time. You've got this!

Let me know if you try any of these. Comment below or message me on Instagram! I'd love to hear from you.

The Low Down on Essential Oils

The Low Down on Essential Oils

You've probably heard it all before too so I wont go into the fact that essential oils is something that has been around for a very long time. It's not a new holistic healing practice everyone used to use it before western medicine came around. Blah blah blah... It's sorta funny because the first time I was introduced to it I just remember thinking "Geez what is this new age hippy shit that everyone's into."  And then I got hooked. 

The low down on essential oils...