Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sun Burns and Doterra


Why do we get Sun Burns and Tans?

Why is it that some people burn and others tan? That is a very good question that I am going to attempt to answer. I am going to use the American Academy of Dermatology to help me with this blog today. 

What is Melanin?
In our skin we all have what is called Melanin, some of us have more than others and therefore have different color skin. This stuff is what causes us to burn or tan.

Here is what happens:
  • Your body normally makes melanin to try to protect the deeper layers or skin from damage.
  • When your skin is damaged by the rays of the sun, it makes even more melanin in order to try and protect your skin from being damaged even more.
    •  Dark skinned people usually turn a darker brown or tan when in the sun.
    • Light skinned people usually turn a red color or burn when they are in the sun.
Why Am I covering This Topic?
Ok so I recently have been posting about random topics rather then my experiences and I apologize but I am not constantly sick so I don't always have something to blog about. But you must agree that a topic blogged about is better than nothing.

So This last Saturday I went to a friends house with the Kiddos to go swimming in their pool. The sun was out and we were all having a blast. But I was an idiot and forgot that I am pale skinned adult with a lot of surface area to get the sun. Well needless to say I have a very badly burned back and was in a lot of pain come Saturday night. Yeah, I am pretty sure I got at least a 2nd degree burn on my shoulders seeing how they hurt the most and are blistering now.


  So What can Doterra do For Sun Burns?
doTerra has a wonderful array of oils and blends that are recommended:
  • Frankincense - known to repair DNA
  • Lavender - known for its Anagesic and Antiseptic Properties
  • Melaleuca - known for its Antibacterial properties
  • Peppermint - known for its cooling affects
  • Sandalwood - known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helichrysum - known for its skin regenerating properties

 
Use any of these oils or all of them multiple times after getting a sunburn and you will find that your burn will heal more quickly and with less pain. No blistering or peeling will occur and in the end you will be glad that you didn't need a doctors visit. I am personally using the lavender and the Frankincense daily. I will post after pictures once a week has gone by.
  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bipolar Disorder and Doterra


What is Bipolar Disorder?

This is a very good question indeed? Bipolar Disorder is in my oppinion a fight in ones self between Happiness and Sadness. The common definition states that Bipolar Disorder(formerly known as manic depression) is attributed to severe mood shifts from periods of highs with energy and activity(manic) to lows with lethargy, sadness or hopelessness(depression). These symptons usually start in the late teenage and early adult period of life(15-25) and affect both men and women equally.

There are actually 4 different types of Bipolar Disorder.
  1. Bipolar 1: This type has manic episodes and periods of major depression.
  2. Bipolar 2: This type has lower episodes of mania that alternate with episodes of depression.
  3. Cyclothymia: This is a milder form.
  4. BP-NOS(Bipolar - Not Otherwise Specified): For those with the symptoms but do not fit the criteria for the previous types.

Triggers for those with Bipolar Disorder

In most people with bipolar disorder, there is no clear cause for the manic or depressive episodes. The following may trigger a manic episode in people with bipolar disorder:
  • Life Changes Such as Child Birth
  • Medications such as antidepressants or steroids
  • Periods of sleeplessness
  • Recreational drug use
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Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

The manic phase can last from days to months, here are some of the symptoms:
  • Easily Distracted
  • Little Need for Sleep
  • Poor Judgement
  • Poor Temper Control
  • Reckless behavior and lack of Self Control
    • Binge Eating, Drinking, and/or drug use
    • Poor Judgement
    • Sex with many partners
    • Spending Sprees
  • Very Elevated Mood
    • Excess Activity
    • Increased Energy
    • Racing Thoughts
    • Talking A Lot
    • Very High Self-Asteem(False Beleifs about self and abilities)
  • Very involved in activities
  • Very Upset(Agitated or Irritated)
These symptoms of mania occur with bipolar disorder I. In people with bipolar disorder II, the symptoms of mania are similar but less intense.

The depressed phase of both types of bipolar disorder includes the following symptoms:
  • Daily low mood or sadness
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Eating problems
    • Loss of appetite and weight loss
    • Overeating and weight gain
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty
  • Loss of pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Thoughts of death and suicide
  • Trouble getting to sleep or sleeping too much
  • Pulling away from friends or activities that were once enjoyed

Oils To Use

Oils and Blends Found to be Effective

  • Balance:
  • Elevation: People have noticed differences in some with bipolar while diffusing this, what does this help with other than masking the smell of Melissa is till not known.
  • Frankincense: Frankincense is known for everything. Start to use it more and more but it seems to work with peoples bodies beyond their understanding. Frankincense has inadvertently helped aid many with their sleep issues. They can apply it topically. Though Serenity helps calm some down and has helped with the peacefulness of sleep. Frankincense has really helped with the quality or depth of sleep.
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  • Lavender:
  • Melissa: Sometimes people are hesitant when you offer a solution that so happens to be one of the most expensive oils. Citrus Bliss is great diffused but for most Melissa is more effective. Some people place it on their upper lip and the back of their necks . This ones is often used for stress. Sometimes people that are bipolar are also tense. It’s good to have a loved one who recognized this to apply it when you may not choose to.
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  • Serenity: Diffuse this and put it on the bottom of your feet. Sleep is important for all aspects of health including mental. first thing to get some sense of mind back is to get good sleep. Oils help but make sure your biological rhythms are in tune. What you eat, when you eat, how much exercise, when you exercise, these are all factors for sleep in addition to using your oils.
  • Vetiver:

For Clarity and Focus:

Use inhalation of Balance, Frankincense, or Vetiver. Carry Balance at all time, apply to wrists, back of neck and/or inhale.

For Lift and Energize:

Use Elevation topically and/or inhale.

For Stress relief:

Melissa on the upper lip and back of the neck is recommended. Also consider inhalation of Lavender. Use these same oils with a foot massage. Inhalation can be by diffusing, cup and inhale, or just inhaling directly from the bottle for emergency situations.

For Rest and Sleep:

Serenity diffused or the bottom of the feet.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Caffein Withdrawl and Doterra Oils


What is A Caffeine Withdrawl?

Caffeine withdrawl is now considered a disorder according to the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.(DSM-5)

Apparently the more caffeine a person cosumes the more painful and lengthy the detox or withdrawl can become, which makes the person hard to be around due to their constant complaining of the pain. What happens is that when you drink a beverage that has caffeine in it the caffeine will replace the Adenosine that our brain needs to tell it that we are tired. When this happens the receptors send out a signal telling the brain to send more adenosine. When you stop drinking caffeine your body is at this point filled with adenosine which is what causes the symptoms.

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Top Ten Symptoms Of a Withdrawl

  1. Headache: Starts behind the eyes and moves up to your forehead and over your head to the back of the skull.
  2. Sleepiness: Not your regular sleepyness, this is the kind where your sitting up but just can't seem to keep your eyes open.
  3. Irritability: During this stage is probably best to lock yourself away because everything is going to set you off.
  4. Lethargy: No motivation to do anything.
  5. Constipation: Yep this is a symptom. Caffeine actually stimulates the bowel so without its daily consumption the bowel gets a little cranky too.
  6. Depression: Apparently caffeine gives us hope and the will to survive. Do if you already suffer from depression, just keep drinking your coke of coffee. This will cause major issues if you try to quit these drinks.
  7. Muscle Pain/Stiffness: Not haveing your caffeine before a workout will make your muscles feel like your lifting more than what is on the dumb bell.
  8. Lack of Concentration: Forget about school, Jet Engine repair or anything that takes a lot of concentration during this stage your going to be practically useless
  9. Flu Like Symptoms: Stuffy Nose, Blocked Sinuses and in some cases Vomiting has been reported during withdrawl.
  10. Insomnia: Some people can't sleep when going through withdrawl.
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What Can doTerra Essential Oils Do?

If you have not started the withdrawl process but are craving something you previously stopped, doTerra has the following to help keep you from falling back into your addiction(s). Use the following oils on the bottoms of your feet(recommended) or between your nose and your upper lip:
  • Clove
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon (hot oil)
  • Grapefruit
  • Peppermnit
  • Balance
  • Serenity
If you are starting the withdrawl process doTerra recommends the following oils to keep the symptoms lighter or in some cases avoided(applied the same as mentioned above):

  • Lavender
  • Grapefruit
  • Marjoram
  • Sandalwood
  • Wild Orange
  • Any Other Citrus Oils




For a caffeine addiction it is best to use the following two oils to avoid getting addicted in the first place(assuming you are not, nor have been addicted and your just reading my blog):
  • Basil
  • Slim & Sassy
Seeing how I myself have suffered these headaches and some of the other symptoms I finally did some research and found that there are a lot of oils that can be used for many differnt types of addictions and their withdrawls.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sorry For The Lack of Posting

So the last two months have been...well hectic, I had totally forgotten how tiring it is to have a newborn. Top that off with two older kids who have been feeling like they don't matter anymore. In fact the middle child has gone back to hitting everyone and himself whenever possible. At the end of the day I am just too tired to do anything but sleep knowing that tomorrow brings more things and daily trials I then have to worry about yet again. But to my loyal followers I Say Thanks and Bare With me while I continue to figure things out. I will post again soon. If you have anything in particular you would like me to cover please feel free to comment and I will be sure to cover one of the topics for my next post.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thrush in Babies


Thrush in Babies

So as you can recall my wife and I just recently had our 4th child born on Easter Sunday. Now he is doing well and so is mom, however he now has what is called thrush in babies or candida as it is more commonly known as. On another side note, the most surprising thing that I thought was going to be a problem were the two older Siblings(yes i said two and not three, our first child died before he turned 2.) The older siblings have become sort of like co-parents with me and my wife and are constantly trying to tell us what the baby needs.

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How Its Contracted

Anyways back to thrush in babies and how it is contracted, diagnosed and finally removed from ones system. Thrush in babies or infants is actually common and is often brought on by an imballance of candida a fungus which is found in our systems naturally. When this fungus gets to high of levels it can cause problems in the mouth and abdomen areas. In the case of my son who has no immune system built up yet he was able to contract it really quickly in his first week of life.

How its Diagnosed

So How do you determine that you have Thrush? Thrush presents itself as a white substance coating your tongue and in some case white postules that form on the sides of the mouth. For a baby this is the same only with what appears to be diaper rash in the diaper area that of course is going to be sensitive.

How its Treated

But no worries it is easily treated with an anti-biotic, however since thrush in babies is common and babies dont have a immune system you would think that the world would come up with an alternative anti-biotic that works with ones system rather than against it as all anti-biotics do. Remember the post on Essential Oils and Anti-biotics it mentions how essential oils work with the body only getting rid of the bad bacteria, whereas the modern worlds versions of anti-biotics get rid of both good and bad bacteria. This in turn compromises the health of the individual even more.

How Doterra Can Help

Doterra has a great protocol that I have been using on my son that is safe and reliable. I use 2 drops of On Guard, 1 drop of Oregano(remember this is a caustic oil), and 3 drops of FCO for dilution. I then rub these oils on his feet and already I seen improvment in his diaper area and his mouth.