As I sit down to write this, and as seen in the images provided, the acrid scent of smoke lingers in the air, a constant reminder of the raging wildfires that have swept through and continue to sweep through our beloved community. The once vibrant landscape is now painted with shades of ash and uncertainty, and the homes of dear friends and families have been devoured by flames. In these trying times, when the air we breathe is thick with the remnants of destruction, the importance of respiratory health has taken on a whole new meaning.
Living in a wildfire-affected area has taught me firsthand about the challenges that come with smoke inhalation and the toll it takes on our well-being. It's a stark reminder that we are intricately connected to the environment around us, and the choices we make to support our bodies matter now more than ever.
This blog post isn't just about essential oils – it's a testament to resilience, community, and finding solace in the midst of chaos.
1. Respiratory Relief with Breathe/Easy Air Blend: doTERRA's Breathe blend is specifically designed to promote clear breathing and respiratory health. This blend, containing Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemon, and other powerful oils, is your go-to during smoky days. Diffuse Breathe/Easy Air to help ease discomfort and support your lungs as you navigate the challenges of smoke-filled air.
2. Soothing Lavender: Lavender essential oil is like a gentle hug for your lungs. Its calming aroma helps reduce stress and anxiety that can arise during evacuation. Diffusing Lavender oil not only supports your respiratory system but also creates a serene atmosphere, offering a moment of respite amidst the chaos.
3. Comforting Frankincense: Frankincense essential oil brings a sense of grounding and spiritual connection during times of distress. Its warm, woody aroma can help alleviate stress and support healthy respiratory function. Diffusing Frankincense can be a comforting ritual to uplift your mood and maintain a sense of calm amidst uncertainty.
4. Cleansing Lemon: Lemon essential oil is a natural cleanser, both for the air and your emotions. Its bright and cheerful scent not only helps purify the air but also boosts your mood. Diffuse Lemon oil to bring a touch of freshness into your space, offering a glimpse of hope even in challenging circumstances.
5. Protective Tea Tree: Tea Tree essential oil is known for its antiseptic properties, making it a valuable choice for supporting respiratory health during smoky conditions. Diffusing Tea Tree oil can help create a cleaner environment, offering a layer of protection against potential airborne irritants.
During these difficult times of widespread forest fires and communities in turmoil, it's important to prioritize your respiratory health and emotional well-being.
Diffusing doTERRA essential oils can provide a much-needed sanctuary amidst the smoke, offering relief, comfort, and a sense of normalcy.
I hope these essential oils can bring a small measure of comfort to your journey. Let's stand together, supporting one another with nature's gifts and unwavering solidarity.
Central Okanagan Wildfire information: https://www.cordemergency.ca/
Kelowna and area fire specific site: www.kelownafire.ca
Mindfulness is a powerful practice that can benefit people of all ages, including children. It helps children develop emotional regulation, focus, and a sense of overall well-being. Paired with the therapeutic benefits of doTERRA essential oils, mindfulness becomes an even more engaging and effective tool for kids. For over a decade I have been facilitating mindfulness practices and workshops for both all ages. But in the recent years I have just started to include doTERRA's pure therapeutic grade essential oils with my practice as well as when working with students, and have noticed a shift in self-regulation and their effects in supporting a calming environment.
Grounding Practice: Grounding techniques help children connect with the present moment and establish a sense of stability. One effective practice is "Mindful Nature Walks." Encourage kids to explore nature using their senses. As they walk, prompt them to notice the colors, textures, sounds, and even scents around them.
Pairing Essential Oil: doTERRA Balance® The doTERRA Balance blend contains grounding oils like Spruce, Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Frankincense. Diffusing or applying this blend can amplify the sense of grounding during when nature walks are not available, helping children feel more connected to the world around them. Balance is great oil to have on hand when stress is high, when combined with other oils like Adaptiv, and Serenity, kids can focus on their sense of smell to distract them from overwhelming thoughts.
Self-Regulation Practice: Teaching children self-regulation helps them manage their emotions and reactions. "Breathing Buddies" is a fun exercise where kids lie down with a stuffed animal on their belly. They observe how the stuffed animal rises and falls with each breath, helping them learn deep and steady breathing.
For Older Kids/Adults Box Breathing: four counts in, hold four counts, four counts out, hold four counts for five cycles is a excellent practice to help activate the parasympathetic nervous system and practice self regulation.
Pairing Essential Oil: doTERRA Peace® The doTERRA Peace blend contains calming oils like Vetiver, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang. Diffusing this blend during breathing exercises can create a calming atmosphere, supporting children as they learn to manage their emotions through focused breathing.
Creating Intention Practice: Setting intentions helps children develop a positive mindset and a sense of purpose. A simple practice is "Daily Affirmations." Encourage kids to choose an affirmation (e.g., "I am kind," "I am brave") and repeat it while looking in the mirror each morning.
Pairing Essential Oil: doTERRA Motivate® The doTERRA Motivate blend combines invigorating oils like Peppermint, Clementine, and Coriander. Diffusing or applying this blend can help energize children as they engage in their daily affirmations, encouraging a positive and motivated mindset. doTERRAs Stronger® touch roller is also an excellent choice for supporting intention setting and encouraging a positive mindset.
Mindfulness practices have a remarkable impact on children's well-being, promoting emotional regulation, focus, and intention setting. When combined with the natural benefits of doTERRA essential oils, these practices become even more effective and enjoyable. Remember to prioritize safety when using essential oils with children. Always dilute oils properly and choose child-friendly application methods. By integrating these mindfulness practices and doTERRA essential oils into a child's routine, you can help them cultivate valuable life skills that will benefit them for years to come.
Are you ready to transform back-to-school stress into something more manageable? Welcome to an empowering three-day online Facebook workshop designed to support highly anxious kids and their families using mindfulness practices and essential oils. Let's dive into the incredible journey led by me, as I help caregivers and kids explore self-regulation, manage their anxiety, and set soaring goals while harnessing the power of essential oils.
Conquer Anxiety and Embrace Mindfulness
The heart of our workshop lies in empowering anxious teens with mindfulness practices. I will lead engaging sessions that teach caregivers & teens how to quiet their racing minds, connect with the present moment, and find peace amidst the chaos. From breathing exercises to grounding techniques, participants will learn an array of valuable tools to cultivate resilience in the face of stress.
Unlock the Potential of Essential Oils
To complement the mindfulness journey, I will introduce the therapeutic benefits of doTERRA essential oils. These aromatic wonders serve as natural allies, aiding relaxation, focus, and emotional well-being. Families will discover how to integrate essential oils into their daily routines, creating a sense of balance and harmony that enhances their overall experience of life.
Lifestyle strategies and Intention Setting for Success
I firmly believe that when people learn to set and pursue meaningful goals, with the right support, they unleash their true potential. During the workshop, I will guide participants through the art of effective intention setting, empowerment practices to believe in and use their strengths, and the exploration lifestyle strategies that support their aspirations.
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As a nature enthusiast and active parent, I couldn't be more excited about our upcoming backpacking trip! Two years ago we were set to go out on this trip but had to be postponed due to wildfires, so now preparing for this adventure has been both thrilling and challenging. This is the same place where my dad used to take our family and I am overjoyed I get to share it with my kid, and one of my dearest friends and her daughter. We are heading into Spectrum Lake and it is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience, I've carefully curated a list of the best lightweight camping supplies, backpacking-friendly food, and doTERRA, "Ready for Anything" products that might aid in our journey.
Lightweight Camping Supplies:
When backpacking, as my dad has taught me, every ounce counts, so packing lightweight gear is essential.
Here are some must-haves for our adventure:
Bringing my doTERRA “ Ready for Anything” products inside my first aid kit, can support the overall outdoor experience and help create a calming atmosphere. I've chosen a few from the collection that might aid us in our adventure:
Hiking and exploring can work up quite an appetite, especially for an active teenage child. Therefore, I've chosen lightweight, nutritious, and easy-to-prepare meals and snacks.
Some backpacking food ideas include:
As the departure day approaches, I can't help but feel a mix of excitement and anticipation. Backpacking with my kid promises to be a heartwarming and unforgettable adventure. By bringing the best lightweight camping supplies, backpacking-friendly food, and dpTERRA's natural solutions to aid us, I'm confident that we will create cherished memories in the Monashees.
Exploring the wilderness together, hand in hand, is a beautiful way to connect with my child and instill in them a love for the outdoors that will last a lifetime. I still have my memories of backpacking with my dad.
Here's to our thrilling journey into the wild!
Antioxident Superheros, how to increase your own healing powers while Boosting your Immunity and Metabolism.
Having trained as a high school and middle school science, health, and physical education teacher, I would constantly have to come up with ways to make learning fun. Being the Marvel nerd that I am, Super Heroes would often be the lens I would use to explain how certain body systems work. ( I even used it to help encourage learning the periodic table of elements )
Now as a parent to my own teens and wanting to support/influence their choices in eating healthy and supplementing ( mostly because teens are the WORST at being motivated to make healthy choices, and they ask WHY all the time ) I needed a new analogy, so here it is:
Imagine your body is a bustling city, and metabolism is like the city's energy department. It's responsible for keeping the lights on, the factories running, and everything humming along smoothly.
But wait, there's trouble in paradise! The city is under attack by mischievous troublemakers called "Free Radicals." They love causing chaos and damaging the city's buildings and infrastructure. That's what we call oxidative stress!
But fear not, superheroes are here to save the day! These superheroes are known as "Antioxidants." They swoop in, armed with their powerful shields and capes, and neutralize those pesky Free Radicals, restoring order and peace to the city.
Now, here comes the fun part! When our superheroes, the Antioxidants, successfully take down the Free Radicals, they get a boost of energy and power. They become supercharged! And as a result, the city's energy department, metabolism, becomes more efficient and faster.
With less chaos from oxidative stress, the city's factories start producing goods at lightning speed, and the lights glow brighter than ever. It's like the city's metabolism is working at its peak performance!
As a bonus, these superheroes also love to indulge in healthy, colorful meals filled with fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds as well as boost their strength with supplements. It's like their secret superfood stash that gives them even more strength to battle those pesky Free Radicals.
So, by reducing oxidative stress with the help of our mighty Antioxidants, the city's metabolism becomes a powerhouse, making everything run smoothly and efficiently. This means more energy, faster processing of nutrients, and overall, a healthier and happier city!
Remember, to keep the city (your body) in top-notch condition, always support your superheroes by eating well, making smart supplementation choices, staying active, and avoiding things that create more Free Radicals, like smoking and excessive junk food. That way, you'll have a thriving and energetic metropolis inside you! Go, Antioxidants, go!
I hope you find this analogy useful in explaining WHY eating well and using smart supplementation is SO important :) - Melissa
The products I used with my kids: