Essential Oils for Sleep

Monday, February 8, 2016
Good morning! How are you friends? We are doing well. Little Zoe is growing like a weed and is taking after her sister in so many ways. It's so funny that some second babies are the complete opposite of their older siblings and some seem to be very similar. With the exception of a few small things, so far they're nearly identical!

Between soaking up every minute with my sweet girls, and launching some new virtual services (check them out in the menu bar!), things have been busy. I'm pretty tired...okay, I'm extremely exhausted... but it's such a short phase of life.

I've just started training again this week, with my Kickstart Fitcampers. It feels good but I have such a long way to go strength wise but I'm fortunate to have the tools and desire to get there!

I have another treat for you guys. My amazing friend Aubrey has written another great Essential Oils post for you guys!

Essential oils are an integral part of my nighttime routine. They are helpful to allow me to wind down and relax at the end of the day. As a triathlete, sleep is a very important part of recovery. The entire family benefits from using essential oils to promote a good nights sleep. 

Essential oils are the volatile, aromatic compounds that are extracted from trees, shrubs, flowers and stems and seeds. Sometimes they are called the "life force" of the plant. While essential oils seem to be the next trend, they are nothing new. Historically, essential oils are the oldest known form of medicine, dating back to 4500 BC. When essential oils are inhaled they affect our limbic system in the brain and begin to adjust our hormone levels, vital functions, memory and instincts. 

5 Beneficial Essential Oils for Sleep

Lavender- A must have oil in every household, lavender is an oil I use nightly to help me get a good nights sleep. I add four drops of lavender to my diffuser and wake feeling rested. It's especially beneficial in helping me sleep in a different or new environment. 
A linen spray is a great way to prepare your room for sleep. My favorite combo is a blend of 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of Cedarwood essential oil. 

Cedarwood- This oil is beneficial at calming the mind. On nights when my mind is racing with a million things to do, I'll add a drop to the back of my neck at the base of my spine. 

Vetiver- Distilled from the roots of a grass like plant, it has an earthy and grounding aroma. It is helpful at relieving stress caused my everyday occurrences. It's calming influence on the body makes it beneficial to induce restful sleep. This oil can be applied topically or diffused. 

RutaVaLa Roll On- This blend promotes relaxation of the mind and the body. I use this on nights when I lie in bed for about 10 minutes and fail to fall asleep. It's particularly helpful after an evening race or workout. There's a summer triathlon series, I love, that starts at 6:30pm. My adreniline and emotions are still spiked at 10pm when I try to go to bed, and I used to struggle to sleep. RutaVaLa is a lifesaver. I'm also thankful to have this oil after waking up in the middle of the night attending to my son's needs. I've found success rolling it on the bottom of my big toes.
Blend: Rue, valerian, lavender

Peace & Calming- This oil is perfect for calming the nerves or emotions at the end of a long day during times of stress. It's a gentle, sweet blend, that's especially great to use in homes with children and perfect to diffuse in their room at bedtime.
Blend: Tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, blue tansy

There are many other essential oils and products made my Young Living that can help you get a good nights rest. ImmuPro and Sleepease have melatonin, which encourages restful sleep by promoting natural sleep patterns. Other essential oils to consider are Tranquil and Roman Chamomile. I'm confident in Young Livings standards and their Seed to Seal process, making them the world leader in essential oils.

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Oversupply Issues and a Simple Sauteed Kale Recipe

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Good morning! How is everyone? I've been missing blogging lately! I thought I'd be back in the swing of things by now...but were still settling in, which is totally understandable. I'm a huge believer in the fourth trimester. Our day's are filled with a lot of snuggles, babywearing, and nurturing activities for Aria.

The last few weeks have been a little bit of a struggle. Little Z has unbelievably bad gas and it makes her quite upset most of the day. Because she's so uncomfortable, she's also up every hour, day and night. Unfortunately it's a side effect of my oversupply. We've tried many many things to try to help her with the gas, over the past few weeks, but nothing seems to be working. I've even tried to decrease my supply but I didn't get anywhere with that. Poor little mama is just so uncomfortable.

My right side is 100 times worse than my left. Just the past 2 days she has actually started to refuse to eat on my right side. I have been feeding her from the left and pumping the right 3 times per day. When I pump the right, I give her the pumped bottle of breastmilk.

Today I wanted to put up one of my favorite kale recipes. I have been living off of kale lately. It's so delicious and nutritious. It's actually one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet!

This easy recipe has been my go to lately.

1 bunch Kale
Walnut Oil
Sunflower Seeds

Heat 2 tbsp. walnut oil in a skillet. Once warm, add kale. Then drizzle a little more walnut oil on the kale in the skillet. Sautee over medium heat until soft. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Add to a bowl and add sunflower seeds! Enjoy!

Have a great day friends!
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