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  • Frankincense – Essential Oil of the Bible

    As we approach the holiday season, I get an increase number of inquiries about Frankincense essential oil. If you are interested in purchasing a certified pure therapeutic grade of this essential oil click HERE. If you would like more information or how to purchase wholesalecontact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com
    A Little History on Frankincense Essential Oil
    Frankincense Essential Oil comes from a small, shrubby tree with white flowers. frankincense-tearsWhen incisions are made into the bark, it produces a milky-white resin that hardens into orange-brown “tears.” The essential oil is steam-distilled from these “tears” of hardened resin.
    Historically it has been used for millenniums. The historical documentation of the Ebers Papyrus dating back to 1500 B.C. shows listings of Frankincense used in a variety aliments. Some of those historical uses are:
    • Bronchitis, Laryngitis, Skin problems such as boils & ulcers
    • To improve Digestion & Strengthen Gums
    • Used by Queens, Pharaohs & persons of great wealth in Beautification treatments
    • Also, anciently up to present day used to Improve Eye Site & Protect Against Infection
    Modern-Day Uses of Frankincense
    Frankincense is one of the most researched essential oils. There are many well documented benefits on the stress, inflammation and cellular protection from this amazing essential oil.

    Stress is considered the most important precursor to depression, according to Barry Jacobs, PhD at Princeton University.

    What you feel emotionally,
    Becomes how you feel physically.

    Because of Frankincense’s chemical constituents, it will cause a chemical/biological change in the body to improve mood when you breathe in the aroma of this essential oil.

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    Inflammation is widely considered the root cause of most disease. Frankincense is high in Sesquiterpenes which are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Many studies have shown this to inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory mediators in the body.
    Another constituent of Frankincense is Monoterpenes which increases the level of enzymes involved in removing Carcinogenic toxins from the body. It also interferes with Cholesterol Synthesis, so it helps with the slowing and the reducing of potential tumor formation, therefor protecting cells.
    Some Modern-day Uses: frankincense-tree
    • Scar Tissue, Ulcers, Wound Care
    • Healthy Immune Response, DNA Repair
    • Analgesic, Expectorant
    • Nervous Tension
    • Skin Care, Wrinkles
    • Healthy Cellular Function
    • Anti-Inflammatory
    Using Frankincense Daily
    World renown essential oil expert Dr. David Hill and others recommends that we should use this essential oil daily:
    • Under the tongue
    • Aromatically
    • On the bottom of the feet

    I, myself, take Frankincense along with eight other essential oils, daily in an easy supplement form. Check them out HERE

    What are some of the ways you use this wonderful oil?

    Merry Christmas!

    Kathy

    November 17, 2016 • Essential Oils • Views: 488

  • Dealing with Emotional Eating

    Emotional hunger starts in your mind, not your body.

    When you’re happy, your food of choice could be steak or pizza, when you’re sad it could be ice cream or cookies, and when you’re bored it could be potato chips. Food does more than fill our stomachs — it also satisfies our feelings, and when you quench those feelings with comfort food when your stomach isn’t growling, well that’s emotional eating.

    Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food — usually “comfort” or junk foods — in response to feelings instead of hunger. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions.

    Many of us learn that food can bring comfort, at least in the short-term. As a result, we often turn to food to heal emotional problems. Eating becomes a habit preventing us from learning skills that can effectively resolve our emotional distress. When we are able to identify what triggers our emotional eating, we can substitute more appropriate techniques to manage our emotional problems.

    How to Tell the Difference

    There are several differences between emotional hunger and physical hunger:

    • Emotional hunger comes on suddenly; physical hunger occurs gradually.
    • When you are eating to fill a void that isn’t related to an empty stomach, you crave a specific food, such as pizza or ice cream, and only that food will meet your need. When you eat because you are actually hungry, you’re open to other food options.

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    • Emotional hunger feels like it needs to be satisfied instantly with the food you crave; physical hunger can wait.
    • You’re more likely to keep eating, even when you are full, if you’re eating to satisfy an emotional need. When you’re eating because you’re hungry, you’re more likely to stop when you’re full.
    • Emotional eating can leave behind feelings of guilt or shame; eating when you are physically hungry does not.

    Identifying Triggers

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    Stress – When stress is chronic, which happens a lot in our fast-paced world, it leads to high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. This hormone triggers cravings for salty, sweet, and high-fat foods—foods that give you a burst of energy and pleasure. The more uncontrolled stress in your life, the more likely you are to turn to food for emotional relief without even realizing it.

    Stuffing emotions – Eating can be a way to temporarily silence uncomfortable emotions, including anger, fear, sadness, anxiety, loneliness, resentment, and shame. While you’re numbing yourself with food, you can avoid the emotions you’d rather not feel.

    It’s important to keep in mind that while most emotional eating is linked to unpleasant feelings, it can also be triggered by positive emotions, such as rewarding yourself for achieving a goal or celebrating a holiday or happy event.

    Boredom or feelings of emptiness – Do you ever eat simply to give yourself something to do or as a way to fill a void in your life? emotional-eating In the moment, It fills you up and distracts you from underlying feelings of uselessness and dissatisfaction with your life.

    Childhood habits – Think back to your childhood memories of food. Did your parents reward good behavior with ice cream, take you out for pizza when you got a good report card, or serve you sweets when you were feeling sad?  Or maybe some of your eating is driven by cherished memories of baking and eating cookies with your mom, or gathering around the table with your extended family for a special home-cooked meal.

    will not eatSocial influences – It’s easy to overindulge simply because the food is there, everyone else is eating, or out of nervousness. Maybe your family or circle of friends encourage you to overeat.

     

    To identify what triggers excessive eating in you, Keep a food diary that records what and when you eat as well as what stressors, thoughts, or emotions you identify as you eat. You should begin to identify patterns to your excessive eating fairly quickly.

    In order to stop emotional eating, you have to find other ways to fulfill yourself emotionally. It’s not enough to understand the cycle of emotional eating or even to understand your triggers, although that’s a huge first step. You need alternatives to food that you can turn to for emotional fulfillment.

    Alternatives to Emotional Eating  (If you would like more specific Essential Oil suggestions – email me, kathy@kathyskinner.com )Child-phone

    If you’re depressed or lonely, call someone who always makes you feel better, play with your dog or cat, or look at a favorite photo. (Elevation Blend, Frankincense, any citrus oil)

    dancing-girl-highresIf you’re anxious, expend your nervous energy by dancing to your favorite song, squeezing a stress ball, or taking a brisk walk. (Lavender, Wild Orange, Lemon, Serenity Blend, Balance Blend, Breathe Blend)

    If you’re exhausted, treat yourself with a hot cup of green tea, take a bath, give yourself a 10-15 minute break of meditation/zoning out. (Lavender or Ylang Ylang with Lemon or Sandlewood)

    If you’re boredread a good book, watch a Hikingcomedy show, explore the outdoors, or turn to an activity you enjoy such as gardening, playing an instrument, scrap-booking, etc. (Wild Orange, Lime, Clove, Ginger, Lemongrass, Vetiver, Peppermint)

    glass of waterWait 5 minutes before you give in to a craving. Emotional eating tends to be automatic and virtually mindless. But if you can take a moment to pause and reflect when you’re hit with a craving, you give yourself the opportunity to make a different decision. All you have to do is put off eating for five minutes, have a glass of water if five minutes seems unmanageable. Don’t tell yourself you can’t give in to the craving; remember, the forbidden is extremely tempting. Just tell yourself to wait. While you’re waiting, check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What’s going on emotionally? Even if you end up eating, you’ll have a better understanding of why you did it. This can help you set yourself up for a different response next time. 

    Learn to accept your feelings-all kinds. Many time we think that the core problem is that we’re powerless over food, when actually, emotional eating stems from feeling powerless over your emotions. 

    Allowing yourself to feel uncomfortable emotions can be scary. You may fear that, like Pandora’s box, once you open the door you won’t be able to shut it. But the truth is that when we don’t obsess over or suppress our emotions, even the most painful and difficult feelings do subside and lose their power to control our attention. To do this you need to become mindful and learn how to stay connected to your moment-to-moment emotional experience. This can enable you to rein in stress and repair emotional problems that often trigger emotional eating.Healthy Habits

    Your life will be richer when you open yourself up emotionally. Our feelings help us understand and discover our deepest desires and fears, our current frustrations, and the things that will make us happy. 

    Supporting yourself with Healthy Lifestyle Habits will  help you to better be able to handle whatever life inevitably throws your way. Get suggestions in my Back to Basics blog post.

    How do you deal with emotional eating? Leave a comment below.

    Blessings for peace, joy & laughter,

    Kathy

    January 20, 2016 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 1356