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Facts on Frankincense

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Frankincense essential oil has been used for 1000s of years for it’s therapeutic benefits. It has also been long used in Ayurvedic medicine. Derived from the resin of a tree known as Boswellia, Frankincense’s powerful health benefits can be found in the species carterii, frereana and sacra which are commonly found in Somalia where the best Frankincense is found.

Frankincense essential oil benefits

Frankincense has a warm, woodsy balsamic aroma. It’s main chemical compounds are a-pinene, limonene and a-thujene.

The health benefits of Frankincense essential oil are so numerous that it has come to be known as the King of Oils or Liquid Gold. The history & uses of Frankincense are well documented, both in ancient history and in our modern day.

You will find Frankincense mentioned in the Bible along side Myrrh and gold, and in fact was one of the gifts given to the Baby Jesus from the Magi/ Three Kings.  Frankincense was used by the Assyrians and Babylonians in ceremony and the Egyptians used Frankincense to beautify the skin.

Today Frankincense is used in everything from emotional wellness to smoothing wrinkles. It supports a healthy immune system, protecting us from seasonal threats. Frankincense supports oral health and soothes the digestive tract.

Frankincense is known to support healthy cellular function and when inhaled or diffused Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation and overall wellness.

The Boswellia tree is a very rugged tree, growing in very inhospitable conditions. It has not only adapted but it thrives, growing in hard rocky soil with very little water. The resin drops collected from these hearty trees are known as tears. boswellia

My brand of Frankincense can be applied topically without dilution. When applying to newborns consider diluting with a small amount of a quality carrier oil. Frankincense can be used aromatically in a cool mist diffuser. Never burn Frankincense as this will destroy its therapeutic properties.

Our Frankincense can also be taken internally. I daily apply a drop or two to my tongue and then press my tongue to the roof of my mouth. Some like to place a drop under their tongue. However you chose to use your Frankincense, make it a daily routine.

How to use Frankincense:

Oil Pulling:  Add a drop of Frankincense to your favorite pulling oil. Mine is extra virgin organic coconut oil.

Headaches: If you feel a migraine or headache coming your way, just add one drop and place it on your thumb.  Place your thumb to the roof of your mouth.  This is an incredible and “life-saving” way to stop migraines almost immediately.

Skin Care:  Add 10 drops of Frankincense to your favorite body oil or lotion for a smooth appearance.

After A Workout:  Apply Frankincense to sooth tired joints and muscles.

Afternoon Pick Me Up:  A drop of Frankincense and Peppermint in the palm of your hand inhaled through your nose will give you a nice boost of mental clarity.

Beautiful Skin: Frankincense may improve the appearance of fine lines and scarring, softening and smoothing.

Relaxation: Add a few drops of Frankincense to a warm bath or on the soles of your feel for pain or discomfort.

Healthy Cellular Function: 1-3 drops of Frankincense daily. Oil may be put into a gelatin capsule for easy and tasteless ingestion. The easiest way is under the tongue or on the roof of your mouth.

Mother & Child Bonding: Frankincense when applied to both to the newborn and the new mom can promote a healthy bonding experience, instilling feelings of warmth, calm and safety.

 

Want to know more about Frankincense oil or how to use it or where to get it?  You can visit www.wellconsulting.org or meet with Meg for an Essential Oil Wellness Session.  Add essential oils into your life now and you will be very grateful for the many benefits they bring!

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Making Your Holiday Promises Count

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It’s that time of year … the marathon between Halloween and Christmas.

Take notice of the availability of holiday treats in all the places you go – dishes of candy at the office, gift-wrapped boxes of cookies, bottles of wine at parties and dinners out. Even in your own home, foods you don’t normally eat sneak into the fridge via well-meaning guests, gift baskets, etc.

Indeed, wining and dining and overindulging is expected this time of year, and even celebrated. For so many of us, the holiday season is ALL about food – from Halloween candy corn to Thanksgiving stuffing to champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries on New Year’s Eve. It’s an integral part of our family traditions! It triggers and accompanies all the high and low emotions that arise this time of year – like being around family, or not being around family, or feeling lonely or feeling celebratory, etc.

And of course it’s okay to eat what you want to eat and enjoy your particular familiar holiday treats (mine is my recipe for “Meg-Nog!”) within reason. But even the most steadfast among us typically come off this season with a physical and emotional hangover, and a New Year’s resolution to get back on track. There’s a reason most gym membership specials start on January 2nd!

Now, Close your eyes and imagine a holiday season in which you didn’t get OFF track.

Staying on Track

Imagine if you wrote out a plan for the month of December that outlined exactly how you wanted to live your life, treat yourself, and nourish your body during these hectic, emotional weeks. Imagine if you made and kept a few simple promises about your diet, your meditation routine, your sleep schedule, X number of yoga or exercise classes per week …

How do you think you would feel on January 2nd?

I can tell you, because I have done this myself. I have actually seen the other side of a holiday season that isn’t designed around dinners and indulgences. I can tell you from personal experience that reaching that goal on January 2nd, you feel high as a kite. I mean it!  Spiritually, physically, emotionally … there is no greater high on earth than the feeling of being able to trust yourself.

Holiday Food Promises

The trick is to make and keep promises to yourself. Look at my list of holiday party promises:

1) Drink three tall glasses of water 30 minutes before each party/meal

2) Limit of one alcoholic drink

3) Limit of one serving of simple carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, sugar)

4) Have no desserts or keep it to only one bite of a dessert (trust me you will savor that one bite, and it will be just the right amount!)

5) Be in bed by 12:30, min eis actually 11:00pm, but that is just because my body NEEDS sleep

I double-dare you to choose one or all of the above promises for yourself! It takes commitment, and afterwards you’ll feel AMAZING, 100% guaranteed! Remember: It’s not about punishing yourself or playing victim to a strict set of rules. It’s about moderation, accountability, happiness and above all, authorship. You can even consciously decide to gain 5 pounds over the holidays and schedule a plan of action to undo the damage, if that’s what works for you. The real point is to connect with your heart, your deepest yearnings, YOUR highest ideals. Sounds awesome, right?

Amazingly, you can change your mind. You can learn how to control your thoughts, act in accordance with your beliefs, lose your vices, achieve your goals, and have the life you want. When you honor your word and actually DO the things you really want for yourself, you build a trust and a self-worth that moves mountains. Your dreams come true, literally. How is THAT for a holiday treat?

As always remember that Meg is here to support you on your personal quest towards wellness.  Keep fighting the WELLNESS REVOLUTION!

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