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Essential Oils to relieve Stress & Anxiety

For those of us suffering stress and anxiety, especially if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety order, any natural resources that can help are welcomed.

After my stress & anxiety worsened into severe panic attacks, I knew I had to finally do something about it. I’d gone from using coping mechanisms most of my life to not being able to function. I was always wary of any medical intervention, especially anxiety medication, however I am lucky to have an excellent family doctor. She saw me through my worst weeks and allowed me to come to terms with medication in my own time. She also put me on a mental health plan, which meant I could have subsidised therapy.

I realised I had to tackle the issue holistically, so included in my health toolbox I have meditation, living in the moment, gratitude practices and attempt to eat clean and healthy (not always achieved). I have spent a lot of time working on my gut environment, building up the good bacteria as we now know that the gut is a 2nd brain that communicates constantly with our brain. A healthy gut goes a long way to helping you have a healthy brain.

I’ve always loved crystals but my new love affair is with essential oils. I avoid the synthetic ones, pure is best. Smells absolutely invoke memories and feelings. A good essential oil will not only have your house smelling divine but will improve your mood and soothe your mind. Even if you don’t suffer from depression or an anxiety disorder our fast paced lives & the reliance on technology has lead to a rise in stress-related health issues, negatively impacting both our mental and physical health.

Aromatherapy has been used since ancient times to achieve feelings of calm and relaxation. Inhaling and topically applying pure essential oils can help to alleviate stress, insomnia or depression. Just take care when applying pure essential oils topically. They should NEVER be used undiluted on your skin. They need to be combined with a good carrier oil (such as grapeseed oil). Never ingest essential oils without consultation with a health professional. Aromatherapy works by stimulating areas of the brain that are responsible for our emotions. Combined with practicing mindfulness, essential oils can effectively help to release negative emotions, calm the mind and reduce stress.

Here are 8 of the best essential oils for stress and anxiety below.

1. Lavender Essential Oil

One of my favourites and the most common essential oils for relaxation is Lavender. Lavender essential oil is an obligatory part of your essential oil tool box, if you regularly experience stress and anxiety. It has been proven to restore the nervous system by lowering blood pressure and heart rate. It can help to calm the nerves, appease restlessness and improve sleep quality. Use a lavender rollerball to apply to your temples and wrists, or combine with a carrier for a relaxing massage oil. (When diluting essential oils with a carrier oil, it’s important to follow these dilution guidelines. For adults: 2.5 percent dilution: 15 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil. 3 percent dilution: 20 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil.)

2. Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil is extracted from rose petals and its scent is renowned for soothing emotions, headaches and balancing hormones. Rose is known for strengthening the heart in periods of high stress, grief, and depression. Use in a warm bath or apply directly on the skin to help with mood swings, hormones and emotions.

3. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Extracted from the Indonesian Cananga tree, Ylang Ylang essential oil promotes feelings of comfort and joy. It simultaneously reduces heart rate, improves your mood and promotes relaxation. Inhaling Ylang Ylang can help release negative emotions, reducing stress and acting as a natural anxiety and depression remedy.

4. Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot essential oil is produced from the peel of the aromatic citrus fruit. It is often used in traditional Chinese medicine to enhance the flow of energy, fight bacterial infections and support digestive health. It is an effective antidepressant due to its mood enhancing qualities, promoting feelings of joy, freshness and energy. Bergamot essential oil improves blood circulation, stimulates hormonal secretions and digestive health, bringing balance to the body.

5. Chamomile Essential Oil

If you love chamomile tea, you will appreciate the calming effects of chamomile essential oil. Chamomile promotes inner calm, reduces anxiety and calms the nervous system. It can also be used to reduce inflammation of the digestive tract, regulating mood and stress levels. For stress relief, combine chamomile essential oil with a carrier oil, and apply to the solar plexus and belly button.

6. Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine essential oil is widely used in parts of Asia as a natural remedy for anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression. In China, Jasmine has been traditionally used to detox and clear the respiratory system. It acts as a natural sedative as well as having stimulating effects on the brain improving mood and energy levels. Apply directly to your wrists or neck to promote relaxation or add a few drops to a hot bath.

7. Clary Sage Essential Oil

With a beautiful earthy smell, Clary Sage is effective in calming stress and anxiety. The oil acts as an antidepressant by promoting feelings of wellbeing and inner peace. Clary Sage is also known to act as a great hormone balancer and help reduce symptoms of PMS. Apply directly to feet or pulse points to help balance hormones. Alternatively combine with a few drops of chamomile to enjoy in a hot bath.

8. Basil Essential Oil

One of the lesser known essential oils, Basil is one of the best essential oils to reduce anxiety and enhance mood. Considered the queen of herbs in India, it is revered and treated as sacred due to its highly beneficial properties. Basil essential oil has a calming effect on the nervous system, reducing anxiety, fatigue, mental strain and depression. It also acts as a natural stimulant, promoting peace and clarity of mind. Add a few drops to your diffuser and enjoy the soothing and relaxing aroma.

Safety

It should be noted that pure essential oils are a highly concentrated and medicinal substance, so some safety precautions need to be observed.  For a healthy adult, most essential oils are safe to use within an appropriate dosage (as indicated above).  However, when using essential oils for babies, children, during pregnancy, for the elderly or for those with a serious illness it is necessary to do some research, to ensure that you use oils that are suitable and that you use the correct dose.  As a general guide,

  • The gentlest essential oils include Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Neroli and citrus essential oils such as Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot and Mandarin.
  • Citrus essential oils can produce an effect on the skin called phototoxicity. Citrus oils applied to the skin and then exposed to direct sunlight causes the skin to be more prone to sunburn.  To avoid this either use citrus essential oils at night or if you plan to stay inside for most of the day or use them in a diffuser/ inhalation.
  • Essential oils applied to the skin need to be diluted with a carrier oil. When diluting essential oils with a carrier oil, it’s important to follow these dilution guidelines. For adults: 2.5 percent dilution: 15 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil. 3 percent dilution: 20 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil.
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Simply Beautiful DIY Perfume Recipes

Most of us love perfume but are not so keen on the nasties hidden it them. Here’s a way you can have beautiful smelling perfume whilst knowing all the ingredients in it. Follow the 3 simple recipes below or be creative and make your own. PLEASE NOTE: pure essential oil should NEVER be used undiluted on your skin. Use a carrier oil, such as grapeseed or jojoba.

A quality perfume has specific notes that instantly takes you to another place. Some scents are simply timeless. Others are specific to a season or a mood.

Below are 3 Beautifully Simple DIY Perfumes that are easy and fun to make. Get started with essential oils, carrier oils and a Dropper Bottle. 

1. 60’s Vibing:

This is a timeless scent.

60’s Vibing will transport you to the 1960’s with great music, peaceful vibes and perfect harmony. Its scent is light and carefree with a sweet, citrus tinge. 


Top Note
: 4 drops Tangerine 100% Pure Essential Oil

Base Note:10 drops Patchouli 100% Pure Essential Oil

Middle Note: 6 drops Ylang Ylang 100% Pure Essential Oil

Directions:

Mix the 20 drops of essential oil into 3 mL of Jojoba Oil (your carrier oil). Shake together in an amber dropper bottle. Let sit for a few days.

Characteristics:

Tangerine 100% Pure Essential Oil: This sweet citrus aroma is a vibrant and vivacious top-note. Its scent is pleasantly freeing and satisfying which is perfect for a light perfume.

Patchouli 100% Pure Essential Oil: A flowering herb from the mint family, Patchouli features fragrant foliage, originating in the warmer climates of Asia. It has a strong and earthy quality making it a perfect base-note.

Ylang Ylang 100% Pure Essential Oil: Originates from Indonesia and the Philippines, and can be found elsewhere in the South Pacific. It has exotic star-like blooms which are captivating.

2. Vanilla Latte:

Vanilla Latte based perfume is an instant classic. If you love smelling fresh and clean but don’t care much for florals, this scent could be right up your alley.

This scent is balancing and calming. It comes off sweet and charming but reaffirming.

Its top notes are pure, transporting you to a blooming lavender field in late spring. Its vanilla base notes will help you to stay grounded, fresh smelling and poised for any life adventure. Here’s how it’s made:

Top Note: 4 drops Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil

Base Note:10 drops Vanilla Blended Essential Oil

Middle Note: 6 drops Rose Essential Oil Blend

Directions:

Mix the 20 drops of essential oil into 3 mL of Jojoba Oil (aka your carrier oil). Shake together in an amber dropper bottle. Let sit for a few days.

Characteristics:

Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil: Lavender encourages complete serenity and freedom. It’s the perfect top note for its vibrant scent and warm color.

Vanilla Blended Essential Oil: Vanilla is a classic scent that offers sensory bliss. Its charming aroma is gratifying and humbling which is why it’s our base note.

Rose Essential Oil Blend: Also known as the “Queen of Flowers” rose offers a strong and floral aroma. This scent offers the perfect balance for our top and base notes.

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3. Free Spirit:

Free spirits of the world unite! If you can’t be tied down, this is the scent for you.

Go with the flow and try this exotic blend with a mix of pure citrus, bold cinnamon and a sweet jasmine balance. Claim your independence with this charismatic perfume recipe and wield it freely.

Bottle it up and bring it anywhere that life takes you. It’s the perfect homemade scent for any truly, free-spirit. Here’s how to make it:

Top Note: 4 drops Grapefruit (Pink) 100% Pure Essential Oil

Base Note:10 drops Cinnamon Leaf 100% Pure Essential Oil

Middle Note: 6 drops Jasmine Absolute Essential Oil Blend

Directions:

Mix the 20 drops of essential oil into 3 mL of Jojoba Oil (aka your carrier oil). Shake together in an amber dropper bottle. Let sit for a few days.

Characteristics:

Grapefruit (Pink) 100% Pure Essential Oil: Grapefruit offers the perfect, citrus-sweet aroma that’s the essence of sunshine. Its sweet demeanor is why we’ve chose it as a top note.

Cinnamon Leaf 100% Pure Essential Oil: Cinnamon bears a warm and earthy spice that is revitalizing for your senses. It’s the perfect fundamental base note for a perfume recipe.

Jasmine Absolute Essential Oil Blend: This exotic flower originates from the mountaintops of the Himalayas and parts of Asia. It has a lush and floral scent which is great for any perfume.

These 3 Beautifully Simple Perfume Recipes are great for any Aromatherapy Lover.

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NEWSLETTER October 2019

A big, big thank you!

Thank you! Thank you, to my regular customers for your patience! https://fivelittlepossums.com.au/ is now fully functional and ready for you to browse. It’s 100% secure with an SSL certificate, so you can use your credit cards without any worry. You are welcome to order on the website or if you still would like to contact me personally for your orders, my contact details are below.

Having the website means I can have a much larger catalogue to choose from. I can also source A grade crystals & top grade merchandise for you, with my growing list of approved suppliers. If you are looking for anything in particular, drop me a line and I will source it for you, the best quality at an affordable price.

Website: https://fivelittlepossums.com.au/

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Our Deepest Fear

Our Deepest Fear
Listen to the whispers of your heart.

One of my favourite poems by Marianne Williamson

Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others

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Charlie Chaplin Poem

Poem - As I learn to love myself
Poem – As I learn to love myself

This is Charlie Chaplin at age 26, photographed 100 years ago. It’s believed he wrote the poem below at age 70.

As I began to love myself
I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living
against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is Authenticity.

As I began to love myself
I understood how much it can offend somebody
if I try to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time was not right
and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I call this Respect.

As I began to love myself
I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything
that surrounded me
was inviting me to grow.
Today I call this Maturity.

As I began to love myself
I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time,
and everything happens at the exactly right moment.
So I could be calm.
Today I call this Self-Confidence.

As I began to love myself
I quit stealing my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects
for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness,
things I love to do and that make my heart cheer,
and I do them in my own way
and in my own rhythm.
Today I call this Simplicity.

As I began to love myself
I freed myself of anything
that is no good for my health –
food, people, things, situations,
and everything that drew me down
and away from myself.
At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
Today I know it is Love of Oneself.

As I began to love myself
I quit trying to always be right,
and ever since
I was wrong less of the time.
Today I discovered that is Modesty.

As I began to love myself
I refused to go on living in the past
and worrying about the future.
Now, I only live for the moment,
where everything is happening.
Today I live each day,
day by day,
and I call it Fulfillment.

As I began to love myself
I recognized
that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick.
But as I connected it to my heart,
my mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection Wisdom of the Heart.

We no longer need to fear arguments,
confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others.
Even stars collide,
and out of their crashing, new worlds are born.
Today I know: This is Life!

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Mummy/Mommy Wars!

Yas Queen!

 If you’ve been around for some time, you’ve probably heard the phrase “yas queen.” … The meaning of yas queen, Uaccording to Urban Dictionary and pronounced YAAA-SSS-SSS kwEEn, is “a phrase used to express enthusiastic support, excitement, or congratulations for someone you love.”

Apparently there is a “mummy/mommy war” going on in blogger land. Some really nasty viscous attacks on stay at home mums and then stay at home mum’s defending their position. If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me when I was a stay at home mum of 5 kids, “so when are you going to get a job?” I’d be a very rich woman. I would like to know why society has decided that mothering and being a home maker has no value?

Some women choose to work because they love what they do and what they can contribute. Others work to help pay for mortgages and to be able to afford the lifestyle they like. Some just to keep their heads above water and put food on the table. Similarly some families choose to have the mother stay at home with the children because they can afford to do that. Others do it despite the fact that it puts financial strain on the family because they value being home for their children higher. All are valid.

 Whether you choose to stay at home with your children, juggle work/home duties or choose the career woman path and have nannies and domestic help in the house that is your business. Do whatever suits your family and fits in with your life choices and values and don’t listen to anyone else. If someone is degrading you for your choices you can rest assured that they are not happy with their own. As with most criticism it is hurled at people by those that are unhappy in themselves.

If you are a career woman, good on you. I love that you have made the most of your opportunities and forged a path in a still male dominated domain and succeeded. If you juggle work/home duties I am in awe of you and appreciate how time poor you are and how organised you have to be.

If you are a stay at home mum don’t allow others ignorance and prejudices detract from the wonderful job you do, you do not need to justify yourself for your choice to stay at home with your children. It is a sad indictment on society that the raising of children has so little value put upon it.

Bravo to all women (and men) out there who are doing their best to raise well adjusted, well parented children who will grow up to be fully functioning adults who contribute to the world and not detract from it. I don’t care how you choose to do it, as long as it suits you and your family. All I ask is if you don’t choose to or are not able through circumstance to stay at home full time do not try to put guilt and shame on those that are full time care givers. Being a stay at home mum is a career choice, just not one that is financially rewarded.