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How to Deal with Holiday Stress

Christmas music plays on the radio, green and red decorations cover stores and neighborhoods, there’s a cheerful spirit in the air–it must mean the holidays are here! This time of year can be full of warmth and memories, but it’s not always smiling rosy cheeks and a holly jolly spirit. The holiday season can be stressful as we rush to accomplish everything on our lists, a sad reminder of those we’ve lost, and an exhausting strain on our mental and physical health. Here are a few tips to deal with the struggles of the holidays so you can enjoy the most wonderful time of the year:

Use the power of smells: Certain smells can ease stress, holiday stress tips provide energy, and even help strengthen your immune system. Harness the power of essential oils this season to help give you a boost when you need it .

Be okay with saying no: The holidays can put a big demand on our time and energy. You can’t attend every holiday party while finding the perfect thoughtful gift for every person you know while preparing to host a huge get together–and that’s okay because you’re human! Prioritize your health and wellness this season, and focus on doing less but enjoying more.

Express yourself: The holidays bring up a number of emotions and memories. Set aside a few minutes each day to work through these feelings. You can journal, engage in art therapy, write slam poetry, whatever helps you reflect.

Eat well: Eating healthy can be a challenge during the holidays with the abundance of homemade sweets and other unhealthy foods. You don’t need to avoid all treats, but do be mindful of what you eat. The healthier you eat, the better you will feel.

Take time to disconnect: It’s easy to get sucked into the holiday craziness-and stay there until New Years. Be intentional about taking some time away from the business (and the electronics) to help reduce stress. Try to meditate each day or set aside time to exercise so you can improve your mental and physical health this holiday season.

 

This time of year can be stressful, but with a little proactivity you’ll be able to work through the challenges to enjoy the blessings. From all of us at Sunstone, we wish you a happy holiday season!

Thieves Oil-Stealing the Ah-Choo and Flu out of the Holiday Season

The temperatures are dropping rapidly, we are pulling the sweaters out of the closets and although, yes, this means pumpkin spice lattes have made a debut, it’s not enough to make this mom look forward to the season.  Why am I so concerned for this cold fall/winter season you ask?  Jack Frost not only brings out the cozy winter wardrobe, but he brings along COLD and FLU season! And cold and flu season means this vicious cycle in the house where it ends up being shared through the entire family and it seems like someone is always sick. This is not the way I would like to teach my children the art of sharing—please keep your sick germs to yourself!  If there were something that all of you moms and dads could do to avoid sickness this season wouldn’t you be willing to try it?

I’m sure by now you have either tried yourself or know of someone close to you who swears by essential oils.  I was skeptical at first, as I am of everything, but it’s a tried and true addition for health and wellness in our homes, which is why I highly recommend you start implement them in to you holistic wellness approaches.  There are so many uses for essential oils, but with the winter woes on their way, I want to make sure you know about this one.

It is called Thieves Oil, and it has a tremendous impact on thieves oilfighting those cold/flu cycles that take over your home this time of the year. It is shown to boost immune systems and promotes a healthy respiratory system. As your bonus, you get a little history less about the name. Back in 1348, during an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague, four French thieves formulated a special aromatic combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary, while robbing the dead and dying. A little morbid, but they actually found it to help protect them from the illnesses they were around. These oils includes powerful antiviral, antibiotic, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties.  The most common use is to place it in a diffuser in your home or work place.  You also could purchase a pre-diluted form for application purposes.

So instead of letting the cold and flu season take over, try to take charge and be a little proactive fighting those germy battles. What better way to step in and get your feet wet than with essential oils than with something will assist your family during this sick season?

DIY Essential Oil Projects

Household cleaner, stress relief, aroma and energy, the list of essential oil uses goes on and on (and sounds like a health fanatic version of ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’). And for every new use, there’s do-it-yourself projects just waiting be done! If you’re unfamiliar with essential oils, check out my beginner’s guide. Below are some easy and fun projects you can do with essential oils.

  1. Aromatherapy Room Sprayessential oil

No need to pay a lot of money for a store bought room spray. All you need is a clean 4 ounce bottle that can spray a fine mist (make sure it’s glass or metal because essential oils can eat through plastic).

  • 2 ounces distilled water
  • 1 ounce witch hazel
  • essential oil of your choice

Fill the bottle with 5-20 drops of the essential oil (personal preference dictates how much you would use). Add the witch hazel next. Use the water to fill up the rest of the bottle. Shake well before you use it, since the oils often sit up on the surface.

You can also try combining essential oils together instead of just one scent. Try mixing chamomile and lavender for a calming scent, or peppermint and lemon for an energizing scent.

  1. Exfoliating Body Scrub

You can combine essential oils with a few basic ingredients to make a great body scrub. You begin with a base oil. For oil skin, try oils like grapeseed or jojoba. For dry skin, try macadamia nut or baobab. You can combine the oil with a natural exfoliant like sesame seeds or oatmeal (you can buy them at the grocery store and then grind them in a blender or food processor), coffee grounds, or even sugar. Finally, you need an essential oil. You can use lavender for its cooling properties or peppermint for its energizing properties. You can play around with the proportions, but a starting point would be two teaspoons oil, one teaspoon exfoliant, and 3 drops of essential oil. Mix together the ingredients and massage onto your skin. Rinse with warm water to rinse away the exfoliant and dead skin particles.

  1. Reed diffuser

You don’t have to buy a special diffuser, you can make your own! You will need:

  • 3/4 C grapeseed oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon (or 75 drops) of essential oils
  • 8 ounce glass bottle
  • diffuser replacement reeds (you can usually find these in the home or candle section at a store or craft store)

Pour the grapeseed oil in first, then add the essential oils and mix until blended. Insert the reeds. After one hour, carefully pull the reeds out and place the dry side inside the bottle. Each day you can flip the reeds until the scent fades. Then add in the mixture (or try a new combination of scents).

Of course, to do these projects you will need to buy essential oils. While you can buy essential oils at some stores, make sure you research the product (not every option is good quality). You can buy high quality essential oils at Sunstone. To learn more about essential oils or to have a consultation with one of our specialists or call (317) 886-1000.

A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils

Wellness CoachWhen I heard about essential oils, I’ll admit I was skeptical. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is right?

Then a friend told me all about how she’s used essential oils as cold medicine, bug repellent, perfume, cleaners, and more! It got me curious, so one night I tried using a lavender essential oil to help me sleep. And it worked!

Since then, I’ve learned more about essential oils and realized how beneficial they are (which is why we sell essential oils at Sunstone). Since not everyone is familiar with essential oils, I wanted to provide a beginner’s guide to help you get started with this great health tool.

What Essential Oils Are

Essential oils are a substance extracted from a plant that holds the smell and characteristics of that plant. The oil is in a liquid form, but feels much less dense than other oils. Essential oils are highly potent, so you usually only need a small amount.

Benefits Of Essential Oils

The list of benefits of essential oils seems almost infinite! You can use essential oils to help you sleep, relieve stress, clean your home, nurture healthy looking hair, and more! Beginners often focus on using essential oils for energy or relaxation.

How To Use Essential Oils

There are three methods of using essential oils, but I recommend leaving the dietary method to the more experience (not all essential oils can be ingested and you should always talk to your doctor before ingesting them). Instead, focus on topical or aromatic methods. Topical involves massaging the oil onto your skin while aromatic involves inhaling the oil either from the bottle or from the use of a diffuser. Since essential oils are so concentrated, they are usually used with a carrier oil to help diffuse them. You can play around with aromatic and topical applications and see what works best for you.

Where To Get Essential Oils

You can buy essential oils at some stores, but make sure to research the product first. Not every option is of good quality. When you find an essential oil you like, don’t let the price tag alarm you. Remember that you only use a few drops, so that small bottle can last a long time.

You can buy quality essential oils at Sunstone (we offer doTerra and Young Living  products). We carry some essential oils at the office and offer the most common picks. If we don’t have the oil you want, we will add it to our bi-weekly orders. Because we are a distributor, we can get the oils at a discount and pass that savings onto you!

Whether you use essential oils every night before bed or occasionally on stressful days, they can be a great natural healthy option. For more information on essential oils, click here or call (317) 886-1000.

 

6 Tips for Finding Self-Love

Love is a beautiful, enchanting thing. It is held dearly and shared amongst friends, lovers, and relatives, passed down through generations like a precious heirloom. It’s that one thing we all yearn for so desperately. We search endlessly for it, lifetime after lifetime, seeking out the comfort of love in all the wrong places, and if we’re lucky, in all the right places. It resides in between pages of novels about star-crossed lovers and in the hearts of new mothers’, cradling their babies for the first time. Love is the key to a peaceful world, a better place, a new hope. Imagine a world filled with not only love for others, but love for ourselves. A love so deeply rooted within our bones and soul that it’s only natural to let it flow freely. We seem to have disconnected completely from our inner spirit, our love, and the degradation of our self-love burns a bright path to slowly destroying our planet as a result. We can heal this though.  It starts with each of us and our ability to love ourselves through and through and building that sacred bond that transforms us entirely. Self-love can be renewed, built or simply maintained by following some healing core concepts as defined. Come in to this experience with an open heart and mind in tow.

Find Your Self-Love

● Self love starts with self-acceptance: It’s easy to be hard on yourself or to punish yourself for being a certain way, doing a certain thing or showing a specific behavior. Everyone has self-doubt, an inner shadow within your ego that belittles you for what you ate for breakfast or how little work you did over the weekend. In order to begin the flow of authentic self-love, you must accept yourself fully and truly. Instead of focusing on the negative aspect of something or judging yourself, simply accept whatever it may be and say to yourself aloud “I accept this part of me and I release any negative energy surrounding it. I choose to heal and live in a path of love and light towards myself.” Then simply let that thought go. You can practice this in a moment of self-judgement to bring awareness to any self-destructive habits and replace it with thoughts of abundant love.

● Look into your own eyes: You know that feeling of staring dreamily into your partner’s eyes? Try channeling that love while looking into your own eyes in the mirror. You can do this as a daily practice for a set number of minutes or simply do this anytime you come face to face with yourself, perhaps while washing your hands in the bathroom, applying your makeup or brushing your teeth. However long you choose to do this self-love mirror work, release any snap judgements
or harshness. Smile gently. Feel the love, warm and radiant, flowing through your entire body as you lock eyes with your reflection. She is you and she is beautiful. Acknowledge and accept yourself as you are, find something to love in the things you feel that you don’t. Saying positive affirmation aloud can be incredibly beneficial during this self-love ritual. Something as simple as “I love you,” or “You are beautiful,” can be effective in generating more awareness and love within.Self-Love

● Set aside time for you: Life is busy and hectic, but that’s no excuse to deny yourself some pleasure or relaxation. Carve out some time in your schedule each day to do something just for you. It can be as extravagant or indulgent as you want. Do you have a stack of books you’ve been itching to read? Pour yourself a cup of tea, sink down into your favorite chair and dive into the first one on your list. Is your body trying to tell you that it’s exhausted? Accept this with love and draw yourself a hot bath, toss in some epsom salts, a few drops of lavender essential oil, and soak luxuriously while listening to your favorite playlist by candlelight.

● Eat whole foods that nourish YOUR body: Getting caught up in the newest diet trend is a waste of your precious time and money. The real secret to losing weight, increasing energy and living a healthier, happier life is by eating real food. Everyone is unique and learning what foods make you glow inside and out will align you with your true path to healing, thus perpetuating the wondrous cycle of self love. It’s been said that when you look good, you feel good and perhaps even more rightly so, when you feel good, you look good. When you take the time to give your body what it actually needs, you are operating from a place of love and understanding. Real food can be defined as whole, unprocessed, and fresh. So whether you are an omnivore or a plant-based eater, you will undoubtedly benefit from choosing organic whole foods to nourish yourself–mind, body and soul. Our wellness coach can help you create a meal plan based on real food and give you more information about the impact of ingredients on your overall health.

● Embrace your passion: No matter what it is that you’re passionate about, whether it’s living a healthy lifestyle or a specific hobby, such as dancing or painting, pursue it wholeheartedly. Never let anyone or anything stop you from embracing who you are and what you enjoy or want. When you make the time to live in your passion zone, you are living on course with your authentic self. Authenticity is a catalyst for abundant self-love in all areas of your life.

● Be more mindfully sensual and feel: You don’t necessarily have to make this practice about enticing or attracting a mate or your partner. This practice is for you and your inner goddess. Take some time out to simply feel your body in the moment. If you’re doing yoga, feel your muscles stretch gently and be mindful of each movement as you transition to another pose. Or learn to start meditation. If you are drinking a beverage, engage all of your senses and feel the liquid as it swirls on your taste buds, igniting them. Simply be in your body and feel each pulse, each trigger, each touch or aroma you encounter. Experience it in that brief and fleeting moment. Take it all in and allow it to fuel your desire to be even more mindful. Nothing is more delicious than feeling every sensation and generating that positive self-love while doing so. Being in touch with your body is the gateway to self-love, so embrace it fully and without regard.

Create a Stressless, Happy House

We all crave a home filled with good energy; one that serves as a repose from a hard day’s work, a setting for cheerful togetherness, and an invitation to a restful night’s sleep. Carrying the smells, colors and sight of nature inside can change a space’s energetic feeling, filling it with positive sensory impressions and creating a home of perfect repose.

Try these nature-inspired home decor tips to shift the feeling in your house toward one of stressless tranquility.

1. Set the mood with aromatherapy and Indiana essential oils. Indiana Essential Oils

Scent has the ability to quickly change an environment and affect mood. The right usage of essential oils within a home can soothe the nerves, calm the emotions, harmonize the mind, and create an overall peaceful atmosphere.

You can introduce scent into your home through Indiana essential oils or at-home aromatherapy to gradually spread the scent throughout a house. Even sweet-smelling flowers and aromatic branches of pine can be placed around the home for both their beauty and scent.

Every aroma has a unique effect on the mind. Some are soothing and calming; like jasmine, lavender, neroli, rose, and sandalwood. Others are invigorating and uplifting; such as lemon, peppermint, rosemary, and sage. Choose scents appropriate for the energy of the room, and also according to the time of day. An uplifting scent, for example, works well in the bedroom in the morning, but a calming scent would work better in the evening.

2. Enhance each room’s function with color.

Color also powerfully affects mood. Each color carries a different vibration; some calling us to action, some soothing, some devitalizing. Bring color into your home through wall paint, textiles, and flowers; choosing those that are in balance with the mood you’d like to set in each room.

Like the morning sun, yellow is a happy and energizing color. It promotes clarity and articulate thinking, making it suited for a home office. Just as the infinite blue sky brings a feeling of calm, blue gives any room a tranquil, peaceful, and spiritual atmosphere. It’s best suited for the bedroom or a meditation room. Light violet is also soothing, as we can feel when we observe it as part of a twilight sky. White, like the afternoon light, is uplifting, purifying and cleansing, and works well in any space. Orange (think poppies and marigolds) is a social, joyful color, and is best suited for family and dining rooms to enhance cheerful gatherings and good communication.

3. Create good energy flow with houseplants and flowers.

Besides altering the atmosphere with their scent and color, house plants and fresh cut flowers
contribute to the positive flow of energy throughout a home. Feng Shui refers to this energy as chi, and it gives many houseplant guidelines to promote the healthy flow of chi.

Although all plants are vibrant, healthy forms of energy, they have different effects when used in the home. Flowers bring a feeling of love and happiness, but wilting or dried flowers emit negative energy. Plants with rounded leaves help to soften sharp lines (like room corners) and promote the flow of energy through dead space. Feathery, softer looking plants are more appropriate for the bedroom. Thorny plants like cacti are energetically attacking and interrupt the positive flow of chi. They should not be used in the home.

By bringing nature inside with these four home decor tips, you can shift the mood in your home to one of good energy; creating your perfect sanctuary.

If you want to learn more about the many uses of Indiana essential oils or alternative health practices, contact one of our counselors in Greenwood.

5 Minute Essential Oils Massage

Sunstone Health & Wellness wants to bring more alternative health to Indianapolis and Greenwood. We use essential oils in many of our practices to offer holistic health to Indiana.

Ayurveda (the science of life that hails from ancient India) encourages us to keep healthy and prevent disease with a daily routine full of self-care. One of the most beneficial practices in this routine is abhyanga; a nourishing oil massage (one of many essential oils). Even if regular professional massages are within your means, self-abhyanga can be done on a daily basis and in the comfort of your own bathroom. Five minutes and basic essential oils are all you need, plus another 15 minutes to let the essential oil soak in (during which you can stretch, do some breathing exercises, or simply relax).

These five minutes can make a huge impact on your overall health and wellbeing. When practiced regularly, abhyanga has a myriad of benefits-besides moisturizing skin and making it glow. The therapeutic self-massage tones the skin, muscles, and underlying body tissues. It improves circulation, aiding the body in its removal of toxins and metabolic wastes. The rhythmic motion of the massage lubricates the joints and relieves muscle stiffness. It calms the nervous system, boosts immunity, and helps to promote sound sleep. It can help in chronic fatigue. Abhyanga strengthens, nourishes, improves flexibility, and slows down aging.

Abhyanga is clearly five minutes well spent. The ideal time to give yourself this nourishing massage is before both bathing and breakfast. Alternatively, you can massage yourself in the evening, which helps with a good night’s sleep. Note that you should skip this massage on a full stomach, during menstruation, and if you’re pregnant.

Here’s how to practice self-abhyanga:essential oils Indiana

  1. Choose your essential oil. Traditionally, herb-infused medicinal oils are carefully selected according to the individual and their condition. If you’re not sure which oil is right for you, use coconut oil in warmer months and sesame oil in cooler months. Use the best quality essential oil you can afford, and make sure it’s organic and unrefined. The skin is the largest organ, so feed it the good stuff. Store the oil in a glass bottle.
  1. Heat the essential oil by placing the bottle in a pot of warm water. Warm essential oil better penetrates the skin.
  1. Start the massage at your head. Pour a little oil onto the crown of your head and rub. This helps to release negative energy and excess heat. Massage your entire head using small circles. This relaxes the brain, strengthens the sense organs, and calms the mind.
  1. Massage your face with upward strokes and gentle circles to give a natural face-lift. Gently pinch-press from your inner eyebrows to outer. Massage your neck, ears, earlobes, and the area behind your ears.
  1. Massage the body from top to bottom. Use circular strokes on the joints– the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. This helps to release any stuck energy. Use long, linear strokes on the rest of the body from the center outwards, following the direction of hair growth. This encourages the body’s energy flow to move in its natural direction. Use both hands to massage the belly in large, clockwise circles. Massage each finger and toe, the palms, and the soles of the feet.
  1. Let the oil soak in, then wash off. 15 minutes gives the oil time to penetrate the body. Wash it off with a gentle, natural soap. You can even leave a little residue as a moisturizer.

If you don’t have enough time for full-body abhyanga, at least massage the soles of your feet. On the other hand, take your time when you can and give yourself a truly nurturing, loving self-massage. Your body and mind will thank you.

To learn more about essential oils in Indiana, please make sure you contact us  at Sunstone Health & Wellness. We have many alternative health options available to the Indianapolis, Greenwood, and Indiana neighborhoods.