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Increase your mental clarity Posted on 10 Mar 16:09 , 0 comments

It would be an understatement to say this week for me, has been filled with time consuming tasks, as well as having been; exhausting, emotionally draining, and sleep deprived.
Lately I wake up in the morning dreaming of just going back to sleep.
Instead of following my body's pleas for more sleep (which I do not argue is highly important). As a single mother and entrepreneur, I do not have that luxury.
When feeling the pressure, I turn to my applicable modalities. Nutrition and aromatherapy.
Firstly, making sure I am drinking plenty of water (I drink naturally alkalized water) as hydration is so important for the function of every system in your body including your brain and all it's electrical functions.  Today I have also been adding chlorophyl for an extra boost as it increases cellular energy production. Through processes I will not get into here, it  greatly accelerates ATP production. ATP is the energy molecule in our bodies.  ATP "helps in sustaining electrophysiological activity and cell signaling in the brain. The ATP metabolism regulating both ATP production and utilization plays a fundamental role in cerebral bioenergetics, brain function, and neurodegenerative diseases".  
 
Next I turned to my oils, all though there are many uplifting oil, today I chose Rosemary. What a wonderful oil! Not only pleasant smelling, this oil is so uplifting and stimulating (also a hypertensive, if you have high blood pressure or heart troubles, this oil is not for you). Rosemary is known for being beneficial to increase mental clarity and help battle fatigue. I have been doing deep inhalations and have added a few drops to the material on the back of the chair I am working from.  The crisp refreshing aroma brings  uplifting joy to my office on this grey day.
 
I remind myself to take a few super supplements like: a really absorbable B complex vitamin as well as vitamins C and D. The substantial research available proves all are great boosters for better brain and memory function.  Let's not forget a great probiotic as our good bacteria play such a vital role in brain function.
Last but not least, EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE!  Today after dropping my son at school, I took an hour long bike ride by the water.  Even though it was raining, I thoroughly enjoyed it!  The oxygen pumping through my veins, the wind and rain on my face.  My smile was uncontainable! I felt blessed to be able to make the time for myself.
 
I for one can use any boost I can get at the moment. How about you?
 
I hope this post finds you happy and clear headed. 

If you are interested in a little clarifying pick me up, try my Invigorating Scrub and Soak


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Stress Posted on 25 Jan 22:31 , 0 comments

I am choosing to write about stress as it is something we all experience in one form or another. Not all stress is bad stress. Different kinds of stress have different effects on the mind and body. 

Firstly I will mention eustress.  The type of stress we all wish was the only kind in our lives. This is a motivating stress and can be considered ‘good stress’.  It can feel exciting, is short term and motivating.  Eustress helps us to focus our energy and improve performance.  This type of stress is perceived as within our ability to cope with.  It helps to challenge us to be productive, motivated and happy.  It is when we find this to no longer be manageable that distress takes over.

Then there are normal stress responses, to immediate danger. The kind of incidents that happen abruptly and we have to react quickly to.  The kind that warrants an appropriate fight or flight response.  Like when a car suddenly comes barreling towards you and you have to react to jump out of the way.  This is a mechanism for survival.  In these situations our autonomic nervous system starts an avalanche of responses.  Immediately signaling our sympathetic nervous system which includes the adrenal glands.

There is so much I could go into about the two parts of our adrenal glands, which sit on top of each of our kidneys.  The central adrenal medulla and the outer adrenal cortex.  Today I am going to keep it simple.  When we perceive danger our adrenals produce a hormonal cascade secreting catecholamines, especially epinephrine, often referred to as adrenaline, and in a smaller amount norepinephrine.  These hormones instantly dump into our bloodstream, eliciting a number of metabolic reactions. Including the production of cortisol, causing a variety of physiological responses.  Increases blood pressure as well as blood sugar, shortness of breath, racing heart and improved mental clarity are some of the physiological responses caused by the chemicals released from our adrenal glands.  This response happens, to give us the kick we need to assess the situation and figure out the fastest most efficient way to safety.  

Unfortunately stress is not supposed to be a prolonged everyday occurrence.  When we are exposed to these chemicals for a prolonged period of time, our bodies get overloaded with them.  This is a chronic situation called distress.  It is the bad stress that many of us know all too well.  The kind that is too much to bear and we often lose ability to cope with.  The challenge is no longer fun, or immediate danger has dissipated.  Things seems relentless and appear to have no end in sight.  

Distress is very dangerous to our wellbeing and longevity.  It can lead to a slue of symptoms involving the skeletal muscles, autonomic nervous system as well mental and behavioural, including:

hardening of arteries, heart attacks and strokes, and lesser though no less pervasive problems such as tension, pain and headaches, hives and rashes (I actually broke out in a terrible rash covering my whole torso from stress this past summer), diarrhea, nausea, panic attacks, night sweats, anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, confusion, reduced productivity, social withdrawal and loneliness.  The list goes on…

There are many things we can and should do to combat stress.  Firstly, the nutritionist side of me says: drink plenty of water, CUT YOUR SUGAR and CAFFEINE INTAKE, remember to graze regularly on healthy foods (you need to keep your brain and body fed with glucose to help you function at optimal levels).  Take a B complex vitamin to increase your mental clarity and brain health.  Don’t forget the importance of a good probiotic (50 billion active cells or more). Stress is known to affect our gut.  Which plays a very important role in regulating our immune system reducing inflammation which can lead to inflammation in the brain affecting our mental and overall health. In reality our gut controls our mind and body.  Stress and gut health are almost like a chicken and egg scenario.

Research published in 2011 also demonstrated that probiotics have a direct effect on brain chemistry under normal conditions -- in such a way that can impact your feelings of anxiety or depression. In short, the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus had a marked effect on GABA [an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is significantly involved in regulating many physiological and psychological processes] levels in certain brain regions and lowered the stress-induced hormone corticosterone, resulting in reduced anxiety- and depression-related behavior…..Interestingly, neurotransmitters like serotonin are also found in your gut. In fact, the greatest concentration of serotonin, which is involved in mood control, depression and suppressing aggression, is found within your intestines, not your brain!” chronic stress and gut effects

Don’t forget about exercise and grounding techniques including conscious breathing.  These along with nature go a long way to helping to reduce your overall stress levels.  Take a walk outside, feel the breeze on your face.  If possible take off your shoes and put your bare feet in the grass or dirt.  Hug a tree, literally stop and smell the roses, the leaves, the crisp air of winter or even the earthy smell of autumn decay.  If you can’t hit a park, in the very least you can take brisk walk around the block.  I enjoy appreciating the glory of grandmother moon at all points in the day or night.  I find her omnipotent beauty very calming.  I love finding her in the pale blue sky light of the day.  Seeing her alway reminds me of the grander scheme. That the problems I find weighing me down are miniscule in relation the magnificence of the universe on a whole.  My stressors are relative comparatively speaking to the true suffering many who inhabit this earth face.  Or those of those of global concern.  

Lastly and in no way least this brings me to Essential Oils.  There are a number of oils beneficial for easing stress.  We can diffuse them in a room, make a room spray, have a hot epsom salt bath with some blended in.  Simply apply a drop or two to a cotton ball or tissue and leave close to you, brush it over the fabric of the chair you are sitting on or simply wave past your nose.  Then of course you could blend a small amount in a carrier oil (less is more when it comes to EO’s) and apply to your temples, behind your ears, at the base of your skull, or even a whole body application.  I will add it is rarely recommended to use EO’s neat, there are only very few oils with which this would be appropriate and even then, only for very acute first aid situations. Whatever delivery method you choose, here are some suggestions of stress busting oils.  This list is in no way limited to these oils.  I have merely picked a few common ones recommended for relieving stress.

Lavender, Bergamot, Chamomile Roman, Lemon, Neroli, Clary Sage, Sandalwood and  favourites of mine, the spiritual anointing oils of Frankincense and Spikenard.

One quick note.  A common practice for me is to carry a spritz bottle of pure rose otto distillate hydrosol.  I find a spritz to my face to be very calming and uplifting.  Subtle and soul soothing.

For more in depth info on specific Essential Oils, stay tuned for my new weekly feature called ‘Oil Of The Week’.  Where you will find a short description of and uses for my oil of the week and it’s impact on your body, mind and spirit.  

Namaste

 

DISCLAIMER – Note, the information contained in this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is not meant to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional or practitioner. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.

 


Pathogen Pirate and the Story of the Four Thieves Posted on 12 Dec 20:37 , 0 comments

An ancient antimicrobial recipe that has your defences covered!

 

Here is a little history on Scent Intention’s Pathogen Pirate line.  It was inspired by and developed from the oils named in four thieves’ folklore as well as having the added magnifying power of Lavender.  Which in itself is a great healing and antimicrobial oil. 

The story of the four thieves originated during bubonic plague times around the 15th century.  It is said there was a group of four thieves who were spice traders and perfumers.  Who when the plague hit and the ports were closed, lost their livelihood.  In an attempt to feed their families these merchants took to robbing the infectious dead bodies of all their possessions.  Astonishingly, they never contracted the highly infectious plague!

After they were finally caught and sentenced to death, the king offered them a deal.  He would spare the thieves' lives if they shared their secret… How did they stay healthy while being exposed to the infectious plague all around them?  Accepting the deal, they shared their knowledge.  Explaining the powerful medicinal properties of herbs in specific preparations.  They had devised a preparation from aromatic herbs that was highly effective in killing the airborne bacteria.

The Weber State University did a study in 19971 finding that Thieves essential oil blend has a 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria.  No one knows if the folklore is true, however we do know that essential oils are in fact anti-microbial, meaning anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-infectious. As well, "other documented research, indicates that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils, especially those high in phenols, such as carvacrol, thymol, and terpenes. This, perhaps, offers a modern explanation why the Old Testament prophet Moses used aromatic substances to protect the Israelites from the plagues that decimated ancient Egypt. It may also help us understand why a notorious group of thieves, reputed to be spice traders and perfumers, was protected from the Black Plague as they robbed the bodies of the dead during the 15th century.” 2



1 Chao, SC, Young, DG and Oberg, CJ, Journal of Essential Oil Research, Vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 517-523. Sep-Oct 1998.

2 Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, p6.

 

 

DISCLAIMER – Note, the information contained in this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is not meant to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional or practitioner. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.


 


The Benefits of Black Cumin Oil Posted on 25 Nov 12:10 , 0 comments

I know it’s been a while since my last post. Caught up in my crazy life of being the single mother of an extremely active, oppositional child!

Today, I want to share some info about black cumin seed oil (Nigella Sativa) often referred to as black seed oil.  It is touted by over 600 studies to be a wonder oil as reported by the prophet Mohammad when he said “in black seed there is healing for every disease, except death.

It is high in thymoquinone which is “effective against many diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular complications, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease,” among other ailments. “It is a safe and effective agent against cancer in the blood system, lungs, kidneys, liver, prostate, breast, cervix and skin” It has also been reported to help reduce cavities from forming. (1)
Thymoquinone is a powerful antioxidant that helps improve the body’s defense system. Black seed oil helps the body control process that manages cell survival for both normal and cancer cells. This is called apoptosis. Black cumin seed oil is also considered to be chemo-preventive. It has been shown to help protect the liver, spleen, brain and intestines from gamma radiation in mice.

“In general, thymoquinone showed sustained inhibition of breast cancer cell proliferation with long-term treatment. Specificity of phase arrest." (2)

Since I just ranted about thymoquinone, I feel I should mention some of the other properties such as:

  • myristic acid,
  • palmitic acid,
  • stearic acid,
  • palmitoleic acid,
  • oleic acid,
  • linoleic acid,
  • arachidonic acid,
  • proteins and
  • vitamins B1, B2,B3,
  • calcium,
  • folate,
  • iron,
  • copper,
  • zinc
  • phosphorous
Black Cumin seed oil has also been reported to help reduce cavity forming bacteria, cholesterol levels, normalize blood pressure, increase immune function, soften and strengthen skin and hair, reduce and prevent scars.. The list goes on. I found this post by Dr Axe that breaks it down very informatively.

I for one am going to start including this into my daily regime. One teaspoon of oil mixed in some raw honey (read about the benefits of raw honey) or juice. Take once or twice a day. It is recommended not to take on a full stomach.

This post isn’t so much about essential oils, but more a cold pressed extracted oil to be ingested. I guess it is the Holistic Nutritionist in me that was inspired by to share this information.

Be well everyone!

1. Black Seed Oil Cures Many Cancers According to Numerous Studies 
2. Cellular responses with thymoquinone treatment in human breast cancer cell line MCF-7

 

 

DISCLAIMER – Note, the information contained in this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is not meant to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional or practitioner. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.

 


Welcome to my store! Posted on 22 Jul 23:32 , 0 comments

Today I want to say WELCOME to Scent Intention.  Thank you for checking out my site.  Here you will find wholesome, love infused products that work and smell great.  

I plan to use this blog space to share my passions with you.   DIY's to try, insights on healthy living, areas I find concerning and general rants. Keep checking back for lots of keen green ideas for you, your family and your home.  

I am genuinely honoured  that you are taking the time to peruse my site.