By Lori Lines
Friends, as you continue your awakening process and you continue to realize who you really are, you ascend spiritually. Many people ask me how they'll know if they are ascending and this is what I say: Since we are all a dense culmination of karmic energy (remember you are spiritual beings having a human experience - not the other way around), as you ascend, your vibrational frequency changes and becomes lighter. You have no tolerance, anymore, for violence in any way. This includes thoughts of violence, movies, angry people, the "news," "hating" others, etc. You also begin to have little tolerance for low vibrational foods, drugs and drink. Low vibe foods are anything that's processed and packaged with chemicals, alcohol, and any pharmaceuticles that are not natural and made with intention of low vibrational purpose (such as greed). Then, you begin noticing people falling away from your life or you decide to let them go and sometimes this is really hard, especially when you absolutely love them. But, as you ascend, you begin to realize unconditional love. This is a love of all sentient beings even when they fall away from your life. The most important part of ascension is that you love yourself first. This is not a selfish and narcissistic kind of love, but a love for self that makes conscious choices out of love. Sometimes continuing being in relationship with someone who has fallen out of sync with you means it's time to have faith in the Universe and to let them go. This is not abandoning them. This is recognizing they have their own karmic lessons to learn and their karma with you is finished. If it is meant for them to come back around, and they do, and you both realize you are back in sync again, it means you both are vibrating at the same frequency again. It happens. If they come back around and you realize they are still the same, then they are wanting something from you and this could be a test for you to see how far you've come in your own evolution. The more you ascend, it is easier to let go....to relinquish that which weighs you down. And, you begin to live more consciously. Living consciously means asking yourself when faced with any decision, "Am I doing or saying this out of love?" "Am I loving myself in this process?" "How can I continue to be love in this situation without compromising my own self-love and self-respect?" "Does this make me FEEL good?" If the answer is no or if you do not come up with an answer that is for the higher good for all involved, let it go. It's amazing how freeing love can be.
By Lori Lines
Carrier oils are vegetable oils derived from fatty portions of plants, usually from nuts, kernels, or the seeds. The term carrier oil is derived from their purpose in carrying the essential oil onto the skin. They are used to dilute essential and other oils prior to topical application. This is because absolutes, CO2s, essential oils and other aromatics when applied to the skin undiluted can cause severe reactions or irritation in some individuals. Each carrier oil has different combination of therapeutic characters and properties. So the therapeutic benefit you seek is what determines the choice of particular carrier oil. Lip balms, body oils, natural lotions, bath oils, creams, and other moisturizing skin care products are also made using carrier (vegetable) oils. From a more complex natural lotion to a simple carrier oil/essential oil blend, the choice of carrier oil can make a difference in the overall aroma, therapeutic properties, shelf life, and color of the final product.
Carrier Oils vs. Essential Oils
Carrier oils are pressed from the fatty portions of plants (kernels, nuts, seeds) and do not impart their aroma as strongly as essential oils. They also do not evaporate. Essential oils, on the other hand, are distilled from the roots, bark, leaves and other aromatic portions of a botanical. Another notable difference is that essential oils don’t go rancid over time but carrier oils do. However, Essential oils "oxidize" and lose their therapeutic benefits over time.
Base Oils /Fixed Oils/Vegetable Oils
In normal skin care, carrier oils are usually referred to as base oils, fixed oils or vegetable oils. The term carrier oil is generally limited to use within the aromatherapy practice. Not all base oils or fixed oils are vegetable oils. Marine (fish) and Emu oils are also classified as base/fixed oils, but animal-based oils are typically not used in aromatherapy.
The Aroma of Carrier Oils
Generally speaking, most carrier oils have a nutty, faintly sweet aroma, but a few are odorless. If a carrier oils has a strong, bitter aroma it may have gone rancid. If possible, compare the aroma of the oil that you suspect has gone rancid with the same botanical oil that you know is fresh. Difference in smell will help you know whether your oil has gone rancid. Method of extraction, tocopherols, and the level of natural fatty acids plus other characteristics of oil all can affect how quickly it becomes rancid. Carrier oils that you purchase should be unadulterated and natural. If you can’t get the unadulterated and natural oil then you can buy carrier oils that have natural Vitamin E added. They are also good for the well-being of your skin because Vitamin E acts as a natural preservative and is therefore often listed as tocopherols.
Shopping For Carrier Oils
Most typical vegetable oils sold in grocery stores are not cold-pressed but are processed using heat. Strive to shop with suppliers and retailers that specialize in the sale of natural skin care or aromatherapy ingredients. To avoid rashes forming on your skin, ensure you buy fresh oils from a reputable company like Young Living Essential Oils. Any dust on the storage bottle may indicate the oil has been sitting around for awhile. Go for oils with no additives and those that are not blends of four or more oils. Also consider:
Which Carrier Oils to Use with Essential Oils
Whenever you’re applying essential oils to your skin, you’ll need a base oil to serve as “carrier oil”. The best carrier oils to consider include: Organic and Unrefined Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond oil, Apricot Kernel oil, Sunflower oil, Arnica oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Calendula oil, Canola oil, Castor oil, Corn oil, Wheatgerm oil, St. John’s Wort oil, Safflower oil, Sweet Almond oil, Vitamin E oil, Walnut oil, and Soy oil, etc.
Storage of Carrier Oils
Carrier oils that are supposed to be kept for a long duration and those that are fragile should be stored in a cool, dark location in dark glass bottles with tight fitting tops. Cobalt Boston or Amber bottles are ideal. However, if you plan to use the oil before its lifespan, there’s no need to transfer them into dark bottles. Carrier oils can be stored in plastic but essential oils must always be stored in glass bottles because they can dissolve plastic.
By Lori Lines
Looking for an effective way to relieve any stress, depression or anxiety? Then hear this! Certain essential oils have proven to be successful in relieving the aforementioned and all you have to do is either inhale the oil’s scent or massage it into the skin with a blend of them. It has been proven that after prolonged use of these essential oils, you will experience reduced anxiety and improved mood and this is usually over a six month period appropriate application.
A study that was conducted by scientists state that as soon as you apply your selected essential oil, its healing compounds are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream in not more than five minutes thus relieving you of your stress or anxiety. They reason they absorb so quickly is because essential oils are known to contain a highly active concentration of plant essences.
When you choose to inhale instead of applying to the skin, the cells present in your nose receive the essential oils molecules and afterwards, signals are sent to a part of the brain called the limbic system. This part of the brain is known to rule your emotions and this confirms why smelling certain essential oils triggers feelings of joy, peace, excitement or contentment. Apart from your emotions being triggered, be informed that your limbic system is connected directly to other parts of your brain that are known to control the following
This essential oil is a powerful mood booster that is known to effectively alter depression. Its scientific name is Citrus aurantium (L) var bergamia and since the citrus family is known for its uplifting effects, bergamot has been acknowledged to be particularly powerful. When infused with lavender and frankincense together with sweet almond oil and massaged on your hands one day for an entire week, depression levels are known to significantly reduce and little to no pain is felt.
Where anxiety is concerned, a study was made where individuals exposed to highly stressful situations inhaled bergamot as their method of administration and it was found that a ten minute long weekly inhalation reduced autonomic nervous activity to a balanced state. In addition to that, significant reduction of heart rate and blood pressure was also recorded.
In the event that you would want to experience feelings of calmness, clarity and contentment, this should be the essential oil of your choosing. It is an essential oil known for clearing those dark clouds that are, at times, present in your mood and in addition to that, it’s euphoric and uplifting. You can choose to add it to your bath for a more blissful and relaxing soak or you can diffuse it before bed.
This purple flower helps in promoting a healthy and peaceful mood, which is why it is regarded as the purple flower of peace. It smells divine and is also known for its other practical uses such as sleep control and pest control. Studies show that patients with mild to moderate depression showed improvement after they received about sixty drops of lavender tincture every day. This proved that lavender oil can be used as an effective substitute where other potentially and common addictive psychoactive drugs used for anxiety are concerned.
Depression, stress and anxiety are serious mood disorders so please do not face this struggle alone by trying any of the above mentioned essential oils for at least six weeks in addition to consulting a qualified professional. You will be glad that you did!
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*Always consult a qualified medical professional before using any natural product and seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition. The information contained in this article as well as all Essential Oils articles in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only, and it is not meant to replace medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment in any manner. Never delay or disregard professional medical advice, Us the information solely at your own risk; the author accepts no responsibility for the use thereof. The information and materials are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness or injury.
Author Lori Lines
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