Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Emotions & Essential Oils



Thought essential oils were just pretty smells? Or maybe you know how great they are for lowering your household toxic load. Natural solutions for basic first aid, cleaning, and beauty. Did you know how powerful they are at supporting us in shifting our emotions? For me when I first got my oils, I wasn't so sure about that side. I hadn't read up on the science of it all yet. However, once I witnessed their powerful effects on my own emotions and mood as well as my three year old's, I was hooked! 

The Basic Science

When we inhale an essential oil, the scent is processed through the brain's olfactory system, which is our sensory system that controls our sense of smell. 

The olfactory system is connected to limbic system, which is the area of our brain where our memories and emotions are stored.

Our limbic system then produces a response to the essential oil based on our memories associated with that particular smell, flooding our body with a rush of feelings. 

In this way, essential oils can produce responses that can be used to enhance our wellbeing and emotions. High vibe livin' my Soulful Ones!


Calming & Uplifting

In general, most essential oils can be classified as either calming oils or uplifting oils. 

In the calming category we have your florals which are typically composed of monoterpene alcohols, known for their calming properties. In the calming category we also have tree, grass and herb oils, which are typically composed of sesquiterpenes, esters, and oxides, providing feelings of deep grounding and soothing anxious emotions.

In the uplifting category we have mint essential oils, which contain high concentrations of ketones. Very energising and uplifting. The citrus oils, containing limonene, beta-pinene, and monoterpenes, are extremely uplifting and energising. Spicy essential oils can also be very warming and uplifting due to their phenols. 


Emotional Aromatherapy Blends

I use a range of oils for calming and energising, for focus and concentration, for inspiration and creativity, for comfort. However, I have to point out doTERRA's Emotional Aromatherapy oils and also their Mood Management oils. Takes the guess work out of it all! Grab a blend, ready to go for whatever you personally need right there and then. These oil blends have been purposely designed to achieve a unique chemical profile. These oils blend specific plant categories (florals, trees, herbs, grasses, mints, citruses, and spices for example) to elicit certain emotional responses. 

Here's a breakdown of these oils and what I love them for:

- Cheer:

I couldn't think of a better name for this oil. Serious happy in a bottle! When I'm feeling really down and I know that if I could meditate and get really present I'd feel better but just can't bring myself to do those things.... Cheer. I roll this baby on my pulse points and in the palms of my hands, rub them together and inhale. This oil shifts me into a sage where I can do those things that I know will help me every time.

Contains wild orange, clove, star anise, lemon myrtle, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, and zdravetz. 

- Motivate:

When I get to work in the morning I immediately roll Motivate on my pulse points and the back of my neck. The fresh citrus, minty scent gives me an instant pep in my step and everyone comments on it constantly. I use it again after lunch if I feel my concentration lacking. 

A blend of peppermint, clementine, coriander, basil, yuzu, melissa, rosemary leaf, and vanilla bean.

- Peace:

The name says it all. If I'm feeling anxious, panicked, overwhelmed, or like I'm all up in my head, Peace reassuring blend brings me back down every time. So calming. Gorgeous for sleep too. I often roll this on my 3 year old's spine and feet (if I can catch him) when he's feeling huge emotions too.

This blend is a calming melody of vetiver, lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense, marjoram, clary sage, labdanum, spearmint. 

- Passion:

This inspiring blend is so sexy and spicy. I looove this as my purefume of an evening. But it's also my go to when I need inspiration and a real sense of passion for whatever I'm working on. Procrastination be gone!

The gorgeous spicy blends in Passion are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, sandalwood, jasmine, vanilla, damiana, and some fractionated coconut oil. 

- Console:

Pure comfort in a bottle. Beautiful for support during times of grief. If I'm feeling distressed for any reason, I love diffusing this blend or wearing over my heart and on my pulse points. I particularly love this for my 3 year old. Actually when he was younger I would put this on him before daycare because he had days where he'd just scream when I dropped him off. Then I'd leave and sniff it myself.

Console's a big warm hug in a bottle with oils like frankincense, patchouli, ylang ylang, labdanum, amyris, sandalwood, rose, and osmanthus.

- Forgive:

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have moments where we simply need to forgive. Both others and ourselves. I know I want to live a high vibe life, but how can I do that if I'm holding onto feelings like anger, betrayal, guilt, and negativity? They're just like big, giant energetic blocks, stopping me from living the life I want. Enter Forgive renewing blend. Forgive, let go, and move on. I'll just take the cap off and whiff when I need it or wear it over my heart and on my pulse points. 

This renewing blend contains spruce, bergamot, juniper berry, myrrh, arborvitae, nootka tree, thyme, citronella.

How to choose a blend:
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Mood Management Blends

There are 4 blends in the Mood Management collection and I use 3 of these constantly! These are my little faves. 

- Lavender Peace:

Also known as Serenity in the US & Canada. We have this restful blend in the diffuser every single night. It works better than straight lavender for my 3 year old wildling. I also make up a roller bottle of this blend with a little extra vetiver and cedarwood for calming my little guy's big emotions and meltdowns. I roll it on his spine and massage it into his feet (if I can!) This blend is also gorgeous diluted in the bath. 

This soothing, restful blend is a mix of lavender, cedarwood, ho wood, ylang ylang, marjoram, Roman chamomile, vetiver, vanilla bean, and Hawaiian sandalwood. 

- Balance:

doTERRA's grounding blend is my mama go-to for keeping me present and centred in my physical body. I swipe it on my feet before yoga for grounding, I swipe it on my feet for hormone balancing, I diffuse it during the day with frankincense to calm the farm at home ;-) or I diffuse it with citrus bliss for grounding yet uplifting our mood. I often aromatically dress my body with balance and frankincense if I know I have a big day ahead of me by mixing with coconut oil.

Balance transports me to a forest with oils like spruce, ho wood, frankincense, blue tansy, blue chamomile, and osmanthus, with fractionated coconut oil. 

- Citrus Bliss:

Energising uplifting, invigorating, and helps me invoke a sense of creativity and abundance. If I need a little mood boost, I diffuse this. I often diffuse it with Balance blend to keep the vibes at home balanced and grounded, yet cheery and vibrant. Especially if Master 3 is on the grumpy side, this seems to cheer his spirits. This blend receives so many comments when I diffuse or wear it. It's my oil of choice almost every time I teach an oils class.

The invigorating oils blended into Citrus Bliss are wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, clementine, and vanilla bean. It's just... yum!

- Elevation:

doTERRA's joyful blend smells soft and buttery to me, even though it contains citruses. When I'm in serious need of mood elevation, this is what I pick. I also love it for meditation as it contains oils that are gorgeous for supporting the higher chakras. Elevation softly energises, instils confidence, and a positive mindset. Drives away those lower, negative vibes. 


Which blend are you most drawn to the sound of?


To find out how to get started with essential oils, simply click here.

Alternatively, email me for help or to ask any questions.


Clare xx

Monday, July 16, 2018

10 Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils




One of my favourite ways to use essential oils in our home is by diffusing them. Did you know that our sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses? Our bodies contain over 1000 receptors for smell which is more than the amount of receptors for any of our other senses. By diffusing essential oils into the air, we breathe them in and can then experience powerful shifts in our mood and emotions, not mention purifying our air and other uses which I'll delve into below.


Best Way to Diffuse?


As beautiful as some oil burners can be, and yes, they deliver pretty smells, the heat actually alters the chemistry of the essential oil so you may not really be getting the benefits. Utlrasonic diffusers are excellent because they use cold water to disperse the essential oils into the air. Another good option is nebulising (cold air) diffusion.





Benefits of Diffusing


1. Sleep

We use oils every night for sleep. To wind down and then to have a deep sleep, because honestly, some nights I actually feel like that "Go the Fuck to Sleep" book was written specifically for me ;-) Oils like lavender, vetiver, cedarwood, frankincense, roman chamomile, are all beautifully calming. As we sleep and breathe in the aromatic compounds, they enter our limbic system, and aid in the release of seratonin and dopamine. 

2. Purifies the Air

There are many essential oils with antibacterial, antiviral properties. I love to diffuse these kinda oils after a spring clean, when any of us are sick, or really just in winter when the house has been closed up too much. Don't want anything funky in our air. These would be oils like tea tree, oregano, lemon, "on guard" protective blend, purify blend, clove, rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus.

3. Elevates Mood

I've personally witnessed powerful shifts in mood and emotion for me through diffusing oils in my home. When we smell the oils, they are processed through the brain's olfactory system (controls our sense of smell) which is connected to our limbic system (the area of our brain where our memories and emotions are stored). The limbic system then produces a distinct response to the aroma based on memories that are associated with a particular smell. This then leads to a rush of feelings. In this way essential oils can produce responses that can be used to enhance our wellbeing and manage our emotions. The citrus oils are favourites for elevating mood. They're like little. bottles of pure happy. I love blends like Citrus Bliss, Cheer, and Elevation. Other oils are beautifully calming like lavender, vetiver, frankincense, bergamot and the other sleepy time ones I mentioned above. Then there are oils for energising, for invoking a sense of passion and creativity, supporting us in times of deep grief and despair.... I personally love doTERRA's emotional blends for this. Click the graphic below to see how simple it is to choose a blend based on what you need in any given moment.



3. Stress & Anxiety

As above with mood management, diffusing the oils is obviously fantastic for a good dose of Calm the F Down! For me, I love to diffuse Frankincense & Balance when I feel overwhelmed, scattered, and need some centring and grounding. This is a gorgeous blend for keeping my 3 year old balanced too. If we have a serious meltdown on our hands, I love lavender peace, vetiver and cedarwood for my little guy or Peace blend.  Neroli is lovely too. There's a huge list of essential oils that are wonderful for stress and anxiety.

4. Supports our Respiratory System

Coughs, colds, flus, allergies, sinus/chest infections, our diffusing is pumping right away with On Guard protective blend, oregano, frankincense, lemon and tea tree for immune support. Easy Air blend to open the airways if we need it, especially at night with our lavender for sleep. If it's just allergies, I personally love eucalyptus and frankincense for me. 

5. Focus & Concentration

Lemon is the oil of focus! Great for school age kids needing help with concentration. I love peppermint and wild orange personally. Frankincense, sandalwood & lime are all great for clarity of mind, rosemary for memory, basil for combating mental fatigue. Diffuse in the room as you're working, studying, learning or doing homework.

6. Waking Up & Energising

Peppermint wake me every time! Peppermint and wild orange is beautiful to awaken the senses first thing in the morning or when that 3pm slump hits and you're thinking of grabbing for that 3rd coffee. Essential oils will save your money and your adrenals here ;-) Peppermint is amazing right before exercise too! Citruses are super energising. I know lots of my mamas in labour have diffused wild orange or citrus bliss during labour for energy (as well as some lavender for calming). 

7. Headache Relief

My fave diffuser blend for tension headaches is 2 drops lavender, 2 drops frankincense & 2 drops peppermint. Or adjust amounts depending on the size of your room. I always say less is more. Start with less and add more if needed.

8. Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay

Geranium, cedarwood, and peppermint are all excellent oils for repelling mozzies. DoTERRA's "TerraArmour" blend is designed specifically for this and comes in both an oil for diffusing as well as a spray for the skin. So if you're entertaining outdoors at home and can plug your diffuser in somewhere, diffusing is a fantastic way to repel mozzies and keep your guests content. 

9. Curbing Sugar Cravings 

Grapefruit, cinnamon, bergamot, black pepper and doTERRA's Smart & Sassy blend are all excellent for this. Diffuse at home when you think you'll keep reaching for sugar unnecessarily throughout the day. Grapefruit & Bergamot are particularly wonderful for promoting body love & self love. Black Pepper is amazing for supporting us in times of any type of addiction. 

10. Creating Beautiful Aromas

Ditch the candles loves! Even if they're natural, they likely contain synthetic scents. After detoxing from all those chemicals in your home, trust me, you reeeeally notice those pungent faux scents and they'll likely give you a headache. You can create yourself a signature aroma with your essential oils or create something different every single day! You could honestly create something different every day and never repeat the same blend if you didn't want to, there's that many options. After a while you begin to choose your oils intuitively each day depending on how you feel. Doing this with your children is so beautiful. Always supervised of course! 


I'd love to hear from you what your favourite diffuser blends are. Comment below.

To find out how to get started with essential oils, simply click here.

Alternatively, email me for help or to ask any questions.

Clare xx

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mother's Day: Gifts of the Earth



Essential Oils are pure gifts from Mother Nature. So what better to spoil your Mum with this Mother's Day than the gift of pure therapeutic grade essential oils? Or spoil yourself if you prefer ;-)

Below are some of my favourite packaged kits which all include membership so you can always get wholesale prices. 








The above prices are all un AUD but just reach out for prices in your own country and I can help you out. 

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These two special combos are now available in the Australian doTERRA warehouse:


Peace reassuring blend & Whisper women's blend are two oils I can't live without. I reach for them both constantly. Peace for sleep or just for calming and I wear Whisper often as a purefume. 

Douglas Fir is wonderfully supportive for our airways and easy breathing as well as promoting a positive mood and sense of focus. The SPA Body Butter is unbelievably luxe and of course contains no nasties.

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This trio kit of limited edition oils is available in the US warehouse (Aussie's can order rom the US warehouse too!). I'm so excited for the new oils! Star Anise, Pink Pepper, and Green Mandarin. The kit contains some empty roller bottles and pipettes for creating your own signature blends as well as a recipe guide for plenty of inspiration.



If you're already a doTERRA member, you can hop in your Aussie back office and order all of the above or switch to the US warehouse in your back office and grab the Harmony trio kit above.

Not a doTERRA member? You can order via my website here.

OR

Send me a message with any questions and I can help you out.

Clare xx 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Top Essential Oils to Support Your Moon Time





For some time now I've been learning to live in harmony with my moon-time. For as long as I can remember I've had extremely heavy and very painful cramps that accompany my monthly bleed. I always dreaded this time each month. 

How did I shift this? 

I began using essential oils to help with the pain and other symptoms. Once I wasn't in so much pain I  was able to shift my mindset as well. I read Dr Ezzie Spencer's book "Lunar Abundance" and began tuning into the energy of my body in relation to the moon phases. I began to see how much more powerful it was to honour this sacred feminine time instead of wishing it would go away. 

During this time, we are highly intuitive. We are also emotionally shedding a lot of toxic build-up. So I like to take this time to slow down, honour my body, give myself as much love as possible and really tune into those spiritual downloads that may be coming through at this time. 




Here are my top Essential Oils for supporting my moon-time...

1. Clary Calm
This magical blend is my absolute number one oil for my moon time. Rolling this on my lower abdomen at the first sign of cramping has personally kept me from ever needing to reach for pain killers again. Not only great for menstrual cramps but also for balancing our hormones and our emotions. Wonderful for post-baby balancing.

A beautiful blend of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Geranium, Fennel Seed, Carrot Seed, Palmarosa, and Vitex leaf/berry (known for helping us cycle with the moon).

Clary Sage on its own is also a wonderful oil to use for menstrual cramping. I just personally love the Clary Calm blend for all the other supportive oils and herbs in it. 

2. Ice Blue Rub
If you get lower back pain accompanying your menstrual cramps, then the Ice Blue Rub is for you. (Known as Deep Blue in the USA). Ice Blue comes as an oil which you can dilute and massage into your lower back but I tend to quickly reach for the rub version which is simply a cream version that you can rub straight on. You only need a pea sized amount.

So instead of buying over-the-counter synthetic rubs and creams for your aches and pains that give you that cooling / warming feeling, this doTERRA blend is a completely natural version. It contains an essential oil a blend of Wintergeen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus.

3. Cypress
Cypress oil improves circulation and can support menstrual cramps. I would dilute this and apply to the lower abdomen with the Clary Calm or Clary Sage for a little extra support if needed. 

4. Ylang Ylang
I love to wear Ylang Ylang as a purefume during my moon time because it's a deeply feminine scent. It also helps to reduce stress and tension. If your body is feeling really tight and contracted, apply some diluted Ylang Ylang and lavender to the back of the neck and also the lower abdomen if not using Clary Calm or Cypress there already.

5. Geranium
Another hormone balancing oil. Also deeply feminine, so I will often wear this as a purefume during my moon time. I tend to alternate between Geranium & Ylang Ylang. Geranium also happens to be amazing for skin and hair so I feel like I'm really giving my body some lovin' by aromatically dressing myself in Geranium during this time. Geranium is also a stress relieving oil and very anti-inflammatory.

6. Lavender
As with Ylang Ylang, Lavender is a wonderful calming and tension-relieving oil. Lady Lav will help ease your contracted muscles, soothe any heightened moods, and support a restful night's sleep. Beautiful for headaches too. Apply diluted with Ylang Ylang to the back of the neck and/or lower abdomen or apply to temples for a headache (be super careful not to get in your eyes!)

7. Rose
Helps to stimulate proper hormone levels and can support regulating your cycle. Rose supports goos uterine health. Very calming, supporting cramping pain, heightened emotions, and PMS symptoms. I wear Rose as a purefume constantly - moon time or not! Rose is the highest vibrational oil on the planet. Feels so special to wear her, she gives you that Goddess vibe ;-)

8. Balance - grounding blend
The name says it all, Balance grounding blend is the perfect blend for keeping emotionally stable and present. I love diffusing this in our home and in the car during the day to keep us all grounded. For me, I love to wear Balance with Frankincense on my body if I'm feeling anxious, stressed or irritable.

9. Whisper - blend for women
Ohhh this absolutely divine women's blend is a feminine mix of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Vanilla Bean, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Labdanum, Vetiver, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Cocoa Seed, and Rose essential oils with Fractionated coconut oil. If you want to feel like a true Goddess, then definitely wear this oil. Love up your body by aromatically dressing with this oil after your shower. This blend has the added benefit in that it combines with your chemistry to give off a unique scent.



A few others you may love...

Peppermint & Wild Orange for energy & focus
Peace blend is another great oil for some zen time
PastTense blend for neck tension & headaches
Tea Tree on your hormonal pimples
Frankincense may help support breast tenderness


How to Order Your Essential Oils 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Lavender & Geranium Bath Bombs



February, the month of love! If you're crying out "no way!" then maybe spare a thought for yourself. The main relationship we should all be nurturing is the one with ourself. I dare you to do a beautiful act of self-love each day this month. I'm willing to bet it'll change your life. This month I'll be sharing all sorts of self-love ideas over on my Facebook page. In my last post on prioritising self-care, I shared my top 10 ways to bring more self-care rituals into your life. Take a peek if you need a little inspiration.

Today I'm simply sharing my favourite bath bomb recipe. It's so easy, and my 3 year old is obsessed with bath bombs so we make them together often. As you can see from the photo, he's also skeleton obsessed and looooves the movie "Coco." So please, make yours love hearts or whatever floats your boat, we used a silicone mould of skulls and cross-bones ;-) You can also use any essential oils that you feel drawn to. I like lavender and geranium as they're super calming for my little guy before bed time and help wind him down plus they're gentle and calming for the skin. They smell divine too - bonus!

We got our recipe from Dr. Axe, but modified it a bit. We left out the witch hazel & corn flour as I didn't have any and they worked perfectly. I used Epsom salts instead of sea salt. I also used only liquid coconut oil in our recipe as that's what we always use at home. My mixture looked tad dry which was probably because I left out the witch hazel, so I simply added a little more coconut oil to make the mixture a little more like wet sand. Voila! 



Our recipe...

Lavender & Geranium Bath Bombs

Ingredients:
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup epsom salts
1 tsp beetroot powder
Liquid coconut oil 
(enough coconut oil to make mixture wet enough to mould with hands)
Lavender Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil

Directions:
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Combine wet and dry together in one bowl.
Pack into your chosen moulds or simply roll into small balls. 
Pop moulds into a dark cupboard and allow to dry for 1 - 2 days.
Store in an air tight container for up to 3 weeks.

Note: I only used 2 drops of each essential oil (so 4 drops total) as I'm a believer in the less is always more approach. These are for my 3 year old and essential oils are potent. If making for an adult you can use more. Using just this small amount is extremely fragrant already so I don't feel you'd need much more. However, I use doTERRA essential oils which are 100% pure certified therapeutic grade so I know there are no nasties in them and they are potent and pure, high quality. 

If you'd like to know how to bring these powerful plant magicians into your life, see below. I'm also hosting Facebook classes this month on "Emotions & Essential Oils" and also "Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond" so please contact me if you're interested in these classes and are not already using the oils or talking to someone else about them.


HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR doTERRA OILS


Purchasing an Enrolment Kit includes membership for free, and gives you the most popular oils at a huge discount. This is cheapest way to get your hands on the oils.

The 'Home Essentials Kit' is the most popular kit and gives you the top 10 oils, in the full-size bottles, plus a diffuser and saves you over $200 on the retail cost of these oils.  There are no minimum monthly orders or selling required. 

KITS



HOW TO GET STARTED

Click Join and Save
Choose the country and language that's appropriate to you
Click 'Local'
Choose "Wellness Advocate" (This will give you a min. of 25% off all products & of course my support, but you won't be obligated to sell or buy at all!)
Enter your personal info (if you don't have an ABN leave it blank)
At "Enroller ID" simply enter my ID number: 3624650 and my name will come up - Clare Chiofalo
Click verify
Set up your password
Click to the next page
Select the kit you'd like to order
Enter your Credit Card details and you're done!

(LRP is the best way to get your hands on the cheapest oils and grow your collection. This is doTERRA's Loyalty Rewards Program and is free to join. If this interests you, I can send you more info on LRP)

Please feel free to ask me any questions by emailing me at: clare_m13 (at) hotmail.com or PM me on Facebook or DM me on Instagram. doTERRA have a promo for February where if you order 100pv this month and again next month, you will receive 100 free points to use on future orders!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Self-Care: Are you actually prioritising you?

Self-care. These two words seem to be being brandished about everywhere right now. It's a hot topic, BUT, what exactly does self-care entail? Why is putting yourself so important? Why are we so good at ignoring what our body is telling us and continuing to push-on, to "hustle" if you like, and put everyone else's needs before our own?

I've been thinking a lot lately about self-care and its importance. Not only self-care but the importance of creating rituals. As a mama, it's so easy to get caught up in constantly worrying about our wee ones and running ourselves absolutely ragged but stop and think for a moment. How amazingly high vibe and just fucking awesome is it on those days when you've had enough sleep and you've had a little time out just for you to connect with yourself? It's easier to deal with those tantrums and be so much more present with our wildlings, isn't it? Filling our own cup ensures it overflows toward the rest of our loved ones. 

So what does self-care look like to me? Here are my top 10 self-care rituals, practices, and experiences I've been gifting myself lately and it's making a major difference to my health and wellbeing....



Mood Management with Essential Oils

These little plant magicians have become daily tools and rituals for me. Something I absolutely love to do to pamper my skin each morning after my shower but more than that, enhance my mood and set the tone for my whole day: aromatic dressing. Aromatic dressing consists of hopping out of the shower, drying myself, and then getting some fractionated coconut oil, with a few drops essential oil and working it into my skin from feet to head, really massaging it in and loving every inch of your body as you do it. At the end I like to massage it into my feet. Look, some days I'm in a rush and this may look more like slapping it all over my body but hey, as long as I give my body and my mood some loving as many mornings as possible, I'm happy. I use whatever I feel drawn to that particular day. Some days I love Geranium as it's gorgeous for skin and hair plus smells like an English garden. Lately I'm very drawn to the feminine scents like geranium, ylang ylang, rose or jasmine. Other days if I feel I'm really going to need centring and grounding I'll use Balance (grounding blend) with Frankincense. Tip: be careful if you use citrus oils all over your body not to go out in the direct sun as they're photosensitive. 

During the day at home I have the diffuser going with whatever oils I need in that moment. Feeling sluggish? Peppermint. Need to focus? Peppermint and wild orange together with a little InTune focus blend on my pulse points. Feeling overwhelmed or need to calm the farm? Balance. I often use Balance and Citrus Bliss together for grounding but uplifting too. Citrus Bliss is the oil of creativity too ;-) In the evenings we wind down with some Lavender Peace (aka Serenity in the US) and for bed I add some vetiver and cedar wood to it for some serious sedation haha!

I carry certain oils on me in my handbag every day so if I need something in the moment I gave my go-to oil for that and can even simply take off the car and sniff. I even have a car diffuser so I can make my car my happy place.

See the very bottom of this blog post for how you I can help you get started with some gorgeous plant magic (essential oils).



Chakra Cleansing, Meditation, White Light & Mindfulness

Sounding a little woo woo? Or think you're someone who simply can't meditate? I'm here to tell you anyone can. You don't have to be a "type" of person or some highly evolved zen monk. Shit, my mind wonders all the time when I meditate. Some days more than others, but I never get frustrated about it and stop. I just simply bring my mind back again and again. I can also be quite dynamic, moving around, just doing whatever my body seems to need as I do it. I do other meditations form time to time my my daily thing is a chakra cleanse meditation. We're all energy and to me it makes sense to work on our energy field so that we feel in flow and high vibe. As my mentor, Belinda Davidson, says "the state of your chakras is the state of your life." Chakra cleansing is my daily ritual. If I don't do it, I feel mucky. Kinda like needing a shower. I highly recommend starting with Belinda's chakra cleanse meditation for busy people. (No, I'm not an affiliate).

I will always channel white light after a chakra cleanse and often when I feel I need it throughout the day. I also sign up every single week for Belinda's FREE white light healings. Yup, they're free guys. Get onto it! :-)

I've been on the journey of mindfulness practices ever since reading Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now in 2012. However, it's taken a few reads and also some practical examples from Russ Harris' The Happiness Trap to get me really into practicing this daily. I'm sure mindfulness will be a life long learning journey for me, but every now and then something happens and I realise that I've reacted very differently to how I would have even say 6 months ago. That's how I know I've come a long way. I honestly believe practicing mindfulness is the key to living a high vibe life. 


Kinesiology

I see the most magical goddess, kinesiologist, Sarah Cox of Ignite Kinesiology. As much as I work on my own energy, getting a little helping hand from a talented kinesiologist is a fantastic boost. Oh the amazing things that come up in our sessions! I always feel so aligned and in flow after I see her. I usually go about every 8 weeks or so. Having a proactive approach to my health plays a major component in my overall wellbeing. I also highly recommend Susan from Kinesiology Affect for Sydney-siders. You can see my interview I did with her here.


Pilates & Yoga

My reformer pilates sessions each week are my time. Just me, present, focused, and giving my body the movement that it craves. Yoga too. So if yoga and pilates aren't your thing, go out there and find your thing. something that gets your body moving in a way you love and can give your body what it needs. That's always going to look completely different to all of us. Sometimes I find I need different forms of exercise during different phases of my life. Listen to your body.


Sacred Women's Circle

Last weekend I attended a Sacred Women's Circle. I almost didn't because I had a few things on that weekend and would've been leaving hubby with our 3 year old a lot over the 2 days. Hubby encouraged me to go so I did and I'm so glad I did. We gathered under the new moon energy to set intentions, celebrate sisterhood, bring ritual back into our lives, and acknowledge our truly amazing, alchemical selves. I can't even tell you how much I had felt the need to do something like this. Once upon a time women would connect and have ritual and love and support for each other and themselves. I mean, think about how truly fucking amazing our bodies are?! When I think about how I carried a baby and the way my body adapted to that and then fed and nourished that baby. Why don't we celebrate this?! It seems crazy to me. Not that the circle was just about that. In fact I'm pretty certain I was the only mum there. I encourage you to find something like this in your area and attend. Empowering beyond belief.


EFT / Tapping

EFT is the Emotional Freedom Technique. Also referred to as Tapping, it uses a two-finger tapping process on acupressure points with a cognitive acceptance statement. By stimulating your body's energy meridian points, you can set yourself free from many self-limiting beliefs, negative feelings, and even physical pain and dis-ease. I recently did a one month course in Tapping which included a video each day on different self-limiting beliefs for entrepreneurs and network marketers. By just giving myself that 10 minutes each day it had a massive impact in my business and my emotional wellbeing.


Booking in Those Much Needed Check-Ups

So I realised that since having my little guy I'd put off lots of general checkups. Last week I headed to the skin cancer clinic and actually had to have 2 little biopsies to be on the safe side. I'm glad I booked the appointment when I did. I've also had an eye test, dental checkup, etc. Feels like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders knowing all these appointments are out of the way. I try to be as in tune with my body as possible these days so knowing when it's time to book in to the chiropractor for instance to get m physical body back in alignment, that's important.




Salon Pamper

I love a little me-time at the salon. A mani & pedi, a fresh tan, a facial, or massage. I love to just lie there and be as present as possible. Not wasting a moment by thinking about all the things I have to get done or what so and so said to me yesterday. Pampering and mindfulness practice at the same time ;-)


Catch Up with the Girls

As with the 'Sacred Women's Circle' point above, sisterhood is something we need more of! I love to have a night with my girls. Dinner, wine, and long chats, laughing til our cheeks hurt. Or even brunch and coffee hangs. It's so hard to really have a fully present conversation with the kids, so some scheduled sister time is so important. I particularly loved this article on that...



Reading Soulful Books

For me it's important to nourish my mind and soul by reading books that help me grow. Books that expand my way of thinking and feeling. Right now I'm just about to finish reading my mentor, Belinda Davidson's first book, From Dark to Light. The first part is her autobiography and as an extremely gifted psychic, her life story is just fascinating. The second part actually talks you through the chakras and how you can change you energy and change your by working through the dark towards the light. I love her list of the 10 most spiritual books of all time here. I also love to return to Eckhart Tolle's, The Power of Now, time and time again. There's always something else that sinks in each time.

So tell me Soulful Ones, are you prioritising self-care? What does self-care look like to you? I'd love to know and I'd love you to tag me on Instagram or Facebook @soulfulmamablog #soulfulmamablog with your self-care rituals.

Want to know how to bring some beautiful essential oil plant magic into your life? See below.


HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR doTERRA OILS


Purchasing an Enrolment Kit includes membership for free, and gives you the most popular oils at a huge discount. This is cheapest way to get your hands on the oils.

The 'Home Essentials Kit' is the most popular kit and gives you the top 10 oils, in the full-size bottles, plus a diffuser and saves you over $200 on the retail cost of these oils.  There are no minimum monthly orders or selling required. 

KITS

Australian/NZ Kits 
United States Kits


HOW TO GET STARTED

Click this link https://www.mydoterra.com/clarechiofalo
Click Join and Save
Choose the country and language that's appropriate to you
Click 'Local'
Choose Wholesale Account (NOT Preferred Member)
Enter your personal info
At "Enroller ID" simply enter my ID number: 3624650 and my name should come up
Click verify
Set up your password
Click to the next page
Select the kit you'd like to order
Enter your Credit Card details and you're done!

(LRP is the best way to get your hands on the cheapest oils and grow your collection. This is doTERRA's Loyalty Rewards Program and is free to join. If this interests you, I can send you more info on LRP)

Please feel free to ask me any questions by emailing me at: clare_m13 (at) hotmail.com or PM me on Facebook or DM me on Instagram. doTERRA have a beautiful special for November where you get 50 bonus points to use next time if your order comes to 125pv!! A. perfect time to get some gorgeous Christmas gifts.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Father's Day Edit

Roundin' up my favourite finds for our favourite guys in our lives that we'll be celebrating next weekend. I'd love to hear what you've got planned for your special guys next Sunday, do tell.


leoandspargo Leather Canvas Backpack
Converts from a backpack to a messenger bag. Ethically made. Designed in Perth, WA. These guys also do some rad wallets, belts, caps, and tees. 


Forest bags Waxed Canvas Utility Pouches
Made from beautiful waterproof, waxed cotton canvas. Lined in waterproof black nylon so can be used as a wet bag for toiletries. Completely handmade by owner, Samantha, who personally designs, cuts, sews, packs and photographs every single item with her own two hands. I know this is a Father's Day Edit, but heads up Mamas, these also make great nappy clutches, and she makes gorgeous nappy bags to match!



LIMLazer Wood & Bamboo Folding Beard Comb
This handy little beard comb has been laser cut from an original design to look like a pocket knife when closed. No extra charge to have up to 2 initial on it. Handmade. They have a bunch of other really cool beard combs too. 


Wrangler Apocalypse Shirt
Gorgeous heavy washed khaki shirt that would pair nicely for weekend wear with black or blue jeans.


BOODY Bamboo Men's Boxers
Seam-free, breathable, anti-fungal, anti-odour, has natural thermo-regulating & moisture-wicking properties to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Eco-friendly, ethical, made from organic bamboo. They come in boxers, briefs, black and grey, and they also do socks and tees. (Lady & baby wear too!)



For the sweet tooth. I'm drooling just typing about these! I know turkish delight is my Dad's favourite but check out the other delicious flavours. 

The Wild Unknown - Animal Spirit Tarot Deck
I loooove The Wild Unknown and pretty much everything Kim Krans makes. Her illustrations excite my very bones! I personally have the original Wild Unknown Tarot Deck but I have only just come across this Animal Spirit deck. So for the more spiritual guys among us, this would make for a delightfully wild gift. 



I jumped on these limited edition kits. You get a toiletry bag, Ice Blue Sports Rub, Eucalyptus Oil, and Peppermint Beadlets (for fresh breath naturally). See below for details on how I can help you bring essential oils into you home.


Love this DIY recipe for shaving cream. The 3 oils you'll need are Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Sandalwood. See below for details on how I can help you bring these oils into your home.


HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR doTERRA OILS


Purchasing an Enrolment Kit includes membership for free, and gives you the most popular oils at a huge discount. This is cheapest way to get your hands on the oils.

The 'Home Essentials Kit' is the most popular kit and gives you the top 10 oils, in the full-size bottles, plus a diffuser and saves you over $200 on the retail cost of these oils.  There are no minimum monthly orders or selling required. 

KITS

Australian/NZ Kits 
United States Kits


HOW TO GET STARTED

Click this link https://www.mydoterra.com/clarechiofalo
Click Join and Save
Choose the country and language that's appropriate to you
Click 'Local'
Choose Wholesale Account (NOT Preferred Member)
Enter your personal info
At "Enroller ID" simply enter my ID number: 3624650 and my name should come up
Click verify
Set up your password
Click to the next page
Select the kit you'd like to order
Enter your Credit Card details and you're done!

(LRP is the best way to get your hands on the cheapest oils and grow your collection. This is doTERRA's Loyalty Rewards Program and is free to join. If this interests you, I can send you more info on LRP)

Please feel free to ask me any questions by emailing me at: clare_m13 (at) hotmail.com or PM me on Facebook or DM me on Instagram. doTERRA have BOGO deals happening this week in Australia so anyone joining now can take advantage of the daily buy one get free deals!!