10 Ways Essential Oils Changed My Life

10 Ways Essential Oils Changed My Life

So what the heck is this crazy oil nonsense I keep spewing on social media? It’s not nonsense – but it is crazy how in just two years these little oils have changed my life. And I need to talk about it.

You guys know from all of my recent meditation posts on the blog that I am so into my spiritual practice lately. Seriously it is soooooo my jam right now. I wake up, go into my meditation room, get in zen mode and that is how I start my day almost every day.

Its the bees knees.

But I wasn’t always like this. The truth is emotional wellness wasn’t really my thing for quite a  while. I lived life like an emotional rollercoaster all the damn time.

But then I found my spiritual practice and it changed everything. So today I wanted to take some time to break down one of my favorite most vital self love saviors: Essential oils.

 

 

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are nature’s finest purest form of plant life condensed into a little bottle. Cold pressed oils derived from plants. I have Lavender oil (which I use for sleep time) Melaleuca Tea Tree Oil (which I use for my skin) and Orange oil (which I use to make the house smell beautiful.) I use these oils for a whole lot more but basically the point I want to get at is that these little bottles contain 100 percent pure plant oil – and all different types of plants!

How do you use them?

I get this question a lot. You can diffuse them, apply them topically on the skin, or you can ingest them (depending on the plant) But you can also make a lot of really awesome beauty recipes. I no longer use store bought soaps or shampoo anymore thanks to these bad boys.

 

 

Now the big breakdown: The 10 Biggest Ways Essential Oils Changed my Life

1.I no longer have depression or anxiety. And I no longer have to take medication for those things after 10 years. Yup. No joke. I use oils in my meditation practice and I wear them topically all the time and they literally cured my anxiety. Aromatherapy is a real thing guys. It works. Ask the google.

2. I no longer need to take sleeping aids to go to bed and I sleep blissfully through the night every single night. Coming from the girl who couldn’t sleep 3 hours straight without waking up from a nightmare or stress – I fall asleep within seconds of hitting the pillow now with diffusing lavender oil in the room. My fiancé says he sleeps better too!

3. I don’t need to be cold medication when we get sick because oils clear up my sinus’ every time. I put peppermint oil underneath my nose and BOOM. gone.

4. My house smells like Martha Stewart lives here all the damn time. Orange oil – Rosemary Oil, Lemon oil – the list goes on .. Every time I am diffusing oils in the kitchen my heart warms up. Plus I avoid allergy issues and soy candles.. so that’s cool.

5.  Speaking of Allergies. I have zero. Yes. Zero. I totally attribute this to using oils and keeping my sinuses healthy with the oils I diffuse all the time in the house.

6. I heal migraines and neck pain instantly with oils. Its a LIFE SAVER. There’s an oil called Deep blue that I use and it saves me every time. a little bit on my neck and back and boom I’m all better!

7. My spiritual practice is crazy beautiful with oils. I meditate and manifest my desires. I can say prayers for self love and abundance and receive what I am looking for.. Each oil and plant  has a deep spiritual root that is tied to enhancing and releasing certain emotions like fear, stress anxiety, overwhelm, doubt, anger, rage, depression. I mean it is crazy awesome what these oils do for my mind.

8. My beauty care rituals are on fleek (*if that’s still a thing*) Yeah..people are always asking how I make my skin so clear and I just tell them – it’s the oils! no wrinkles, no bags, no pimples. IT’s awesome.

9. I have continual self confidence and self love. The minute I started working with these bad boys, so much changed. My confidence grew, my inner awareness developed, my intuition blossomed. It was awesome. Seriously. I swear these little oil bottles are my secret to constant confidence and self love.

10. Peace is now a practice and a choice I can make every single day. No matter what I am always grounded and clear minded.

 

Now it’s your turn.

If you want to get started on oils, this is always the kit I recommend – its 100 percent therapeutic grade and beautiful. This month (May) if you enroll you get 50 dollars back – which is awesome. This is the “Aromatouch diffuser kit.”

Go to – whatisperfection.com/oils/ and then register as a free “wellness advocate.” after you create your account it will ask you to pick a kit. This is the Aromatouch diffuser kit.

It’s beautiful. Comes with everything shown here.

Questions? get at me on Facebook. I’ll help you out!

My Meditation Corner Pt. 2

My Meditation Corner Pt. 2

Guys I feel like I’m nesting a baby in this room lately. Except it’s my soul – not an infant I’m preparing for.

Gosh that sounds cheesy. But no for real, there is something about my meditation corner that just makes me feel so incredibly inspired, blessed and at peace. A while back I shared with you some of the decorating I was doing in my meditation room in this post here.

But today I wanted to give you an update – since somethings have changed!

Do you need help picking out meditation tools? Check out this post. I break down all my favorite meditation must haves for my practice. I love using essential oils, crystals, prayer cards and mala beads!

This corner is my newest addition to my meditation space. I found myself sitting in my recliner seat journaling and facing the fire place with this big open space of nothing over here – and it drove me nuts. “I need to create something in this space!” So I went out and bought a book shelf and started building my personal development library!

I have a TON of books – but I decided this shelf would be just for my personal development collection. I just finished The Art of Living by Bob Proctor and it was so good! I’m going to his event in California in October. Btw. He has over 1,000 books in his personal development library! I have a lot of catching up to do!

Of course I have buddha and zen decor everywhere. This beautiful pearl head releases Lavender essential oil and makes the room smell amazing!  I got it from Homegoods.

And of course, I have my crystals everywhere. This is Chrysocolla & Druzy a rare form of my favorite stone to work with lately. I had to snag it when I saw it in the crystal shop this week!

And of course, my meditation room is not complete with out my salt lamp, money tree and Chakra balancing Candles. I love it. I love it so much. I could probably spend the rest of my life in this space and be happy!

 

I hope this post inspires you to go out and create your own little meditation corner or space in your home.

xoxox

My Meditation “Must Haves”

My Meditation “Must Haves”

Hi Y’all! So sorry this post took me longer to create than I expected. Life gets in the way sometimes! So earlier this week I posted the story on how I decorated my meditation corner – and I gave you guys some free tips for how you can create your own safe space meditation corner yourselves! I loved that post so much and you all seemed to love it too, that I thought I would follow it up with a second post sharing some of the tools I use for my meditation practice!

 

First off, let me just be clear – everyone’s practice is different. And second – you don’t actually need anything to meditate or start your own meditation routine. For me though, I find using tools to bring me down into my zen zone actually helps me. It enhances the experience and it lets me step into that “present state” quicker. So here’s what I do every morning in my mediation corner….

 

FIRST I LIGHT MY CANDLES 

I am really big into symbolism in my practice, so lighting the candle for me means that I am ready to open my heart and step into that surrender state of tranquility. I love these from Chesapeake Bay because it adds some variety to my practice. It allows me to decide what emotion I am longing for and then boom – I light it, set an intention and then move on. You can check out their line here:  Chesapeake Bay Candle Mind & Body Collection Medium Jar Candle, Balance + Harmony I absolutely love their scents. They are all fresh, pure and calming. These two are my favorite.

THEN I SET AN INTENTION FOR MY PRACTICE 

For me, I am always focused on gratitude. This sign that hangs in my meditation room is just a reminder to me that feeling grateful can open up the doors to so much more in my life. So no matter what I am dealing with in my life, I always try to remind myself before I go into meditation that gratitude is key. If you’re looking for a gratitude reminder, I got this one at Target, but this gorgeous one on amazon is my favorite –> There is always something to be grateful for Print 


SOMETIMES I ENHANCE THE MOOD WITH OILS 

If I am craving energy or wake up extra tired than usual, I sometimes take things up a notch and diffuse some grapefruit or lemon oil. I find Grapefruit helps me feel confident and clear and the Lemon gives me that zesty energy I am hungry for on those off days. If you are looking for an oil company to go with I always recommend Young Living or DoTERRA. Both are amazing.

CRYSTALS, MINERALS AND MALA BEADS

Okay guys.. here’s a big one – and there is post about this coming soon on the blog. I am obsessed with Crystals. It’s my new thing. And I ma slowly building my collection. I carefully picked out some stones that spoke to me when I went shopping last week, and I can’t wait to go back and buy more. But when I meditate I hold some in my right hand since the right hand is my receiving energy hand (I am left handed and naturally receive in my right) and I wrap Mala beads around my left  hand during my actual meditation practice. Mala Beads have roots in Buddhism and I’ll def be doing a post on those soon and why they are important to use and incorporate into your spiritual practice. But for now, if you want to grab some for yourself, this style is my favorite. These are so beautiful to me. —-> Menton Ezil Elastic 3mm Tibetan Buddhist Amulets Retro Wrist Mala Wrap Beads Stones Bracelet Necklace 

I MEDITATE

Anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes depending on what I need. I close my eyes and put in headphones to drown out the noise. Sometimes I do an unguided practice where I just sit there in the silence and try to shut off my mind. Other days I go through youtube and search “meditation for —-” whatever I need that day. Once I open my eyes I surrender and thank the universe for the experience and then flip some cards.

MY I AM DEDICATION CARDS 

My best friend Heather got me this gorgeous set of I AM cards, every card is beautiful designed with an inspirational message of what you are that day. I shuffle the cards and then randomly pick one. For some reason – the universe always sends me a card that I need that day. You can find I AM Cards all over the place, but This pack is so special to me of course – thanks  Heather! They were designed by Loren Slocum Lahav and you can buy them in her shop here —> Her Online Shop 

FINALLY, MY FEMININE ENERGY CARDS 

I am really strong in my masculine energy, having been a hustler in the Television industry for quite a while, it is really hard for me to go with the flow and relax when I need to. A while back the awesome beautiful Kris Britton recommended these Oracle Cards and I instantly rushed to grab them. There is a different Goddess on each card and I randomly pick one every morning to inspire me and lead me on my mission. There’s a CRAZY story about these cards that I can’t wait to share in another post – but for now, go buy a pack here if you want —> Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards

More in my next post! Hope you enjoyed these tips and suggestions for meditating!

A Peek In My Meditation Corner

A Peek In My Meditation Corner

I am such a sucker for a lot of things, but top two on my list of guilty pleasures?  Target shopping and home decorating.

Now, when those two things are put together, what do yo have? A TOTAL disaster for my Visa Card.

My client sent this to me and it basically sums up my life. Thank you Maria for making me laugh so hard:

 

Here’s the proof: 

 

 

 

Yup….that was kinda how I looked after my trip to Target. I went in for toothpaste, came out with a bunch of furniture and forgot the toothpaste.

But it was actually amazing.. because for the longest time I had been wanting to create my meditation corner and I finally got to do it! Yay!

So today I wanted to give you guys some tips on how you can design your own awesome meditation corner.

 

 

YES. I MEDITATE. A LOT.

I meditate every single day. I find that the secret to manifesting what I want isn’t hustling or being an aggressive go getter. It’s actually sitting back, stepping into my flow, closing my eyes and deeply imagining what it is I want for my life. (If you don’t meditate I’ll do another post on the site filling you in on why you should and how to start.)

But first, let me show you how I made my meditation room!

WHY YOU NEED YOUR OWN SPACE TO MEDITATE

For a while I was spending most of my meditation sessions lying in my bed and chilling out in corpse pose with headphones on. But I realized that for me, my bedroom gives off the “it’s time to sleep” energy. So matter how hard I tried, I would often find myself dozing off into a little slumber mid meditation sesh. Having your own space to meditate and deeply align with your spiritual vibes is a great way to honor your practice.

WHAT IF YOUR HOUSE ISN’T BIG ENOUGH? 

As a former NYC girl, I know all about the first world struggles of not finding space in your apartment. Back when I lived in Manhattan I barely had enough room for a laundry hamper corner let alone a meditation spot. Sticking to the bedroom is fine if you don’t have the space. But if you find yourself hungry for a little place in your home to call your own, feel free to walk around and take sometime feeling out the energies of your rooms. Is there a little corner in the living room you can designate to call your meditation spot? That’s what I did? And it still looks great for when guests visit so I don’t have to worry about rearranging anything when we host parties.

Okay.. Here we go… Let’s talk details

My Meditation Corner, Before and After

Okay..so here we go.

FIND YOUR CORNER.

Finding the space in your house can be a tricky thing. Like I mentioned, we don’t all have the space. When I was trying to figure out where to create my little meditation section, I went through the house quietly feeling the vibes of each of my rooms. My Kitchen Dinning area has a lot of space, but it didn’t feel right to me to put it there. My bedroom gave off more of an intimate and relaxing vibe than I would have liked, plus it is a shared space between my fiancé and me. I wanted a space just for myself. The lounging room upstairs is where Matt place his video games and hangs out, and my office is where I focus and do all of my work, so there was no way I was going to design a quiet spiritual corner in any of those places. I decided the Fireplace room was the best. It gave off almost zero negative vibes to me and it felt right. Get where I’m going with this? Find a room and a corner that most resonates with you. And feel it out.. it may not be what you expect.

Ugh sorry.. my dog is so freaking cute I needed to throw her in here. Animal (yes her name is animal) Loves this space of the house. During the afternoons I find her sprawled out basking in the sun in front of the sliding glass doors. This space happens to be the most empty space of the house, since we are taking our time decorating and building book shelves. Anyway… it was  nice and empty. Minus the dog and the two recliner chairs of course.

TAKE YOUR TIME SHOPPING FOR FURNITURE

I went to Target and literally spent two hours picking out pieces that spoke to me. I recommend to  start you get a small table and a chair with a rug like I did. You don’t need to go all out and crazy with your corner. What’s important is that it stays simplistic and speaks to you and makes you feel good. I swear, by the time I was done decorating this space I was obsessed with it. You want to make sure your meditation corner is a place you are excited to go to every day.. so take the time picking out pieces.

DON’T WORRY ABOUT MATCHING THE REST OF THE ROOM. 

This was something I went back and forth on, because I am a really big fan of creating happy creative spaces in my house, and I wanted to make sure my meditation corner wasn’t so far fetched in style with the rest of the room. At first when I was shopping I was picking pieces that “went with the rest of the room,” telling myself, “oh this matches,” and then adding it to my shopping cart. I literally had to take everything out and start over. I was feeling a deeply feminine vibe for my meditation corner and I needed to roll with it. Even if the rest of the room isn’t feminine that’s okay. This is my special place and it doesn’t need to match the rest of the house. Surprisingly, Matt didn’t care that it was super girlie!

THE LESS CLUTTER THE BETTER.

The more simple the space the better. The whole point of your meditation corner is to decompress and empty your mind. The last thing you want to do is to fill the space with a ton of furniture posters and nicknacks. Keep it simple and stick to the basics so you can allow your mind the time to empty and chill out.

Make sense? I have to be honest I’ m absolutely in love with it. Matt keeps laughing at me because every time I pass that space in the house I start doing happy dances.

Tomorrow I am going to share with you some of the tools and things I use to get into a deep state of meditation! So Stick around!

 

 

 

 

Zero Gravity Float Therapy = Amazing

Zero Gravity Float Therapy = Amazing

You know me – I am a sap for all things spiritual woo woo and holistic. The past two weeks I have been obsessing about going to a Crystal shop that for some reason I have not gotten to visit yet (and it’s driving me crayyyyy.)  I work every day with a salt lamp at my desk. I use essential oils and down a ton of supplements every day. And yes, every single morning, I mediate before I even brush my teeth.

That’s just how I live my life guys. Though I wasn’t always like this. But now that I am, I have to say it freaking rocks! Holistic/Spiritual Practices have become such a true core vital part of my coaching practice and my life style. And truth be told… I cannot get enough! Lately I have been in my “exploring phase,” trying new and exciting ways to add calming practices to my lifestyle – I kind of have my own little Bucket List of things I want to try.

So this weekend I was so happy to be able to cross one of those awesome things off my list! Zero-Gravity Float Therapy! And yes, Just like the title of this blog post, it was AMAZING.

For the record, I had no idea something like this existed until I found it online in a google search looking for spas in my area. I spent so much time researching the benefits of salt therapy and different forms of it’s practice since I started using Epsom Salts in my bathroom years ago. (by the way I make a killer at home detox bath recipe I always recommend – in case you can’t find  Zero gravity therapy in your area. Check out the recipe here.)

So I stumbled on Zero Gravity Therapy at A Healing Trail Wellness Center in CT. Guys… If you need a place in the Tri-State go check it out and tell them Lauren sent you! It’s amazing. The staff is incredibly kind, the place is so peaceful and serene, and there is even an adorable four pawed furry friend to greet you when you come in! Her name is Venus and she is half Husky and half Lab … I mean seriously, my heart melted (I wish I got a picture.)

The Healing Trail Wellness Center has a TON to choose from. I am going to go back for Hypnotherapy and Acupuncture for sure! But on this trip I decided to focus all of my energy into this new and exciting Zero Gravity machine. . I want to tell you all about my experience – but first…..

WHAT IS ZERO GRAVITY THERAPY?

Zero Gravity, or, Ant-Gravity Float Therapy is weightless experience where basically – in a nut shell – you lay in a tub of water filled with tons and tons of epsom salt and you float in it for like…. an hour. There is so much salt in the water that it makes your body float “like a piece of cork.” There is no sound, no light, just darkness and let me tell you – it is freaking amazing

WHAT DOES IT DO FOR YOUR BODY? 

It heals the body and allows it to take a break from the constant state of pressure that we experience with gravity 24-7.  We don’t really it, but our bodies are constantly battling gravity – running, walking, standing, sitting, – we don’t really do anything at all that doesn’t include a pull from the earth. All of that pressure puts a constant strain on our backs, muscles and joints.  Antigravity lets your body take a break from the stress. The owner of the Healing Trail Wellness Center told me that the first time she tried it, she drove all the way up to Buffalo and after two treatments, she was relieved of her chronic back pain. Insane!!!

WHAT DOES IT DO FOR YOUR MIND? 

Well… Since we are constantly dealing with gravity, we become less aware of it’s presence and its crazy effect on us – not just our bodies but our minds. By floating in a tank with zero gravity you can become much more in tune with your body and connected to your mind.

ANTI GRAVITY MACHINES ARE USED TO TREAT…..

Uh.. So MUCH. But here’s a running list from the Healing Trail Wellness Center

Benefits of Zero Gravity Float

  • Relieves pain from injuries
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Speeds the healing process
  • Increases production of endorphins
  • Relieves pain from arthritis
  • Boosts immune function
  • Relieves pain from migraines
  • Improves circulation
  • Relieves chronic back and muscle pain
  • Reduces blood pressure, heart rate & oxygen consumption
  • Promotes peaceful relaxation
  • Helps prevent sports injuries
  • Eliminates fatigue and jet lag
  • Decreases the production of cortisol
  • Heightens visualization
  • Deepens meditation
  • Diminishes depression, anxiety and fear

From the minute I stepped into the room, I was relaxed. The private area was closed off from the rest of the wellness center so you aren’t disturbed by outside noises. It really helped me remain present and focused on the experience. The room is sort of separated into three parts, there is a changing area (Where I am standing taking this picture) a showering area and then an amazing mermaid room behind the door – the actual Anti Gravity Machine.

It’s recommended that you remove all of your clothing and jewelry before going in. I think some people wear bathing suits sometimes but since it is a private machine and no one else is in it, I went full birthday suit. I think going into the experience completely naked allowed me to be more connected to my body and the experience I was having. If you wear contact lenses it is recommended that you take those out too. Then before you go in you take a shower, removing all the products from your skin and hair before going in.

And then…. the journey begins! Oh. Em. Gee.

So let me tell you  how it feels. I stayed in for a full hour, even though it is recommended your first time you actually hang out in there for a full hour and a half. It may seem like a long time, but honestly, your mind goes through all of these beautiful stages in the process of Floating, and you really need a full hour at least to process it. The room is sound proof and light proof. The have peaceful music playing with a dim green light when you walk in, but after a few minutes of getting calm I decided to go for the full experience and I shut both of those things off.

The water temperature and the room temperature are set to the same 94 degrees (If I remember correctly) and that’s I think what made the experience even more incredible. after a few moments floating, the water becomes so still that you can’t tell the difference between where the universe starts and where it begins – especially because there is no noise or light in the room. I thought about the universe, I reflected on my past, I manifested the future and I loved all of it.

IT was the deepest most peaceful meditation experience of my life. I was able to release so much anxiety, and fear during my time in the Anti Gravity Machine. It was such a beautiful indescribable experience that I am truly grateful for.

After, I got a massage. I left fully zen and full of love.

I loved it. Recommending it to all!