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Witch Hazel

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Witch Hazel

If you don’t already know, the plants surrounding us have lots of medicinal properties! More than just passed down by word of mouth, a quick search on PubMed pulled up 127 studies where witch hazel was used for health benefits!

I want you to fall in love with the simplicity of using pure flower and plant extracts in your day to day life. While they aren’t fully without complication and safety* does need to be studied before using plants for health, I have found they offer simple solutions to health and just every day needs!

*not a doctor, just a Momma, making her best guess with life. While I can’t recommend treatment or diagnose your problems, you can be your own health advocate! Take my suggestions and maybe they fit into you life as well.


Uses for Witch Hazel

•Allergies
•Skin Toner
•Essential oil sprays
•After Shaving
•Skin Care
•Clean Jewelry

So when I’m getting used to using a new plant, I like to have quick uses in mind for it. For witch hazel, “Puffiness, skin, sprays”. Now, anytime I’m in need of something in those areas, witch hazel will quickly come up!

When allergies make your eyes puffy or itchy, you would maybe think to reach for an antihistamine. Witch hazel contains tannins that make it naturally an anti-inflammatory. Soak a cotton round with witch hazel and lay it over your (closed!) eyes. Leave it on for a bit before removing.

You need to use a toner after cleansing and before moisturizing your skin. In between, this balances the pH making it not too oily or not too dry. Grab a cotton round and soak it before wiping gently across your face. Just once at night should be fine!

Adding witch hazel to a spray bottle of water and essential oils (for a room spray, fabric refresher, or even after sun spray!), helps the water and oils combine + the aroma linger longer in the air. My favorite spray right now is 8 oz water, one oz of witch hazel, and then 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil to spray on my skin after being slightly burned in the sun.

Those little red bumps and ingrown hairs after shaving don’t have to happen. Use witch hazel (sprayed or cotton round and rubbed gently) on skin after you shave. Once again, it’s the anti inflammatory properties of the witch hazel plant that help your skin from not getting so angry.

Skin Care- in general, we reach for witch hazel straight or add it to a current routine. Boo boos don’t get washed with hydrogen peroxide but instead witch hazel. Always finding new ways to use it!

Cleaning jewelry with witch hazel isn’t something I’ve personally tried, but I hear it lifts dirt off great! This makes me think it would also be great to add with baking soda and lemon essential oil in a scrub for the bathroom as well. But for the jewelry, equal parts witch hazel and vinegar in a mason jar with a drop of tea tree essential oil. Let it sit overnight, scrub with a soft brush and baking soda the next day before rinsing in cold water.

How will you use witch hazel?


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Magical, Happy Chemial

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Magical, Happy Chemial

What if I told you that you had a magical, happiness chemical at your disposal. It’s free. Naturally occurring inside your body, and easily runs off of minimal pep. And the best news… no products required.

S E R O T O N I N

First is serotonin and what causes it to be low? Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (some say hormone) that controls your body’s function to sleep, regulate mood and agression.
…causes…
Stress- prolonged periods of stress (especially a traumatic event) . Think about running out of the house with a hot cup of coffee (home being your body in a normal state, coffee being your happy hormones). I don’t want to stress you out by giving a stressful example… but really, most of our lives are not constructed well for rest and self care.

Nutrition- Serotonin isn’t just produced in the brain, it’s also produced in our stomach (your second brain). If you’re not eating good foods and digesting well, your serotonin production is off track.

Nerve Damage- “You’re getting on my last nerve!” said the Momma so stressed out. Nerve damage isn’t just caused by stress, but also by toxic substances you might come into contact with daily: fragrances in your home/car/skin care, drugs, pesticides on food and used in gardening. Think about what you’re putting on your body (largest organ) and breathing in, it could be damaging the nerve cells that make neurotransmitters like serotonin. You’ll hear this labeled as a carcinogen or endocrine disruptor (not on the product label, of course. that would be too easy!) Check out Environmental Working Group to see where your products stand.

Depression- been a little or a lottle SAD this season? Even if you don’t suffer from depression symptoms seasonally or all the time, your serotonin could still be low. But do know that if you find your moods fluctuating beyond your control or have trouble getting out of bed during the day, you could have low serotonin.

….improve….
Sleep- Insomnia or just trouble getting to sleep can be from lack of serotonin production throughout the day. Have a routine and goal every night to get in bed. Wash face. Brush teeth. Apply oils. Go potty. Turn off tv. Sleep by (10? 11? 8?) Whatever you need, depending on when you get up. Just like babies need a routine, you still need to baby your body and get good sleep.

Negative Thoughts- say this over and over, “… whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 The renewing of your mind is a consistent, constant process. Give yourself grace in negative times and make it a point to lay this scripture foundation on your heart.

Exercise- I might be the last person to tell you how to work out. So, I won’t. Momercise is my workout of choice. Daily movement. What feels good. Set a goal, then mini goals to get there. Want to run? How many days? Mark it on the calendar. Set out your clothes and shoes the night before. Set your alarm. Do it.

•Sunshine- This past winter, I needed a heavy dose of sunshine, literally. For that reason, I will recommend only one product. Vitamin D. I take 10,000 IU a day in a capsule. Also, diffusing citrus oils or taking cod liver oil is helpful. Since it’s spring now, get outside! Wear a hat for that cool wind, get your hands in the dirt pulling weeds and planting. Take a gentle walk in the sunshine. You will see a difference! Even if you’re just sitting on your front porch steps letting the sun hit your face.

•Eat Well- Nutrition is key. I talked about the neurotransmitters of Serotonin being found in the stomach. If you’re eating a lot of what I call “heavy foods” (breads, fast food), and foods containing tryptophan (turkey meat and milk) will decrease serotonin production. Consider how many fruits and veggies you get into your diet daily. Add in one or two more per meal and see how you feel! And as always, drink at least 1/2 your body weight in oz of water per day.

•Breathing- Prayer. Meditation. Yoga. Taking 5 minutes, three times a day to sit without thoughts, emptying your mind, and taking in deep breaths is helpful! Delivering oxygen to your brain and cleaning your blood while detoxifying. One of serotonin’s functions is to help control breathing. You are teaching your body what it feels like to rest and allow it to work these many functions. Serotonin is purposefully produced and you will find yourself more peaceful after practicing just a few times a day.

I did find this article in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience about increasing serotonin without drugs. For our family, we treat the root cause, always, first before moving onto a drug. Mostly, medications aren’t needed as our bodies are miraculously made to heal and produce what’s needed under the right circumstances.

Do these tips seem helpful? What can you start today to help increase the magical, happy chemical?

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Emotional Health

Emotional Health

Have you used your emotional support oils?

The first question I ask myself when kids or self are off. Emotions are stored in our body. They have a living frequency that doesn’t just settle into our brains to be on repeat (hello, negativity!).

Catch in your throat with fear?
Tingly hands and feet with nervousness?
Headache and neck tension with stress?
Stress, anger, worry, fear, any negative emotion is taken in by not only your nervous system causing those above symptoms but also your organs.


I’m not talking about diseases here. Remember, prevention is the key to wellness! Let’s conquer those emotions and see what how our body physically responds!


TOP 7:

Valor
Amazing oil to balance the body both physically and emotionally. "When we have more courage to take on new things and/or change, we are better able to release old patterns that are not working for us." Very soothing and calming when diffused or applied to Vita Flex points. Perfect for kids after an overactive or stressful day as well as.

Harmony
When you just can’t seem to solve a situation on your own, and a new perspective needs to come. When you lack trust in yourself or others. Have I hit a nerve yet? Harmony brings it allll in. (Emotions purely a result of hormones? Reach for Lady Sclareol!)

Sacred Mountain Have you just ever been in a place where you felt so small, maybe closed in? This oil blend, Sacred Mountain, is my go to when I need to rise up out of that place and stand on solid ground.

The conifer oils used in this blend have been used by the North American Indians for hundreds of years to harness the energy of the planet and bring protection. The oils helped them to recharge energetically at all levels. It is believed that is why animals like to take shelter or rest under these conifer trees. Interesting!

Highest Potential Best. Emotional. Support. Ever. for those groggy days that sometimes get the best of us. What's the opposite of low? High! So if you've feeling low... use.... HIGHest Potential! Build confidence. Release limiting beliefs. Focus on your potential, not your imperfections. 

21. TWENTY ONE! single essential oils are in this blend. Favorites: Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Jasmine, Blue Cypress.

Into the Future "To infinity, and beyond!" .... or something like that. All I know is that I put Into the Future on my crown (top of head) on Monday and four days later plus two shampoos later and I'm still smelling it.  Feeling like I've had a very productive week as well! I don't know what your hold ups are, but there is no room for confidence issues, negative thoughts, or backwards thinking when you are striving to be the best version of yourself.

**This is a great oil for a men's cologne if you add in a few more drops of Idaho Blue Spruce! 😍

Into the Future has Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Orange, Idaho Blue Spruce, and sweet almond oil as carrier. It smells delicious!

Stress Away Island in a bottle! This little gem was one of the first essential oils I used. Then I put it on my crying toddler at the grocery store. Loved that calm shopping trip! Next up my son got a drop after school with all his ten year old, feeling incapable, emotions. A lovely conversation followed! This bottle has not left my arsenal since! It’s

Forgiveness People hurt. Words hurt. I’m not in the camp that when someone says “I’m sorry,” we have to instantly forgive. But is good for us to work on forgiveness. Hurtful memories without someone there to talk it out with? I experienced this firsthand after being a widow by suicide. Talk about learning to forgive! Reach for this oil and take some deep breaths when you’re ready to sit, journal, and pray through forgiveness.


HOW TO USE:

Aromatically
- Drop some oils in your diffuser! I love to pair emotional support oils with a citrus like Lime, Orange, or Lemon.

Topically- All of my Top 7 oils can be used straight from the bottle! Truly, you need this book to determine where to apply your oils. I can’t read your mind, and maybe you don’t know your own brain when feeling emotionally “loose”. Releasing Emotional Patterns will trace your physical feelings to an emotional trigger point!

My go to- One drop on top of my head to release an emotion. One drop on back of my neck to stay grounded throughout the day. One drop on wrist to inhale as needed. One drop on belly when I need to gather in. <<Pick one or ALL application spots… depending on your needs.


You’re going to get to know your body so well! Fear will be released. You will be capable and trusting of your physical intuitions. Why am I qualified to tell you this? Because I’ve been through some BIG emotional times. Friend, emotional strong holds don’t have to be the end of the road for you.


  1. Releasing Emotional Patterns by Carolyn Mein- You’re not mad.. there’s an underlying issue! Regret? Dissatisfaction with self? Get to the ROOT of your emotions. Learn how to “Use your big girl words.” as I tell my daughters Your Wellness Tribe members, email me danielle@amomsbestguess.com for a discount on this book!

  2. Aroma Freedom Technique- Aromatherapy practice to get to the root of negative emotions! I will gladly schedule you for a free session (in person for local, video call for others).

  3. Oil + Glass- Lots of good recipes for emotions + others to use daily! Your Wellness Tribe, email me danielle@amomsbestguess.com for a discount on this book! Not a Young Living member? I’ll give you this for free!

  4. Young Living Essential Oils- I only use and recommend Young Living, because they are a company enlisted to meet all the needs of my family’s wellness and purpose in life. A one stop shop with amazing quality . Get started with me and you’ll be invited into Your Wellness Tribe: A lifestyle learning community!


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