I am going to be brutally honest here and tell you when I was younger I was such a shit. I judged people harshly, I used to criticise people for being homeless, ugly, lazy and just horrible. I would never think anyone has been through a hard time, or lost family or homes, I never thought people doing it tough were broken, scared or feeling immeasurable pain. Nope I was an asshole, and it probably stemmed from my own crappy life at the time. I hated life, I didn’t want to live past 40 and if I suffer so should everyone else.
GOD HAD OTHER PLANS!
It hasn’t been an easy road to niceness, God has had his hands full teaching me some valuable lessons, but luckily His hands are big. These days I have a tonne of compassion towards people. I have found even in this job, that people will react better to kindness than they will if you are going to bounce them. One of my jobs is to chase up tenant arrears. Some tenants can get quit hostile and come barging into the office ready to rip you a new one, but if you show them some understanding and kindness that situation can be diffused really quickly. When I was younger a reactive situation would have just gotten worse and nothing would resolve except 2 parties feeling a lot worse than when they woke up that morning.
I have also found that you feel good inside when you are nice to people. We were made to be nice not horrid and our inner spirit jumps for joy every time we are nice. Do you get that? Do you get that happy feeling when you are nice to someone? It’s a revelation to me I gotta tell you and whether you are a Faith person or not the result will be the same. Try being nice to someone even when you know they don’t deserve it and see how it makes you feel. By smiling at a stranger you just don’t know what impact you may have on their day!
Can smelling essential oils make you smarter? The answer may shock you. But before you continue reading this email for the results, I want you to take a good sniff of some rosemary essential oil and see for yourself!
Nourishment, circulation, and the amount of oxygen in the brain are all very critical for it to function on a healthy level. Nearly everything in our daily lives requires appropriately stable mental health. We deal with stress, exhaustion, mental fatigue, poor concentration, and even disease. The struggle is real, and the nose knows. But essential oils are on our side, and they can actually help us fight these battles.
Research suggests there are a number of essential oils that are beneficial in supporting brain health and cognitive skills. Scientists, such as Dr. David Steward featured in Ancient Secrets of Essential Oils the Movie, believe various aromas affect brain function because scent receptors in the nose send messages to the amygdala, which controls emotional health and well being, as well as the hippocampus, which is the control center for memory.
The next time you have an exam or a major project to focus on, try these essentials oils and let your mental gears get going! It just makes sense.
5 Essential Oils that Support Brain Health
Rosemary. In Ancient Greece, young men and women wore rosemary in their hair to improve mental performance for their studies. William Shakespeare even made a reference to rosemary in his famous play, Hamlet, when Ophelia utters, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” Rosemary has an energizing aroma that improves mental clarity and memory abilities, making it an oil that is essential for staying clever. According to the Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, researchers from Northumbria University in the UK set out to add to this knowledge by testing the effects of rosemary oil on volunteers’ mood and mental abilities. 20 people were asked to perform subtraction exercises and other tasks to see how quickly they could process new information before and after being exposed to the scent of rosemary in their work stations. Speed and accuracy were improved by 60-75% after the rosemary.
Lemon. Not only is lemon oil an invigorating and delicious aroma, it has many benefits for emotional health. Lemon is known to be especially good for elevating attitude, mood and spirit, and helping deal with depression and mood swings. In research performed at the Laboratory of Nutritional Biochemistry in Shizouka, Japan, Lemon essential oil was shown to inhibit memory impairment from scopolamine exposure, preventing dementia.
Juniper. If your eyelids are getting heavier, smell a bottle of juniper. Juniper stimulates all the activities within the body. This effect also helps overcome fatigue, dizziness and depression, and It increases the activity of the brain and nervous system. Juniper berries assist in keeping the brain fit and free of seizures as well as other such afflictions. It is also very abundant with Vitamin B as well as Vitamin C, and small quantities of calcium, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, lipid, and ash.
Clary Sage. Clary sage gets its name from the Latin word “clarus,” which means “clear.” It was referred to as “clear eyes” during the Middle Ages. Clary sage oil is often used to help cope with anxiety, tension, and is known to improve vision conditions, or problems such as tired or strained eyes.
Vetiver. In Sri Lanka and India, vetiver essential oil is called “the oil of tranquility.” Chinese medicine, vetiver oil was also believed to calm and cool the body and mind and to stabilize emotions. For these reasons, it was sometimes used as a meditation. A study carried out in 2012 found that smelling Vétiver enhances computer work and can produced faster visual reaction times, help with concentration for those with ADHD, and helps protect the brain from oxidative damage otherwise known as “free radicals.” Vetiver also appears have to be an excellent source of antioxidant activity, which is crucial for supporting brain cell growth.
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) happens when the pressure on the arteries and blood vessels becomes too high and the arterial wall becomes distorted causing extra stress on the heart. Long term-high blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and diabetes. Most Americans don’t even realize they have high blood pressure until serious problems arise.
Results of high blood pressure include:
Blocked or ruptured blood vessels
Reduced kidney function
Loss of cognitive function: concentration, memory and ability to learn
Metabolic syndrome: a cluster of metabolic disorders such as high cholesterol and insulin, atherosclerosis and increased waist size
Frequently, there are no symptoms as blood pressure increases, but warning signs for very high blood pressure can include chest pains, confusion, headaches, ear noise or buzzing, irregular heartbeat, nosebleeds, tiredness or vision changes.
Causes of high blood pressure include:
A high-salt diet
Birth control pills
The above information is from here and there is a tonne of information about Hypertension there but I want to talk to you about how Essential Oils can help you normalise your blood pressure while maintaining an organic and natural way of healing.
One way to help normalise blood pressure is to cleanse the liver and colon for better circulation. Cleansing the colon will help rid the body of wastes and toxins that could be clogging the normal process of digestion. Cleansing and digestion are critical to normal body function.
With the risks and side effects of prescription medications, many people are turning to natural remedies and preventative treatments for high blood pressure.
While a lot of success has been found in the use of supplements such as magnesium, CoQ10, potassium, and fish oil, the benefits of these supplements can be increased when used with essential oils. Here are some of the best essential oils to use for high blood pressure.
How can essential oils can help with high blood pressure?
Firstly, keep in mind how essential oils enter our bodies. When rubbed into the skin, they enter the blood stream through follicle cells or the sweat glands. However, they also gain entry through inhalation. In this case tiny molecules of oil are absorbed into the bloodstream as the lungs oxygenate the blood.
Once they’ve entered the bloodstream, essential oils can gradually dilate constricted arteries which normally makes the heart work harder to pump blood.
Many essential oils also act as antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress, resulting in lower blood pressure. And some essential oils efficiently decrease emotional stress that could lead to high blood pressure.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot essential oil is typically used in cosmetics, due to its crisp and refreshing smell. However, studies have recently shown that this powerful essential oil has several medicinal benefits as well.
For example, studies have revealed that bergamot essential oil reduces high blood pressure when it is diffused and inhaled for 15-60 minutes. This means that those who use bergamot essential oil for aromatherapy typically show a significant reduction not only in their blood pressure but also their heart rate.
Bergamot essential oil is also known to improve one’s mood. Studies performed in a high-stress environment found that those who inhaled bergamot essential oil had a reduction in their anxiety level as well as an improved mood.
When bergamot essential oil is inhaled, neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin are released, creating a feeling of well-being. An aromatherapy session with bergamot essential oil can help lower blood pressure, as well as reduce the impulse to reach for comfort foods, due to the increase of dopamine in the brain.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage essential oil has been shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as significantly reduce respiratory rates of those who use it during aromatherapy. Clary sage is a good essential oil to use in situations where patients do not necessarily need to feel relaxed, but simply must have their blood pressure lowered.
Clary sage essential oil decreases stress and symptoms of depression as well. Studies have shown that clary sage essential oil not only reduces stress but also create an anti-depressant like effect. As many people who suffer from depression abuse alcohol, which is a risk factor for high blood pressure, Clary sage essential oil may be able to combat high blood pressure in multiple ways.
Ocotea essential oil is not the most widely known oil for natural health, but it is highly effective and versatile in its uses. Derived from the leaves and branches of a genus of trees that is native to Ecuador, also called Ocotea, there are over 200 species of this tree, most of which have similar chemical compositions. Although species vary between trees and shrubs, all of them are praised for their potential health benefits. In fact, this genus of the tree is related to the cinnamon plant and contains trace amounts of cinnamaldehyde, a powerful antioxidant. The most important active ingredients in ocotea essential oil are alpha-humulene and beta-caryophyllene, as well as camphor and safrole, which provide the majority of the health benefits outlined below.
One of the best stress-relieving essential oils is rosemary oil, so it is also highly effective for high blood pressure. Many people’s hypertensive issues are almost solely due to a stressful lifestyle and an inability to control stress hormones. Rosemary oil can soothe that inflammation, clear your mind and lessen the strain on your heart.How to Use – This oil is quite powerful, so there is no need to diffuse it all day long, but a few hours of diffusing this oil each morning can provide your body with a neutral base for the day, helping to keep your blood pressure down.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is one of the most well known essential oils available. Among other health benefits, reducing high blood pressure is on the top of its list. Lavender oil is a general healer that comes with a wide variety of therapeutic uses. It is often used to induce sleep by reducing tension and stress. It also contains analgesic actions that make it beneficial to cure headaches as well.
In a recent study, the impulses of patients’ brains were measured before and after inhaling lavender essential oil with an EEG machine. The study revealed that lavender essential oil has several health benefits, such as reducing heart rate and blood pressure and increasing the amount of relaxation waves in the brain. Patients who inhale lavender essential oil report that they feel more alert, relaxed, and refreshed after doing so.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
The smooth scent of ylang ylang essential oil easily releases daily stress. Studies actually show that it is not only the scent of ylang ylang, but its blend in an essential oil that creates the most benefits for decreasing blood pressure rates and stress.
Studies have also combined ylang ylang essential oil and bergamot essential oil, providing an impressive result of the inhalation of these essential oils together not only reduces blood pressure but cortisol levels as well. The use of these essential oils is an effective nursing intervention for those suffering from hypertension.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is a powerful essential oil that has a calming effect on the body. This not only reduces stress levels but also regulates the heart. While the body may require an increased dose of prescriptions over time for high blood pressure, frankincense is a tonic substance, meaning that its benefits increase over time while still using the same amount.
Frankincense has long been used to reduce stress levels and promote mental clarity. It has been used in ancient Egyptian ceremonies to promote peace of mind and stillness.
Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine essential oil has an uplifting and almost euphoric quality to it that is able to calm nerves, boost confidence, and create optimism. With these emotional balancing qualities, breathing is improved, depression is lifted, and nervous anxiety may be alleviated. These effects ease a tense nervous system, which is a common cause of high blood pressure.
The most effective way to use essential oils is to diffuse them using an Essential Oil Diffuser. A diffuser releases the oils into the air in their purest and undiluted form providing you with maximum therapeutic benefits.
Using lavender essential oils in aromatherapy helps to balance the emotions and soothe the body, ultimately bringing balance to the nervous system. Exposure to the scent of this essential oil triggers positive mental energy to soothe stressed behaviors, ultimately lowering high blood pressure.
Inhaling the aromas of sweet marjoram and ylang ylang essential oils helps to relieve lethargy, nervous exhaustion and can be used to uplift the body by calming overthinking and inducing relaxation. While sweet marjoram is good for these things, ylang ylang essential oil is also a helpful sleep aid.
You can also blend essential oils! For high blood pressure, it’s especially recommended to mix 1 drop of lavender, 1 drop of ylang ylang, and 1 drop of bergamot; conversely, you can also mix 1 drop of lavender, frankincense, and sweet marjoram for an equal effect.
Essential oils may also be used in salves to rub over certain areas of the body, such as the heart, between the fingers, and on the soles of the feet. This can be done by mixing your essential oils into a carrier oil, such as olive or coconut oil, simmering the mixture in boiling water until the contents dissolve, and letting it cool.
Well after probably a year of no proper rain, this week it rained. We have had some really good storms coming through and more importantly some of the western country has been getting some decent falls. These farmers are down to bare dirt, cattle are dying and farms are being sold up. This drought is relentless so this past few days worth of rain is such a welcome sight. We are not out of the woods yet but gee it’s a good start.
Who hasn’t read Harry Potter yet? Not watched the movie, read the books? I have and I can say that I will read them again when I retire. They are the most magical books, even better than the movies if that is at all possible. I find that reading makes your brain work, it jolts your imagination into place and forces you to recreate in your mind what the write is trying to portray. The Harry Potter series of books were some of the most enjoyable books I have read and they hold a special place in my reading heart.
Well I made it through another week but not without stuffing up quite a few times. I find getting older has made me less ‘sharp’ if you know what I mean. I am getting confused with numbers, I am not learning programs as quickly as I once did and this part of ageing is really frustrating to me. Is it just me? I mean, I used to be really on the ball, really quick and rarely made a mistake. These days it’s taking me twice as long to learn something, I’m nervous about making mistakes and I feel like just running and hiding. I guess that’s the thing with going back into the work force after 10 + years you kind of forget that things are foggier than they once were.
I think this is a really hard time for women especially, we are at an age where we don’t want to admit we are ageing, we don’t want to admit that we get confused, or find things difficult. I certainly don’t want to have someone telling me what to do or how to do it, especially if they are younger than me! The other thing we most likely have to put up with is menopause. Maybe all these things are due to menopause and not age at all. Maybe I am still smart but the demon menopause is telling me I am not.
Is there anyone else gone back to work in their 50’s after a looooong break from it? I am also struggling with the fact that so many people know me from ‘before’, I was dynamic, skinny, held a high profile, was young, alert, knew my stuff, all of which I am not now. I feel super uncomfortable being back in the public eye, I am very conscious of the fact I am no longer young and skinny. I feel really embarrassed to see people I used to know, I just want to run & hide. This has really been one of the hardest things to do.
So what have I been doing about it? Sucking it up! This is about me earning some extra money to help out with the bills, this is about me getting some knowledge back so I can move forward into other things, this is about our future and also helping my ageing aunt (who owns the business) in her last working days. This is about taking the pressure off my husband who has an extremely stressful job, it’s about not having to say no to my 14 year old son all the time. I can’t make this superficial or it will do my head in, I can’t make this about how I look because really I am bloody 52 and who actually cares! My husband loves me and my children and grandchildren adore me so it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks I look like. So I smile a lot, I pray a lot, and I lather myself in essential oils and I do my job to the best of my ability. I come home tired but I come home to the most beautiful peaceful farm, a loving husband and the most amazing 14 year old son. Mindset is sooooo important in every day and to those that pray, keep doing it, it will see you through the tough times!
I doubt most farmers will agree with me here, but if you look hard enough you will find beauty amidst the drought. We have just come back from a Sunday drive around the farm in the buggy, I haven’t done this for weeks, I have lost interest in seeing skinny cows and now grass. The owners of this place have finally started irrigating and feeding a few of the super skinny cows, which, by the way are right next to our house, giving the dogs something to bark at all bloody day, but, a lot of this could have been avoided. Anyhoooooo………as we drove around today all the crows ash trees and the silky oak trees are amass with bloom! A brown shitty landscape dotted with bright orange and pure white bursts of color just to let us know there is still life and beauty within the boundaries of this farm.
Between these wonderful trees and the newborn calves we have everywhere, I realised today there is still a heart beat in this property and to not give up so easily. Could be said of a lot of things in life really, things I had given up on that unbeknowns to me still had life. Don’t get me wrong there are some farms further west that are devastated, it would be very difficult to find any pulse there and with those farmers lies my heart, breaking with theirs. But today, Sunday the 6th October, our farm is still fighting, steal breathing and just waiting for the day we get that elusive wet stuff that falls from the sky!
Well going back to work has sure taken it’s toll on me. I am so tired I can hardly function and when I try and do anything on the computer I fall asleep! The thing is, studying, working and still maintaining this house is not something I have had to do for quite sometime. My hours are 8.30am till 2 pm, not a lot of hours one would say, but here’s the kicker, I haven’t actually left at 2pm since I started. I can’t seem to get everything done in those hours. But its been good to work back in my old office with my old aunt & cousin, my cousin is very quirky as in, strange, but I have been getting along with him famously since I started, which has made a huge difference, since we never used to get along at all.
Running a trust account again has been challenging, getting the bank to always balance and having no discrepancies has been super fun….NOT! The systems that are in place aren’t the same ones we used to have, everything is different and apparently easier, but I gotta tell you it is super complicated and not at all as easy at it used to be.
Getting up and getting to work on time has been the biggest challenge. The jobs I used to take my time with of a morning now get raced through, all of a sudden my mornings are stupid like they once were 10+ years ago, the bonus now is I don’t have any kids to get ready for school. I guess I will get back into the swing of things, it will certainly take a bit longer than it used to, I find that at 51 (52 in December) I am not as quick as I used to be, my brain isn’t as sharp as it used to be and I am finding it a bit difficult not doing anything creative during the day.
Studying is ridiculous, I am way too impatient to do all this study, I am googling everything instead of reading the manuals, these things are hundreds of pages long, who’s got time for that?! I just hope I get the answers the way they want them lol. As a creative I find this course extremely boring HOWEVER, I know it will lead me to better things in the near future. I think sometimes we have a tendency to wait around for things to drop in our laps magically, especially if you are a person of faith like myself, I am guilting of this, I pray Lord, I read the Bible now where’s all my good stuff, where’s all these blessings? Thing is, while the Bible is full of blessings, they aren’t given away for free you have to work for them in one way or another, scripture says “I will bless the fruit of your hands”. Funny thing will all this is I was petitioning God for registration money for our car, and he gave me a job, so there you have it, work for it! I am actually excited to see where this will lead, my heart is with coaching so I hope that becomes the plan. There isn’t too much I haven’t done in the real estate industry, I just need to refresh all my knowledge.
So for all of you ladies or men who are going back to work in your 50’s after a long break I am with you! I know your pain and I know your tiredness lol!
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