Articles by Dawn Shipley, RA, NCPA — aromatherapy

5 Essential Oils For Self Care When Social Distancing

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5 Essential Oils For Self Care When Social Distancing
In these unprecedented times, self care is even more important than ever. Facing a pandemic brings more than just the chance of viral infection but also a slew of unexpected challenges such as overeating, under-exercising, overworking, financial stress, and an array of emotions - sadness, fear, anxiety, worry, grief, depression, insomnia, restlessness, overwhelm, just to name a few. These emotions and other stresses can take a toll and put more strain on our health if not careful.
I have gravitated towards certain essential oils in my approach to gaining/maintaining health through such adversity. Essential oils contain a plethora of chemical compounds which allow them to have multiple benefits supporting a wide array of physical and emotional concerns, making them a versatile and powerful natural ally for supporting overall wellness. I've chosen 5 to share with you that are affordable and versatile enough to mix well and help with many issues people may currently be experiencing, followed by a couple recipes I love. Enjoy and stay well!

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MTHFR Mutations and Aromatherapy to Support Them

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MTHFR Mutations and Aromatherapy to Support Them
The study of epigenetics shows how our environment—which includes our emotional state, physical state and diet—can affect our gene expression that can in turn affect our health.  There are polymorphisms, or mutations, in the genes that are being studied, and two of those that are very important are MTHFR A1298C and C677T.  These are important because they affect the metabolism of folate in our bodies, which is crucial to many other biochemical processes. Epigenetics shows that through diet and lifestyle, which can include aromatherapy, we are able to take control of our own health and aid our bodies in functioning properly.

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Aromatic Astrology

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Aromatic Astrology
So I thought why not pair one of my curiosities with my passion:  astrology with aromatherapy?  Match top personality traits with essential oils that would balance out the extremes.  Sometimes I chose oils for their similarities to a signs’ characteristics as well, like Sandalwood that inspires thoughts of something strong, steadfast and soothing, with Taurus, the bull, who can be temperamental, but is definitely strong and steadfast, like the sandalwood tree!  It also promotes deep thought and openness, the first of which the bull enjoys, and the latter of which he needs more.

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