Sleep Series: Melatonin

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Melatonin…? I think I’ve heard of that!

Melatonin is actually a hormone produced in the pineal gland. For those of you that don’t know, the pineal gland is in the brain. In simpler terms: Your brain regulates your sleep patterns. While melatonin is produced naturally by the body, sometimes we need to supplement* to help with our sleep cycles. And like everything else, source matters. You want to be sure your supplements are pure and of the highest quality. I have super high standards for what I want from a company, so I choose Young Living products for my sleep support.

A quick note– there are many lifestyle factors that affect melatonin production, release, and function. I encourage you to research the topic further if you are having trouble sleeping often. A good place to start: The Paleo Mom

Why is it important?

Melatonin helps your body naturally regulate the wake and sleep cycles. It is the thing that makes you feel sleepy at night before bedtime and what wakes your body up when its morning! Your body releases melatonin about 2 hours prior to going to sleep.

ImmuPro & SleepEssence

Support for Sleep with Young Living

SleepEssence

SleepEssence softgels

With “sleep” directly in the name, its no shocker that Young Living’s SleepEssence is my first choice for getting a good night’s rest. Inside: lavender, valerian, vetiver, and melatonin. I like to take one about an hour before I know I’ll be getting into bed. The melatonin in the SleepEssence helps support your body’s natural wake & sleep cycles. The essential oils promote rest and relaxation, and creates a calming environment to naturally support sleep.

ImmuPro
ImmuPro

ImmuPro might not immediately come to mind when thinking about sleep support, but it is such an amazing product with multiple benefits! There is melatonin inside, which helps to regulate your body’s natural sleep rhythm. Not to mention all the support ImmuPro provides for your immune system & against oxidative stress. They come in chewable tablets, and have a slight wolfberry taste. There are other minerals- including zinc and selenium- that our bodies need for proper function. In colder months, I like to swap my nightly SleepEssence for the added immune support of ImmuPro. I’ll chew one about an hour or so before I go to sleep, and I get the powerhouse benefits and a restful night of sleep.

What have you done to support your sleep? Have you tried melatonin?

 


*ALWAYS consult your trusted healthcare professional or physician. None of the information in this post is intended to diagnose, prescribe, or treat. This article is for education purposes only. I am not a doctor, just a faithful product user.*

Diffuser Blends for Men

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Need some oil inspiration for the man (or men) in your life? Check out these diffuser blends featured on Young Living’s blog! Read the original post on Young Living’s blog.

Commute Conqueror Diffuser Blend

Men’s Diffuser Blend

Commute Conqueror

– 6 drops Lime
– 2 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
– 4 drops Cedarwood

Why?

Lime to brighten & relax on the commute,
Eucalyptus Radiata for a boost of energy,
and Cedarwood for focus

 

 

Man Cave Master

Man Cave Master

– 3 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce
– 6 drops Bergamot
– 3 drops Wintergreen

Northern Lights Black Spruce to invigorate, Bergamot to uplift, Wintergreen to stimulate

This is a blend that you’ll enjoy smelling throughout the whole house, but its also masculine enough that your man will be diffusing it himself.

Armchair Quarterback

Perfect for weekend football games (or any sport) on the television.

  • 6 drops Valor to create some vibes of strength and power!
  • 2 drops Citrus Fresh for a bright, refreshing scent
  • 2 drops Shutran for a scent that inspires feelings of masculinity
  • 2 drops Tea Tree to provide a strong aroma

Workshop Warrior

Enhance his space with this blend to boost brain power and creativity.

  • 4 drops Raven to create an environment of clarity
  • 6 drops Tangerine to refresh the mind
  • 2 drops Idaho Blue Spruce for a woodsy scent
Freshly Mowed Lawn Diffuser Blend

Smells like cut grass!

Freshly Mowed Lawn

– 2 drops Basil
– 2 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce
– 2 drops Bergamot
– 6 drops Citrus Fresh

So fun- really smells like fresh cut  grass! Give it a try if you love the smell of mowed hay but your eyes & nose don’t.

 

 

 

3 PM Pick-Me-Up

Ditch the energy drink! These 3 in the diffuser will give you the push you need to make it through the final hours of your workday.

  • 4 drops Peppermint to inspire concentration
  • 6 drops Orange for a bright, energizing aroma
  • 2 drops Idaho Balsam Fir for a scent that enhances calming & grounding

 

Give these diffuser blends a try today!

Face It Friday: My Favorite Essential Oils for My Face

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Can I share with you the secret to AMAZING skin?

Its a realllllly good one!

Frankincense and Patchouli

The Perfect Pair: Frankincense & Patchouli

There it is! Frankincense and Patchouli essential oils.

A while back I watched a video posted in Jim Bob Haggerton’s Facebook group (Essential Oil Club). The video was of Melissa Poepping- a rockstar lady that is taking on her dreams by storm. She shared with the E.O.C. her daily skin regimen. It consisted of Young Living personal care products as well as DIYs! I managed to get all the products I needed for this routine on my essential rewards. (Not on essential rewards yet? Go here.)

I will be posting a video in the future of the whole shebang (in the near future!), but for now just believe me in this: it is INCREDIBLE. The best. Ever. Hands down. I literally feel like I’m getting a spa-quality facial every time I wash my face.

Part of the magic of the routine includes these two gems- Frankincense and Patchouli! After cleansing your face, doing the serum and hot washcloth combo, its time to wipe n’ pat Frank & Patchouli all over your face- diluted in a little cool water. It smells and feels sooo nice on your skin. Cooling, and peaceful from the heavenly smells of the oils! Take the time to inhale and appreciate; get the full benefits.

 

Frank Essential Oil

Frankincense

Frankincense Essential Oil

  • Helps maintain radiant skin
  • Earthy, uplifting aroma- perfect for grounding and spiritual practice, including yoga ritual
  • Smooths the look of healthy skin

Frank has been a popular guy since ancient times. He’s even in the Bible. If its good enough for baby Jesus, its good enough for your face, right?! Seriously, Frankincense is one of my very favorite essential oils. I feel like my inner yogi spirit is awakened every time I breathe it in! Plus, it makes my skin look divine.

Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli essential oil

Patchouli

  • Maintain a healthy youthful-looking glow
  • Diffuse after a long day at work or school for a calming, peaceful environment. Om.
  • It even supports your hair- add a couple drops to your fave YL shampoo or conditioner

Getting wrinkly? Wanna be proactive about the lines? You need Patchouli! The hippies were definitely onto something- I am sooo glad I have Patchouli in my life. Its syrupy smooth and feels so soothing on my face, plus it calms my soul. LOVE it. Combined with Frankincense, your face is going to be pampered at a level Aphrodite herself would approve of. Give yourself and your skin a little love!

Good news! Frankincense comes in your Premium Starter Kit!

You can at least get started on your way to goddess skin. Find out more about your PSK here. Add some Patchouli to your very first essential rewards order when you join the program! Already loyal to your essential rewards? Add Patchouli (#3608) – and don’t forget Frankincense (#3548) if you need to restock.

I hope you come to love these two little bottles as much as I do! Show your skin some TLC with Frankincense and Patchouli.

 

(Be sure to stay tuned for more skin support posts to come to the site! ❤)