Myrrh essential oil

Myrrh Essential oil

Myrrh essential oil

Myrrh Essential oil

Myrrh Essential oil is a beautiful thick, sticky essential oil made from the resin of the Commiphora myrrha.

Native to regions in Africa and Arabia, the Commiphora myrrha is a small tree that produces a sap that hardens into the resin known as myrrh. Typically a thorny tree or shrub, the myrrh tree produces few leaves and rugged, angled branches. Due to its highly aromatic nature, myrrh has been used since ancient times for medicine, perfumery, incense, religious purposes, and burials. When extracted, sap from the myrrh tree, also referred to as myrrh gum, eventually hardens and dries into myrrh resin. When the myrrh tree is harvested, it “bleeds” the tree sap, which then turns hard and glossy. Through steam distillation, myrrh resin is converted into an essential oil with a dry, woody aroma.  Source: doterra.com

According to Modern Essentials, because of its chemical constituents Myrrh is

It has been used historically as incense in religious rituals, in embalming and as a cure for many ailments including herpes, cancer, leprosy and syphilis. The French have also used it medicinally to help with a wide range of issues including respiratory and digestion related issues and thrush.

Myrrh is also reputed to be fantastic for oral health and if you watch the video below you will find out about how Myrrh and other trees were linked to the origin of the humble toothbrush!

 

Myrrh essential oil for beauty and Skincare

Researchers have found that the topical application of Myrrh essential oil can help decrease sebum damage and protect skin from damage.

Due to its chemical design, Myrrh oil has proven to be helpful for cleansing, improving the appearance of skin, and promoting grounding feelings or the balancing of emotions. The sesquiterpene ethers in Myrrh essential oil are known for their soothing properties, which is why Myrrh is useful for soothing the skin or soothing emotions. One of the primary sesquiterpene ethers in Myrrh oil, curzerene, is commonly added to skin care products because of its ability to improve the appearance of skin.

 

Myrrh essential oil is an active ingredient in the dotERRA Spa Clarifying Mud Mask and in Salubelle (Imortelle in USA), both pictured below.

 

myrrh essential oil

myrrh essential oil

 

Blends using Myrrh Essential oil

My favourite oil to blend with Myrrh is lavender, but it is a match made in heaven with Sandalwood and Frankincense and also Cedarwood, to achieve deep rest and relaxation.

 

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DIY: Razor Relief Serum

DIY: Cuticle Cream

Emotional Properties of Myrrh:

Emotions & Essential oils- A Modern Resource for Healing identifies Myrrh as the Oil of Mother Earth due to its nurturing properties.

Myrrh oil nurtures the soul’s relationship with its maternal mother and with the earth. This oil supports individuals who have had disturbances with the mother-child bond. Whether it is a division between the child and the biological mother or whether it be mother earth herself, Myrrh can help bridge the gap and heal the disturbance. This division or lack of attachment may be related to adoption, birth trauma, malnourishment, experiences of abandonment or other childhood issues. Myrrh helps the soul to feel the love and nurturing presence of mother. Similar to the nutrient-rich colostrum found in mothers milk, Myrrh oil inoculates individuals from the adverse and harmful effects of the world. Like the warmth of a mother’s love for her child, Myrrh assists individuals in feeling safe and secure”. 

 

To purchase Myrrh essential oil, click on the image below and follow the instructions.  In December 2017, Myrrh is 10% off with a wholesale price of $83.25 AUD for Australian customers or $110.29 AUD for retail customers.

Myrrh essential oil

 

 

 

best essential oils for stress and anxiety

Best essential oils for dealing with stress and anxiety

best essential oils for stress and anxiety

Best essential oils for dealing with stress and anxiety

What are the best essential oils for dealing with stress and anxiety, and is it ok to admit you feel anxious?

I get a lot of messages quietly from friends who don’t want anyone to know that they are feeling anxious. There seems to be a sense of shame about it, to admit that you are not coping. You know what? I can’t find many people who live in this modern day and age who haven’t found themselves in a situation at one stage or the other who haven’t felt anxious.  Change produces anxiety becuase we stress and mull over what might happen in the future.  Change happens very quickly thanks to modern technology.

Our modern lives are so busy and filled with deadlines and activities that it doesn’t take much to begin to feel stressed and a little anxious. The number of families who are now dealing with an absent parent due to FIFO (fly in fly out) roles, is incredible. Add the divorce statistics on top of this, and you’ll realise that the world is actually filled with couples and families experiencing distress from physical and emotional distance based separation. We’ve never had to deal with it on such a scale before. One person is left to stay at the “fort” and carry on as usual and the other one is permanently feeling like they are splitting themselves in two.

Couple this with our expectations of perfection, exacerbated by our friend’s seemingly perfect lives on Instagram and Facebook, and it doesn’t take long to feel like our family is the only one which is disorganised, shouty and messy, and that we should be doing a better job with the kids, our marriage and our lives.  Heck it feels stressful just writing those sentences.

We look back at previous generations and think “What am I doing wrong?”. Actually nothing. Your perception of your life as a child is different than the reality of how your parents coped at the time. One of my closest friends told me yesterday that she was given a stack of her mother’s personal letters to her family to read, by her mother, for the express purpose of understanding that she was doing nothing wrong. The reality of being human is that we all wear a mask of coping and confide in those closest to us when we need help. We don’t necessarily broadcast it to our children and the world.

Some people cope with 5pm wine.

Or a wine whilst cooking and another with dinner.

Or emotional eating.

Or sex with strangers via online dating sites.

Smoking. Doing drugs.

Shopping.

Bingeing on tv, that they don’t even really want to watch.

Never ending scrolling on Facebook

Or over exercising

Or simply retreating emotionally and distancing themselves.

 

What I would like to propose is that anxious feelings and stress are a normal part of life, and I would like to show you some tools that I use to help me cope. What I have taught myself is how to reach for essential oils and to supplement my diet, rather than repress my feelings or let myself get overwhelmed.  I believe that all emotions are healthy, but the key is to act on them as they arise, and make sure that we don’t get stuck in one particular emotion.

Based on my personal experiences over the past few years, I highly recommend every family examine implements a sensory routine in their lives. I believe a sensory routine is actually a recipe for sanity!

Here’s what we do in our household, and it helps! Why not try it in yours?

Here is the power combination:

  1. Create a daily sensory routine  (see images below)
  2. Use DDR Prime supplementation  The Frankincense helps reduce inflammation in your body, which is what is caused by stress. Inflammation is one of the prime causes of disease in the body. It also helps with elevating mood and making you feel grounded and calm. Since taking the DDR Prime, my immunity has been at an all time high!
  3. Carry the one essential oil you find is your “rescue remedy” with you at all times. I used bergamot when I had panic attacks. These days I am more likely to carry Balance or Peace with me in my handbag or put it on a lava bead necklace or bracelet.
  4. Investigate your gut health by participating in a gut health reboot program (we run one every three months, or you can do your own version here) or starting on the Life Long Vitality Supplements. Understand the link between your gut and your mental health.

 

Trust me it works! I have experienced anxiety and this is the protocol that I discovered worked best for me!

Manage your stress and anxiety through the power of a sensory routine

sensory routine

sensory routine

sensory routine

sensory routine

 

sensory routine

 

sensory routine

 

sensory routine

 

Best essential oils for stress and anxiety Best essential oils for dealing with stress and anxiety

Here’s a Facebook Live that I recorded earlier about the Mood Management Kit- which I recommend using as the basis of your sensory routine.

 

If you would like to find out more contact me, or if you are ready to purchase these wonderful essential oils and a diffuser click here.  Please do not use a tea light candle diffuser as the heat destroys the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils and you are left with just a pretty smell.

 

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Eat Pray Love Made me do it.

Eat Pray Love Made me do it

Recently to celebrate the anniversary of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert called for submissions to be included in a book of short stories titled “Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It”. Naturally, I jumped at the chance. My submission was not successful, and I thought that I would share it with you, so that those of you who are new to this website, can gain a sneak peak into my life, and why I am a photographer and writer. (The original article was not submitted with photographs)

Katische

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In the early scenes of the movie Love Actually, Jamie (Colin Firth) comes home to discover his semi-clad girlfriend cavorting around the lounge with his brother. Suitably devastated, he retreats to a lake house to write a novel on his old-fashioned typewriter. I too, have retreated to a lake house. With the dissolution of my marriage, I have packed my things and brought my children to a house overlooking a lake in Witta, eager to create a fresh new future.

I don’t want to move back to my hometown of Brisbane to be pitied. I know that just like death, divorce is a taboo and most people in society run from those who have failed in marriage rather than come close to support them.

I want to be alone to lick my wounds. I feel ashamed. My heart feels black with grief and I need the freedom to be in the emotion of the moment, to be sad or mad or angry, to achieve nothing other than simply getting through the day. I am now a recipient of a government pension and my ego does not like it. I refuse to live in a depressing environment. I know that if my house is hell, then my mind will descend there.

I know I need time to heal, but with two children under four and a dog, I cannot escape the country to an Ashram, so I choose to make my new life in Witta a healing adventure. I create my first blog and name it ‘Adventures with Munchkins. It is a way to document for myself the experience that I am going through. I want to write about the change in my life from an uplifting point of view. From a perspective of adventure, from the rose tinted lenses of a woman who thinks she can face fear head on and make an adventure out of the experience of being a single mother.

I know that single motherhood is one of the biggest fears married women face, and parents have for their children. It is the main reason that abused women remain victims, and others who are in a loveless marriage remain until the kids have left home.

Single mothers are blamed for everything. Bad behaved children, truancy, rises in crime and drug usage. A single mother is someone to be pitied, not inspired by. A single mother also usually earns less and works more, and holds the greatest guilt over not being a super human and giving her child every experience possible. One in four children in single parent families in Australia live in poverty.

I am determined that I will not be the object of pity. I am also determined not to let my single motherhood change my parenting wishes. I wish to be a present parent, even if that means I am a parent who remains on a pension longer.

My number one focus in life is to recover from my marriage breakdown to ensure that when I am ready to return to work, I am an asset not a liability. Eat Pray Love becomes literally my bible. I feel like Liz Gilbert is the only person in the world who understands me.

I highlight passages and every time Richard from Texas counsels her, I feel as though he is talking to me. Especially when I am sad, and then angry. Both which are natural stages of grief, experienced as a result of a separation and divorce, both equally disturbing and overwhelming.

“Groceries, you need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select what clothes you’re gonna wear every day. This is a power you can cultivate…Because if you can’t learn to master your thinking, you’re in deep trouble forever”.

And so I learn how to watch my emotions rise, and monitor my thoughts like passing clouds. At some point in time, I stop being angry, start to accept my lot in life, and starting seeing the beauty around me.

Eat Pray Love

I am filled with awe of the clouds and the fog and the mist of Witta, and how they interact with the mountain range. The mornings are filled with spectacular sunrises and the evenings with even more amazing sunsets over the lake. So begins a fascination with recording the beauty I am seeing on my iPhone.

Eat Pray Love

The day I started to see beauty in my own yard, changed my perspective on life.

I change the name of my blog to ‘The Lake House Writer’ and my journey takes on a new dimension. Each week I post images that I have taken that are blended with quote that reflects how I feel, the inspiration that I am seeking in my life. I create my first photographic video that incorporates images I have taken on my iPhone with Tibetan music and post it on the blog.

I decide to undertake a photography challenge with my friend also named Liz. We no longer live around the corner from each other, and as a way of continuing the friendship we decided to upload a photo a day. It just has to be a single photo, something that we had done or seen or eaten that day.

Eat Pray Love

From this point onwards my brain explodes. I allow my brain the space to be silent whilst my eyes filtered the experience of my life through a camera. I experience the complete spectrum of emotion through the excuse of photography. This enables me to see the emotions that I am experiencing at a safe distance, and I can correct them so that I do not go too high or too low.

I can now view my photography and say ‘wooah that was a dark day yesterday’, better make today a light one. I then simply seek an adventure where I photograph something beautiful in nature, to make my mind focus in that direction.

Eat Pray Love

I have a whole new culture at my fingertips. Living in Witta, I am exposed to the freethinking Bohemian living citizens of Maleny. People here simply view life differently. They take you as you are. They explore all facets of life, all theories of existence and all forms of healing. Nothing is too strange, too unacceptable, or too radical.

I decide that if I am going to live in the middle of nowhere, I might as well embrace it- put on the glasses of Peter Mayle for a while. It may not be rural France, and I am living in a brick rental house rather than a crumbling Chateau, but the experience for me could be the same. I needn’t travel overseas to live an adventure. This realization gives me immense freedom and tears off the tape that is binding my wings to my side.

My blog becomes the place that I explore my fascination with life in Maleny. It is the best medicine for a broken heart. I simply operate from the place of knowledge that I know nothing about repairing a broken heart and that I will take any advice, and try it. Any remedy, any alternate therapy any approach to life and any friendship that came my way. If it doesn’t work, there is nothing lost.

Eat Pray Love

And nothing is lost, because, a year later, we return to Brisbane, ready to face the world again. We face a bigger battle helping my father face an early death in the form of prostate cancer and again Eat Pray Love comes to my side to help cope with anxiety, depression and grief, all the same emotions, this time in a different form.

the hardest goodbye

When the grief passes I take Richards advice,

“Take all the time you need to heal, but don’t forget to eventually share your heart with someone”.

A couple of short relationships later, my heart has been wedged right open, and I am optimistic that in time, I will find the right long term relationship.

Eat Pray Love

Words by me, image by Russell Stevens.

My writing and my photography has been a constant for me through this journey and I’m now both a professional photographer and writer. I’ve just put the finishing touches on my manuscript, which I have been writing since that first blog as a newly single mother.

Eat Pray Love

So from the bottom of my heart, and also from my children, who have gained a mother who is passionate about her work, I thank you Liz. By taking the courage to be vulnerable and share your story, you have helped me through my darkest times and provided me with the never-ending light of inspiration to guide me on my way. Your Facebook posts have impacted and helped me on a daily basis and you Liz, have become my Richard from Texas.

 

*Note- one of the many challenges that Liz and I took was a structured challenge from Fat Mum Slim.  These photo challenges are a fantastic way to get started with photography. In time, we decided to create our own challenges, but highly recommend the structured approach to get you photographing and give you some confidence.

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