Spring is in the air Part 2. Sports and muscle pain

Spring is a season for new goals in sport and personal fitness. Early sunny mornings and blooming nature makes it much easier for us to spend more time outside and planning our jogging, hiking or any other outside sport routine. However the first weeks can be devastating because no one wants to begin the training from level zero. It has to be fast, energetic and sweaty otherwise it doesn’t count… I am talking about me but I assume that I’m not only person who makes this mistake. I just don’t have patience to start slow and build up, if I do sports it has to be full power. So if it’s a bike tour it has to be at least 20 km and if I start muscle training at the gym it has to be one hour of intensive workout. No wonder that I have massive muscle pain after these power ups… But to tell yourself that you are not in a good shape after 4 months of lazy winter is embarrassing, so I better stick with muscle pain…

I would like to share with you some information about 3 essential oils from Young Living which are my number one when it comes to muscle pain. All of those I use topically diluted with carrier oil (coco nut, almond etc.). They are truly amazing and can be used after any sport activity which you prefer. Like I already mentioned before my favourite activities are biking, jogging and muscle training in gym. I recommend to try these essential oils if you want to avoid so called after workout hangover.

Aroma Siez is a blend of Basil, Marjoram, Lavender, Peppermint and Cypress essential oils. It helps to sooth the muscle pain after workout and exercise of any type from stretching to intensive cardio workouts. It also can help avoid pain in your feet after a long working day if you have to stand for long periods of time. Massaging it to your shoulders and neck helps to take long day tension and to relax your shoulder line muscles. I normally apply it directly after the workout and shower on slightly wet skin with some almond oil to those areas which I feel tomorrow will hurt the most. 20170314_153247

The second oil which I would  recommend after an intensive mountain hiking tour or longer jogging interval is Wintergreen. Wintergreen is one of those oils with very strong smell of medicine and I bet you know the smell if you have ever had back muscle problems and used some creams or warming plasters from a doctor. I have to be honest, I use this oil not so often because the smell is very annoying for me and I see it as pure medical oil for those cases when I know no stretching will help me now and I will not be able to step out of my bed tomorrow… My boyfriend who already ran a full marathon is using it after every longer training and he is very happy with the results.

Wintergreen is very powerful oil and has to be always diluted before using. It is most known for its use against rheumatism, arthritis and bone or joint pain. The list of abilities, which this oil provides is quit long and you can find lots of information online about its medical properties. Just to name few: analgesic, eliminates pain, relaxes muscle tension, simulates circulation of blood in applied area and speeds up the removal of toxins, reduces spasms, antiseptic etc. So if you came home after a workout that was over your limits and your muscles still tremble because of the stress I would recommend a massage with wintergreen every 8 hours or even before stretching if you skipped that part.img_4158

The last but not least is Basil essential oil which is great if you thought “oh it was not so much what I did today I think I will be fine” and the next day you feel that you have muscles in places where you wouldn’t expect it to be… That happens if you are trying something new like climbing or some new workout where you train groups of deep muscles. Or you just think that the exercises outside have the same effect as in gym. I can tell you really honesty that working out with a bench outside on sunny morning means unexpected positions and use of different power resources. It hurts like hell the next day because one underestimates small changes, motivation kick and long winter months spent on couch…

32358647090_5e79ec8b9c_z (1)So what does Basil do? Firstly it is also analgesic like Wintergreen and reliefs pain when used topically. It does a great job when it comes to healing fatigued or aching muscles and is a source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and antibacterial agents. Aromatically used it provides clarity and mental strength. I apply it undiluted on stressed area with a little bit of water and massage it deeply through the pain. Afterwards I put some carrier oil because Basil can cause unpleasant burn on the skin. Most of the time it worked for me to fight strong muscle pain which is caused by physical activity and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone who likes to push themselves to the limit and realises that only the next day.

I hope you enjoys some of this information and I would be glad if you leave a comment. If you are interested to buy some of these oils or would like to be part of our team, which means that I will be consulting you privately, please go to my contact page http://www.ylwebsite.com/urbonaite/contact  and don’t hesitate to ask any questions or share your experiences and opinion.

Supporting your body during fasting time

How many of you planed doing fast when spring is slowly knocking on the door? Or starting a new diet which will lead to a healthier lifestyle and eating habits? I am not a fan of any diet which is made just for a short time to lose a few kilograms, because as soon as you get back to your normal menu the suffering that it had costed you will not pay off. Your body will bring all the weight back and in most cases even a few kilograms extra. Fasting is a different case. There are all possible ways to choose your fasting menu and the period of time for it. Some people do that regularly like leaving out food for one day in a week. Some make it more extreme by choosing 3 or 7 days to stay on water only once in a year. For doing this on your own you should consult your doctor and inform yourself well. There are also less drastic formulas where you drink juice and some vegetable soup. The most important thing by choosing your fasting way is to know that you are not doing it for the weight loss even if it is a pleasant side effect. Fast is much more about regenerating your cells and boosting immune system to work properly. It also means avoiding any stress, bad emotions and thoughts. It is about taking time for yourself and giving your body an opportunity to clean it self properly.   5121195566_b4e8f5ca94_z

I am in the middle of a fast right now and it is my 6th day. I do it twice a year for quite a long time now. My menu is simple and you can eat as much as you want so you won’t starve and can work properly. Whole cycle contains 9 days in which you are only aloud to eat one group of products: 3 days natural cooked rice, 3 days fresh vegetables, 3 days fruits. You have to drink a lot of green tea and water. For my vegetable days I also press veggie juice and eat maximum one avocado a day. For the fruit days you can’t eat bananas or cherries because of high sugar levels. No salt! It is also recommended to take sauna or hot bath and to push your metabolism because sweating is an important function for washing toxins out of your body. It is proven that during fast our body activates the cleaning function in our cells (Autophagy).

So how can be essential oils helpful during these periods? Actually in lots of ways! Essential oils support our body during the cleaning process which is not always pleasant. Headaches, bad breath or low energy levels are experienced by most people.7855051884_84bcfb15f4_z Lemon essential oils is amazing companion during fast! It does not only boost your immune system but also helps to produce more white blood cells (leukocytes), support digestion and works especially well to your skin. You can also use Tangerine, Grapefruit, Orange or other citrus oils because they also lift your mood when there are not enough sunlight outside. For higher concentration levels I use Peppermint and Rosemary and I always have Lavender with me because avoiding stress for 9 days can be a challenge and this particular oil helps me to calm down and focus on positive thoughts and inner peace. I also drink a drop of Ginger to keep the digestive system working properly and clean my thong with a drop of Thieves blend mornings and evenings to avoid the bacteria spreading (white thong effect).  2017-02-08-14.25.01.jpg.jpg

You can get very sensitive about the smells during fast. Any smoke or chemical smell works quit bad and can even have an impact on your stomach. But these overreactions also gives an opportunity to listen to your body’s voice and choosing the right essential oil which you need at the moment! It is quite effective if you depend on you smell during fast because you feel the effects immediately. If your mind doesn’t know how to help you when having side effects let your nose guide you and I am sure this will be the right choice. You will be surprised how easy the fast can be using aromatherapy. I feel a huge difference between those fast periods before I was using essential oils and now. Even if I have really big projects running all this time I feel great! img_4211

If you choose to fast make sure that you are doing this only for you and not running after some hype from a popular magazine. Chose films and books which inspire you and be kind to your environment. Psychological fast is often forgotten by most of us. But the prime idea of fast came from religious and spiritual systems thousand years before we began to run after following the utopic perfection goals. So has the wisdom of healing plants and smells which we call aromatherapy of today. Combine this knowledge to find new experiences and values for new ways and fresh thoughts. 5563944146_87c306a277_z

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoys some of this information and I would be glad if you leave a comment. If you are interested to buy some of these oils or would like to be part of our team, which means that I will be consulting you privately, please go to my contact page http://www.ylwebsite.com/urbonaite/contact  and don’t hesitate to ask any questions or share your experiences and opinion.

Fighting stress

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December is a great month if you are not a student or a musician. I am very lucky to be both, but December is just one of those months when stress levels grow high and the days are getting shorter…First of all it’s difficult to wake up in the morning, because it’s dark and cold outside. I also have a100 things to plan for the day since the university deadlines are not going anywhere. At the end of the week, when most of my college students have a weekend to spend at a Christmas market I rehearse and play concerts with my college musicians and swoop… the week is gone. So things like Christmas shopping, long walks in the nature or just meeting friends for a coffee are the ones I try to squeeze in between the full schedule, colouring my calendar as an Easter egg.

Being active is a big part of my personality but it’s not always easy to get through the day when you are running from one appointment to another and barely have time for yourself. That’s where my essential oils step in to help. I will try to keep it short and clear how I use the oils during at stressful times.

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  • If I have 10 spare minutes in the morning, I invest them in small SPA ritual with the oils. After showering I do not rub the skin dry with a towel instead I choose one of the skin friendly oils like Lavender, Cedar wood, Lime or Orange and apply about 5 drops on my wet skin from toes to shoulders and wait until the skin dries naturally. This is one of the most amazing things about mornings, which gives me a kick for the rest of day.
  • I always carry a bottle of Stress away or Lavender with me and take 3 minutes for myself between work activities to put a drop on my hands, cover the nose like a shell and breathe deeply. It’s like small meditation just much more affective. It calms me down in seconds and I can a new task with a clear mind. stressaway
  • Concentration problems are the worst when you have to learn fast and stay focused. Here I use a dew drop diffuser if I’m home or a USB diffuser if I’m working from my computer in the city. My favourites here are Rosemary and Peppermint. Both are lifting your concentration up and refresh your mind when you need your brain cells and they need a vacation…
  • At the End of the day you need to shut those thoughts that are spinning like a roller-coaster at some point because even the most active people needs they’re sleep. The evening ritual for me is leaving the window open for at least 30 minutes. After that you put your radiator on and leave the room with a dew drop diffuser for some time. If you don’t have one you can make a DIY spray with water and Lavender and spray it on your bed sheets and carpet. In the mean time I rub my shoulders and neck with 2 drops essential oils (diluted with a coconut oil) which helps to lower the tension of the day. My evening oils are mostly Pine, Thyme or Bergamot. I do the same procedure with my feet. After those short and relaxing procedures I enter my bedroom, which is then turned, into a warm lavender field (thanks to the diffuser) and you are ready for a good night sleep. For an extra relaxing experience you can rub lavender on to your palms, put them over your mouth and nose and breathe deeply until your mind calms down. 6885710952_5503aca226_o

I always joke about my secret drug when my friends see my small blue essential oil bag that I carry with me everywhere. These are little helpers, which make my December so much easier. So stay relaxed and try to find some time for yourselves during the Christmas season because every minute counts.