A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils are widely known today. There are many brands sold in stores and privately, but I want to share with you which ones I use and why. First, lets start with how they work. The understanding for how essential oils work varies slightly based on application, but basically, the receptors found in your nose communicate to the nerves and network of the brain (limbic system) to help you determine how to perceive different smells. Because they are connected to the brain’s limbic system, essential oils directly help your brain control things like heart rate, circulatory system, memory, stress levels, emotions, and hormones.

There are three ways that essential oils are primarily used: aromatically (in the air), topically (applied to the skin), or internally (ingested into the body). Aromatically is, in my opinion, the one used most, and it is simply breathing the essential oil directly or diffusing it into the air. You can use most brands of essential oil this way without thinking as much about quality, even though quality to me is extremely important.

Next is topical application. How do you apply topically? Simply dab a drop of essential oils to your inner wrists and behind your ears for instant head tension relief (dependent on the oil). Topical application allows your essential oils blend to be absorbed directly into your blood stream. You can apply the oil right directly where you feel the discomfort or soreness and it will enter the bloodstream within 30 seconds. The most popular topical application sites are on the soles of the feet, inner wrists, temples, forehead, and along the spine. Some essential oils require dilution before applying and others can be applied directly or “neat”.

The third application is when essential oils are taken internally. Essential oils can have different beneficial powers when taken internally. Ingestion of essential oils delivers concentrated and potent dietary support. Because essential oils are so concentrated and because most people are so toxic, care should be taken (proper study) when ingesting essentials to properly dilute and not take too much. When I first started taking essential oils internally I had to taste them. Most of them were not that tasty to me, so, I found ways around that. 1) Use honey. Honey in itself has excellent anti-viral properties. Combine that with the pure healing properties of essential oils, and you are sure to reap the health benefits in no time. To make this, try adding one drop of your essential oils to a tablespoon honey and either eat plain or add to a smoothie. 2) Under the Tongue. To do this, open your mouth and place one drop under your tongue. 3) Capsule. If you are concerned about the flavor (my kids especially), use an empty capsule to ingest your favorite essential oils. Empty capsules are sold at most health food stores. Carefully add 1-2 drops of your favorite blend to the capsule, close, and swallow. Make sure you do not mix different blends in the same capsule without first testing how your body reacts to a certain blend together.

Does it matter which essential oils I use? Yes! I use CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils. They represent the safest and most beneficial oils available today. For an oil to be CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade the oil must be: 1) Pure and natural, with aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants 2) Free from fillers or artificial ingredients; no dilution of active qualities 3) Free of contaminants, pesticides, or chemical residues 4) Rigorously tested for standards of chemical composition 5) Sourced by a global network of leading essential oil chemists and growers to ensure correct species, growth in ideal environments, and that raw plant materials were carefully harvested at the right time

Because Therapeutic Grade oils are 100% pure- they are potent. I have compared the lavender and frankincense using an some brand’s and my therapeutic grade oils and there is a tremendous difference. As soon as you open the bottle, you smell it!


LFA REVIEW: DOTERRA SUPPLEMENTS

At Life Fitness Academy we are careful about choosing supplements and natural healing remedies. We don’t always get it right, but we find that the majority of supplements on the market are junk, full of synthetic isolates, fillers, binders, and artificial ingredients.

When it comes to essential oils we know there are several companies with high quality products and one that we recommend and sell is Doterra. So how do Doterra’s supplements stack up? Here are some thoughts:

1. xEO MEGA Essential Oil Omega Complex – We don’t care for the fact that it has carrageenan (thickener with potential to cause stomach lesions) or maltitol (sugar alcohol). We also don’t ever recommend eating squid (calamari) or products from squid as they are full of parasites and cleaners of the ocean (even if the oil is processed for purity). While it mostly has high quality ingredients, we don’t recommend it as a primary way to get omegas. If there was a great need for animal based omega’s we would first lean towards an Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil or Fermented Cod Liver Oil. We do like that it uses essential oils to protect the oil from going rancid as fish oil can go rancid easily. Recommend: NO

2. vEO MEGA Essential Oil Omega Complex – We like this blend of plant based essential fatty acids. It contains some powerhouse oils such as Inca Inchi, Flaxseed oil, Pomegranate oil, and Pumpkinseed oil. Because many of these can go rancid easily, the carotenoids and essential oil blend is vitally important to maintain the freshness of the oils. So we give it two thumbs up–we recommend this! Recommend: YES

3. MICROPLEX MVp Food Nutrient Complex – While we are glad that it is in a whole food base and that it contains some chelated minerals which do enhance bioavailability—the bioavailability is not near as much as whole food and it still starts with a synthetic and/or inorganic rock mineral or vitamin. We would prefer bacteria cultivation supplements over this and we would primarily recommend whole or extracted herbs or a complete whole food supplement such as Kind Organics. An example of herb use might be: yellow dock for iron, oatstraw for calc/mag, chervil or cardamom for zinc, etc). Recommend: NO

4. ALPHA CRS+ Cellular Vitality Complex – We like that it mostly has an herbal focus and are ok with its cellular energy blend. We would recommend this if a person is looking for longevity, energy, and vitality. However, we should note that there are other high quality products that might be a better fit, such as Cell Fuzion by Global Healing Center. Recommend: YES

Those are our quick thoughts on Doterra Supplements. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!


*update*
Since this review, Doterra has updated the LLV formula and in the comments below we reviewed these again. Here are some quick thoughts on the updated formula:

Alpha CRS+ – We still like this formula and would recommend it along with others such as Cell Fuzion.

Microplex VMz – This looks to be a good improvement by using the glycoprotein matrix (yeast) to metabolize the nutrients to provide cofactors) and as long as someone is not sensitive to yeast this can be a decent option. We still always recommend whole herbs and/or complete whole food forms, but we could recommend this version depending on the person.

xEO Mega – We don’t care for the maltitol and carrageenan, but it is great that the marine oils are now from clean fish such as anchovy, sardines, and mackerel instead of squid. Let’s say, without the carageenan we would recommend this.

vEO Mega – Just as the earlier review, we still like this and would recommend it as a great plant based, anti-inflammatory oil blend.

It looks like Doterra has done a good job of updating their formulas and we hope they continue to tweak and improve them even more!


Essential Oil Series: Lemon

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nashville personal trainingDid you know that lemons offer one of the best supplies of vitamins and minerals? Did you know that you need 3,000 lemons to make 1 kilo of oil? Crazy, I know! Lemon is known for its ability to clean toxins from the body. It is uplifting to the body and mind; very light and improves concentration.

Lemon has a wide range of benefits and uses. It can both energize and calm the body and regulate the rhythms of the body. Some of the health benefits:
1. stimulating
2. calming
3. astringent
4. detoxifying
5. purifying agents
6. sanitizer
7. sleep inducing

Lemon is perfect for cleansing the liver and kidneys.


Life Fitness Academy is an independent consultant for essential oils and can help guide you to which essential oils might be helpful for you. Contact us if you have any questions.


LFA loves lemons and livers love lemons too! For more reading on the benefits of lemons check out some of these articles:
1. Huffington Post
2. Underground Health


Essential Oil Series: Melaleuca

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best personal trainerMelaleuca is also known as tea tree oil. Melaleuca has great cleansing properties therefore it is an excellent choice for cuts or burns. It is great for skin and hair problems including acne and is great for your skin. A few drops added to your shampoo is good for scalp health, and it can be applied undiluted to any blemishes on the face, neck or back. It can be mixed with coconut oil and spread all over face for a less-concentrated treatment. Melaleuca is also a good choice for oral health. It can be applied directly to gums, or gargled to for feelings of freshness. You could even place a drop in your toothbrush for daily treatment.


Life Fitness Academy is an independent consultant for essential oils and can help guide you to which essential oils might be helpful for you. Contact us if you have any questions.


Essential Oil Series: Peppermint

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best personal trainerPeppermint essential oil is another one with multitudes of uses. You’ll recognize it in toothpaste and candy, but it has therapeutic uses as well. You can diffuse it in a room to improve concentration and focus, just by smelling it. Inhaling it can open sinuses, too. Peppermint has a cooling sensation so it helps with discomfort of all types, especially head tension. It can be applied directly to the area of the head that is achy to leave a cool feeling. It can be applied to the bottoms of the feet to help reduce a feeling of hotness. A single drop wiped on the roof of the mouth will freshen your breath like you just brushed your teeth. Apply it to temples to relieve tension and instigate alertness. When applying it to temples, stay near the hairline or it can make your eyes water. It is also helpful to ease the occasional indigestion. Apply it to the stomach to ease discomfort during digestion; inhaling the aroma is enough to ease nausea in most cases. Applying a drop to the back of the neck can keep you cool during hot summer months.


Life Fitness Academy is an independent consultant for essential oils and can help guide you to which essential oils might be helpful for you. Contact us if you have any questions.