Oct 242013

Chemistry plays a large role in the possibilities of any essential oil used.  Depending on the chemical makeup, an oil can give energy and vitality; or it can ease anxiety and tension.  Chemistry tells an oil what possibilities it can fulfill on a particular receiver.  The receiver’s body chemistry also plays a part in absorbing the possibilities available.

The receiver’s mind, however, plays a large role as well.  It is through the feelings, desires and beliefs of the giver and the receiver that possibilities manifest into healing.  A person receiving an application of an essential oil can facilitate healing by mentally directing the oil to work towards the desired outcome.  The best results are seen when a receiver will fully give themselves to the belief that the therapeutic grade oil they are using will help them; and will affirm in their mind the result they expect to receive.  A one-time thought, no matter how deeply felt, will not produce a miraculous result.  Affirmation should be repeated and consciously retained until the desired result comes about.

Essential oils are imbued with an intelligence non-existent in pharmaceutical drugs.  What this means to a receiver is that the affect a single essential oil can have on the body are innumerable and almost unlimited.  Even if you are not sure the oil you have is right to produce the results you want, there is evidence to suggest that if you were to use what you have and concentrate fully on the desired result, the oil may do just what you directed it to.

While there are so many possibilities contained in the use of essential oils in the home or office, a few are listed here just go give you an idea of some you could benefit from.

  • Essential oils can elevate bodily frequencies, helping individuals to stay healthy and increase immune funtion. Their vibrations resonate with our tissues in helpful ways according to our wishes and mental directions.
  • Essential oils support and increase our intuitive powers and sharpen our spiritual awareness, which is why religions all over the world, from ancient times to the present, diffuse the aromas of essential oils as incense in their sanctuaries in order to facilitate effective meditation and prayer.
  • Essential oils can destroy harmful fungi, viruses, and bacteria in the air we breathe as well as inside our bodies. These powerful compounds are deadly to pathogenic microbes, but are harmless and helpful to humans.
  • Essential oils are nature’s most powerful antioxidants.  Antioxidants cleanse free radicals from our systems. This helps maintain a state of wellness and can extend our life spans.
  • Essential oils can act like hormones to keep our organs and bodily functions in balance and can even fill in the differences, or stimulate our bodies to produce, when our bodies do not manufacture the hormones we need.
  • Essential oils work in our limbic systems to help clear negative feelings and blocked emotions, thus eliminating the root causes of many diseases and conditions.

All human levels can be assisted by essential oils.  These include our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual states.  Utilizing the principles of quantum physics, one can see that essential oils amplify intent.  Using therapeutic grade oils with intent that is in harmony with a higher power can significantly improve one’s well-being.

Oct 232013

To Cope with Death and Loss – Ritual is Important

Death is an American taboo. It’s not spoken of very much and is often considered a “personal” matter. We don’t want to talk about it with those who are experiencing a loss. I’ve had the opportunity to share the life stories of many people from all walks of life and their journey through the darkness called the death of a loved one or someone close to them.

Almost to a person they tell stories that are of a would of, should of, or could of nature. Stories that tell me that those left behind put themselves through unnecessary pain and suffering. These people more often than not carry with them guilt about all that they meant to do with their departed loved one but never got around to.

Just how are we to respond when someone close to us dies? Certainly with sadness. Sadness over never feeling their touch again, hearing their voice, or seeing them smile. A sense of loss. Now each of us will deal with loss on our own time table, but all of us will go through a grieving process that includes these five stages:

  1. Denial:
    • Example – “I feel fine.”; “This can’t be happening, not to me!”
  2. Anger:
    • Example – “Why me? It’s not fair!” “How can this happen, I hate this world!”
  3. Bargaining:
    • Example – “I should have…, If I had only done…, If I had it to do over I would…”‘
  4. Depression:
    • Example – “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”; “I want to die . . . What’s the point?”
  5. Acceptance:
    • Example – “It’s going to be okay.”; “I can’t fight it, I may as well deal with it.”

The problem for all too many is that they get “stuck” and never get to the final step: acceptance.

It is when we can accept that our loved one has moved on that we can begin to heal. Start the road to recovery that can be both enriching and fulfilling. Sounds impossible? It’s not. Most of us are taught to think in a linear manner. That is everything has a beginning and an end and that the beginning and the end are absolute, set in stone if you will.

Let’s look at life and death through the ways of the Native Americans who see all of creation as a circle. Without an arbitrary beginning or end. Yes the Native American feels exactly what you and I feel when facing the loss of someone we love, the difference is in the perspective they take when remembering that person. Rather than dwelling on the would of, could of, or should of they choose to honor the memory of that person through their actions.

The memory of that person lives on through me. It is by the actions I take toward others that I show honor towards those that have gone on before me.

It almost becomes a ritual. You encounter another person or event then you ask how would my departed loved one handle this encounter, then you act in that way. Knowing that by your action you have remembered your loved one while doing something good or positive.

Ritual is important. We all are involved in ritualized events every day of our lives. One ritual worth considering is to associate the memory of your loved one with a fragrance. Take any of the Young Living Essential Oils, find one that brings you a sense of comfort, than apply a small amount whenever you are troubled by a memory of your deceased loved one. Allow yourself to think only good thoughts when the fragrance of Young Living Essential Oils is encountered.

Yes, death can be painful, but when we learn to replace hopelessness with hope, when we seek the guidance of God in all that we do, when we live to honor our departed loved one we along with Paul can say   “O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?” 1Cor 15:55 RSV

Oct 222013

The emotions are the most elusive part of the human body. Research has only begun to delve into the subconscious mind and to discover how emotions affect every aspect of our lives. Many people find that they are unable to progress in life and achieve sought after goals and dreams due to the trauma of emotional and physical abuse. These deep-seated emotional issues may undermine one’s success, future and life.

To be successful, be it as caregiver, as parent, or in any other endeavor, we must first find peace deep within, and tackle the emotional barriers that hold us back.

The number of healthcare professionals in mental health and other emotion related fields is ever expanding. This need or desire for that elusive emotional health has been the driving force behind a brisk trade in drugs, legal and illegal. Almost from birth, and even earlier, children are given prescription drugs to calm them, to engage them, to numb them, to disengage them. And seniors or those in between don’t fare much better as they experience often serious side effects after drug use.

This is why new avenues for coping with and clearing negative emotions are helpful. Practitioners of  meditation, yoga, special breathing exercises, tapping, color therapy, aromatherapy, as well  the use of coaches and  support groups have turned to those avenues because they  do not carry the potential side effects pharmaceuticals might have.

The use of essential oils for emotional clearing goes back to antiquity. Records of  their use for physical and emotional ailments is found in ancient scripts, tombs and other locations. The use of fragrance, herbs, and essential oils is well documented throughout history. However, only in recent years did therapeutic essential oils get more closely investigated and their healing power scientifically documented.

Young Living Essential Oils is at the forefront of that trend. Founder Gary Young has created a number of essential oil blends, based on extensive research, to help clear emotions. He put together an inspired collection of products developed specifically to achieve a balance of health and peacefulness within each of the areas of our life; the body, the mind, and the spirit.

The use of these oil blends has enabled numerous people to be liberated from emotional bondage to face life with new-found purpose, optimism, and joy.

I found the use of  a number of essential oils a most valuable tool to calm not only me, but also those around me. Check them out, you might discover that therapeutic essential oils do make care giving easier.

If you are interested in learning more, register for our Free 7 Day Mini-Course about emotional release using the new Young Living Feelings Collection.

Oct 212013

Essential Caregiver proudly announces its association with Allegro Medical

Caregivers,  now you can find all the healthcare products you need in one place, at the best prices, delivered right to your door.

Allegro Medical is the largest and most trusted online supplier of health care products, serving home help care givers and the health care industry since 1997.  President and Founder Craig Hood as a caregiver in the health care industry understood the challenges of caring for someone, as well as the benefit in empowering others with the skills and resources to help themselves.

Daily Living Aids – Products to help people achieve more independence. Featured products could include folding shopping carts, reachers, and dressing sticks. People who are recovering from strokes, serious accidents, or other health challenges, young and elderly patients  need all the things you can now easily find at AllegroMedical.

Caregivers the availability of Allego Medical’s products can make life for YOU, the caregiver, so much easier.

Let’s face it, today, it’s more important than ever to easily find and buy quality medical products. That’s why Allegro Medical has continued to offer the best prices, the top brands and lots of product choices for things like wheelchairs (electric, lightweight or standard), commodes, walkers, mobility ramps, bath benches, along with medical supplies like catheters, adult diapers, latex gloves, wound care supplies, ostomy supplies, dietary supplements and so much more.

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Oct 192013

I cared for my mother for the last three years of her life. She was at home most of the time and moved to an inpatient facility for the last three weeks. My mom was a rather private person and anyone who knew her, knew that. That’s why I was absolutely astounded when it came to visits by friends, associates and especially family.

I remember growing up and going to see people in the hospital. There were specific days and times that anyone could visit and outside that forget about it. What changed? I’m not sure how to answer that question but I know one thing I had to find a way to get control of my front door!

It occurred to me that many visitors never thought about much of anything prior to visiting.

What’s to think about?

  • Calling ahead to see if it is a good time
  • Asking if the care giver or patient need anything
  • Is anyone already there? it can get crowded quickly
  • How many people are you bringing to visit?
  • Setting a time limit for the visit and sticking to it

Something else to think about is bringing children to visit. As wonderful and beautiful as they are, young children are busy and can add stress to an already stressful situation. My mom had eight grandchildren and relished every opportunity she could to see them. During the late stages of her illness, I had to limit these visits and eventually stop them.

It was also evident that many visitors ignored my mother during their visit. I administered many doses of medication and my mom would doze frequently. She was not always asleep. A family member or friend would drop by and begin asking questions about her condition, speaking as if she wasn’t in the room. I simply tired of telling everyone, “She can hear you” and let them ramble. We had a few good laughs around those visits.

I remember from my dog training days that it was essential to get control of the front door. This was the mindset when I decided to develop my rules for visitation: 

Do call ahead for a home, or hospital visit.  Why walk in on an unexpected bath or potty break, or just walk in unexpected

  1.  Upon arrival, check with the caregiver about time limits, you may not be as welcome as you think.
  2. Ask before bringing flowers, (allergies) unless you just want them for your house.
  3. Respect meal time, bath time, and family time don’t stare while I’m eating or bathing!
  4.  Don’t hang around if the doctor shows unless you brought your proof of insurance.
  5. Quietly exit the room if the nurse enters, needles, enemas, shall I go on?
  6.  Do direct questions about the patient to the patient if at all possible; hearsay is inadmissible in court.
  7. Remember medication does not render deafness.
  8. Leave your personal issues at the door; I have plenty to deal with.
  9. Bring a smile and a good joke, I need a good laugh.

Published by Essential-Caregiver.com with permission from the author who likes to remain anonymous.

Oct 182013

Caregivers, quickly solve some of your toughest problems from a tiny bottle.

Care taker, now you can sanitize your living space, refresh your mind, solve some stubborn health problems, enrich your food’s flavor, even remove gook from floors and counters in minutes.   Your daily living will take on a whole new magic no matter if you use our pure Lemon essentials oil on your body, on food, on grime, or in the air. Everything about you takes on a new “sparkle” when you practice a little lemon oil magic.

A few drops  of Lemon oil wiped with a damp cloth  leave your counters and fixtures sanitized, sparkling, and smelling great. It gives you and your guests that totally clean feel.

Cleanses and increases the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables Gives you more flavor, greater nutritional values, and many health benefits.

Young Living Lemon Oil helps balance oily skin on a cellular level. Gives you clearer skin and a healthier look.

Pure essential oils such as YL Lemon Oil is known to improve circulation and eliminate waste from the cells. Gives you smoother skin and a younger look if looking for essential oils for wrinkles.

Add a drop of Lemon Oil to your dishwasher to sanitize. Make your dishes sparkle and your kitchen smell lemon fresh

In home help care a few drops of Lemon Oil removes gum, oil, crayon, and grease spots. Makes tedious cleanups quick and easy no matter if at home, at work, or on the beach

A few drops of Lemon Oil in carpet cleaning solution sanitize and make your home smell Springtime fresh.

Dab YL Lemon Oil on bleeding gums, cold sores or warts for relief, makes you smell nice and helps eliminate pain and unsightliness.

Rub a drop of Lemon Oil in your hands after handling doorknobs and using restrooms Cuts way down on colds and keeps you and your family well all year round.

Use 1 drop of Lemon Oil in foods and beverages for pure magic. Gives you and your guests great taste and the health benefits of pure YL lemon oil

A couple of drops of Lemon Oil take off tar and oil from surf and boogyboards. Eliminates hours of tedious rubbing and getting grime on clothes and cars.

Clean your cutting boards and butcher blocks with Young Living Lemon Oil. Experience the magic smell of lemon and know cutting surfaces are ready for the next job.

When traveling, add a few drops of Lemon oil to a spray bottle to freshen bedding, and other surfaces. Lemon Oil makes your travel adventures safer and better smelling.

Rub a drop of Young Living lemon oil on corns, bunions or calluses mornings and evenings. See unsightly and often painful problems fall off and disappear.

Rub a few drops of Young Living Lemon Oil on athlete’s foot – soon to enjoy healthy, good smelling feet again.

Experience pure magic when you diffuse or spray Lemon Oil at home, at work or when traveling. Feel the euphoria and watch people around you react to pure lemon magic when you release Young Living’s Lemon Oil.

Now, you’re probably wondering how and why we can do all those things.

Let me explain:

Pure Lemon Oil (Citrus limon) has antiseptic-like properties. It contains 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant. It has been known for ages to serve as an insect repellent, to be beneficial for the skin, and does a hundred and one other magical things.

Don’t take my word for it. Here is what our customers say:

Testimonial: For the last several months, I’ve been putting 2-3 drops of LEMON oil and 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in my drinking water which I drink during the day. I’ve realized over the last couple of weeks that I’ve NOT had a mosquito bite all summer long! The other thing I’ve noticed is no unpleasant body odor. (and I’m NOT using deodorant, just Y/L oils) I’m thinkin’ it’s the lemon and peppermint water I’ve been drinkin’! Lemon is also great in the diffuser for a wonderfully fresh room! Blessings, Elaine

Testimonial: My son and his friends use Lemon oil to clean tar off their surfboards and boogie boards. What used to take them an hour of scraping now only takes a few minutes. They sprinkle lemon oil on their boards, wait a couple of minutes, then wipe clean. Karen

Testimonial: When preparing salads, I let my vegetables soak in water with a few drops of lemon oil. I trust this is helping neutralize the chlorine in my tap water and killing any little critters before they go into my mouth. While most of the vegetables I use are organic, for those times when I use supermarket produce I know that the lemon-water rinse helps to neutralize the petrochemical pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizer residues. The biggest benefit is that my salads have a subtle, but great-tasting, lemon flavor. And it’s interesting to think about the increased health benefits of the salad after being exposed to the water in which those molecular changes happened the instant that first drop of high-frequency lemon oil hit it. Caleb

Testimonial: After cleaning fish, lemon oil removes fishy smell from fingers instantly! It’s also good to use in the dishwasher for sanitizing and fragrance! Lemony clean smell will fill the room when opening the machine. Nice! Denese, D.S

Warning: Do NOT buy any essential oil for therapeutic reasons UNLESS it meets the following four criteria. There is a lot of confusion surrounding our field. I want to give you 4 criteria or elements you absolutely, positively must have in any Therapeutic Essential Oil you entrust your and your loved ones’ well being to

Number 1: is to assure that any oils you consider are purely organic and have not been adulterated through addition of  fillers or diluted with poor quality or synthetic oils.

Number 2: The oils must be grown, harvester, distilled and processed correctly to achieve their highest potency and effectiveness. That means that temperatures, exerted pressure, duration of distillation, time elapsed between harvest and processing must be at optimal time.

Number 3: Since there are no mandatory checks and balances on the essential oil industry, it is “buyer beware”. While many companies offer excellent quality oils, they often however do not know enough about the oils they buy, nor subscribe to the belief that they’d rather not sell them than to buy poor quality oils that could be harmful when used. You will never have to worry about that with Young Living Essential Oils. Our oils have quarantine periods before being released to the public and are all produced under the most stringent quality controls. Young Living essential oils are all tested by independent laboratories and backed by a 100 % guarantee.

Number 4: Young Living essential oils are being used by health and wellness providers throughout the world with the most amazing results. Our oils are undergoing clinical tests at Webber University and at other such institutions.

As a homemaker and long time caregiver, I assure you, Young Living Lemon Essential Oil is one of the best things you can use in your home. Its fragrance is truly uplifting to every household member. Its cleaning power is remarkable. Easiest way to remove scuff marks, residue from glue and adhesives. It’s therapeutic benefits – subtle but powerful.

With Gratitude and Love


Oct 172013

Of all the stress-relieving options out there, few are as easy or as effective as meditation. If caregiving is causing stress to build up, I strongly encourage you to give meditation a try – it takes only a few minutes a day, and doesn’t cost a penny.

Meditation is essentially focused relaxation.

The goal is simple; reach a state of calmness and serenity by clearing your mind of the thoughts racing through it. The benefits of that kind of relaxation goes beyond emotional – scientific studies continue to prove meditation’s positive effects on high blood pressure, allergies, sleep problems, and pain relief.

There are many ways to meditate.

Tai Chi and Yoga are examples of using physical action to help relax the mind and body. Others use prayer or a “mantra” – a constantly repeated word or phrase – to help prevent distractions. But meditation doesn’t have to be so complicated.

If you’re a caregiver with only a few minutes to spare, here’s a simple way to achieve the tranquility of meditation:

Find a nice, relaxing place. Some people prefer quiet, while others might enjoy soothing background noise. Sit down in a comfortable position and take a long, deep breath. Close your eyes, and concentrate on the air you’re taking in. Feel it filling your lungs. Hold for the mental count of 3, then slowly exhale. Focus all of your attention on your breathing, blocking out all other thoughts. Try to keep this up undisturbed for at least 3 to 5 minutes or longer. Do this when ever you need to calm down, but better yet, do it once or twice a day before you need it to calm your nerves.  You will find that over time you become a more balanced, calm individual.

To meditate is not difficult, and yet, the more you do it, the better you get.

If you think you didn’t “do it right” the first time, don’t worry, there’s no right or wrong way to meditate, only guidelines to help you find an internal harmony of mind and body.

Adding a relaxing fragrance to the area where you meditate makes it an even better experience.

Outdoors, meditating near fragrant roses, honeysuckle, jasmine, citrus in bloom, or under pine or cedar can greatly enhance the meditation experience.

Indoors, diffusing or spritzing one of the above mentioned fragrances in form of essential oils can enrich the experience. People often associate certain aromas with certain moods.  Do you have an aroma or fragrance which has calming effects on you?

For me, the fragrance of citrus in bloom has one of the most relaxing associations. When I first came to California, the orange and lemon trees were in bloom. I so loved that fragrance that I decided to sleep near or in an orchard. Being near blooming citrus  trees always relaxes me and even quickly brings on sleep.  For many years I wished there would be a way to capture that fragrance in off season, until I discovered the aroma of Young Living’s Lemon oil. There are few aromas that have that kind of refreshing, invigorating and yet relaxing fragrance than YL’s LEMON essential oil.

Read more here: http://essential-caregiver.com/lemon-oil-magic-for-caregivers/

With Gratitude and Love,

Margarete de Gaston