What is a carrier oil?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Carrier Oils 101

Essential oils are extremely potent. In some cases a single drop can be too much. I am sure we have all had a moment where we wanted to massage an essential oil onto our skin but the one drop didn't seem to spread very far. 

This is because the oils are so volatile that they begin to dissipate almost as soon as they touch the skin. Carrier oils carry the oils across the skin. Carrier oils are essentially a way of diluting the essential oil without losing the good stuff. 

In fact it carries it in a way so that the qualities of the essential oil are spread evenly across your skin. Carrier oils are great for massage, topical application, adding to a roller ball to take your essential oils on the go, and they actually help you get the most out of every drop. 

Think about it this way. You have a bottle of essential oil. That bottle has 150-250 drops depending on how many milliliters are in the bottle. Now if you are using a teaspoon of carrier oil to apply that one drop you now have 150-250 tablespoons of the essential oil. I like that math! 

Some of the most popular carrier oils are: 
  • Grape Seed oil 
  • Hemp oil 
  • Almond oil 
  • Avocado oil 
  • Sunflower oil 
  • Sesame oil 
  • Coconut oil 
Dandelion Oil, AKA Dandy Oil. Recipe Here: Dandy Oil

My favorite carrier oils are:
Depending on the thickness of the carrier oil you choose you can use them in roller bottles. Purchase empty glass roller bottles online, add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil, then fill to top of the bottle with your carrier oil. Be mindful of the amount of space you will need to leave at the top to add the roller cap!

Quick Tip: Have friends or children who like to browse through and use your oils? Have a few roller bottles specifically prepared and labeled for their consumption. This way you never have to worry about them using too much of your favorite essential oil or spilling them during the mixing process. If they ask you for an oil to use, direct them to the sharable stash! ;) 

I so hope this post was helpful. Still have questions about carrier oils? Send me an email: kayla@healing-salve.com 

Thanks for reading and be well!

What is PCOS?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Warning: Personal story ahead.

This was me, two years ago after trusting my instinct and getting a second opinion. I was in constant pain because I had a pinched nerve in my back and the doctors refused to believe that the pain I had was being caused by anything other than my weight. 

My new doctor treated my back for a pinched nerve but felt something was going on that was more serious than a pinched nerve. During that second opinion visit I shared my daily food log with my physician. I was only eating 1,200 calories a day and still gaining weight. She immediately referred me to an Endochronologist. Based on my medical history of endometriosis, irregular or no menstraul cycle, an inability to loose weight, super high testosterone levels, terrible anxiety, and growth of hair on my chin- the Endocrinologist diagnosed me with PCOS. Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome was the root cause of all of my biggest health concerns.

The doctor wanted to prescribe me diabetic medication because part of PCOS is an issue with your insulin receptors. Basically from my non-Physichian interpretation of insulin receptor issues combined with high  testosterone levels: My body would not process sugar normally and stored almost 100% of the sugar because the elevated  testosterone put my body  into survival / scarcity mode. 

I asked my primary care physician to monitor my testosterone levels because I wanted to try a holistic supplement before taking medication. I did an immense amount of research and found Asana by: Ladies Balance. The customer reviews sold me on the product with SO many stories just like mine. I have now been on a daily regimine of Asana for two years. My blood-work has been great.

The Endocrinologist also recommended a diet I had never heard of called the Ketogenic Diet. I felt like it was pretty extreme and figured I would just cut back on my Carbohydrates to 100g per day. Before the PCOS diagnosis I had gained so much weight, even when eating a 1200 calorie/organic/Non-GMO diet that the doctor's scale wouldn't weigh me. This meant I weighed more than 450 pounds. 

After a about five months of 100 carbs per day I was able to weigh in. Each of the three months before trying the Keto Diet I was losing around 2lbs. per month. Because the pinched nerve, and dealing with a crazy knee issue (will write more on that later) I was unable to exercise. My doctor was pleased with my progress but told me simply: "Your blood pressure and blood tests are amazingly normal. If you want them to stay that way you either need to take weight loss medication or choose a more aggressive diet".

This is when I sat down and really researched the diet. I found that it is recommended by many physicians and nutritionalists for patients with PCOS. On the Keto diet your body transitions from burning glucose as fuel to burning ketones. 

This diet has not been easy but it has helped me to loose an average of 8-9 lbs per month without exercising. I should be able to exercise again within the next month when I have my knee attended to. It has also helped with my anxiety issues. When I have suffered from moments of weakness and had a carbohydrate heavy day,  the carbs are always accompanied by heightened anxiety-in some cases I would have severe panic attacks on those days as well. My last cheat day was on Christmas. 

PCOS cannot be cured. However, with positive daily action it can be managed.

Thanks for hanging in here with me during this long personal story. I will be sharing info on Apothekayla and hosting a Q & A session on Keto via Facebook live  tomorrow @ 2 PM PST. Hopefully we can chat then!

Thanks and be well.

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