Essential Yoga Practice: Combining Essential Oils with Yoga

If you are interested in yoga, whether you are a beginner or an expert, Asti Atkinson and Mona Flynn are with us today to share how you can get started using essential oils to add to the benefits of practicing yoga. Check out their book, DVD, and tear pad at AromaTools:


Is yoga for you? If it is, do you know how to effectively pair your yoga practice with essential oils? Do you teach yoga or know someone who does? Many yoga teachers have approached us with questions about how to introduce essential oils to their students. We’ve talked to yogis who are curious about essential oils but unsure where to start. We’ve also had many essential oil users ask us how to introduce essential oils to the yoga community, especially since more traditional yogis can be reluctant initially to introduce any type of aroma to a yoga practice.

These answers and more can be found in Essential Yoga Practice. This book clearly communicates the benefits of yoga, important information about essential oils, and how pairing these two practices can be so beneficial. It’s ideal for newcomers, yet also contains a wealth of information to help more seasoned yogis and oil users expand and deepen the benefits they experience.

In the last section of the book, yoga, wellness, and fitness expert Mona Flynn shares 6 original yoga sequences she has choreographed, and Asti Atkinson teaches how specific essential oils can have a powerful impact on your yoga experience. You’ll be able to watch these sequences in motion with the Essential Yoga Practice DVD.

Are you ready to teach others how to use essential oils with yoga in a simple way . . . or even get together with some friends for a self-guided tour of yoga with essential oils? Take home the new Essential Yoga Practice tear pad (available from AromaTools), and enjoy experimenting with oils and yoga. You’ll love the synergistic wellness pairing these two ancient practices provide for body, mind, and spirit.

About the Authors


Mona Flynn, MS, has over 25 years of experience in wellness and fitness. She holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and is a registered yoga teacher with over 500 hours of experience (RYT 500E). She is a long-standing member of both the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Mona is co-owner of the Institute of Integrated Yoga Therapy, which offers yoga teacher training programs, and owner of Lifefit Inc., a private yoga practice.

Asti Atkinson began her own natural wellness journey when she discovered essential oils in 1998, and she has been an essential oil distributor since 2010. She has educated thousands of people in groups around the world on the benefits of essential oils.

ESSENTIAL Oils All the Way

Our guest blogger today is Connie Boucher. Connie absolutely loves essential oils and has many personal experiences of using the oils to help her throughout her life. She is so excited to share her experiences with all of us! Don’t forget to take a look at her books and CD:


Using essential oils is not optional for me. In fact, oils are absolutely “essential” in my world! I have loved and appreciated pure, high-quality essential oils from the first time I inhaled their fresh, clean scents. And I’ve excitedly noted how well they worked when conventional medications let me down, but my own deep respect and appreciation for essential oils came during crisis situations.

While overall I am strong and healthy and function very well, I have experienced a couple of major health challenges in my life. And I’ve been through some life-threatening health crises. When I got viral meningitis, oils were—quite literally, I believe—a life safer for me.

Last year, while recovering from an emergency surgery to fix a perforated bowel and 2 subsequent, absolutely necessary, surgeries (something you never want to experience!), I had to have 3 major abdominal surgeries within a seven-and-a-half-month period in order for my body to function properly again. I can’t even imagine what I would’ve done without essential oils!

In May, I had to have a lung biopsy. Because a pre-surgery MRI showed significant masses in my lungs, my surgeon wouldn’t do hernia surgery (a 4th required surgery) until I was cleared by a pulmonologist.

So I had the biopsy, and, in short, the lung doc said my lungs didn’t look good. I had serious scarring (sarcoidosis), and it was bad enough that I should  have been gasping and wheezing for breath and not been able to talk without coughing. The recommended treatment was steroids. I said, “No thanks. Not happening.”

At that point, my doctor asked why not. I said, “Because they have serious side effects.” He agreed but said that they get results. I said, “Ha. Essential oils get results too, and there are no negative side effects.” He responded that there was no testing to prove that. I said, “Actually there is. . . . And I’m proof they work.”

To that, doc admitted I had a point. He said that when he looked at my scan and then looked at me it didn’t match up. He said I look strong and healthy and much younger than my age. And my lungs sound fine. No sign of having issues.

How about that? So I thanked him for the awareness that I have a lung project to work on, and we agreed that I’d just keep doing what I’ve been doing, because it’s obviously working quite well!

To sum up, I’ve used essential oils to ease pain and help me immensely as I’ve dealt with all sorts of conditions, including a serious case of pneumonia and shingles. I used oils to soothe shocked and unsettled emotions after my daughter unexpectedly died. I have oils in every room of my house and use them over and over again for practically everything, because they always work. Today I look and feel amazing. You’d never look at me and guess I’ve just gone through a year and a half of hellish health challenges!

I’ve had so many positive experiences with pure essential oils that they are always my go-to! It’s no wonder that I love them so much, and with much confidence and gusto, I highly recommend them!

About the Author


Connie Boucher empowers people to live healthier and happier lives! She’s a massage therapist, wellness coach, author, trainer, and entrepreneur with over 2 decades of experience in the healing field. She’s also happily married with a big family—10 kids and 18 grandkids. Connie has a lot going on, so she’s always on the lookout for super simple and effective ways to get things done, and then she loves sharing what she’s learned with others. Hence her business name, Super Simple Wellness. Connie is passionate about helping people understand how their body-mind-spirit works and what they need to do to keep all parts of themselves well-functioning. Her latest book, Chakra Wellness Made Simple, explains how energy works and illustrates many easy ways to live in harmony and alignment.

Fashion and Essential Oils

Today’s guest blogger, Paige Sorensen, has uniquely combined essential oils with fashion and shares how essential oils can help you learn to love your body. Thanks for sharing your insights, Paige!


Could someone tell what your message is if you didn’t say a word?

What influence do you have on those around you?

Is how you take care of your body on the inside reflected on the outside?

Do you see your body as a gift that should be embraced, honored, and loved?

When you open your closet, are your emotions mostly positive or negative?

My book @FashionandOils is a great guide to self-discovery to identifying you, identifying your opportunities, and executing them! This fun and interactive read offers daily applications that can help reduce stress and get you excited to face your closet every morning. I offer closet tips, shopping tips, essential oil tips, and experiences to help you start your day off with a positive, successful foundation. I am a thrifter by nature—which means none of what you need has to break the bank!

I love connecting to those around me. Fashion and essential oils allow me to do this on a greater level. I connect with others through clothing, personalities, uniqueness, passions, and vibrance. Fashion and essential oils allow you to connect with others in more meaningful ways. Caring about what you’re wearing, your health, your mind, your body, and your spirit are critical for success. My book and cards will help with clarification on your style and your body love. My purpose is for all of us to have confidence in our health and self-image and then pass this mentality to the younger generations. Love who you are and show it!
Doing a morning routine utilizing the aroma of essential oils has a powerful effect on your mood and vision. It is important to get essential oils on your body, and there is no better way to do it than while you are saying positive, uplifting statements about each body part. This is an action of taking ownership of your body and accepting and embracing who you are with positive affirmations. My aromatic cards show how to use a simple daily routine to learn to love your body, or fall in love with it again. They provide an easy 3-minute way for you to have positive statements with you at all times. Try it—I dare you!

Start by getting these products at AromaTools.com:

About the Author


Paige Sorensen, fashion stylist and image specialist, was born and raised in San Diego, where she learned the art of finding hidden treasures at thrift stores. Paige has worked in the fashion industry for last 15 years and has built an amazing essential oil team over the last 6 years. She has combined her two passions—fashion and essential oils—and now travels all over teaching about oils and how to find identity and confidence in clothing. She absolutely loves her job! She is deeply invested while she works with different clients or companies everyday. She recently moved to Utah with her 3 children and her husband, who all adore their favorite essential oils.

Tasty Kitchen Fun with Essential Oils

Today, we have Madeline Eyer sharing some of her culinary tips using essential oils. Madeline is the author of Essential Green Smoothies and Essential Sauces, Dips & Dressings. Both books include recipes that use essential oils in everyday cooking. You can purchase these books on AromaTools.com.


Have you considered using your high-quality essential oils in your culinary creations but aren’t really sure where to begin? With just a few basic tips and guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a pro.

Quality Counts

Not all essential oil brands deliver the same level of purity. Be sure to choose therapeutic-grade oils from a trusted source that have been organically grown and properly distilled. And when adding them to your recipes, make sure they contain a supplement label indicating that they are safe and appropriate to ingest.

Less Is More

Essential oils are extremely concentrated, so a little goes a long way. When deciding how much to use in a recipe, think in terms of drops or toothpick measurements. A drop or two is plenty to flavor most dishes. Some of the thinner oils tend to come out of the bottle quickly, so dripping it onto a spoon and stirring it into your recipe at the end will help you avoid using too much and overpowering your dish. Start with a drop, and add more as needed. You can also pour some oil into a small sample size bottle, which dispenses it in half-drop increments.
The toothpick method is achieved by dipping a toothpick into your desired bottle of essential oil and then swishing it around in your recipe. This method is especially helpful when making food in small batches or when using some of the stronger-flavored oils such as basil, cassia, cinnamon, dill, marjoram, oregano, or thyme.

Timing Is Important

In addition to flavoring your food, essential oils offer a variety of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits. In order to reap these benefits, it’s a good idea to add your oil at the end of the cooking process whenever possible. This will ensure that the heat from cooking doesn’t diminish any of these additional benefits.

Guidelines, Tips, and Suggestions

General guidelines to replace herbs and spices:

2 Tbsp. fresh herbs = 1 drop essential oil
2 tsp. dried herbs = 1 drop essential oil
2 Tbsp. spices = 1 drop essential oil

Additional tips and suggestions:

Citrus oils are a great place to start using essential oils in your recipes, because they are very forgiving, unlike some of the stronger oils. It’s hard to go wrong with Wild Orange, for example, with its pleasant, fresh, and uplifting flavor.

Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to use essential oils and, after lots of trial and error, I have come to rely more on the citrus oils like bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and Wild Orange.

Making guacamole? Try adding 1 drop each of lime, black pepper, and cilantro.

Salad dressing also marries well with essential oils—particularly basil, oregano, and thyme. Remember to go easy on these, as they are on the stronger side.

Making a marinade? Add in some ginger and/or lemongrass oil.

When using turmeric in a recipe, such as the popular Ayurvedic beverage known as golden milk, add in 1 drop of black pepper, which works synergistically with turmeric to boost its effectiveness.

Nothing quite compares to the flavor and freshness of homemade non-dairy milk, made without any of the usual additives found in the store-bought varieties. Almond and brazil nut milk are favorites around our house, and adding cardamom or cinnamon essential oil delivers an exceptionally tasty result. Want to give it a try? Here’s a quick and easy recipe.

Cardamom Brazil Nut Milk

  • Servings: Yield=4–5 cups (about 1 liter)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (140 g) brazil nuts (or almonds), soaked overnight to remove the phytic acid and make the nuts more digestible
  • 4 cups (1 liter) purified water
  • 2 drops cardamom essential oil
  • Maple syrup, stevia, monk fruit, or other sweetener of your choice, to taste (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place half of the water (2 cups or 1/2 liter) in a high-speed blender with the nuts, and blend well. Note: The nuts blend better when you start off with less water. Next, add in the remainder of the water, and blend again briefly.
  2. Pour the mixture through a strainer or filter through a nut milk bag, reserving the nut meat for another recipe.
  3. Put the milk back in the blender, add your cardamom, and blend again, just enough to mix. If you want to add a small amount of sweetener, this is a good time to do that.

Note: I rarely use sweetener and don’t really recommend it unless you plan to drink the milk plain. It’s not really necessary if it’s being added to a smoothie or enjoyed over a bowl of granola or some other recipe that already contains an element of sweetness.

About the Author


Madeline Eyer is a certified integrative nutrition health coach, a holistic health coach, and an essential oil enthusiast. She is the author of two books, Essential Green Smoothies and Essential Sauces, Dips & Dressings, bridging essential oils and healthy eating. Her joy and passion is in empowering families to enjoy the many benefits of eating a clean, nutrient-rich diet that is delicious and fun, with a special fondness for supporting families in feeding their children food that nourishes their growing bodies and minds.

Top 5 On-the-Go Self-Care Rituals

This coming week we are featuring several authors and venders who sell through AromaTools.com. If you are interested in their books or products, order quickly and take advantage of the discounts and specials we are offering this week!

To start off the week, today’s post is from Dr. Mariza Snyder, author of Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils.


As stress threatens our health on a daily basis, we all owe it to ourselves to practice some self-care rituals for mind, body, and soul. But if you are like me, your on-the-go lifestyle often doesn’t allow you to take the time that you need to really center and find a pause in your life. When I was struggling with my health, I realized how necessary it was to put myself first at moments throughout the day to keep my sanity and to be able to put my best effort into my patients, my clients, my colleagues, and my friends and family. It’s all about finding those little windows of time and maximizing the opportunity!

1. Reduce Stress

Do yourself a huge favor and reduce your stress levels today. Awareness is the first step.

Don’t assume that you function well on stress. This is a lie that many of us tell ourselves.

Though society has conditioned us to think that stress can properly fuel a productive day, in reality, we are doing more damage than good to our bodies by allowing ourselves to become stressed.

While short-term stress helps protect you from danger, prolonged stress wreaks havoc on your hormones and your bodily systems. An overabundance of cortisol (the stress hormone) causes our bodies to shift to survival mode and shut down what they deem unnecessary—reproductive and digestive systems—in favor of a fight-or-flight response.

Your body may be exhibiting symptoms of stress that you have learned to live with as simply “weird cycles” or tummy troubles. Minimizing stress in your life could help treat these physical problems.

RITUAL: Breathe on the Hour
Set your alarm to buzz every hour, on the hour, throughout the day. Each time the alarm buzzes, simply inhale deeply through your nose, hang in that calming pause for a count of 3, and then exhale slowly through your mouth.

Breathing this way sends signals to your brain that all is well in the world. You are in control (even if you feel like you’re not!).

You will be amazed at the power of simple breaths.

EO BOOST: Lavender
To enhance the moment even more and calm your mind and body, try inhaling from a dram of high-quality lavender essential oil. The calming esters will soothe your soul and keep you in a sustained sense of calm.

Add a drop or two to your pulse points as well (especially the wrists), and extend that easy-breezy feeling through the rest of the hour to your next breathing break.

2. Balanced Nutrition on the Go

Stress makes us crave sugary mid-morning and late-afternoon snacks, but these very “boosts” often swing you way up and send you crashing down. This perpetuates an endless cycle of nasty sugar addiction in our bodies in addition to our already-imbalanced hormones.

Food and beverages need to convey the right messages to your system, so you need to start adding in the good and subtracting the bad.

Quick changes you can make today:

  • “Eat the rainbow” with fruits and vegetables
  • Make green smoothies
  • Eat savory instead of sugary breakfasts (with protein!)
  • Ditch sugar
  • Avoid inflammatory foods (i.e., refined carbs)
  • Pack your own whole-food snacks (nuts, berries, seeds, fruits, veggies)

RITUAL: Green Smoothies in the AM
To start your day with a punch of nutrients that will sustain you through those cravings, try a green smoothie for breakfast. The 5 minutes of prep time are well worth the energy and nutrition that they provide. I never leave home without mine!

EO BOOST: Citrus Oils
You’ve not had a smoothie until you’ve zinged it with the tang of citrus essential oil. My favorites are lemon and Wild Orange, but try some lime for a zesty kick!

Morning Green Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Tools:

  • High-powered blender (Vitamix®/Ninja Prep®/Blendtec®)
  • Quart mason jar or BlenderBottle®

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) almond or coconut milk
  • 2 packed cups (60 g) organic spinach or leafy greens
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted & sliced
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) frozen berries
  • 1/2 frozen banana, sliced
  • 2 drops citrus essential oil
  • 1 cup (215 g) ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. This first step is key! Blend your spinach with the water and milk first for at least 30 seconds. This ensures you aren’t choking down chunks of leaf.
  2. Add your avocado, berries, and banana, or any other combination. The avocado provides a creaminess that I love, but you can mix and match with the fruits and veggies. Try apples, cooked carrots, cooked butternut squash, kiwi, mango, cucumber, or anything else you have on hand. Blend for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add 2 drops of your favorite citrus essential oil and a handful of ice cubes. Blend again for 45 seconds for an icy, rich treat! Pour into your BlenderBottle® or glass jar, and sip away!

Note: To add some caffeine and powerful antioxidants, add 1½ tsp. organic matcha green tea powder in step 2!

3. Nurture with Nature

Nature does wonders for our mind, body, and soul, especially when combined with a pause in our day.

I know you’re sitting there thinking, “Right . . . but who has time for nature in a busy day?”

Everyone does! Here’s how:

RITUALS:

  • Boost your vitamin D with a 10-minute walk in the sunshine, or do some work near a window.
  • Park at the back of the lot (when going to work, grocery shopping, etc.) and enjoy the sounds and sights of creation as you breathe deep and walk in.
  • Eat lunch outside instead of at your desk. Schedule in this “me” time. Even a working lunch outdoors will give you the benefit of sunshine and fresh air.
  • Take the ramp instead of the quick way in. Let your body feel the twists, turns, and incline as you appreciate the motion of your muscles.
  • Enjoy your on-the-hour breathing breaks or your AM green smoothie outside!
  • Volunteer to run an errand, and leave the stress at the office.
  • Take your kiddos for a 10-minute nature walk with a gallon baggie, and let them collect and explore while you enjoy.
  • Walk your dog or other pet—whatever needs some exercise.

EO BOOST: Peppermint
Nothing helps to amp up your focus and open those respiratory pathways like a hit of high-quality peppermint essential oil! Simply inhale from the bottle, or dab a drop under your tongue for instant minty power. And it will make your breath kissably fresh and smooth!

4. Hydrate That Bod

Did you know that not drinking enough water can cause premature aging, inflammation, and gut issues? Yikes!

RITUAL: Drink Up
Get yourself a super-cool glass or stainless steel water bottle, and carry it everywhere. Infuse it with some fruits, berries, and fresh herbs to give your tongue some extra pizzazz.

EO BOOST: “Spike” the Infusion
Looking for an awesome flavor with sustained benefits for your system? Try high-quality essential oils in your water infusion! Grapefruit is one of my go-tos to help curb cravings and boost my productivity. Here is one of my fave recipes:

Smooth Citrus Water Infusion

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1 medium vanilla bean
  • 2 quarts (about 2 liters) distilled water
  • 1 drop high-quality grapefruit essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add fruit and vanilla bean to the insert of a 2-quart infusion pitcher. Fill pitcher with water, and add essential oil. Allow to steep for at least 30 mins, but preferably 2–3 hours, before serving. Or use in a glass or stainless steel infusion water bottle, and cut the ingredients in half.

5. Aromatherapy Focus

Look no further than high-quality essential oils for a quick and sustaining way to reduce your stress and increase your focus instantly! Ultrasonic cool-air diffusers are an amazing way to provide lasting benefits in a larger space, but sometimes you just don’t have that option. Check out these tricks for daily diffusion:

RITUALS:

  • Straight from the bottle: Take off the lid, and inhale deeply!
  • EO key chains: Carry your faves with you! Key chains hold 8 drams of EO for your daily needs.
  • Cotton balls: Put 1–2 drops on your ball, and place nearby or pop in your drawer or purse.
  • Clothespin: Put 1–2 drops on the wood, and clip to a fan or your car vent.
  • Diffuser jewelry: 1–2 drops on fashionable jewelry will keep you sustained all day long.
  • Leather bracelets: Inside and outside benefits! Place 1–2 drops on the underside, and wear.
  • Thick card stock: Put a drop on a bookmark, and carry in a book or notebook all day long.

EO BOOST: Meet Your Needs

Rosemary: Instant focus and improved memory/concentration
Lavender: Calm and relaxation
Peppermint & Wild Orange: Morning wake-up or midday pick-me-up
Bergamot: Relaxation and energy at the same time
Clary Sage: Support for a woman’s needs
Frankincense: Calm and connection
Cardamom: Respiratory health, balance, and mental clarity

Bonus: Smart Mom’s Guide To Essential Oils

If you are an on-the-go mom looking for some quality ways to take care of your family and keep yourself healthy and energized at the same time, please check out my best-selling book here at AromaTools, Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils. In addition to ready-to-go recipes that you can immediately put to use for everyone in your family, there is an entire chapter devoted to self care for moms. Indulge and treat yourself to a book that will benefit you for years to come and provide you with the skills to become a healer in your own home!

About the Author


Dr. Mariza Snyder is a wellness practitioner and the author of 6 books: the best-selling The DASH Diet Cookbook and Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils, as well as The Low Glycemic Index Slow Cooker, The Antioxidant Counter, The Water Infusion Detox Book, and The Matcha Miracle. For the past 9 years she has lectured at wellness centers, hospitals, conferences, and corporations on hormone health and essential oils, nutrition, and detoxification. She is also the creator of the Women’s Balance Summit, an online event first held in 2016 with over 30 internationally acclaimed wellness experts, designed to empower women to create the health and life they deserve.

Dr. Snyder has been featured on Fox News, MindBodyGreen, Dr. Oz, the Huffington Post, and in Women’s Health, Shape, and Self magazines. She received her BS degree from Mills College in 2002, majoring in biochemistry, and graduated cum laude with a doctorate of chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West in 2008.