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Nov
2018
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Essential oils for busy Mums

I know – I get it … most people reading this post will be too busy to even look at the text below. There is a great temptation just to scan and skip. There are plenty of other messages waiting in your inbox deserving of your attention also. There is your social media feed which is a complete distraction from all of the things you are ‘meant’ to be doing. You are balancing kids activities, feeling guilty you are not giving them enough attention, feeling guilty that another week has passed by and you haven’t followed your exercise plan yet again, feeling guilty because when you take a moment for yourself you feel you ‘should’ be doing something else, you have demands to be ‘here’ when you want to be ‘there’ and the list goes on and on and on.

For a moment – just take a long deep breath in – hold for a few seconds – and then exhale. Then, go out on a limb and do it one more time! Observe how just taking this brief moment, slows everything down just a little.

I believe that amidst the ‘busyness’ we are drawn to the things we need the most. I often wonder – did I choose essential oils or did they choose me?! Whatever the answer, I’m grateful that essential oils are a part of my life – they support me (and my family) every single day. It excites me when others discover just how powerful oils are too. Part of it is the holistic nature of essential oils, they are 100% pure plant extracts derived from nature – they not only awaken the senses, they awaken the soul. Some people experience immediate positive results – others notice profound changes in their lives over time.

“Do the best that you can. Until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”  Maya Angelou

I love this quote! We are all on a journey doing the best we can with what we have.

I have created below (long overdue!), an essential oils reference guide for busy Mums seeking a little more calm, clarity and positivity in their everyday (and come back to it if you don’t have time right now).

When you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed:

  • Lavender. Lavender is the oil of calm (often known as the Swiss army knife of oils!). It helps calm and relax the nervous system and may be used aromatically and topically. Add a few drops to your diffuser or apply to your wrists and behind your ears. Add a few drops to the palm of your hand, cup your hands and then take a deep breath, then place your hands on your heart or on the back of your neck.
  • Harmony Aromatic Mist (Combardis). Spray the mist over the crown of your head. Breathe the scent in deeply and repeat the affirmation “I am connected to a deep sense of peace within me.” Use at the first sign of any stressful situation – this may be just trying to get the kids out the door to school in the morning!
  • Citrus Oils. Citrus oils such as Lemon, Wild Orange and Bergamot are incredible to diffuse in the room to lesson heightened tension.
  • Clary Calm (doTERRA roller blend). A blend of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang and Cedarwood that promotes calming but also supports a healthy hormonal balance. Roll onto pulse points (like wrists and behind the ears) and belly during your moon cycle.
  • Vetiver. Vetiver is an exotic, earthy essential oil that is extremely grounding and calming. It is used widely in perfumes. Apply to your wrists and behind the ears or add just a drop to a diffuser blend of Lavender and Wild Orange.

When you (and your family) need quality sleep:

  • Lavender. Diffuse in the bedroom or massage into the soles of the feet. Children often love a few drops of Lavender massaged along the length of their spine just before bed. For greater intensity add Frankincense (a deeply grounding and centering oil) and/or Vetiver to the diffuser blend.
  • Peaceful Sleep Pillow Mist (Combardis). A blend of Lavender, Vanilla, Patchouli and Cedarwood essential oils promote a deep and restful sleep. Lightly spray your pillow, then close your eyes and spray a fine mist over your head and shoulders, take a deep breath and allow the stresses of the day to dissolve.

When you want to feel energised:

  • Peppermint. Inhaling Peppermint awakens the senses. Its scent is invigorating and brings joy to the mind, body and spirit. It is known as the oil of a buoyant heart. It is also great for headaches, temperature regulation and for calming upset tummies. It is a beautiful morning diffuser blend with Wild Orange.
  • Clarity Aromatic Mist (Combardis). An infusion of Peppermint, Rosemary and Citrus Oils. Great for work/study, focus and an afternoon ‘pick me up’.
  • Motivate (doTERRA blend).A blend of Peppermint, Coriander, Clementine, Basil, Rosemary and Vanilla. Set your intention and stay focused on all that you need to do (and maybe don’t want to do!).

When you want to feel inspired:

  • Wild Orange. Wild Orange is uplifting and optimistic. It supports a positive mood and is the oil of abundance, spontaneity and fun. Diffuse on its own or with Cinnamon and Lime oils.
  • Highest Potential Aromatic Mist (Combardis). Dissolve self limiting beliefs and strive to the best version of you. Rose Otto, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Patchouli and Citrus Oils combine to uplift and inspire. Spray a fine mist over the crown of your head and breathe the scent in deeply. Use frequently throughout the day.
  • Elevation (doTERRA blend). Soothe your heart, overcome feelings of despair and inspire happiness. Diffuse or wear as a perfume – applying the oil behind the ears, on wrists and over the heart.

When you need to focus:

  • Lemon. Known as the oil of focus. Diffuse to feel engaged and alert. From here, anything is possible! Also apply to wrists and temples.
  • InTune (doTERRA roller blend). When you have a list of 100 things you think you need to do and know you can only focus on one at a time! This one is also great for kids at homework time. A blend of Sandalwood, Patchouli, Frankincense, Lime, Ylang Ylang and Roman Chamomile essential oils.

To create a simple yet effective self-care practice:

  • Ylang Ylang. Ylang Ylang is a powerful remedy for the heart. It helps move us out of our head and into a space of “heart knowing”- a place of connectedness where we can more easily access our intuition. Place a couple of drops of Ylang Ylang into a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or jojoba and use as a body moisturiser. Use after showering and take a moment to express kindness and gratitude to yourself. Throughout the day apply a couple of drops over the heart. Ylang Ylang is a deeply feminine oil that awakens you to your Goddess power!
  • Love Aromatic Mist (Combardis). A blend of Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Lavender & Bergamot help nurture a connection of self love and acceptance. Simply Mist, Breathe and BE.

For calm kids:

  • Lavender & Lavender Peace (doTERRA blend). Diffuse these oils in kids rooms about 30 minutes before going to bed to set a calm tone. Adding Lavender drops to the bath is also a beautiful way to promote winding down at the end of a busy day. We also diffuse Lavender with Wild Orange in living areas in the early evening before bed-time.
  • Calmer Kids Aromatic Mist (Combardis). A blend of Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Cedarwood, Bergamot and Frankincense oils to reduce irritability and create a positive and comforting space. Spray a fine mist over your little one and encourage them to take a slow, deep breath.

For a healthy family:

  • Easy Air (doTERRA blend).A beautiful combination of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon and Peppermint that assists in supporting the respiratory system. This can be diffused in a room or bedroom overnight, as well as rubbed diluted on chest and feet for respiratory concerns, coughs, colds and seasonal allergies.
  • Tea Tree.Tea Tree is a great infection buster due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Apply topically to skin breakouts and diffuse to help stop the spread of germs between family members.
  • Oregano and OnGuard (doTERRA blend).  This is a powerful combo used to fight off cold and flu bugs. Apply on the soles of the feet to boost the immune system. Use at the first sign of illness and even daily during the cold, winter months or when illness is prevalent at school/work. Oregano is known as nature’s very own antibiotic.
  • Digestzen (doTERRA blend). A go-to blend to aid digestion. It helps bring harmony to the digestive system. Use for constipation, gas and bloating. After over indulging apply to the stomach, add a drop to water or apply under the tongue. The blend includes oils well known for their digestive properties; Anise, Peppermint, Ginger, Carraway, Coriander, Tarragon and Fennel oils.
  • Ice Blue (doTERRA blend). A natural alternative to the traditional ‘deep heat’. This effective combination of oils helps sore and fatigued muscles (works well for prevention too), it also helps period cramping and even growing pains.
  • A powerful grounding oil that also helps regenerate healthy skin cells. Dilute in a carrier-oil such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil and apply to the face and body.

The recommendations above are based on using pure 100% essential oils only. Pure essential oils bring harmony to the mind and body as they are extracted in a way that maintains the integrity and life force of the plant. The divine intelligence that creates harmony in nature works to create harmony in our body. And, when Mum feels harmony it goes without saying that the rest of the household benefits!

When you use essential oils you are also reducing toxicity in your home. Toxic chemicals wreak havoc with our immune system, hormones and overall body chemistry.

Consider integrating essential oils into your wellness toolkit. Feel supported, uplifted and inspired!!

With love,

Karen

16
Sep
2018
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Gratitude is a powerful force

Over 20 years ago I travelled to Nepal with my dear friend Jacqui. After trekking and white water rafting we visited the remote village of Bardia in Western Nepal – to try and spot a tiger! It was in Bardia that Jacqui’s boyfriend (now husband) almost lost his life due to a medical emergency. The local villagers helped to get us all out of Bardia and into Kathmandu where the ‘foreigner’ was able to have life saving surgery. One person in particular, a young boy with his bicycle, and a second bicycle he had sourced for Jacqui, was critical to getting help and assistance.

This young boy grew up and started a school for the local children in his living room – he is now the Principal of the Bardia Memorial School. Jacqui’s pledge is to honour the community that helped saved her husband’s life and in doing so, contribute to the development of facilities at Bardia Memorial School to educate all children in the local community from pre-school to Year 12.

I believe in the power of kindness and the generosity of the human spirit to bring about positive change and opportunities for all and so it is a privilege to be involved in this project. Next April, I will travel to Nepal with Jacqui and a group of awesome teenagers. My teenage daughter Livi will be one of them! We will be going to assist with projects at the school and our group of teens will have the opportunity to teach classes at the school.

Gratitude is a powerful force when it comes to creating magic. Hearts open and suddenly everything is possible.

Critical to the success of this project is to raise AU$40,000 in the next 6 weeks to establish facilities at the school by the end of this year. This will enable the older children to stay at the school and be educated through to Year 12. Offering educational opportunities to this community not only creates a brighter future, it reduces the risk of these children being lured away from their families and trafficked across the boarder into India. The reality is – this is happening every single day and the number of children affected has increased 5 fold in the last 5 years.

Every heart has the opportunity to change lives.

To donate to these beautiful children and the community of Bardia please click on the link below. I have created a ‘Friends of Combardis’ campaign page. If this project resonates with you please create your own campaign page for friends, family, community and school groups.

*** Bright Futures of Bardia – Donate here ***

Until the end of this campaign Combardis will donate $5 for every mist sold!!

Jacqui Holth, founder of the Adventurous Life Project and Ky Furneaux, stunt woman and survival expert will be visiting the school next week to meet with the team who will help bring this project to life on the ground.

Follow their travels and the entire project by following @brightfuturesofbardia on Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you for taking the time to find a place in your heart for these very special people.

With love and gratitude,

Karen

17
Aug
2018
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Letting go and letting flow

When dreams come true to spend time in Provence – the home of aromatherapy and magical, lush lavender fields! The magic was finding this lavender field without even having to look for it. Isn’t this the magic of life? When we let go of what we can’t control, open our hearts and trust the universe.

The universe speaks: “Allow me to flow through you unrestricted, and you will see the greatest magic you have ever seen.” – Klaus Joehle

 

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May
2018
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“I am inspired to be the best version of me.”

How do you feel inspired every day to be the best version of you?

My practice is to embrace these simple yet powerful teachings.

To know that we are enough in every breath that we take.

When we feel unease, stress and a feeling of ‘less than’ we can unconsciously hold our breath. Yet, we know our breath is essential to oxygenating our mind, body, spirit and life. Take time to consciously take several deep breaths and exhale slowly to awaken your energy and release old patterns.

When you feel negative emotions towards yourself learn to catch those thoughts and remind yourself that you are enough, you know enough and you have enough. Learn to practice self compassion so that you are able to love and accept yourself for who you are and not fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others.

To know that when we connect with our heart we are connected to the divine one heart.

Take moments of stillness to connect into your heart, place your hands on your heart and in a moment of stillness ask your heart for messages of love and strength. Love heals and when we tune into our hearts we allow love to flow, we connect with the divine one heart …. universal love.

When we fill our heart with love, joy and compassion, we know we are enough, we are inspired to be the best version of ourselves and the universe conspires to support us in every way.

The essential oils of Rose Otto, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Geranium, Sweet Orange and Lime used in Highest Potential Aromatic Mist, combine to help open the heart and remove self limiting beliefs.

Simply close your eyes, spray the mist lightly over the crown of your head and body and take a deep cleansing breath.

Mist … Breathe … Be

All my love,

Karen

3
Apr
2018
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Finding Stillness

How often is the question asked … how does one live an outer life filled with peace and joy? I have learned that the key for me is to find stillness within. Cultivating an inner state of peace is a practice. It often means finding the tools that work for you. Start by taking a deep breathe and noticing this moment, right now.

Coming soon will be a page dedicated to the resources I have used and continue to use to find stillness and meaning in this world of ours.

In the meantime continue to mist, breathe and just be. Take a moment for you to be supported by the gift of natural essential oils and the gift of your breath.

“In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.” – Howard Thurman

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Nov
2017
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Clarity

Finding clarity in our fast paced lives can often prove to be a challenge.

Allowing ourselves space to create moments of stillness can feel indulgent when there are so many things to ‘do’. However it is precisely when we feel overwhelmed and busy that we benefit enormously from moments of stillness. Simply pausing to take a long, deep and cleansing breath slows down the nervous system resulting in a more calm and relaxed state.

Pausing to take a deep breath is a mindfulness practice as it involves paying attention to the present moment.

Mindful moments help us to create space in our lives, softness in our body and clarity of mind. Mindfulness also helps us to slow down a little and appreciate the ‘little things’ – the things that make life worth living.

To create a mindful moment and inspire clarity simply close your eyes, spray the mist lightly over the crown of your head and body and take a deep cleansing breath.

I allow my mind to be still and the way forward becomes clear.

 

16
Aug
2017
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Enhance your mindfulness practice

Support your mindfulness practice with the therapeutic benefits of an essential oil mist.

We all know meditation and mindfulness help calm the mind, body and spirit allowing us to be present and to tune in to the beauty and possibility in each moment … however, in our fast paced, demanding world full of distraction we often need some additional help.

The balancing qualities of essential oils and the soothing effects of natural aromas help the body and mind to settle into a state of mindfulness.

Keeping a mist handy throughout the days serves as a useful reminder to stop and take a mindful moment!

In a world full of doing, doing, doing, it’s important to take a moment to just breathe, to just be.

19
Jun
2017
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Featuring Harmony mist

We all know that life gets busy and at these times it’s more important than ever to take the time to stop and just breathe. Harmony mist was created for these times of overwhelm and for when life feels a little (or a lot!) out of balance.

The heart warming essential oils infused in this blend help to reconnect the mind and heart allowing you to move forward in a calmer, more centred state. Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Lavender combine with Cedarwood and citrus oils to soothe the senses and bring harmony to the mind and body.

Using the mist mindfully …

Simply pause for a moment and spray the mist over the crown of your head and around your body. Breathe the natural scent in deeply, repeat the affirmation and just be. 

“I am connected to a deep sense of peace within me.”

Taking the time to just breathe is a simple, mindful self care practice that impacts the nervous system in the most positive way. When we take a moment to be still, to fill our lungs completely and then let it all out we allow our muscles to relax and our mind and body to be grounded in the present moment.

Set an alarm to stop and take a deep breath every hour and notice the impact it has on your day.

 

1
May
2017
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Mind Heart Connect Event

Inspiration in a bottle to support this wonderful event coming up May 5-7 on the Gold Coast, Queensland

Last chance to get tickets is NOW … http://www.mindheartconnect.com/

I was reminded of how much I was influenced by Dr Joe Dispenze the last time I saw him in Sydney as I re-read an old Combardis blog post …. ‘The people who have positive changes in their health have also changed their thinking’.

Be in the presence of Dr Joe Dispenza, Australia’s Dr Peta Stapleton leading clinical research at Bond University in the area of EFT/tapping, Dr Lori Leydon – doing amazing work in the field of EFT in Rwanda, and many more incredible speakers who are helping global healing on so many levels.

We are delighted to have created a mist especially for the event and will be both attending the event and exhibiting our beautiful mists and wellbeing kits.

Combardis Aromatic Mists originated to assist in inspiring positive thoughts and emotions. By using a beautiful essential oil blend mindfully the benefits of the essential oils are magnified.

A simple mindful exercise is to spray the mist over your body and personal space, breathe the scent in deeply and then repeat a simple positive affirmation. By using the mist in regular mindful ritual you will be engaging in positive thoughts and subsequent positive emotions.Positive emotions = happy and healthy life. 🙂