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The Sunshine Vitamin

In last week’s blog, I mentioned a benefit of walking outside is getting some vitamin D. But some of you might be wondering what exactly is vitamin D, why do we need it, how much do we need, and where do we get it?

So what exactly is Vitamin D and why do we need it? You might be surprised to learn that it is actually a hormone. When skin is exposed to Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, your body can produce vitamin D. Pretty cool, right? But why do we need it? Because it does all kinds of stuff. It helps control calcium levels, regulates the immune system, balances minerals in our blood, supports heart, thyroid, and nervous system health and more! Bad things happen if you don’t get enough. Low vitamin D levels can increase the risk of cancer, cause a fast heartbeat, contribute to Type 1 diabetes, cause weak bones, and lead to tooth decay. And you know what else? If you don’t get enough vitamin D, you’ll feel awful. Exhausted, hopeless, and unmotivated. I know because at one point my levels were very low. I was constantly tired and depressed. It made everyday life so hard!

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10 Simple Dos and Don’ts for Using Essential Oils

Do use essential oils to help your body deal with issues such as emotions, skin problems, muscle pain, and respiration. This is where essential oils really shine and will provide the most benefit.

Do try different usage methods such as inhalers, diffusers, steaming, and topical application. Depending on how you want the oils to benefit you, the method of application will differ for potential benefit.

Do take time to learn about the oil you are using and the plant it came from, place of origin, and extraction method. Even oils with the same common name can have different scents and be beneficial for different issues. For example, there are several types of Lavender. Lavandula angustifolia is the one usually associated with being beneficial for resting.

Do dilute your essential oils in a carrier before applying topically. Applying essential oils directly to your skin will increase your risk of sensitization. In addition to being uncomfortable, you may be limited with essential oil use in the future. There are cases where an individual has had to stop usage completely after a long period of neat usage due to sensitization.

Do diffuse in 30 minute increments. You will receive the most benefits from the oil during the first 30 minutes of diffusing. Diffusing for longer times could lead to minor side effects. For example, some oils can lead to headaches if diffused for too long. Take a 30-60 minute break before diffusing again. Continue reading 10 Simple Dos and Don’ts for Using Essential Oils