In line with the Heart Strides mission of keeping Moms healthy during stressful times, we are happy to share this wonderful post from my dear friend Paula Sevenich, a Certified Wellness Coach,  Educator and Advocate.  Personally, she has been an incredible resource for both me, and my family, as we add essential oils to our daily lives.

Heart Strides is honored to include Paula in our mission, and grateful for her donation of oils to be provided along with our shoes.  I encourage you to reach out to her, she is wonderful, you will love connecting with her!


      When I was asked to be a guest blogger for Miles4Moms/Heart Strides I never batted an eye and said yes of course. It has been such a pleasure these past few years reconnecting with Denise since our travels after high school took us different ways. I have admired Denise and followed her blogs and adventures as she tirelessly advocates for moms and children with life changing diseases and special needs. Reading her blogs have made me smile, laugh and cry as she speaks from the heart about her life stories and others.
      So now it is time for me to write about a subject I am passionate about and how it may help or bring some peace and comfort to these courageous families and I find myself at a loss for words. After much thought and starting over what seems like endless times, I am just going to be brief and to the point.
      Stress sucks ~ nothing good really comes of it unless you are being chased by a lion and run faster than you ever imagined or rescue a person from a life-threatening situation without even thinking twice. While these are amazing stories can be found most everyday somewhere in the world. For the rest of us, stress sucks.
      Moms and families caring for children with special needs or life threatening health conditions are no stranger to this. I am grateful to have three children who by most standards are very healthy kids living a normal everyday life. And while I have found essential oils a godsend for many of life’s litte emergencies, I know that they are capable of helping with some of life’s bigger emergencies.
      Long term stress takes a great toll on our health and we need to be aware of it, know how to manage it and control it. I do not like to take medications, not even over the counter medications. When I was introduced to using essential oils for daily health benefits I knew it was a perfect match and I have been educating and sharing them every since!
      Why are essential oils effect for stress relief? Aromas interact with our limbic system and provide a natural help for relieving stress and instilling a calming effect. You can see and read some of the Science and Research here: http://www.everythingessential.me/HealthConcerns/Stress.html#page=page-7

Because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects… Olfactory responses to odors induce the brain to stimulate the release of hormones and neurochemicals that in turn alter the body’s physiology and behavior. –Essential Oil Desk Reference, 4th Edition

      Along with Aromatic use, essential oils are very effective when used topically. Essential oils are unique in that they can pass through the epidermal barrier and enter the bloodstream without causing injury or triggering inflammation or water loss. This is because of their small molecular structure and weight which allows them to penetrate the skin readily. Essential oils are not water soluble. They’re oil and lipid soluble further facilitating entry through the epidermis.
      Two of my favorite essential oils that I am sharing with the first round of Heart Strides recipients are Wild Orange and a blend of oils called Balance (Blue Tansy, Frankincense, Ho Wood and Spruce).
      Wild Orange offers one of the most dynamic fragrances of essential oils.  It can be both energizing and uplifting, while being sedative by instilling feelings of peace.
     Balancing blends contain oils that are geared toward the central nervous system and other body systems. If there are times when you feel confused, doubtful, unsettled, or in need of a sense of well-being, a balancing blend may be an excellent option.Do yourself a favor and explore the world of essential wellness, you will not regret it!!
Paula Sevenich, BA, CNC, CWC is a Certified Wellness Coach, Educator and Wellness Advocate in Minnesota. She is an Aroma Touch Technique Practitioner and currently serves as Educational Event Director of the Twin Cities Holistic Practitioners Association.
 Stay tuned for more guest bloggers offering tips and
resources that will help you stay healthy and steady during challenging times.





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