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Stress hormones & blood sugar

When you’re angry or upset, adrenaline and cortisol are released into your blood stream. These hormones signal your liver to produce more glucose for a burst of energy, which is meant to help you in a fight or flight situation. If you’re a Type One Diabetic, this means an unexpected blood sugar spike, most likely followed by a crash.

While you can’t (and shouldn’t) always control your emotions, it’s helpful to learn some tools to regain a state of peace and prevent the signal and release of stress hormones.

 

How can you partner with your chemistry to manage your hormone production?

If you feel your heart start to race, it is important to signal to your body that you are safe, and you don’t need to fight or flee.

One method for bringing  your heartbeat back to normal is called box breathing–a technique used by Navy SEALs to reduce anxiety and keep calm. You breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, and repeat this cycle until you feel your body start to release tension.

Diabetic or not, when you find yourself in a continual state of agitation, your receptor sites for serotonin can actually shrink, and you can become in the habit of constantly releasing adrenaline and cortisol. This can lead to decreased blood sugar control, more sick days, and burnout.

 

How can Aromatherapy be a powerfultool to train your brain?

Your sense of smell is directly connected to your limbic system, the emotional part of your brain that controls your hormone production. This means you immediately feel about a smell often before your brain can even identify the source. When you smell something soothing and are mindful of breathing, you signal to your brain that you are ok, and you definitely don't need a big burst of adrenaline! It's surprisingly powerful.

 

Why we like essential oils

Essential oils are super handy and potent–a little goes a long way! Aside from their many household uses (replacing anything from cleaning solutions to perfume that we spray right on our adrenal glands...hello, hormones!) plant oils can allow us to send signals to our brain.

There are so many lovely oils to choose from, but to keep it simple, we love lavender for its calming effects, peppermint for its ability to help us focused, and a blend called Balance for fidgety times.

If you're interested in several oils, the enrollment kits provide the best bang for your buck.

Strengthen the power of the oil by incorporating it into your routine. Before sleep, apply lavender to your wrists, or diffuse it by your bed. If feeling groggy and unfocused, tap a little peppermint onto your temples, inhale the scent from your hands, and feel the tingly sensation wake you up. We also love Aromatherapy Playdough for kids as a fun DIY.

Since essential oils are extremely concentrated–50 to 70 times more potent than the plant itself, and much more potent than extracts–it's very important to use a high quality product. Often, even oils from health food stores are cut with synthetics or untested for impurities. Read more about oil quality here and be sure to check out the kits for the best value.

Remember, a little goes a long way! A 15mL bottle contains 250 drops, and you only need one drop at a time.

An enrollment kit is the best bang for your buck. The wholesale price applies when you buy a kit, and you have access to wholesale prices for the rest of the year!

The kits are incredibly versatile and help you replace so many household products–think skincare, cleaning, seasonal protection, and pain management. Follow along with us as we share tips and tricks for oil use!