Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Beautiful You with LeAnne
Even if you firmly believe in eating and living organically, it may be hard to live that lifestyle completely if you're battling with PCOS. There's Metformin for insulin resistance and diabetes, birth control to help regulate periods, Vaniqua to help get rid of unsightly facial hair, hydroquinone to help fade dark spots related to acanthosis nigricans, spironolactone to help reduce inflammation in the scalp.... The list is overwhelming, but in order to give ourselves a fighting chance of having normal, attractive looks, we keep using all the medications, thinking there's no hope. And that's the truth, right?.....Not necessarily. I am not a doctor, nor am I a related medical professional, so I can not and will not discourage you from taking what your doctor has prescribed. But I am here to show you there may be a better, natural, more beneficial and life-changing way. And that is essential oils. Essential oils are known as nature's living energy. They are aromatic liquids found in shrubs, flowers, plants, leaves, trees, roots, bushes and seeds. But they are known for far more than just their aroma. Their benefits are literally almost countless. And because they are so potent and powerful, they can naturally and powerfully enhance your natural beauty, health and vitality. Though there are literally hundreds of essential oils in the world, there are those more commonly used for everyday living AND can be especially beneficial for a woman with PCOS. Allow me to introduce them to you. The Power Of Ten: The First Five 1. Clary Sage: Extracted from the Clary Sage plant, this oil produces relaxation in a gentle, effective manner when applied to the wrists. It is known to produce the regeneration of skin cells, which keeps the skin looking youthful and radiant. Clary sage can treat dandruff and, when applied as a scalp massage, it can help produce hair growth and minimize hair loss. 2. Geranium Oil: This oil is a surefire way to help your hair grow fast! It's benefits are endless, like many other oils, but apply a few drops of this to your shampoo, and it promotes a healthy scalp, allowing it to breathe, and gives strength to every strand of hair. You can also apply a few drops to your fingers, then gently massage your scalp for about five minutes before going to bed. 3. Cypress: Cypress oil is a natural astringent. It helps firm and tone the skin, and improve skins elasticity (very helpful in reversing the damage of PCOS on the skin's surface). Cypress oil is also known to be helpful during the menstrual cycle. Mixing a little bit of it with olive oil and rubbing it on the stomach and pelvic area significantly reduces cramping. 4. Lavender Oil: One of the most popular oils in the world, Lavender's greatest benefit is it's ability to soothe, calm, and ease aching muscles. It's also known to aid in treated various skin conditions, including eczema, skin discoloration and acne. Add a few droplets to your bath water and ease into a soothing, moisturizing, and aromatic heaven. 5. Peppermint Oil: This oil is the absolute best, along with tea tree oil, in increasing circulation and blood flow in the scalp. It helps create a fertile ground for hair to grow. Since it's too strong to use on it's own, it's best to add this to a base oil, like extra virgin olive or coconut oil. It's also known to help ease aching muscles, especially in the back, knees, and ankles. For hair, add it to yourshampoo or conditioner, and for skin, add it to another oil or your regular moisturizer. You'll be so glad you did! Next week, we'll cover the remaining five oils and include a few super-amazing beauty recipes that give wonderful and instant benefits! Please Note: I am not a psychiatrist, psychologist, or medically trained professional. I am not qualified to give out any emotional or medical advice. I am a woman with PCOS who is sharing my personal experiences in this blog. For help, I advise you to seek a medical professional.