Thieves Essential Oil to Boost Immunity

With winter here in Australia many people are coming down with sickness.  I really hate being sick.  I think this is part of my motivation for eating well and looking after myself –  I really hate it a lot.  On converting the using essential oils, one of the favourite blends I use is the Thieves Essential Oil to boost immunity.  This is the immunity blend, and can be used for cleaning and so many other things.

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Here is some information from the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.  This is the most amazing blend of highly anti-viral, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-infectious essential oils.  It was created from research based on legends about a group of 15th century thieves who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying.  When apprehended, the thieves were forced to tell what their secret was and disclosed the formula of the herbs, spices and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment.

Studies conducted at Weber State University during 1997 demonstrated the killing power of these amazing oils against air-borne microorganisms. The analysis showed after 10 minutes of Thieves diffusion in the air, there was a 82% reduction in the gram positive Micrococcus luteus organism bio aerosol, a 96% reduction in gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa organism bio aerosol and a 44% reduction in S. aureus bio aerosol.

Ingredients:

Clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiate, rosemary.

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Applications:

Dilute 1 part essential oil to 4 parts vege oil complex

Diffuse neat for 15 mins every 3 – 4 hours

Apply neat to bottom of feet

For headaches, put 1 drop on tongue and push against roof of mouth

Add 2 drops to wet cloth in clothes dryer

Put 1 drop in 40ml water – swallow

 

Here are other uses of Thieves.

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If you would like to try a sample of this amazing oil for yourself contact here 

 

Wonder Woman Wednesday – Lisa Brydon

I am excited to introduce you this Wonder Woman Wednesday to this fit mum and inspiring lady.  I am lucky enough she is also my sister-in-law.  Here’s a bit more about Lisa, enjoy reading about what she gets up to.

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  • Tell us about yourself and what you do?
  • I’m 31 (yikes) and a mum of two boys. We have a very active family – my husband Blair and I do mixed-pairs Adventure Racing together and we are also mad bike-riders, both on and off-road. My boys are 7 and 5 and have started to get into mountain biking and some low-key adventure racing, which is really cool – I think the best part of being fit is being able to go out on adventures with the family! During the summer months we do a lot of water-skiing as a family and we try to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, be it on a bike, kayak or just playing a family soccer game.

 

  • Have you always been involved in Fitness?
  • From as long as I can remember. Mum’s side of the family are all distance runners, so I ran all through school. I had a bad ankle injury when I was about 14 and ended up on a bike, and never really got off. I raced competitively to a worlds level on the road bike for a number of years during my late teens/early 20’s, which was a lot of fun. I love all types of fitness but anything that is outdoors and involves cardio/endurance is definitely my favourite.

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  • You have just competed recently in Mountain Bike Races, tell us about them and how you went?
  • Yes, we have to pick and choose our races a bit more now but I’ve been lucky to be able to get quite a few in the last few months! At the moment I’m in the middle of the Victorian Enduro series, racing the 3hr solo division. These are cross-country style races on around a 7-12km circuit and they are run as a mass start, meaning we ride the race with the men. So far we have had two races and they have been very different – the first was super quick, flowing track and was extremely high intensity for the whole 3hrs. The second race was much more technical and hilly, so it alternated a lot between maximum heartrate climbs, to intense focus through technical sections with rock walls, jumps, etc, all while trying to recover for the next hill. I was lucky that this race was at my local training ground so I knew the tracks very well, and it gave me a chance to get some breathing space on the other girls through these technical parts. I managed to take the win on both events and although I’ll miss the next two series races I’m hoping to do well in the final two and hopefully take a top placing overall.

 

  • Do you follow a specific diet?
  • No, I like eating too much! We do have a fairly healthy diet in our house – both my husband and I love our salads and veges, and prefer them raw or blanched, which is what the kids have grown up with as well. We eat a mix of everything – fish, pork, chicken and red meat, and pasta or rice with most meals. I will increase my carb intake the 2-3 days prior a long adventure race, and I have a set meal plan which involves a lot of bread, bananas and honey during these races. I was quite strict with my diet when I was racing seriously but now I tend to just be aware of my body and feed it what it craves. Even if this means I can’t go to bed without dessert.

 

  • What does training/exercising look like for you each week?
  • It really depends on what is on the race calendar. If there are lots of bike races (generally Feb – June), then I’ll stick to the bike 100% of the time. I can normally get in 2-3 x 2hr rides and 1 x 2½ – 3hr ride a week. If we have an adventure race coming up, I’ll start running a couple of times a week and drop the rides to 3 times a week. I tend to leave the running until last minute (one month out) as I don’t particularly enjoy it, and find it takes the edge off my cycling a bit. I do a 20min core workout every night and my husband and I start a full body gym routine around August-Dec to build our upper body strength for the waterski season, and also just build on general muscle strength as the bike racing calendar slows down.

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  • How has your fitness changed since you became a mum?
  • My training has changed drastically. It’s a balance now – I have limited training time and some weeks I may only get 1 or 2 rides outdoors, so it’s really important to make all these rides count. I do the majority of my training on a cyclocross bike on dirt roads, as I’m much more aware of keeping myself safe. There are great roads around our house but unfortunately there are also a lot of drivers that don’t realise the consequences of passing a cyclist at 80km/hr with a few inches clearance. I love my riding but my priority is to come home safely to my family after each ride, and I find sticking to unsealed roads means there is a great deal less traffic, its generally moving slower, and the drivers are a lot more respectful. My training rides are always at a higher intensity and involve a lot of climbing to get the most out of the shorter durations.The other biggest change is being aware of fatigue – pre-children I could always sleep and rest more when the training load increased. It becomes a balance now of training hard when my body is up to it, but trying to be smart when there is a particularly busy week, or the kids are sick, or I’m just not recovering how I should. I’m still working on this balance – it’s tough!! I try to make sure my training doesn’t impact the family negatively so if I am too tired there are times I have to tone it down a bit and not get the perfect build-up to an event, but at the end of the day I am racing for my own enjoyment now and the kids really don’t care if I come home with a 5th place or 1st. They are more interested in seeing how muddy I got.

 

  • What are your future aspirations?
  • I don’t really have any concrete goals in terms of fitness to be honest. There are events that are definitely on my to-do list (and hopefully sooner rather than later), such as the Mark Weber Challenge in Tassie and Coast to Coast in NZ. Blair has always had an Ironman event on his list and I’d like to support him through that. My goals are more to keep my fitness at a level that I can be competitive in the races I choose to do, and to enjoy the events that I do with Blair (not easy when he’s a sub 3hr marathoner!), and to get in to a few more family events now that the kids are getting older. The support my parents gave me when I was younger was amazing and it allowed me to achieve a lot as an athlete, and my biggest goal is to pass that on to my kids. At the moment this just means running them to soccer training and matches but that’s all good!

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Lisa wears a Fit & Style Stone Cycling bracelet with her initial on it – find them here 

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Fit Mum Bracelet or Fit Mom Bracelet

I am working on some exciting new pieces at the moment. I love the new Fit Mum Bracelets or Fit Mom Bracelets (depending on where you live) it doesn’t actually matter because the kettlebell fixes everything.

Being a Fit Mum myself I decided that this needs to become more of a movement – literally. There are so many reasons why being fit when you become a mum helps you and your family. You show that you are worth it – because if you do not look after yourself, you cannot look after your family properly. You set a good example to your children that moving is important and being healthy is a priority. You will sleep better. You will eat better. You will be able to play, and generally be involved with your family on a more interactive level. So many reasons why I believe this is so important.
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I have always been into some type of sport of exercise. It balances my emotions and I love the good endorphins that come after exercising (even if you feel crap when you are working out) But I do have friends who do not like it and struggle to get motivated. Maybe having a Fit Mum Bracelet will remind you of the reasons to keep moving … and by moving that could be anything from walking, running, surfing, yoga … whatever makes you happy and gets your heart pumping.
You get the choice of leather colour, and charms to add to make it meaningful for you and the exercise of your choice. If you require a specific charm that you do not see, please email me info@enjoyjewellery.com.au and I will see what I can do to create something you love. You can order yourself a Fit Mum / Fit Mom Bracelet here

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Butter Chicken a family favourite

Eating clean doesn’t have to be boring.

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PETE-EVANS-BUTTER-CHICKEN-RecipeI do mix things up and make different types of meals. I find if I actually plan my meals out I am better prepared, and buy the correct ingredients which makes the whole process a lot more enjoyable.  It also saves money, as who ever goes to the supermarket for one thing, and leaves with only that one thing? Not me!

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Everyone in my family enjoys Pete Evans Butter Chicken.  I have mine with cauliflower rice, however the girls still like to have normal rice.  Give it a try and see what you think.