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Essential Oils, How Screens Affect Mental Health, And Calming A Busy Mind

Introduction (00:00 – 04:38)

First Segment: Trending Topics

Topic 1 (04:38 – 16:48):

Have you jumped on the essential oil bandwagon? Many people have made these plant oils essential to their lives, but are also making some major mistakes in the process. We need to realize just how powerful these products are, and understand exactly what they are, before using them! Janet and Emily discuss how to use essential oils safely, what to look for in a quality oil, and their favourite selections!

Emily’s favourites:

Janet’s favourites:

  • Lemon essential oils can be very balancing; Janet recommends using them in a diffuser.
  • Add lemon oil and tea tree oil to unscented hand soap. 10-20 drops of each act as both a refreshing, natural scent and an added disinfectant!
  • Lavender oilis the perfect choice for a calming bath.

Topic 2 (16:48 – 24:07):

Smartphones could be doing a lot of damage to this generation’s emotional well-being. A correlation between the rise of smartphone use and a fall in the happiness of young people is too big to be ignored, and it could be the cause of both social and health problems. What can we do about it? Janet and Emily bring two generational perspectives to this crucial topic, and connect the whole idea with a surprising book: The Secret Life of Your Microbiome!



Second Segment: Questions from Listeners

Question 1 (25:40 – 31:50):“I read an article about vitamin B12 and how much to take at one time. It stated that 1 -2 micrograms is good. Is this too high and what sort of B12 supplements should I be looking for?”

B12 is an important vitamin, but the dosage can depend on the individual. Have your levels tested to find out if you need a supplement, and talk to a practitioner about the results.

When it comes to taking supplements, taking a sublingual form – forms that are easily dissolved in the mouth – allows the vitamin to be absorbed through the tissues in your mouth and entering your body more effectively. You can find them in lozenge form, like Natural Factors 1000 mcg B12 It’s the best way to get your levels up!

Question 2 (31:50 – 37:38):“I have a very busy mind that keeps me up all hours. What can I take to calm it down and get some normal sleep?”

Among the rest of the great advice Janet and Emily give to our questioner, there are three supplements they recommend to help anyone to relax at bedtime:

  • Passionflower: this herbal supplement helps to calm the busy mind without making you drowsy or tired.
  • L-Theanine: this is an amino acid found in green tea that can reduce anxiety and help foster a sense of relaxation, without giving you the jitters that commonly come with drinking green tea in the evening!
  • Magnesium: this vital mineral is important for over 300 processes in the body; among many of these, it helps calm nerves, relax muscles, and help your blood flow more easily. Natural Calm is easy to take and very effective!

Recipe (37:53): Cauliflower Rice

I made this for guests for dinner, and they loved it. Some of them called it rice and didn’t even realize it was cauliflower! My husband ate the leftovers cold a couple of days later, raved about it, and suggested it would make a delicious summer salad. I’ll have to try that!

Serves 6-8



Sauté the onion and celery in the ghee till partly tender, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and sauté briefly. Add the riced cauliflower and sauté, stirring occasionally, about 4-5 minutes more.

Add in the garlic, parsley, salt and pepper, and sauté briefly. Turn off the heat, drizzle on the olive oil. Taste and correct the seasonings. Serve topped with a dollop of yogurt.

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