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New Collection! This is all Native Land!

I am proud to announce a new collection! Unveiling this week is my “This is all Native Land” collection.

The inspiration for this collection is rather obvious to those of us with indigenous roots, but others may not know… it isn’t generally taught in school. For those of you who are not indigenous, let me break the news: Native Americans lived here long before Columbus ever set sail for the New World. THIS IS ALL NATIVE LAND brings you the first installment in a series of collections that my Father-in-Law requested for me to design which brings forth the fact that all non-indigenous people in America are either immigrants (usually illegal… there was no immigration agency when the Pilgrims landed!) or the descendants of those immigrants. Columbus discovered nothing that Native Americans hadn’t already settled and lived on for thousands of years and my Father-in-Law (Lumbee/Apache!) wants some merch with that thrown out into the realm of the obvious. So, Daddy, here ya go!

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Lemongrass

This week we will be spotlighting dōTERRA Lemongrass.

Known for its use in many Asian cuisines, this citrus, smoky essential oil offers many additional benefits that extend beyond your favorite Asian meal. Add Lemongrass essential oil to your collection and you will experience healthy digestion, purifying benefits, and heightened awareness.

Purchase your bottle of dōTERRA Lemongrass today!

“Originating from Southern India, Lemongrass essential oil has been used as an ingredient in many soups, teas, curries and seafood in the Asian cuisine. When combined with food or beverage, dōTERRA Lemongrass promotes healthy digestion. Dilute to use during a back massage to relish in the purifying and soothing benefits Lemongrass essential oil offers. Diffusing Lemongrass in the mornings to heighten your awareness or to help ward against outdoor pests.”

Lemongrass Oil Product Description
Grown by family farmers in Southern India, lemongrass produces a smoky, citrus essential oil that offers a variety of benefits to the user. For years, lemongrass has been used in Asian cuisine for soups, teas, curries, and seafood. However, the uses for Lemongrass oil extend far beyond the kitchen. With a pungent aroma, Lemongrass Oil is a favorite for massage, offers purifying benefits for the skin, and promotes a positive outlook. It can also support healthy digestion when used internally.* Whether applied topically, used aromatically, or taken internally, the uses and benefits of Lemongrass oil are widely diverse. 

Where to Buy Lemongrass Oil

If you are ready to add Lemongrass oil to your essential oil collection, visit our Lemongrass oil page to see how to purchase your own. Each doTERRA essential oil undergoes extensive testing using CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® methods, in order to ensure the purity and quality of each bottle of oil. When you are looking for high quality, potent Lemongrass essential oil, doTERRA can provide a refreshing, pure oil that has been created with extreme care. 

Lemongrass Oil Uses and Benefits

 

  1. Did you know that Lemongrass essential oil can help support healthy digestion when taken internally?* The chemical makeup of Lemongrass includes aldehydes, which are known for their ability to maintain healthy gastrointestinal function when ingested.* To reap these benefits, add a few drops of Lemongrass oil to your food or beverages to add flavor and provide dietary support. You can also place a few drops in a doTERRA Veggie Capsule to promote healthy digestive function.* You can even combine Lemongrass oil with Peppermint oil in a capsule to support healthy gastrointestinal function and maintain healthy digestion.*
     
  2. One way to experience the benefits of Lemongrass essential oil is by diffusing the oil in your diffuser at home. Consider diffusing Lemongrass oil when you want to overpower feelings of nervousness or eliminate mental fatigue. Diffusing Lemongrass oil can also help promote a positive outlook and heighten your awareness. Another benefit of diffusing Lemongrass oil is the refreshing, herbaceous aroma of the oil. If you want to experience the aromatic benefits of Lemongrass essential oil but don’t have time to diffuse it, place one drop in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and inhale softly for up to 30 seconds or longer as desired.
     
  3. The aldehydes in Lemongrass oil also make Lemongrass useful for naturally repelling insects. Diffusing Lemongrass oil or even using it topically can help keep bugs away. Diffuse Lemongrass oil inside or outside on your porch or patio to keep away mosquitos and bugs. If you are worried about keeping bugs off of your body, rub or spritz Lemongrass oil on your skin before you go outside. 
     
  4. Because Lemongrass is a soothing oil, it is commonly used for massage. The refreshing aroma combined with the oil’s soothing properties makes it a popular choice for massage therapy. It also holds purifying benefits for the skin, making it a desirable oil to use during massage sessions. If you use Lemongrass oil for massage, dilute it with a carrier oil like doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil. Apply the diluted oil to muscles and joints for a soothing sensation that makes for a tranquil massage. 
     
  5. Possibly one of the most common uses for Lemongrass is in culinary settings. For many years, Lemongrass has been a common ingredient to add flavor to Asian soups, curries, beef, fish, teas, and more. It is also widely used in baked goods or candies in the food industry because of its distinct flavor. If you want to utilize the powerful flavor of Lemongrass essential oil, consider adding a few drops to entrees or meat dishes. Looking for an essential oil recipe that uses Lemongrass oil? Try our Coconut Lemongrass Red Lentil Soup and enjoy the unique flavors of Lemongrass, ginger root, coconut milk, lentils, and more.
     
  6. The soothing properties of Lemongrass oil also make it helpful for the body after physical activity. Consider applying Lemongrass essential oil topically where needed after a hard workout to utilize the soothing properties of the oil. You can also dilute Lemongrass and apply it after a long run for a refreshing feeling. No matter what kind of workout you choose, Lemongrass oil can help soothe the body after exertion during physical activity. 
     
  7. Lemongrass contains purifying and toning benefits for the skin and can be used in your skincare routine to help promote pure, toned skin. Consider adding a few drops of Lemongrass oil to your daily cleanser or moisturizer to help tone and purify the skin. Similar to Melaleuca, Lemongrass oil can also help promote the appearance of healthy fingernails and toenails. To experience these benefits of Lemongrass, try combining it with Melaleuca essential oil and apply the mixture to your fingernails and toenails to help them look and feel clean. 

Plant Description

The evergreen lemongrass plant, also known as Cymbopogon flexuosus, is a tall, perennial plant native to India and other surrounding countries. Lemongrass has long, aromatic leaves that are cut and steam-distilled to produce Lemongrass essential oil.  The lemongrass plant is often used to extract essential oil to be used in perfumes, detergents, soaps, etc. The oil can also be taken internally, which makes lemongrass quite popular in the food industry for baked goods, gums, and candies.  

Chemistry of Lemongrass Oil

Main Chemical Components: Geranial, neral
 The chemical makeup of Lemongrass essential oil includes the constituents geranial and neral, which are aldehydes. Typically, aldehydes are known for their distinctly potent fragrances, which is evident in the case of Lemongrass oil. Aldehydes have many functions within essential oils, including the ability to cleanse surfaces. They can also lessen feelings of stress when diffused. However, essential oils with geranial and neral are particularly known for helping to maintain healthy gastrointestinal function when used internally.* Geranial and neral are also known as soothing aldehydes, which is why Lemongrass and Melissa oil are both soothing oils that share similarities in chemical structure. 

Sourcing

Harvesting lemongrass is a labor-intensive process, but for families in Southern India, it has been a way of life for generations. doTERRA chose Southern India as a sourcing location because of the high levels of rainfall in the area. A greater amount of rainfall creates a higher citral content in the lemongrass, which makes it superior for essential oil use. During harvest time, farmers hike five miles up a steep mountain and work for roughly seven days to harvest a 100-acre plantation. Lemongrass is harvested by hand, using a sickle—which is part of what makes the harvesting process so physically demanding. Once the lemongrass is harvested and gathered, the farmers walk the five miles back down the mountain, each carrying a lemongrass bundle on top of their head. 
 After the lemongrass is harvested, it goes through the process of steam distillation. Once distilled, the crude oil is passed on to a manufacturer who produces the Lemongrass oil. While the oil is with the manufacturer, it goes through stages of refining, filtration, and blending. The oil then undergoes a series of tests before it qualifies for export—the oil must be of the highest quality to be acceptable to distribute. Though the process of harvesting and producing Lemongrass oil requires hard labor and attention to detail, this process matches the high standards that doTERRA has for producing quality essential oils. 

Oils that blend well with Lemongrass oil

Because Lemongrass oil includes subtle citrus notes; a pungent, smoky aroma; and a refreshing, herbaceous scent, it blends well for diffusion with a variety of oils that share similar qualities. Blend Lemongrass oil with the herbal scents of Basil, the fresh aroma of Spearmint, or the warm, spicy fragrance of Cardamom oil.  

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Content for this post has been provided by doTERRA for distribution on this blog and reposted from their Blog. The original article is available at https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/spotlight-lemongrass-oil

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November Flash Sale is LIVE!

Hurry! This sale lasts through November 17, 2019! Take 10% off all items in the MERCH category with the code FS112019 in checkout. This includes SHIRTS, HOODIES, MUGS, JEWELRY, LEGGINGS, DRESSES, SOCKS, PILLOWS and more!

Stock up on your Christmas presents while the flash sale is still live!

Shop now at https://www.kristensoils.com/product-category/merch/

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Product Spotlight: Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit oil is becoming one of the most popular essential oils on the market. The bright, energizing aroma and many benefits of Grapefruit essential oil make it a fan favorite in the world of essential oils. Many people ask, “What is Grapefruit oil used for?” It turns out that many enjoy using Grapefruit essential oil for much more than simply its taste or smell.

So, what are the benefits and uses of Grapefruit essential oil? Keep reading to find out!

Use Grapefruit oil for weight loss
You may have heard people talking about using Grapefruit oil for weight loss. Experimental research shows that diffusing Grapefruit oil may help to curb cravings. If you’re trying to lose weight, consider diffusing Grapefruit oil to increase your motivation. Additionally, when taken internally, Grapefruit oil can help to support blood sugar levels that are already in the normal range.*

Use Grapefruit oil for skin
Do you love the smell of Grapefruit oil ? Keep its lovely aroma with you all day and improve the appearance of your skin by incorporating Grapefruit oil into your skincare routine. Try adding Grapefruit oil to your nightly skincare regimen to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Remember though, as a citrus oil, the use of Grapefruit oil on the skin poses a risk for sun sensitivity, so avoid ultra-violet rays for at least 12 hours after applying Grapefruit to the skin.

Use Grapefruit oil to support a healthy metabolism*
Did you know that Grapefruit oil can help promote a healthy metabolism?* Because it contains the chemical constituent limonene, Grapefruit essential oil has internal cleansing and purifying properties.* This is why it’s commonly used to support a healthy metabolism and to gently cleanse the body with detoxifying benefits.* To take full advantage of these benefits, simply add one to two drops of Grapefruit oil to a glass of water, and drink.

Use Grapefruit oil to create an uplifting environment
With an encouraging, cheering effect on the emotions, Grapefruit is the perfect essential oil when you want to promote an uplifting atmosphere. Feeling bored and sluggish at work in the afternoon? Try diffusing Grapefruit oil at your desk. Need a little pick-me-up in the morning? Place a drop of Grapefruit oil in your palms, rub your hands together, and inhale deeply to take in its energizing, delightful aroma.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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November 2019 Promotions Released!

🍂 W E L C O M E N O V E M B E R 🍂


🍊 Product of the Month: 5ml White Grapefruit

5ml White Grapefruit for FREE when you place a 125+pv Loyalty Rewards order by November 15th.

Benefits and uses: The vibrant yellow rinds from the Citrus paradisi fruit create a deliciously sweet, citrusy, sparkly essential oil. Along with helping to reduce the presence of unwanted microbial activity, white grapefruit essential oil is also used when looking to support minor pain and inflammation relief, to help build up the immune system, as a lymphatic stimulant, and as a tonic for promoting healthy skin. Some people use grapefruit oil to help with hangovers, headaches, fatigue, and depression. Others have found that it can help relieve muscle and joint pain, such as that caused by mental cramps or your general headaches. Known for their positive effect on the lymphatic system which is known for its role in detoxifying your body. (Which explains why people use it for hangovers!) Additionally, grapefruit oil contains vitamin C and antioxidants which help fight free radicals and can give your immune system a little boost. And finally, grapefruit oil has antidepressant properties that can help stimulate your brain, making you feel more alert, uplifted, or even relaxed. Emotionally and energetically, white grapefruit essential oil is uplifting and cleansing. This essential oil is often used when looking to inspire positive energy.


🍂 10% OFF on 15mL bottle Siberian Fir until the end of the month. This beautiful oil smells just like Christmas to me. Great for diffusing during the Holidays to put you in the spirit. It contains relaxing properties to keep you calm and your spirits high!


🎄Holiday/Christmas products are LIVE and are starting to sell out. Get them now before they go.


💧 Convention Kits are on sale and will be available while supplies last. This has all the new products released at the convention including the Yarrow/Pom items that are not available individually yet. The whole package is $244 (200pv) and a savings of over $100


📣 The Kit can be purchased on an LRP order *HOWEVER* as it is a Limited Time Offer (LTO) item there must be an additional item of PV in the template. No limit on online purchasing!


HAPPY SHOPPING 🎅🏻🎄MY ŌILY FRIENDS!


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30 Days of Co-Impact Sourcing Starts Soon!

🎉 🥳 Are you ready to win some awesome oils? 🥳 🎉

Learn about doTERRA’s awesome 🌿 Co-Impact Sourcing Initiative, ❤️ feel great about getting great oils and get the chance to win…

🎉 doTERRA’s Aspire and doTERRA’s ONE blends! 🎉

🤯 These oils aren’t available anywhere else! They were limited special edition oils that have long since SOLD OUT!

👉 Join now so you will be ready when the 30 Days of Co-Impact Sourcing starts! https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoImpactSourcing

🙋‍♀️ I can’t wait to start this awesome journey with you! See you there!

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2019 Holiday Products!

😍🎁 The HOLIDAYS are around the corner!! And every year dōTERRA comes out with a new line of holiday products! 🎅🎄

We can’t wait to show you what we have coming your way for the holidays!

🍗 Available November 1st:
– Brevi® Stone Diffuser with Holiday Peace® 15 mL
– doTERRA Holiday Joy™ 15 mL
– doTERRA Holiday Peace® 15 mL
– Holiday Truffle Collection
– Holiday Peace® Hand Wash
– Nepal Dryer Balls with Wintergreen 15 mL
– Concrete Lava Rock Diffuser
– Storage Case
– doTERRA Touch® Trio
– Shea Butter Collection
– doTERRA Serenity® Linen Mist
– doTERRA Hope® Touch and Rose Hand Lotion

❄ Available December 1st:
– Yarrow|Pom Travel Collection
– Herbal Tea Kit

Check out more details here! https://www.kristensoils.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Holiday-Guide_2019_US_LR.pdf

These products do SELL OUT! So be ready November 1st! 😉

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Product Spotlight: Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver Oil

The roots of the vetiver plant are unique in their ability to grow downward, creating a thick tangle of roots in the ground. The root of the hearty vetiver plant is the origin of Vetiver oil and produces a fragrance that is earthy and strong. This aroma has been used among many perfume industries and is a notable characteristic of Vetiver oil. Vetiver oil is composed of multiple sesquiterpenes, giving Vetiver oil a grounding effect on emotions. This grounding effect makes Vetiver oil a commonly used essential oil in massage practices and topical and aromatic uses. Vetiver oil can also be taken internally to support a healthy immune system.*

Where to Buy Vetiver Oil: To buy a potent and pure bottle of Vetiver, visit the Vetiver oil product page.

When buying essential oils, there are two factors that are crucial to consider—potency and purity. The more potent and pure an essential oil is, the greater its ability to meet individual needs. 

With a mission to provide the highest standard of pure essential oils, doTERRA submits each batch of essential oils to the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® protocol. This protocol contains a series of strict tests that prove the purity of each batch of essential oil. When the oils are found pure, they are sold so that people around the world can receive their benefits. When you purchase doTERRA essential oils, you can feel confident knowing that the oils they receive are pure, potent, and of the highest quality. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to use Vetiver oil. 

Vetiver Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. When experiencing anxious, unnerved, or stressed feelings, use Vetiver oil aromatically or topically. Vetiver oil is rich in sesquiterpenes, which contain grounding properties. When used on the skin or inhaled, Vetiver essential oil can help provide a calming and grounding effect on emotions. 
     
  2. Aid your immune system by taking Vetiver oil internally.* Vetiver oil contains immune-supporting properties and is a great way to fortify your immune system.* For healthy immune support, place a couple of drops of Vetiver essential oil into a doTERRA Veggie Capsule and take it internally.*
     
  3. School can be taxing and sometimes stressful for children. After a difficult day at school, help your child relax by applying Vetiver oil to your child’s neck and feet. This will help promote calm and grounded feelings. 
     
  4. Give your body a little TLC with a Vetiver essential oil bath. For best results, fill the bathtub with warm water and add a couple of drops of Vetiver essential oil the water. These simple steps will provide you with an ideal bath that is perfect for deep relaxation. The aromatic benefits of Vetiver oil will also aid in creating a soothing and calming atmosphere.
     
  5. Traveling always comes with certain risks—environmental threats being one of them. To help prepare your body for traveling and a change in environment, take Vetiver essential oil internally. For best results, combine one to two drops of Vetiver oil with Lemon oil in a veggie capsule. This powerful combination of oils will help support a healthy immune system.*
     
  6. Vetiver oil’s aroma is sweet, woody, and smoky–emitting a strong, earthy scent. Use the earthy tones of Vetiver essential oil as a base for your favorite DIY diffuser blends. Adding Vetiver essential oil to a diffuser blend will provide aromatic benefits that have a calming, grounding effect on emotions. 
     
  7. Sleep is extremely important for the health of both the mind and body. When we do not receive adequate sleep or have too many sleepless nights, our body functions begin to slow down. To help promote a restful night’s sleep, rub Vetiver oil on the bottom of your feet. Vetiver oil is a great essential oil for sleep and relaxation and can help give your body the sleep it needs.
     
  8. Give your body a powerful boost by adding one to two drops of Vetiver essential oil to your tea or hot drinks during the winter months. Vetiver essential oil contains immune-supporting properties that will help fortify your body against seasonal threats.*
     
  9. Because of Vetiver oil’s grounding effects, it is commonly used for massages. After a long day of standing, apply a few drops of Vetiver essential oil to your feet and slowly massage the oil in. A Vetiver oil massage is perfect after a long day, and the aromatic features of the oil can also provide a grounding and calming effect on emotions. 

Plant Description

The Vetiver plant, Vetiveria zizanioides, is a member of the grass family. The grass of the plant is a vibrant green color and grows straight and vertical.  Unlike other grasses, the root system of Vetiver grows down, making it ideal for helping prevent erosion and providing soil stabilization. The many roots of the plant grow in large clusters underground. doTERRA obtains Vetiver essential oil from the roots of the vetiver plant.  

Chemistry of Vetiver Essential Oil

Main Chemical Components: Carvone, isovalencenol, khusimol The main chemical constituents of Vetiver essential oil are carvone, isovalencenol, and khusimol. Both isovalencenol and khusimol are sesquiterpenes that are part of the alcohols functional group. These chemicals have grounding properties and are what makes Vetiver essential oil a grounding oil. Carvone is a monoterpene that is a member of the ketones functional group. Carvone contains energizing properties that add to the beneficial chemical properties of Vetiver essential oil. To learn more about the chemical makeup of Vetiver oil or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog

Oils that Blend Well with Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver oil blends well with LavenderdoTERRA Serenity®doTERRA Balance®Sandalwood, and Lemongrass

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Credits

Repost of original content from doTERRA. The original article can be found here: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/spotlight-vetiver-oil

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Big Changes Are Coming!

You may have noticed that I haven’t published a new design in a few weeks. Yeah… about that…

Sorry! You see, I’ve been crazy busy. I have a TON of ideas floating through my head. Usually, at what seems like the worst times possible. Isn’t that how it always seems to happen with us crazy artsy-types? Anyway, in the midst of my designing frenzy that usually accompanies these creative moments, I got a notification from my printing house. They are discontinuing dozens of products and literally THOUSANDS of color options from products they are keeping. Totally destroyed my creative moment.

You see, my storefront workflow looks kinda like this:

  1. I get creative.
  2. I spend hours, usually days, pouring over a design to make it perfect.
  3. I send my design to the printing house. They hang on to it for me.
  4. I add my design to select merchandise that the printing house keeps stocked, so they can quickly and easily print up an order.
  5. You find something that you fall totally in love with!
  6. So, you go ahead and buy it. You just HAVE to, after all! You love it! 🙂
  7. The printing house prints my design on the merchandise you choose and sends it out to your doorstep for me.
  8. You love your awesome new stuff and check out my other designs (I hope, at least!) 😉

But now I realized there’s a break in my work flow.. a critical break that I didn’t even see before. When I need to *change* a product in my storefront, it’s a bit of a pain in the backside. Okay, a total pain in the backside. I’ve been a programmer for almost as long as I could type (that’s a long time!) so I know my way around the technical side of running an e-commerce web site. I designed and set up this entire site on my own, after all. Even so, making these THOUSANDS of changes is very daunting. The problem is that I can’t do it in a big batch. I have to do it individually.

One. At. A. Time.

OMG serious! That’s literally months of work on a 40-hour workweek. The printing house gave me a week. ONE FRIGGING WEEK!

Totally not possible.

So, instead of trying to accomplish a total miracle, I decided to make a big change. A big, productive change. But the change requires a ton of work. I’m switching to a different printing house. So, my products from my previous printer will be disappearing from the site and replaced with equally awesome products from the new printer. I’m not sure you will even be able to notice a huge change from one printing house to the other from your end, as a customer, after I get the migration finished. Well, other than the fact that you will see a lot of new items available because the new printing house stocks a huge assortment of merchandise, whereas the previous one was pretty limited in their scope of products.

So, to summarize: some people have some crappy business practices and I am working hard to protect you (and me) from unscrupulous businesses by making sure I’m using a well-established printing house with a huge variety of merchandise available and an awesome reputation for top-notch printing and materials! Even though it is taking a long time to make the change, you will see a brand new design line available once it is complete! Yay! I already have the design finished and ready. I just need to finish the work behind the scenes to bring it to you. Stay tuned for the next update: I’ll let you know once it’s all done with a brand new announcement and perhaps a new sale to celebrate!

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Neural Training Through Audio-Stimulation?

What? Is this possible?

It’s kind of fringe, sure. But in a nutshell: yes. It’s possible! Now you want to know how this all works, right? Well, the answer is kind of simple and kind of complex. I’ll go simple for now.

Perhaps you’ve heard those people who say that everything in the universe has it’s own unique “vibration”? After being laughed at for decades now, science has actually proven these “crackpots” to be right! Bear with me… Light and sound travel in waves. Well, light is both a particle and a wave but.. yeah, it still has wave properties. Since light and sound travel in waves, our perception of the universe is based on the waveform. Without those waveforms of light and sound, we would essentially be blind and deaf to the world around us. Using that fact as a basis for studies, scientists have determined that not only does our perception of objects rely on visual and auditory waveforms, but the objects each have their own unique vibrational pattern that transforms into additional “background noise” waveforms. The source of these vibrational patterns was as elementary as it can get, yet shocking at the same time: atomic and molecular movement!

EVERYTHING is made of atoms and molecules, from the smallest dust particle to the largest star! But, what does this have with neural training? Just bear with me. I’m getting there.

Not only does everything have its own unique vibrational pattern, but our BRAINS also generate vibrational patterns! The vibrational patterns generated from within our brains are believed to be the product of electrical stimulation, discharge, and currents flowing in our brains and our bodies. Using FMRI scans, we have been able to locate exact spots in our brains that are triggered during different activities and emotional experiences. We have also been able to determine the vibrational frequency that is produced by those places in our brains during that activity or experience.

When I talk about “vibrational frequency”, think about actually hearing a vibration. Have you ever heard a Tibetian Singing Bowl? How about someone making a wine glass “sing” by running their fingertip along the lip of the glass? If you have heard those things, you have heard a vibrational frequency! A vibrational frequency is simply the audio tone that is produced by any given vibration.

But, most of the sounds that would be produced by our brain’s electrical signals are in the infrasound range. It’s pretty much inaudible to human ears, though some other animals are known to respond to infrasound. Elephants can produce and hear infrasound so effectively that we believe they use it to communicate over vast distances! Whales also produce and hear infrasound, which travels more effectively through water, and can use it to communicate across hundreds of miles! Animals are known to flee sites long before they are struck by earthquakes and tsunamis, we believe the animals hear the infrasound waves of the event which are released long before the actual vibrations are felt on the ground or the waves actually reach the shore. This usually allows them time to escape the catastrophe. But, just because we can’t actually hear it as an audible sound doesn’t mean that we don’t hear it! Our brains respond, even if our ears don’t tell us that there is a sound there!

I’m not going to take all day restating science but there’s plenty of people who ALSO recognize an earthquake is coming before it is felt shaking. Their warning usually appears as a queasy feeling and a rather unique type of headache, but it is usually only within seconds to minutes before the earthquake. Animals respond faster because they actually register the sound as being heard by their ears, but humans have much less of a response time because it takes the human body longer to develop enough of an annoyance with the infrasound tone to generate a physical response. Basically, our ears don’t register the sound as heard, but it still creates a reaction within the brain.

This all comes down to the point: neural training. And using tones that we don’t actually hear with our ears! We do have somewhat of a list of the frequencies produced within our brains when we feel certain things or when we do different activities. Sleeping generates a different tone than play. Focusing our thoughts on a certain task generates a different tone than when we do things “on autopilot”. Dreaming sleep (REM) generates tones unique from a deep, dreamless sleep. Active learning and passive learning also have their own, unique tones.

I have been experimenting. I use Adobe Audition on a regular basis anyway, so I already had a good software suite to experiment with. And Adobe Auditon has a utility where you can add tracks with specific hertz frequencies. Perfect! I downloaded some ambient audio sounds, songs, and compilations. I edited them to include very specific tone frequencies unique to what I wanted to use the audio track for.

My “sleep music” has the sound of a stream bubbling by, a campfire, light drumming in the distance and some ethereal tonal music mixed in. To this, I added specific hertz frequencies to stimulate healing, promote deep and restful sleep and alleviate anxiety.

My “study music” has ambient music backed by hertz frequencies for focusing on a task, passive and active learning and anxiety relief.

So far, results have been AMAZING! Not only for me, but my entire family has also noticed changes! We ALL sleep much better, feel better when we wake up and feel more refreshed. We use the “study music” when my son is doing his homeschool lessons and the difference is like night and day! Not only has it helped him stay focused and “in learning mode” during lessons, but more open and calm throughout the entire day as well!

I highly recommend neural training to anyone and everyone! Even if you aren’t having specific issues, there are passive tones that just help you to feel more relaxed, calm and more productive. And, trust me, it works! It sounds weird and strange, but then again… I’m kinda weird and strange so it makes perfect sense that I’d try it out. Even so, I would only recommend the technique to anyone else if it actually worked! So, go give it a try! What are you waiting for? Your brain will thank you 🙂