Guest post by Tiana Kraus, Therapeutic Natural Chef, FDN, Founder of Three Leaves Foods
As a therapeutic natural chef, I’ve witnessed the healing magic that can be created in the kitchen and know the importance of having the right tools behind every intention. The knife for carving a chicken is not right for peeling the fine zest from a lemon. A whisk for whipping egg whites into a billowy cloud is not the same tool that’s needed to stir a 10-gallon stockpot of soup. Tools enable us to work more efficiently, create results, and make our lives easier when we know how to use them and can align our intentions with the results we are looking to achieve.
This philosophy extends to all aspects of life including our journey to achieve vibrant health and sustained well-being. We may use certain tools every day such as supplements, green juicing, meditation or yoga, while others such as sauna, colonics, or gallbladder flushes may wait on the shelf until the time is right.
In my perpetual thirst for knowledge surrounding my autoimmune condition, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, I experimented with almost every tool under the sun to create a robust toolbox. Each one a supportive friend there at the right time, to hold my hand and whisper what I needed to hear, never jealous when I needed to visit with someone else. I have learned through the years that there’s not one magic quick fix that will undo the damage we have done to our bodies. Healing is an ongoing process that requires self-love, self-compassion, forgiveness, dedication to wellness, and patience. Healing takes time, and a constant reminder that you are worth the effort!
While many tools fell to the bottom of the box, there is one that never left my side - a tool that was there for me on my wedding day and through the birth of both of my children and that continues to support me each morning when I wake up and each night before I fall into dreamland. My most devoted tools are my essential oils - they have been my go to support for years. I first fell in love during my studies at the California School of Herbal Studies, spending hours in the herb garden, getting to know the plants, and learning about their amazing healing potential. I then got my own essential oil still and cultivated my favorites on my ranch. The excitement and potential danger of a boiling still pushing steam through the flowers or leaves I had grown, then using cool spring water to condense the steam back to hydrosol was a gratifying experience. It also gave me a real appreciation for the sweet little bottles of essential oils you can just buy off the shelf at your local health food store and an understanding of the higher cost of buying pure therapeutic grade oils. It takes an unfathomable 2,160,000 rose petals to make 1 ounce of rose essential oil! Another amazing fact: The healing potential of one drop of pure essential peppermint oil equals 25 cups of peppermint tea!
When I was presented with the allopathic model for my autoimmune condition, my mind quickly began to race through my memory files from herb school searching for the notes on thyroid health. I knew it would be a tool that would help me to find balance again.
The art and science of using essential plant oils in therapeutic treatments dates back to ancient history, from 7000 to 4000 BC. Oils from olive and sesame were thought to have been combined with fragrant plants to create the original Neolithic ointments.
Knowledge of these plants have traveled through time and across the world. Before our modern medical system, plant medicine wasn’t alternative, it was just medicine.
Essential oils are multi-dimensional, filled with homeostatic intelligence to restore the body to a state of healthy balance. When body conditions change, oils adapt, raising or lowering blood pressure as needed, stimulating or repressing enzyme activity as needed, energizing or relaxing as needed. Oils are smart.
While drugs may have their place and can offer prompt relief for certain uncomfortable symptoms, because of their unnatural design, they will always disrupt certain other bodily functions. Thus, you always have some side effects.
Oil molecules send information to cells and cleanse receptor sites to bring your body back to natural function. Oils are balancing to the body. They address the causes of disease at a cellular level by deleting misinformation and reprogramming correct information so that cells function properly and in harmony with one another.
When properly applied, pure essential oils always work toward the restoration of proper bodily function and rarely cause undesirable side effects.
Over the years I have used many different oils for my family, my clients, and myself. I researched the oils that have been used for centuries to balance, support and heal the deeper causes of thyroid disfunction.
This was the basis for the creation of the Butterfly Blend, containing oils that synergistically collaborate to become an invaluable tool in your toolbox.
Butterfly Blend Oils:
Geranium- supports adrenals, lifts spirits
Myrrh- balances thyroid function
Lemongrass- calms nervous system, promotes thyroid health and balance
Peppermint- cools inflammation in tissue
MCT oil- increases metabolism, fuels thyroid
This synergistic blend of pure essential oils and pharmaceutical-grade MCT oil brings balance, support and healing to your thyroid and adrenal glands.
Spread your wings, speak your truth and experience the power of these time-honored plant therapeutics.
Apply topically to the base of your neck three times a day, tracing the butterfly shaped Thyroid gland while reciting the mantra: “I am healed.”
I would love to hear your experience using essential oils for supporting the health of your thyroid and adrenals. And, if you’d like to experience the magic of my favorite tool that helped me to relieve chronic autoimmune symptoms and remove my dependency on thyroid medication, I invite you to try Butterfly Blend - now renamed as the RADIANCE ALCHEMY.
Tiana Kraus, Natural Therapeutic Chef, Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist (FDN), and founder of Three Leaves Foods, was born and raised in Sonoma County, California. Her deep connection to the natural cycles of nature inspire her to create nutrient-dense dishes that harmonize with the seasons.
Tiana spent over 18 years organic gardening and cooking whole foods on an 84-acre farm in Northern California. With a passion for health and nutrition, Tiana takes pride in understanding the body on a cellular level, and how all parts work together to create your complete health.
Tiana's passion as a health educator was inspired by her own personal journey with autoimmunity. This catalyst propelled her to delve deeper into the amazing healing relationship that marries whole foods with a healthy body.
While working as an ecologist for California State Parks, Tiana attended the California School of Herbal Studies where she began her study of plant therapeutics. After starting a family, she realized the true importance of diet and lifestyle. Her desire to keep her family healthy and well-fed, fueled the chef inside of her. Tiana returned to school, graduating with honors from Bauman College Natural Chef Program, California School of Herbal Studies, Sonoma State University, and became a member of the Weston A Price Foundation.
After learning she had a thyroid condition, Tiana chose not to accept the medical model's opinion of her future. This pushed her to follow her long standing passion for the study of physiology and functional nutrition, graduating as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner.
As a FDN and Natural Therapeutic Chef, Tiana's mission is to empower you with the tools you need to feel healthy again. “My mission is to teach as many people as possible how to get well and stay well naturally so they, in turn, may educate others.”