The Change Agent Blog:

How Quickly Time Flies!

As much as I appreciate technology, it often overwhelms me. I switched to a blog format so I could send out these messages more often and instead it takes me months to actually write my blogs. I also find if I don’t answer my e-mails immediately they sometimes get lost and forgotten.

And then there is the social networking – FaceBook, LinkedIn and dozens of others. Whew! There are so many great ways to connect with others and so much great information out there but just never enough time to explore it all. It seems strange that I can hardly remember life before the Internet. How about you? Is the pace of change breathtaking for you as well?

It’s been interesting that the last couple of clients I have been working with this year has been in the area of change – mergers, downsizing because of the economy, doing more with less, etc. So it seems timely that my tips on change this month are in the area of “Managing Your Job”. I hope you find these tips from my 93 Tips for Managing Change booklet helpful:

  • Standardize work in your department. Recommend some single ways of doing some of your department activities, processes, procedures, and/or paperwork so that you all can do the activity the same way and save time. Use some of your staff meeting time to share best practices in these areas.
  • Automate and/or mechanize your job tasks. Look for ways to apply tools, technology, equipment, and computers to boring, routine activities to free you and other employees up to do more creative activities.
  • Increase your communication. Locate the problems with the current means of communication within your department and make suggestions for how to improve. Discuss with your manager how you would like your manager to communicate to you. Share with your manager how you would like to communicate to him or her.

Essential Oil Recommendation: Grapefruit

Grapefruit, also called Shaddock, is a Citrus fruit, whose scientific name is Citrus Paradisi. It is also known by two other scientific names, Citrus Racemosa and Citrus Maxima. The later, is because of its big size. Like all other citrus fruits, its Essential Oil is present in its peel and extracted by compression (so it doesn’t interfere with statin drugs like eating a grapefruit would). Many of its medicinal properties match those of the essential oils of other citrus fruits. The Grapefruit Essential Oil is composed of Limonene, Alpha Pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellal, Decyl Acetate, Neryl Acetate and Terpinenol, out of which the top two constituents are Limonene and Myrcene. A grapefruit tastes great and great are the medicinal properties of its essential oil.

Let us now see what big benefits the essential oil of this big boy has in store for us.

Anti Oxidant: Like the fruit itself, the essential oil of Grapefruit is rich in anti oxidants. Primarily, in Vitamin-C. This vitamin, in assistance from other anti oxidant components present in Grapefruit Essential Oil, boosts our immune system and fights free radicals. This oil is effective in protecting the body from all harms done by the oxidants, like aging, degeneration of tissues, macular degeneration, loss of vision and hearing, mental and physical sluggishness, nervous disorders and other such problems.

Diuretic: The diuretic properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil keep your body light and free from toxins by promoting urination. It help in removal of excess water, fats, sodium, uric acid and other toxins from the body and also reduces blood pressure and keeps our heart healthy. Frequent urinations also keep the urinary tract free from infections. It cleans kidneys of calcareous and uric deposits and protects them against renal calculi and infections too.

Disinfectant: The Anti Viral and Anti Microbial properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil make it a good disinfectant. It does not only protect the body from new infections but also eliminates the infections which are already there. It is particularly effective on infections of colon, stomach, intestines, urinary system, excretory system and kidneys. It is further beneficial for oral and ocular infections as well as infections on skin.

Stimulant: This oil stimulates and stimulates well. It has stimulating effects on the body and on the mind. It stimulates brain, makes it active and gives new directions to thoughts as well as stimulates endocrinal glands and promotes proper secretion of hormones and enzymes, thereby keeping in shape the whole metabolism. It further stimulates nervous system and makes you more active and alert. The digestive system is also benefited from this as it stimulates secretion of gastric juices and bile in the stomach as well as movement of ingested food through intestines. Further, it stimulates lymphatic system, circulatory system and excretory system.

Anti Depressant: Like essential oils of the most of the citrus fruits, the Grapefruit Essential Oil too has great uplifting and relaxing effects on mind. It induces a positive feeling and hope, cures depression and relieves of anxiety and stress. This effect is due to two reasons. First, due to its aroma and second, due to its stimulating effects which stimulates certain hormones which have uplifting effects on the brain.

Anti Septic: The anti septic properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil makes it fit for application on bruises, wounds, cuts, acne and infections, to protect them from microbial infections. Further, being an anti septic, it prevents wound from catching tetanus or from being septic.

Lymphatic: This is the ace property of Grapefruit Essential Oil. It is lymphatic. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in our body. It is involved in the removal of unwanted and toxic substances from the body. Grapefruit Oil ensures a good health of lymphatic system and boosts it up, thereby freeing the body from toxins and fighting problems like cellulite, blood urea, rheumatism, arthritis, gout and renal calculi etc.

Tonic: You must be familiar with the term ‘Tonic’. It comes in packages like hair tonic, health tonic, liver tonic etc. Now what is tonic? A tonic is a substance that tones up systems. A hair tonic tones hair follicles and keeps your hair healthy and strong. A complete health tonic tones up all the organic systems operating inside, like the digestive system, circulatory system, metabolic system, nervous system and excretory system etc. and boosts up health and strength. Similarly a liver tonic tones up liver, improves its secretions and strengthens it. Do you need one? There is Grapefruit Oil.

Other Benefits: Keeps the skin clean. Particularly good for treating oily skin and acne. Gives a refreshing feeling. Also beneficial for treating stiffness and cramp in muscles.

I’ve had several friends who have been successful using Grapefruit Oil to lose weight. They mix 7 drops of Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil with one gallon of water. They drink at least 2 cups of the water one hour before each meal. They say it really reduces their appetite and they are thrilled with the results! Let me know if you want more details about this oil. For more information, visit www.youngliving.org/pattihath

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