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Month: October 2016

It Starts With Healthy Skin

Healthy Skin, eczema and psoriasis, autoimmune skin disorders, diabetic skin disorders, what causes eczema and psoriasis,It starts with healthy skin. You may not think much about it, but skin is the largest organ of our miraculous body.

Nearly everything that comes in contact with your skin is absorbed. Once absorbed, your liver has to filter whatever you put on your skin (or in your mouth or whatever you breathe).

We’re exposed to so much stuff during the day from preservatives in our food and personal care products to exhaust and smog in the air.

Seriously – I don’t know how to save or educate the world about the effects of chemicals on our bodies.

All I do really, is talk to people one-on-one at the farmer’s markets. To make that process a little smoother, I created Scented Balance to offer some amazing products from plant-based ingredients.

The body butters and balms are made with organic butters such as cocoa, shea, mango, sal and kokum. I use these butters in several different products as they are known to nourish your dry skin, especially for eczema, psoriasis and other contact dermatitis issues.

Why Should I Use Natural Products?

I hear so much about eczema, psoriasis and diabetic skin issues that you live with everyday. Many skin conditions are much worse in the winter time when the air is much drier.

The stories I hear about the scales, itching, burning sensation and cracked skin are heart-wrenching. You tell me how miserable you are and how embarrassed that people think you’re contagious.

That hurts my heart.

I cannot heal your skin issues since I’m not a doctor (they can’t really heal you, either). Your body is capable of healing itself when you have the right tools.

What I can offer is PsoMaxx (TM) which is a balm I created using  cocoa butter, beeswax and some amazing essential oils that address the itching and scaling of eczema and psoriasis as well as the dry, damaged skin so often found with diabetics.*

What I do know is that by reducing the amount of chemicals you’re exposed to, your body has a better chance to get back to balance. When your body is balanced, you feel better in every area.

When it itches, I scratch it!

If your skin itches, you scratch it – right? When you repeatedly scratch your skin, you eventually tear your skin which leads to more dryness which leads to more itchiness – round and round we go… But what if you weren’t itching and scratching as much? What if by not scratching, your body had a chance to do what it does best – heal itself. Itching Skin

Autoimmune skin disorders are an inside job. You have to know what’s triggering a flare-up. Could it be stress, dairy, gluten – or all of the above?

In studying essential oils for my aromatherapy certification, I learned that there are oils that really can benefit your skin. Essential oils such as Frankincense, Peppermint, Neroli, Lavender and Helichrysum are all nourishing especially when combined with nutrient-rich butters and oils.

What is NOT in PsoMaxx? Obviously, there are no steroids. There’s no parabens, there’s no sodium laureth anything, there’s NO chemicals to irritate your already compromised skin. PsoMaxx is simply pure goodness from nature.

I can’t make any claims about PsoMaxx.* I only know what my customers say it does for them. If you have these skin issues and need a good daily cream, Nakedly Natural Deep Hydration Body Butter is perfect for you. It’s ideal for deeply hydrating your skin on a daily basis without any chemicals to make your situation worse.

It starts with healthy skin. And when you’re healthy, you have more of your personal brand of magic to give to yourself, your family and your friends.

I would love to talk with you about your concerns and show you how aromatherapy can help you have a better quality of life. Please fill out this contact form and let’s get started today.

Blessings,

Melissa

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You should seek the advice of a medical professional for any health issue.

Natural Is Good

Natural Is Good

Beauty is but a lease from nature. – Edward Counsel, Maxims

Being young for a longer time than many, I’ve learned something very important – natural is good for you. We live in a world of toxins created for the sheer purpose of the corporate bottom line and the almighty dollar.

Look at the beauty of nature. Go outside for just a moment and look closely at the trees and the leaves and the grass and the flowers. Go to your favorite walking trail (you have one, right?) and spend a few moments gazing at the natural beauty that surrounds you.

How is it that we’ve gone from using nature’s gifts for our health and beauty to GMO foods, cancer treatments that cause even more cancer, ridiculously unhealthy drugs to fix every single minor boo boo and a national weight problem that threatens our very way of life? In less than a century?

Chemicals in Personal Care Products

It makes me sad to know that we are down the toxic rabbit hole just because it’s more convenient. What else could it be? It’s scary to think we can NEVER go back to a gentler and more natural way of life that protects our health in the body, mind and spirit.

But, I can do something about that! I cannot save the world – only Superman can do that. What I can do is bloom where I am planted. And I’m firmly planted in the natural world.

What I mean by that is knowing that toxic chemicals have been the downfall of my thyroid. The everyday products that we take for granted are slowly killing us because we think germs are bad for healthy skin. Have you ever read a soap label? The second ingredient (after water) is Sodium Laureth Sulfate. AACK! What is sodium laureth sulfate?

LiveStrong.com gives a definition of sodium laureth sulfate and what happens when you use it:

SLS is an emulsifier and foaming agent commonly used in cosmetic products and industrial cleaners. SLS is present in most body washes, soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and laundry detergent. According to Mercola.com, although SLS is derived from coconuts, it is contaminated with a toxic byproduct during the manufacturing process.

So, what can you use to wash your body? How about handcrafted soap? How about pure castile soap?

Natural Is Good.

I want you to know there are alternatives to using harsh, toxic chemicals in every area of your life! If you read my blog from last week, you know I have thyroid problems and guess where those issues came from? Yep, you guessed it – unnatural chemicals in my soap, shampoo, body lotions and perfumes.

Where is YOUR tipping point for absorbing toxic chemicals? I get that you may want to make your own natural bath and body products or that you may want to buy them from someone else. That’s great – please do! But, I do hope you’ll give Scented Balance products a chance. Natural Is Good

There are so many wonderful alternatives to the toxic drug store junk that you buy simply out of habit. Just by switching from the toxic commercial products to plant-based products gives you a simple and painless way to take charge of your health.

Purchasing handcrafted bath and body products that are chemical-free helps your health and at the same time, you’re supporting a small local business. Give it a try – you – and your skin – will be glad you did!

As always, I’m grateful you stopped by. What can I do for you today? Send a message through this contact form and let’s talk today.

Here’s to your health! Blessings!

Melissa

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for any health issue.

Physician Heal Thyself

Physician Heal Thyself, toxic chemicals in my home, sprayed with pesticidesRemember the old adage physician heal thyself? It’s true. As a certified aromatherapist, I am keenly aware of how well the human body heals itself.

I begin my aromatherapy practice in awe of the amazing healing abilities of the human body.

I cannot heal you. Your doctor cannot heal you. Only YOU can heal you. All anyone can do is offer a tool to help you help your body to trigger its’ own healing mechanism.

So then how do you heal?

You won’t believe how easy it is to heal yourself.

You simply give your body what it needs to flourish which is a whole lot easier than you think.

It starts with your immune system. If your immune system is compromised everything is compromised. Simply eating clean foods will go a long way toward building your immunity.

How Does The Body Heal Itself?

The Center for Nutrition Studies has a really good explanation of how your body heals itself:

When the requirements of health are appropriately provided, the self-healing mechanisms of the body attempt to restore and/or optimize health. Your body’s ability to do this is only limited by your inherent constitution (genetics) and the amount of use and abuse that has taken place.

That “abuse” comes in the form of toxic chemicals in our bath and body products, perfumes/colognes, makeup, hair products, insect repellents, sunscreens (they actually cause cancer!), weed killers, tap water, smog and other airborne pollution and – the very worst – the medications that doctors prescribe for their patients every single day.*

The Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) is a non-profit watchdog group with a huge and reliable database of toxic chemicals and the research to back it up. Here are just a few of the issues:

  • Toxic chemicals are found in the umbilical cord of newborns.
  • The water you drink from the tap is contaminated.
  • The plastic glass you drink from leaches toxins into your system.
  • One of the most insidious chemicals is phthalates used to make a broad range of everyday products. 
  • Vaccinations are full of toxic chemicals.

Anyone at all who dares go up against the medical mafia and chemical giants are quickly “silenced”. At best, these groups use smear tactics to discredit the scientists and at its worst? Who knows?

Holistic physicians are being “silenced” at an alarming rate and I’ll give you three guesses who is behind it. You need to be very aware that if you are healthy, the medical mafia isn’t making any money. And that makes them unhappy. Very. Unhappy. So unhappy that they will do anything to stop the holistic community from exposing them and their horrendously toxic products that keep us sick.

Allopathic VS. Integrative Doctors

To be honest, I’ve had a VERY rough time with doctors telling me nothing is wrong and yet my adrenal system was completely burned out at one point.

The worst part? That doctor told me everything was perfectly normal and I needed to see a psychiatrist for depression. And then, she simply prescribed a mild-anti-depressant without even checking to see what was going on!

Depression was a symptomnot the underlying cause. Allopathic VS. Integrative Doctors

Upon seeing the sixth doctor, I was finally given a saliva test that proved I wasn’t losing my mind – my adrenal system (part of the endocrine system) was totally burned out. My thyroid function was disrupted from the constant lifetime barrage of chemicals which started a whole cascade of health events.

Throw menopause into the mix along with five doctors telling me I was fine that I just needed to “take this little pill” for depression and you have fun and games all over the place!

I’m sure there are good doctors out there who truly care. I believe the folks at Robinhood Integrative Health are very caring and want me to be healthy. If you are looking to make a change in your healthcare, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine is a good place to find a physician in your area who actually wants you to be healthy.

Unfortunately, the medical mafia has infiltrated (and funds) many (if not all) medical schools and teaches future doctors how to prescribe toxic medications that keep you sick. They don’t want to hear about plant-based medicine that is far better for your liver and kidneys (which filter everything you ingest) and better for your overall health.

What Are The Alternatives?

What I want you to take away from this soapbox rant is to think about the alternatives to traditional medicine. Yes – there is a place for allopathic physicians and chemical-based pills. I get that and I’m on board.

BUT, we’ve gotten so far away from using our common sense and the goodness that nature provides to keep us healthy.

Remember – if we are a healthy society, then the medical mafia and chemical giants are not. You can go here to read an interesting article with facts about the concerted effort to keep America unhealthy in order to create jobs – seriously!

I want you to heal yourself. And you can with the right tools. Through the wisdom of nature using aromatherapy, I have a set of tools that can help you trigger your body’s natural healing abilities.*

Where to start toward a more natural lifestyle? Consider reducing your chemical intake by:

I offer a full array of products to help you reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in your life. Visit the Scented Balance shop where you’ll find handcrafted artisan products for your everyday concerns.

I would love to talk with you about the simple and effective tools I offer. Please fill out this short contact form and let me know how I can help you – let’s get started today.

Here’s to your health.

Blessings,

Melissa

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for any health issue.