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Month: January 2017

Coping With Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

light therapy for depression, Coping With Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), seasonal depression, winter depression, sad symptoms, During the winter months, there are so many of us coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Those who have been diagnosed or been through this realize exactly what is going on but there are a lot of people who don’t understand what SAD is and how to cope with it.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a common type of depression related to the change in the seasons, mostly in the winter months. It begins and ends about the same time each year and usually you’ll notice it around the time change in November.

You feel sapped of your energy, more tired than usual, irritable, have trouble focusing for any length of time and just “blah” about life in general.

I deal with this change every year around late October. I’m not a fan of winter – if you know me then you know I’m a summertime person who loves the warm weather and long sunny days. Winter is hard on me especially when you throw in snow and ice-covered streets. Some days, my bones feel ache-y and just plain ol’ weary.

It’s perfectly normal to have days when you feel a bit down in the dumps. Everyone has those days. For the most part, it’s nothing to worry about because you can usually pull yourself out of it in a short period of time. When you can’t pull yourself out of the dumps, please talk to your medical professional.

Don’t let it get so out of hand that it affects everything in your life.

WebMD.com talks about the differences in depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder:

It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between SAD and other types of depression because many of the symptoms are the same. To diagnose SAD, your doctor will ask if:

  • You have been depressed during the same season and have gotten better when the seasons changed for at least 2 years in a row.
  • You have symptoms that often occur with SAD, such as being very hungry (especially craving carbohydrates), gaining weight, and sleeping more than usual.
  • A close relative-a parent, brother, or sister-has had SAD.

If you are concerned that you might be dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder, talk to your doctor about ruling out conditions that can cause similar symptoms such as an under-performing thyroid. You definitely don’t want to mess around with that!

What To Do For Winter Depression

If you know you’re prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder, there’s things you can do to help your situation. I keep the lights a bit brighter during the evening time and turn them on around 4:30 PM before it really gets dark. Depression

Light therapy for depression is very helpful – Verilux offers a nice selection of light therapy and full spectrum lights. Their explanation of what the lights accomplish is excellent:

Verilux light boxes mimic daylight by providing full spectrum light without the harmful UV rays. Full spectrum, or natural light, provides important signals to the body to help you relax, focus, and feel revitalized.

You can also simulate the rising sun in the morning with a clock made especially for this purpose. Amazon.com carries a nice selection – just so you know – these are NOT an affiliate links. If you prefer, simply go to your favorite search engine and type in SAD alarm clock.

The other thing that I do is use an essential oil blend to diffuse in my work and home space. This helps to balance and boost your emotions and your immune system during the long winter months.

Seasonal Affective Disorder Blend*

  • 40 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • 35 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 15 drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
  • 20 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
  • 15 drops Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

Combine in a 10 mL bottle and keep tightly capped when not in use. Add 8 – 10 drops to your cold mist diffuser and use daily as needed.

If you don;t have all of these oils on hand, I sell this blend for $19.99 for a 10 mL bottle. To purchase, click on Custom Blends in the aromatherapy shop and type in SAD Blend in the notes and I’ll take it from there.

This combination of essential oils helps lift your mood, helps you to focus and be present in the moment and boost your immune system. It’s important that you talk to your doctor about this. Don’t try to deal with this alone!

Please do begin diffusing the essential oil blend and use the light therapy. And get the help of a medical professional to ensure you get the proper care.

Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or fill out this contact form.

As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by.

Blessings!

Melissa

PS – The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. *Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.

 

Diabetes and Dry Skin

Diabetes and Dry Skin, diabetes itching, diabetic skin conditions, dry skin treatment for diabetics, Do you live with diabetes and dry skin? I was watching television and saw a commercial talking about a hydrating lotion specifically for diabetics. It’s just full of chemicals and that can’t be good for your already compromised system.

The, it dawned on me that I handcraft the awesome Nakedly Natural Deep Hydration Body Butter that is perfect for addressing the dry skin issues associated with diabetes.

I have close family and dear friends who live with diabetes. I can’t help with the diabetes, but, through the power of aromatherapy, I can certainly help with your dry skin issues. Healthy skin is beautiful skin and it’s not as difficult as you think. #wannalookgoodnaked

The Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those with diabetes live a full life. They also want to ensure that the information you get about diabetes is correct.

According to them, it’s very important to take good care of your skin:

People with diabetes are prone to dry skin, particularly when blood glucose levels run high. This causes the body to lose fluids and skin to become dry.  Dry skin can crack and itch, which can lead to infections.  You may also get dry skin with diabetes if you have neuropathy. The nerves in the legs and feet may not get the message to sweat, which is necessary to keep skin soft and moist.  Keeping your skin moisturized when you have diabetes is one of the easiest ways to prevent skin problems.

People with diabetes are prone to dry skin, particularly when blood glucose levels run high. This causes the body to lose fluids and skin to become dry.  Dry skin can crack and itch, which can lead to infections.

You may also get dry skin with diabetes if you have neuropathy. The nerves in the legs and feet may not get the message to sweat, which is necessary to keep skin soft and moist.  Keeping your skin moisturized when you have diabetes is one of the easiest ways to prevent skin problems.

Dry Skin Treatment for Diabetics

When I began making body butters, my underlying reason was to avoid the toxic chemicals that damage your body. I didn’t understand until later about diabetes and dry skin and how dangerous these issues are if you don’t pay attention to them.

The Nakedly Natural Deep Hydration Body Butter that I handcraft has taken on a whole new meaning! It not only cuts down on toxic chemicals but it helps you to keep your skin moisturized without it being another full time job.

If you’re living with diabetes and dry skin, you already have your hands full monitoring your blood glucose levels so let’s not add anything else to your schedule. If you have diabetic skin conditions, this deep hydration body butter is excellent for your daily care.

What the Nakedly Natural Deep Hydration Body Butter does is hydrate your dry, itchy skin. There are no parabens, no sodium laurel sulfates – nothing but the organic butters and oils.

Because they come from the goodness of nature, these ingredients are proven to hydrate your skin far more effectively than the commercial creams. I researched each ingredient carefully and chose each one for its’ ability to provide deep hydration to parched, itchy skin. You’ll love the scent of the one drop of Peppermint (Mentha x peperita) essential oil as it provides a refreshing, clean scent.

Your body wash or soap may also be stripping your skin of its’ natural oils. Try using all-natural shower gels, body washes or soaps. My handcrafted Unscented Soap is chemical-free and doesn’t strip your skin.

If the heels on your feet or your hands are dry and cracked, you could be inviting bacteria to take root. The Nakedly Natural Deep Hydration Body Butter is perfect for daily use, but if you need something to help with deep cracks, then use PsoMaxx Psoriasis and Eczema Salve.

PsoMaxx does the same thing for your diabetic skin issues as it does for psoriasis and eczema – it provides a moisture barrier as well as nourish your super dry and cracked skin.

Diabetes and Exercise

One more thing – I’m a big believer in taking five minutes every single day to move my body. Most of the time, five minutes turns into fifteen minutes and I’m amazed at how much better I feel. Why not try it – even if you simply walk around the outside of your house – or better yet, around the block?

You’re helping your body in so many ways. Even if you find it hard to move, you can sit in a chair and stretch – stretching is good for your whole body – but check with your medical professional before you begin.

Scented Balance is my way of giving back for all the goodness in my life. I want to help you enjoy your life to the fullest and experience your best version of YOU.

Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or fill out the contact form and let’s talk today.

As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by.

Blessings!

Melissa

PS – the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.

Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Stay Healthy During Flu Season, using essential oils to stay healthy, wash your hands, What’s new about how to stay healthy during flu season? Actually, there isn’t anything new, but something old that you can do to help yourself if you have the flu or a nasty cold. I talked about ways to boost your immune system last week and this week offers some ways to stay healthy during flu season.

If you have a nasty cold or flu, I’m going to be real blunt here. Stop being so mad about being sick! Your body is screaming at you and you’re not paying attention and that’s why you got sick in the first place. I’m not even a doctor and I know this!

Every time you stay up late and get up early the next morning, you are wearing down your immune system. Sleep deprivation causes all sorts of problems. Don’t believe me?

he National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says it like this:

Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. This system defends your body against foreign or harmful substances. Ongoing sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds. For example, if you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble fighting common infections.

There’s also lots of other damage sleep deprivation causes especially with children and teens. But let’s just stick with cold and flu season today.

Why Washing Your Hands Is SO Important

If you have a nasty cold or the flu, chances are you didn’t wash your hands enough and you probably touched your face with germy hands. Do me a favor and get rid of all that antibacterial hand soap and hand sanitizer right now.

Dump it down the drain, throw it away – I don’t care what you do with it, just get rid of it. You think I’ve lost all my marbles, eh?

There’s a myth out there that if you use antibacterial soap, you won’t catch a cold or the flu. GAH! Stop using that stuff!

Whenever you use synthetic antibacterial soaps and sanitizers, you are killing both the good germs that protect you along with the bad germs that harm you. Those good germs are fighting off the bad germs and the chemicals in those soaps and sanitizers kill off everything leaving you vulnerable to all sorts of junk that’s flying around out there.

Go to your local health food store (or Amazon) and get Castile soap. It won’t harm your good germs and it won’t strip your skin of its’ natural oils either.

It’s not just an old wives’ tale either. There’s proof that simply washing your hands with warm water and plain soap is healthy any time of the year, but especially in the winter. ScienceDaily.com talks about this study regarding plain soap versus anti-bacterial soap:

In the first known comprehensive analysis of whether antibacterial soaps work better than plain soaps, Allison Aiello of the U-M School of Public Health and her team found that washing hands with an antibacterial soap was no more effective in preventing infectious illness than plain soap. Moreover, antibacterial soaps at formulations sold to the public do not remove any more bacteria from the hands during washing than plain soaps.

Plus, the chemicals that are used to make anti-bacterial soaps can actually counteract antibiotics!

Aromatherapy is Ideal for Staying Healthy

Aromatherapy is ideal and simple to use to help yourself stay healthy during cold and flu season. Many oils have anti-bacterial properties and many boost your immune system. wash your hands

If you’re out and about and can’t wash your hands, here is a blend that you can easily make to use until you can wash your hands.

Germ-A-Gone for Adults 

  • 2 drops  Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 2 drops  Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • 2 drops Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)
  • 4 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 1 ounce of Aloe Vera Gel (here is a small tube instead of a large bottle)
  • Squeeze bottle or tube (get one at a drug store or Amazon)

Put a tiny bit of the aloe vera gel into the bottle or tube, then add all the drops. Fill the bottle or tube with more aloe vera gel and shake well.

Germ-A-Gone for Kids 2+

  • 4 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
  • 4 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 2 drops Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
  • 1 ounce of Aloe Vera Gel (here is a small tube instead of a large bottle)
  • Squeeze bottle or tube (get one at a drug store or Amazon)

You can stay healthy during flu season! If you want the immunity blend from last week’s post, click on this link.

Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or fill out this contact form.

As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by.

Happy New Year – Blessings!

Melissa

PS – the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.

Stave Off Colds and Flu

Stave Off Colds and FluAbout this time of the year, lots of folks are asking how to stave off colds and flu. You must be vigilant, but it can be done.

Germs come at you from absolutely everywhere. They are airborne, on the handles of doors and grocery carts, elevator buttons, money – you name it – there’s a germ somewhere. Using antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer is the worst possible thing you can do – it’s just not good for you.

Why?

Isn’t killing germs a good thing? Yes and no. Yes, it’s good to kill off the bad germs that make you sick. But using the antibacterial stuff kills off the good germs, too and that leaves you even more susceptible to colds and flu and worse.

The best way to prevent illness such as colds and flu is to wash your hands with plain soap and hot water; don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth and drink plenty of clean water. Anything with caffeine does NOT count as water. Period. (Nor does wine or beer – boo.)

The next way to improve your chances of staying healthy is to boost your immune system by drinking a 6 ounce glass of warm water with a half lemon squeezed into it every morning. Do this before you eat breakfast or drink your coffee. Your liver will not only love you but you’ll boost your immune system, too.

MindBodyGreen.com also talks about dry brushing your body as a way to keep your lymph nodes cleared out. Your lymph nodes are an important part of your immune system and the author of this post, Rachael Feldman, explains how to dry brush your body for a boost. This is a wonderful website if you are looking for advice and guidance to live a healthier lifestyle.

Another way to boost your immune system is to apply my Immunity Booster twice a day. Here is the recipe:

Immunity Booster

  • 15 drops   Blood Orange
  • 15 drops   Lavender
  •  5 drops    Thyme ct linalool
  • 10 drops   Douglas Fir
  • 8 drops     Ravintsara
  • 6 drops     Corn Mint
  • 12 drop    Patchouli
  • 3 ounces  Unscented Lotion

Combine all ingredients into a 3 ounce squeezable tube. Shake well before each use. Apply two times daily to chest and back especially during cold/flu season and when traveling.

I create the Immunity Booster in a three ounce squeezable tube for $27.95. I also handcraft a wonderful pocket-size rollerball called Stress Support Aromatherapy Rollerball for $16.95. For those of you who travel frequently or are just tired and wired, this is perfect for you. Simply apply this over both kidneys four times a day while traveling and 2 times daily otherwise.

What happens if you catch a cold or have the flu? There’s one more way I can help with the SniffleKick personal inhaler. It’s about the size of a lipstick tube and easily fits into your pocket or purse. Just inhale it several times a day through each nostril and it will help with the congestion and aches and pains.

I do hope you’ll stay healthy!

Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or fill out the contact form.

As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by.

Happy New Year – Blessings!

Melissa

PS – the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.