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Month: March 2017

Back to Dry Skin and Diabetes

Dry Skin and Diabetes, daily skin care for diabetics, skin care products for diabetics,Today, I’m going back to dry skin and diabetes to talk a bit more about it in-depth. I touched on the subject in this post back in January when dry winter weather wreaks havoc on skin – especially dry skin.

But I want to revisit dry skin because if you have diabetes, you know there’s a whole slew of products that claim to help. It can be very confusing to figure out which one is right for you.

Commercial skin care products for diabetic skin issues help a little bit in the short term, but in the long run, many of these products make your skin worse because of all the chemicals.

When your glucose levels are above normal (and you may not realize it yet), it affects every part of your body including your skin. Actually, your skin is the largest organ you have.

The American Diabetes Association says that dry skin could be the first sign that you have diabetes. They’re also saying that as many as 1/3 of all diabetics will deal with a skin condition at some point in their lives.

The easiest way to keep your skin moisturized on a daily basis is to use a deep hydration body cream. Scented Balance Nakedly Natural Deep Hydration Body Butter is created with organic ingredients such as shea, mango, sal and  kokum butters along with avocado oil. Each of these ingredients are proven to nourish dry, parched and itchy skin making it an effective skin cream for diabetics.

When you scratch dry, itchy skin you take a chance of creating very small openings in your skin which could lead to infection. By the way, you should not put body creams in between your toes – that could invite fungus which may cause trouble for your skin.

If the skin on your heels is cracked, then take the moisture one step further with PsoMaxx Salve for Psoriasis and Eczema. Even though PsoMaxx is made for psoriasis and eczema, it works on the cracks in your heels for any skin type.

I know we are getting into the warmer and more humid time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you can ease off of your skin care when you’re diabetic. Even though the humidity is higher, your skin still dries out. You sweat more in the spring and summer and when you sweat, you lose moisture.

All of the Scented Balance Body Butters are very lightweight to absorb quickly and to really nourish and hydrate your skin instead of stripping it of all it’s natural oils like most commercial moisturizers tend to do. 

Daily Skin Care for Diabetics

The American Diabetes Association has a lot of information to help you keep your skin healthy. Be selective about your skin care products – they make the difference between skin that stays healthy or skin that constantly gives you problems. skin care for diabetics, natural skin care, deep hydration body cream

For daily skin care, they recommend the following:

  • Avoid very hot baths and showers. If your skin is dry, don’t use bubble baths. Moisturizing soaps may help. Afterward, use a standard skin lotion, but don’t put lotions between toes. The extra moisture there can encourage fungus to grow.
  • Prevent dry skin. Scratching dry or itchy skin can open it up and allow infection to set in. Moisturize your skin to prevent chapping, especially in cold or windy weather.
  • Treat cuts right away. Wash minor cuts with soap and water. Only use an antibiotic cream or ointment if your doctor says it’s okay. Cover minor cuts with sterile gauze. See a doctor right away if you get a major cut, burn, or infection.
  • Use mild shampoos.
  • Do not use feminine hygiene sprays.
  • See a dermatologist (skin doctor) about skin problems if you’re not able to solve them yourself. Take good care of your feet. Check them every day for sores and cuts. Wear broad, flat shoes that fit well. Check your shoes for foreign objects before putting them on.

Plain Castile soap is a good choice for dry, itchy skin as it does not strip your skin of its’ natural oils. If you prefer a bar soap, Unscented Soap for Eczema and Psoriasis is an excellent choice.

Aromatherapy is ideal for managing your dry skin even if you don’t have diabetes. Healthy skin is beautiful skin and you do wanna look good naked – right? #wannalookgoodnaked

Simply changing the type of products you use can make a huge difference in helping your skin to stay healthy. Helping people take care of their skin is one of the reasons I created Scented Balance so how can I help you with your skin issues today?

Fill out this contact form and let’s talk today!

Blessings,

Melissa

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.

It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

Cleaning solutions, Spring Cleaning, cleaning products that won't trigger an asthma attack, green cleaning products,It’s spring cleaning time! I’m such a fan of spring and summer and everything that goes along with it. Cleaning out the last dregs of winter makes me feel excited and refreshed.

Not everyone is thrilled with spring – all that blooms causes allergy and sinus issues for a lot of people, and if that’s the case for you, then check out this post to read how essential oils can help you breathe easier this spring.

Washing away all the winter dust with commercial cleaning solutions can actually trigger allergies/sinus issues and can trigger an asthma attack, too.

Web M.D. published an article about the chemicals in everyday products such as cleaning agents, perfumes, sunscreen, toothpaste – and even your vinyl shower curtain! Chemicals are everywhere but there are ways to cut down on them and still maintain a clean and healthy lifestyle.

The chemicals that are in cleaning products in particular can trigger an asthma attack. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) keeps track of the different chemicals in everyday products and found out something scary:

Fumes from some cleaning products may induce asthma in otherwise healthy individuals. A large and growing body of evidence links frequent use of many ordinary cleaning supplies at home or on the job with development of asthma and other respiratory problems. It is already known that cleaning product fumes may trigger attacks in persons previously diagnosed with asthma.

If that doesn’t scare you, it should! So what’s the alternative – a dirty house? No!

Natural is Good!

I wrote a post on why going natural is good for you – seriously – we’re breathing in a lot of toxic chemicals that are making us sick!

Cleaning products that won’t trigger an asthma attack are priceless – and awesome especially after someone has been sick with the flu or bronchitis. Here’s a recipe for a non toxic cleaner that I use for cleaning everything in my house (except marble, granite and painted surfaces):

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 12 ounces  Distilled Water
  • 10 ounces  White Vinegar
  • 1 ounce  Dr. Bronner’s SAL Suds
  • 15 drops Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)
  • 15 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternafolia)
  • 15 drops  Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 15 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 15 drops Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Combine all ingredients in a 22 ounce spray bottle and shake well before each use.

Not only are you using the wisdom of nature to clean everything from mirrors and windows to tiles and tubs, but you are actually boosting your immune system as you clean.

You can feel good about spring cleaning this year – your house will be clean and you won’t be breathing in toxic chemicals. Green cleaning products are a win all the way around!

Please let me show you how you can easily take charge of your health. Call or email or fill out the contact form today. Don’t wait!

Blessings!

Melissa

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

 

Laurel Leaf Essential Oil

Laurel Leaf, essential oils for inflammation, essential oils for bloating and gas, essential oils for arthritis, inflammation and essential oilsLaurel Leaf is one of the lesser-known essential oils but I use it quite often in blends for clients. It addresses a number of issues that are very common.

Laurus nobilis (Laurel Leaf) comes from Morocco, France and Croatia and it’s leaves are steam distilled to extract the oil. It is considered an analgesic as the oil has antinociceptive action – which is a fancy college word for inhibiting the sensation of pain, especially the rheumatic variety.

Amazingly, Laurel Leaf has anti-inflammatory properties*. It seems like a lot of information about health (or lack thereof) has something to do with inflammation.

Inflammation is the culprit in a whole lot of issues!

This oil also has antispasmodic properties which means if you’re experiencing digestive issues, using the blend below will help. This blend is ideal before or after eating a large meal.

Another time when an anti-spasmodic oil such as Laurel Leaf comes in handy is when you’re having back spasms. 

If you have a chest cold, Laurel Leaf is an excellent choice to use as one of its’ components, 1,8 cineole, has beneficial effects on the respiratory system including an expectorant action.

How Aromatherapy Helps

The art of aromatherapy is based on observation throughout centuries of use. Many times in a blend, I will use a specific oil to address your emotions as well as your physical concerns – it’s all tied together!

This means that Laurel Leaf is useful when you need to focus and concentrate, to boost confidence and especially when you are feeling a bit down, commonly known as the “blues”.

Not only does it uplift the mind and thoughts but it helps in moving stuck energy. Have you ever felt like you’re on a hamster wheel – simply going round and round and really not going anywhere? I know I have and simply breathing in the fresh herbal-spicy aroma can help clear your mind and get your energy moving again.

Here is a simple but effective blend for digestive bloating and gas:  Difference Between IBS and IBD, Chronic Indigestion and Aromatherapy,

No More Gas!

  • 3 drops Laurel Leaf
    2 drops Bergamot (phototoxic)
    2 drops Orange
    2 drops Roman Chamomile
    3 drops Sweet Marjoram
    3 drops Peppermint

Blend in 1 oz (28 gm) of unscented lotion (or even in aloe vera gel) and massage into belly. Can be used before or after a meal. If digestive system gas is the problem, try this recipe and add a hot water bottle. Lie with the blend on your belly, a piece of flannel on top of it, and the hot water bottle on top of the flannel. Do not apply to skin that will be exposed to UV rays for 12 – 18 hours.

If you don’t have all of these oils and would like to try this amazing natural blend for bloating and gas, I make a 1 ounce blend for $19.95. Choose Custom Blends in the Aromatherapy Shop and make a note that you want the No More Gas blend – I’ll take it from there!

If you’re one of the millions who live with arthritis issues, I created Flexatoid to address inflammation and pain. One of the ingredients is Laurel Leaf  for a myriad of reasons – but mainly for its’ anti-inflammatory properties. It has a warming sensation to it, so if you’re dealing with any aches, pains or rheumatic conditions in your joints, Laurel Leaf is a wonderful choice to address your concerns. This also makes it an excellent oil to use when it’s cold.

One of my favorite essential oil suppliers is Aromatics International. They offer unsprayed, sustainably produced essential oils and the product description gives an amazing amount of information about Laurel Leaf (and many other) essential oil.

Please let me show you how you can easily take charge of your overall well-being. Call or email or fill out the contact form 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 disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for for any health issue.

*Sayyah, M., Saroukhani, G., Peirovi, A., and Kamaladinejad, M. (2003) Analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity of the leaf essential oil of Laurus nobilis Linn. Phytotherapy Research 17, 733-736.

{achoo} Bless You!

Bless You! Sinus Congestion, nasal congestion, sinusitis, stuffy nose, home remedies for sinus congestionSinus congestion sufferers beware – the first signs of spring have sprung and {achoo} Bless You! It happens about this time every year, doesn’t it? SOMETHING starts blooming and your stuffy head and watery, itchy eyes rebel.

What’s your yearly routine for the itchy, watery eyes, stuffy head and sinus headaches? Are you taking sinus medication? And, if so, how does it make you feel? A little spacey and disjointed?

Enter aromatherapy and essential oils for sinus problems.

It’s interesting when talking with people at the markets I attend how they say they “need to check with my doctor before I use something natural for my sinusitis.”

Really? :/ 

Somehow, taking a pill with gawd-knows-what kind of chemicals in it causing all sorts of side effects is better than using a personal inhaler full of nature’s goodness from plants? 

I have to shake my head over that one. This is one of those times where the television commercials have convinced otherwise intelligent people to believe that toxic chemicals, grogginess and liver problems are good.

Hey, we’ll get rid of your congestion and headache but you’ll be so disconnected and drowsy during your morning meeting you’ll miss half of everything! Oh, c’mon – take two so you’re really out of it! (Oh, and while you’re not looking, we’ll damage your liver, too!)

Seriously?

If you are dealing with a runny or stuffy nose, nasal congestion, itchy, watery eyes and just generally feeling miserable during the transition to springtime, (or from summer to fall) why not try something different for a change? Maybe home remedies for sinus congestion really work – what if it works?

Sinus Congestion

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  • 2 drops  Elemi
  • 2 drops  Douglas Fir
  • 2 drops  Grapefruit
  • 2 drops  Black Spruce
  • 2 drops  Hemlock
  • 2 drops  Siberian Fir
  • 2 drops  Eucalyptus
  • 2 drops  Lemon
  • 1 Blank Personal Inhaler

Add these oils to the cotton part of a blank inhaler. Use the inhaler whenever allergy symptoms arise. This inhaler is suitable for children over 10 and adults.

If you don’t have all of these oils or a blank inhaler on hand, I sell them in the Aromatherapy Shop for $7.99. They last anywhere from 3 to 6 months – definitely long enough to get you through your sinus season! If you need a sinus inhaler for children, I make that, too.

Why Natural Remedies for Sinus Congestion Are Much Better For You

How would it feel to breathe easier without all the side effects of the antihistamines? How would you feel at work if you didn’t have to deal with that spacey, disjointed feeling after taking a decongestant?

Another way to help with the seasonal sinus problems is to change your welcome mat at the front door. The folks at Reader’s Digest tell us why:

A doormat made of natural material (such as rope or other fibers) can break down and become a good environment for mites, mold, and fungus, which then get tracked into the house. Use a synthetic one, and wash all mats weekly. Also, clean dead insects from porch lights. As they decompose, they become an allergen source. Finally, put a rack by the front door for footwear. Encourage your family and guests to remove their shoes when entering. This will reduce the amount of dust, mold, and other allergens that are tracked in.

Feel better, treat your liver and breathe easier! What more could you ask for in an allergy inhaler, eh?

Please let me show you how you can easily take charge of your overall well-being. Call or email or fill out this contact form 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 disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for any health issue.

Frequently Asked Questions About Aromatherapy

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certified aromatherapist

Not everyone knows how good essential oils are for body, mind and spirit, so today, I am answering some frequently asked questions about aromatherapy. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to essential oils or a seasoned pro, there’s always something to learn! Using essential oils on a daily basis is easy, fulfilling and healthy.

How can I use essential oils?

Aromatherapy – which is the use of essential oils – addresses the whole person. When used properly, essential oils allow you take charge of your overall well-being.

They address issues like:

Not every single health issue requires a trip to the doctor; many everyday concerns can be addressed by using essential oil blends. You can diffuse them, inhale them and apply them to your body.

I do NOT recommend ingesting essential oils unless you are under the care of a clinical aromatherapist. You can seriously damage your organs and central nervous system when you don’t understand the way essential oils work in your body.

There are companies out there teaching their reps that internal consumption is perfectly fine but it’s not. Stop and think about it what they’re really doing – if they don’t sell oil, nobody gets paid. This isn’t safety, it’s pushing oils.

Why do I need a certified aromatherapist?

For starters, we’re trained in all aspects of aromatherapy. We’ve learned how essential oils affect your body, mind and spirit.

We’re trained in such things as which oils are good for a given circumstance; which oils to avoid if you are diabetic or asthmatic; which oils will blend together to help you with depression; which oils to stay away from if you are allergic to aspirin and which oils should not be used on children under a certain age. Using Essential Oils For Stress During The Holidays,

I offer a full line of stock blends to address many situations, and I’m trained to make custom blends based on your particular needs. My certification course contained 76 hours of anatomy and physiology, and over 235 hours of chemistry, blending by component, plant part, scent, etc.

Just because essential oils are plant-based and natural doesn’t mean they are perfectly safe in every situation. (After all cocaine is plant-based. See what I mean?) A certified aromatherapist has this knowledge.

Will any essential oil be okay to use?

No! Your liver filters everything you put on or in your body. When the oils are distilled from plant matter sprayed with pesticides, you’re basically negating the effect of the oils. Your liver has to filter that pesticide (a toxic chemical) and isn’t the whole point of aromatherapy to help you take control of your health in a natural way?

Also, using a small company who goes directly to the distillers themselves means the oils are ethically and sustainably distilled as well as certified organic and pesticide-free. There are a few companies out there that I trust:

www.aromatics.com

www.edensgarden.com

www.rockymountainoils.com

Each of the above companies are small, independently owned and offer purity reports on their websites to provide confidence in the integrity of each oil.

These companies (along with reputable aromatherapy schools) teach safe methods of using essential oils – they aren’t pushing oils to make money.

Be very cautious of companies who want you to join their group to get a reduced price on essential oils. Essential oils are commonly adulterated with a carrier oil and pushed off as “pure” and I found this out the hard way before I found these three companies.

Please pay attention – buyer beware!

How long do essential oils last?

That depends. Citrus oils have smaller molecules so they last for up to two years from distillation if stored in a dark, cool environment.

Oils such as Frankincense, Patchouli and Vetiver last for several years as their molecules are heavier and more dense.

All essential oils need to be kept tightly closed and in a very cool area to keep their potency. Keeping them in your bathroom or kitchen with shorten their shelf life.

Can I apply essential oils directly to my skin?

No. You should always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil such as coconut, avocado or olive oil. Most oils could cause sensitivities or possibly burn your skin, so always dilute them first.

The only real exception is Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia). This is such a mild essential oil that you can use it without diluting in most cases. If you have sensitive skin or have children under the age of 10, always dilute essential oils!

For children under 2, using essential oils is not recommended as they are too potent. If you’re still not sure how to dilute essential oils, here’s a good rule to follow: for every teaspoon of carrier oil, just use one or two drops of essential oils. If you are using one ounce of carrier oil, use 6 drops for a 1% dilution, 12 drops for a 2% dilution and so on.

How long does it take to create a blend For Me?

As long as I have the essential oil in stock (I almost always do), then I can create your blend on the same day. This schedule does not include weekends or holidays. Since I work with over 130 different essential oils, I know I can create a blend that perfect for you. 

Please let me show you how you can easily take charge of your health. Call, email or click on the link to fill out the contact form today.

As always, I send you my 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.