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Month: June 2017

Uninsured – Part 2 – Headaches and Migraines

losing heath insurance, Natural Migraine relief, aromatherapy for migraines, uninsured, headaches and migrainesLast week, we talked about aromatherapy as an alternative form of healthcare especially if you will be one of the 22 million uninsured or losing health insurance over the next few years. Today, I’d like to expand a little on how you can use both aromatherapy and holistic life coaching as additional tools in your healthcare toolbox when living with headaches or migraines.

When I talk with people during coaching sessions and aromatherapy consultations, there are several chronic conditions that people talk about and one of the bigger issues is headaches and migraines. Not everyone knows what is triggering their headaches or migraines, so I start asking questions:

  • What changed just before your headache or migraine occurred?
  • Have you tried going gluten-free?
  • Have you tried going dairy-free?
  • Are you eating enough?
  • Are you drinking enough water? (Ooh – this is a biggie and a sore spot!)
  • Are you under a lot of chronic stress?
  • Do you tend to have sinus issues which turn into headaches or migraines?
  • What does your sleep schedule look like?

Yes – I know, it’s a lot of questions and I don’t always ask all of them unless someone wants me to. Hey, I’m NOT a doctor, but if I ask you enough questions, maybe that will make you think about what’s triggering the headaches or migraine and possibly schedule a much-needed doctor’s appointment. With solid knowledge, you can make lifestyle changes to possibly lessen the severity, length and frequency of headaches and migraines and that’s why I ask so many questions.

If you aren’t sure what the symptoms of headaches or migraines are, (maybe it’s stress, maybe it’s a cluster headache) here’s a good explanation of the indicators from www.VeryWell.com.

Tension headaches occur on both sides of the head (migraines can too but are more likely on one side), and they feel like a tightening grip, almost like a rubber band is being stretched around your forehead and scalp.

Another key distinguisher between the two is that the pain of a tension headache is not as disabling as that of a migraine. A person experiencing a tension headache can usually go on with their day, but just feel a bit uncomfortable. Simple movements, like walking around their home or office, will not impact their headache, as it often does in the case of a migraine.

Sinus headaches and migraines are also commonly confused. In fact, the majority of sinus headaches are actually migraines. According to a 2007 study in Headache, 63 percent of patients who self-diagnosed themselves as having a sinus headache were actually experiencing a migraine.

WOW! Now you know why sometimes you don’t get relief from your headache when you take over-the-counter sinus tabs.

The Science of Aromatherapy

By the time clients come to see me, they’re frustrated, tired of the over-the-counter meds not working and frazzled with the pain. One of my case studies in aromatherapy school was a client with migraines – the kind that knock you flat on your back for three days at a time at least a couple of times a month.

I went digging to see what triggers headaches and migraines and HolisticHelp.net gives this explanation:

There are a variety of other theories out there as to other contributors or causes of migraine headache, including deficiencies in magnesium and essential fatty acids, abnormalities in calcium channels, hormones, abnormalities in the central nervous system, undiagnosed food sensitivities, inflammation of the maxillary nerve, overgrowth of Candida yeast, cavitations and environmental toxins, have all been found to be linked to migraines.

Combining Aromatherapy with Holistic Life Coaching

From a what-triggers-your-headache and holistic coaching perspective, my questions center around resistance, self-criticism and perfectionism. What area of your life isn’t up to your standards? Is there a particular area of life where you are resisting change (or maybe not going “with the flow”)? How’s your self-talk – critical and harsh or generous and warm?

I can feel some of you shaking your head and thinking just how ridiculous that sounds, but if you look at the doctrines of Eastern and Ayurvedic medicine you’ll see that they believe everything is connected – body, mind and spirit. What that means for you is that for every physical ailment you experience, there is an underlying emotional or spiritual cause.

Say whatever you want – Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines have been around for thousands of years so, comparatively speaking, Western medicine is brand new and does the opposite: quite often it disconnects the body from the mind and spirit and only treats the symptoms and not the cause of illness.

Each client receives their own personalized coaching as I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all programs. Together, we’ll shine a light on the underlying cause of your headaches and migraines and see how you can help yourself in this area.

To address your immediate symptoms, let’s talk about Headache Ease Aromatherapy Roller Ball.  You don’t ingest any of the ingredients; you gently apply the contents where it hurts, i.e. your forehead, temples, sinus, back of your neck, etc. It can’t cure, fix, or heal because I’m not allowed to make any claims. However, Headache EZ directly addresses the symptoms of your headaches and migraines – that’s all I can say. You’ll find the ingredient list on the product page – many of the pure essential oils in the roller ball are scientifically proven analgesics.

Next week, we’ll talk more in depth about eczema and psoriasis and go into more detail about the cause and how to deal with the symptoms. For now, if you would like a short and sweet overview of aromatherapy and holistic life coaching, here’s a short explanation of how I can help you take charge of your overall wellbeing without insurance.

Let’s talk about your concerns – I don’t want you to feel like you’re alone – you’re not! You can easily book a coaching or aromatherapy session by clicking on the small popup window at the bottom right of your screen or by going to the Contact page and filling out the short form. Do it today – get a head start on being your healthiest you!

As always – I am very grateful that you stopped by – thank you for spending your valuable time here.

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. Discuss any and all health issues with a qualified medical professional.

Uninsured? Look to Alternative Health Care

Uninsured, Alternative Health Care, Alternative Medicine, natural remedies, pre-existing conditions under the ACHAUninsured? It’s important to look to alternative health care along with natural remedies if you find that insurance is simply too costly.

It’s a touchy subject these days. If you have what’s considered to be a pre-existing condition, it’s bad news. Alternative medicine

Health insurance plans may become out-of-reach for many of us in the coming years. I’ve been uninsured for several years now and I’ve had to find alternative means of protecting my health because I don’t have regular access to a doctor.

Many health concerns will be classified as pre-existing conditions under the ACHA and here is a list of them in alphabetical order. Most likely, if you have any of these conditions, you can still get insurance, but it may cost so much that it becomes unaffordable or your condition will be excluded from coverage.

Insurance companies won’t have to cover certain basic services like hospitalization, mental health, pregnancy, prescription drugs, and disease prevention. You can see how quickly how things will get out of hand.

The hardest hit? Those who are starting a family, the middle-aged, seniors and those with pre-existing conditions.

If you face being uninsured, what I’d like to do is show you alternative tools that you can easily use to get ahead of minor concerns before they become full-blown emergencies. Don’t get me wrong – we NEED a way to visit the doctor and sometimes things happen like broken limbs, car accidents, pregnancy and many other serious situations that you cannot treat on your own – you MUST seek medical attention.

How Can Aromatherapy Help Me?

It’s in the less serious situations where aromatherapy can make a huge difference in your life. Pure essential oils can help you with:

This really isn’t a comprehensive list but I mainly want to show you that you do have options. I have clients with many different concerns and, almost always, aromatherapy can help you feel better and stay healthy.

Earlier this year, I caught a cold and at first, I thought it was a sinus issue. So I treated it with specific oils for sinus but it turns out that I actually had a head cold that became a chest cold with lots of congestion. I switched to essential oils that are specific for colds with mucous in the form of a personal inhaler and also made a blend to apply to my chest to help with the congestion. Using aromatherapy, I was able to stay ahead of the cold to keep it from becoming a major problem. Even if all you have on hand is tea tree essential oil, you’re ahead of the game.

The Value of Alternative Therapies

As an aromatherapist, I offer tools such as this to help you protect your precious health. I cannot cure, heal, fix or change you; I simply have effective tools to help you help yourself. Your body – if given the proper tools – does a marvelous job of healing itself.

Areas such as aromatherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, reiki and reflexology are considered alternative medicine. It’s a shame, because these complementary therapies are excellent at any time for staying healthy. Simply visiting your local chiropractor can do wonders – when your spine is aligned, you are less apt to get sick.

I carefully researched and created several products to help you protect your health using plant-based ingredients which are MUCH kinder and gentler to your liver. Simply switching out a Headache-EZ roller ball for acetaminophen (also known as TylenolTM) can make a huge difference.

The Headache-EZ roller ball works in the same amount of time that it takes your body to process the aspirin or TylenolTM and it works for migraines, tension headaches and sinus headaches – wherever it hurts, simply apply it there.

If you live with eczema or psoriasis, you might already know about PsoMaxx which directly addresses the scales, dryness and itch of these issues. The ingredients are all plant-based and do not cause the brown patches that steroids do.

If you’re feeling uneasy or scared about the future of insurance, I’m in the same boat as you are. I’m on a mission to help you take charge of your well-being by educating you on tools that you can easily implement to help everyday issues before they become a crisis. Staying healthy really begins with self-care – it begins with YOU!

Over the next few weeks, I will be looking at alternative and complementary forms of healthcare for those who may find themselves uninsured. I’ll explore natural remedies for many health concerns and options that don’t require insurance. I do hope you’ll stay tuned to this space for a deeper look at taking charge of your overall wellbeing.

Down the road, you’ll find guest bloggers who are experts in their respective fields such as reiki, yoga, acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic, massage and health coaching. I want to be an honest resource for you if modern medicine isn’t working for you or you find yourself uninsured.

Please take charge of your health and well-being NOW. Don’t wait until you’re out of options – let’s talk today.

As always, I’m very grateful you chose to stop by!

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. Discuss any and all health issues with a qualified medical professional.

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father's Day, Gifts for Dad, Gift Ideas for Dad, Father's Day PresentsHappy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Big props to all of the dads who protect, nurture and love their families.

Just in case you’re wondering, the London Telegraph has a nice article on when and why Father’s Day was created. Amazing – it wasn’t created by Hallmark!

While I was not close to my birth father, my step-father was so very kind to me. Dad married my mother when I was a young adult and boy did he EVER take on a handful! I can only imagine how many times he sat and shook his head over my younger sibling and me.

He treated me like a daughter and through him, I have an amazing sibling and blended family whom I love very much. When we are together, we always talk about dad and his funny quirks – he was a lean, mean napping machine – and when he was awake, he was ALWAYS involved in some project.

I remember asking dad to show me how to build a shelf for my living room. He was in the middle of something and was aggravated that he needed to stop and help me. He told me in no uncertain terms that if I were married, he wouldn’t have to stop and show me how to make the shelf (meaning that my invisible husband would know how to do such things – snort). I shot right back and said that most likely he would be showing both of us how to make the shelf. He grinned – and agreed with me.

Dad nurtured in his own way. He loved my mother – and the best thing a man can do for his children – natural or otherwise – is to love their mother. When they got married, he gladly took on the whole mess of us and as I look back, he cared very deeply for his family.

His wisdom, sense of humor and kindness pops into my head quite often and I get the giggles thinking about some of the goofy stuff that we did together. Not long after he died, I received a stuffed bear made from one of his shirts and my “dad bear” sits in my living space to remind me of those sweet memories.

It’s only been in recent times that we as a society have allowed men to nurture as well as protect their families. We teach our little boys not to cry, to be tough, be strong and in the process of doing that, I believe we send the wrong message. We teach children that they have to behave a certain way in order to fit in which is sad when you think about it.

I’m grateful for the role – and the void – that my step-father filled in my life. I’m most grateful for the blended family I have with my sibling and the many happy memories that I have with dad.

If you are looking for a gift with essential oils for dad, here is a aftershave blend:

Soft n’ Tough Aftershave for Dad

  • 12 drops  Cedarwood
  • 6 drops   Pine
  • 6 drops   Tea Tree
  • 12 drops  Sweet Orange
  • 1/2 tsp     Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1 ounce   Witch Hazel

Combine ingredients in a 1 ounce glass spray bottle with a fine mist closure, shake well before each use. I make this blend for $16.99 plus shipping of $3.95 and of course, it’s an awesome scent for dad all year round!

Some good – and useful – gift ideas for dad (or husband/significant other): if he has headaches, try Headache Ease Aromatherapy Rollerball. A cold mist diffuser is awesome if dad has sinus problems or even SinusRight personal nasal inhaler.

I wish for you on Father’s Day to have sweet memories and kind thoughts if your father has passed on and an awesome relationship if he is still alive. Thank you for stopping by – I’m blessed to have each of you in my life.

Blessings,

Melissa

 

 

 

Unexpected Changes

Unexpected Changes, dealing with unexpected death, essential oils for grief, new beginningsThis week, I’ve witnessed unexpected changes. A family member passed away suddenly and my dear friend found out she is having a baby she didn’t expect. Why does the circle of life put us on a roller coaster? Why does the circle of life shock and change us so?

I wish I had answers. Deep, satisfying answers that speak to my heart and sense of logic. What we sometimes forget is that with beginnings come endings and with endings come new beginnings and fresh starts. The familiar is done and there’s a bittersweet tug in my heart.

So, the phone call came about my family member. We weren’t close as adults and we hadn’t seen each other in five years but we grew up together – lots of cousins and happy, carefree days. Lots of happy childhood memories came flooding back as did the flood of unexpected tears.

Ah, yes. Nobody gets out alive. Sigh…

Then, a late night text wanting to talk – a baby – what an unexpected delight! Or is it? Unexpected changes at an unexpected time in the circle of life.

Boy, does your life ever change with a baby! Does anyone actually realize how much gear you need to just run errands with a baby? And diapers. Sheesh – diapers! I can’t even begin to fathom the cost of diapers these days.

One comes in, one goes out.

In both instances, there is healing. One was sick and couldn’t be healed – and now is healed and at peace. A new life on the way to heal – maybe? Heal past heartaches, heal current fears. To help heal and change in beautiful, unimaginable ways.

Hells bells. All I wanted was a strong cup of coffee and a bigohonkin glass of wine. What I got was change – the circle of life.

On both ends of the spectrum, there is grief. I find it interesting that some cultures celebrate death as finally being free from this life and grieve birth because of the heartache that lies ahead. Even with the happiest of changes, life becomes different – a new normal.

Unexpected changes tend to encourage deep listening, deep thinking, deep questions.

Every single day, life gives us unexpected changes and the more we try to hold on to what we have, the more is taken from us – at least that’s been my experience. For the most part, I’m good with change. Once in a while, change is good to shake up the mundane, everyday routine. Change brings a fresh perspective, new ways to see life, new things to think about and, sometimes, a new path.

Sometimes, I wish changes came faster and other times, I wish the world would stop spinning for just a little while so I can get my sea legs.

Dealing With Unexpected Changes and New Beginnings

Several years ago, I went through a miserable, r-e-a-l-l-y rough patch in my life.  Some of the changes I could see coming; some unexpected changes hit so hard and outtanowhere that all I could do was sit down and sob.

I am not the same person I was before the shit hit the fan and maybe that’s the point. I know I will never forget that time and all the heartaches that I had to endure. Yes, I know many things happen for a reason (not all things do, though) but I still shake my head over some of it.

What you find in times of unexpected changes is strength you never knew you had. Your heart may very well be in a million pieces but there is always that hidden strength to deal with change in the circle of life.

I looked to The Simply Luxurious Life to find wisdom in unexpected changes.

When change is thrust upon us uninvited, and it will, there are ways to make the most of it and come out ahead and even more fulfilled, exuding more strength and in the end, thankful for the opportunity. Yes, you read that correctly – thankful that it occurred.

I’m not necessarily thankful for life’s unexpected changes, however, I’m so happy for my beautiful friend and so sad for my family – I wish for happy memories, healing and grace for both.

What unexpected changes are you experiencing in your circle of life? What changes do you hope for? What changes are/were unwelcome? How did those changes change you?

How Aromatherapy and Holistic Life Coaching Can Help

Both aromatherapy and holistic life coaching are excellent for getting through major life changes – I only wish I had known about these gifts several years ago – ah, yes divine timing. Let’s work together to walk through this journey – ok?

New Beginnings Blend

Combine all ingredients in glass bottle, gently shake and apply to inner wrists and temples several times a day. This particular blend helps to alleviate feelings of anger and frustration, offers support in difficult situations, eases anxiety and fear and helps to clear old, stuck energy. If you don’t have the supplies for this blend, I have it available for $16.99 plus $3.95 for shipping. Simply send an email to me and I’ll take care of the rest.

Holistic life coaching is a powerful tool to help deal with unexpected changes and move toward all the joy the circle of life offers. Where do you see yourself in this today? Can you use some insight and clarity into your life?

Go here to find out more information about the holistic life coaching services I offer. We’ll have a free 30 minute phone call first to ensure we’re the right fit for each other.

You can also fill out the contact form today – let’s get started.

As always, I wish for you many 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.

 

 

 

 

Holistic Life Coaching

Holistic Life Coaching, is life coaching right for me, body mind spirit, clarity, healing from sexual abuse as a childWhat is holistic life coaching? As with with aromatherapy, holistic life coaching is a wonderful and powerful tool in your healthcare toolkit.

The holistic perspective means that body, mind and spirit are all connected and when one area is out of balance, everything else is as well. You might not realize the extent of the imbalance and that’s where the coaching comes in.

Holistic life coaching is different from counseling and therapy in that I do not have a psychology degree or a license. Where I differ is in the approach I take to the concerns you bring to the table.

To paint with a very broad brush, Western medicine approaches your wellbeing from a pathology standpoint – meaning that your symptoms are addressed but not necessarily the cause of your symptoms.

Much psychology training hinges on the belief that you’re broken and in need of fixing. Most medical professionals aren’t trained to connect the body, mind and spirit nor do they believe you should.

Personally, I believe this is a poor way to treat a human being. 

Eastern medicine takes the opposite approach – and this is where holistic life coaching comes in – the body, mind and spirit are completely connected and in addressing one area, you are addressing all areas.

Coaching says life happened, now let’s look at what’s possible.

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine – nicabm.com – have a wonderful explanation of the body/mind/spirit connection:

By treating an individual as a whole and taking into consideration the “big picture” perspective of care in terms of causes, management, and treatment, Mind/Body Medicine can help repair the damage that can riddle our bodies.

Through holistic life coaching, you and I address issues that show up as patterns time after time in your life. You are not broken and in need of fixing; you simply need a way to reframe your situation.

Holistic Life Coaching and Aromatherapy

I didn’t start out on the path of aromatherapy and holistic life coaching. Actually, the path I created for myself was completely different. When that path didn’t work out, I had to look for something else; I knew I couldn’t just sit on my hands lamenting my poor fate.

Ah, but I did indeed lament my poor fate and kept telling myself the same crummy and depressing story over and over again and that’s how holistic life coaching saved my life.

The opportunity to become a certified aromatherapist happened quite unexpectedly and I’m so glad it did! After earning my certification, another opportunity came across my computer screen – a one hour webinar on how to talk with clients in a short amount of time and get to the real heart of why they are coming to me. It was hosted by Annie Mascelli of Your Spirited Life – she’s a wise and fabulous holistic life coach who teaches deep listening. And deep listening is exactly what life coaches do.

Enter Holistic Life Coaching

Who knew that this 8 month course would be as much for me as the clients I serve? That I would gain much more insight and clarity than I ever had? That the heartaches I have endured would become wisdom to help you?

The word “serendipity” certainly comes to mind. holistic life coaching, getting unstuck

We all can use life coaching at one point or another to shine a light on some shadowy areas and help us move forward to a fulfilling life. Where I shine with wisdom and experience is for those of you who endured sexual abuse as a child and never had a healthy way to fully process that chapter in your life.

It’s a harsh and hush-hush subject, and to think that things like this simply go away if we don’t talk about it is cruel and fruitless.

The patterns that show up might be overspending, the same lousy relationship over and over again (just a different face each time), sitting in a dead end job, lower back problems, negative self-talk, financial issues, feeling numb inside, people pleasing – not addressing this area can show up in any number of ways.

Through holistic life coaching, I help you see what’s on the other side of your stuck places simply by shining a light on what’s brought you to your current space. I’ve been trained to use specific tools that help you get out of your vicious cycle – help you tell a new story.

In short, I help you get unstuck from every area of your life empowering you to realize the peace and happiness that you deserve is all there within you – we just need to tap into it. 

This isn’t a lifetime of therapy or counseling – although they have their place and I’m the first to admit it. We may only need a few sessions together. Then again, we may need several sessions – it’s up to you because this is about you. I ask for a commitment of three session to ensure we get to the heart of  – and address – what concerns you.

I can’t heal you, cure you, fix you or change you. That’s not my job. My calling is to show you how beautiful you are and to believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself.

Coaching sessions are $125 and last approximately 60 – 90 minutes. We’ll talk via phone or Zoom, and most importantly, these sessions are safe, confidential and non-judgmental.

I’ll create a specific blend just for you (the cost will vary with the oils used) and I will ask you to use aromatherapy to support your insight and clarity during our time together.

Where do you see yourself today? Can you use some insight and clarity into your life? Go here to find out more information about the holistic life coaching services I offer. 

Fill out this contact form and let’s get started today. Where are YOU stuck?

Blessings,

Melissa