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Uninsured – Part 6 – Sinus Issues

Sinusitis, Sinus Infection Treatment, Home Remedies for Sinus Infection, Sinus Infections, Symptoms of Sinus InfectionOver the last few weeks, we’ve talked about alternative and complementary healthcare for those who may ultimately be uninsured. This week, I touch on sinus issues and how to treat them if you can’t go to the doctor. If you are new to Scented Balance and would like to read the entire series, begin with Part One.

GAH! Sinus and allergy issues are so-o-o absolutely annoying. Constant stuffy head, runny nose, itchy eyes and of course – you always have to take some pill to manage your symptoms. (And there’s some odd symptoms of sinus problems you might not know about.)

Oh – and are you feeling spacey from all that medication?

Sinus and allergy problems can be very serious. On average, 37 million of us suffer from some sort of issue that causes congestion, sneezing, swelling of nasal cavities and a general sense of pressure across the face and cheekbones. We spend billions of dollars every year to relieve those symptoms and it’s a guessing game to figure out which pill works – if it works.

What Causes Sinus Issues?

According to WebMD.com, there are 8 sinus cavities across your face and behind your eyes. If you have any sort of blockage, the mucous backs up and out come the tissues. Seriously – who knew so much snot could fit into such a small space?

The most common causes of sinus issues are:

  • Blockages
  • An extra sinus (!!)
  • Deviated septum
  • Narrow sinuses
  • Sinus sensitivities and allergies

My son – who is now an adult – was born with sinus issues right out of the gate. Even as an infant, his sinuses would clog up so much that he would feel nauseated. Heredity plays a part here as well. If you have one or both parents with sinus issues, chances are good that you will have the same issues, too.

How to Open Your Nasal Passages

A cold or allergy can precipitate a sinus infection, so the trick is to keep your nasal passages as clear and open as possible. Here are some easy ways to help keep your sinuses open:

  • Apply a warm, moist washcloth to your face several times a day to help open the transition spaces.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to thin the mucus.
  • Inhale steam two to four times per day. Sit in the bathroom with the hot shower running.
  • Use a nasal saline spray several times per day.
  • Wash your nose with a salt water solution from a neti pot.
  • Get a humidifier to moisten the air you breathe and help open sinuses.

If you’ve tried all of the above and not seeing much improvement, take at look at SinusRight Personal Nasal Inhaler. The ingredients are essential oils that get your sinuses moving to address congestion and any possible infection.

Another product that is ideal for sinus headaches is Headache Ease Aromatherapy Rollerball. You simply apply the rollerball directly to your sinuses to ease the pain.

Why Use Aromatherapy for Sinus Issues?

Why use essential oils? There are no side effects like there are with over-the-counter medications. Essential oils are plant-based, therefore, they are excellent for addressing your congestion, headache and sinus pressure symptoms. In cases of inflammation (sinusitis), there are a number of essential oils which are excellent anti-inflammatories to address infection.

Even if all you have on hand is Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternafolia) essential oil, put two drops in a bowl of steaming water and cover your head with a towel for 10 minutes. Tea Tree essential oil is a proven antimicrobial and helps with congestion and infection.

I’ve heard for years that local, raw honey produced within 5 miles of your residence is excellent for building up an immunity if you have sinus issues. Take one tablespoon twice a day. You want to make sure you get your honey from a local producer and not the standard stuff on the grocery shelf. The grocery store brands are processed and heated to the point that they’re only good for sweetening.

Acupressure, acupuncture and chiropractic care are all excellent alternatives to taking medication as well. All are proven to help with sinus issues. Reiki works with your energy and it very well be that you have stuck energy in your sinus area.

How can I help you today? I’m a skilled certified aromatherapist and holistic life coach and I can help you get unstuck from every area of your life and feel good about doing it. Furthermore, I believe in the power of essential oils and a holistic view of your body, mind and spirit when it comes to your overall heath.

Please take a moment to fill out this short 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 here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for any health issues.

 

Uninsured – Part 5 – Depression

Depression – it falls into that small category of things like combat that, if you haven’t been in it, you can say you can imagine it all you like. But it’s truly different. Dick Cavett

Depression, signs of depression, Postpartum Depression, Am I Depressed, Mental HealthToday, I touch upon depression in my continuing series on healthcare options for those who may find themselves uninsured. If the current AHCA healthcare plan is passed, mental health is one of many illnesses that insurance plans may not cover along with pregnancy, disease prevention and pre-existing conditions.

Last week, we talked about chronic pain. If you are new to Scented Balance and would like to read the entire series, Part One begins here.

I believe we all understand and accept the occasional bout of sadness or “the blues” which is considered mild depression. Sometimes, life goes sideways and we’re faced with the loss of a job, a loved one, moving or the birth of a child. Yes – postpartum depression is real.

It happens to nearly all of us and, for the most part, we know that we’ll bounce back in due time. Most of the time we do work through the life events that bring sadness with them.

Depression Symptoms

Many times, we still manage to function in our daily lives knowing that difficult situations are part of life, but what happens when the depression last longer than a couple of weeks? What happens when you lose interest in everyday activities such as going to work, preparing dinner, having sex, enjoying hobbies and friends and have trouble sleeping?

From my own experience, I know that someone telling me to “snap out” of depression is not only cruel but unrealistic. It’s like asking someone with a broken leg to get up and walk it off. Yes – it can be done but each of us are different in how we process this disease.

Make no mistake – I don’t pretend to even know a thimbleful of information about depression. Most of what I’ve learned is through my own experience and conducting research to help myself without resorting to anti-depressants. I don’t have or want that option and seriously, the side effects of anti-depressants are far worse than the disease.

What I have learned is that it’s REAL. It’s not some made up problem that’s all in your head. Some of the physical symptoms can be fatigue, loss of appetite (for food and sex), headaches, difficulty concentrating or thinking, excessive sleeping or disrupted sleep patterns and restlessness or irritation. In severe instances, thoughts become suicidal – not that you intend to carry out your thoughts, but they are present.

Cause and Effect of Depression

Even though depression takes place in the brain, the physical effects are every bit as real and frustrating for the one who is going through it as well as friends, family and co-workers. If you’re not sure what you’re experiencing is depression, here is some good information about what it is and when to get help.

The American Psychiatric Association explains depression like this:

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

WebMD.com is another trusted resource for information on many concerns. They explain how to tell if you need to get help for depression:

If you have five or more of these symptoms for most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, and the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily activities, you may have major depression. Your primary care doctor is a good place to start. Your doctor can screen you for depression, and help you manage and treat your symptoms so that you can feel better.

How Can Aromatherapy and Holistic Life Coaching Help?

So many people talk to me when I’m at markets about their struggle with depression. My heart breaks for you because I know living with depression can be overwhelming. Aromatherapy and holistic life coaching are both wonderful tools for addressing your concerns with no side effects.

There is solid scientific research* to back up the use of essential oils for depression (and for anxiety – read more in this post about anxiety). When inhaled or diffused, Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Bergamot are powerful oils to help balance emotions and physical responses associated with depression.

Consider Peaceful Ease Aromatherapy Rollerball to help manage your symptoms. Each oil in this blend is specifically chosen for its’ ability to balance and uplift. If you’ve been around me for any length of time, you know that I always consider emotional qualities when selecting oils for your concerns and depression is no different.

As a holistic life coach, I look at what’s going on in your life for the root of your depression. When it is NOT caused by a life event such as chronic illness, birth or something of this nature, then I ask:

  • Is there a part of your life where you feel unworthy?
  • Do you have a sense of hopelessness?
  • Are you feeling a sense of loss not easily explained?
  • Where do you lack clarity in your life?
  • Are you living outside of your integrity?

I don’t want to gloss over depression and pretend that it’s no big deal. It is a big deal and the sooner you get ahead of it, the better off you are. Yes, you may very well be capable of dealing with depression on your own – I applaud you. But please don’t let embarrassment or fear keep you from reaching out to me as your aromatherapist or your medical professional.

Another alternative is acupuncture. ScientificAmerican.com has an interesting article on how acupuncture can help you manage your symptoms. In the coming months, we’ll explore alternative modalities that can help with many of your health concerns.

Where do you see yourself with depression today? I would love to talk with you to see how we can work together and help you help yourself. Please take a moment to fill out this short contact form and let’s get started today.

I’m grateful you stopped by today – blessings,

Melissa

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

*Chang SY (2008) Effects of aroma hand massage on pain, state anxiety and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi 38: 493-502 (Article in Korean). Cited by Dobetsberger C, Buchbauer G (2011) Actions of essential oils on the central nervous system: an updated review. Flavour and Fragrance Journal 26 (5): 300 

 

Uninsured – Part 4 – Chronic Pain

If your body is screaming in pain, whether the pain is muscular contractions, anxiety, depression, asthma or arthritis, a first step in releasing the pain may be making the connection between your body pain and the cause. “Beliefs are physical. A thought held long enough and repeated enough becomes a belief. The belief then becomes biology.”

Marilyn Van Derbur, Miss America By Day: Lessons Learned From Ultimate Betrayals And Unconditional Love  

Uninsured, chronic pain, depression and chronic pain, natural pain relief, pain managementThe prospect of being uninsured is a hot and controversial topic these days. Today, in Part 4 of my continuing series of alternative and complementary forms of healthcare, let’s talk about chronic pain.

Last week in Part 3, we talked about the physical and emotional toll of eczema and psoriasis and about alternatives to address your physical symptoms without using steroids.

Lately, we hear quite a bit in the news about the dangerous opioid addiction epidemic in America. We’re a nation in constant, chronic pain but why? What is causing this historical level of chronic pain? No one seems to have a definitive answer.

In November, 2016, the Harvard School of Public Health held a panel discussion about chronic pain and made some very interesting observations. You can watch it or read it here.

One of the participants in the panel, Cindy Steinberg, said this about her experience with chronic pain due to an accident:

And then, of course, there is the relentless physical experience, which may be burning, stabbing, gnawing, knifing, and other unpleasant sensations. I equate it to feeling like you’re a prisoner trapped in your body. But it’s worse than that. You are a prisoner who is being tortured 24/7. And there’s no means of escape.

It’s hard to read, isn’t it?

In this article, Healthline News reports a crackdown on prescribing opioids as doctors and scientists are seeing first-hand the destruction they cause. But if you can’t get the medication needed to ease your chronic pain, then what?

Allow me to offer a simplistic opinion about the cause of our chronic pain epidemic – and it’s strictly my opinion. If you think back 50 or 100 years, chronic pain really wasn’t all that prevalent. Yes, I know – we didn’t have 24 hour news on cable TV to talk about it nor did we sit at a computer for 10 hours a day. Here’s one issue I see: I really don’t think people pay attention to the kinds of food they eat. In modern day living, we eat most of our meals from a box, can or fast food restaurant because we have schedules – and lives – that are so insanely busy that we don’t take time to find and cook real clean, unsprayed food.

Wonder how much the epidemic of chronic pain has to do with all the chemicals and sitting for 10 hours a day? What about the chemicals in our food? What about GMO food? What about all the chemicals we spray to kill weeds to make our lawns look magazine-perfect? Most fresh food is sprayed with chemicals to ward off pests and increase production. Is it really healthy? Really?

Food for thought. (Pun intended.)

Chronic Pain and Aromatherapy

One of my case studies in aromatherapy school looked at chronic pain to learn how – or if – therapeutic-grade essential oils could make a difference. My client has severe nerve damage in both of her hands. They hurt, swell easily and are inflamed. After several surgeries on both hands, she still doesn’t have a definitive answer to the question: what’s causing this? I asked her to give a number to her chronic pain based on a scale of 1 to 10. She said – without missing a beat – 10.

Fibromyalgia is basically chronic pain from aching muscles, tender trigger points and debilitating fatigue. Constantly. Always. Every day. It affects every single corner of your life from your mental/emotional wellbeing to your relationships to your level of activity.

Those who live with fibromyalgia tend to have digestive concerns, restless leg syndrome, brain fog and trouble sleeping. You can imagine that poor sleep breeds fatigue and brain fog which could breed heightened pain sensitivity. Then, there’s the resentment – your own and that of those around you. People can’t see pain like they can see a bandage, a cast or crutches. Yes, we live in a harshly judgmental world and sadly, this becomes part of life with chronic pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis falls into the category of chronic pain as well. For those of you who live with this, you know what happens when the weather cools down and the humidity is low. You hurt.

Then, there is the issue of depression and chronic pain which doesn’t surprise me at all.

I cannot begin to fathom this level of pain. Honestly, when I hear something like this, I just want to wrap my arms around you.

How Can Aromatherapy and Holistic Life Coaching Make a Difference?

If you are just beginning your journey with chronic pain of any sort, I believe it’s worth it to investigate complementary modes of health care. Even if you have lived with chronic pain for a very long time, it’s absolutely worth looking into acupuncture, reflexology, reiki, therapeutic massage and other modes that I’m probably not even aware of.

As a certified aromatherapist and holistic life coach, I have simple and effective tools to address the pain, frustration and fatigue of chronic pain. I cannot heal, cure, fix or change your situation – only you can do that.

With the proper tools, the human body has the amazing ability to heal itself. One of the aromatherapy tools I created for pain is Flexatoid. It is a lotion full of essential oils with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and is meant for issues such as arthritis.

The other tool is PainGenix, a balm that is useful for chronic pain especially when used in conjunction with the PainGenix Nasal Inhaler. Both of these products also contain essential oils which address the accompanying depression and anxiety.

My case study client used the PainGenix balm and nasal inhaler together. She said that it reduced her pain level from a 10 to approximately 7 1/2 which she said was a major accomplishment. The combination allowed her to “cope with the daily stress” of her pain and helped her to relax just a little bit.

Since these products contain no chemicals, there’s no horrible side effects and your liver will be much happier. Plant-based products are far gentler on your liver which filters everything you put on or in your body.

From a holistic life coaching perspective – yes, I’m going to ask you questions about your chronic pain!

  • Can you think of a time when you didn’t have the chronic pain?
  • Do you have any idea of what triggered it (accident, trauma, etc.)?
  • Were you raised to feel guilty about taking up space on the planet?
  • Do you have trouble asking for help?
  • Do you have trouble receiving help?
  • Are you highly critical of yourself? Why?

I won’t ask questions in a rapid-fire method, but in the course of holistic life coaching sessions, I do ask questions to make you think. This is the beauty of combining aromatherapy and holistic life coaching. They offer amazing tools for you to get unstuck in every area of your life and feel good about doing it.

Alternative and Complementary Healthcare Options

The whole point of my series on complementary and alternative therapies is to give you options. Options are good. Healthcare as we know it may very well go away or, at the very least, become financially out of reach for most of us. The more therapies you know about and can use, the better off you are.

Where do you see yourself with chronic pain today? I would love to talk with you and see how I can help. Please take a moment to fill out the contact form and let’s get started today.

Blessings,

Melissa

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

Uninsured – Part 3 – Eczema and Psoriasis

To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they are blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too. — Victoria Moran

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Welcome to week three of my Uninsured series. As a nation, we face dire consequences with the new healthcare bill that is being pushed through Congress. It promises to strip insurance from at least 22 million of us and make the cost out of reach for many more. I’ve chosen to write about some health concerns that aromatherapy, holistic life coaching and other complementary therapies are ideal to address.

Last week, I talked about an alternative product – Headache Ease –  to address headaches and migraines.

Today, I’d like to delve deeper into eczema and psoriasis – what these conditions are and how you can help yourself daily and during flare-ups.

WebMD.com has been around for a long time and generally has the most trustworthy information about health concerns. When I searched for information about eczema and psoriasis, this site was at the top of the list. According to WebMD.com, there’s a way to tell the difference between eczema and psoriasis, but your doctor needs to confirm this.

Eczema makes your skin red and inflamed. It may be scaly, oozing, or crusty. You may see rough, leathery patches that are sometimes dark. It can also cause swelling.

There are some things that are similar in the way psoriasis appears. You may have red patches. They may be silvery and scaly — and raised up high. But if you look closely, the skin is thicker and more inflamed than eczema.

Most often, eczema appears on the parts of your body that bend such as your inner elbows and knees; but also shows up on your neck, wrists and ankles. Psoriasis most often shows up on your knees and elbows, soles of your feet, palms of your hands, scalp, face and lower back.

Usually with eczema, you experience a very intense itching and when you scratch it, you make it worse. Additionally with psoriasis, you may have burning and stinging sensations and your skin tends to be more inflamed.

In both cases, the disorders are inside jobs meaning that they begin on the inside. Some things that bring on an eczema flare up are:

    • Soap and detergents
    • Disinfectants
    • Pets
    • Pollen
    • Mold
    • Infections
    • Stress

Some of these things cause a psoriasis flare up such as infections or stress, but sunburn, scratches and other skin damage are triggers as well. One of the ways to help your skin is to keep it hydrated. Not only should you drink LOTS of water but also use a good non-steroidal cream to hydrate the outer layers of your skin.

The product that helps all your symptoms during flare up is PsoMaxx. I researched and created PsoMaxx during a case study in aromatherapy school. It directly addresses the inflammation, scaled skin, the rough dry patches as well as the itching and burning sensation.

PsoMaxx does NOT heal, cure or fix your skin condition, but it certainly allows you more ease and elegance to deal with a flare up. You can read more about PsoMaxx in this post.

I handcraft chemical-free body butters specifically for everyday skin hydration. There are five different body butters including one that is unscented – except for ONE drop of peppermint to make the body butter smell fresh instead of earthy.

For bathing, you’ll find Unscented Soap perfect for daily use. There are no harsh chemicals to strip your skin of its’ natural oils – very important for daily skin hydration.

The Emotional Cost of Eczema and Psoriasis

So many clients have confided that both eczema and psoriasis cause untold embarrassment, heartache and pain – it saps the joy out of life when you are so concerned with either avoiding a flare up or soothing a flare up. It doesn’t leave much energy for the whimsy and magic of everyday life.

My heart hurts for you and yet, I cannot heal you. You must do that – you just need the right tools. That’s why aromatherapy and holistic life coaching are ideal for addressing the root cause.

The first question I ask is about eczema and psoriasis triggers. Since eczema and psoriasis are both chronic conditions, I see that as something ongoing in your life.

  • When did the disorder first start?
  • Are there any traumatic factors?
  • Is there some area that needs healing or at least resolving?
  • Do you know what your particular triggers are?
  • Are you uncomfortable in your own skin?
  • What behavior or habits are you ashamed of?
  • Is there something just beneath the surface that irritates you?
  • What is causing so much stress for you?

Don Colbert, MD wrote a fascinating book titled Deadly Emotions: Understand the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection That Can Heal or Destroy You. In it, he writes about psoriasis in particular, but it can also be applied to eczema and other skin conditions as well:

“Psoriasis is like a volcano erupting from the pressure of unseen forces just below the surface of a person’s life. The body is releasing fear, frustration, anger and other toxic emotions. The painful, itchy psoriasis flare-up is a strong signal of rebellion against the level of stress the person is experiencing.”

Your body, mind and spirit are connected. It’s safe to say that most occurrences of dis-ease begin with your emotions such as stress which then manifest in physical symptoms.

There are two other products from Scented Balance that can help you with stress as well as anxiety and depression that can accompany a flare-up. Stress Support Aromatherapy Rollerball helps support your overall system. Peaceful Ease Aromatherapy Rollerball works with the anxiety and depression.

Are you ready to take charge of your overall wellbeing? As a certified aromatherapist and holistic life coach, I offer simple and effective tools for you to take charge today.

Call or fill out the contact form today – let’s get started.

Blessings,

Melissa

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