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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.

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.

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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

eczema and psoriasis, eczema and psoriasis triggers, difference between eczema and psoriasis, emotional cost of eczemaWelcome 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 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.

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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.

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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, therapeutic-grade essential oils can help you with:

This really is not 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 are 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 – book your appointment 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.

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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 EZ. 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

 

 

 

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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

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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 tends to approach 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.

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.

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 $95 and last approximately 60 – 90 minutes. We’ll talk via phone or Skype, 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. We’ll have a free 30 minute phone call to ensure we’re the right fit for each other.

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

Blessings,

Melissa

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True Forgiveness

True Forgiveness, White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte, gaslighting, how to forgive someone, narcissistTrue forgiveness is a very tender subject and different for everyone. We are all on a very personal journey with real lessons to learn but in the end, we all have to learn some form of true forgiveness.

Oooohhhh – I can see you seething at this prospect. Alright, so maybe you’re not seething at the prospect of forgiving the perp that done you wrong, however, this is something I’ve wrestled with for a VERY long time.

I’m not talking about some phony holier-than-thou version of forgiveness. I’m talking about the down and dirty, dig deep, gut-wrenching work of actually releasing the heavy baggage that comes from enduring such events as abuse and betrayal.

There’s so much hatred in the world these days and in the past, I have been awestruck at how people who had the ultimate taken from them could find it in themselves to publicly forgive.

It’s time to speak from deep in my heart. I was in a relationship for 3 years that tore my soul wide open. It took a while to realize that he was a narcissistic bully who was gaslighting me to the point I thought I was truly losing my mind. Gaslighting is a hallmark of narcissism. It’s only after you are free from the situation that you can see what really happened.

He was cruel and downright evil in his attempt to completely tear me to shreds all while smiling sweetly. He had to win at all costs. I’m not exaggerating here – I’m stating blatant facts. And when he couldn’t control me any longer, he did his best to control what other people thought of me. He purposely stayed in touch with some of my friends to keep tabs on me and to fill their head full of lies.

There’s a lot to forgive here and for many months I simply said “I forgive you, now go away” thinking that’s what I was really doing. I wasn’t.

For most of my life, I believed that forgiving someone simply meant that they missed you with the bullet the first time and you put another target on your back for them to try again. Steeped in a religious upbringing that demanded forgiveness on a most superficial level, I couldn’t get past letting someone know what they did to me was okay – feel free to do it again because forgiving you means it’s okay for you to treat me like shit.

Yes and no.

Enter Danielle LaPorte and White Hot Truth. The White Hot Truth of the matter is that true forgiveness takes work on your part. It takes courage to send someone blessings when they betrayed you in such a way that you may never trust again. Forgiveness after betrayal isn’t easy, but it’s possible.

D tells it like it is and sometimes, it’s just ugly. And. Painful. And. Gritty.

For awhile – maybe a couple of years – I had to unsubscribe from her blogs. It was too painful, too real, too difficult to look at the deep level of pain I experienced. S-o-o-o-o, I’ve resubscribed as her new book White Hot Truth was released a few days ago and as always, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. She speaks from experience in an authentic voice which in turn speaks to me at the deepest level. If you click on the link in this paragraph, you can download a chapter from her book and – wait for it – it’s the chapter on forgiveness. Sigh.

It is possible to forgive, cut the cord and NEVER let that person back into your life again. Ever.

Forgiveness is Possible

I thought I had worked through the worst of all that I had dealt with and then I read this article that Danielle wrote on forgiveness after divorce. She pulls no punches about the gritty path to forgiveness. Organized religion tends to turn forgiveness into martyrdom and that’s not real. This is real:

I sat in meditation, and over the course of many months, I streamed Light and Love to his Higher Self. I pictured him standing directly in front of me and I gazed at him with total kindness. If that felt too close for comfort on that day, then I’d just imagine him as a Light form of pure energy. I allowed his Soul to come near to mine again. I let myself adore who he truly is. And I thanked him, over and over again, for participating in our agreement to play out what we did in this lifetime. I took it a step further and extended the same gratitude to all of the people in his life. I prayed for their well-being. I cherished his very Soul. Completely.

By honouring my humanity, I got fuller access to my divine power. On Earth, in the day-to-day, my boundaries stayed very much intact. And I moved forward much more freely, navigating with a lighter heart.

Do I still struggle with forgiveness? Absolutely. Yes. But I no longer view the subject as installing a target on my back for you to once again aim at, but as a way to make peace with my past, my less-than-stellar decisions and my lessons to learn. Part of forgiving others is the true act of forgiving yourself as well. Lesson learned.

It’s a gritty path to grace and if you see yourself today in these words, please allow my aromatherapy skills to ease the process with an amazing blend for forgiveness:

Forgiveness Cream

   1 ounce glass bottle with treatment pump

Combine oils and shake gently. Apply to heart, inner wrists before meditating or praying. Use as often as needed. If you don’t have these oils, I will create it for you. The cost is $24.99 for a 2 ounce bottle. Simply send an email to me requesting this blend and I’ll take it from there.

I am what you might call a wounded warrior. I’ve been to hell and back and I’m still standing. Using the amazing tools of holistic life coaching and aromatherapy, I want you to know from deep in my heart that there are brighter days ahead – without pain, anger and bitterness. It is indeed the sweet taste of forgiveness.

Please let me know how I can help you. You can call, email or go to my contact page. Let’s get started today – call now.

Many 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.

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Why It’s Important to Breathe Deeply

Breathe Deeply, breathe deeply, breathing exercises, belly breathing, parasympathetic nervous systemDo you know why it’s so important to breathe deeply? I wrote a blog post on anxiety and panic attacks I talked about anxiety and how deep breathing makes such a difference during a panic attack.

I’d like to expand on this a bit today – as much for me as for you. You see, I tend to breathe very shallow. In the short term, this isn’t a big deal but in the long run, it’s a HUGE deal. In laymen’s terms, shallow breathing causes less oxygen to get into your cells and soon enough (rather than later), you begin to feel sluggish, cranky, emotional or anxious and you don’t know why.

As a matter of fact, my mother endured a battery of tests back in the late 1990’s because she was exhausted and couldn’t figure out why. The lab ran tests on her heart, carotid arteries, thyroid, adrenal glands, kidneys and a whole slew of others. All the tests came back showing her to be healthy as a horse. When the doctor wanted to run more tests, my mother stopped it right there and told her that she’d been through enough tests – go back and look at those results and come back with a different answer. (You’d have to know how cranky and bossy my mother is to really appreciate that statement.)

Lo and behold, the doctor did just that and came back with shallow breathing as the diagnosis. She gave my mother a series of deep breathing exercises to do several times each day and after a few weeks, mom started to feel her energy coming back. While you’re reading this, breathe deeply. :)

Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System

I found a very informative article on www.PsychCentral.com offering a really good explanation of why deep breathing is so very important to your health:

The practice of deep breathing stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), responsible for activities that occur when our body is at rest. It functions in an opposite manner to the sympathetic nervous system, which stimulates activities associated with the fight-or-flight response.

When your sympathetic nervous system is stimulated, you are in fight or flight mode. Many of your normal bodily functions are put “on hold” so that you can concentrate on actually fighting or fleeing in an emergency. During this process, your breathing becomes very shallow to allow your system to properly respond in order to survive.

You want your parasympathetic nervous system to take over in normal everyday situations. After you go through a fight or flight episode, it takes your body about 30 minutes to flip the switch back over to the parasympathetic function.

Practicing Deep Breathing Exercises

Okay, I’m not a doctor and I don’t have a doctor pose – so the above explanation is very generalized but believe me when I tell you that deep breathing is as important to your health as exercise and a healthy diet. If you lead a stressful life, have asthma or are burning the candle at both ends, you should practice some deep breathing exercises and some self care.

In the book The Healing Power of Breath by Richard P. Brown, M.D. and Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D., the authors explain why deep breathing is so important:

By voluntarily changing the rate, depth, and pattern of breathing, we can change the messages being sent from the body’s respiratory system to the brain. In this way, breathing techniques provide a portal to the autonomic communication network through which we can, by changing our breathing patterns, send specific messages to the brain using the language of the body, a language the brain understands and to which it responds. Messages from the respiratory system have rapid, powerful effects on major brain centers involved in thought, emotion, and behavior.

One of the recommendations I make to clients as an aromatherapist and holistic life coach is to breathe deeply. When you breathe deeply on a regular basis, you are giving yourself a drug-free solution to common stress and mood problems with no side effects whatsoever. You can use these breathing techniques for anxiety and stress reduction.

One way to breathe deeply is to pretend to smell a bouquet of beautiful flowers; press your lips together and V-E-R-Y S-L-O-W-L-Y take in a long, deep breath through your nostrils. Then, just as slowly, breathe out through your mouth. I call this method smell the flowers/blow out the candle.

While you’re practicing your deep breathing or if your head or chest are stuffy due to colds or allergies, here’s a wonderful blend to help you:

Deep Breathing Blend

  • 3 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 2 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • 1 drop Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 1 drop Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Combine all the drops in add to a cold mist diffuser to help you take deep, healing breaths.

If you don’t have these oils, I have created a 5 mL bottle for $12.95 plus $3.95 shipping. Simply send an email to me and I’ll take it from there.

I want to help you feel better without using toxic pills for anxiety – especially if you really don’t need them.

How can I help you today? I’d love to talk with you, especially when I am at farmer’s markets, fairs and festivals. If you need a consultation, I work mainly through Skype or on the phone, so you don’t have to leave your home if you don’t want to. My aromatherapy studio is available as well, so we can work together there, if you prefer.

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 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.

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A Day For Mothering and Self Care

Self Care, building self esteem, mental health, stress relief, how to get balance in my lifeWhile every day should be a day for mothering and self care, for many of us, it’s not. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are moms of two-legged babies, four-legged fur babies or fine feathered babies!

It’s wonderful to set aside a day to honor mothers everywhere. Our job has always been tough with long days, longer nights, juggling schedules, managing work with housework (or for you lucky SAHM’s – just keeping up with everything!), yard work – in other words – moms keep the world in balance.

Balance. It’s a nice word, isn’t it? A huge part of self care is balance in your life. A balance between work and play; not too many highs, not too many lows – an even keel is a good way to describe it.

Personally, it took me a long time to learn how to get balance in my life.

I am honored to serve so many of you (both men and women) who talk to me about balance in your life via phone, email and markets. It’s a huge honor for me to handcraft aromatherapy products that help you create balance in your daily life. Combining aromatherapy with holistic life coaching to help you find balance allows me to serve you in ways I never dreamed possible.

Mothering Yourself

Self care for caregivers to adults and children is even more important as you cannot pour from an empty cup. If you are burning the candle at both ends and not caring for you first, how can you expect to be fully present for those that love and depend on you? I know your candle is susceptible to burning out. When time to relax is scarce, here are self care strategies to help yourself stay in balance in just a moment or two:

  • Take a deep belly breath – when you smell a beautiful flower, what do you do? You close your lips and deeply breathe in the scent of the flower. You can do this any time you need to stay calm and find balance. Take five deep, slow belly breaths and then breathe out just as slowly each time. This is wonderful for stress relief.
  • Take five minutes each day to write down ten things you are grateful for. Big things, little things, important things, unimportant things. It all matters in helping you maintain balance and perspective. I looked back at some of the entries in my own gratitude journal and one of the things was the ink pen I was writing with that flowed so smoothly on the page of my journal.
  • Once you climb into bed for the night, rub a couple of drops of Lavender on the bottom of your feet. Maybe your partner would be willing to do this for you – even better! Lavender calms the central nervous system and encourages balance in all areas.
  • Snack on something that is healthy. I found organic applesauce in a pouch that is strong enough to keep in your handbag when you’re on the go. If you have a busy schedule, this is a simple way to keep from starving and bottoming out especially in the late afternoon.
  • Show compassion to yourself. Be aware of the negative self talk you tell yourself. You would be gentle and compassionate with your best friend, so why not be the same way with you? Building self esteem is just as important for you as it is for your children.
  • A dab of beautiful perfume made from essential oils on your wrists (or a few drops in your diffuser necklace) to calm your senses is ideal for self care and balance. Here is a wonderful blend that is all plant-based, subtle and calming:

Calming Perfume

  • 12 drops  Neroli/Petitgrain Co-Distill
  • 6 drops    Sweet Orange
  • 2 drops    Ylang Ylang
  • .33 ounce Jojoba Wax
  • .33 ounce Glass Roller Bottle

Blend all ingredients into the roller ball and gently shake before using each time. Apply to inner wrist, over your heart and behind your ears for a beautiful calming perfume. Please use caution – this blend is phototoxic, so don’t put it on skin that will be exposed to the sun or UV rays. This also makes a great personal gift for any mom!

If you don’t have these oils, I make this blend in a rollerball for $12.99. I also have a diffuser blend created especially for this called Balance. It’s $15.97 for a .5 mL bottle and I have it for sale at markets, fairs and festivals. Simply send an email (balance (a) scentedbalance dot com) to me or fill out the contact form and I’ll take it from there.

How can I help you find your balance? I have simple and effective tools to help you learn self care, balance and see all your beautiful potential through holistic life coaching. I offer a confidential and free 30 minute initial phone call to show you how aromatherapy and life coaching can help you.

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

Blessings,

Melissa

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

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Dealing With Negative Self Talk

Negative Self Talk, how to improve self esteem, building self confidence, positive thinkingdealing with negative self talkIf you’re anything like me, you’re constantly dealing with negative self talk. Sigh…It’s that little voice in your head that never allows you to be good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, thin enough, brave enough…you get the picture.

Negative self talk is the worst form of abuse as it is invisible and it leaves you feeling powerless, angry, frustrated, ashamed and any number of emotions that keep you on an uneven keel.

Many times, you don’t even realize the tirade that kicks in until it’s brought to your attention by friends or family:

“Why are you being so hard on yourself?”

“Why do you beat yourself up like that?”

“Can’t you just cut yourself some slack?”

“It’s no big deal – just let it go!”

Sound familiar? It does, doesn’t it? The smallest mis-step becomes your worst nightmare. You don’t think it’s that bad – I’m exaggerating – right? No. I’m not exaggerating. You overthink and over-analyze every single error, every single flaw, every single slight, every single thing that takes away from life being perfect.

It’s enough to drive the strongest lion in the den absolutely nuts. Oh – it does, too! You’re angry and frustrated, scared that somebody will find out you’re a fraud and plain old pissed off at life. I’ve been where you are. My reasoning? You can’t beat me up any worse than I beat myself up – and if I beat me up first, you can’t hurt me.

Surprised?

By the way, that is the worst line of reasoning ever to come down the pike. It steels you against any happiness, saps your joy and keeps your guard up at all times. (You can’t hide from me – I’m the worst of the worst in this situation…)

So what helps here? What can I do to make a difference in your life? First of all you have to admit that you do this. Secondly you have to want to change this behavior – I’m telling you right now that negative self talk does you no good. And yes, I can see you rolling your eyes at me in that tone of voice!

Aromatherapy and Holistic Life Coaching

Aromatherapy and life coaching are amazing and simple tools for you to take charge of your well-being. Holistic life coaching gives insight and clarity to the negative self talk and essential oils have properties that support that awareness and change as well as taking charge of your well-being.

I have been training as a holistic life coach since October 2016 and will finish my program this month. This coaching program has given me a fresh perspective to the reasons behind my negative self talk. I started the coaching journey because I knew in my heart I had wisdom to help others who feel stuck and unsure of their next step. What I didn’t know is how much this coaching program would help me change my life for the better.

What does coaching do for you? The International Coaching Federation (ICF) has an excellent explanation of how coaching can help you:

Professional coaching brings many wonderful benefits: fresh perspectives on personal challenges, enhanced decision-making skills, greater interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence. And, the list does not end there. Those who undertake coaching also can expect appreciable improvement in productivity, satisfaction with life and work, and the attainment of relevant goals.

Through the coaching sessions, I gained insight into why the negative self talk was so dominant in my life. I learned how to handle that voice when it reared its’ ugly head. I combined the coaching with aromatherapy to support the changes that I’ve made and to strengthen my resolve to be kind to me.

By themselves, each profession offers safe, effective tools to help you take charge of your well-being. Together, coaching and aromatherapy can help you find the confidence in yourself that you deserve. Both professions together show you how to improve self esteem and focus on building self confidence.

It’s not my place – or my job – to judge what you’re going through or how you’re dealing with life as you know it. It is my job to honor you where you’re at in your life and to offer sound tools to help you move out of your stuck place.

I am so very grateful for the journey I’m on and honored to serve you through holistic life coaching and aromatherapy. If you feel stuck in your life and unsure what to do next, I hope you’ll consider coaching with me. To start your process, I have created a special blend for the negative self talk:

Releasing Negative Self Talk

  • 6 drops     Copaiba (Copafera officinalis)
  • 5 drops     Laurel Leaf (Lauris nobilis)
  • 4 drops     Juniper Berry (Juniperis communis)
  • 4 drops     Sweet Marjoram (Orihanum majorana)
  • 3 drops     German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
  • 2 drops     Cajeput (Melaeuca lucadendron var cajeputi)
  • 2 drops     Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
  • 2 drops     Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • 2 drops     Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
  • 2 ounces   Unscented Lotion
  • 2 ounce     Blue Glass Bottle with Treatment Pump

Combine all ingredients and shake well before each use. Apply a small amount directly over your heart 3 times daily.

If you do not have these oils, this blend is available for $29.99 plus shipping of $3.95. You can use this short contact form and I’ll take it from there.

You don’t even have to leave your home as I work mainly through Skype/Google+ or by phone.

Where are you stuck? How can I help you today? Don’t wait – call today.

Blessings!

Melissa

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

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Anxiety Attacks – Is It Just You?

Anxiety disorder treatment, therapy for anxiety, anxiety attacks, dealing with anxiety, treatment for generalized anxiety disorderDealing with anxiety attacks is nothing to sneeze at. As a matter of fact, they can be downright scary for the person experiencing one and for those around them.

While I’ve never had any anxiety attacks, one of my clients who was a case study for me in aromatherapy school had them quite often. I didn’t have any trusted information so I looked at organizations who are researching this disorder and also shedding light on the myths and realities.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has an amazing website with explanations of a number of disorders, myths vs. reality, peer-to-peer support groups and a therapist directory.

It’s not just you. The ADAA says this about Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):

GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population, in any given year. Women are twice as likely to be affected.

The disorder comes on gradually and can begin across the life cycle, though the risk is highest between childhood and middle age. Although the exact cause of GAD is unknown, there is evidence that biological factors, family background, and life experiences, particularly stressful ones, play a role.

My client, Christine, is undergoing treatment for generalized anxiety disorder (also known as panic attacks) and sees her physician regularly. At times, Christine feels like she can’t breathe and feels like she is having a heart attack. There have been months where she couldn’t leave her house because that triggers an attack. When these anxiety attacks happen, she calls the local EMT to ensure she isn’t in any real physical danger. She has called them as many as four times in one day.

Could Aromatherapy Help With Anxiety?

When Christine came to me, she was at the height of the severity. She asked me if I had anything to help her. I researched her medications to ensure that essential oils would not interfere with their effectiveness and created an aromatherapy blend in a rollerball for her to use daily.

At this point, I didn’t know if the blend would make any difference at all in the amount, length or severity of her panic attacks. Again, I wasn’t familiar with GAD, but I know how effective aromatherapy is and it’s an excellent natural therapy for anxiety.

Initially, Christine used the rollerball four times a day; in the morning, at lunchtime, late afternoon and at bedtime as well as anytime she felt she needed it. Was it a crutch? Yes and no.

From the start, Christine said that she could feel a difference shortly after she used the blend. She felt calmer and “like I could take on the world”. But her old habits – and they were habits – took over and she would still call the EMT a few times each week. But the number of times that she called them was decreasing which was a good start.

The only other thing that I could do for her – I am not a counselor or doctor – was to talk her through deep breathing exercises when she was panicking. Deep breathing calms your heart rate and gets oxygen into your cells which is extremely important when you are experiencing a panic attack.

Nearly a year later, this is what Christine says about aromatherapy – and holistic life coaching – helping her:

I’ve had anxiety for over 10 years. At the time I met Melissa I hadn’t left my house in almost a year and was constantly calling EMS. Melissa made me an essential oil roller ball blend to try. It made me feel calmer and more in control, but did not have the side effects of feeling tired and foggy that the fast acting meds did. It gave me the breathing room I needed for Melissa’s coaching to work on my negative thoughts and anxious habits so I could start making progress. I’m now going out regularly and have started driving again. I’m still on my preventative medication, but I have not needed my fast acting medication in two months. I use my roller ball blend when my anxiety spikes, or when I’m pushing my boundaries further to continue to overcome my anxiety. Aromatherapy and Melissa’s coaching has given me my life back!

Will aromatherapy cure your anxiety attacks? No. It can help you to calm yourself as the essential oils have properties that support balance and tranquility in your body. So many essential oils are calming and relaxing and while this isn’t the only thing to help with anxiety, it makes a huge difference.

Please – if you see yourself in this post, see your doctor right away. There is help available. Aromatherapy is a wonderful complementary tool in your healthcare toolkit to take charge of your overall well-being.

Through doing research for Christine’s circumstances, I created an essential oil blend to address anxiety and depression called Peace Ease Aromatherapy Roller Ball. I create custom blends based on your specific concerns, but Peace Ease is a wonderful way to get started if you’re simply feeling anxious. We all have moments of anxiety – we all do – it’s not just you!

How can I help you today? I’d love to talk with you, especially when I am at the fairs and festivals. If you need a consultation, I work mainly through Skype or on the phone, so you don’t even have to leave your home if you don’t want to. My aromatherapy studio is open as well, so we can work together there, if you prefer.

Please let me show you how you can easily take charge of your overall well-being. Call or email or fill out a contact form today.

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.

 

 

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Feeling Anxious About Fresh Starts

All of a sudden, Fresh Start, Feeling Anxious About Fresh Starts, want to start a new career, what to do when feeling anxious,I have several new clients who are feeling anxious about fresh starts. It seems like there’s a lot of strange energy out there, so it’s not just you feeling anxious.

What if you’re feeling anxious about fresh starts? What if you’re stuck in the last dregs of winter? Maybe it’s the blues that just won’t go away? Are you experiencing unexpected changes in your life? Do you want to start a new career and feel anxious about the transition?

It’s times like these that aromatherapy shines through the wisdom of nature. Essential oils are packed with qualities that can help you in so many ways but particularly when you feel like you only have your “B game” going on or you feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.

I studied so many oils and their energetic and physical properties in aromatherapy school. The simple act of studying the energetic qualities of each essential oil helped me know how I wanted to approach my aromatherapy practice. My method of looking at each concern that a client brings to me from an emotional angle helps give me insight into what’s really going on. Not all clients are aware of the real issue – they think it’s one thing, but it’s really another issue altogether.

When you feel anxious or down-in-the-dumps, snapping out of it isn’t always possible or simple and easy. Positive affirmations (along with some other tools) can be powerful and help make change possible; essential oils have energetic properties that support moving through that stuck place. I researched and created Peaceful Ease Aromatherapy Rollerball for just this concern.

And that’s where holistic life coaching comes in. I am also a holistic life coach with simple and effective tools to help you move through the stuck place in your life that is causing you to feel like you’re sitting between a rock and a hard place. Or, maybe you think you’ve worked through some issue and yet it keeps coming around and showing up in your life.

Combining Aromatherapy and Holistic Life Coaching

Over the next few weeks, I will be talking more about holistic life coaching and how it – and aromatherapy – can make a difference in your life. I’ve talked quite a bit about aromatherapy in past blog posts and I’d like to tell you more about how I can help you through the combination of both callings.

For now, I created this amazing blend called Fresh Start for a client and I love it so much that I want to share it with you. You just might need that little bit of oomph to get you moving forward if you’re feeling anxious about fresh starts. what to do about feeling anxious

Fresh Start Synergy Blend

  • 5 mL bottle with euro dropper and label
  • 4 drops            Spearmint (Mentha picata)
  • 20 drops          Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
  • 20 drops          Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 20 drops          Siberian Fir (Abies siberica)
  • 4 drops            Neroli Petitgrain Co-Distill (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
  • 20 drops          Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 20 drops          Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

Gently shake before each use. Add 5 or 6 drops to a cold mist diffuser as often as you like. This is also an amazing scent to use in a diffuser necklace.

The Fresh Start Synergy Blend is ideal if you struggle to wake up in the morning, if you simply need to feel alert and refreshed or if you really need a fresh start and don’t know where to begin. If you don’t have all of these oils, I have Fresh Start Synergy Blend available for sale for $14.95 for a 5 mL bottle. Click here to purchase the custom blend and simply tell me Fresh Start Diffuser Blend in the notes. That’s it – that’s all you have to do for your fresh start!

Not only does it help you with your fresh start, it will also help you with sinus and allergies.

How can I help you with YOUR fresh start today? You can call or fill out this contact form – let’s get started today.

Blessings,

Melissa

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.

 

 

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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 can wreak 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 goes to work 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 are 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.

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 are 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.

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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 this post talking about 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! 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. If you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, I make this cleaning solution for $9.95 and sell it at the festivals and fairs.

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!

What other questions do you have? I’m happy to talk with you, especially when I am at the fairs and festivals. If you need a consultation, I work mainly through Skype or on the phone, so you don’t have to leave your home if you don’t want to.

Please let me show you how you can easily take charge of your overall well-being. Call or email or fill out a contact form today.

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.

 

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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 college word for inhibiting the sensation of pain, especially the rheumatic variety.

One of my favorite essential oil suppliers is Aromatics International. Not only do they offer an unsprayed, sustainably produced oil, but the product description gives an amazing amount of information about Laurel Leaf (and many other) essential oil. Just a note – by clicking the link above and making a purchase, you and I both receive a one-time $10 credit. (MLM for essential oils simply pushes oil sales and NOT safety!)

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. To my thinking, inflammation is the culprit in a whole lot of issues!

This oil also has antispasmodic properties which means if you are 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.

One of the ways that I approach aromatherapy is through the energetic qualities of each oil. Ayurvedic and Eastern medicine (which are the oldest forms of medicine in the world) believe that the body, mind and spirit are connected. This view is the complete opposite of Western medicine.

In a nutshell, the Eastern way of medicine will treat the whole person (including any emotional concerns) and Western medicine looks to treat the symptoms instead of the cause of dis-ease.

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:

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 use preventively 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 do not have all of these oils and would like to try this amazing natural blend for bloating and gas, I sell a 1 ounce blend for $14.95. Simply click here to purchase and let me know that you want the No More Gas blend – I’ll take it from there!

If you are one of the millions who are living with arthritis issues, I created Flexatoid to address inflammation and pain. One of the ingredients is Laurel Leaf essential oil for a myriad of reasons – but mainly for its’ anti-inflammatory properties. It has a warming sensation to it, so if you are 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.

What questions do you have? I’m happy to talk with you, especially when I am at the farmer’s markets, fairs and festivals. If you need a consultation, I work mainly through Skype or on the phone, so you don’t have to leave your home if you don’t want to. I’m also opening my aromatherapy studio in April, 2017 – watch this space for updates!

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.

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{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

SinusRight Personal Nasal Inhaler 

  • 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 on my website 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 no more red nose! What more could you ask for in an allergy inhaler, eh?

What questions do you have? I’m happy to talk with you, especially when I am at the farmer’s markets, fairs and festivals. If you need a consultation, I work mainly through Skype or on the phone, so you don’t even have to leave your home if you don’t want to.

Please let me show you how you can easily take charge of your overall well-being. Call or email or fill out a 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.

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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 are new to essential oils or a seasoned pro, there’s always something new to learn! Using essential oils on a daily basis is fulfilling and healthy – read on:

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 inflammation, chronic and occasional pain, headaches, migraines, menopause symptoms, anxiety, depression and digestive concerns. Aromatherapy is also ideal for addressing skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. 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 cause real damage to your 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 – if they don’t sell oils, 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. I offer a full line of stock blends to address many situations, but I’m also 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 and 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 are 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 (GC/MS) reports right on their websites to provide confidence in the integrity of each oil. These companies (along with reputable aromatherapy schools) teach safe methods of using their 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 the above companies. 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. 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 much do you charge as an aromatherapist?

I charge $95 per consultation plus the cost of the blend. The consultation fee covers researching any medications you take for your health concerns, what issues you want to address and the essential oils that can help you trigger your body’s innate healing abilities. As long as I don’t have to research your medications or any health issues, I simply charge for the cost of your blend. I can’t make any guarantees – neither can your doctor – but what I can do is offer you natural – holistic – tools to help you take charge of your own well being.

How long does it take to create a blend?

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 80 different essential oils, I know I can create a blend that perfect for you. 

What other questions do you have about essential oils uses? I’m happy to talk with you, especially when I am at the fairs and festivals. If you need a consultation, I work mainly through Skype or on the phone, so you don’t even have to leave your home if you don’t want to.

Please let me show you how you can easily take charge of your overall well-being. 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.

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Essential Oils for Inflammation

using essential oils for inflammation, chronic inflammation, natural anti inflammatory, foods that cause inflammation, foods that fight inflammationFolks ask me about using essential oils for inflammation quite a bit. Inflammation causes all sorts of problems especially if left unchecked.

So just what is inflammation? Healthline.com gives a really simple explanation of inflammation:

Inflammation occurs in the body when the immune system is activated. Inflammation can have many different causes, such as from an infection or even a reaction to a food allergy. The body senses that something is wrong, so it sends blood cells to that area to help heal what’s wrong and kill off any “invaders.”

Chronic inflammation can be even more damaging as left unchecked, your immune system is always on guard. Eventually, your immune system gets “tired” and you get sick. According to Facty Health, some things that cause inflammation are:

  1. Digestive troubles
  2. Emotional stress
  3. Physical stress
  4. Insulin resistance
  5. Hormonal imbalance
  6. Synthetic fibers (i.e. latex)
  7. Poor diet
  8. Food allergies
  9. Chemicals
  10. Trigger foods (i.e. corn, safflower oil)

No matter what, there will always be a bit of inflammation in your system – this is good. It’s when the inflammation is not kept in check by a healthy diet and lifestyle that it becomes an issue.

Staying away from foods that cause inflammation is a real key to a healthy diet – which is any food high in sugar and saturated fats. So, what are good foods that fight inflammation?

  • Fatty fish
  • Whole grains
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Nuts such as walnuts and almonds
  • Beets and beetroot juice
  • Garlic and onions
  • Olive oil (Make sure it’s REAL olive oil!)
  • Naturally fermented sauerkraut
  • Berries and tart cherries

I’d like to note something important here: eating right and eating well are two completely different things. If you have a gluten intolerance, whole grains are going to make you miserable. If garlic and onions give you indigestion, it doesn’t make life any easier. If you are allergic to histamines, then eating sauerkraut will make your head and nose stuffy. See what I mean? Eat the right foods that help with inflammation.

2010 study found that there are some essential oils that really do inhibit inflammation, especially oregano and thyme. If you have a choice in the matter (as in a foot fungus for example), let’s talk about your concern. 

With that said – using essential oils for inflammation can be a huge help but only if you are making healthy lifestyle choices to supplement and help them. There’s a lot you can do to help yourself by taking advantage of aromatherapy.

If you think you are dealing with inflammation, the first thing you need to do is talk to your healthcare professional to get to the root cause. If you don’t do that, then anything you do to relieve the inflammation is simply putting a band-aid on the situation. It’s the same thing as disconnecting the check engine light on your car. The problem is still there, you are simply ignoring it. Eventually, the engine will stop running. By paying attention to your body (your engine) now, you greatly increase your chances of healthy living.

Using Aromatherapy to Address Inflammation

So the question becomes: do essential oils really help with inflammation? The short answer is yes, but. Yes, they do help with inflammation – there have been many studies confirming this. But use them in addition to healthy lifestyle choices. Inflammation doesn’t appear in your body overnight and essential oils alone won’t make it go away overnight.

If you have occasional issues with inflammation, you can use this blend to assist you:

Anti-Inflammatory Oil

Blend listed essential oils in 1 oz. of Trauma Oil. Apply gently to inflamed area 5-6 times daily.

If you don’t have these oils on hand, I make this blend for $36.95. You can choose Custom Blend in the shopping cart and I will send an invoice to you for the balance of the payment. Or you can simply send an email to me and I’ll take care of you in one easy step.

I want to help you take charge of your well-being. It’s not hard to do and yes, aromatherapy can make a major difference.

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.

Do it 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.

 

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Are You Feeling Stuck?

Are You Feeling Stuck, coaching, in a rut, head or chest cold, feeling stuckIt seems like wintertime gets a lot of people feeling stuck in a rut. When I say feeling stuck in a rut, I mean your energy seems sluggish and there’s no spring in your step. It could mean that you feel stuck emotionally and energetically or it could be congestion from a head or chest cold that just won’t budge.

When your energy seems stuck and your head or chest cold seems to linger, it’s a great time to bring out the conifer oils to get your energy and your congestion moving.

All essential oils have energetic qualities to them and the conifer oils such as Black Spruce, Hemlock (not the deadly kind), Pine and Fir are all steam distilled from the needles and cones. The needles of conifers allow them to breathe, protect them from water loss and support photosynthesis.

Andrea Butje, owner of Aromahead Institute talks about Black Spruce (Picea mariana) in her new book, The Heart of Aromatherapy:

Black Spruce has a helpful presence in blends for soothing respiratory issues and “sprucing up” your energy. It can support you through colds, the flu, coughs and allergies.

Andrea goes on to say that Black Spruce is an excellent oil for staying healthy and vibrant in winter and anytime people around you are sick. Just about anywhere you go in wintertime, someone is coughing or sneezing, coming down with something or getting over something, so black spruce is a great oil to keep on hand.

Black Spruce  is also very good when you have aches and pains with your cold or flu. You can add 6 – 8 drops to one ounce of carrier oil such as argan or almond and massage your sore muscles as it has a rejuvenating effect.

Another oil that Andrea talks about for respiratory health and sore muscles is Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis). It’s interesting how she says Hemlock supports your energy:

While hemlock soothes muscles, it does so in a way that releases energy rather than relaxes it. Hemlock is a great essential oil for feeling vibrant and overcoming fatigue, especially during the long, dark months of the year.

One of the oils that it blends especially well with is Black Spruce. If you have a cold or the flu or you are around people who are sick, this combination is ideal to diffuse as they are both excellent at fighting infections.

I learned so many wonderful things from Andrea during my aromatherapy studies. The area that had the biggest effect on me was the emotional support that essential oils provide. She is very intuitive and her wisdom in this area is the reason that I approach my aromatherapy practice with your emotional well-being in mind.

How To Get Out Of Your Rut

Here is my personal blend to use anytime you are feeling stuck in a rut, whether it is energetically or from congestion:

Get Unstuck Diffuser Blend

  • 2 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 2 drops Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
  • 2 drops Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • 2 drops Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

Add to a cold mist diffuser whenever you have a cold, the flu, sinus issues or just feeling stuck in a rut. You can also add this blend to one ounce of carrier oil and massage into your chest and back. I have 10 mL stock bottles of the pure, undiluted Get Unstuck blend for $15.95 plus $3.95 shipping. Simply send an email requesting this blend and I’ll take care of you!

Essential oils offer so much to help you take charge of your overall well-being and aromatherapy and holistic life coaching are my way of helping you help yourself. I want to help you enjoy your life to the fullest and experience your best version of goodness.

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 click here to fill out the contact form.

Take charge of your overall well-being and take the first step – let’s get started 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.

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Do You Have Sleep Deprivation?

sleep deprivation, insomnia, non-addicting sleep aid for insomnia, natural sleep aid, how to fall asleepDo you have sleep deprivation? I’d almost bet you are sleep deprived. We are a 24/7 world, always connected, always on, always awake.

Our bodies are wired to sleep when the sun goes down and rise when the sun comes up.

We have been sleep deprived since October 22, 1879. That is the day that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. After that day, it was game on for packing ever more into our busy schedules.

What is sleep deprivation and are YOU sleep deprived? I’m pretty sure I am, even though I try to get 8 – 9 hours of sleep every night. Just because you go to bed at a decent hour doesn’t mean you’re getting enough sleep. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute offers this definition of sleep deprivation (and deficiency):

  • You don’t get enough sleep (sleep deprivation)
  • You sleep at the wrong time of day (that is, you’re out of sync with your body’s natural clock)
  • You don’t sleep well or get all of the different types of sleep that your body needs
  • You have a sleep disorder that prevents you from getting enough sleep or causes poor quality sleep

Even though I try to get into bed by 10 – 11 PM every night, it doesn’t mean I sleep the whole night through. Every once in a while, insomnia strikes and I get into a pattern where my body (read that my monkey mind) wakes up at 3 AM and it’s game on. At best, I toss and turn; at worst, I’m wide awake for the rest of the night.

Sound familiar?

One of the products I created for just this issue is Sleepytime Lotion. Put a squirt of it on your chest about 15 minutes before you go to sleep and drift off to lala land. Before you pop that sleeping tablet (and feel groggy and disjointed the next day), think about using a plant-based product like Sleepytime Lotion first. 

Sleep deprivation can cause car and workplace accidents as well. How many times have you been driving and felt like you could nod off any any moment?

Christopher Barnes of the University of Washington wrote an article for the Huffington Post on how stress impacts your sleep. Show of hands – who is NOT stressed?

Barnes wrote that work stress in particular plays a role in poor quality of sleep. Work is stressful sometimes, there’s no way to avoid it. Then, to make matters worse, lack of sleep makes you more stressed! He says that social support is good in stressful situations and having regular sleep patterns is even better.

Breaking the Cycle of Sleep Deprivation

There are other ways to break this vicious cycle. I could go on and on about stress management, but really, how do you manage stress? The easiest way to manage your stress is to walk around the block. I’m not kidding! When you move your body (even if it’s only for 10 minutes), your body releases endorphins. When your body releases endorphins into your system, they act like sedatives. You feel calmer and less stressed.

According to WebMD.com, even a small amount of exercise makes a huge difference. Regular exercise is proven to:

Sleep deprivation makes life harder. If you are unable to exercise, then here is an essential oil blend to help you relax, especially at bedtime. The bottom line – make sleep a priority.

How Does Aromatherapy Help You Sleep?

As an aromatherapist, I use a number of essential oils to calm your central nervous system and help you relax. I use several of them to make a wonderful non-addicting sleep aid for insomnia to use at bedtime to help you relax and sleep restfully. Along with Sleepytime Lotion, here’s another blend you might like to help you sleep:

Good Sleep Blend

  • 2 oz jar with lid

Combine all ingredients into jar and stir well. Apply each night to your chest and back of neck, preferably about 15 minutes before bedtime.

I get my essential oils from Aromatics International – a wonderful small business who goes directly to a network of small distillers around the world for pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. You and I both pay the same price for these oils, and this is a referral link. When you purchase from Aromatics International using this particular link, we both get a one-time $10 credit for the referral.

I know the frustration of not getting a good night’s sleep. So how to fall asleep fast? Please think seriously about moving your body, reducing stress and using the amazing goodness of essential oils. I use them every night just for this reason.

Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. Simply fill out this contact form and I’ll take it from there. Don’t wait – let’s get started 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.

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Good Essential Oils for Wintertime

Good Essential Oils for Wintertime, essential oils for bacteria and inflammation, clary sage, lemon, lavender, peppermint, oreganoWho’s to say what are good essential oils for wintertime – they’re all good! Some are just better than others for those dark wintry days.

As usual, it’s aromatherapy to the rescue! There’s several good essential oils for wintertime that help you focus, stay alert and help fight off the blues. And many of these are immune stimulating essential oils which is always good in the wintertime!

Peppermint (Mentha x peperita)

Peppermint is probably one of my favorite oils. It has so many uses and it does so much to help you especially in the winter. It can help clear your energy, it is uplifting and stimulating to your mind to combat fatigue, it awakens and refreshes, it stimulates the digestion of new ideas and creativity and supports self confidence.

It is a well-known and proven analagesic, anti-inflammatory, decongestant and can help with itching. Please use caution when using peppermint with children.

Lemon (Citrus limon)

Nearly everyone loves the aroma of fresh squeezed lemons. It has such an uplifting scent and as such, helps reduce anxiety and depression. Lemon essential oil, and its components limonene and citral, can decrease both physical and psychological stress.

Wintertime is stressful with all the extra clothes you have to wear and snow and ice on the streets. With its antibacterial and antioxidant actions, anti-inflammatory actions, and activating, tonic effects on the mind and body, Lemon essential oil can be used to help support the immune system and promote well-being. It also supports healthy liver function.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

I have to say, Clary Sage is an amazing oil – another one of my favorites. It reduces anxiety, calms the mind and is emotionally uplifting, all good qualities to have for those dark winter nights.

Clary Sage has a wide range of actions for people with respiratory issues such as asthma. It seems like we catch more colds during the winter and the properties of Clary Sage are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic – perfect for everyday use.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

If there is one oil that is amazing and perfect to have on hand in the wintertime, it’s Oregano. There is scientific proof that Oregano has extremely effective properties against methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), showing a higher effectiveness than 18 currently used drugs. Oregano is exceptional for your respiratory and digestive systems and is a good natural antiseptic due to the Thymol content.

What more could you ask for in a wintertime oil – it is a stimulating nerve tonic, warming and calming and gives a feeling of well being. It also helps relieve the fear associated with anxiety.

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

No list would be complete with Lavender. Whatever the situation is, whatever time of the year it is, use Lavender. It’s a known anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, it makes a great analgesic and it promotes balance and relaxation. Lavender is also an immunostimulant and helps with depression as well. I love this stuff!

All of these essential oils are available at Aromatics International to help you get through this winter.

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.

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.

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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 are prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder, there are 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. 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 do not have all of these oils on hand, I sell this blend for $19.99 for a 10 mL bottle. To purchase, simply send an email to me (balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com) 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.

 

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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.

In searching for solid information regarding diabetes and skin care, their website came up and in particular, this page about skin care. Their main point is to keep your skin moisturized on a daily basis to help 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 are 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.

Nakedly Natural Deep Hydration Body Butter is a wonderful product handcrafted with organic butters and oils creating a deep moisturizing cream without being greasy. I handcraft this with a drop of peppermint to make it smell less “earthy”.

It’s not possible for anyone or anything to heal you except you. Period. 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. Here is a list of the ingredients in the Nakedly Natural Deep Hydration Body Butter:

Ingredients: Organic Refined Butters of Shea, Mango, Sal and Kokum, Refined Avocado Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Vitamin E, Peppermint Essential Oil.

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 are helping your body in so many ways. Even if you find it hard to move, you can sit in a chair and stretch – simply stretching is good for your 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.