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Natural Is Good

Beauty is but a lease from nature. – Edward Counsel, Maxims

Natural, sodium laureth sulfate, natural bath and body products, personal care products, Being young for a longer time than many, I’ve learned something very important – Natural Is Good. We live in a world of toxins created for the sheer purpose of the corporate bottom line and the almighty dollar.

Look at the beauty of nature. Go outside for just a moment and look closely at the trees and the leaves and the grass and the flowers. Go to your favorite walking trail (you have one, right?) and spend a few moments gazing at the natural beauty that surrounds you.

How is it that we’ve gone from using nature’s gifts for our health and beauty to GMO foods, cancer treatments that cause even more cancer, ridiculously unhealthy drugs to fix every single minor boo boo and a national weight problem that threatens our very way of life? In less than a century?

Chemicals in Personal Care Products

It makes me sad to know that we are down the toxic rabbit hole just because it’s more convenient. What else could it be? It’s scary to think we can NEVER go back to a gentler and more natural way of life that protects our health in the body, mind and spirit.

But, I can do something about that! I cannot save the world – only Superman can do that. What I can do is bloom where I am planted. And I’m firmly planted in the natural world.

What I mean by that is knowing that toxic chemicals have been the downfall of my thyroid. The everyday products that we take for granted are slowly killing us because we think germs are bad for healthy skin. Have you ever read a soap label? The second ingredient (after water) is Sodium Laureth Sulfate. AACK! What is sodium laureth sulfate? gives a definition of sodium laureth sulfate and what happens when you use it:

PEG & ingredients that end with “-eth” – What are they?

In personal care products (like shampoo, body wash, liquid soaps) these raw ingredients are reacted with ethylene oxide, a known human carcinogen, and added to product formulations to make the ingredients softer on the skin. Ingredients ending in “-eth” (e.g. sodium laureth sulfate) and ingredients including the word “PEG” (e.g.PEG-4 Laurate) are what you should avoid.*

Why should I avoid them? The ethoxylating process contaminates the product with a suspected carcinogen, 1, 4-dioxane. The product is then purified to remove the 1, 4-dioxane, but this process isn’t perfect, leaving behind trace amounts of the contaminant.

So, what can you use to wash your body? How about handcrafted soap? How about pure castile soap?

Natural Is Good.

I want you to know there are alternatives to using harsh, toxic chemicals in every area of your life! If you read my blog from last week, you know I have thyroid problems and guess where those issues came from? Yep, you guessed it – unnatural chemicals in my soap, shampoo, body lotions and perfumes.

Where is YOUR tipping point for absorbing toxic chemicals? I get that you may want to make your own natural bath and body products or that you may want to buy them from someone else. That’s great – please do! But, I do hope you’ll give Scented Balance products a chance.

There are so many wonderful alternatives to the toxic drug store junk that you buy simply out of habit. Just by switching from the toxic commercial products to plant-based products gives you a simple and painless way to take charge of your health.

Purchasing handcrafted bath and body products that are chemical-free helps your health and at the same time, you’re supporting a small local business. Give it a try – you – and your skin – will be glad you did!

As always, I’m grateful you stopped by. What can I do for you today? Send a message through this contact form and let’s talk today.

Here’s to your health! Blessings!



*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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Physician Heal Thyself

Physician Heal Thyself, toxic chemicals in my home, Remember the old adage physician heal thyself? It’s true. As a certified aromatherapist, I am keenly aware of how well the human body heals itself.

I begin my aromatherapy practice in awe of the amazing healing abilities of the human body. But it was very shocking to learn that I can’t heal you.

I cannot heal you. Your doctor cannot heal you. All anyone can do is offer a tool to help you help your body to trigger its’ own healing mechanism.

So then how do you heal?

You won’t believe how easy it is to heal yourself.

You simply give your body what it needs to flourish which is a whole lot easier than you think.

It starts with your immune system. If your immune system is compromised everything is compromised. Simply eating clean foods will go a long way toward building your immunity.

The Center for Nutrition Studies has a really good explanation of how your body heals itself:

When the requirements of health are appropriately provided, the self-healing mechanisms of the body attempt to restore and/or optimize health. Your body’s ability to do this is only limited by your inherent constitution (genetics) and the amount of use and abuse that has taken place.

That “abuse” comes in the form of toxic chemicals in our bath and body products, perfumes/colognes, makeup, hair products, insect repellents, sunscreens, weed killers, tap water, smog and other airborne pollution and – the very worst – the medications that doctors prescribe for their patients every single day.*

The Environmental Working Group ( is a non-profit watchdog group with a huge and reliable database of toxic chemicals and the research to back it up. Here are just a few of the issues:

  • Toxic chemicals are found in the umbilical cord of newborns.
  • The water you drink from the tap is contaminated.
  • The plastic glass you drink from leaches toxins into your system.
  • One of the most insidious chemicals is phthalates used to make a broad range of everyday products. 
  • Vaccinations are full of toxic chemicals.

Anyone at all who dares go up against the medical mafia and chemical giants are quickly “silenced”. At best, these groups use smear tactics to discredit the scientists and at its worst? Who knows?

Holistic physicians are being “silenced” at an alarming rate and I’ll give you three guesses who is behind it. You need to be very aware that if you are healthy, the medical mafia isn’t making any money. And that makes them unhappy. Very. Unhappy. So unhappy that they will do anything to stop the holistic community from exposing them and their horrendously toxic products that keep us sick.

To be honest, I’ve had a VERY rough time with doctors telling me nothing is wrong and yet my adrenal system was completely burned out at one point. The worst part? That doctor told me everything was perfectly normal and I needed to see a psychiatrist for depression. And then, she simply prescribed a mild-anti-depressant without even checking to see what was going on!

Depression was a symptomnot the underlying cause. Upon seeing the sixth doctor, I was finally given a saliva test that proved I wasn’t losing my mind – my adrenal system (part of the endocrine system) was totally burned out. My thyroid function was disrupted from the constant lifetime barrage of chemicals which started a whole cascade of health events. Throw menopause into the mix along with five doctors telling me I was fine that I just needed to “take this little pill” for depression and you have fun and games all over the place!

I’m sure there are good doctors out there who truly care. I believe the folks at Robinhood Integrative Health are very caring and want me to be healthy. If you are looking to make a change in your healthcare, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine is a good place to find a physician in your area who actually wants you to be healthy.

Unfortunately, the medical mafia has infiltrated (and funds) many (if not all) medical schools and teaches future doctors how to prescribe toxic medications that keep you sick. They don’t want to hear about plant-based medicine that is far better for your liver and kidneys (which filter everything you ingest) and better for your overall health.

What Are The Alternatives?

What I want you to take away from this soapbox rant is to think about the alternatives to traditional medicine. Yes – there is a place for allopathic physicians and chemical-based pills. I get that and I’m on board. But we’ve gotten so far away from using our common sense and the goodness that nature provides to keep us healthy.

Remember – if we are a healthy society, then the medical mafia and chemical giants are not. You can go here to read an interesting article with facts about the concerted effort to keep America unhealthy in order to create jobs – seriously!

I want you to heal yourself. And you can with the right tools. Through the wisdom of nature using aromatherapy, I have a set of tools that can help you trigger your body’s natural healing abilities.*

Where to start toward a more natural lifestyle? Consider reducing your chemical intake by:

I offer a full array of products to help you reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in your life. Click here to visit the Scented Balance shop where you’ll find handcrafted artisan products for your everyday concerns.

I would love to talk with you about the simple and effective tools I offer. Please fill out the contact form on this page and let me know how I can help you – let’s get started today.

Here’s to your health.




*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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Starting Over Fresh

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Starting over fresh has such a wonderful connotation, doesn’t it? It makes you feel like everything that’s been holding you down has fallen away and you feel lighter and refreshed.

That’s what I’m feeling today. Maybe – just maybe – my fresh start has finally arrived.

What brought on the fresh start you ask? (You did ask – right?) Aromatherapy.

If you’ve come to my website ( then I know you are looking for a better and more natural way to look and feel good without toxic chemicals. I want you to know how grateful I am that you came by because you are part of my fresh start.

What brought this on is a desire to make a difference in someone’s – your – life. I can only stare at a computer screen so long before I feel like I’m not doing any good at all.

This journey began with body butters – beautiful, silky body butter that makes your skin feel so nourished. Then, it was shower gels and body mists and on and on and on. All of the products I handcrafted were scented with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. It dawned on me that if I was using essential oils to scent all these products, shouldn’t I know more about how they work?

That led to Aromahead Institute, one of the few accredited schools to learn aromatherapy. My education in aromatherapy taught me that essential oils are so incredibly good for things like pain, respiratory issues, digestion, circulation, anxiety, depression and skin problems. 276 hours later, I became a certified aromatherapist.

If you’re wondering if aromatherapy is right for you, here are some frequently asked questions. Whether you’re healthy or not feeling so hot, aromatherapy is an ideal extra tool in your heathcare toolkit.

The best product I’ve handcrafted so far? PsoMaxx(TM), an awesome balm for dealing with psoriasis, eczema and other dermatitis issues.* The reviews are astounding!

Another wonderful product I handcraft is PainGenix. It’s a balm for chronic pain and along with the PainGenix inhaler, people have told me it’s made a difference in the quality of their lives*.

Just knowing that I’m helping people have a better quality of life is a good feeling.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using plant-based essential oils to promote the well being of body, mind and spirit. As an aromatherapist, I research and create essential oil blends that speak to many issues you experience using the wisdom of natural ingredients.

Essential oils are not the end-all-be-all magic cure to life’s maladies. They play an integral part in staying healthy but only you can heal you. Your doctor cannot heal you; all those pills cannot heal you; the only thing that can heal you is YOU. An aromatherapist, a doctor or a pill can only give you a tool to help you trigger your body’s own natural healing ability.

You also have to make sound lifestyle choices, but that’s another blog for another time. :o)

I believe I have a gift for aromatherapy and I truly want to share my gift with the world. While I’m realistic enough to know that I cannot save the world, I can help YOU take charge of your overall well-being through the use of the best essential oils.

One of the ways I put my fresh start in motion is with a wonderful room and linen mist I created at the request of a client. He asked for something with Lavender, Spearmint and anything that would make it smell nice. Then he said he suffers from sinus problems, is there anything that would help that? What I created not only helped my client but has become a top seller – Fresh Start Room Refresher. It smells amazing – so clean and fresh – perfect for your fresh start!

Thank you for stopping by – I’m very grateful you chose to spend time on my website. Here’s to starting over fresh – I’m looking forward to serving you!

Why not take the first step in taking charge of your health – contact me today – let’s get started!




*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.