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Why This Flu Season Is The Worst in A Decade

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Boo – it’s flu season and boy has it hit with a vengeance. Officially beginning in October, The CDC says this my be the worst flu season in a decade.

Why?

Because there’s two different strains making the rounds this year.

At this point in the season (we’re less than halfway through it), The CDC says that 6.4 million people have had the flu and over 55,000 have been hospitalized with it. Which is a LOT for this point in the season.

William Shaffner, MD who is an infectious diseases specialist and professor at Vanderbilt University says we’re getting a double whammy this year.

“This season has been dominated by a form of the flu called influenza B which is completely odd since influenza B doesn’t typically create large outbreaks.

H1N1 flu viruses are also starting to rise and we may have a double-barrel season of influenza B followed by H1N1. We have all these odd ingredients coming together so that we have, at this juncture, an awful lot of flu with the potential for being as bad as our last bad year, if not worse.”

Well okay then Suzy Sunshine! Let’s just spread a little good news, shall we?

Better to spread a little bad news now instead of spreading flu germs.

Speaking of flu germs, here’s a quick reminder of how to avoid the flu!

Avoiding The Flu

I write about the flu every year because it’s so dangerous. Just yesterday, I read that 2 years ago the flu season was the worst in a long time and this year is heading in that direction.

You can read my original post at “Understanding Influenza (The Flu).

The quick version of how to avoid the flu goes like this:

  • Wash your hands with plain soap and the hottest water you can stand. Using hand sanitizer simply kills off the “germs” that work to kill the flu and increases antibiotic resistance. (Meaning you get sicker.)
  • Don’t touch your face. Any germs you have on your hands will get into the tender mucous membranes of your eyes and nose and spread like crazy.
  • Do your best to stay away from anyone who is coughing and hacking. (Yes, Captain Obvious.)
  • Use extra care at day care centers and nursing homes as they are breeding grounds for the flu. Both of these populations are vulnerable to the flu and it’s worse for them than it is teens through middle adulthood. In both instances, large populations are in close quarters and the flu spreads like crazy.
  • Sleep! Get more sleep during the flu season. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more susceptible to catching whatever is going around.
  • For those who don’t want to take a flu shot, PLEASE TAKE ELDERBERRY EXTRACT! It keeps your immune system in good shape and also helps immensely if you do catch a cold or get the flu. Elderberry extract is known to be an excellent anti-viral (think the flu) and an anti-inflammatory. It’s about 80 – 90% effective against the flu. Take one tablespoon every night before you go to bed. If you do get the flu (or even a common cold), take 1 tablespoon every two hours.

I have an immunity blend along with Elderberry Extract and Elderberry Wellness Syrup for sale online and in the aromatherapy shop in Kernersville. I’ll do my absolute best to keep you healthy using plant-based products that actually work.

Be well!

Blessings,

Melissa

Feeling More Forgetful Lately? Medication Might Be The Culprit

Feeling more forgetful lately? Medication might be the culprit. Many of these meds are also linked to dementia, Alzheimer's and even cancer. What pill are you taking today?

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The Power Of One Lone Voice

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“I don’t feel like I’ve done anything extraordinary but take my little light and shine it in darkness.” ~ Leymah Gbowee

Do you ever feel like you’re swimming upstream about a particular belief? That you’re alone in your passion? Some days, I feel that way. And yet, I believe in

the power of one LONE VOICE

You see, I’m MAD and I choose to channel that anger into something positive for the world.

I’m mad because we’re being bamboozled by drug companies into thinking they have magic pills that make us all better in an instant. I’m really mad that the doctors I trusted didn’t pay attention to me when I was sick. 

Since they didn’t pay attention, they didn’t know what was wrong with me. Actually they did know, but they ignored me and my health concerns. 

I spent years – YEARS – and went through several different doctors searching for answers only to be told “it’s all in your head – you’re fine!”  

But I wasn’t.

When I took matters into my own hands and began researching and paying attention to my body, I found answers. On my own. 

The Power Of One LONE VOICE

Our healthcare (it’s actually sickcare) system is completely broken down and held hostage by the medical mafia. The drug companies and insurance companies have a stranglehold on Americans and our government. They know if we’re healthy then they aren’t making money.

I believe in the power of one lone voice. Instead of blindly believing the dangerous lies being foisted upon us, I choose to let my tiny candle light up the dark. We do have healthcare choices and I choose to use my lone voice to educate anyone willing to listen about the benefits of holistic options.

Yes, that includes aromatherapy. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of rotten information out there that gives my profession a bad name. There are people who swear that a simple essential oil will fix, cure and heal (oh, and join the company so everyone can make money!).

It won’t.

It doesn’t.

But neither do the toxic pills.

When you take those toxic pills, you have to heal twice. Once from the dis-ease and once from the toxic pills themselves. With holistic options, you have a much better chance of healing without doing more damage.

YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN HEAL YOU.

As an aromatherapist, I have amazing tools that helps your body do what it does best: find balance. Whether it’s chronic pain, eczema, menopause, digestive issues or any number of other issues, there’s a natural solution that makes a difference in your health.

I choose to use my lone voice to offer honest information that gives you choices and options. There are very few negative side effects to using pure essential oils to balance your body, mind and spirit. Key To Your Health, Alternative healthcare, aromatherapy, the power of one lone voice

I’m not a doctor, that’s for sure. And I’m truly not bashing medical professionals! They’re doing the best they can in a completely broken system. (My primary care physician is +

an integrative practitioner who listens to me with an open mind to all options – including aromatherapy.)

But I’m wise enough to know that there are alternative methods of healthcare from amazing holistic practitioners that help you help your body. Simply assuming a pill you see advertised on TV will fix everything and let you go on your merry way is dangerous and irresponsible.

Shine Your Light Brightly

I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.

So tell me – what is your passion in life? What is your belief? It doesn’t matter what it is – the power of one lone voice is all that matters.

I want you to know from the deepest part of my heart about the tools I have that help you live your healthiest life and why they’re so good for you. Maybe I am a lone voice, but I have a passion and I won’t stop sharing my knowledge with you ever.

How can I help you today? Send an email to me, call me or fill out this quick contact form – today.

Blessings,

Melissa

P.S. – Thank you for reading about my passion and listening to my story. Please help me share my passion by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Sunscreen VS. SAFE Sunscreen What’s The Difference?

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Do you know what the difference is between sunscreen vs. SAFE sunscreen? Not all sunscreens are created equal and some of them contain ingredients that are downright dangerous!

Everything that you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream; your liver has the job of filtering and your kidneys must get rid of it. While you may think this is no big deal, it’s actually a huge deal!!

Sunscreen vs. safe sunscreen

If you use sunscreen correctly by slathering it in a thick coat all over your body (and reapplying frequently), you’re actually coating your skin with carcinogenic chemicals. So, a few times doesn’t hurt, right?

How many times does it take before it becomes toxic? Where’s your tipping point?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) is a non-profit organization that investigates the chemical properties of thousands of every day products. They look at each chemical and report on its’ potential to cause cancer, mimic hormones, damage organs and many other areas.

The EWG talks about sunscreen at length on their website and here’s why sunscreen has so many chemicals in it:

… ingredients in sunscreen should not be irritating or cause skin allergies, and should be able to withstand powerful UV radiation without losing their effectiveness or forming possibly harmful breakdown products. People might inhale ingredients in sunscreen sprays and ingest some of the ingredients they apply to their lips, so ingredients must not be harmful to lungs or internal organs. Furthermore, sunscreens commonly include ingredients that act as “penetration enhancers” to help the product adhere to skin. As a result, many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk and urine samples.

What stands out to me about the last sentence is the ability to measure these toxic chemicals in blood, breast milk and urine samples.

What Are The Dangerous Chemicals?

The active ingredients in many sunscreens act as chemical “filters” that keep harmful UV rays away from your skin. While that sounds good, some of the chemicals are known to cause all sorts of problems including skin reactions, hormone disruption and organ damage.

Europe is wa-a-a-a-y-y-y-y ahead of the United States when it comes to banning dangerous chemicals and they actually have better sunscreen protection that we do because of this.

Here are some of the culprits and why they’re dangerous:

  • oxybenzone – high rates of skin allergy and known hormone disruptor
  • avobenzone – associated with allergies and possible carcinogen
  • octisalate – can cause contact dermatitis and acne
  • octocrylene – increased production of free radicals possibly causing melanoma
  • homosalate – directly impacts the estrogen system 
  • octinoxate – known hormone disruptor

This is not a complete list by far – but you get the picture. Umm…is this what you want to put on your skin?

To make matters worse, sunscreen is killing off the coral reefs. Why is that a problem? Sunscreen bleaches the coral reefs which ultimately kills them.

According to SnorkelsAndFins.com which is an reef-friendly snorkeling website, up to 14,000 TONS of sunscreen wash off of people and into the ocean every single year. Here’s why that’s so bad:

Record heat registered in the past years, pollution, and a series of other environmental factors caused the bleaching of over 50% of the coralin Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Based on the latest trends, scientists predict that about 90% of the world’s coral will be threatened by 2030 (NOAA Coral Reef Risk Outlook).

Since the ocean gives us most of the oxygen we breath, a loss of marine bio-diversity poses a risk to human life everywhere.

According to research (International Coral Reef Initiative, 2018), one of the main causes of coral bleaching is sunscreen; more precisely oxybenzone and octinoxate (NCBI, 2018), two compounds found in most sunscreens.

Healthy Sunscreens 

There are natural alternatives to the toxic ingredients found in sunscreens. The Environmental Working Group publishes an annual list of sunscreens that are MUCH safer to use. Here’s just a few with their websites: mineral sunscreen, natural sunscreen, zinc oxide

These are NOT affiliate links, but links to the companies themselves where you can find out more about each product and purchase directly from them. You can find many of them on Amazon. I chose the companies listed above because they have a good variety of sunscreens for all ages.

I want you to be as healthy as possible. And I know it’s so much easier to go to the drug store and buy whatever sunscreen is on sale. But think twice about what you’re putting on your skin and the damage you do to your liver.

While you’re being safe about your sunscreen, remember, at Scented Balance, there’s products for chronic pain, skin disorders, menopause, digestive issues and many other concerns – that are good for you!

Many blessings and thank you for stopping by!

Melissa

 

5 Ways Drinking Lemon Water Improves Your Health and Life

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Do you feel good? Are you healthy? If not, or you want a simple way to help yourself get healthier and feel better, here’s 5 ways drinking lemon water improves your health and life. 

For Reals!

What’s Up With Lemons?

Why are lemons (and all citrus fruits, really) so good for you? That little yellow bombshell is loaded with stuff your body loves:

    • vitamin C
    • B-complex vitamins
    • calcium
    • iron
    • magnesium
    • potassium
    • fiber

Lemons have more potassium than grapes or apples. Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium are all critically important for approximately 300 bodily functions. And fresh lemon juice taste pretty good, so that’s a plus!

It’s easier for your body to absorb and process the vitamins and minerals it needs from food and beverages than it is from pills. Pills don’t always break down in your intestines, so you may not be getting any nutrients from them at all.

5 Ways Drinking Lemon Water Improves Your Health and Life

Here’s just a few of the benefits of drinking lemon water:

1. Your Liver Will LOVE You!

When I studied anatomy and physiology for aromatherapy school, I found out a whole lot of things I didn’t know and the one that stuck with me the most is how good lemon is at protecting your liver.

YO – you can’t drink yourself silly just because you’re imbibing lemon, okay? 

EVERY MORNING, squeeze half of a fresh lemon into either warm or room temperature water (about 6 to 8 ounces) and drink it down. Woo hoo – you just made friends with your liver!

2. Flushes Out Toxins in your system

This goes along with reason number 1 above, and makes you feel better because you’re getting rid of all the toxins that would otherwise be stored in your liver and other organs. Most of us have not connected the dots when we feel tired and draggy, but this is one culprit.

According to BodyEcology.com the toxins lodge in your cells, soft tissues, and muscles, and overwhelm your entire immune system and that’s why you feel sluggish.

See what’s going on?

3. Reduces Inflammation

This is huge y’all! Inflammation is the culprit behind so much disease and left unchecked, it causes real damage. You may not be aware of it right now, but it wreaks havoc on your system. Go back to reason number 1 and drink that lemon water every day!

4. Boosts Your Immune System

The d-Limonene in lemons is known to activate white blood cells which is what makes up your immune system. (Have you had your lemon water yet today?)

It’s full of vitamin C which is like having jumper cables for your immune system. That’s why you take more vitamin C when you feel a cold coming on

5. It Reduces Anxiety and Depression

Lemon is the most universally loved scent and it’s excellent for those who live with anxiety and depression as it has a calming effect on your nervous system.

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I couldn’t resist – here’s even more reasons to drink lemon water every day!

    • Helps fight hunger cravings (hello weight loss!)
    • Assists with fighting viral infections
    • May help manage blood sugar levels
    • Excellent for avoiding kidney stones

HERE’S THE BIG CAVEAT TO ALL THIS WONDERFUL NEWS: Lemon is acidic until it hits your intestines, so it will take rust off a bumper (and the enamel right off your teeth). That means you must DILUTE THE FRESH LEMON IN WATER. Got it?

Have your drank your lemon water yet?

Listen, nobody gets out alive in this life and I’m not saying that drinking lemon water makes you perfectly healthy and you’ll live forever. What it does help you with is keeping your system cleaner and happier and that means m-a-a-a-y-b-e you’ll stay healthier longer.

IT’S HALF OF A LEMON AND SOME WATER – YOU CAN DO THIS!

Let me know if you have any questions about drinking lemon water – or how aromatherapy can make a huge difference in your life. You can call, email or simply fill out this quick and easy contact form and let’s talk today!

Blessings,

Melissa