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Another Day – Another Adventure

Another Day - Another Adventure, leap of faith, adventure, aromatherapy in Kernersville, Ramey Dawn Wellness Group

Don’t you love the saying “Another Day – Another Adventure”? It just sounds like so much fun!

Well, I can’t stand it any longer and I just have to tell you about my new adventure!

I’ve been invited to join the Ramey Dawn Wellness Center in Kernersville, North Carolina!

Yasss – now ain’t that some awesome news?

What does that mean for you?

For you, it means Scented Balance is more centrally located in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. It means that I’m practicing aromatherapy in a wellness center with an awesome group of holistic practitioners.

And…it means I’m taking a huge leap of faith and taking Scented Balance to the next level. This is for reals y’all.

I’ve been putting it out to the universe (or whatever higher power you believe in) about taking Scented Balance to the next level. A central location is important as I want as many people as possible to comfortably feel like I’m within reach when they need me.

Through Scented Balance, you know (I hope) that I have products to help you find your happy, soothe your raw emotions, manage your pain, and take on the world – and win. That’s what I do. I also know my studio wasn’t in the most convenient location for you.

Over the last few months, I’ve looked at different spaces for convenience.

Sheesh!

The rent in some of these spaces is out of reach. And that out-of-reach rent would have placed a whole lot of STRESS on me. And I simply can’t justify it.

Out of the BLUE – I got a contact from the absolutely amazing Pattie of Ramey Dawn Wellness Group – just like that – who knew?

Ramey Dawn Wellness Group is full of holistic practitioners who help you live your best life – and now it includes me. You’ll find an esthetician, skin care specialist, health and life coach, acupuncturist, reflexologist, massage therapist, personal trainer, pain management and weight management specialist AND an aromatherapist – Scented Balance – all under one roof.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled about this next chapter for Scented Balance and for ME personally.

For now, I’ll keep doing the fairs, festivals and other events as I’ve committed to them through the end of 2019. After that, I do appreciate getting out and meeting folks, so I’ll continue attending a few select events just so I can shake your hand (or hug your neck).

I’ll post my hours on my Facebook page in the next couple of weeks and I plan on hosting a Grand Opening this summer, but I wanted you to share in my good news now!

I hope to see you very soon!

Blessings,

Melissa

 

Drink Diet Soda? Here’s 5 Reasons to Stop Now!

Drink Diet Soda Here's 5 Reasons To Stop Now, aspartame and headaches,I recently ran across some information about diet soda that scared the snot out of me. Do you drink diet soda? Here’s 5 reasons to stop now!

Luckily, soda isn’t a regular part of my diet. And I’ve never really been a fan of diet soda because it tastes “tinny” in my mouth. If I’m going to drink soda, I’m drinking the real stuff.

But now – after reading what I did, I’m never drinking a diet soda again!

Reason #1: Headaches and Migraines

Artificial sweeteners are known to trigger headaches. And who needs another headache? A lot of the diet sodas on the market are sweetened with aspartame, a very controversial sweetener. Migraine.com explains why it’s a trigger:

“Studies have shown that Aspartame causes inhibition of brain serotonin and dopamine. Since drugs that raise dopamine levels in the brain have proven effective in reducing headache, it makes sense that consuming Aspartame could result in headaches because of reduced dopamine levels.”

Reason #2: Depression

A medical study released to Smithsonian.com (I know – right?) showed that soda drinkers overall had a 30% higher chance of depression and diet soda drinkers had an even worse chance! The study concluded:

“For sodas as a whole, there was a 30 percent greater chance of depression, but diet sodas carried a further 22 percent increase as compared to regular ones.”

There was over 260,000 people in this study and that’s enough to show a pattern. 

Um…so far, drinking diet soda doesn’t sound like a lot of fun.

Reason #3: Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes

Metabolic syndrome is a metabolism disorder that can cause diabetes, heart problems, weight fluctuations, and even death.

Drinking diet soda can increase your risk of metabolic syndrome, and further, increases your risk of diabetes in particular. The American Diabetes Association published a study in their Diabetes Care magazine with this scary factoid:

“At least daily consumption of diet soda was associated with a 36% greater relative risk of incident metabolic syndrome and a 67% greater relative risk of incident type 2 diabetes compared with nonconsumption.”

Read that again – a 67% increase! Just so you know, many of the studies on artificial sweeteners are funded by the companies that make them. Think the results are skewed? At all?

Reason #4: Increased Risk of Heart Attack aspartame and headaches, heart attack and diet soda

This surprised even me. Drinking just one diet soda every day increases your risk of heart attack. The University of Miami conducted a study and found this:

“After taking into account pre-existing vascular conditions, including body mass index, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension, they found that individuals who drank diet soft drinks daily were 43 percent more likely to have suffered a vascular event than those who didn’t drink any.”

Are you drinking water yet?

Reason #5: Your Kidneys Suffer

The National Kidney Foundation published a study about diet soda drinkers. This was a long term study and everyone who began the study had healthy kidneys. Here’s where it gets scary:

“Now doctors conducting this study have reported that drinking a lot of sugar-free cola beverages or other carbonated soft drinks might have effects on health. Kidney health may be one of those things. Kidney function declined over two decades in women who drank several diet sodas a day, according to researchers from the prestigious Nurses’ Health Study. In fact, compared with women who did not drink diet soda, soda-drinking women had a 30% greater reduction in kidney function in 20 years.”

How long have you been drinking diet soda?

A couple of other reasons to stop drinking diet soda include osteoporosis, causing your skin and muscles to wither over time; it rots your teeth – and it does NOT help you lose weight!

You may not be able to simply stop drinking diet soda. But try this: substitute one bottle of water for one diet soda every single day. Your kidneys will thank you!

I hope this information shocked you as much as it did me. Please take a moment to share this post with your soda-loving friends and family. Your bones and kidneys will thank you!

Blessings,

Melissa

Ridiculous Myths About The Flu

Yes, I know. It seems like I'm harping on the flu. But there are some ridiculous myths about the flu that can make you really - really - sick! And we're STILL in the middle of flu season!

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Got a Cold? Aromatherapy Can Help!

Got A Cold? Aromatherapy Can Help!. congestion, home remedies for colds,Got a cold? Aromatherapy can help! Tis the season for sneezing, coughing and feeling miserable.

So maybe you just couldn’t stave off a nasty cold. There’s really nothing you can do to make your cold go away any faster – it has to run its’ course.  However, there’s lots of ways to get through a head or chest cold with some measure of grace.

Beware of all the cold remedies from the drug store. Many of them are known to affect your blood pressure. Then there’s the disconnected feeling you get as well as completely drying out your system.

Do you purposely want to be dehydrated? (The correct answer is NO you do not!)

How To Deal With A Cold

I know you know how to deal with a cold. But sometimes, we all take leave of our senses and don’t take good care of our bodies.

A-n-n-n-d then we’re run down and end up with a head or chest cold.

Allow me to beat this into your head:

WASH YOUR HANDS WITH PLAIN SOAP AND WARM WATER.

Everyone in the world is sneezing and hacking leaving their germs all over the place. Right behind that, you touch a door knob or a handle of some sort and then you touch your face. 

GAH! Now you’ve let slip the germs of war to get into your system. Simply washing your hands keeps these nasty germs at bay.

Okay, next thing to beat into your head:

DRINK AT LEAST 32 OUNCES OF PURE WATER EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Do I really need to explain why? The more pure water you drink, the more toxins are flushed out of your system. A build up of toxins can push your immune system to it’s limits – and that’s when you catch a cold.

Here’s what WebMD.com says about drinking water with a slice of lemon when you have a head cold or chest cold:

Hot or cold, it keeps you hydrated and loosens up stuffiness and congestion. Lemon is also high in vitamin C, which may make a cold slightly shorter if you get it regularly.

One more thing to beat into your head:

GET ENOUGH SLEEP.

Yes, I know you’re busy. We all are. Sleep helps your body recuperate from your daily grind. When you don’t get enough sleep, you get run down. Do you see a pattern here?

A little fun fact: Chicken noodle soup is one of those wonderful home remedies for colds. Why? Chicken Noodle Soup For A Cold, how to get rid of a cold fast, congestion

Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center point out: 

Studies have shown that a hearty bowl of chicken soup may help you to clear nasal congestion and have a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease cold symptoms. Chicken noodle soup makes a great fallback for the cold winter days because of all its wonderful nutrients. The ingredients included are soothing to the throat, easy-to-digest and also pack a great taste.

How Can Aromatherapy Help With A Cold?

Okay, so you’ve ignored all the sensible advice and you have a cold. The good news is that essential oils are ideal for helping you through a cold. There’s lot of oils to help with congestion, promote good nasal and bronchial health and assist with aches and pains.

  • Tea Tree helps with infections and congestion. Put a couple of drops in a bowl of steaming water and breathe it in.
  • Eucalyptus is a natural decongestant. You can diffuse a few drops by your bed at night. (This is NOT for children under 10.)
  • Rosemary helps suppress a cough.
  • Peppermint is refreshing and will help open up airways, but don’t use this before bedtime (or with children under 10) as it’s a stimulant. You need your sleep!

If you prefer the natural route (it really is much better for you), I have two products that will help you through your worst head or chest cold:

ChestEZ Vapor Rub: This helps with congestion, cough as well as minor aches and pain. I make a blend for adults and a blend for children 2 – 10 years old.

SniffleKick Personal Nasal Inhaler: This blend supports healthy lung function, soothes your cough and encourages clear breathing.

So there you have it – I’ll stop acting like your mother now and step off my soapbox before I fall off! :0)

How about sharing this post with everyone in your life who needs a refresher course in colds – okay?

Blessings,

Melissa

P.S. Want more information? Fill out this contact form and let’s talk!

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

Wash Your Hands!

Wash Your Hands!, Avoid The Flu, elderberry syrupThe flu season is back in full swing again.  It bears repeating: to lessen your chances of contracting the flu, WASH YOUR HANDS!

Last year, I took a two-hour webinar on the flu virus, how to prevent it and what to do if you still get it – all that good information. You can read the post titled “Understanding Influenza” for full in-depth information about it.

For today, I’m going to give you a basic primer on the flu, how to prevent it and what to do if you are diagnosed with it.

The flu season in North Carolina will run from approximately October through May. Interesting little factoid: the flu begins in Australia and works its way over to the United States and usually hits the Southeast United States first.

What Is The Flu?

The flu is a virus that can only reproduce inside a targeted cell – which is you. Antibiotics won’t do any good whatsoever to help you with the flu as they’re for bacterial infections, not viral infections.

It can take as little as a few hours for the symptoms to show up once you’ve been exposed. I always thought the flu included an upset stomach (and all the loveliness that goes along with it) but it’s actually a respiratory issue.

The actual influenza virus spreads by killing cells in your respiratory tract, triggering a cough reflex which then propels the virus in the air to infect those around you.

Here’s the information about the 2018-2019 flu virus from the Centers For Disease Control in Atlanta:

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on vaccine) that research suggests will be most common.

Flu Symptoms

Here’s a quick rundown of flu symptoms. You may get all of them or a few of them.Preventing The Flu.

  • Moderate to severe cough
  • Fever, possibly high lasting for 3 – 4 days
  • Moderate to intense muscle aches and pains
  • Headache, sometimes intense
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat and stuffy nose are common
  • Generally lasts 12 – 14 days or longer

If you sneeze and have watery eyes, you most likely have a cold – it’s rare to have these symptoms with the flu.

Preventing The Flu

So what does that have to do with washing your hands?

As it turns out, a whole lot.

You know that doorknob or handle you just touched? Someone else touched it with their hands and left germs. And those germs can last for hours on hard surfaces.

So the best ways to prevent the flu are:

  • Wash your hands with plain soap and warm water often, especially after using the toilet or coughing and sneezing.
  • Drink more water than usual – this will keep your system flushed out.
  • Get a flu shot – it’s a proven fact that getting a flu shot does NOT cause the flu!
  • Avoid touching your face – germs spread easier in moist mucous membranes (such as your eyes and nose).
  • Take Elderberry syrup at least 3 times every day during flu season. If you feel symptoms coming on, take a tablespoon every 2 hours.

I get my Elderberry syrup from a place called Norm’s Farms (NOT an affiliate link). They offer free shipping, too! To be honest, the flu vaccine is about 30% effective and the Elderberry syrup is about 80% effective against the flu. I actually take Elderberry syrup twice a day year round. 

What To Do If You Get The Flu

Even though you’re careful, you caught the flu. Now what?

Go. To. Bed. Now.

Seriously, go to bed and stay there for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks. Don’t go around anyone to spread the germs – especially day care centers and nursing homes.

Get to your doctor as fast as you can for an antiviral prescription medication, if needed. The faster you get the medication in you, the faster you’ll feel better.

Drink more plain water than usual. Again – water is flushing your system and this is a good thing.

Keep a vaporizer or cold mist diffuser running to help stop the spread of germs. If you add a couple drops each of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Lavender to your cold mist diffuser (or inhale directly from a cotton ball), you’ll breathe easier and feel better.

Sleep. Sweet glorious sleep will help your body heal.

Don’t go back to work for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks. You’ll still be contagious!

I make a wonderful blend called Thievery which contains several essential oils to boost your immune system. It’s $16.95 for a 10 mL bottle and can help boost your immune system as well as promote bronchial and nasal health. All you have to do is fill out this contact form or send an email and I’ll take it from there.

Be well, wash your hands and share this post!

Blessings,

Melissa 

Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.