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Using Aromatherapy For Menopause

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Recently, I had the honor of presenting aromatherapy to a wonderful group of ladies interested in a more graceful menopause journey. The main presenter was someone who struggled with her journey and found very little reliable information about menopause. using aromatherapy for menopause

Even if you’re in your thirties and not ready to start this next chapter of your aging process, it’s still worth reading about alternatives to synthetic hormone replacement therapy.

It seems that nobody is willing to have an honest conversation about the changes that occur. Especially when it comes to sex and body changes.

Ladies, it’s important to talk to your mother and your daughters about this new chapter of life. It’s time to have honest conversations instead of simply throwing drugs at the issue. It’s really important – and long past time – to know that menopause is NOT the end of life. Instead, it’s the beginning of a beautiful new chapter.

Throughout my life, it’s been a joke that a woman having a *tough* moment must be going through menopause.

Ya’ll, I’m calling bullshit on that.

I walked away from the presentation with my eyes opened. Some of the information I knew and in other cases, well, let’s just say I was shocked! That’s why I wanted to write about menopause – to give you options and alternatives. The more information you have, the better decision you will make about your own body.

The information you’ll find here is very general in nature – it’s important to talk with your medical professional if you’re recognize any changes.

What Is Menopause?

Menopause is NOT an illness – it’s the natural progression of aging. Period. You’re not sick, your body is simply going through changes.

Menopause is the natural and permanent cessation of your period and marks the end of your fertility. Usually, after you’ve missed 12 consecutive periods, your menopause journey has begun in earnest.

Often, you begin seeing changes and symptoms in your late thirties or early forties. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule – so it’s important for you to have a medical professional that you trust.

Your medical professional may immediately prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but not all women can or should go this route.

Why?

If estrogen-based cancers (primarily breast cancer) run in your family, HRT may not be the best choice. Or maybe you simply don’t want to take HRT.

It’s your body – you have a choice!

Symptoms of Menopause

Some of the symptoms of menopause are:

    • irregular periods  hot flashes, aromatherapy for menopause, symptoms of menopause
    • hot flashes
    • night sweats
    • thinning hair
    • changes in sleep patterns
    • weight gain
    • mood changes and swings
    • vaginal dryness

Sounds like a lot of fun, eh?

There are still some doctors that automatically recommend synthetic HRT and a hysterectomy. This is one time when you REALLY need to get a second opinion.

One of the facts I heard at the presentation I attended is that nearly 20% of all hysterectomies are needless!

You night not appreciate what I’m about to say, but hear me out. Women are still very much marginalized in a doctor’s office. Okay, not as much as in years past, but it still happens. 

That’s why it’s so important to have a doctor that you trust! A doctor who is willing to discuss all of the options out there besides HRT and hysterectomies.

Women are used as cash cows in this instance – if 1 in 5 hysterectomies are needless, what does that tell you?

What Are Other Options?

Here are some of the options to look into before making a decision about HRT or a hysterectomy:

How Aromatherapy Can Help You Through Menopause

Aromatherapy is ideal for any woman who needs a natural alternative to HRT. There are several different products at Scented Balance to help you live more gracefully through menopause.

Flares n’ Flashes Hot Flash Spray is a blend of oils specifically to cool you down and help balance your body.

MenoPause Aromatherapy Rollerball is perfect for balancing your roller coaster emotions.

VagiMagic Intimate Dryness Moisturizer helps with vaginal dryness which can actually be very dangerous.

Sleepytime Lotion aids your changing sleep habits. It readies your body and mind for healthy sleep.

Magnesium Oil for constipation, sore muscles and healthy blood pressure.

Each of these products provides a safe, effective and natural tool to help you through this time of change.

True Beauty

Society has programmed women to believe that we are no longer vibrant and productive after menopause. THAT IS SO WRONG!

You are a vibrant, beautiful and sexy woman – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Listen, beautiful women come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. It doesn’t matter what happens on the outside, it’s your inner beauty that makes you a phenomenal human being. 

I am NOT “less than” simply because I can’t pop out babies on demand. So the message I want to bring to you is that menopause is a new chapter in your journey and you are beautiful!

Don’t ever forget that.

Please take a moment to share this post with your friends and family – I’d like to get the word out that it’s time for an honest conversation about menopause.

Blessings,

Melissa

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. 

 

Why It Takes Longer To Heal A Tendon Or Ligament

Why It Takes Longer To Heal a Tendon Or Ligament

Tendons and ligaments play an important part in stability and function of your musculoskelatal system. 

So when you strain, sprain or tear a tendon or ligament, it takes longer to heal than muscle injuries.

When you injure one of them, it’s usually a sprain or a strain. What’s the difference? Ligaments are sprained and tendons are strained.

Fun stuff, eh?

What Are Tendons And Ligaments?

Tendons are tough and flexible bands of fibrous connective tissue and they’re the structure in your body that connects a muscle to a bone. Basically, tendons hold you together.

On the other hand, while ligaments are made of the same stuff, they connect bone to bone. They help guide the joints through an appropriate range of motion and protect the joint from overextending.

WebMD.com says this about ligaments:

Ligaments are bands of tough elastic tissue around your joints. They connect bone to bone, give your joints support, and limit their movement. You have ligaments around your knees, ankles, elbows, shoulders, and other joints. Stretching or tearing them can make your joints unstable.

As an example, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) attaches the thighbone to the shinbone, stabilizing the knee joint. If you’ve ever had a skiing accident or basketball injury, it’s usually the ACL that’s damaged.

And yes, it hurts. Many times, this type of injury requires surgery to repair it.

Tendonitis such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome occurs from overuse making the affected tendon inflamed, painful and swollen. VeryWellHealth.com explains it like this:

Specific tendons are prone to developing tendonitis, a problem where the tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. This causes pain when you move the muscle or bone. Tendonitis can develop as an overuse injury from repetitive motion, or be caused by stress or injury to the muscle or joint. Tendonitis often happens due to work activity or sports, but it can happen to anyone. You are at more risk of tendonitis as you get older.

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So Why Do They Take Longer To Heal?  tendonitis in knee, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome

A simple explanation of why it takes tendons and ligaments longer to heal from an injury is blood and oxygen – or lack thereof. Muscles get much more blood and oxygen to help them heal from an injury. Tendons and ligaments get a lot less – and that’s important because they still need blood and nutrients to heal. 

So what can you do to heal an injury to a tendon or ligament? (Yes, aromatherapy helps.)

This is one of those times where you really need to see your medical professional. If you can’t get to the doctor or emergency room as soon as an injury happens, here’s what HealthLine.com says that most doctors recommend. It’s called the RICE method:

In the meantime, however, whether it’s a strain or a sprain, immediate treatment is generally the same. Doctors recommend:

    • Rest. Try to keep your injured body part immobilized until healing is well underway. This may be easier with the use of immobilization braces and crutches, if needed.
    • Ice. Wrap ice in a towel to protect the skin and then ice the injured area for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day, while you recover.
    • Compression. Reduce swelling by wearing a compression bandage. Wrap the bandage so it’s snug but not uncomfortably tight.
    • Elevation. Keeping your injured body part higher than your heart can help reduce swelling and promote healing.
    • Medication. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers, taken as needed, may help reduce your pain and swelling.

Aromatherapy For Injured Tendons And Ligaments

TendAid Blend for Tendons and Ligaments, Natural Pain ReliefThere’s certain essential oils that promote circulation which helps to get blood and nutrients to damaged tendons and ligaments.

If for some reason you can’t take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (commonly called NSAIDS), then apply a blend of essential oils such as Plai, Lavender, Helichrysum and Wintergreen in a lotion or carrier oil all around the injured area.

TendAid Blend for Tendons and Ligaments was created just for this type of injury. It addresses the inflamed area, provides pain relief and stimulates circulation to damaged tendons and ligaments for faster healing.

You still need to see your doctor but TendAid can help you during the healing process. It may even make physical therapy less painful.

Be well – and take care of your knees – you’ll need them when you get old!

Blessings,

Melissa

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. 

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Balance Your Emotions With Aromatherapy

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Like nearly everyone, I’ve had my emotional ups and downs at different points in my life. Sometimes, life-altering events blindside you and next thing you know, you’re a mess. Okay – at least I am. When that happens, you can easily support and balance your emotions with aromatherapy.

Pure essential oils are ideal for balancing your body, mind and spirit. Since they’ve been used for thousands of years, through observation (and testing) we know that certain oils help with certain emotions. 

How Do Essential Oils Help With Emotions?

Essential oils have naturally occurring chemical constituents that work in synergy with one another. Once inhaled, the aroma of a pure essential oil goes to work through your limbic system. 

I could give you the 60-minute explanation of your limbic system but I won’t. :)

I’ll just tell you that it’s the innermost part of your brain and home to your emotions. Your sense of smell is the only one that’s connected directly to the limbic system. 

What that means is when you inhale a pure essential oil from the bottle, it immediately gets into your system and starts working its “magic”. This doesn’t work with a fragrance oil, by the way as many of them are synthetic chemicals which your body doesn’t recognize.

WiseGeek.com offers a really good explanation of the limbic system:

The limbic system is the home of emotions, motivation, the regulation of memories, the interface between emotional states and memories of physical stimuli, physiological autonomic regulators, hormones, “fight or flight” responses, sexual arousal, circadian rhythms, and some decision systems. It is what gets “duped” when people get addicted to hard drugs. 

Why is this important? Because scents can affect your mood as well as trigger memories.

If you’ve ever smelled a rose and immediately thought of your grandmother, your limbic system was involved. That scent triggered a memory and its’ associated emotion. Your sense of smell sent a message to your limbic system and almost instantly, your emotions and body were affected.

That’s why aromatherapy works so well for your emotions.

Aromatherapy and Emotions

Here’s a list of a few oils and how they help your emotions:  Essential Oils and Emotions, anxiety and panic attacks, balance your emotions, limbic system,

  • Bergamot is excellent for anger, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, fear, insecurity and stress.
  • Lavender is universally known for its ability to calm and balance.
  • Sweet Orange is ideal for lifting your spirits.
  • Palo Santo works well for depression, fear, grief and loneliness.
  • Frankincense helps with grief and fear.
  • Feeling irritable? Try Lavender and Neroli.
  • Peppermint and Rosemary work well for fatigue.

You can inhale, diffuse or mix the essential oils with a carrier oil and apply to your skin.

I currently create blends with over 130 pure essential oils and can easily create a blend for just about any emotion – including happiness and peace!

Two very popular blends that I craft are Anxiety Ease Aromatherapy Roller Ball and Peaceful Ease Aromatherapy Roller Ball.

What’s the difference? Anxiety Ease helps you with anxiety and panic attacks. Peaceful Ease works well with anxiety and depression. I’ve also made my own blends for anger, grief, fear and even for letting go of a situation.

Aromatherapy should not be used as a miracle cure for severe emotions but it assists greatly when life gets out of sorts. Proper and daily use of pure essential oils can support and enhance your emotional outlook.

What emotions are you dealing with? Let me show you how aromatherapy can help you and your emotions. Fill out this contact form and let’s talk today.

Blessings,

Melissa

P.S. Who do you know that could use an emotional boost? Please share my name with them – I’d love to help!

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. 

Using Essential Oils for Immunity

Stave Off the Cold and Flu

It’s that time of the year where the germs are flying around EVERYWHERE! Using essential oils for immunity will absolutely give you a leg up on all those sneezing and wheezing folks out there spreading their joy.

Why do we get sick more in the winter vs. the summer? There’s several reasons.

  1. Shorter days mean less production of Vitamin D and Melatonin 
  2. We’re breathing mostly recycled air and getting very little fresh air
  3. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter lowers your resistance
  4. The air tends to be much drier – germs like dry air
  5. More stress – wait – what?

Yes, we’re more stressed in the wintertime. The Straight Dope explains it like this:

Psychological (as opposed to physical) stress may also play a role. A study published last year in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that the more psychological stress people were under, the more likely they were to get colds.

All of the above combine to create the perfect storm and voila – we get more colds and flu in the winter. Essential Oils for Immunity, vitamin D and melatonin

If you haven’t gotten enough sleep on a regular basis, forget to wash your hands more often and don’t go outside very much, you’re just asking for a cold or the flu

Harvard University pretty much says the same thing but with lots more college words:

1) During the winter, people spend more time indoors with the windows sealed, so they are more likely to breathe the same air as someone who has the flu and thus contract the virus (3).

2) Days are shorter during the winter, and lack of sunlight leads to  low levels of vitamin D and melatonin, both of which require sunlight for their generation. This compromises our immune systems, which in turn decreases ability to fight the virus (3).

3) The influenza virus may survive better in colder, drier climates, and therefore be able to infect more people (3).

How Do Essential Oils Help?

Essential oils are ideal for boosting your immune system and help you stay healthier in the long run. Here’s some of the best essential oils for immunity:

  • Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata) helps to minimize unwanted bacterial, viral, or fungal activity.
  • Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is powerful for immune support and can help reduce the presence of unwanted fungal or viral activity.
  • Lemon (Citrus limon) helps boost your immune system and your liver loves it!
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) supports healthy lung function and boosts your immune system.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor) promotes healthy respiratory functions and helps when fighting a cold or flu.
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) promotes balance and is antibacterial, antifungal and stimulates the immune system.
  • Tea Tea (Melaleuca alternifolia) is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, supports a healthy respiratory system and helps with cough and congestion.

There’s a whole bunch more, but honestly, with these essential oils, your immune system will absolutely love you (and hey, we’re getting close to Valetine’s Day – why not show some self-love?)!

You’ll find all of these amazing essential oils in an immune-boosting blend I created called Thievery Synergy Blend.

Diffuse a few drops in a cold mist diffuser, breathe it directly out of the bottle or dilute it with your favorite carrier oil or lotion and apply to your chest and neck at least 3 times a day.

Want the Scented Balance Thievery Synergy Blend? You can get it by filling out the contact form and I’ll ship it to you lickety-split! Aromatherapy can help you get and stay healthy through the seasons – I can show you how!

Thank you for stopping by – I’m grateful for you!

Blessings,

Melissa

Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a 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. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your medial professional for any and all health concerns.