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Do You Know What’s Causing Your Summertime Eczema Flareup?

Well, you got through the winter with your eczema only to have a flareup now! AACK! Do you know what’s causing your summertime eczema flareup? 

There’s actually a number of reasons why your eczema flares up in the summertime all while we’re looking forward to those warm sunny days!

What’s Causing My Eczema to Flare Up?

Well, you probably know all the usual suspects but according to healthcentral.com maybe you didn’t know about these:

    • Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) and Methylisothiazolinone (MI) commonly found in skin care and baby products. They’re preservatives to keep the OTC products safe for at least 3 – 5 years. Extra points if you can pronounce them.
    • Propylene Glycol Recently named the 2018 Allergen of the Year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society, Propylene glycol is found in many skin-care products, cosmetics, medications, food, and, ironically, certain topical eczema treatments! So if your skin is not responding to the eczema cream you got at the drug store, this may be the culprit.
    • Fragrance (the toxic synthetic kind) The National Eczema Association (NEA) reports that 8% to 15% of eczema patients have a fragrance allergy. And with fragrance accounting for up to 40 percent of allergic reactions from cosmetics, the NEA no longer considers products with scent for its Seal of Acceptance Program. Finding cleansers and moisturizers without scent is difficult at best. Even those labeled “unscented” or “fragrance-free” sometimes still contain a “masking” fragrance. (Are you convinced to use organic products yet?)
    • Sweat  The warm temperatures make you sweat. And sweat – especially in the crook of your elbow, behind your knees and at your waistband – can cause an eczema flareup. When the humidity is high (oh hi North Carolina) and you sweat, there’s really no way for it to evaporate. All the chemicals in and on your body just sit on your skin and cause irritation.
    • Chlorine Swimming in pools can irritate your skin. If you like to swim, as soon as you get out of the pool, make sure to rinse off with fresh water as quickly as possible.
    • Travel Really? Boy, that takes all the fun out of travel! But the climatic change when traveling can trigger a flareup. The air on planes is notorious for more reasons than one, but flying and different time zones impact your stress level which may trigger a flareup. Add in acclimating to a different area, your skin may get irritated.
    • Synthetic Fabrics Who knows what synthetic fabrics are made of? Yes, I know we all wear stretchy, breathable fabrics in the summer, but natural fabric such cotton has less of a chance of irritating your skin.

We won’t even go into stress because I’m sure your dermatologist has talked endlessly about that until your eyes glaze over. The quickest way to help yourself control stress is to take big deep belly breaths. And of course, aromatherapy is excellent for easing your stress.

What Helps A Flareup? eczema flareup, natural eczema relief, treat eczema with essential oils

There’s a few things you can do to ease an eczema flareup. And yes – aromatherapy is excellent for eczema (and psoriasis, too)!

    • Stay away from any synthetic chemical. All that stuff at the drug store that’s supposed to help your eczema (and psoriasis, too) actually is full of chemicals that causes more inflammation. If you think this is an advertisement for PsoMaxx Salve for Psoriasis and Eczema, you’re absolutely right.
    • Go to the ocean. Seriously. (And when you go, take me with you!) The salt water along with sunshine is very good for skin flareups. But, as with chlorinated pools, don’t let the salt sit on your skin. Rinse off with fresh water as fast as you can.
    • Be prepared especially when travelling and do your best to stay calm – Anxiety Ease Aromatherapy Rollerball is perfect for this.
    • Move your body. This is where yoga will really help you. It’s gentle enough so that you won’t sweat but moves your body to feel better.
    • Stay hydrated with fresh water. Soda, coffee and alcohol don’t count!
    • Hydrate your skin. I have Nakedly Natural Body Lotion specifically for those who live with eczema and psoriasis. Your skin with thank you for doing this!

Aromatherapy For Eczema (and Psoriasis, too!)

Each time I see a commercial on television about the amazing benefits of synthetic drugs for eczema and psoriasis, I cringe. This stuff is damaging your liver and do you really want all those nasty side effects?

Honestly?

What’s stopping you from going natural? You do know that nothing will heal you except YOU – right? I simply have a tool that allows you to live more gracefully with eczema and other skin conditions.

Until you know what your triggers are and avoid them, you’ll go through a vicious cycle. Why do that when you have options that make a difference?

Want more information? Fill out this contact form and let’s talk today.

Blessings,

Melissa

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Loving Kindness For You Today

Loving Kindness Meditation,

Today, I’d like to take a moment to share some loving kindness with you. I ran across the Loving Kindness Meditation – I used to recite it quite often, but I let that beautiful habit slide. It came across my newsfeed recently and stopped me in my tracks!

If you’re like me, trying to meditate is like attempting to bathe a cat. There’s wiggling all over the place, it’s frustrating and nothing really gets accomplished. 

Sigh…

But this I can do!

Maybe meditation or prayer just isn’t your cup of tea, but you’re looking for something to ease into your day when you wake up.

It’s a short and sweet mindfulness meditation that takes all of 15 seconds to say either out loud or silently.

The benefits of meditation are proven to promote health in many ways. Just think – meditation may keep you off pills down the road, and yes, aromatherapy is perfect for this.

Benefits of Meditation

Even if you can’t sit down and meditate for 20 minutes at a pop, there are benefits to meditating for even a few moments.

Aromatherapy and Meditation

The use of pure essential oils is proven to help with anxiety and stress and can help you relax enough to meditate for a few minutes at a time. Even though I’m not real good at meditating, I keep at it. This is the blend I use to help me quiet my mind and it’s also good before bedtime: 

Meditation Blend  mindfulness meditation

    • 10 drops Frankincense
    • 5 drops Oppopanax
    • 3 drops Myrrh
    • 1 ounce Jojoba Oil

Combine all ingredients in a small bottle and apply to your temples, inner wrists and heart area. If you’d rather diffuse this blend, simply add two drops of each essential oil (omit the jojoba oil) into your cold mist diffuser. 

If you’d like this blend but don’t have the oils on hand, simply to to Custom Blends in the Aromatherapy Shop and specify Meditation Blend. It’s $19.95 plus shipping (and tax if you’re in North Carolina).

This simple Loving Kindness Prayer is also good for self-care. I’m sending out many blessings to all of you today:

May you be happy

May you be healthy

May you be safe

May you live with ease

Blessings,

Melissa

Using Aromatherapy For Menopause

using aromatherapy for menopause,

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:

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    • 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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