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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 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.

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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?


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.



P.S. You know someone with a skin condition – how about sharing this post with them?

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. 

The Dangers of Dry Itchy Cracked Skin

Dry itchy cracked skin can really pose a problem at this time of the year. Read about the dangers of dry itchy cracked skin and what to do about it!

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Uninsured – Part 3 – Eczema and Psoriasis

To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they are blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too. — Victoria Moran

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Welcome to week three of my Uninsured series. As a nation, we face dire consequences with the new healthcare bill that is being pushed through Congress. It promises to strip insurance from at least 22 million of us and make the cost out of reach for many more. I’ve chosen to write about some health concerns that aromatherapy, holistic life coaching and other complementary therapies are ideal to address.

Last week, I talked about an alternative product – Headache Ease –  to address headaches and migraines.

Today, I’d like to delve deeper into eczema and psoriasis – what these conditions are and how you can help yourself daily and during flare-ups. has been around for a long time and generally has the most trustworthy information about health concerns. When I searched for information about eczema and psoriasis, this site was at the top of the list. According to, there’s a way to tell the difference between eczema and psoriasis, but your doctor needs to confirm this.

Eczema makes your skin red and inflamed. It may be scaly, oozing, or crusty. You may see rough, leathery patches that are sometimes dark. It can also cause swelling.

There are some things that are similar in the way psoriasis appears. You may have red patches. They may be silvery and scaly — and raised up high. But if you look closely, the skin is thicker and more inflamed than eczema.

Most often, eczema appears on the parts of your body that bend such as your inner elbows and knees; but also shows up on your neck, wrists and ankles. Psoriasis most often shows up on your knees and elbows, soles of your feet, palms of your hands, scalp, face and lower back.

Usually with eczema, you experience a very intense itching and when you scratch it, you make it worse. Additionally with psoriasis, you may have burning and stinging sensations and your skin tends to be more inflamed.

In both cases, the disorders are inside jobs meaning that they begin on the inside. Some things that bring on an eczema flare up are:

    • Soap and detergents
    • Disinfectants
    • Pets
    • Pollen
    • Mold
    • Infections
    • Stress

Some of these things cause a psoriasis flare up such as infections or stress, but sunburn, scratches and other skin damage are triggers as well. One of the ways to help your skin is to keep it hydrated. Not only should you drink LOTS of water but also use a good non-steroidal cream to hydrate the outer layers of your skin.

The product that helps all your symptoms during flare up is PsoMaxx. I researched and created PsoMaxx during a case study in aromatherapy school. It directly addresses the inflammation, scaled skin, the rough dry patches as well as the itching and burning sensation.

PsoMaxx does NOT heal, cure or fix your skin condition, but it certainly allows you more ease and elegance to deal with a flare up. You can read more about PsoMaxx in this post.

I handcraft chemical-free body butters specifically for everyday skin hydration. There are five different body butters including one that is unscented – except for ONE drop of peppermint to make the body butter smell fresh instead of earthy.

For bathing, you’ll find Unscented Soap perfect for daily use. There are no harsh chemicals to strip your skin of its’ natural oils – very important for daily skin hydration.

The Emotional Cost of Eczema and Psoriasis

So many clients have confided that both eczema and psoriasis cause untold embarrassment, heartache and pain – it saps the joy out of life when you are so concerned with either avoiding a flare up or soothing a flare up. It doesn’t leave much energy for the whimsy and magic of everyday life.

My heart hurts for you and yet, I cannot heal you. You must do that – you just need the right tools. That’s why aromatherapy and holistic life coaching are ideal for addressing the root cause.

The first question I ask is about eczema and psoriasis triggers. Since eczema and psoriasis are both chronic conditions, I see that as something ongoing in your life.

  • When did the disorder first start?
  • Are there any traumatic factors?
  • Is there some area that needs healing or at least resolving?
  • Do you know what your particular triggers are?
  • Are you uncomfortable in your own skin?
  • What behavior or habits are you ashamed of?
  • Is there something just beneath the surface that irritates you?
  • What is causing so much stress for you?

Don Colbert, MD wrote a fascinating book titled Deadly Emotions: Understand the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection That Can Heal or Destroy You. In it, he writes about psoriasis in particular, but it can also be applied to eczema and other skin conditions as well:

“Psoriasis is like a volcano erupting from the pressure of unseen forces just below the surface of a person’s life. The body is releasing fear, frustration, anger and other toxic emotions. The painful, itchy psoriasis flare-up is a strong signal of rebellion against the level of stress the person is experiencing.”

Your body, mind and spirit are connected. It’s safe to say that most occurrences of dis-ease begin with your emotions such as stress which then manifest in physical symptoms.

There are two other products from Scented Balance that can help you with stress as well as anxiety and depression that can accompany a flare-up. Stress Support Aromatherapy Rollerball helps support your overall system. Peaceful Ease Aromatherapy Rollerball works with the anxiety and depression.

Are you ready to take charge of your overall wellbeing? As a certified aromatherapist and holistic life coach, I offer simple and effective tools for you to take charge today.

Call or fill out the contact form today – let’s get started.



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. You should always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for any health issue.

Let’s Calm Down With Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil, How Do I Calm Down, Lavender OilLet’s calm down this week with Lavender essential oil. Lavender has so many wonderful uses – so many ways this amazing oil can help you without any side effects. It’s also one of the oils I use the most in my aromatherapy practice.

Lavender essential oil has a soft, herbaceous floral scent and simply opening the bottle and taking a deep breath through your nose can help you relax.

It’s wonderful for headaches and migraines, pain, anxiety and just about anything else you can think of. No matter what the situation, Lavender helps.

Each essential oil has its’ own energetic qualities and Lavender is no exception. You can use Lavender to calm, soothe and nurture; it encourages balance in all body systems; helps to reduce anxiety and fear as well as help to calm and control panic attacks.

If you want to get a bottle of Lavender that is pure and therapeutic-grade, I use two companies: Aromatics International and Eden’s Garden. Both companies offer pure unsprayed oils – which is very important! Your liver still has to filter whatever you put on – and in – your body. Pure, unsprayed essential oils are the kindest to your body and I only use these for all the aromatherapy products I create.

If you are pregnant or nursing, you should not use essential oils without first talking to an experienced clinical or certified aromatherapist. You have to assume that all essential oils will cross the placenta and there are some oils that can harm your unborn child or a breast-feeding infant.

How Do I Calm Down With Lavender?

All you have to do to calm down is open the bottle and deeply breathe in the beautiful aroma – I suggest keeping your lips closed and breathe in through your nostrils to get the most out of the oil. Using Lavender to Calm Down

Simply spraying some Lavender Linen Spray on your pillow or jammies can do wonders to relax an overworked or exhausted body, mind and spirit. 


How does Lavender essential oil work? Here is some information from the Lavender data sheet provided by the Aromahead Institute

Lavender has outstanding sedative and healing effects on the nervous system. Considering that so many illnesses are stress related, Lavender holds a special place in both preventive health care and in the treatment of tension-related illnesses.

Lavender is renowned for its ability to heal the skin (burns, ulcers, itching, rashes, irritations, infections, wounds, and other types of damage). This is due to its portfolio of properties (anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, edema reducing, anti-allergic, and broad spectrum antimicrobial activity).

Lavender is a tonic. It is healing on both body and mind, and can strengthen and restore vitality.

Believe it or not – lavender is amazingly easy to grow in many climates! I have three lavender plants growing in my yard that I bought several years ago. They’re beautiful, fragrant and easy to care for. To get started, read this blog post about growing and caring for lavender from DIY Garden. There’s lots of tips and tricks as well as information on many of the different varieties of lavender. It simply depends on your preference.

What is a tonic?

A tonic is something that strengthens and restores vitality. If you go back to the energetic qualities of Lavender, you see that it encourages balance in all body systems. Lavender is an amazing tool when addressing balance in body, mind and spirit.

What are you dealing with today that is causing stress and tension? As your aromatherapist and life coach, how can I help you calm down?

You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or simply fill out the contact form. Either way – let’s talk – and calm down together.

As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by.



PS – *The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.

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 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.  Aromatherapy Services

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.