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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

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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. 

Stave Off Colds and Flu

Stave Off Colds and FluAbout this time of the year, lots of folks are asking how to stave off colds and flu. You must be vigilant, but it can be done.

Germs come at you from absolutely everywhere. They are airborne, on the handles of doors and grocery carts, elevator buttons, money – you name it – there’s a germ somewhere. Using antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer is the worst possible thing you can do – it’s just not good for you.

Why?

Isn’t killing germs a good thing? Yes and no. Yes, it’s good to kill off the bad germs that make you sick. But using the antibacterial stuff kills off the good germs, too and that leaves you even more susceptible to colds and flu and worse.

The best way to prevent illness such as colds and flu is to wash your hands with plain soap and hot water; don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth and drink plenty of clean water. Anything with caffeine does NOT count as water. Period. (Nor does wine or beer – boo.)

The next way to improve your chances of staying healthy is to boost your immune system by drinking a 6 ounce glass of warm water with a half lemon squeezed into it every morning. Do this before you eat breakfast or drink your coffee. Your liver will not only love you but you’ll boost your immune system, too.

MindBodyGreen.com also talks about dry brushing your body as a way to keep your lymph nodes cleared out. Your lymph nodes are an important part of your immune system and the author of this post, Rachael Feldman, explains how to dry brush your body for a boost. This is a wonderful website if you are looking for advice and guidance to live a healthier lifestyle.

Another way to boost your immune system is to apply my Immunity Booster twice a day. Here is the recipe:

Immunity Booster

  • 15 drops   Blood Orange
  • 15 drops   Lavender
  •  5 drops    Thyme ct linalool
  • 10 drops   Douglas Fir
  • 8 drops     Ravintsara
  • 6 drops     Corn Mint
  • 12 drop    Patchouli
  • 3 ounces  Unscented Lotion

Combine all ingredients into a 3 ounce squeezable tube. Shake well before each use. Apply two times daily to chest and back especially during cold/flu season and when traveling.

I create the Immunity Booster in a three ounce squeezable tube for $27.95. I also handcraft a wonderful pocket-size rollerball called Stress Support Aromatherapy Rollerball for $16.95. For those of you who travel frequently or are just tired and wired, this is perfect for you. Simply apply this over both kidneys four times a day while traveling and 2 times daily otherwise.

What happens if you catch a cold or have the flu? There’s one more way I can help with the SniffleKick personal inhaler. It’s about the size of a lipstick tube and easily fits into your pocket or purse. Just inhale it several times a day through each nostril and it will help with the congestion and aches and pains.

I do hope you’ll stay healthy!

Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or fill out the contact form.

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

Happy New Year – Blessings!

Melissa

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.

 

It Starts With Healthy Skin

Healthy Skin, eczema and psoriasis, autoimmune skin disorders, diabetic skin disorders, what causes eczema and psoriasis,It starts with healthy skin. You may not think much about it, but skin is the largest organ of our miraculous body.

Nearly everything that comes in contact with your skin is absorbed. Once absorbed, your liver has to filter whatever you put on your skin (or in your mouth or whatever you breathe).

We’re exposed to so much stuff during the day from preservatives in our food and personal care products to exhaust and smog in the air.

Seriously – I don’t know how to save or educate the world about the effects of chemicals on our bodies.

All I do really, is talk to people one-on-one at the farmer’s markets. To make that process a little smoother, I created Scented Balance to offer some amazing products from plant-based ingredients.

The body butters and balms are made with organic butters such as cocoa, shea, mango, sal and kokum. I use these butters in several different products as they are known to nourish your dry skin, especially for eczema, psoriasis and other contact dermatitis issues.

Why Should I Use Natural Products?

I hear so much about eczema, psoriasis and diabetic skin issues that you live with everyday. Many skin conditions are much worse in the winter time when the air is much drier.

The stories I hear about the scales, itching, burning sensation and cracked skin are heart-wrenching. You tell me how miserable you are and how embarrassed that people think you’re contagious.

That hurts my heart.

I cannot heal your skin issues since I’m not a doctor (they can’t really heal you, either). Your body is capable of healing itself when you have the right tools.

What I can offer is PsoMaxx (TM) which is a balm I created using  cocoa butter, beeswax and some amazing essential oils that address the itching and scaling of eczema and psoriasis as well as the dry, damaged skin so often found with diabetics.*

What I do know is that by reducing the amount of chemicals you’re exposed to, your body has a better chance to get back to balance. When your body is balanced, you feel better in every area.

When it itches, I scratch it!

If your skin itches, you scratch it – right? When you repeatedly scratch your skin, you eventually tear your skin which leads to more dryness which leads to more itchiness – round and round we go… But what if you weren’t itching and scratching as much? What if by not scratching, your body had a chance to do what it does best – heal itself. Itching Skin

Autoimmune skin disorders are an inside job. You have to know what’s triggering a flare-up. Could it be stress, dairy, gluten – or all of the above?

In studying essential oils for my aromatherapy certification, I learned that there are oils that really can benefit your skin. Essential oils such as Frankincense, Peppermint, Neroli, Lavender and Helichrysum are all nourishing especially when combined with nutrient-rich butters and oils.

What is NOT in PsoMaxx? Obviously, there are no steroids. There’s no parabens, there’s no sodium laureth anything, there’s NO chemicals to irritate your already compromised skin. PsoMaxx is simply pure goodness from nature.

I can’t make any claims about PsoMaxx.* I only know what my customers say it does for them. If you have these skin issues and need a good daily cream, Nakedly Natural Deep Hydration Body Butter is perfect for you. It’s ideal for deeply hydrating your skin on a daily basis without any chemicals to make your situation worse.

It starts with healthy skin. And when you’re healthy, you have more of your personal brand of magic to give to yourself, your family and your friends.

I would love to talk with you about your concerns and show you how aromatherapy can help you have a better quality of life. Please fill out this contact form and let’s get started today.

Blessings,

Melissa

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You should seek the advice of a medical professional for any health issue.

Physician Heal Thyself

Physician Heal Thyself, toxic chemicals in my home, Remember the old adage physician heal thyself? It’s true. As a certified aromatherapist, I am keenly aware of how well the human body heals itself.

I begin my aromatherapy practice in awe of the amazing healing abilities of the human body.

I cannot heal you. Your doctor cannot heal you. Only YOU can heal you. All anyone can do is offer a tool to help you help your body to trigger its’ own healing mechanism.

So then how do you heal?

You won’t believe how easy it is to heal yourself.

You simply give your body what it needs to flourish which is a whole lot easier than you think.

It starts with your immune system. If your immune system is compromised everything is compromised. Simply eating clean foods will go a long way toward building your immunity.

How Does The Body Heal Itself?

The Center for Nutrition Studies has a really good explanation of how your body heals itself:

When the requirements of health are appropriately provided, the self-healing mechanisms of the body attempt to restore and/or optimize health. Your body’s ability to do this is only limited by your inherent constitution (genetics) and the amount of use and abuse that has taken place.

That “abuse” comes in the form of toxic chemicals in our bath and body products, perfumes/colognes, makeup, hair products, insect repellents, sunscreens, weed killers, tap water, smog and other airborne pollution and – the very worst – the medications that doctors prescribe for their patients every single day.*

The Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) is a non-profit watchdog group with a huge and reliable database of toxic chemicals and the research to back it up. Here are just a few of the issues:

  • Toxic chemicals are found in the umbilical cord of newborns.
  • The water you drink from the tap is contaminated.
  • The plastic glass you drink from leaches toxins into your system.
  • One of the most insidious chemicals is phthalates used to make a broad range of everyday products. 
  • Vaccinations are full of toxic chemicals.

Anyone at all who dares go up against the medical mafia and chemical giants are quickly “silenced”. At best, these groups use smear tactics to discredit the scientists and at its worst? Who knows?

Holistic physicians are being “silenced” at an alarming rate and I’ll give you three guesses who is behind it. You need to be very aware that if you are healthy, the medical mafia isn’t making any money. And that makes them unhappy. Very. Unhappy. So unhappy that they will do anything to stop the holistic community from exposing them and their horrendously toxic products that keep us sick.

Allopathic VS. Integrative Doctors

To be honest, I’ve had a VERY rough time with doctors telling me nothing is wrong and yet my adrenal system was completely burned out at one point.

The worst part? That doctor told me everything was perfectly normal and I needed to see a psychiatrist for depression. And then, she simply prescribed a mild-anti-depressant without even checking to see what was going on!

Depression was a symptomnot the underlying cause. Allopathic VS. Integrative Doctors

Upon seeing the sixth doctor, I was finally given a saliva test that proved I wasn’t losing my mind – my adrenal system (part of the endocrine system) was totally burned out. My thyroid function was disrupted from the constant lifetime barrage of chemicals which started a whole cascade of health events.

Throw menopause into the mix along with five doctors telling me I was fine that I just needed to “take this little pill” for depression and you have fun and games all over the place!

I’m sure there are good doctors out there who truly care. I believe the folks at Robinhood Integrative Health are very caring and want me to be healthy. If you are looking to make a change in your healthcare, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine is a good place to find a physician in your area who actually wants you to be healthy.

Unfortunately, the medical mafia has infiltrated (and funds) many (if not all) medical schools and teaches future doctors how to prescribe toxic medications that keep you sick. They don’t want to hear about plant-based medicine that is far better for your liver and kidneys (which filter everything you ingest) and better for your overall health.

What Are The Alternatives?

What I want you to take away from this soapbox rant is to think about the alternatives to traditional medicine. Yes – there is a place for allopathic physicians and chemical-based pills. I get that and I’m on board.

BUT, we’ve gotten so far away from using our common sense and the goodness that nature provides to keep us healthy.

Remember – if we are a healthy society, then the medical mafia and chemical giants are not. You can go here to read an interesting article with facts about the concerted effort to keep America unhealthy in order to create jobs – seriously!

I want you to heal yourself. And you can with the right tools. Through the wisdom of nature using aromatherapy, I have a set of tools that can help you trigger your body’s natural healing abilities.*

Where to start toward a more natural lifestyle? Consider reducing your chemical intake by:

I offer a full array of products to help you reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in your life. Visit the Scented Balance shop where you’ll find handcrafted artisan products for your everyday concerns.

I would love to talk with you about the simple and effective tools I offer. Please fill out this short contact form and let me know how I can help you – let’s get started today.

Here’s to your health.

Blessings,

Melissa

 

*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.