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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.

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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?

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

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. 

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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.

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.

What is Aromatherapy?

essential oils uses, What is Aromatherapy, using essential oils, therapeutic-grade essential oils, body, mind and spirit, What is aromatherapy? I get asked that question a lot. Someone will ask me what I do for a living and when I tell them, they look at me like a deer caught in headlights.

The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy – NAHA – answers this question beautifully:

Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.  It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.

So, in a nutshell, as an aromatherapist, I offer plant-based guidance and tools to help your body, mind and spirit be as healthy as possible. Aromatherapy aims to address the fact that your body, mind and spirit are connected – not separate.

I don’t just look at the physical issues that you confidentially discuss with me. I also look at what’s going on emotionally as well.

Why?

Why Do Emotions Matter?

I am a firm believer that all physical maladies begin in the 6 inches between your ears. Yes – I know – smoking causes cancer, too much junk may cause diabetes, too much stress causes heart attacks, etc., etc., etc.

I get that.

What most people don’t get is that the underlying reasons why we smoke, eat junk and feel stressed out is based on emotions. I have learned an all too difficult lesson that my emotional reactions causes most of my pain on an emotional level which usually comes out in something physical – especially when I try to stifle those emotions. Emotions and Aromatherapy

Case in point – I’m really having a tough time with my left shoulder. It hurts; I can’t exercise and free movement is hampered. Shoulder pain is all about bearing a load that is too heavy and, for me personally, trying to do everything by myself. Yep – you guessed it – the emotional stress of trying to do everything alone is showing up as physical pain in my shoulder.

So what am I doing about it? Actually, I’m doing a lot.

First of all, some things that I thought were important had to go by the wayside. I have learned that I can’t do everything by myself and expect to get a good night’s rest. Nor can I go wide open day in and day out and expect to remain healthy.

Oh – and believe it or not, I forget to eat. Seriously. I get so wrapped up in what I’m doing that I don’t listen to my body rhythms. Simply sitting down at the table with clean healthy food makes a huge difference in my stress level.

Secondly – and I believe this is very important – I use pure essential oils to address my underlying emotional issues. I created a blend of essential oils that I diffuse in the air to assist in letting go of emotional baggage, to address old traumas, to shine a light on anger, and most of all, to calm and uplift my energy.*

How can I help you if I don’t help myself first? You can’t give someone a drink from an empty cup.

I love being an aromatherapist. It is fulfilling and speaks to my soul. Whenever a client comes back and tells me the blend I created really made a difference for their issue, it feeds my soul. 

I want to show you how easily you can take control of your physical, mental and spiritual health, too.

How does Aromatherapy help?

It’s important that you know: I cannot heal you in any way, shape or form. What I can do as an aromatherapist is offer an amazing plant-based tool that triggers your body’s innate healing ability – whether it be physical, mental or spiritual.*

My approach to aromatherapy is to address the whole person – body, mind and spirit. I focus on areas where I know aromatherapy makes a difference:

My fee for a one-hour confidential consultation is $95 plus the cost of blends. The consultation fee covers researching any medications you take, what issues you want to address and the essential oils that can help you trigger your body’s innate healing abilities.

I can’t make any guarantees – neither can your doctor – but what I can do is offer you natural – holistic – tools to help you take charge of your own well being. I work mainly through Skype so you don’t even have to leave your home.

Not everyone has access to regular doctor’s visits, and aromatherapy offers a way to get out ahead of minor issues before they become full-blown medical concerns.

Take that first step today – call, email or fill out the contact form and let’s get started today.

As always, I send you my 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.