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During this holiday season, candy canes and peppermints abound! More than just a holiday decoration or tradition, however, peppermint has many wonderful natural healing properties.
Peppermint can help with migraines, boost memory and concentration, relieve inflammation, and aid in digestion. Personally, I use peppermint very often in my practice for keeping the sinuses open, uplifting the mood, and taming headaches.
"Whether in the form of essential oil, fresh mint leaves, or brewed tea, the refreshing scent of peppermint may be just what you need to perk up your mind." http://www.naturalnews.com/034368_aromatherapy_peppermint_memory.html
Peppermint is one of the most effective oils of the digestive system. The German Commission E Monographs recommends peppermint oil for obstructions of the bile ducts, gall bladder inflammations and severe liver damage.
Jean Valnet, MD studied peppermint's supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Peppermint helps the circulation as well. More uses for this oil include the treatment of indigestion, flu, catarrh, headaches, toothache, and rheumatism.
For a refreshing and easy to make hand soap for home, try this recipe:
Be happy and healthy with peppermint this holiday season!
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|Posted on June 29, 2011 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
This month's issue of Health Magazine has at least 11 advertisements for prescription drugs...11! You can see commercials on the television for prescription drugs every 5-10 minutes. Our country's health system is based on Big Pharma's 'diagnoses' and structured around treating symptoms with an RX pad. What about treating the actual CAUSES of conditions such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, depression, allergies, etc?
It is our duty as a society to research/find alternative, natural treatments for such conditions. More importantly, we can prevent most of these conditions through healthy lifestyles. I take full pride and pleasure in knowing that the focused massage treatments I provide, using a variety of techniques based on clients' needs, are an integral part of staying healthy and an effective treatment for pain relief. There is a plethera of information out there offering information, research, articles, etc. that may offer more effective and safer alternatives to the ill side effects of precription drugs. Greenmedinfo.com is one such website that I use frequently.
Now don't get me wrong...there is a place for prescription medications. They have their place and their absolute necessities. However, I urge you to ask questions, do your own research, and don't be afraid to ask your doctor for alternatives. Make sure that you are willing to live with the possible side effects if beginning a new medication.
And of course...
"Talk to your doctor today about Essential Medical Massage for your symptoms. Possible side effects may include (but not limited to): increased circulation; pain relief; lowered blood pressure; decreased joint pain; increased mobility/range of motion; lowered anxiety; feeling of calmness; happiness!"
|Posted on June 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM||comments (0)|
Lavender oil has been proven to aid in relaxation and promote sleep, but did you know that lavender oil is also effective against fungus?
Scientists have demonstrated that lavender oil's effectiveness against two important fungal strains: 1. Candida species, which cause thrush, and 2. dermatophytes, which cause athlete's foot and ringworm. Lavender oil attacks these fungi by damaging their cell membranes. In cases of nail infections, for example, lavender oil may be applied topically, directly onto the nail bed where they have little to no blood supply. They are unreachable by medicines taken internally because medicines only work if the infection is in the blood.
The recent increase of drug-resistant fungal infections, especially to those who are immunocompromised, has prompted renewed research of natural remedies such as with this essential oil. Lavendula oil also shows wide-spectrum anti-fungal properties and is a highly potent oil.
More medicinal uses:
-Antiseptic & pain reliever.
-Applied to minor burns and insect bites/stings.
-Used in massage oils for joint and muscle pain relief.
-Chest rub for asthmatic & bronchitic spasm.
-Hair rinse to treat head lice.
And of course my personal favorite, in aromatherapy, lavender oil is an anxiolytic, which induces calmness and relieves anxiety.
Lavender oil smells wonderful so why not keep some on hand for its many medicinal purposes as well!
|Posted on June 20, 2011 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Psoas (pronounced, 'so-az') muscle!
I love talking about the psoas, iliacus...AKA, hip flexors. If you suffer from low back pain, sit a lot through out the day, have tight quads, and stiff knees, then you probably have tight hip flexors.
Stretch these muscles daily and you will discover less pain.
Here is one great example of psoas/hip flexor stretch with release of trigger points prior to the stretch:
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|Posted on February 11, 2011 at 11:41 PM||comments (1)|
Fascia is very dense covering, interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When we experience physical trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive stress injuries has a cumulative effects. The changes they cause in the fascial system influence comfort and the functioning of our body. The fascia can exert excessive pressure producing pain or restriction of motion. They affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and strain.***Since many of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc, do not show the fascial restrictions, it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.
|Posted on February 3, 2011 at 1:32 PM||comments (0)|
Sleep is extremely important in order to maintain good health. Sleep may even be more important than exercise and diet, because even more incredibly, we spend up to a third of our lives asleep.
Restorative sleep is necessary to repair damage done to our bodies during the day. Cells get replenished, immune system is boosted, metabolism is regulated, cognitive function improves, toxins and other free radicals are eliminated, hormones are balanced, adrenal glands are restored, etc.
Some causes of insomnia are induced by prescription and over-the-counter medications and/or physical problems such as sleep apnea, rheumatoid arthritis, nerve disorders, restless leg syndrome, and so on. Adrenal hormone imbalances such as high cortisol levels are known to reduce sleep quality. Nutrition deficiencies (such as B vitamins, magnesium, & protein) can affect sleep. Inactivity is also not conducive to sleep.
Among the many variables affecting sleep, however, PERSISTENT STRESS is the most common cause of chronic insomnia! And poor adrenal functioning leads to poor ability to handle stress. It is important to know how to handle that stress, rather than focus on how much stress is in your life.
Here are some wonderful tips for getting a better night's rest!
**Sleeping pills are often addictive and do not allow for natural sleep. More importantly, they reduce the time spent in deep sleep, the most restorative stage of sleep, and can result in rebound insomnia when discontinued.
"Masking the symptoms of insomnia does not constitute good sleep any more than masking the symptoms of anxiety with alcohol provides good mental health." --Rubin Naiman, Ph.D
My clients more often than not tell me that they have the best night's sleep after getting a massage. And those that receive regular massages sessions find that they are better able to manage their stress and do not suffer from the aches and pains that often keep people awake at night.
"A dream can be a place of healing, initiation, higher education, and outrageous fun. If we are closing off our dreams, we are closing off worlds of possibility, entertainment, and learning." --Robert Moss