January 17, 2017
Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants which possess truly impressive healing abilities. While holistic health practitioners have been utilizing the healing properties of essential oils for years, it is not until recently that they have gained mainstream popularity. Today, it is not uncommon to open an average household medicine cabinet and see an impressive array of essential oils lined up and ready for action.
For thousands of years, cultures across the world have recognized the therapeutic value of essential oils. Ancient Egyptian pharaohs were mummified using essential oils of cinnamon, frankincense and myrrh. The Bible makes repeated reference to essential oils. Archaeologists have found compelling evidence of essential oil use in ancient Greece and Rome. Suffice it to say that mankind has a long and beneficial relationship with essential oils.
But while essential oils have been used in the Western world for many years as aromatherapy treatment, their topical use is a very recent development. With increasing access to quality therapeutic-grade essential oils, many people now apply these powerful compounds directly to their skin.
And the most effective place to put essential oils on your body? The soles of your feet! Here are five reasons why you should get rubbing essential oils on your feet, ASAP.
January 4, 2017
Why Now, More Than Ever, You Need a Massage
While you may be tempted to trim your wellness budget when economic times are tough, now more than ever, massage should play a role in reducing stress and strengthening the health of Americans.
When you feel your best, you are more likely to be able to face the challenges difficult times present. With greater health and peace of mind, you can face difficulties with poise, clarity of purpose, and strengthened emotional reserves.
Truly, massage is more than a luxury--it's a vital part of self-care that has a positive ripple effect on us as we work, play, relax, live life, and care for others.
Invest In Yourself, Invest in Those You LoveIn economically challenging times, it is vital to invest in preventative health care. The last thing you want is to get sick, have to take time off of work, and pay expensive medical bills. Staying healthy means maintaining your ability to take whatever life has to throw at you. Besides lowering stress levels and, in turn, reducing the risk of stress-related illnesses, massage also boosts immunity, helping you fight colds, flu, and other viral infections.
December 29, 2016
If doctors knew the true causes of health and healing, they'd be prescribing massage therapy to most of their patients rather than prescription drugs. Massage therapy is good medicine, and it's a far more potent healing therapy than most people realize. In fact, I believe that every person, healthy or otherwise, should receive a massage therapy treatment at least once a month.
Why is massage therapy such good medicine? Because it helps move lymph, blood and oxygen to the various organs and tissues in ways that normally don't happen in the bodies of most people. This is especially true for those who don't exercise: for them, massage therapy is critical for maintaining any degree of health.
December 15, 2016
To complement the Research Reports in the April 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: A review and analysis of several studies suggests aromatherapy is effective for promoting better sleep.
A recent meta-analysis of research on the use of aromatherapy for improving sleep quality showed the modality to be effective in terms of enhancing sleep.
The study, “The effects of aromatherapy on sleep improvement: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis,” focused on evaluating 13 randomized, controlled trials that involved the use of aromatherapy for promoting better sleep.
Each study included in the meta-analysis involved adults age 20 and older. As for the specific aromatherapy interventions, the studies focused on three methods: inhalation, massage and skin application. An outcome measure for all 12 studies was sleep improvement, as assessed by variables such as length of sleep, efficiency of sleep, quality of sleep and satisfaction with sleep.
Young Living November 13, 2016
Individuals afflicted with autoimmune diseases know all too well how frustrating, painful, and life-altering these conditions can be. These illnesses, of which there are over 80 types, range from mild to severe, and the limitations and side effects of medications used to treat them leave many seeking a natural solution.
According to the United States National Library of Medicine, “When you have an autoimmune disorder, your immune system does not distinguish between healthy tissue and antigens. As a result, the body sets off a reaction that destroys normal tissues.”
Just a few examples of autoimmune illnesses include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, vasculitis, and psoriasis. These illnesses may have both genetic and environmental factors, and often come with “flare-ups”: sometimes symptoms are clear and present, and sometimes they are subdued.
One common factor in autoimmune illnesses is the presence of inflammation. Inflammation is the immune system’s natural response to an invasion (or perceived invasion). If this reaction becomes chronic, many of the body’s systems can go awry. As inflammation is an undercurrent in so many autoimmune conditions, treating the root cause of inflammation may have extremely positive effects.
The US National Library of Medicine explains, “Medicines used to suppress the immune system can cause severe side effects, such as higher risk of infections.” If you or someone you know is struggling with the management of an autoimmune disease, it may be worthwhile to talk to a health professional you trust about the following essential oils.
As autoimmune diseases are so varied, there is no “one oil fits all” remedy. However, the following nine are a good start to research: