Archives for September 13, 2014

Aromatherapy for Better Parenting by Peter Friis, CEO and Founder, ESSIO aromatherapy for the shower www.essioshower.com

Take a deep breath—you’re a parent. The same advice also applies to you if you are a grandparent, doting aunt or uncle, babysitter, nanny or manny: deep, slow breaths. Caring for the younger generation, regardless of your specific genetic affiliation, is not for the easily winded. And truly, the experience may often leave you breathless, from both sheer exhaustion as well as sheer exhilaration.

 

What you may not know is that our sense of scent deeply influences the experience of parenting. Early study into the human brain established that our olfactory capacity was held in reflexive structures which linked aroma to deep memory. Contemporary research has demonstrated that newborns can identify their mothers purely on the basis of smell, before the baby’s eyes have opened or focused.

 

On an unconscious level, our sense of smell is tirelessly sending us messages. Incorporating essential oils into your daily routine is an easy, natural way to consciously use olfactory cues to affect your own mood, energy and attitude.

 

TIPS FOR USING ESSENTIAL OILS

Don’t be fooled by cheap fragranced products.  Real aromatherapy products are made with essential oils. Essential oils are botanical extracts made from plants (leaves, flowers, bark, seeds). Synthetic or artificial fragrances are made from nasty petrochemicals for a tiny fraction of the cost required to make essential oils.

 

Essential oils interact with our bodies on a subtle neurological level, while synthetic fragrances are potentially irritating and toxic. Read the label on every product. If the label simple says “fragrance”, this means artificial fragrance, and it’s not aromatherapy.
Choose organic and sustainable. Remember that not all plants are raised in organic and sustainable ways. For instance, cinnamon essential oil is by definition made from the spicy-smelling bark of the cinnamon plant, but if the plant was raised using agricultural chemicals, some of those chemicals may be transferred to the extracted oil, then to you. Ew.

 

Carefully choose your experience. Essential oils are potent. They often are too potent to apply to the skin in concentrated form, and should be avoided in general by pregnant women (if you are expecting a baby or breastfeeding, always check with your health provider before using any product). Do not apply essential oils directly to the skin of a child.

 

With these caveats, essential oils in diluted form can be powerful but gentle therapy for you and your household. Try these techniques:

 

  • SPRAY : Add a few (3 – 5 ) drops of essential oils to a small, travel-size spray bottle containing purified water. Blend your own custom-combinations of oils for layered effects. Mist around your general area, especially when parenting gets, um, aromatic (like right after a diaper-change).

 

  • COMPRESS: Add a few drops of essential oils to a clean, folded white cloth. Keep it in your pocket or handbag, and take a deep whiff as needed. Place these instant sachets in drawers and cupboards to keep linens fresh—and skip the synthetic fabric scents.

 

  • IN THE BATH: Enjoy essential oils in an aromatherapy diffuser when you shower, and in a warm tub.

 

QUICK GUIDE TO THE BENEFITS OF A FEW POPULAR ESSENTIAL OILS

Each essential oil possesses specific qualities. Essential oils have long histories, dating back to ancient Greece and Egypt. Many folk remedies integrate the use of essential oils in traditions which have been passed on for centuries. Check out these general guidelines, then experiment and see what works for you:

 

  • PEPPERMINT: Sharp, spicy. Try it when your kid (or you) needs to study, concentrate or memorize. The “mint” relates to the word “menthe”, meaning mind, and Peppermint has been demonstrated to aid in recall. Peppermint also is linked to reducing the perception of pain. If someone gets an owie, try inhaling a bit of Peppermint.

 

  • CITRUS (Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit): Stimulating and energizing. Universally regarded as a mood-elevator. When baby-blues or other gloom clouds gather, surround yourself with the smell of sunshine. Lemongrass, though not technically a citrus, produces similar effects.

 

  • LAVENDER: Soothing, calming, peaceful.  This is perhaps the most popular and most familiar essential oil. Lavender’s name relates to the Latin for bath (as in lavatory), and has been used for centuries across continents to cleanse and calm. Floral, yet earthy and not too sweet. When baby is fussy, place a cloth scented with Lavender on your shoulder as you hold the child.

 

  • CINNAMON: Instant cozy. Imparts a warming glow, like the bright windows of a snug house on a cold, snowy night or the smell of cookies in the oven. When you or your child need a sense of comfort, breathe in Cinnamon for a snuggly feeling. Especially good for making up after a fight.

 

  • EUCALYPTUS: Yes, this lush, menthol aroma is the one we associate with cough-drops. Refreshing when you are congested with a cold-bug or allergies, many aromatherapists also believe that the aroma of Eucalyptus is good for metaphorically “clearing the air” when there is tension or conflict.

Credit: Peter Friis, CEO and Founder, ESSIO aromatherapy for the shower www.essioshower.com

 

Dr. Hobbs’ Top 10 Tips to Boost Immunity Easy, effective tips & tricks to fight cold/flu season for the entire family!

  1. Get regular exercise. Regular exercise helps condition resistance to infections by circulating blood and immune cells.
  2. Practice hydrotherapy. After exercise, get into a cool swimming pool or shower to help circulate surface immunity. Hydrotherapy has been practiced in many cultures for at least 2,000 years to help maintain and restore health.
  3. Sleep is vital. In one study, the cold virus was swabbed into two groups of volunteers. One group was allowed eight hours sleep, while the other was restricted to less than seven hours. The latter group was three times more likely to contract a respiratory infection (Cohen et al, 2009).
  4. Address symptoms early. If you start feeling under the weather, try an herbal remedy with herbs researched for immune support (elderberry, andrographis, berberine) like Rainbow Light® Counter Attack™ Immuno-Response to bolster immunity and reduce symptom severity.
  5. Try adding immune-boosting products and nutrients into your diet.
  6. Limit sugar and processed foods. These items can have a negative effect on your health, especially when immunity is compromised.
  7. Incorporate garlic into dishes. Fresh garlic has natural immune-boosting qualities. Try to incorporate it into dishes, particularly if you aren’t feeling well.
  8. Take a daily multivitamin. It’s difficult to get all of our daily nutrients from food. Fill gaps in your diet through a multivitamin to get what you need for optimal health – Rainbow Light has a great variety of multivitamins for the entire family.
  9. Drink hot green tea. It contains compounds that help strengthen resistance.
  10. Get fresh air. Dress warmly and venture outdoors, even if only for a short, brisk walk. The fresh air invigorates and boosts natural defenses.

 Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac., A.H.G., Director at Rainbow Light – With over 30 years of experience in the health space and as a licensed herbalist at Rainbow Light, Dr. Hobbs has immense experience in the specialties of vitamins, holistic health medicine, natural products, organic, wellness and diet/weight loss and has worked closely with clients to help them achieve optimal health. Following a “whole, simple and nutritious” diet approach, Dr. Hobbs actively motivates clients to participate in personally designed health plans while educating clients on the immense benefits of a clean diet outlook. Hobbs has authored 25 books, including Herbal Remedies for Dummies and Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health. He shares his knowledge of herbal medicine with consumers and educators all over the world through lectures, and utilized his expertise in this field to found the Institute for Natural Products Research. He also serves as a consultant to the herb industry.

Credit: Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac., A.H.G.

Allure Magazine announces the 2014 Best of Beauty and Beauty Breakthrough Award winners!

Beauty Breakthrough Award – Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret

  • Recognized as a groundbreaking innovation, Allure shares that, “Conair has now changed the game,” in the world of curling devices. The automatic curl styler automatically draws hair into its heated curl chamber and creates  “a perfectly sculpted curl [in] seconds.” As seen in this how-to video, the device truly does the work for you! No more finger burns or twisting hair around a barrel. ($99.99, mass retailers, CurlSecret.com)
  • Receiving a makeover for October, the Curl Secret will also debut in a bright NEW shade of pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with Conair pledging $110,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Best Top Splurge Cream – Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream

  • A revitalizing body cream with a lavish, silky texture that improves skin quality and boosts skin’s metabolism, while promoting microcirculation for a firm, youthful look and feel. ($130, www.shiseido.com)

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Best Facial Moisturizer for Oily Skin – Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer

  • This multi-action formula intensively corrects the appearance of unevenness such as visible pores, breakouts/ blemish marks and skin roughness. It renews the skin’s surface, revealing an incredibly smooth, uniform texture, while keeping skin hydrated all day long. ($45, www.shiseido.com)

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Best Foundation Makeup Brush – Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

  • A versatile brush for all types of foundation (powder, cream, liquid), the special synthetic bristle design provides full, flawless coverage on any skin for a natural, long-lasting finish. The gently tapered bristles reach perfectly into every angle and facial contour, allowing foundation to conform snugly to skin’s ridges and furrows while the short handle allows for precise control during application. ($30, www.shiseido.com)

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Best Bath Product  – Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée Honey Bath  (MY favorite!)

  • This decadent, foaming honey moisture bath has natural ingredients that leave skin feeling clean, fresh and supple. Drizzle this rich formula on the skin with the wooden honey dipper and indulge in the ultimate sensual and enchanting experience. ($45, lauramercier.com)

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Best Body Wash Steal – St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Body Wash

  • This gentle body scrub exfoliates to reveal even and brighter skin by polishing away little imperfections. It’s with 100% natural exfoliants and contains sources of Vitamin C, known to help even out skin tone ($2.99, stives.com).

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Self Disclosure: No products or compensation was received. Credit goes to the products mentioned in the post.