Friday, February 1, 2013

Essential Oil Therapy Can Reduce Stress

Essential Oil Therapy Can Reduce Stress

Local Reflexology Practitioner Uses Various Methods to Aid Clients

by Maria Grusauskas on Dec 18, 2012

Christine Nickell blends essential oil therapy and reflexology in her Botanical Reflexology practice. (Photo by Chip Scheuer)
The Galleria Wellness Center sits above the back patio of Mobo Sushi in downtown Santa Cruz. A sweet smelling oasis, the center is home to the practices of eight different health practitioners—from acupuncture and psychotherapy to a social worker, yoga and tai chi instructors, and most recently, a cranial sacral andchiropractic doctor.
Though it’s been there for two years now, it wasn’t until last Friday that I found myself climbing, for the first time, through the Galleria’s M.C. Escher-like network of stairs into the dark blue calm of Christine Nickell’s office. Director of the Galleria Wellness Center, Nickells is also a certified reflexologist and essential oil therapist.
The philosophy of her practice, Botanical Reflexology, grounds itself in the fact that, in some estimations, 75 percent of diseases are caused by stress. She is there to melt it all away.“When our body is at rest, we can heal, our energy can go to places we need it to be. When we’re always busy and putting out, we’re kind of using up a lot of resources, the reserves to do all that work,” she says.
She uses a harmonious blend of two healing modalities—essential oil therapy, or plant medicine, and reflexology, which can be traced as far back as 2033 B.C. Both are ancient, and both are relatively new to America.
But Nickell, who studied at the College of Botanical Healing Arts in Santa Cruz and the International Institute of Reflexology, knows what she is doing: If I entered her office at 11:30am a little sad, and slightly wired oncaffeine, I was orbiting planet Bliss by 11:45, nestled cozily in a plush leather recliner, my feet freshly soaked, and—something we should all do more of—up, resting hopefully on the foot rest.
Nickell treated me to sniffs of three essential oils: bergamont, orange and the tropical flower ylang ylang.
“Orange is both uplifting, and it’s good for being restful. You use the same essential oil whether you’re hyper or your hypo, because it’s all about balance. Your body takes what it needs and it gets rid of the rest,” says Nickell.
The ylang ylang oil brought me to a place I wanted to be—a tropical island, perhaps—and a smile crossed my lips. “I believe that oils that speak to us are probably what we need,” says Nickell. And that’s when she began to work on my feet.
Not to be confused with a foot massage, reflexology is based on the principle that we have thousands of reflexes on the bottom of our feet—all corresponding to glands and organs.  According to Chinese medicine, energy (chi) circulates along 12 meridians in the body—six of the meridians that penetrate the major organs are found in the feet, specifically the toes.
“Stimulating these meridians helps to clear blockages and encourages vital body energy to flow,” she says.
Nickells maps every inch of my soles, heels, toes, tendons, ankles and lower calves with thumb and finger techniques she calls “small bites.” When she happens on a tender spot (and my adrenal, or stress glands, were particularly tender that day), she banishes it to the end of the universe with a nice, even, brain-tingling pressure.
To help stimulate my lymph system, Nickell applies fragrant drops of rosemary and grapefruit essential oils to my toes, and to those things I forgot I had, toe knuckles.
It was precisely here when my scalp tingled with a pleasure greater than any of life’s temporary ones—lattes, sugar, nicotine, things. Content, I wanted nothing more than to just be.
“It’s a feeling you can take home with you,” Nickell reminds me, and I did.

Monday, January 28, 2013

doTERRA Peppermint and Breathe

doTERRA Peppermint and Breathe
I love doTERRA Peppermint and Breathe and I'm telling you that if you try it out, you'll enjoy it to.  Amazing stuff!

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth, and Infant Care

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth, and Infant Care

BY   |  WEDNESDAY, JAN 23, 2013 2:00PM  
 Sharon Castelli is acertified clinical aromatherapist as well as an artist, yoga teacher, and mother of two teenagers. She embraced the use of essential oils eight years ago and shares what she believes are benefits for families:
Now that my kids are teenagers and we use essential oils daily, I realize how many times it may have helped during pregnancy, birth, and infancy.
Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth, and Infant CareI used to think that essential oils were only for smelling—and I was allergic to fragrance. What I didn’t know then is that high grade edible oils are non-allergenic because they don’t contain proteins or adulterants. I used a low grade peppermint oil to smell for morning sickness, but it never helped me much. I didn’t know that a drop of purepeppermint oil in water or on the tongue can sooth nausea, heartburn, and even promote peristalsis.  During pregnancy I also had the same brand of eucalyptus oil to clear my sinuses.  If it was a higher grade oil, I could have used a drop in a neti pot with salt which I have seen clear many sinus infections.  I once paid my 9 year old daughter $5 to get her to try nasal irrigation.  In three days the green mucous she had for weeks was gone.  If only I did that before my son was born! I labored with congestion and a cough which I gave to him at birth.  At two weeks old he spent a day under observation at St. Vincents Hospital due to his rattling cough. If I did then, what I do now, I would have taken care of my cold with immune supportive oils and applied a drop to each foot of my newborn for protection or at first sign of congestion, potentially keeping his immune system healthy and his nasal passages clear.
I had back labor with both babies.  There are plant oils that my family uses to soothe all manor of aches and pains that are safe for pregnancy.  How wonderful that would have been! And the emotional calm and clarity that citrus and grounding tree oils offer, are assets when diffused during labor.  One friend came to see me with a baby who was fussy and crying.  My experiment couldn’t have yielded more stunning results;  by rubbing a drop of a calming oils in my palms and waving them in the air, her infant stopped crying abruptly as if a switch had been shut off!  I would have paid big money for that peace and calming formula with my first child, Ora, who cried whenever she wasn’t held, walked, or bounced!
As for the postpartum hemorrhage I had with my second baby Evan, could helichrysum oil have prevented or decreased it’s severity?  When bleeding profusely, helichrysum dripped directly in a wound stops the bleeding immediately.  It helps create a scab quickly, hasten the healing process, and it is used to prevent scarring as well.  Since oils absorb quickly into the skin and then bloodstream, I would have rubbed the oil on my abdomen during that hemorrhage which consequently left me with a 9 day headache, no breast milkbecause the pituitary was affected,and no more menstrual cycle due to hormone imbalances.  It’s that imbalance that got me interested in oils to start with.  I wanted to try something that made me feel good with no side effects.  If I knew about oils then, I would have used them to relieve that nine day headache to oxygenate my brain.  Perhaps fennel oil could have helped with milk production as other mothers’ experience.
392px-LavenderEssentialOilAfter that traumatic second birth I couldn’t sleep for about 24 hours. I could have applied and diffused lavender, valerian, and vetiver as they now relax my children who sometimes have trouble settling in to sleep.  Women who experience postpartum depression have found essential oils to be supportive for both themselves and those around them.  When you smell oils whose chemistry is relaxing, they pass by the olfactory bulb and can affect moods quite quickly. I can attest to this when I’d get oils into the air and sneak some on the back of the neck of my daughter when she was throwing a tantrum .  My 5 year old son whispered to me, “It helped when you put the oil on her.”  In that moment, he recognized an ally to help restore peace.
This healing story happened when my friend’s toddler had a fungal infection on his head the size of a grapefruit and the hair was falling out.  She tried salves from her doctor but when they were finished the infection would return immediately.  The doctor’s next resort was to put the child on a strong anti fungal for 9 months that required testing the child’s liver monthly because of the medication’s toxic side effects.  She decided to first try an oil blend containing 2 melaleuca oils and rosemary topically and was elated to tell me that the skin cleared up in 2 weeks for good and the hair grew back.  That remedy cost about $25 and had no side effects.
What I love about using using oils, aside from the pleasing smells is that they work in harmony with our bodies just as they did for the plants before harvest and distillation.  In addition to their unique properties, all oils oxygenate and detox the cells. They are balancing and seem to have a natural intelligence that is in tune with our biology.  I feel blessed to know about this ancient remedy and enjoy sharing my experiences with others.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Vanderbilt ER uses doTERRA essential oils

Ok now you know this is no joke and we are in the perfect position as the company is about to explode.  Here it is on Fox News.  Watch it for yourself!!!

Can you imagine using this in offices where there is high stress?  Seriously.  Have you thought about it?  Where do people HATE to go???? of course the dentist, lawyers, the hospital, the DMV!!! what else.  Just imagine if you could follow Vanderbilt's lead and put these in offices.  I'm way pumped because this is such an easy way to share doTERRA essential oils; Citrus Bliss, Lemon, Lime.

Call me if you have any questions!

Ever burn a biscuit ????? good story

When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now  and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!

Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing... Never made a face nor uttered a word about it!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"

As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and
lasting relationship.

And that's my prayer for you today... That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!

"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."
So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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