Monday, June 29

Peppermint for Headaches

The last few days have been sad for so many people. The tragic death of Michael Jackson has many people upset including yours truly. While I didn't know him personally (like many of us did) and he has a questionable past, one thing can not be denied. He was a great musician and entertainer and my heart and prayers are extended to his family. Like Janet said, "To us he was a performer but to the Jackson's he was family." Besides, let he who has no sin cast the first stone.

However, it's now time to get back on focus (I'm sure Michael would want us to do must go on). In my last post before Michael's death I started talking about essential oils and how a number of therapeutic grade essential oils have the ability to relieve and ease pain. Today I'm going to share the properties and benefits of using pure therapeutic grade peppermint oil to help alleviate headaches.

Quick Background on Peppeprmint
Peppermint is derived from the Greek name Mintha which means mint (aka Mentha piperita) and is a cross between spearmint and water mint. Peppermint is usually sterile and produces no seeds, only reproducing vegetatively. Peppermint has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma and is highly regarded for soothing digestion. Peppermint also has a high menthol content and can be inhaled to boost your mood before a workout*.

Peppermint for Headaches
One of the most astounding properties of peppermint is it's ability to soothe and even eliminate headaches altogether.* I've had much success using therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil to alleviate my headaches. I no longer pop a Tylenol or an Advil, both of which have been discovered to cause liver or kidney damage after repeated use.

I highly recommend Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils because I know they are effective. I use them often. Once obtaining your peppermint essential oil, simply apply one drop of Peppermint oil to your temples, front of forehead and base of the neck. You don't want to over do it because peppermint oil has a very strong aroma. One-two drops to cover those 3 areas is sufficient. I have had so much experience with peppermint essential oil, I'll never use a pharmaceutical drug for a headache again. Not only does the peppermint oil alleviate the headache, it clears your sinuses and eases the sinus pressure.*

To purchase Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil, please visit, sign up to become a wholesale or retail customer with distributor #1066504 and discover like I have, the power of Peppermint Essential Oil to alleviate headaches, sinus pressure and even soothe digestive concerns.*

Peppermint as a powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application but can be used directly on skin as long as there are no open wounds. As with most essential oils, if you are pregnant or under a doctor's supervision you should consult your doctor before using.

In a few days, I'll share with you the essential oil that is absolutely phenomenal at alleviating neck and back pains. Stay tuned...

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (however, I've experienced the results personally)

Thursday, June 25

May God Comfort Michael's and Farrah's Families

I Hope They Are Resting In Peace...

I can't believe both Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett are both dead. I can't believe it. I don't know what to say. I had been having this feeling like someone famous would die soon over the past few days but didn't think it would be Michael Jackson. Of course, he's not immortal and his health failing is probably due to some of the horrible things he's done to his body...but still. I feel for the Jackson family. I just hope both he and Farrah got to know Jesus Christ as their Savior before they breathed their last...

Wednesday, June 24

7 Essential Oils for Pain Relief Series

For the next few posts I'd like to share some very specific therapeutic grade essential oils that are very effective at providing alternative pain relief.

The reason I love essential oils so much is that they are God's gift to humanity with natural healing properties. Pure essential oils serve many purposes but I am especially intrigued with their preventative and therapeutic properties.

I'd like you to stick with me for the next 7 posts as I will do an in depth review of 7 therapeutic grade essential oils (I chose 7 for it is God's number of completion) that have the ability to truly help you with pain relief. You will learn how to relieve pain associated with:
  • Headaches and Sinus Pressure
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • and more!
Stay tuned...

Thursday, June 18

Defeat Stress with Homeostasis

Below is a short clip from an article I received from the publisher of the Clutter Diet that I thought would be helpful. One way to fight stress is to have a balanced home by preventing clutter. Enjoy:

"Homeostasis is a medical term that refers to the tendency of the human body to seek and maintain balance. What is your house's "HOME-eostasis?" What is that balanced condition of your home to which you would always like to return?

Homeostasis n. [hoh-mee-oh-stay-sis] The tendency of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium within its internal environment, even when faced with external changes. A simple example of homeostasis is the body's ability to maintain an internal temperature around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, whatever the temperature outside. (definition from The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005.)

Your house's homeostasis results from preventing clutter, reducing the clutter you have to a manageable and acceptable level, and consistently maintaining your home with systems and routines. It's a state of balance and readiness-the kind of feeling you have when you've just straightened up the house for company to come over for dinner. It's a state of satisfaction, pride, and comfort. Homeostasis is your definition of success!"

Monday, June 15

Beat the Stress with a Family Beach Vacation

Summer is just about here and what better way to beat stress than to take a family vacation, specifically one where there's a beach!

For the best family beach vacations, there are a few things to consider based on your lifestyle:
  • Is the resort kid friendly?
  • Is it affordable for your budget?
  • Are there a wide variety of activities available?
  • What are the dining options in the area?
So, once you have the answers to these questions, you can plan a relaxing stress free family beach beach vacation! Here are some family beach vacation ideas:

The best beaches can be found along the Atlantic and Pacific Coast. Here are a few ideas you may wish to consider for your next family beach vacation.

Florida - This is a prime resort area for family vacations. The weather is great and there are miles of beaches. Not only that, it's affordable and kid friendly. You also have some very close surrounding attractions for when you need a little break from the beach (as if!): Cocoa Beach is an hour away from the Kennedy Space Center and Disney World.

Hawaii - The most fantastic black sand beaches in the US are in Maui and Kauai. Great for the entire family

Myrtle Beach (named the number one choice for beach family vacations in America) - There are many activities for children including: Ripley’s Aquarium, Le Grande Cirque - a famous acrobatics show and Myrtle Waves Water Park. Also, don't forget to check out the NASCAR Speedpark.

The Hamptons - This is a very affordable family beach vacation in East Hampton, New York. While you have to bring your own groceries or eat at a nearby local restaurant, this location is prime for a beach vacation. The location is kept extraordinarily spotless, again, it's affordable and you also have a pool and tennis court at your disposal.

Redondo Beach in Santa Monica Bay - This has a reputation for being the perfect location for family beach vacations. You can enjoy water sports, fishing bicycling, and kayaking among the fine restaurants and shops.

Start Dreaming and Planning That Stress Free Vacation and while you're at it:

Thursday, June 11

Discounted Online Shopping Event

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Tomorrow begins the start of Online Shopping Mall's Mall Crawl.

Visitors at the mall will shop EXCLUSIVE UNADVERTISED SALES for a limited time only. This is the perfect event for deal seekers, craft & artisan lovers and lovers of one-of-a-kind unique products.

The Mall Crawl starts Friday June 12th and ends Friday June 19th.
Access The Online Mall Here

Here’s just a sampling of the types of stores you’ll find at the mall:

Baby & Children Items
Gift Boutiques
Health, Beauty & Wellness
Arts & Crafts
Home D├ęcor
Food & Drink
Kitchen & Bath
Bridal & Wedding
Don't miss out on these LIMITED TIME DISCOUNTS.

See you at the Mall & Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, June 10

Healthy Living

Living naturally should be the goal for every human being. Sometimes we need help. With the microwave generation we live in, it's a wonder our body's break down. Convenience food, pollution, and other environmental factors keep our body's from peak performance.

Here are some natural resources that you can access to alleviate some pretty common conditions:

Stress Relief Resource Articles

When it comes to stress, people approach how they are going to manage it differently. Some people buy stress relief products which can be very effective when you know just what it is that is bothering you. Others may not know how to obtain stress relief so they will more than likely educate themselves to compare the different ways they can manage stress.

Whatever your method for obtaining stress relief, it is beneficial to educate yourself about the types of stress, causes of stress and stress management techniques available.

I put together a pretty thorough Learning Center on my Stress Relief site that I believe you will benefit from. You'll find articles that fall under the following categories:
  • Stress Management

  • Stress Information

  • Aromatherapy

  • Massage

  • Relationships and more

Stop by and check out the Learning Center. You're sure to find an article that applies to your situation.

Here's to Beating Stress to the Max!

Sunday, June 7

Sensory Stimulation and Developmental Delays

Every human being is supposed to be born with five senses: sense of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. However, when one is born with a developmental delay, the sensory mechanisms can be affected.

I would like to share a short experience with all my readers. I have a little boy who is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He is significantly developmentally delayed but his therapists have discovered that through sensory touch stimulation, he is calmed and able to relax his muscles. If you know anything about cerebral palsy then you know that the muscles tend to either be very spastic (stiff and rigid) or flaccid (extremely loose). My son suffers from spasticity so for him to receive sensory touch therapy is very beneficial.

If you or someone you know suffers from spastic muscles then they can benefit from sensory touch therapy. Here are a couple techniques that work for my son:
  • Massaging his limbs with whipped lotion or body cream that has a natural aroma such as that derived from essential oils
  • Swirling his hands around in mouse or whipped cream and rubbing it along the sides of his face help to stimulate his sense of touch
Having a disability is difficult in and of itself. Doing things to promote sensory stimulation or relaxing of spastic limbs is very beneficial and affects the physical condition as well as the mood of the person. Many individuals afflicted by cerebral palsy know exactly what's going on. The problem is that many times they just have difficult expressing themselves. In the case of my son, he understands most of what I say to him. He just has difficulty articulating himself.

Thursday, June 4

Alternative Pain Relief for Arthritis

Do You or Does Someone You Know Suffer with Arthritis?

Then you need to be armed with information before determining or continuing your course of pain relief treatment.

Here are some startling facts about Arthritis:
  • As of 2005, the The National Arthritis Data Workgroup reported that approximately 46 million Americans are afflicted with Rheumatoid arthritis
  • The average American is at a 13.5% risk of getting arthritis as reported by the CDC (Center for Disease Control)
  • Joint pain due to arthritis can limit sexual activity. While drugs is an option to alleviate pain, in some cases drugs can reduce sexual desire
  • More than 60% of arthritis patients are women
  • The most common side effects for taking medication to alleviate arthritis pain are: bleeding ulcers, upper gastrointestinal problems, mild weakness in the arm and leg muscles, easy skin bruising, blurred vision, mood swings and even death as a complication

While these facts about arthritis are very alarming, there is better news. If you or someone you knows suffers from arthritis, please know there is safe help available. There are alternative pain relief products on the market that can help to ease and in many case completely eliminate your pain. One particular form of alternative pain relief for arthritis that I'd like to address in this post is Magnetic Therapy. Over 300 peer reviewed studies have been conducted by major universities and hospitals around the world. The results were that magnetic therapy is safe and effective.

How Does Magnetic Therapy Work?

A short explanation would be that applying magnetic therapy to an area where there is pain and swelling causes your capillary walls and surrounding tissues to safely relax, increase blood flow and provide more oxygen to the affected area so that inflammation is reduced and your body can heal itself faster. Your pain and swelling are the result of an electromagnetic field being out of balance.

Note that the correct size, strength and placement of the magnets used in magnetic therapy is critical. You can not use just any ole magnet product unless you want to expect any ole results.

Stop suffering with pain, consider the side effects of traditional medicine and give magnetic therapy a try today.

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