Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Essential Oils For Horses

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

“The Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is also one of the oldest breeds, with archaeological evidence of horses that resemble modern Arabians dating back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and strong bones. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of a riding horse.” WIKI

I love horses, I don’t own one but if I did I would want to own an Arabian.  This weekend I spent a day at the  57th Arabian Horse Show which was here in Scottsdale as it is every year.  I always enjoy watching this beautiful breed of horse prancing in the arena. They are so graceful.  I love to see how beautifully adorned they are along with their riders in their costumes. They are gorgeous.

As I become more knowledgeable about  Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and their advantages I came across evidence showing that these Oils promote health in horses.

It is most interesting that despite their size, horses are sensitive. We would use the same dosage of CPTG essential oils on a horse as for an adult human, less for pregnant mares, Shetlands, and toy breeds.

I cannot guarantee that you will get the same results using oils that are not Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.

My research has been documented and proven only with doTERRA’s CPTG essential oils.

There are certain essential oils that are generally regarded as safe (GRAS) so that some may be ingested internally.

CPTG essential oils are 50-70 times more potent than the dried herb. For instance one drop of our peppermint oil is equal to approximately 28 cups of peppermint tea.  Now that is potent.

I refer to a book called “Modern Essentials” which gives me different applications to use as well as specific doses that I can apply for most symptoms, A to Z.

I wanted to present to you a few of my favorite essential oils that have shown to be beneficial for these manifestions or illnesses, in order to support your horse’s health.

Another way to treat anxiety in horses as well as humans would be to have an essential oil diffuser in the barn and in the office. Aromatherapy will calm, and relax.

Frankincense is one of the oils for Anti-Anxiety, Colitis, Infections, Insect/Snake Bites, Scarring, Tumors, and Warts.

Helichrysum is especially great for Wound Care or Nerve Damage.

Lemon is great for boosting the Immune System and Hoof Strength.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) has been used for Hoof Rot, Lice and Mites.

Our Deep Blue Rub is excellent for Arthritis or Monday Morning Sickness.  After a weekend of training both the trainer and the horse can use our Deep Blue rub, I use it almost every day.

Our On-Guard Blend supports a Healthy Immune System.

Seeing the care that is given to these horses, I believe that using aromatherapy can benefit them greatly.  Becoming versed in the chemical constituents that are present in these oils is why I wanted to talk about their advantages.  Essential oils kill viruses and bacteria because they can penetrate cells to eliminate these pathogens.

It is fascinating that there are natural and alternative ways to help protect these beautiful horses.  We can treat them with this type of oil therapy that does not have the harmful side affects that chemicals from pharmaceuticals can provoke.

Natural plant oils are quickly and cleanly metabolized and do not build up in their systems or ours. Therefore you can reapply as needed.  We always avoid the eye area, but just in case we would flush the eye with milk.

You can use these oils in conjunction with other types of care you are already giving, or you can use these oils instead of pharmaceuticals.  For an example you could use our Digest-Zen blend for treatment of gastric ulcers instead of Omeprazole, this blend of oils can be healthful for your horses.

I believe in alternative health care but at one time or another we all have a need to see a doctor. As we are educating ourselves on how to reinvent our healthcare, we can use CPTG essential oils by themselves or they can be partnered with other treatments that you are giving.  If you are working to prevent illness or a minor issue to start with, you can use essential oils in lieu of pharmaceuticals.

I want to leave with you one more recommendation for a Cool-Down Mist.  In a 16 oz bottle, not plastic, put 6-8 drops of doTerra Peppermint or 6-8 drops of doTerra AromaTouch Blend or 6-8 drops of deTerra Breathe Blend.  Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water.  Spray the horse, avoiding the eyes.  Reapply as needed.

I have enjoyed sharing a little bit of wisdom that I have gleaned from studying about CPTG essential oils for horses.  In promoting wellness not only in people but for horses, I have available samples of these oils that I have talked about.  You can contact me at crgeiger@IdealScentsllc.com.

 

Author: Cheryle Geiger

www.mydoterra.com/OilMD/

Medicinal Properties In Essential Oils

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Ancient literature shows that the Egyptians were masters at blending aromatic oils, they may have been the first people to discover the healing properties in the plants that produce essential oils.

In 1922 when King Tut’s tomb was opened, they discovered an abundance of alabaster jars that were filled with about 100 gallons of essential oils.

“The Ebers Papyrus medical scroll reveals that Egyptian healers had a remarkably high success rate, treating as many as eighty-one diseases using oils of frankincense, cinnamon, myrrh, rosemary, galbanum, hyssop, cassia, and spikenard often mixed with honey.”  As doctor James L. Geiger, the oil/MD talks about in his book ” Your Doctor’s Natural Guide To A Longer, Healthier Life.”  The Sweet Smell of Success

How are essential oils being integrated into modern medicine to improve patient care?

The chemistry behind therapeutic grade essential oils is being examined by the medical community. Essential oils as Dr. Geiger explained to me “are very versatile, one oil can simultaneously enhance the cellular immune system (increases lymphocytes)  while eradicating infectious organisms.”

A wellness project that was broadcast by  Fox News reported on the study that was done at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee. The medical center studied essential oils to see what affect they would have in their emergency room.

The study was done to help decrease stress and help increase energy. They ran the study by placing aromatherapy diffusers around the emergency room, and diffusing them.

The results surprised many of the 100 emergency room staff.

Before the study 41% of the emergency room staff were stressed at work, after diffusing the oils only 3% were stressed at work.

Prior to the study 60% of the emergency room staff were frustrated at work, after the diffusing of the essential oils only 6% were frustrated.

After observing closely the dramatic results from studies using essential oils, many health care providers and medical facilities are looking into how they might integrate essential oils into their private practices and their hospital settings.

Improvement for the work environment and to promote patient care outcomes should be in my opinion a necessary goal of all medical practices.

Wellness institutes like  California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Ca are offering essential oil aromatherapy as a complimentary medicine approach in their overall medical plan.

A doctor I know has integrated essential oils into his practice, he uses the essential oil of Ginger on his patients in the operating room to avoid post surgery nausea and vomiting.  Dr. James L. Geiger, in his latest book The Sweet Smell of Success “Your Doctor’s Natural Guide to a Longer Healthier Life”, explains the scientific validity of using essential oils as an integrative therapy.

It is my passion to continue educating myself and others on the uses for therapeutic grade essential oils.

 

 

Introducing the Systems of Our Bodies and How We Can Keep Them Healthy

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Health and Wellness in the 21st Century can be your number one priority for healthy aging, here I will remind you about the systems of the body, what they are, how they work and how to keep them running strong, healthy and vibrant.

* Circulatory system: pumping and channeling blood to and from the body and lungs with heart, blood and blood vessels.

How to Strengthen the Circulatory System. http://www.ehow.com/how_2125841_strengthen-circulatory-system.html

* Digestive system: digestion and processing food with salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines, rectum and anus.

Foods for a Healthy Digestive System. http://www.foods4health.info/2011/05/foods-for-healthy-digestive-system.html

* Endocrine system: communication within the body using hormones made by endocrine glands such as the hypothalamus, pituitary or pituitary gland, pineal body orpineal gland, thyroid, parathyroids and adrenals, i.e., adrenal glands.;)

Understanding the Endocrine System.    http://commonsensehealth.com/Health-Conditions/Endocrine_System_Diagram_for_Understanding_Hormones.shtml

* Integumentary system: skin, hair and nails.

How to Keep the Integumentary System Healthy. http://www.livestrong.com/article/156574-how-to-keep-the-integumentary-system-healthy/

* Lymphatic system: structures involved in the transfer of lymph between tissues and the blood stream, the lymph and the nodes and vessels that transport it including the Immune system: defending against disease-causing agents with leukocytes, tonsils, adenoids, thymus and spleen.

Learn About a Healthy Lymphatic System. http://www.naturalnews.com/026500_lymphatic_system_health_massage.html

* Muscular system: movement with muscles.

How to Maintain a Strong Muscular System.  http://www.livestrong.com/article/105707-maintain-muscular-system/

* Nervous system: collecting, transferring and processing information with brain,spinal cord, peripheral nerves and nerves.

Healing Foods for the Nervous System. http://www.healingfoodreference.com/nervous_system.html

* Reproductive system: the sex organs, such as ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, mammary glands, testes, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis.

For Men: http://www.ehow.com/how_5458748_keep-male-reproductive-system-healthy.html

For Women: http://www.ehow.com/how_2076825_care-female-reproductive-system.html

* Respiratory system: the organs used for breathing, the pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, lungs and diaphragm.

How to Keep your Respiratory System Healthy. http://www.livestrong.com/article/352871-how-to-keep-my-respiratory-system-healthy/

* Skeletal system: structural support and protection with bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

How to keep your Skeletal System Strong.  http://www.ehow.com/how_5104518_keep-skeletal-system-healthy.html

* Urinary system: kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra involved in fluid balance, electrolyte balance and excretion of urine.”

Ways to Keep the Urinary System Healthy.   http://www.livestrong.com/article/104279-keep-urinary-system/

Healthy Aging for Women and Men with Essential Oils

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I do promote Essential Oils for Healthy Aging because I have seen the results in myself, my family and friends.

Dr. James Geiger the oilMD offers in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” guidance for the use of “Medical Aromatherapy in the 21st Century”.

“Essential oils are extracted oils from plants that give off aromatic and fragrant smells, they also act to normalize and regulate the systems of the body.”

“Essential oil phytomolecules impact intra-cellular synthesis pathways. Embodied in the chemical constituents found in these plant distillates are the energy and informational building blocks that produce complex emotional and intricate physiological effects in humans and animals.”

“Food is medicine. The FDA classifies essential oils as food. Learning the art and the science of aromatherapy is one avenue to increase health in this revolution of wellness.”

Essential oils are noted for their medicinal properties that  are exceedingly high in ORAC value (oxygen radical absorption capacity) to scavage free radicals associated with disease and aging.

Free radicals are harmful to the body. The human body is composed of many different types of cells.  Free radicals hurt these cells.

In brief “free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the disruption of a living cell. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age.

“Essential oils have crossover properties in clinical areas, for instance, oils of ginger, helichrysum and frankincense are true dual inhibitors of inflammation.”

“Since virtually all pain is due to inflammation, it is particularly dangerous when that inflammation in the human body is stealth enough that it does not cause pain. Because silent inflammation in the human body mostly means silent damage.” In my opinion this could mean silent disease.

In closing I would like to encourage you to make yourself your number one priority on a daily basis and use Essential oils and Essential nutrition. It is extremely important for healthy aging.

Use Your Brain Power to Lose Weight

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

What does your brain power have to do with it? Everything.

By taking charge of your thinking you can have the body you want, thinner, healthier and happier.

In the past I have talked about a specific way of eating,  it’s by cutting way back on starches and sugars and that takes control.  It may not be the easiest mentally because carbs and sugars are addicting but I guarantee if you cut them out for 14 days you will lose the cravings and be in control again.  Then start back up slowly adding your starch and sugar into your daily meals.

  • Tips for Success:
  • 14 days of no starches or sugars
  • For the first 7-14 days add one 1/2 cup serving of starch (whole grains)  and one 1/2 cup serving of a sugar (low glycemic fruits) per day.
  • For the second 7-14 days add two 1/2 cup servings of starch (whole grains)  and two 1/2 cup servings of a sugar (low glycemic fruits) per day.
  • For the third 7-14 days add three 1/2 cup servings of starch (whole grains)  and three 1/2 cup servings of a sugar (low glycemic fruits) per day.
  • No rewarding yourself with food.

This plan works and it will give you a fresh start with your relationship with food.

Watch for cravings, if you eat a starch or sugar first thing in the morning and realize an hour later you are hungry next time wait until the afternoon to have your starches (whole grains) or sugars (fruits).  Start your day with veggies and protein instead.

Vacation time is meant to enjoy just realize eating more starches and sugars on a daily basis several days in a row will bring back cravings, so be ready to eliminate the starches and sugars for a few days to gain the control back.

How bad do we want it?  That is the question we have to ask ourselves.

Changing a negative outlook into a positive reinforcement is vital to your success.


Eating the South Beach Diet Way Part II

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Eating the South Beach Diet Way for the past three months has been fantastic and here’s why.

Number one is because I have lost 12 pounds.  Secondly I have stopped eating all flour products.  Thirdly, I have gained a new respect for my body and fourth I have gained a plan for eating the foods that my body needs every single day, and fifth is that it is fairly simple.

I will touch on these aspects briefly in hopes of helping someone else out there who is looking to lose unwanted “fat”.

The SB diet is a lifestyle, it is not a diet (abstinence from food) otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.  I’ve never had to diet in my life.  I started gaining weight after having children in my mid thirties into my 40’s, yes in my 40’s and therefore never quite kept it off.  Even if it has been 20 lbs, 20 lbs of fat is not healthy.  Have you ever lifted a sack of 5 lbs of sugar? Well quadruple that and imagine if your body had to carry the 20 extra pounds or more if you have more to lose.  This plan is a way of life that once you get the hang of it is simple.  I’ve lost 12 pounds of fat.  Woo Hoo is all I can say.  Those 12 pounds of fat has given me a lighter step in my walk and a lighter burden on my heart.

Fat gives off toxins to the body, which is a big topic for another time, therefore the goal is to lose the bad fat.  People say to themselves “I need to lose weight”, frankly that doesn’t say it with enough emphasis in my mind.  It is “fat” that we are losing, too much extra fat that may cause disease.  We need to do it once and for all.  Some people get on these roller coaster diets which are very unhealthy for your body.  Make a decision today for the rest of your life, you will be happy you did.

Deciding to stop eating flour products didn’t just happen over night.  Years ago I knew that yeast and flour were probably not the best items to put into my diet. Then I found out that I am actually allergic to them, that is why I have a new found appreciation for my body, not giving it the items that it is allergic to.  Which has caused unwanted weight, unwanted inflammation etc.  Growing up and into adulthood I ate bread, and pasta these were foods that I loved and ate them frequently.  I even ate them at the same meal.

Learning more about my body has given me more respect for it.  I don’t eat any flour products.  I just say no and the other phrase I tell my mind is that “I don’t eat that anymore”.  It isn’t a struggle just a friendly reminder to old habits, the old way of thinking that I’m changing.

The other food if it is really a food….is sugar.  I’ve eliminated added sugar. Before I purchase a food I look to see if it has added sugar if it does I don’t buy it.  Even organic and healthy foods have added sugar, so beware.  Instead,  on most days I have agave, 75 to 100 calories per day is my limit, this is my personal sweet treat added to Greek yogurt with fresh berries and nuts.  I eat low glycemic fruits such as berries, green apples and sometimes grapefruit or pears.  I don’t feel deprived one bit.   On the SB plan there are lists of fruits to enjoy, personally these are the only ones I’ve chosen to have.

In studying foods and what are in the foods we eat I’ve learned that low sodium most of the time if not always means more added sugar, or low fat is also more added sugar.  So all the years of the low fat food rage meant more sugar, higher glucose in the diet.  Is that why low fat really didn’t help us lose the weight that we thought we would lose by switching to low fat foods?

The South Beach Diet Phase I is where you don’t eat any starch or sugar for 14 days.  It may sound scary but it is so worth it.  The hardest part is the thought of not having these items before you even start the diet.  Once you decide to do it, go for it you will be so happy you did.  You will lose all your cravings and you will also lose weight.

The next Phase, Phase II  is where you will stay until you lose your desired weight. There are lists of foods, meal plans with recipes from Phase I that you will eat for the first two weeks and there are lists of foods, meal plans and recipes that you will be adding in to Phase II for the remainder of Phase II in other words until you lose your desired weight.

Remember this is a new way of eating, a new lifestyle.  You could call it a new beginning.  I love new beginnings.  They give me a new energy, a newness of life.  Life can get stale, which means old, decayed, overused, out-of-date yes these are the meanings of this word so adding a newness to your everyday life can spark creativity, it can spark a new passion, it can spark a new zeal for the fullness of life that you can have for the rest of your life.

Phase II of the SB Diet is adding certain foods back in at a very slow pace, the foods that you have eliminated for the first two weeks.  The key here is huge, you watch for cravings after you eat a fruit or a starch.  If you feel a craving you switch that particular food to a different meal next time and again watch for cravings.  For instance if you have oatmeal for breakfast and you have a craving soon afterwards, the next time you have your starch have it later in the day.

This is the part that you could either sink or swim.  The first time around, 2 plus years ago I lost the weight but didn’t get this part of it.  I didn’t watch for cravings and I eventually added back in too many starches and sugars which only made me gain back the weight I had lost.  Even though these foods were organic or natural I still gained it all back.

So this time around I have a new appreciation for the plan and the guidance that I’ve gleaned from others who have succeeded.  Therefore I have taken their advise and now I’m staying focused to reach my goal.

One of the suggestions was to stay with one fruit and one starch for the first two weeks of Phase II.  Then I added another fruit and starch for another 2 to 3 weeks and so forth.  Knowing myself and my habitual eating of extra starches this was necessary for me.  This part is very personal.  Some people who start on the SB plan are vegan or partial vegans.  You make the plan work for you and you can even have a South Beach nutritionalist help you out for a while if you need the extra help which I did.  I had so many questions that got answered which helped me stay on track.

On the South Beach Diet Plan there is no counting calories except for your sweet treat calories and really a very small amount of measuring.  I measure my starches and I keep track of the fruit and nuts but that’s it.  I know the amounts of food that I need to eat daily, so eating is a pleasure and  I can accomplish this now with ease and planning.  It definitely takes planning.

One very important key to losing weight that I’ve noticed is that if you eat too much or you eat too little you will not lose weight.  Interesting isn’t it?

I continued to learn so many key points being part of the SB  on line community that when I got to Phase II I knew exactly when I would add these foods back in.  I had my one serving of fruit at around 3 pm with a few nuts and my starch 1/2 cup of rice or another grain at dinnertime.  I did this for 3 weeks.

After the first 3 weeks I added another fruit and another starch to the plan and so forth.  I’ve kept losing weight.  It has been steady although once or twice I’ve been at the same weight for 3 weeks but I haven’t given up or lost sight of my goal.  Remembering that it is a new way of life a new respect for the way my body works best.  One person who has really encouraged me has lost over 100 pounds and she continues to help those on the SB plan to stay focused and to stick with the plan.  You need to stick with the plan.

Rewarding yourself after you have lost weight or have done well for a week, two weeks two months and so forth doesn’t mean you get a cheat meal, reward yourself with something else, a massage, a new item of clothing, or just the satisfaction that you have reached another milestone.

This healthy lifestyle consists of a protein, and a healthy fat, and veggies for breakfast; 2 oz of protein, 1 cup of veggies and a healthy fat, which in my case I like avocados.

My sample Breakfast Menu:  Eggs, turkey bacon, one 6 oz glass of organic carrot juice or 1/2 cup of oatmeal, soy sausage, 6 oz of carrot juice, or one egg, 1/2 cup of sweet potato (the only potato that is SB legal), and carrot juice, or a veggie omelet with soy sausage and carrot juice.

Lunch and Dinner consists of 2 tbsp of good fat ( from EVOO) 2 cups of veggies and 3 oz of protein.  (you may add a starch at these meals)

The SB Phase II plan is to eventually add back in 3 fruits and 3 starches per day.

My starches consist of ( 1/2 cup is a serving) Basmati rice, oatmeal, millet, or quinoa.  Those eating wheat can add in 100% whole wheat breads and pasta items.

Extras items for my daily consumption are 15 almonds or 15 walnuts or 30 pistachios.  Dairy is 2 to 3 cups of low fat, fat free milk or low fat or non fat yogurt a day and it addition is 3 fruits a day.  One ounce of low fat cheese; such as string cheese, plus beans and legumes, 1/2 cup daily.  The variety of protein and veggies in this plan is huge.

There is such an abundance of knowledge to learn from the SB plan for a healthy lifestyle and in turn healthy aging that it is exhilarating.  Why you might say, it’s invigorating because you change your body, your body no longer has more fat that muscle.  Your body image changes, you look in the mirror and see the “new you”, the healthier you.

Fat takes up more room in the body than muscle so when you start to lose the fat you actually see the muscle coming through.  This is inspiring, it adds a fire to your soul to keep you moving forward for the rest of your life.

It is a bit more complex than this so you will need to check out the full plan but I’ve tried to make it brief to show you the basics.

I love Phase II, for me it is the perfect place to be, and I’ve just shared most of the basics.

If you are interested in a trial run of this way of eating you can go on line to southbeachdiet.com, there is a SB book and cookbooks available as well.

One of my mottos is to eat to live not live to eat.  A motto I hope I have helped you decide on as well.

The Healing Benefits of Essential Oils

Sunday, April 4th, 2010
The Healing Benefits of Essential Oils Are Numerable
Aromatherapy has given me solid health benefits in a number of ways ever since the first day I started using them.
I will continue to use them every single day because of their healing benefits. I use them as my perfume, no more synthetic fragrance for me; I want the natural fragrance that will give both a wonderful scent and the healing balm my body deserves.
1.  A health benefit: they are healing after a burn. Tremendous is the word that comes to mind here,  if used immediately no blisters form. E.O’s help with scrapes and cuts too because they heal quicker when used right after the injury.
2. A health benefit: menopause symptoms; anxiety, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, coping with stress, and weight gain.
These aren’t just words, the symptoms that go along with menopause can be detrimental to a women’s health.
For instance waking every night at 3 am wide awake and then having to function the next day, and this happens day after day.
Next the feeling of intense anxiety, all of a sudden, you feel a surge of anxiety even in a relaxed state which lasts anywhere from 5 minutes to 15 minutes, several times a day.
Some women have to get a prescription for tranquilizers to help them cope.
This would be a form of illness in my opinion.  And on top of that what is the chemical from the drug doing to your body.  Wouldn’t it make perfect sense to use nature as your healing balm like therapeutic essential oils instead.
On top of this another symptom of menopause is waking in the morning with such an intense feeling of anxiety as if you had just worked a 16 hour day; this was one of the worst symptoms for me personally.
The anxiety causes many women hundreds of dollars trying to figure out why. But I used essential oils the minute the feeling would come on and it would vanish.
My only regret is that I wish I had known about them when my symptoms first started.  I had a couple of years without them so when I did find them they were a God send.
PMS:  Essential oils help women of all ages with this monthly issue.  Use essential oils on the body after your bath, and during your day as often as you can.  I have found that using them in a diffuser during these difficult days can without a doubt help with these monthly symptoms.
3. A health benefit: Using essential oils during the cold and flu season helped my family; I have three children and using them in a diffuser that will go off every 15 to 30 minutes per hour gives your home a wonderful scent as well as the healing benefits because the oils used get rid of bacteria and virus in the air.
The second benefit here is that the virus or bacteria doesn’t take out the entire family for a day or more and having them miss work or school.
So why spend so much money on commercial products when you can get the healing benefits from cleaning with essential oils, there perks are numerable.  Using them in the home for cleaning removes bacteria, virus and cleans the air.
4.  A health benefit:  Ginger in particular helps with nausea from car sickness and cruise sickness, nausea during pregnancy, high altitude sickness and migraines, it is also an anti-inflammatory.  These are health issues that people seek help from their physicians for and receive medicine  because the symptoms are so extreme.  But nature at its best can do what medicine can’t do, I would call that healing.
5. Essential oils have multiple cross over properties as I’ve mentioned above about ginger.  Lavender also has more than one benefit, it is a pain killer, healing balm to burns and it is an antihistamine to name a few.
When a simple solution would be to frequently use essential oils to heal your body of these disturbing symptoms why not?
Essential oils are healing balms.
How many women go through this; I would definitely say without hesitation that even though menopause is not considered a sickness; the symptoms we get as women can affect us as if they were.
I’m not leaving out men, essential oils have benefits for you too.
For further instructions on the benefits of essential oils buy Dr. James Geiger’s book, “The Sweet Smell of Success” to learn more about the health benefits of essential oils.

Eating the South Beach Diet Way

Monday, March 1st, 2010

A couple of years back I wanted to lose the weight I hadn’t been able to lose since I had my last child, so I decided to check out the South Beach Diet.

The First Phase of this diet is to stop cravings, it is fourteen days without bad carbs, bad fats, baked goods, alcohol, fruit or sugar.  The purpose again is to stop cravings.

The Second Phase you gradually add some foods back in, SB has daily meal plans to help you.  They also have lists of foods that you can enjoy on each phase and foods to avoid.

Phase III is designed for maintenance, and designed to last the rest of your life.   It worked for me.  Unfortunately over a two year period the weight crept back up.  It’s because I was unaware of a few food allergies that I had and adding these foods back in brought the weight back up.  I could probably live with this extra weight for the rest of my life but a few pounds off will definitely be better for healthy aging.

I just read an article from Real Age and just a mere 4 pounds can have huge benefits.

This new study “showed that dropping a mere 4 pounds could cut hypertension risk by 8 percent in middle-aged people and by 11 percent in the 50-plus set.”

“Of course, bigger weight loss had even better blood pressure benefits in the 8-year study. For example, losing 15 pounds reduced high blood pressure risk by 21 percent in the middle-aged folks. Better yet, people 50 to 65 who were 15 pounds thinner enjoyed an even more impressive 29 percent risk reduction. And isn’t it great to know that a realistic mini goal of 4 pounds will still bring big health benefits on the road to 15 lbs.”

I’ve never had to diet so thinking of a diet kinda spooked me, a week without fruit or bread, potatoes, rice and pasta?  As if the world would come crashing down after 14 days without these foods.  It is crazy the way we think isn’t it?

Healthy Aging is my theme here on the Ideal Scents Blog and I have come to the conclusion after starting this new way of eating again that it is truly a great way of eating.  I once heard this and totally agree; eat to live, not live to eat.  Makes perfect sense to me.  Since I eat mostly natural and organic foods anyway it may seem strange that those of us who do eat very healthy may still need to lose weight but we do.  We can still eat too many natural grains or sugar, even if it is honey or organic sugar.  It still adds pounds.

In the South Beach Diet Book it talks about emotional eating, this is a whole other topic but one that is crucial in our thinking if we are going to succeed, so I highly recommend reading the book if you are planning on starting this new phase of your life.

So I started this new plan again 8 days ago and it is remarkable what I have discovered for myself.  I have discovered that the fiber in the vegetables is what fills me up, plus the protein I eat at each meal.  The sweet treats that you can have with this first phase are also new for me.  For the past couple of months I had decided to make my after meal sweet treats fruit, low glycemic fruit, so I’m looking forward to phase two so I can add those back in.

What definitely has helped this time around is the on line support from the South Beach community.  It is fantastic to be able to ask questions and get answers within hours of asking.  You get support from those who have lost any where from 5, 10 or even  100+ pounds.  They help you stay on track with encouragement, experience and great ideas.  It’s a win win situation.

So is the South Beach Diet a diet or a new way of living?  It is definitely a new way to eat.  Eating this way keeps the balance that we need without over doing it.

It has been so successful because people lose weight, stop cravings and learn the healthy way to eat,  live healthy food.

Ideal Scents has always taught that we need to eat properly to live a long healthy life and this support from the South Beach Diet, I guarantee can change your life.

Adding exercise to this program can get you on track for a new you, a brand new life with a healthy outlook.  Free from the diseases that being overweight can bring.

I would consider this a preventative medicine lifestyle.

In his book James Geiger MD, The oilMD discusses Worldwide Wellness, he speaks about obesity.

I like this quote that he mentions in the beginning of chapter three.

“The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician.  Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind.” Paracelsus

There are many diets out there, the problem I see with some of those diets is that you are eating pre-packaged food, its processed. We need live healthy fresh food daily.

Even with these good fresh foods we still need to use supplements because of the depletion of nutrients in our soil, so it is crucial for preventative living that we eat sensible, not just for satisfaction. Eating for satisfaction will just keep us over weight and in risk of disease. Remember our goal is healthy aging.  Imagine at 80+ enjoying your life with friends and family.

Here’s to healthy aging, a new way of living for more energy, feeling good in your clothes, and the satisfaction that you are in control of your life.

Ideal Scents talks about Aroma “therapy”

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Therapy is a noun that connotes action, healing action.  Mixed with “aroma” you get therapeutic essential oil healing action.

Healing comes to us for any number of reasons and symptoms.

My intention here is to discuss only the value of having a therapeutic essential oil treatment given to you or that you give to yourself.

Let’s talk about Lavender, there are different types of lavender that can be used for massage. Lavandula angustifolia is for healing the skin after a burn, it is also a wonderful addition to your daily routine of moisturizing the body after you shower. Just add a few drops to your lotion, and you will be putting a healing balm onto your skin and at the same time lavender will be calming your senses.

Lavender is a balancing oil which is why it is good for women.  It is also an anti-viral and anti-inflammatory and can be used as an antiseptic.  It has been used extensively for sleep.  Because it is a balancing oil and has a calming effect it can be massaged into your skin right before bedtime to get the best sleep. If you would prefer to have it diffused into the air, you can use a diffuser in your bedroom which would gradually supply a wonderful healing scent into the air that you are breathing throughout the night.

Don’t misinterpret the use here, it will not put you to sleep if you use it during any part of your day, it will give you a sense of calm.

“An odor can have a tremendous impact on feelings.  Certain scents evoke a deep sense of inner peace and well-being.” says the oilMD.

Essential oils are subtle, and noticeable.  Lavender is used as a perfume for those who prefer a more organic approach to adding a scent to their skin.

Dr. James L. Geiger, the oilMD says in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” that,

“The art of aromatherapy is a holistic treatment using the essence of a plant’s essential oils to alleviate common symptoms such as pain, tension, and fatigue, as well as to care for the skin and invigorate the whole body.”

He also mentions in his book “While some scents can take you back to a time recalling youthful events, others can actually restore and heal your body, mind and spirit.”

Lose Weight the Healthy Way

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

I just can’t keep these two amazing products a secret any longer.  I love the fact that I can use one of these two systems and know that I am doing my body good.  Remember that old saying “it does a body good”?  Well these two nutritional systems will work for you if you are consistent.  We all know that anything worth having takes work,  this work will be easy because it is a delicious way to lose weight, you are not depriving yourself of anything, instead you are adding a nutrition system to your life every single day for healthy aging.  The directions for your shake says add two scoops of shake powder along with either Mangosteen and Minerals or Acai or you can do as I do and add Mangosteen and minerals super juice and the Acai super juice along with  fruit, yogurt  and organic greens for a filling shake as your meal.

If you want to replace one or two meals a day these systems work terrific.  I have seen men and women alike lose many many inches around their middles and shed many pounds by sticking to this healthy way of  losing weight.

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