Top 5 Immune boosting Foods and Supplements

Published on February 26, 2019 by

Immune Boosting Foods

There are a lot of products out there this time of year that claim “if you take our powder or tablet you can help diminish the symptoms of a severe cold or flu”. It has always been my attitude to never allow myself to become ill in the 1st place. So why not begin to incorporate these 5 foods and supplements into your daily routine and help prevent anything from ever making you feel like you don’t want to get out of bed today! After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

1. The 1st food to mention is something that a great number of people know about but don’t always get in proper daily levels to prevent illnesses. The classification of food known as citrus fruits is amazing! Citrus foods contain Vitamin C and Vitamin C in the body works as an antibiotic. It helps destroy viruses, bacteria, and molds that you are exposed in many various ways each day without even knowing it. The average person might resort to taking a milligram of Vitamin C per day in pill form for protection. It is simply easier, works more effectively, and is less stressful on your body to get Vitamin C from 2-3 food sources on a daily basis than to rely on a tablet form. Some great food sources of Vitamin C are camu Camu Berry, Amlalaki Berry, or Aronia Berry. Getting your Vitamin C from food sources on a daily basis will keep your body’s defenses in top condition.

2. Herbs are a wonderful food source for a variety of reasons. The best herbs to begin working with daily, in order to boost your immune system, are Rosemary, Turmeric, and Ginger. It was recently determined that blood cells from people who consumed Rosemary, Ginger or Turmeric for a week showed an enhanced protection from daily oxidative damage. The herbs also lowered the inflammatory markers in body. Lowering inflammation in your body results in less risk of a variety of diseases, including respiratory illnesses. Begin to incorporate these herbs into cooking chicken dishes, put them on top of salads, or add them into your soups and stews to boost the ability of your body to feel it’s best every day and avoid illnesses.

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How You Can Beat The Flu

Published on January 22, 2019 by

Beat the flu (and other illnesses) and feel your Optimal You!

This is the time of year when everyone around us seems to be getting sick with a cold, the flu, or some other illness. No one likes being sick. Besides the physical suffering, having an illness can mean missing work and also missing out on the fun things in life that you enjoy doing. The great news is that there are a variety of things you can do to increase your immunity and ability to fight off illnesses quickly, and even prevent getting sick in the first place.

Getting adequate rest on a routine basis is a well known way to enhance your immunity. There are many more things you can do. Here, at An Optimal You, we offer Integrative Medical care in association with our Wellness Partners. We have compiled our list of things that you can do to boost your immunity–things that you may not have thought of doing.


1. Sharon Mayberry, Clinical Aromatherapist:

There are many essential oils which can actually stimulate our immune systems and help to keep us healthy during cold and flu season. When creating immunity blends for clients I generally look for oils which are high in Monoterpenols and Phenols. These two chemical families offer great immune boosting properties.

A few of the oils I often reach for when blending for this intent are: Xanthoxylum, Ravintsara, Manuka, Ho Wood, Niaouli ct 1,8 cineole, Marjoram, Lemon, Lavender (those with a high linalol content), Guava Leaf, Engelman Spruce, and Balsam Copaiba.*

Some effective ways to use immune stimulating blends are by diffusing, in a lotion, creating a steam blend, and in a personal inhaler. When used properly, these natural oils can really offer some great immune boosting benefits!

*Always consult with a certified aromatherapist before using essential oils for children, asthmatics, and the elderly or immune compromised. Many oils, especially some of those listed above, may cause breathing issues if not used properly. I specialize in creating custom, organic essential oil blends but if you prefer making your own blends, I offer professional guidance as well. Essential oils are effective and safe when done correctly.


2. Dr. Laurie Blanscet:

Before traveling, when around people who are sick, or when you start feeling the onset of an illness; I highly recommend getting an IV Meyer’s cocktail plus IV Glutathione along with taking oral silver.

The IV Meyer’s cocktail has a variety of immune boosting vitamins, including Vitamin C. Getting these nutrients by IV ensures that they get into your cells efficiently. The Myer’s cocktail has been around for decades and is effective at assisting your body in fighting off illnesses. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to get this IV and can be easily done in our office the same day you need it.

IV Glutathione is a great boost to your immune system, especially when combined with the Myer’s cocktail. Glutathione is your body’s most potent antioxidant and I also recommend it for assisting detoxification. It is not effective if given orally, it is best given as an IV or injection.

Liquid Silver naturally fights viruses and bacteria. It has no taste and does not cause side effects like so many prescribed medications. You can buy it without a prescription but do ensure you get a high quality silver. (Contact our office if you have questions on this). If you start feeling sick, take one teaspoon of silver and hold it under your tongue for 30-60 seconds before swallowing. Do this 6-7 times a day while feeling sick. Once you feel better, reduce to three times a day for a few days and then stop it once you feel well. Prolonged use of silver is not recommended, but periodic use is safe and effective.


3. Cindy Farrar, Advanced Skin Care Specialist:

Would you be surprised if I told you that your favorite cosmetics products, the ones you may be relying on every day of the week, might actually be causing you harm? Your skin absorbs what is put on it within about 28 seconds.

You may wonder what this has to do with immunity…..If you are putting on harmful products, it places a stress on your immune system and could affect it’s ability to protect you efficiently from other Invaders, such as viruses or bacteria.

If your makeup, lotion or other cosmetic products don’t come from nature, they shouldn’t be put on the skin. Remember, our skin is an organ, and it is porous, so it will absorb what it touches. If the ingredients listed on the bottle are a scientific mystery to you, it’s always safest to avoid it …until you’ve done your research.

For instance, some of the eye make-up removers on the market are the same ingredients you find in an auto store to degrease engines! Be aware of what you are putting on your body–it can help you prevent diseases later in life and it can help you stay healthier today!

Getting regular facials is not a luxury, it is a great way to keep your skin in tip top shape. I enjoy helping men and women keep their skin looking and functioning great through facials using plant based organic products.

Another great thing to do for your skin is to take Epsom salt, or Magnesium flake, baths on a regular basis. This is a relaxing way to assist your skin in it’s detoxification. It also relaxes your muscles and calms your brain chatter. Anything you can do to assist mind and body detoxification assists your overall immunity.


4. John Grant, Life Coach:

To optimize your overall well being, as well as your immunity, I recommend developing keen awareness of your spiritual, emotional, energetic and chemical state of being.

With a strong mind body connection we are able to tell when we have low energy, stamina, and strength. When you can recognize this early on, you can take steps to build yourself up and prevent a downslide in your health.

Pause and ask yourself: what is emotionally coming up on a consistent basis? How are you resolving these emotions? If you stuff them down it will likely lower your immunity and result in feeling bad now, as well as increase your risk of developing a chronic disease later.

What tools will you use to resolve your emotions? The peace process, breath meditation or one of a number of other tools are available and can be easily taught to you during a private coaching session.

An easy thing that you can start now is to keep a daily gratitude journal. Our brains are trained to look for the negative in order to stay alive. But in today’s world, that ends up making us ill. You can train your brain to see the positive. Writing down three things you are grateful for each day is a great way to do that. The Five Minute Journal, by Intelligent Change, is the easiest and most helpful journal I have seen.

By building self awareness and using tools to strengthen your mind, your body and immune system will also strengthen.


5. Joseph Montgomery, Ph.D. Integrative Nutrition Consultant:

Vitamin D3 is something that many people lack regardless of their perceived level of health, sun exposure, and fitness level. Low levels of Vitamin D3 can lead to a rapid decline in the health of your cells. This decline in cellular function can lead to illnesses like “The Flu”, a “cold”, or other commonly seen illness.

Keeping your vitamin D levels in the optimal range of 60-80 ng/ml (of blood volume) can prevent you from getting illnesses, such as the “flu”. It can also greatly diminish the number of days that you suffer in case you do end up getting sick from the “flu” or some other infection.

When taking a Vitamin D3 supplement, make sure that it has Vitamin K2 to maximize it’s effectiveness. Supplements vary in their quality and it is important to use high quality supplements that are designed for maximum effectiveness. Please note that Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which means that it requires fat for maximum absorption. Make sure that you take Vitamin D3 with food or take a Vitamin D3 supplement that comes in oil.


6. Becky Kay, Intuitive Consultant:

My favorite daily immune building remedy is garlic mixed with ginger. It works wonders in assisting your body in fighting off illnesses.

Before any physically or emotionally stressful event, or when around a lot of people who are ill, I mix oregano oil, apple cider vinegar, honey and lemon. This is a strong immune builder. You will love the natural immune boost that it gives to your body. I also find that it gives me the perfect “spiritual energy” to hold a connection during an intuitive consultation.

As you can see from the advice from a few of our Wellness Practitioners, there are quite a few things that you can do to prevent illnesses and also minimize the length and severity of illnesses if you do get sick. You can build your immune system by applying “Self-Care” and “Self-Love” to your everyday life. Remember: an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure!


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Ignite Your New Year!

Published on December 13, 2018 by

New Year New You!

As we enter into 2019 you may be wondering: “where did 2018 go??”. You may have things you wanted to improve upon in your health that didn’t quite happen as planned. If you are like a lot of people you kept thinking you had time to start in 2018 and you kept delaying it…..

The time is now to make a decision and get some positive results. Maybe you want to lose ten pounds, maybe you want more energy, or maybe you want to sleep better. The list of desires may be long but you can achieve them! The time is now for you to feel and look better. No matter where you are at today in your health, you can see positive results in 2019!!

Where do you start??

  • 1. The first thing is to decide what it is that you want. Write it down, don’t just think about it. Write down what it will feel like to have what you desire. Visualize it completely and write down the details. If you are resisting doing this, think about this: you don’t go on a road trip without consulting a map do you? Why would you try to achieve a better body, more energy, etc without knowing exactly what it is you want and what it will bring you?? This step is critical. Having clarity in what you desire is the first step to achieving it.
  • 2. Think about the people that can help you to achieve what you desire. Friends, family members, health professionals, etc. Having people in your life that can support and guide you is extremely helpful. Write down who they are and reach out to them for help. Stay connected with them.
  • 3. Stop hanging around the negative people in your life (if you can). Minimize your exposure to them if you can’t avoid them completely. Naysayers and people who sabotage your positive efforts are not to be tolerated. Keep people in your life who care about you and want you to succeed. Sometimes the people around you can unknowingly sabotage your efforts to improve yourself. Once you explain to them your needs, hopefully they will understand and support you. Remember this: when you stand up for what you need, the people who matter don’t mind and the people who mind don’t matter. If you need to change what you eat, drink, or do and someone gives you a hard time; it is time to rethink that relationship and decide if they really care about you. You are an amazing person who deserves the love and support of those around you!
  • 4. Figure out a game plan. Write down the steps that are needed to achieve what you want. Break it down into easy steps. This may sound like a lot of work but if you take a little time now, it will make it much easier to achieve what you truly desire for your body. Start with small steps. Great things are achieved by small daily actions.
  • 5. Start each day visualizing what it is that you desire. Sit quietly each morning and also before bed. It only takes a minute or two to do this. Imagine yourself achieving what it is that you desire. See it and feel it happening. Taking action on a regular basis will be much easier when you have visualized what you want.
  • 6. If you are having trouble focusing, having the energy to make changes, or having other physical symptoms that are impeding your progress; get your hormones and other blood work evaluated properly. I see a lot of people who have a hormone imbalance causing fatigue, decreased motivation, lowered ability to exercise, brain fog, depression, etc. Hormones are like the gas in your car and they must be optimized for your body to run well.

The bottom line is that you can end 2019 in a better place. It takes desire, clarity, visualization, and small daily actions. You deserve to feel as good as possible!


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IDENTIFYING, PREVENTING AND/OR MANAGING STRESS

Published on November 25, 2018 by

Stress

It’s that time of year where our checklist doubles and for most people, our stress level doubles too.

Stress means different things to different people. What causes stress in one person may be of little concern to another. Some people are better able to handle stress than others. Because people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress can vary.

And, not all stress is bad. In small doses, stress can be a great motivator. Our bodies are designed to handle small doses of stress. But, we are not equipped to handle long-term, chronic stress without physical and /or emotional consequences.

Emotional symptoms of stress include:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody.
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control.
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind.

Physical symptoms of stress include:

  • Low energy.
  • Headaches.
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
  • Insomnia.
  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet.
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth.

Cognitive (Mental) symptoms of stress include:

  • Constant worrying.
  • Racing thoughts.
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization.
  • Inability to focus.

There are many ways to handle stress in a way that keeps you from feeling this way.

1. Set aside time each morning to sit quietly and just breathe. All it takes is 5 or more minutes a day to get your mind and body relaxed. If you can sit outside in a quiet place while you do this, it is even better!
2. Write down three things you are grateful for each day. Studies have shown that people who do this on a regular basis experience less symptoms of stress. It’s a quick thing to do for your health.
3. Exercise regularly. Regular exercise is great for your mind and your body. No one can dispute the mental and physical benefits of exercise. It does not matter what you do, if you don’t exercise now start with something. Find an activity that gets your body moving and do it regularly. You can even start by doing push-ups and squats at your desk at work, taking a walk around the office, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
4. Take time out for you before you feel stressed. Carve time out for you and take it! You are important. Love yourself enough to take care of you. Do things that bring you Joy on a regular basis.
5. Look up and smile throughout the day. Try it now! You will feel better just by doing this simple act.
6. Have a craniosacral session.

Cranial Sacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas which alleviates stress and pain. Effects have been known to last for weeks after a therapy session. It is relaxing and therapeutic to have a Craniosacral treatment by a trained professional.

Craniosacral therapy offers many benefits aside from alleviating stress.
These include, but are not limited to:

  • Decreasing chronic and acute pain from a variety of causes.
  • Improving the immune system function and assisting in fighting infections.
  • Release of tissue and bone restrictions, improving mobility.
  • Enhancing your overal relaxation and revitalization of your mind and body.
  • Taking care of you increases your ability to withstand stress. It allows you to enjoy each day of your life and live life to it’s fullest!

Take time to add in the stress relieving measures mentioned above. And, if you wish to experience a craniosacral treatment session please contact me at 951-319-7819.

30 minute sessions are only $50 and 60 minute sessions are only $95 for the holiday season.
Sandra Scutelnicu


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STAYING HEALTHY THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

Published on October 28, 2018 by

Healthy Holiday Food

Crowded shopping malls, holiday parties, grocery store carts, sniffling children, public transportation, theaters – things we all fear during cold and flu season! Germs lurking everywhere! Fortunately, you can create your own arsenal of natural, organic, and safe essential oil blends to help keep you healthy this holiday season.

One of the most effective blends to keep on hand is a stock blend to use as a steam. Just one or two drops (no more!) of blend in a steaming pot of hot water, with head tented with towel, can really help to nip a cold or flu in the beginning or greatly lessen severity and duration. Some good essential oil choices are Douglas Fir, Saro, Eucalyptus (Globulus) or Eucalyptus (Dives), Rosemary, and White Spruce. (If you are asthmatic, smell a drop of Eucalyptus before adding it to blend – in some asthmatics it can really help to open airways, but in others can cause an asthma attack. If you feel like you are beginning to tighten, do not use this essential oil.) Steam for 5 to 10 minutes – this will cause a lot of mucous to be expelled, so keep tissues nearby! Repeat 3 to 4 times per day until symptoms have diminished.

Using a diffuser with a stock blend is a great way to kill airborne germs and contaminants. There are so many oils to choose from, but some to consider are Hemlock, Cedarwood, Black Spruce, Lemon, and Ghandi Root. I generally recommend starting with 5 to 7 drops in diffuser, depending on type of diffuser and size of room. Increase or decrease as necessary. If diffusing around pets, small children, or elderly, use extra caution and make sure room is well ventilated. When using a diffuser, do not run the diffuser continuously throughout day. This is not only wasteful, but it is a lot for our bodies to process. A good rule is to diffuse for 20 minutes, turn off for an hour, and then repeat if desired.

Personal inhalers, one of my favorite delivery methods for many intentions, are another great addition to your winter “survival kit”. Inhalers are portable, discrete, long-lasting and inexpensive. Essential oils are always chosen for each individual client, but some good ones to try are Fragonia, Rosalina, Sitka Spruce, and my favorite, Ravintsara. Inhalers used during cold and flu season should contain oils which are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-microbial, analgesic, strengthening to the immune system, and, if necessary, opening for nasal passages. If your nose is stuffy, Ravintsara is an “essential” essential oil to add to blend! Ravintsara, however, should not be used with children under 5 years of age, and in very small percentages with children under 10, due to high 1,8 cineole content.

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Holiday Health

Published on September 27, 2018 by

No Stress Express

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are feeling the pressure of the hustle and bustle that the season seems to bring. Making time for self care is not everyone’s first priority, although it is a very important one we tend to ignore. Give yourself the gift of self care.

There are some simple things that you can do to ensure you enjoy the holiday season.

  1. Schedule time for you. Say no to things you don’t want to do. It’s ok to say no to others and say yes to yourself. Ensure you schedule in time to unplug regularly. You are important. The people who care about you will understand if you take time for you. Have time on a regular basis to do things that bring you joy and relaxation.
  2. Take an Epsom salt bath or schedule a Float on a regular basis. Magnesium is very calming to your brain and excellent for muscle soreness and body detoxification.
  3. Get outside a few minutes each day. Close your eyes and breathe in deeply and slowly. Even a few minutes a day can be rejuvenating to your mind.
  4. Turn off your phone alerts and check your phone when you want to. Having your phone buzz and ring at you is a stressful event to your brain. Take control of your phone instead of having it control you. It is also important to turn off your phone at night to give yourself a break from the outside world.
  5. Schedule a Reiki session. Reiki is a safe, natural, holistic healing practice. Reiki helps us move towards balance and wholeness by using simple relaxation techniques which activates the body’s natural healing response.

Benefits of Reiki:

  • Heal mind, body and emotions
  • Relieve pain and calm the mind
  • Promote deep relaxation
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Increase rate of recovery from injury
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Help meditative state
  • Promote personal awareness
  • Enhance spiritual connection
  • Foster natural self healing
  • Balance energies in the body

Best of all, Reiki adapts to the needs of the recipient. If you are overwhelmed with stress, worry, emotional upsets, physical aches and pains, and disease you should consider a Reiki session. Your physical and energetic bodies will thank you!

By taking time to care for yourself on a regular basis, you will find yourself more energetic and able to handle life, as well as the holidays, much better. You can live an Optimal life by taking care of you!!

By Darla Conchas & Richelle Schmidt

Reiki Masters
Wellness Partners at An Optimal You


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The Unstoppable Mind Set

Published on August 27, 2018 by

Life Coach Temecula

Are you living the life you desire? Do you feel happy and fulfilled or do you feel stuck in some way? I truly believe (after over twenty years of continuous improvement through personal development) that we are responsible for our fulfillment, our purpose, our lives and the meanings and emotions we ascribe to the experiences we have. In other words when we take complete responsibility for everything in our life, we can change anything we want. We can then live the life we want and get what we desire.

As a coach I listen to my client’s language to find patterns, figure out their state of mind and truly hear beyond what the person is saying. Most people are not truly understanding the part they are playing in their current situation. In most cases it boils down to comfort over action, confusion over clarity and an inability to see a new perspective from the position they find their pain. When someone is assisted in looking at things in a different manner, they find themselves living a level 10 life in regards to Health, Relationships and Career/Money.

It is important to find the places that are out of alignment, help build skills, recognize patterns, and develop a plan of action to correct any mindset issues. This brings clarity and alignment back into focus. There are many exercises to draw from that build skills, find clarity and utilize courage to overcome fear based mindsets.

One exercise that you can start utilizing today is to reassign the meaning to an event or situation by using different language. The language we use is critically important and sends messages to our brains in ways we don’t always realize. For example, instead of looking at something as a problem, what if you looked at it as a challenge? Which of those two things seems easier to do? A challenge is definitely a more appealing thing than a problem! Changing your language to more powerful words takes some time and training but it is entirely doable and effective.

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Healthy Benefits Of Meditation

Published on July 24, 2018 by

Meditation has proven to have a variety of health benefits. Regular meditation can decrease anxiety, improve sleep, assist with weight loss, increase energy, enhance focus, lower blood pressure, etc.

I remember when I first decided that I would like to meditate. I had read about all the amazing benefits and when my doctor suggested it for the 5th or 6th time, I set out to learn all about it. And that’s exactly what I did. I read books, listened to podcasts and studied many different meditation practices. The one thing that was missing…the practice.

Sitting down to meditate is often the most difficult part of the practice. I resisted this in every way imaginable. I couldn’t find a quiet space. I would need to clean the house first. I felt the need to buy a meditation cushion. The list of barriers I put up is quite long.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the “how to’s” and create an expectation for the perfect time and space needed to meditate. But meditation is about the simplicity of becoming completely present. It is not about having the perfect environment or equipment. In order to help others who may be struggling with meditation, I compiled a few short steps you may take to begin your meditation practice today:

  1. Find a comfortable spot. And by this I MEAN comfortable. This can be a nice, supportive chair or even lying in bed. You do not need to sit in a lotus position on the floor. (Unless you love the lotus position, then go for it!). There is no “right position” except the one where you can be comfortable.
  2. Expect interruption! Learn to embrace the sounds around you. Hear the noise of your environment and decide to stay present. If you are really fixated on sound, begin there! Identify all that you can hear. If you are interrupted by someone or something, gently return to your practice.
  3. Simply breathe. That is truly all that is required. With a gentle focus on your breath, let the thoughts simply drift into the background. If you find yourself engaging in thought, return your focus to your breath. Breath slowly and deeply.
  4. Practice. As with anything, a meditative state takes time to develop. Inevitably, when you begin to practice you spend most of that time in your head, critiquing your ability to meditate. This is normal! With a little time, you will find a quiet stretch and be able to quiet your mind. That’s it!! If you can do that you can say to yourself “I was meditating!”. You can relax and breathe for a few moments or a longer time and then easily pull yourself right back out! Eventually, these moments will increase and you will have a regular meditation practice.
  5. Find ways to support this practice! Many people find success in meditation through the practice of yoga, qi gong, martial arts, guided meditation, running, creativity or any activity that puts you in a state of flow.

Meditation is all about being present in the moment. It quiets your mind and body. By meditating on a regular basis you will find yourself enjoying life more. You will feel more calm and have better sleep. The list of benefits are many from something that has zero side effects and anyone can do.

Stay Tuned For The Restart Of Our Monday Meditation classes. If you are interested in Reiki or learning more about meditation please contact our Reiki Master Wellness Partner in Suite 203, Richelle Schmidt. You may schedule an appointment with her at 951-551-5849.


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Natural Allergy Treatment

Published on June 10, 2018 by

Natural Allergy Treatments

Pollen, grass, dust, pets, smog … we live in an environment where so many of us have sensitivities which trigger an allergic response. Traditional medicine can offer you nasal steroids and antihistamines but many people prefer a more natural way to minimize allergy symptoms. Fortunately, there are natural, organic, and safe ways to relieve these symptoms.

Putting an air purifier in your house helps eliminate allergens in your home. Adding a humidifier (using distilled water) can help reduce dryness and nasal irritation. What many people don’t realize is that essential oils can be a great help in reducing the suffering from allergies.

Essential oils are made when plant material is distilled or cold pressed. Many plant parts can be used to make essential oils, such as leaves, needles, flowers, bark, seeds, etc. Each essential oil contains many chemical components – these components make them effective in helping with both physical and emotional issues. When using essential oils it is important to use high quality organic oils.

Here are a few ways in which aromatherapy can help bring relief during times of allergies:


  • Inhalers – inhalers are wonderful tools to use for many intentions, including allergies. They are portable, discrete, inexpensive, long lasting, and provide quick relief. The inhaler is used in the nostril as needed and typically lasts a few months. There are many effective oils which can be blended into an inhaler based on each individual’s symptoms. Fragonia is an oil I love having in the inhaler blends I create. It is best to combine a few oils and not just use one oil. In general, when you combine approximately 3 to 5 different oils for one purpose, they work synergistically for a great result!
  • Steam blends – for fast relief and to help rid the body of allergens, I always recommend a steam blend. Bring a pot of water to boil, remove it from the heat and while it is still steamy, add 1 or 2 drops of a customized blend of essential oils to the water. Put a tent over your head with a towel, lean over the steam, and breathe deeply for 5 to 10 minutes. This immediately helps to clear congestion and expel allergens from the body. If you make your own blend, I always love using Xanthoxylum within the blend. I also generally recommend oils with a high 1,8 cineole content and those with anti-inflammatory properties for these blends.
  • Diffusing – creating an anti-allergenic blend to diffuse in the home is another effective tool. Diffusers distribute the essential oils into the air that you breathe. Blends are tailored to specific concerns, taking into account pets, infants, small children, or elderly are living in the home to ensure safety. Diffusing can help clear the air of allergens and offer purifying benefits. Cedarwood is always great to have in a diffuser blend of oils.
  • “Clean” cleaning products – people with allergies benefit immensely from using natural cleaning supplies. Commercial cleaning supplies contain environmental toxins and can further exacerbate symptoms relating to allergies. Cleaning products made from simple, economical ingredients like distilled water, vinegar, baking soda, Castile soap, olive oil, and essential oils are effective, non-irritating and smell fabulous too!
  • Facial and body spritz and eye compresses -spritzes, or hydrosols, offer a lot of relief when sprayed directly onto face and body. Hydrosols are the water which separates from the oil during the distillation process. They contain many of the therapeutic properties of oils but are safe and gentle; they can be used when oils are not appropriate (on babies, and on the face) If your eyes are red, itchy, and irritated, making a cooling compress of a hydrosol with anti-allergenic properties, like German Chamomile, brings a lot of comfort and significantly eases symptoms. (Never apply regular essential oils directly to your face or eyes.)

The next time you are faced with allergies, if you want additional help be sure to talk to your certified clinical aromatherapist to see how you can naturally and effectively find relief safely.

Article By Sharon Mayberry
Certified Clinical Aromatherapist

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Keep Your Skin Optimal

Published on May 28, 2018 by

Skin Care Treatment

Did you know that your skin is not only the largest organ in your body, it is also the largest detoxifying organ in your body? Your skin helps rid your body of impurities and toxins on a regular basis. Your skin also acts as a protective barrier–it provides protection from trauma, temperature variations, micro-organisms, radiation, and chemicals. Your skin also regulates temperature, affects fluid balance, influences peripheral circulation, and also gives you the sensation of heat, cold, touch and pain.

It is obvious that taking care of your skin results in overall improved health. You can not afford to ignore skin health if you desire Optimal Health.

Here are some easy things to do in order to keep your skin functioning Optimally:

1. Eat a clean diet. Remember that your skin detoxifies. If you consume a lot of sugar, processed foods, chemicals (.ie. non organic foods), alcohol, soda, etc., then your skin must work hard to eliminate these toxins. This can result in acne, reddened skin, and/or skin that looks older than it is. Healthy looking skin starts from the inside out. Your skin reflects your inner health. Focus on eating a diet full of whole organic foods–foods made in nature, not man made. Eat healthy organic sources of protein, oils, and fat and eat a variety of organic vegetables, and fruits. Avoid sugar, sodas, juices, alcohol, baked goods, processed meats, pastas, and other man made foods. Not only will your skin look younger and healthier, you will feel younger and more vital.

2. Hydrate!! Drink water daily. Your skin requires water in order to function properly. The rule of thumb is to drink about half your body weight in ounces. I.e. if you weigh 150 pounds, that is 75 ounces of water. You will know when you have consumed enough water when your urine is a faint yellowish color, not a dark yellow. (be aware that certain supplements do change the color of urine).

3. Dry brush your skin daily before your shower or bath. Dry brushing helps to improve circulation and it stimulates your lymphatic system to eliminate toxins. It also helps to remove dull, dead skin cells and encourages cell renewal. Dry brushing is only for the body from the neck down. Brush in gently, circular motions toward the heart. Start at your feet and work up to the top of your legs, then brush your hands up to your shoulders. Then, brush your buttocks up to your neck followed by your stomach area.

4. Take an Epsom or Magnesium salt bath or float on a regular basis. Magnesium is very calming to the body and it will absorb into your body through bathing. It is helpful in relaxing muscles and the mind. Regular soaks also help to clear toxins from the pores in your skin. Try soaking in a bath with 4 cups of Epsom or Magnesium salt for 20-30 minutes 2-3 times per week. If you desire a full body relaxation experience, go to the Float Experience in Temecula (or find a location near you that offers floats). Floats give you 60-90 minutes of floating in about 700+ pounds of Epsom salt in an environment that removes the pressure of gravity along with sound and light. It is a truly rejuvenating experience!

5. Care for your skin on a daily basis. Routine skin care is important for removing the toxins that we encounter on a daily basis. It also allows for the removal of dead skin and encourages new skin growth. People who perform daily skin care have younger, healthier looking skin. Your skin care routine should include cleansing, toning, and moisturizing in the morning and evening. It is best to use natural botanically based organic products.

6. Get a facial on a monthly basis. Facials are not just for pampering, they are an important part of healthy skin care. Both men and women should get regular facials in order to look and feel their best as they age. Regular facials can prevent and treat acne, minimize the signs of rosacea, and keep your skin looking younger and more vibrant.

A facial is a skincare treatment done by an esthetician. The esthetician uses customized skincare formulations and are best done with natural ingredients to prevent skin irritations from harmful chemical-filled products.

Deep cleansing, detoxifying, moisturizing, sloughing off the dead and dull skin surface, hydrating and replenishing with infused oxygen are among the amazing things can be achieved with a professional facial. Your esthetician will determine the best facial for your specific needs.

7. Be cautious of the things that you put on your skin. Your skin absorbs whatever is put on it in about 28 seconds. (Try putting a clove of garlic between your toes and you will find that you can actually taste the garlic!). Use coconut oil as a moisturizer or some other organic plant based lotion that is not full of toxic chemicals. Avoid toxic perfumes –essential oils are a wonderful alternative. Research the ingredients in your skin care, sunscreen, shaving cream, and anything else that you put on your skin. Remember that everything you put onto your skin has to be dealt with by your body. By minimizing the toxins that you put on (and into) your body, you will minimize the stress on these organs and allow them to deal with the unavoidable toxins of daily living and functioning.

Your skin is not just something to look at, it is a functioning organ and it must be taken care of. By following these 7 tips, you will find that your skin looks healthier and vital. You will also find that you feel better overall–inside and out!!


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