Every day we tell ourselves stories. Okay, we don’t think of them as “stories” at the time, but think about it: maybe a friend says or does something hurtful. Or a person rudely cuts you off on the highway. Or maybe you have a health issue that just surfaced. In each case, what do you do? You make up a scenario – either positive or negative – based on your past experiences and your knowledge.
One of the most popular scents used for aromatherapy is, without a doubt, lavender. If you haven’t smelled this purple gem of a flower, it’s time you gave it a wiff! Not only is the scent of the flower quite calming, but the essential oil contained within the lavender plant actually possesses quite a few scientifically confirmed healing properties.
Do you ever find yourself getting angry at your mind for never shutting up? I certainly do. With all of the “what-if” stories of the future and the “would’ve, should’ve, could’ve” stories from the past, my mind seems to run through it all over and over again on an almost hourly basis.
Roller coasters are probably not a big part of your daily life, whether you like them or not. But perceptions always are, and that’s what will affect your health, either positively or negatively. If you can learn to recognize when your perceptions help you, and when they hurt you, you will be a BIG step closer to taking back control of how you feel physically and emotionally.
Am I implying that stress is to blame for health concerns? Yes I am. Stress can physical or emotional, but regardless of its root cause, it becomes a vicious cycle, each leading to the other. This is where biochemistry and emotions intertwine, so to address the physical aspects of stress and disease without addressing the emotions will short-change the healing process.
Essential oils on the market vary greatly with regard to quality and purity. There is quite a bit of research showing that essential oils massaged onto the skin make it through to the bloodstream, with all of their components, very quickly. In fact, studies have found peak levels of the compounds of an essential oil in the bloodstream after just 19 minutes following topical application. With the skin being our largest organ, this doesn’t surprise me. This fact alone makes it critical that we do our research to make certain we are purchasing essential oils that are what they say they are!
by Susan Hughes, MSEd, HHP, CNC I remember back in “the day” when my elementary school classroom consisted of a mix of shy and talkative, lazy and hyper, “smart” and “dumb”, bully and nice, and of course the class clown. Considered back then to be a result of . . . well, nothing really . . […]
There is a lot of conflicting information out there on nutrient supplementation. Questions like: “Do we need to take vitamins to be healthy?” or ” Can’t we get everything our bodies need from the food we eat?” have different answers depending upon who you ask. I’ve decided to weigh in on the subject in an […]
Negative emotions do more than make you feel bad psychologically. They also change your body chemistry, and not for the better. This is what happens: Every time you feel negative emotions your body responds as though it is being chased by a hungry tiger. Digestion, elimination and healing shut down so that all energy can […]
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