When most people are asked "what does whole health mean to you?", a combination of physical, mental, emotional, and maybe spiritual well-being usually springs to mind. But, these are only some of the factors that affect the quality of a person's life. If someone were to ask "what affects your sense of peace and security", you may say "my job", "where I live", or "having friends and family". Therefore, it would seem that your career or job, physical environment, and relationships also have roles to play in a person's well-being.
What a crazy time we are having! Seasonal Allergies. Cold. Flu. And now coronavirus?!!!
It seems Spring 2020 is a giant dodgeball game. But, instead of balls, viruses and bacteria are coming at us from all angles. We have many lines of defense, such as medications, air purifiers, vitamins & minerals, and soap. Let's add another one - ESSENTIAL OILS!!!
The ancient Greeks and Romans were onto something when they were adding lavender essences to their baths. This plant is all levels and ways of awesome, being the remedy for a ton of ailments from insomnia to bruises. Think about it. If lavender protected people from the plague during the Middle Ages, it is worth a double-take when walking past the essential oil shelf in your local store.
There are a few misconceptions about essential oils (EOs). They are not some new-age hippie fad! Not only are EOs natural, effective, and multi-purpose, but also the original gangsters of the world of medicine, their use dating back 4500 B.C.
EOs have been used in Asia and Europe for centuries to heal wounds, prevent infections, alleviate anxiety, and flavor foods. The original recipe for Coca-Cola used the essential oils of orange, lemon, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, and neroli.
Today, EOs are being used to treat epilepsy, sinus congestion, premenstrual syndrome, migraines, and other health concerns. With all that they can do for our health and well-being, EOs are becoming a staple in the home. Most likely, you may have been benefiting from them and not know it:
That means all chamomile (Roman, German, and Maroc) in all forms (essential oil, herbal supplements, etc.) Please don't shoot the messenger! Be mad at ragweed and chamomile for being related.
Ragweed and chamomile are both members of the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. The plant family also includes chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, echinacea, and dandelions. YEP - echinacea and dandelions too! Clinical research has documented that that ragweed allergy sufferers have tendency to be allergic to chamomile as well.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for relaxation that reduces stress, strengthens the immune system, increases vitality, and boosts your body's natural ability to heal! Just like acupressure, meditation, and aromatherapy, Reiki is a natural, non-invasive therapy that is centuries old and is a go-to today for benefiting the quality of life for people of all ages. It is a go-to complementary treatment around the world in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and wellness centers.
Kelly Nembhard is a certified health coach, Reiki therapist, and aromatherapist with experience as a clinical research professional and developmental biologist. She currently lives in Durham, NC.
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