Jan 102019
 

Essential Oils Palette 1-10-19

My husband says that the person behind him on the bus coughed for two miles.  I would have been scrambling to find a seat as far away from the coughing person as possible. But alas, sometimes there is just no escaping it.  One of the next best things you can do to keep yourself safe from getting a cold is to build your immune system up as much as possible.  Even if you do get a cold, there are things you can do to reduce those nasty symptoms.   An article at Healthline.com cites a few studies showing the benefits of using essential oils to prevent or treat the common cold.

There are quite a number of essential oils with properties that do just that.  Whether you already use aromatherapy or are just getting started with it, it is worth a review of what has been shown to work for colds.  Here is a brief check on three good essential oils for your cold supply box:

  • Eucalyptus:  has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.  It can be inhaled with steam (be careful not to burn yourself) or used in a diffuser.  It may safely fight viruses and can help with respiratory problems.
  • Peppermint: contains menthol and is used as a natural decongestant and fever-reducer.  Peppermint oil has shown in tests to have viral activity.  Menthol is used in cough drops to help sooth throats.  Use by inhaling the steam or in a diffuser.
  • Chamomile: can help reduce cold symptoms and helps with sleep. Inhale with steam, use in a diffuser or drink some chamomile tea.

Buy essential oils that are pure, traceable to their sources, fairly priced and sustainably harvested.  If you are careful to follow these guidelines, you will purchase high quality essential oils which are the only kind you should use for aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy is very powerful and effective when done properly.

Learn more about how essential oils can be used for colds and flu next Tuesday, January 15 from 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m., at the Cesar Chavez library, located at 3635 W. Baseline Ave., Laveen, AZ.  Call me, Martha, at 505-750-7847 or email me at marthapmintl@gmail.com to reserve your spot or for more information.

Martha has been writing articles about wellness for 10 years.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/essential-oils-for-colds#treatment

National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy

Martha L. Robards c 2019

Mar 292018
 

In all aspects of life, we find ourselves making decisions.   It may be in relation to our health, work, finances, children, home, marriage — so many things.   And we can go this way, or that way.

The decisions we make every day affect our course, either for that day, week, month or even further into the future.  Sometimes knowing which steps to take can be difficult.  Sometimes knowing where to get advice can be difficult.

Sometimes we talk to someone older who has had some experience in life, a parent, grand-parent, friend — and they say something that helps us know how to make a decision.  Sometimes we see something on a video or website, or read something, that helps us just at the right moment.   Like seeing Celia.  She has some good advice about what to do before making a decision.

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It helps our emotional and mental health, physical health, financial health and our natural and spiritual health, to make good decisions.  Listening to our wisest like Celia, and getting help from the older persons in our lives can make a big difference.  They are still taking care of us.  Let’s take care of them, and listen to them.

 

 

 

 

Video posted and used with permission from Jim Jermanok, who is the creator of LifeAdvice.TV.

Oct 102017
 

Control anxious thoughts before they harm your health.

Do what you can to help yourself be calm.

Put a smile in your heart.

Aug 282017
 

 

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Walking has so many benefits.  It’s good for physical health, but it also is good for emotional and mental health.  It can be done with very little cost and in so many different ways.  Walking with a partner is a good way to help each other keep to the routine.  Families walking together regularly will making habits that will last, and can even become a family tradition.

The CDC says,

Walking is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment.

The physical benefits can include weight loss, and an increase in stamina and muscle endurance.  This can also help your weight loss efforts

Build up your walking routine slowly.   If you overdo it, it can result in sore muscles or even shin splints.   Always do warm up exercises and cool down exercises, stretching your muscles slowly and  carefully.

If you do over-work your muscles, use a good muscle cream to help sooth sore muscles and for deep, soothing pain relief.  I use a good one that contains camphor, menthol, methol salicylate and melaleuca oil.

If the weather doesn’t allow you to walk outside, go to a mall.

 

 

Apr 162017
 

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America says:

“Most people feel anxious or depressed at times. Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, scared, nervous, or anxious. These feelings are normal reactions to life’s stressors.
But some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning. These people may have an anxiety disorder, depression, or both.”

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There are things a person experiencing these feelings daily can do to help themselves. Read more about ideas you can use to help yourself or a loved one who is experiencing this.

RHL does not provide psychiatric, psychological, or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Simply ideas and information.

Feb 262017