Stress, poor eating habits, unhealthy food choices are all contributors to poor health. Essential Oils have been around for Centuries and have been a part of many a doctors ‘black bag’ in past years and I’m hoping they’ll be coming back. I love the smells, the moods the bring about or take away…. This is just ONE of the many wonderful ways to help you stay on track with your health care.
- Alleviates stress and anxiety. Bring peace and balance to your emotions without negative side effects.
- Shield your body from bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Studies find that essential oils are effective against MRSA, the methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus super bug. This bacterium has mutated so effectively that it is resistant to most antibiotics, including penicillin.
- Experience natural pain relief when gently massaged into sore and tired muscles.
- Potent against Inflammation. Helps alleviate inflammation that causes pain.
- Support your body’s Immune System naturally
- Ward off Insomnia. Lavender out performs common drugs in promoting sleep, enhancing relaxation, and decreasing anxiety, according to the 1988 International Journal of Aromatherapy. Apply a few drops topically and sprinkle on a pillowcase to promote restful sleep.
- Rejuvenate your skin. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for restoring and improving damaged skin. Beneficial for clogged pores, eczema, acne, dry skin, freckles and stretch marks.
- Soothe Digestive Disorders. Rub essential oils onto the abdominal area to relieve digestive upsets. Ingest a few drops of therapeutic grade essential oil in water to provide relief for heartburn, gas, indigestion, diarrhea and irritable bowel disease.
- Support Your Bones and Muscles. 50% of our body weight is muscles and our skeleton has 206 bones. When stressed or overworked, apply to the affected area for strong skeletal and muscular support.
- Superior Dental and Oral Care. Research has shown that oral bacteria can cause heart disease. More bacteria live on the back of the tongue than any other part of the body, and proper cleaning and flossing can do much more than protect the teeth. Essential oils in Young Living mouthwash and toothpaste help kill microbes that cause tooth decay.
I love Young Living Oils (they are very, very high quality oils). The other oils I’ve come to like are Floracopeia Oils – You may buy them through me if you so wish. I wish you ‘good health’!!!!
Happy Feet | Liz Daniels
Article and Photo By Shannon Rooney
A reflexologist is someone who specializes in massaging the feet and hands (and sometimes ears), and as owner/operator of Happy Feet Reflexology, Liz Daniels is applying the art to help relieve stress for the people of Chico. She says that reflexology sessions make feet feel “tingly, alive, they have energy, they feel like the circulation is complete, they’re not too hot and not too cold … they feel like you do when you get out of a full-body massage. But when I work on your feet, I am actually working on your whole body from head to tail.” Like an acupuncturist, Daniels employs principles of Chinese medicine, working off the idea that energy meridians (or channels) pass from the soles of our feet up through the organ systems of the body, and that massaging one area can impart benefits to another. Visit happyfeetreflexology.net for more info, or call 321-6897 to schedule an appointment.
By massaging the feet, what exactly are you doing?
I’m breaking up any of the calcium polyps that are at the nerve endings, moving them around so they can get washed out … opening up the blood vessels, getting the energy flowing. Our chi [vital force] is best when our energy is flowing. I work from the toes to the heel. Every once in a while I’ll feel an area that feels blocked—either it’s puffy or there’s something hard underneath the skin, and I can kind of work it out. I focus on these places and work them until they’re better. I always give water or tea to people during the session, so there’s a washing out, to help remove the toxins.
Can you describe a reflexology session?
I work out of my home, which is a peaceful environment. I make it as relaxing as possible. I start people out with putting their feet on a salt block, which draws out toxins. Then they get to soak in a footbath a bit. Then I have them slip back into their chair, and that’s their time [while I massage their feet]. Some people fall asleep, others unload. Some go from talking to dozing off. I never make anyone get up right away. They can just get up easily when they’re ready to. I try to make people feel comfortable the whole time they’re here.
What do you do with your free time?
I am involved in Chico Permaculture [Guild], the West Lindo Avenue Community Garden, Northern CA [Counties] Time Bank. I work in the park as a crew leader and I volunteer at Laxson [Auditorium] as an usher. My favorite thing to do is to be at the Saturday farmers’ market. I’m going to add reiki [energy healing] to my repertoire.
Reflexology is the art of foot and hand massage. It correlates to all the organs and systems in the body, and it can help you in a wide variety of ways.
A great way to De-stress is with a foot massage. Give it a try.
Reflexology can be done practically anytime and anywhere. The trick is consistency.
We have been impressed with the results from China. Their secret seems to be that they do reflexology once a day for six days in two-week segments. Then they review the results and do more segments as necessary. This requires self-help and family help as well as the guidance of practitioners. The practitioner can give you a quality signal to break up the pattern of stress, but you and your family can provide the quantity to help break it up.
Build reflexology into your life. It is easy to do reflexology while doing other activities. Put a foot roller under your desk or work your hands while waiting for the kids at school. Be creative, but be consistent. Five minutes a day is worth more than an hour once in a while.