Please, Stop Snoring!

Are you driving your partner crazy at night with obnoxiously loud snoring? If so this can put a real damper on sleep time especially if the snorer goes to sleep  first. So what causes snoring and what can you do to reduce it? Continue reading

Ahhh, Anise

Spring is definitely in the air. Lately many of the people I see are suffering with nasty sinus headaches. I don’t claim this will work for everyone, however, I do know that the people I have shared this beautiful midwestern asian flower oil with has had nothing but the best results. It’s called Anise. It has a clean sweetness, in addition to a strong anisic (licorice-like) aroma. You can use Anise Aromatherapy Oil as a face steamer, diffuser or massage it right into your nose if you have a bad headache.  Just put a little drop or two of  Anise oil on your finger and rub into your nose as high as you can get to your sinus cavity and breathe. :) I have seen it work amazingly to open up the bronchial airways within five to ten minutes for dissolving a bad sinus headache. Do have a kleenex handy however, as once that congestion breaks loose, and it will, it is liken to a water balloon that burst onto your face. It’s all good though right? After all, it beats the alternative.

Other benefits of Anise :

Anise tea for digestive issues and menstrual cramps. Anise oil for numbing a mild toothache ( is there such a thing? ;) and you can chew on Anise Stars for sleeplessness.

Caution : Do not use Anise Essential Oil if you are pregnant. Use caution if you have hypersensitive skin or skin problems. Avoid anise oil in endometriosis and estrogen-dependent cancers. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use essential oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using essential oils with children  It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you’ve never used before.

Shine as Love & Light,

Jules 

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The Power of Breath!

Breathing is the most important thing we do as humans and is vital for life to exist. Improper breathing results in insufficient oxygen to our cells and organs and causes tightness in our neck and shoulders. Most people breathe shallow because they use their chest to breathe. Proper breathing is done from your diaphragm and it is the natural way babies breathe. Somewhere along the way we forget how to breathe naturally and began to force our breath. Today you will learn how to breath deep and experience the healthy benefits of diaphragmatic breathing. Follow these steps and enjoy the power of breath.

1. Inhale through your nostrils. As you slowly inhale, place your hand on your abdomen and feel the air filling up your stomach, then up to your diaphragm (the muscle just below the lungs), into your lower chest, then to the middle of your chest, and finally reaching your upper chest.

2. Exhale through nostrils. The air will travel back down from your upper chest, to the middle chest, to the lower, and down to your stomach. Draw your stomach in towards your spine, squeezing the air out.

3. Repeat this 10 times. Do this several times throughout the day or if you are feeling tense or need an energy boost.

You will find that the more often you breath this way, the easier it gets. Eventually you will breath this way naturally without thinking about it. You can breath through your mouth as well, but when you breath through your nose the impurities in the air are filtered by the cilia in your nose.  Give it a shot . Your body will thank you. Enjoy!