Winter can be a difficult season on your physical and emotional health. The days are shorter, it is cold in most parts of the country, and colds and the flu are more prevalent.
During any season there are a few basics that can help to maintain optimal physical and mental health, such as eating healthful foods, drinking lots of water, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. However, you may be doing everything “right” and still need a little extra support to get you through those short winter days and long winter nights. Whether diffusing, applying topically, or taking internally, doTERRA essential oils can help you strengthen your physical wellness, improve your emotional balance, and fill your home with safe, purifying products. Please join me for a Winter Wellness Essential Oils Workshop to learn more.
Osteoarthritis which is also known as OA is a disease characterized by the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage surrounds joints and cushions them from impact, while helping them to continue moving easily. When the cartilage degenerates and bone begins to rub against bone, people will experience pain and difficulty with motion.
Signs and Symptoms that you might have OA are but not limited to, sore or stiff joints, pain, loss of flexibility or decreased range of motion, rubbing sensation, bone spurs. Most are over the age of 45 who experience OA symptoms, and are generally female, even though both sexes are affected. There are 27 million Americans suffering from this condition.
There are many treatments for Osteoarthritis to include Medication, Therapy, Surgery, Hot and Cold Packs, Chronic pain management classes, Exercise, Weight loss, and Massage.
To use massage therapy as your treatment a doctors must first clear you for massage. There are different mechanisms that can cause pain and reduce flexibility, range of motion, and mobility, so it will be very important to have a treatment plan in place to implement the best type of massage.
Studies done to research whether massage is an effective osteoarthritis treatment indicate that massage does help reduce pain and improve function. Massage is a naturally effective tool in fighting common health problems. A simple 15 minute session with moderate pressure can lead to reduced pain and related anxiety.
It is no secret that drinking water is essential to your health. Not only does it keep the body moving, it also helps the body to cleanse itself naturally by flushing out toxins.
Although most of us will agree staying hydrated is important, it can be difficult to consume the daily recommended amount (roughly 3.0 liters for men and 2.2 for women). Why? Because people are busy, and for some, water may seem boring. The sad reality is there are many people who drink soda instead of water, which can in turn lead to major health consequences, such as obesity, kidney damage, and elevated blood pressure.1
6 Reasons why water is so important for our bodies
1. Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids.
2. Water can help control calories.
3. Water helps energize muscles.
4. Water helps keep skin looking good.
5. Water helps your kidneys.
6. Water helps maintain normal bowel function.
So, in order to flush out toxins and not experience any of the above side effects, it’s pretty clear we need to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. There’s more though—adding essential oils to your drinking water provides antioxidants that help support the cleansing organs and their natural processes to remove even more toxins out of your body. The result—you feel good! Citrus essential oils (lemon, lime, grapefruit, and wild orange) are some of the most preferred to add to water because of their pleasant taste. Citrus essential oils are also high in antioxidants. In a study, lemon and grapefruit essential oils came in 4th and 5th as essential oils exhibiting high antioxidant activity (lavender was 1st).
Cleansing aside, there are many more benefits to adding essential oils to our drinking water. Citrus essential oils can also help to energize and uplift your spirits!
If you are a person who doesn’t like the taste of plain water, or are trying to cut back on soda, try making your water more appealing by adding flavor to it. Just by adding 1-2 drops of any citrus essential oil to your water will give you a wonderful flavor and help give you that extra mood and health boost. Give it a try!
Ho'oponopono is considered by Hawaiians to be the most sacred approach to creating Peace, Love, Health and Happiness in one's daily life. It is an ancient Hawaiian process that allows for the release of problems and blocs that may cause stress, imbalance and disease within oneself.
Ho'oponopono is about creating true freedom and eliminating fears, emotions, ideas and reactions, which contribute to psychological distresses and physical illnesses. The techniques learned will assist in eliminating the conditions that have polluted our existence for so long, much the way we erase useless information stored in a computer.
Create your own Ho'oponopono.
4 step process.
1. Cut the cord. Use beam of light, knife, or other imagery.
2. Transmute the energy of the relationship into white light surrounding the person, place or situation.
3. Recycle transmuted energy back to the universe to be used for something else.
4. Fill the hole left in your aura with something which brings you joy. A vision of the new situation or words of affirmation.
Tammy Bocchino, LMT
I graduated from The Holistic Massage Training Institute in Baltimore, MD September, 2013 and opened the doors of Nirvana the same year with the vision to grow into a full-service wellness center. I have an Associates Degree in Medical Assisting and currently working towards my Associates in Business Management. I relocated to the Baltimore area in 2008 and have enjoyed getting to know all that the Charm City has to offer.
Tammy Kirby-Bocchino, LMT