September 28, 2011

Making holistic medicine known around the world

I recently read an article about a new attempt at letting people know about the many benefits of holistic medicine.

This time it is a woman, Lu Pierro of Union Township (Hunterdon County) who came up with the innovative idea of asking holistic health practitioners all around the world to devote one day (this day being October 2nd) to teaching and demonstrating their art.

She has called this project "Worldwide Holistic Day", and her idea is to turn it into a yearly event. One of the ways she plans to spread the news is obviously by using the Internet, which I believe is one of the most effective techniques used nowadays to let masses know about an event.

Some people may believe that her idea is a bit far-fetched –some have gone as far as to name her project “the Woodstock of holistic events”. I on the other hand think that, if practitioners agree to take part in it, the project will be highly successful.

Lu Pierro is planning to set the example by giving some Reiki lessons for free. Bearing in mind that Reiki is considered worldwide as a healing system that works on the body’s energy centers, I would really love to be able to take part in one of her classes.

There will be open houses at various Wellness Centers around the world, as well as various instructive classes, such as yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture and the like. Also practitioners will talk about the benefits of holistic food and different relaxation techniques. You should make sure to take advantage of one of these if you are suffering from stress –something unfortunately typical these days.

Something that really interested me is the fact that Lu Pierro describes holistic medicine as a complement to modern medicine –not just as something that threatens to replace it. Focusing on the mind rather than on the actual body, the goal of holistic treatments is to engage patients in healing themselves.

I do believe that it is essential to hold on to something and keep your levels of optimism high when you are sick and want to get better, and it is my impression that holistic medicine can be instrumental in this.

Do you wonder where Pierro got her ideas from? What actually inspired her were all those people affected by world disasters (such as the earthquake in Chile). As holistic therapies focus on the reduction of suffering, she believes that they can be fully instrumental in times of crisis. I have to admit that I agree with her 100%.

Pierro’s website is Make sure to have a look at it if you want to get informed about this amazing event.

September 25, 2011

Holistic medicine extends its benefits to animals

Can you picture taking your dog for an acupuncture session? Or treating your cat with aromatherapy to calm down its nerves? This can actually be done nowadays.

Alternative medicine has now extended its many benefits to pets.

Although this is rather a new idea it is already starting to become popular among veterinarians. Holistic medicine offers a vast array of alternative treatments for pets, such as herbs, acupuncture, massage, essential oils and aromatherapy, physical therapy and the like.

Dr. Joyce Loeser is among some of the many vets who have decided to bet on holistic medicine. She claims that, the same way as people are already starting to question conventional health care for themselves, so are they looking for better options for their pets. Actually she started treating her "patients" this way nine years ago, and her business has been on the increase since then.

People used to question her ways at the beginning, but now the concept of holistic medicine is slowly but firmly starting to catch on.

Dr. Loeser cites the example of "Vinny the opossum", who was rescued by his owner Robin Castellon after suffering a dog attack. He was treated with physical therapy and acupuncture, and after almost 10 months of treatment the proud doctor is happy to announce that the little animal thrived.

Castellon used to take a trip to the vet around three times a week at the beginning; nowadays he just takes Vinny for an acupuncture session from time to time.

There are around 30,000 vets in the USA and at present only 6 per cent are applying holistic medicine.

Actually the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association has been at work since 1992; it started off with just 30 members, which looks like nothing compared to the 900 members it has now.

Little by little vets are starting to become certified in alternative practices such as acupuncture. In Florida the International Veterinary Acupuncture society trains around 120 vets every year.

Holistic vets of course charge much more than traditional ones –sometimes even three times more. But if you are considering the welfare of your pet, you might as well want to give all this a try.

Beware of salvia divinorum

Ocean City has one more time decided to take the lead at protecting its citizens’ health, this time by banning an imitation recreational drug which can be the cause of highly serious problems.

It is to be remembered that around two years ago –specifically in 2009- salvia divinorum was banned from the market in this same resort. The consumption of this drug, a hallucinogenic herb, was legal; however, Ocean city decided not to take the risk and prevent their citizens from taking it.

The drug we are talking about now is known as K2 –some people also know it as Spice or Cloud. It is actually a recreational drug which imitates marijuana and which is also smoked.

It can be found in every market sold as aromatherapy or even incense, and even though it is clearly established in the packages that human beings are not supposed to consume it, it has been proved that many Ocean City residents have been smoking it.

When questioned about it, one store clerk admitted that smoking this herb causes a reaction similar to the one experienced when smoking marijuana. It is still not clear why, while the latter is illegal, the former can be freely bought and sold, considering the effects it produces are similar.

In 2010 Ocean City representatives clearly specified in a letter sent to this herb’s retailers that all substances aimed at imitating the effects caused by illegal drugs are banned by a series of state and federal laws.

These letters were instrumental in removing K2 from the market around July 2010. It is to be wondered now why the drug was being commercialized again this summer.

A number of K2 overdoses have been reported, clearly showing that the substance is not a harmless one. Then why is it that the drug was not definitely banned?

The city Mayor sent a new round of letters to all K2 retailers, and towards the end of August the manufacturing, sale and possession of the drug was banned in Ocean City. It is still to be decided which the consequences will be for violating this ordinance.

Unfortunately it is becoming a big hard for state legislation to take effect. The House of Delegates approved a ban on K2, but this ban has not passed the Senate yet.

This is why Ocean City decided not to wait for state action, and banned it completely from all its stores, obviously having in mind the welfare of its citizens.

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September 21, 2011

What about a dog spa?

Who would say no to a day spent in an aromatherapy spa, enjoying a facial treatment and a soothing bubble bath?

This does sound like the perfect gift you can give any of your friends –they would certainly love you for it!

So, why not offer your very best friend the possibility to enjoy this luxurious escapade? Yes, I am definitely talking about your dog!

Thanks to A Dog’s Dream Doggy Day Spa, canines weighing less than 30 pounds can now enjoy a day at a spa center specifically planned for them at a very convenient price.

This new Doggy Spa which located at Pittsford’s Monroe Avenue is a combination of a day care center and a spa and boutique, offering a wide variety of fancy stuff for canines, ranging from doggy wines and doggy beer to nail polish and grooming.

And the best things is you can check up on your own dog while it is being cuddled by using a tiny camera!

Read more post about aromatherapy for dog

September 18, 2011

Essential tips on how to combat sleep deprivation

Who can claim to never have had any trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night? Actually, sleep deprivation is one of the most common problems people experience in our modern society.

It is not just a matter of how uncomfortable all this tossing and turning can be; insomnia and/or poor sleep can be really dangerous if not treated at all.

It has been proved that these sleep disorders can increase people’s chances of suffering from hypertension and blood clots.

Sleeping pills do bring a temporary solution to these problems; however, they can be dangerous in that they add other risks, such as memory problems, drowsiness during the day and even dangerous falls.

You surely don’t want to run the risk of falling victim to one of these problems… If you are already experiencing some minor sleeping disorders, Here are some natural, easy to follow suggestions that can make it simple for you to sleep better.

• Do not spend so much time in bed. Remember: the bed should only be used for sleeping. Your brain should not associate it with watching TV, paying bills, and, above all, you should never use your bed as your personal office!

• You should wait until you are really sleepy to get into bed. If you don’t you will most probably be tempted to start doing all the stuff previously mentioned in it.

• Have plenty of exercise in the morning, this never fails to make you feel sleepy at night.

• Do not try to stay in bed forcing your eyes closed if you cannot fall asleep. Get up and do some stuff that will make you drowsy, such as reading a (boring) book, or doing some gentle stretches.

• Aromatherapy is known to work miracles in these cases. Lavender for example usually causes a soothing effect. Other options is you can buy a pillow spray with lavender oil inside. or make it your own. Here is how -- Sleepy Time Bedtime Spray

• Stick to a regular sleeping schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time every day. Remember: your body does benefit from a consistent sleep rhythm.

To know more about sleep and aromatherapy, please Read our AromaLiving, Issue #009 -- June 2008

September 15, 2011

A healthier way to reverse Type 2 Diabetes

What is Diabetes Type 2?

Regarding type 2 diabetes two major organs are involved: the liver and the pancreas. These are the two organs that need to be healed in order for the diabetes to be reversed.

Traditional medicine makes use of prescribed drugs, such as Glucaphage and Metformin, to try and heal this disease.

However, all these drugs do is mask type 2 diabetes. There is a much more natural and healthier way to successfully heal the pancreas and liver: by means of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

There are actually 3 different Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils which have been proven to successfully treat Type 2 Diabetes in a large group of patients.

These Essential Oils do not damage your organs, nor do they cause adverse reactions such as diarrhoea, vomiting, drowsiness, abdominal pain (just to mention some of the typical harsh reactions experienced when taking prescribed chemical medicines). On the contrary: not only are they helpful in healing your damaged organs, they are known to do that without causing you any harm.

Ocotea essential oil from young living is extracted from the Ocotea tree (actually it is contained in the plant’s stem and leaves) in Ecuador. This essential oil is known to have the highest level of alpha-humulene (higher even than the levels found in copaiba); alpha-humulene successfully balances the body’s internal response to irritation. Ocotea also has Eucalyptol (which works on the lungs).

Among its advantages, Ocotea can successfully balance the pancreatic and liver enzymes, thus being a wonderful solution to diabetes. The recommended dose is 1 to 3 drops of Ocotea under the tongue 3 times a day: it has been proven to reduce glucose levels, making them drop to up to 30 points in an amazingly short time. How does it work? By lowering cortisol, which in turn lowers insulin.

Dr. Jed Adamson tested Ocotea, and some of his investigation was actually videotaped. One of his most impressive achievements was the drastic reversal of the disease in a patient who was suffering from diabetes’ most upsetting symptoms, such as cold feet, low energy and, of course, high blood sugar. After taking Ocotea for a week, his blood sugar went from 330 to 212, and then down to 140 (the normal level being 150). Absolutely impressive!

More on Aromatherapy Treatment for health problems

September 12, 2011

How to get rid of bed bugs

Bed bugs are tough to eliminate because some are highly pesticide resistant, and can live for a very long time without food. Recent studies have shown that among all pests, bed bugs are unfortunately one of the toughest to control.

Among the many products available for pest control a very effective one is the spraying of alarm pheromones –which can make chemical treatments work in a more effective way; however, such pheromones are not available in the market yet.

There are also some natural products available, such as diatomaceous earth and using essential oils like orange oils, and lemongrass essential oil. Essential oils are very natural because it didn’t leave any residue and you can mixed them to reduced-risk chemicals.

September 9, 2011

How to use aromatherapy to influence the way you feel

People tend to associate certain smells with experiences they have had throughout their lives. Some specific odors have the capacity to elicit memories from the past, be they good or bad.

It is very common to hear women refer to some smells that made them feel nauseous during their pregnancy as still arising similar feelings –even though they are no longer pregnant.

Likewise, a positive experience from the past –such as a wedding, a party or a trip- can be brought back to the present by smelling an odor which was present during that event.

Psychologists and psychiatrists can –and some most certainly do- also take advantage of this strong bond, in that they can help their patients recall specific memories or events by using aromas that have a strong connection to these episodes.

Some experiments have been carried out in which the professional "trains" the patient to experience a specific feeling by linking this feeling with an aroma, in this way conditioning the patient to elicit this state at their will.

People can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy at home without the need of professional training; it is just important to bear some issues in mind so as to avoid having a negative experience.

Above all it is essential to choose natural substances rather than synthetic ones, which can even have a toxic effect. Then it would help to try and identify which odors are related to nice, soothing experiences in your life, and also which ones could bring about negative memories, so as to favor the former and avoid the latter.

There is a vast array of aromas to choose from, ranging from flowers to plants, herbs or even food. Which odors will do the trick is of course very personal, you should take your time to smell and let your feelings do the work.

Essential oils are one of the most effective tools aromatherapy uses in that they are highly concentrated, thus just a tiny quantity is required to obtain the necessary results.

They can be applied to many different uses, the most common one being diffusing them; however, they make the perfect complement in a massage or a hot bath.

Aromatherapy has been experiencing a constant growth in the last few years as people become knowledgeable about its many benefits and the simple way in which it can be applied.

September 6, 2011

Cooking with orange essential oils

Essential oils are known to be highly beneficial, and they can be applied to many different uses, such as diffusing them or turning them into the best complement for a massage or a hot bath.

Now, have you ever considered using them in an actual cooking recipe? You should definitely have a go at it! Here you can learn how to use orange essential oil to prepare just the perfect sauce to go with your fish: Seared Pineapple Salsa. Yummy, right? Try it out and enjoy!

Just cook some fish the way you always do – I recommend poaching it in the oven in a white wine sauce first.

While you are doing this gather all the ingredients you will need to make this tasty “salsa”:

¼ inch slices of a ripe pineapple
½ cup of diced and seeded red bell pepper
2 teaspoons of purée chipotle chile (you can buy canned chipotle peppers and put them in the food processor together with some cilantro)
1 tablespoon of lime juice (fresh)
½ bunch of minced cilantro (fresh)
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 to 3 drops of Orange Essential Oil

Caramelize the pineapple slices by cutting them in half first and then sautéing them in a non stick pan over medium heat (no need to use oil or margarine here). Sauté until golden brown (it should take around 8 minutes).

Cut the pineapples into dices and let them cool. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend them together, and… that’s it! It is a very simple recipe, yet it will enhance the flavor –and the therapeutic benefits- of your food.

This sauce can be served together with chicken, pork or fish (it goes well with mahi-mahi, tuna or swordfish).

The Many Benefits of Orange Essential Oil

This oil is generally used as an uplifter and antidepressant. Citrus essential oils have been found to enhance immunity, reduce stress and depression, and have a soothing effect.

Orange essential oil has many medical properties; it can be used as a relaxant, anti tumoral, anti coagulant and body stimulant. It also combats hypertension, arteriosclerosis, insomnia, cancer, wrinkles and fluid retention.

More information on orange essential oils

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September 4, 2011

Need to calm your kids during the storm? Try aromatherapy!

Aromatherapy has been recently discovered that, among its many uses, it can be highly effective in helping people who are afraid of storms, especially kids.

Extreme weather conditions can be a cause of great fear among little ones, and sometimes they get so scared they are very hard to soothe. Even if the storm is not a dangerous one it can cause severe emotional strain, which for little kids could be very stressful.

Essential oils have been proved to be of help in coping with emotional stress. Indeed some of them are often prescribed to people who need to calm their nervous system, because they can promote relaxation and soothing. Among these, the most common ones are tangerine, orange and lavender essential oils.

How to use this oil?

Just drop a few drops of oil into your hands and rub them together in a clockwise fashion.
It is also recommended to take a couple of deep breaths to inhale the oil.

Another possibility is to apply some drops of the essential oil on the soles of your feet and rub them with your hand.

Those above oils also works for scared dogs as well. A light brush over their coats with oil infused hands will definitely make them feel better.

So don’t forget to have some essential oils at hand should you learn that a storm is approaching!

Get other tips how to use aromatherapy for children

September 3, 2011

The Use of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils in Medical Treatment.

People tend to confuse essential oils bought at health food stores or pharmacies with Therapeutic Grade Essential oils; however, the former are not the real deal, and it is important to know how to differentiate both.

Here are some important tips:


The chemical constituents which make up essential oils, which are usually affected by many different factors (such as soil condition, types of fertilizers used, geography, weather, etc.), are the key factor in determining their purity.

A high quality therapeutic grade essential oil should preserve its aromatic compounds; to achieve so it requires a specific distillation process, where certain levels of pressure and temperature have to be respected.

Pesticides and agrochemicals must of course be avoided, since they can mix into the essential oil and make it toxic.

The efficiency of essential oils resides basically on their purity; this is why synthetic oils can never achieve the same therapeutic benefits, and they can even pose a risk to consumers. Plus, some of the main chemical compounds cannot be manufactured in a lab.


The AFNOR (Association French Normalization Organization Regulation) and ISO (International Standards Organization) standards in Europe outline the main components and chemical profile of true top quality essential oils.

These standards help scientists study different oils and check them to see if they contain the required balance of constituents. Some labs in the US are slowly starting to adopt these European standards.

How therapeutic grade essential oils are used

Essential oils can be effectively used through ingestion, topical application, inhalation or rectal and/or vaginal retention; however, it has been proved that they bring about the most benefits when they are consumed orally. Topical application is also very common and effective (the most common oils used being valerian, rosemary and bay laurel), as is inhalation.

Therapeutic grade essential oils can be used as antioxidants and stimulants of the brain’s limbic system; they are known to promote emotional balance, appetite control, and perform various immune functions. People suffering from different chronic diseases (such as Systemic Lupus) have experienced the positive effects of essential oils, thus showing that alternative therapies may be of as much help –and sometimes even more- as prescription medicine.
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