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Peppermint!Peppermint…some people associate this scent and flavor primarily with the holidays. Candy canes and peppermint concoctions are in our near future as the winter holiday season quickly approaches.

To me, however, peppermint is not just defined by a season.  In fact, I don’t know what I would do without it.

I primarily use peppermint in the forms of sugarless gum, Avalon Organics body lotion, and Whole Foods essential oil. And I use it a lot.

I use peppermint lotion to wake myself up in the morning while I’m putting on my makeup. I also use it to give myself a quick neck/facial massage when I feel a headache, nausea, or congestion coming on. Sometimes I even use it as a pick-me-up if I am feeling down. I chew peppermint gum to wake myself up while I’m driving or working. Chewing peppermint gum also often helps me with indigestion or nausea.

Peppermint is labeled as an antibiotic and antiseptic. In his Hydrotherapy text, RJ Nikola lists peppermint essential oil as a possible therapy for the following conditions: acne, asthma, dermatitis, headaches, migraines, nausea, neuralgia, sinusitis, depression, and mental fatigue.

See why peppermint is my favorite? Here’s to holiday peppermint and to peppermint for all the seasons!

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Take a BreakDo you ever think about running away from everything?

Do you find yourself dreaming about retirement and finally taking that exotic trip?

Do you need a vacation from your vacation?

Many of us have been trained to think that taking a break is something that happens once in a while. We can have a short break at night after work or on the weekends, but we see most of our breaks happening at certain special times or places, like on a dream vacation or at exotic retirement locations.

I propose that we should take breaks throughout our days and work weeks rather than waiting for an appointed time in the future. Obviously work is necessary, but what if you could take care of your responsibilities and still take mini breaks that keep you from feeling like the proverbial hamster running on its wheel?

Here are ten simple ways to take daily breaks that neither have to impede your progress nor wreck your bank account:

  1. Breathe more slowly every once in a while. Take deeper breaths.
  2. Allow yourself stretch breaks. Your body will thank you.
  3. Listen to music while you work or drive (instrumental if you need more concentration).
  4. Listen to the breeze. Stop and let it play across your face.
  5. Remind yourself that sometimes it really is the thought that counts. It’s fun to daydream.
  6. Without ruining your green goals, take a longer shower or bath (mini spa moment).
  7. Find a book or a television show that you can get lost in for a bit.
  8. Take a Staycation. Stay home and get all those little things done. Enjoy your home.
  9. Do your chores with peace in mind. Even washing dishes can be a “zen moment.”
  10. Light a candle or put some drops of your favorite essential oil around your work zone. Also, have some flowers or something bright nearby.

And of course, get a massage. Once a week. Once a month. Once a year. One of my clients sometimes visits Ireland in her mind’s eye during her massage. Talk about Europe on a budget!

So add taking a break to your to do list. You don’t have to wait.

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LavenderThe five senses are all amazing, each in its own way, but let’s talk about our sense of smell because it’s more important than we realize.

One of the aspects of fall that I love are the smells of evergreens, smoky fires, and leaves that linger in the air.  I have heard it said that smell is one of our biggest memory triggers, and a certain smell can definitely hurtle you back in time to a certain memory.

Aromatherapy takes our sense of smell a step further. Certain scents and essential oils can not only affect our moods and our memories, but they can improve our physical well-being.  One of my favorite essential oils is lavender.  I used to dislike the smell, as some of my clients do, but it’s really grown on me over the years.

The benefits of lavender are many, which is part of what changed my mind about it:

  • overall first aid oil
  • immune booster
  • antidepressant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiviral
  • antibacterial

Wow, all this from that little purple flower; it’s nice to know that certain lovely scents can also literally improve our health.

In future posts, I’ll talk about some of my other favorites: peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, and bergamot.  For now though, here’s to that little purple flower that packs quite a punch!

For more: UMMC on lavender

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Open Doors

August 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

I recently opened the doors to my office for ‘a moment to breathe’. I’m easy to find in the office suite of Aksarben Massage Associates (7400 Building on Pacific). If you’ve been looking for a massage therapist or just need a good therapeutic massage, give me a call at 402-316-2014.