April 30, 2010

Summer Feet

We had a few warm days earlier this month so I broke out my summer shoes. What a great moment- I get so tired of boots and winter shoes by march. My feet, howver, were not quite as ready as I was. Someday, I will have more time for pedicures, but these days, I'm not quite there yet. However, I found some good combinations of oils and something I can do every day to take care of it on my own.
First- I use the Sea Salt Body Scrub on my feet (and elbows) daily. It makes it easier to maintain rough heels and I do love the smell.
Second- I combine Elemi and Joy oils with a moisturizer (I like Aveeno) and that addresses the cracks in heels really well.  Both of these blends and combinations can easily be recreated by anyone, so I encourage you take control of your feet and try it!

*These statements are not approved by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose or treat any illness or disease.

April 25, 2010

A Surprise With Lavender

I've been experimenting again. This time though, on myself. Allergy season arrived at the usual time this year- early April. I had heard of several people using Lavender oil to combat seasonal allergies. I have to be honest here and say I didn't believe it. I've suffered for almost 20 years and remember times where my eyes were so puffy I was stuck on the couch in pain with a cold washcloth over them unable to do much of anything else. Days when co-workers thought I was high because of red eyes. And finally, pneumonia or bronchitis from all that mucous dripping into my chest.
All of that said, here is what I have been doing:
At the first sneeze, I put about 2 drops of Lavender into the palm of my hands, rub together, and then cover my nose and mouth with my hands and inhale deeply. I inhale probably about 4 times or until the Lavender smell seems to be subsiding.
The result: I go for a couple of hours without sneezing! I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. After so many years of suffering and using products like Claritin and Zyrtec, I really didn't think there was another option. The only thing  the Lavender doesn't seem to control is the itchy eyes. So, on occasion I am using eye drops.
If you feel like experimenting- this is a good one. It takes more focus than popping a pill once a day, but for the 6-8 weeks of my life I'm doing this, it's not so bad. Given the choice, why not use Lavender? I don't suspect we'll hear on the news in 10 years that there is a long term use side effect of Lavender, when that seems to happen so often with so many synthetic drugs.

*This information is not supported by the FDA and is not meant to treat or diagnose any medical condition. They are based on my experiences only.