Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Children's Health

Recently, it came to my attention that not only are we more stressed out by all the rush, technology and environment but so are our children.  What affects us, affects them as well. 

First, we need to try to slow it down a bit.  If your kids are not invovled in an activity every single day, it's not a bad thing.  They need balance just like we do so don't push them through a dozen sports, lessons, projects or groups.  Give them a break and yourself one as well.  I suggest at the very least, one night a week where NOTHING is planned and have a family night.  Hang out, talk/listen and just enjoy each other.

Second, just like us, they need a balanced diet and multivitamin.  If they are still tired, stressed, irritable, etc see a doctor first to rule out any medical conditions.  Then find out what natural supplements will help them. 

Third, I can't stress enough the aromatherapy for the health of children.  It's non-evasive and can offer a great deal of benefits.

Finally, it's not just fast foods and video game abuse that lead to obesity.  It's a proven fact that stress and fatigue lend themselves to overeating and obesity in kids and adults, alike.

OBESITY
"Take lavender, jasmine, patchouli or ylang-ylang to help you calm down before you eat your regular meal plan. These essential oils will relax and improve your emotional well-being." (http://www.aromatherapy-at-home.com/aromatherapy-for-stress.html)

STRESS
"
Sample of Aromatherapy for stress relief :
  • 5 drops of Chamomile
  • 3 drops of Geranium
  • 5 drops of Lavender
  • 2 drops of Lemon.
To Use: You can put this blend into a warm bath or sauna, in a diffuser, or just put in a spray bottle to use as a room spray that has a bit more power.
For massage you can add 2 drop each of Cedar, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Lavender into 2 ounces of lotion or carrier oil, and enjoy a relaxing massage." (http://www.aromatherapy-at-home.com/aromatherapy-for-stress.html)

FATIGUE
Essential oils for energy: cinnamon, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, fir, ginger, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary


Aromatherapy for Energy
This invigorating massage oil or soak can help put a bounce back in your step.

Pick-Me-Up Combo
  • 8 drops lemon oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 2 drops peppermint oil
  • 1 drop cinnamon leaf oil
  • 1 drop cardamom oil (expensive, so optional)
  • 2 ounces vegetable oil
Combine the ingredients. Use as a massage oil, add 2 teaspoons to your bath, or add 1 teaspoon to a footbath. Without the vegetable oil, this combination can be used in an aromatherapy diffuser, simmering pan of water, or a potpourri cooker -- or it can be added to 2 ounces of water for an air spray. The cardamom oil is optional, but, oh, does it enhance this massage oil! Use it as often as you like.
(http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/aromatherapy/how-to-treat-fatigue-with-aromatherapy.htm)

I have, personally, found that massaging my son's back, legs and arms before bed is relaxing to him.  Add aromatherphy massage and you will have a happier, healthier kid in the long run.  All good habits start with Mom and Dad so step up and get them in the habit of taking care of themselves now.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sexual Health: A Joint AdVenture

We all know that men have tons of testosterone and usually flaunt that every chance they get.  Women, with higher estrogen, aren't usually nearly as sexual.  But the sexual experience between commited partners is one of life's purest joys.  So what to do when the kids, career, errands, housework...etc leave you feeling less than frisky?

No hormones is not the answer here.  It's about mental and physical stimulation so let's start, as usual, with a multivitamin.  This should lead to the discovery of whether fatigue is an issue or other vitamin deficiencies.  But let's take it one step further...add motivation and passion to your love life naturally.

First, let's talk mental attentiveness.  This comes down to mental acuity.  My recommendation (and personal preference) is Neuro PS.  It add zest to the mind and imagination in several areas of life: work, kids, and sexual exploration. 

Second, anytime fatigue plays a role in our day to day, Vitamin B Complex is a great way to fight that feeling of giving up and laying down until Spring. 

Third, supplements like Ginseng (known to be an aprodisiac) or foods like oysters and dark chocolate can help get the motor going.  But don't forget that the wrong daily diet can lend itself as the cause of fatigue, low sex drive, moodiness and depression.  None of which are conducive to a happy sex life.  Lay off too much alcohol, eat foods high in fiber, drink lots of water and exercise (even if it's only 15 minutes of stretching, walking or, my favorite, dancing).

Finally, setting the mood is overlooked much of the time.  Guys especially need to keep in mind that women are more responsive to sight, touch, sound and smell when it comes to eroticism so turn that music on; touch and hold her (oil massages are a definite turn on here); and use aromatherapy in oils, candles, room fragrance and/or bubble baths. 

Examples:
SUPPLEMENTS
Coleus- Coleus helps in the relaxation of smooth muscles and increases blood flow, both important actions in a healthy sexual response.

Comfrey- Comfrey has been shown to affect the sex hormones which stimulate the ovaries and testes. Such a hormonal effect is also indicated by traditional belief.

Dong Quai-Dong quai's ability to optimize female hormones sets the stage for responsiveness to sexual desire. Sexual pleasure, particularly orgasmic intensity, may be enhanced with the use of dong quai.

AROMATHERAPY
Aromatic Oils like Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood and Neroli are natural aphrodisiacs.  Other scents that increase sexuality and reduce premature ejaculation are Lavendar, Cinammon, Cherry and Sage.

Remember: A healthy, happy sex life starts in the brain and works its way down.  So don't be in a rush to get the quick fix...do the work and the ultimate sexual connection will be made.

**If you have a specific sexual issue, erectile dysfunction, impotence, dryness, etc, please email me and I will research and post a blog about it.  I will NEVER, NEVER use your name in my blog.  All correspondence with me is confidential.