Kate Deriso
As a Bowen Therapist, I work with a lot of people who are in pain.  This includes musculoskeletal injuries as well as migraines, headaches, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, and Lyme Disease.  I started to incorporate essential oils into my practice in order to enhance people’s healing process.  I studied on my own and had a decent working knowledge of what essential oils to use for certain desired outcomes.  About three years ago, I used essential oils on a client, who had Lyme disease, during her Bowen session.  We previously had just done a straight Bowen session with no oils and her results were minimal.  Well, she phoned me a week after her session to report that she had never been without pain this long before in all her time living with Lyme.  She said, “Kate, I think you are really on to something here”.  After that, I immediately signed up for my Aromatherapy Certification training with the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy.  I figured that if I am “on to something”, I had better get some more solid education on essential oils so I really know what I am doing.  

As I was going through my training, I was horrified when I kept hearing story after story of people being told that it is perfectly safe to use essential oils indiscriminately.  For example, a few drops of an oil on your tongue or in your drinking water; using essential oils for pregnant and/or lactating women, children and infants; essential oils in eyes, ears, and nose; undiluted on skin.  This is remarkably irresponsible.  And by the way, it has nothing to do with any particular brand.  It has to do with chemistry and biology.  
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We asked, you answered! We asked this question on our Facebook page: "What are your favorite toddler snack ideas?". Our awesome fans jumped right in and shared their favorites!

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Valerie Goulding

The most important daily Ayurvedic practice is self-massage, otherwise known as Abyangha (ah-bee-YAWN-gah). I’m excited to introduce you to this, as the timing is perfect: performing a self-massage will help you manage the stress of the holidays, and "daily Abyangha" is a great thing to add to your list of New Year's Resolutions!

Hands-down, it’s my favorite daily practice and the one that makes them most difference in how I feel. It takes a little getting used to and can be daunting to try for the first time. All that oil. Sheesh. But ladies. If you’ve been needing an excuse to slather your entire body with warm oil infused with medicinal herbs on a daily basis, look no further.

Ayurvedically speaking, its mandatory. This practice can take you from crazy to calm in 15 minutes. And women the world over have been doing it for thousands of years. Once you try it, you’ll understand why...