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January 2015

I hope this new year finds you happy and healthy. Every new year we try to make resolutions. Often our goals are quite lofty and we are very hard on ourselves when we fall short. How about, this year, we strive to be more kind and accepting of ourselves and others? We are all unique and beautiful and it is detrimental to our mental and physical well being to acknowledge that. Be grateful. Take care of yourself and those you love.
Adopting a healthier lifestyle can be overwhelming because we are always anxious to reap the rewards but weary of the hard work that goes into it. Don't stress. Take one step at a time. Before you know it you will be looking back to the day you made that decision and you will realize that a great deal of time has passed, and now, you are standing right where you wanted to be when you first started your journey.

When you look at yourself in the mirror, don't scrutinize. Try to think in terms of health. "What do I need to do to make my self: my skin, my body (inside and out), my mind healthy?" Not, "I hate my nose." Love who you are right here right now. Be kind and loving. Be healthy. Be, unapologetically, you! 


Did you know that body treatments can alleviate the effects of anxiety and stress, relieve dry and itchy skin, soothe aching joints and muscles, lessen the appearance of cellulite, firm the skin, and nourish and detoxify the body? To take advantage of the half price body treatment trial offer, please contact me at 330-402-1258 to make your appointment, or book it online. See you soon!


Beautiful skin is the reflection of a healthy body.

The following recipes are from Hands on Healing Remedies, by Stephanie Tourles:

Herbal Scalp Conditioner and Stimulator

This bled of rosemary, basil, and lemon helps stimulate circulation, cleanse and oxygenate the follicles, encourage hair growth, and nourish the roots. It also aids in balancing sebum production, so don't be afraid to use it if your scalp is oily. It has a sharp, fresh fragrance and may cause the scalp to tingle. If you wish, you can actually sleep with this blend on your scalp and hair for ultimate conditioning. If your hair and scalp are very dry, you may not need to shampoo after treatment at all.

It usually takes a minimum of 3 months to see noticeable new growth. Many people, though, notice a dramatic improvement in the texture and appearance f existing hair much sooner, even after the first use, expecially if the hair is quite dry, overprocessed, or straw-like.


30 drops rosemary essential oil

15 drops basil essential oil

15 drops lemon essential oil

10 drops geranium essential oil

5 drops clove essential oil

1/2 cup jojoba


Add the rosemary, basil, lemon, geranium, and cloe essential ois drop by drop directly into a storage bottle. Add the jojoba. Cap the bottle and shake vigorously for 2 minutes to blend. Label the bottle and place it in a cool, dark location for 24 hours to synergize,

To use:

Shake well. Place one to two teaspoons of the oil blend I a small bowl. Apply the oil with your fingertips, gradually massaging the entire amount into your dry scalp for several minutes, making sure to rub a little down the length of your hair and onto the ends. Wrap your hair completely with plastic wrap or a plastic shower cap. then cover it with a very warm, damp towel. Replace with another warm towel once the first has cooled.

Leave on for at least 30-45 minutes, or overnight (if you do this, remove the plastic and sleep with a dry towel on your pillow to absorb the oil). Then rinse and lightly shampoo your hair with a chemical-free, low-sudsing product, if needed. Follow with a conditioner, if desired.


Cool Your Jets: Pulse Point Inhalant Balm


This aromatic balm lends incredible soothing effects to help balance a central nervous system that is on edge. A tiny amount can be massaged n any spot where you feel tension, or you can inhale the calming aroma directly from the jar s needed to mentally relax. I recommend it for nervous tension, anxiety, headaches, and insomnia.


4 tablespoons shea butter

30 drops lavender essential oil

25 drops bergamot essential oil

10 drops geranium essential oil


Warm the shea butter in a small saucepan or double boiler very low heat, until it is just melted. Remove from the heat. Add the lavender, bergamot, and geranium essential oils directly into your storage container, then slowly pour in the liquefied shea butter. Gently stir the balm to blend. Cap and label the container and set aside until the balm has thickened.

Unlike beeswax, shea butter takes a long time to completely thicken, and this formula may need up o 24 hours, depending on the temperature in your kitchen. Whit it is ready, it will be very thick, semi-hard, and white or creamy yellow.


To use:

A pea-sized amount is all you need. Using more might cause light-headedness or grogginess. Massage into your temples, under your nose, on your throat, on e nape of your neck, on your chest, or on your pulse points - wrists, inside of elbows, back of knees, and just under the earlobes. To use the balm as a relaxing inhalant, breathe deeply from the jar for 10-15 breaths. Use within one year.


Healing Hot Pepper and Ginger Liniment

This formula is quite heating and is recommended for treating arthritic joints with poor circulation that are cool to the touch while being quite stiff and painful. Both cayenne and ginger rank at the top of the herbal "heat list" and help break up stagnation in the joints and surrounding tissues, stimulating blood flow and circulation. This is a non-greasy formulation. The herbal properties will remain on the skin after application, but the alcohol will evaporate.

1 cup heavy fresh ginger, finely

chopped, sliced, or grated

1 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin

2 1/2 cups unflavored vodka

Place the ginger, cayenne, and glycerin in a 1-quart canning jar and pour the vodka over them. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the mouth of the jar, then screw on the lid. Shake the jar for about 30 seconds to blend the contents thoroughly.

Store the jar in a cool, dark place for 4 weeks so that the vodka can extract the valuable chemical components from the herbs. Shake the jar for 15-30 seconds each day.

At the end of the 4-weeks, strain the herbs through a fine-mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Strain again if necessary to remove all herb debris. Be sure to remove all of the pepper particles. Press or squeeze the herbs to release all the valuable herbal extract. Discard the herbs. Pour the liquid into storage containers. Cap, label, and store in a cool dark cabinet.

To use:

Briskly massage a small amount of the liniment into any area that is cool to the touch and affected by arthritic stiffness and pain. Do not apply to abraded, cut, punctured, or recently shaved skin, as it will sting like crazy! A tingling or warming feeling is to be expected, but if an uncomfortable reaction such as a red, stinging rash or a burning sensation occurs, wash the area with soap and water immediately and discontinue use.


French Lavender Drops: Serious Blemish Treatment

I occasionally use lavender essential oil "neat: or undiluted to ward off infection, ease a tension headache, or dry up blemishes, cystic acne, or cold sores. I can almost guarantee that applying this essential oil blend directly to a blemish will reduce the blemish in size by at least 50 percent within 24 hours. The blend fights bacterial proliferation, eases inflammation and redness, and aids in skin cell regeneration.

I recommend using these herbal drops to treat hormonal or adult acne that tends to develop after age 35, especially along the jawline. Adult acne is notorious for leaving red "stains" or hyperpigmentation marks on the skin that can take up to 6 months to fade. With the application of these concentrated herbal drops at the first sign of a blemish breakout, the resultant stains are a thing of the past, or at least greatly minimized. Remember - don't pick your blemishes!

2 drops rosemary (chemotype verbenon) essential oil

2 drops tea tree or niaouli essential oil

2 drops thyme (chemotype linalool) essential oil

1 drop German chamomile essential oil

1 tablespoon lavender essential oil

Add the rosemary, tea tree, thyme, and German chamomile essential oils drop by drop directly into a storage bottle. Add the lavender essential oil. Screw the top on the bottle and shake vigorously for 2 minutes to blend. Label the bottle and place in a cool, dark location for 24 ours so that the oils can synergize.

To use:

Shake well. In the morning and evening, after cleansing he affected blemish or blemished area, apply the appropriate toner, astringent, or herbal hydrosol to your skin. Pat dry. Apply 1 drop to each blemish and gently tap it into the skin and surrounding area.

This is a highly potent herbal medicine with a gentle touch. Apply it by the drop to cuts, scrapes, punctures, burns, bug bites and stings, boils, bedsores and skin ulcers, blisters, ingrown toenails and ingrown hairs.


Turn on the tap full blast and pour the soda and the salt into the tub. When the tub is full, add the essential oil and swish the water with your hands to mix. No refrigeration is required if you make an extra batch or two, but store salts in a dry, airtight container, and for maximum freshness and potency, please use within 6 months. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes.


Surround Me in Comfort: Warming Bath Oil


Feeling all stuffed up? Got the chills, aches, pains, and general misery of a cold or flu? Then a detoxifying sweat session with this bath oil is just the thing you need to ease your symptoms, open your sinuses, warm your core, and relax your entire body so that you can sleep soundly and get the healing rest you so desperately need. Ginger, thyme, lavender, palmarosa, d pine essential oils deliver antiseptic and antiviral properties, stimulate sluggish circulation, induce perspiration, relieve muscle tension and aching joints, and even relieve headaches due to congestion. 

Do not use this therapy if you are running a fever, sweating, or are extremely weak and debilitated, as it will exacerbate your symptoms.


20 drops ginger essential oil

15 drops palmarosa essential oil

15 drops thyme (chemotype linalool) essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

1 cup jojoba base oil


Add the ginger, palmarosa, thyme, Scotch pine, and lavender essential oils drop by drop directly into a storage bottle. Add the jojoba base oil. Cap the bottle and shake vigorously for 2 minutes. Label he bottle and place in a cool, dark location so that the oils can synergize.

To use:

This healing, detoxification process can be performed in the morning, if you are staying home for the day, and also at night before bed. Turn up the heat and make a mug of fresh ginger, cinnamon spice, or decaf chai tea, or just plain hot water with lemon juice. Run a hot bath, with the door closed.

When the tub is nearly full, add 1-2 tablespoons f bath oil under running water and swish to blend. Ease into the soothing bath and lie back for about 20 minutes while you sip your tea. Sweating helps release toxins from your pores.

Herbal Spice Warming Hand and Foot Massage Oil


This remedy contains three of the most warming spices in the herb world: ginger, cayenne, and cloves. They definitely deliver heat and circulatory-stimulating benefits to cold hands and feet.


1 1/2 cups fresh ginger, finely chopped, sliced, or grated

1 tablespoon crushed cloves

1 teaspoon ground cayenne

2 cups sesame oil

2,000 IU vitamin E oil


Combine the ginger, cloves, and cayenne with the sesame oil in a 2 quart saucepan or double boiler and stir thoroughly to blend. The mixture should look like a thick, cloudy, reddish orange slurry. Bring the mixture to just shy of a simmer (between 125 and 135 degrees. Do not let the oil actually simmer. It will degrade the quality of your infused oil. Do not put the lid on the pot.

Allow the herbs to macerate in the oil over low heat for 6 hours. Check the temperature and stir every 30 minutes or so with a thermometer and adjust the heat accordingly. If you are using a double boiler, add more water to the bottom pot as necessary. 

After 6 hours, remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer lined with a fine filter. Strain again. Squeeze the herbs to extract as much of the precious oil as possible. Discard the pant matter.

Add the vitamin E oil and stir to blend. Pour into a storage container. Cap and label. Store in a cool dry cupboard.

To use:

Briskly massage a small amount of this warming oil into cold feet and hands several times per day, or as desired. Wash hands after application; if treatment was for hands, wear gloves or keep your hands away from your eyes for 30 minutes.



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