Sleep Tips from an Insomniac

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Blog, Clinical Aromatherapy, Paleo, post-partum, progesterone, supplement, Uncategorized, Wellness coaching | 0 comments

Sleep.  We all know that we’re supposed to get 8 hours of sleep.  It’s one of those old recommendations from childhood, like how grandma always told you to eat your vegetables.  “Treat others how you wish to be treated.”  “Don’t talk with your mouth full.”  “Sit up straight.”  “Get your beauty rest.” We have all heard of the increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, decreased immune system function, higher rates of depression, and reduced tolerance to stress that are associated with poor sleep. If we know all these things, why are we such an exhausted society?  Many of those who do keep the mojo up all day often rely on energy drinks and coffee.  There are some who enjoy quality sleep on a regular basis, or can at least replenish their inadequate sleep on the weekends.  They are NOT parents of infants or young children. I have had issues with insomnia since I was 8.  It has been a life-long issue, and I like to consider myself well versed in sleep deprivation and home remedies.  At one point in my life, I managed to improve my sleep significantly through nutrition and supplements.  Since having a baby, my body needs a little extra help beyond basic nutrition to get some zzz’s.  After two years of raising Sterling, my body still has a difficult time sleeping through the night.  Sterling is a pretty good sleeper, but sometimes will wake up in the middle of the night.  He’ll either cry for me or come to our room.  Even after we get him back to sleep, my body has a hard time going back to sleep.  It is especially irritating on nights that Sterling sleeps soundly until 7am, but I wake up multiple times. Through continued work with lifestyle, nutrition, and mild supplements, my quality sleep is an ebb and flow.  I am so thankful that I can get help for sleep without the use of prescription pills.  While I am currently in a pretty nasty insomnia spell as I write this (it’s been almost 2 weeks since a good night’s sleep and last night was a disaster), I remain hopeful that rest is just around the corner.  I saw a  few recent posts from women on a couple of internet mom groups asking about tips for sleeping. I’d like to share the habit changes and other tips that can help me sleep.  It really is brighter on the well-rested side. NUTRITION & SUPPLEMENTS –Clean Up the Eats- I finally cleaned it up and did the Whole 30 in October. It’s a super strict paleo cleanse for 30 days. No cheats, no excuses. It was helpful to eliminate all the grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, and added...

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A Remarkable Healing

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Blog, Clinical Aromatherapy, essential oils, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I would like to share a quick story of the amazing qualities of therapeutic grade essential oils.  First of all, what does that mean?  When you go to the store to buy essential oils, most of them have “100% Pure” on the label.  All that means by regulation is that there is 5% of the actual oil.  The remaining 95% can be carrier oil, chemical synthetics, fragrance, and other fillers.  Additionally, it may not be from an organic source.  In order to get a truly potent, organic, unadulterated product, the label must read “therapeutic grade”.  (Read the labels as some blended oils are presented in a carrier oil.)  I am more than happy to do the Pepsi challenge with my oils from Young Living any store-bought brand.  No comparison! There is a company which claims to have the only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) oils.  What does this mean?  The answer: nothing; it’s merely a registered trademark to the company.  (You can read more about this HERE.)  There is no third party testing to make these oils superior to other brands offering therapeutic grade. Getting back on track, I want to tell you about my friend who has a profound love of animals and is one hell of a veterinarian.  The other day, she was visiting with a new patient.  After carefully evaluating the situation before the exam, she asked the owner if the dog needed a muzzle (to which the owner said, “no”).  After a 15 minute check-up, she was kneeling to the dog’s side and when she stood up to leave, the dog snapped at her and bit her on the face.  One bite, and he let go.  My friend immediately left the room and an ambulance was called.  Here’s what she looked like right after the bite. 200 stitches later, this was the initial reconstruction. I contacted her a few days later to offer some therapeutic grade assistance.  I have extensive training in Clinical Aromatherapy and years of experience using these products.  She was still in a bit of pain, some of the skin was dying, and she was concerned about the healing process as well as imminent scarring.  I was 100% confident that what I had to offer would help her immensely.  I brought her therapeutic grade: Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) which has amazing properties for skin cell regeneration, reduces scarring, and helps with pain.  This is a must have for big cuts.  Product info HERE. Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia), or tea tree, oil which has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, calming, and sedative properties that are so potent, the Australian Army issued it to their Soldiers in WWII.  More info HERE.This Rose Ointment by Young Living is incredible.  When...

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