2013 August

Bahamas or bust!

As many of you know I am heading to the Bahamas for training and work with Craniosacral Therapy (CST).  Though this CST is quite different than what you might get should you came in for a session.  I will be working with multiple therapists and dolphins during sessions – therapists facilitating CST and dolphins using sonar to treat clients.  I am looking forward to the learning.  I will be sure to add what I have learned to my next newsletter, so stay tuned!!  I out of the office August 19-September 10.  The week I am back is already filling up so if you are thinking about getting in, give me a call before I leave to schedule your session.

Deep Peace,  Monica

Back to school and healthy

We all know how germs make their way around schools! Here are some suggestions for you to provide extra protection for your children, especially now that school is starting back up.

  1. I put a bottle of Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier inside of  Emme’s lunch box. The more natural ingredients of Thieves sanitizer make it more healthy to use than other brands.  Tell them not to throw it away!
  2. In the morning before they put their socks and shoes on, rub some Thieves oil on the bottom of their feet before heading out the door.
  3. Have them put a Thieves Lozenge in their pocket (or a container in their desks/backpacks).  Remind them that when their throat feels scratchy or funny they should suck on it as needed. If the lozenge gets too strong just put it back in the plastic, wrap it back up, and suck on it again later that day.
  4. If your kids are old enough, give them a bottle of Thieves Spray to keep in their desks/backpacks.
  5. Put Thieves Mouthwash in a little spray bottle so you can use it for either fresh breath or sore throat. At home add to the water pick for thorough dental care.


Pure essential oils are like fine wine of nature.  Essential oils are absorbed into the fluid surrounding the cells beneath the skin’s surface for a variety of effects including deep cleansing, nourishing, rejuvenating and balancing.  They are the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants. Essential oils contain hundreds of organic constituents, including hormones, vitamins and other natural elements that work on many levels. They are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than the oils in dried herbs, so the old phrase “a drop will do ya” is well suited.

There are significant differences between synthetic fragrance oils and pure essential oils. All Young Living Essential Oils are pure. That is why I have chosen to use them in treatment sessions for many years.

4 grades of essential oils:

Grade A – pure and therapeutic grade, usually from organically grown plants, and distilled at proper temperatures.

Grade B – food grade, may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, extenders, or carrier oils.

Grade C – perfume grade, usually contain unhealthy solvents which are used to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest.

Floral Water – byproduct of distillation process, a very high quality if from a Grade A distillation

Synthetic fragrance – duplicate the smell of botanicals but lack complex chemical components rendering it medically useless and unsuitable for aromatherapy.

Research: DEET

Duke University Medical Center spent 30 years researching the effects of pesticides. They discovered that prolonged exposure to DEET can impair cell function in parts of your brain. When rats had their skin treated with the average human dosage equivalent of DEET, they performed far worse than control rats on physical tests requiring muscle control, strength, and coordination. This is consistent with reports of symptoms after military use of DEET in the Persian Gulf War.

Exposure causes neurons to die in several parts of your brain — including areas that control muscle movement, memory, concentration and learning. Rats given small doses of DEET for 60 days had a harder time accomplishing even the easiest tasks, things as simple as walking. Heavy exposure to DEET and other insecticides can cause eye and skin irritation, memory loss, headaches, weakness, fatigue, muscle/joint pain, nausea, tremors and shortness of breath. Symptoms can appear months or even years after use.

They found that the combined exposure to DEET and other chemicals is more dangerous than just DEET alone.  Skin care products containing various chemicals can put you at increased risk of chemical contamination with DEET – deodorant, perfume, soap, make-up and sunscreen. Medications, both prescription and over the counter, can also react with DEET and increase your risk of problems.

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