West Coast Reflexology will have a booth at the Victoria Health Show at Pearkes Recreation Centre in Victoria on January 26 & 27, 2019 . Be sure to come check out all the amazing exhibitors and guest speakers. I will have a variety of Dien Chen facial reflexology beauty tools on display and will demo how to use them. I can also answer any questions you might have about reflexology treatments and training to become a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist (RCRT).
Do you suffer occasionally from puffy areas around your eyes? The Dien Chan Beauty Brush (#252) is a great tool to use as part of your home facial care routine. In this video Michele Mork explains how you can use the Beauty Brush to reduce puffy eyes.
The cold weather is officially here, and so is cold and flu season. The trick to surviving the season is to support your immune system that is now working overtime to keep you healthy!
Here are a few of my tried and tested tips for giving your immune system a boost in the fall and winter:
Reflexology therapy (of course) is an excellent way to stimulate your immune system and help improve lymphatic drainage.
Having a hot foot bath is a simple hydrotherapy treatment technique. Hot foot baths are not only warming and soothing, but they help to promote circulation throughout the body and increase lymph flow.
Stay hydrated. The fact is we just don’t drink enough water and our bodies need water at a cellular level to keep our immune systems functioning well.
Enjoying a hot tea is a great way to boost your immune system. Teas of all different types (herbal and caffenatied) have wonderful health benefits. Green tea is considered a powerful antioxidant. A great immune boosting warm beverage is a honey, ginger and hot lemon concoction. Simply mix simmer these 3 items (to taste) in a mug of hot water. Honey is antibacterial, lemon has Vitamin C and the ginger is anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant.
Enjoy a bowl of bone broth or freshly made vegetable soup. The collagen in bone broth soup is excellent for reducing intestinal inflammation. The glycine helps to detoxify and strengthen your cells. Whether you are making bone broth or a vegetable soup, be sure to include lots of onion and garlic. Onions and garlic are both known to have both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties…which are essential to fighting off colds!
Exercise regularly. Getting oxygen and blood moving through your body is important to helping your immune system staying functioning at it’s best. If you can try to get outside and go for a walk at least a couple of times a week. Walking and enjoying nature is a great de-stresser as well.
Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is a major problem for many people these days. Investing time in figuring out how best to improve your sleep is vital. Your body and your immune system needs rest to kept operating at it’s best.
With the heat of summer upon us it isn’t uncommon for people to suffer from edema, sunburn, rashes and insect bites. Rather than rushing out to stock up your medicine cabinet with an expensive array of different lotions and products, you can easily and cheaply make an amazing multi-purpose spray using 2 simple ingredients: Witch Hazel and Lavender Essential Oil.
Witch Hazel is a topical astringent you can purchase at any pharmacy or health food store that is derived from the bark and leaves of the North American witch hazel shrub. Witch Hazel is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and has amazing healing properties for your skin. Witch Hazel aids in everything from cleaning wounds, to fading bruises, shrinking swollen veins, to healing rashes, and soothing burns and itchy bug bites.
Lavender is the Swiss army knife of essential oils. It is well known for its diversity of uses and it’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Likewise lavender essential oil can be used to relieve pain, heal skin conditions, improve blood circulation, relieve stress and improve sleep.
To make a DIY Lavender Witch Hazel Spray simply combine 1/2 cup of alcohol free witch hazel with 10 drops of lavender essential oil in a glass spray bottle. Shake well and spray on irritated or swollen skin. Store your spray in the fridge for addedcooling properties.