Category Archives: Health Tips

Cooling Lavender & Witch Hazel Spray

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.

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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.

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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.

Spring Clean to a Healthier You!

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As the days slowly get warmer and sunny and the blossoms and flower buds begin to emerge, spring ignites an energy of anticipation, growth and life. Take advantage of this time of year and new-found energy to spring clean your life. The best way to tackle spring cleaning is to break it down into manageable bit size actions. Consider implementing a few of this health centered strategies:

1. Declutter Your Space – During the hibernation of the winter months, it is easy to get bogged down in our homes, offices and living spaces with clutter. Free yourself of the excess stuff clogging up your life and energy.

ACTION: Spend 10 minutes each day tackling one small space, pile, file, corner, basket, closet etc. Purge yourself all unnecessary items.

2. Purify Your Air – Diffuse doTerra’s Purify Cleansing Blend throughout your home. Purify Purify is an exclusive combination of essential oils that purify and eradicate odors in a natural, safe way. This uplifting blend combines citrus and pine essential oils that leave an airy, fresh scent on surfaces and in the air.

ACTION: Add three to four drops of doTerra’s Purify (or any other cleansing/purifying essential oil) to the diffuser of your choice and run it for 2-4 hours in each room of your house. Need to replenish your essential oil supply or don’t know how to get started? Contact Michele at 250.920.8687 or info@westcoastreflexology.com.

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3. Drink More Water – Water cleanses our bodies of toxins and helps to fuel very cell in our bodies. The best spring cleaning practices you can get into to improve your overall health is to drink more water.

ACTION: Try drinking 1 glass of water 30 minutes before each meal, throughout the day and every day.

4. Get Outside & Garden – Gardening has been proven to be one of the best ways to fight stress, get exercise and relax. Daily exposure to the sun can boost your mood, increase energy levels, and improve your overall health. Regular exposure to organic soil helps to increase the good bacteria in your body.

Action: Spend 15 minutes a day tending to garden space. Don’t have a big yard? Try container gardening, community garden or caring for a neighbour’s yard.

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5. Ditch the ChemicalsBefore you go crazy cleaning every nook and cranny of your home, office or living space, take inventory of your cleaning supplies and throw out any with hazardous chemicals. Most harsh cleaning products are full of toxins that can mess with our immune and respiratory systems.

ACTION: Try using chemical free-products (like lemon juice, white vinegar, water and baking soda). Look for environmentally friendly, all-natural cleaners or make your own. The internet is full of cheap DIY recipes.

Natural Treatments for Allergy Season

It’ so wonderful to see the sunshine and flower blossoms this time of year, but for many of us the spring blooms are the beginning of a frustrating and itchy allergy season.

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Allergies are the result of an over-active immune system. Your body begins to identify things like pollen, dust and pet dander as foreign invaders and histamines are released within your body in attempt to expel the invaders. The release of histamines causes symptoms like itchy, watering eyes, ears, throat and nose, as well as hives and other physical reactions.

The key to managing allergies the natural way is to ensure your immune system is functioning at its best and that your stress levels are not inhibiting your immune system from working properly.

If you are looking for a natural approach to treating allergies consider some of these options:

Essential Oils

  • Add a few drops of lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils to a diffuser or mix essential oils with a carrier oil (like coconut) and rub it on your chest.
  • Try doTerra’s TriEase® Softgels Seasonal Blend

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TriEase® Softgels were developed to protect against seasonal and environmental elements and to promote a healthy respiratory system when needed most.

To order your supply of doTerra essential oils anytime contact Michele at 250.920.8687 or email info@westcoastreflexology.com.

Reflexology or Dien Chan Multi-reflexology treatments

  • Book yourself a reflexology treatment and be sure to let me know you are suffering with allergies (Click here to book your appointment online!)
  • Try applying firm pressure to the top and bottom of your hand (like a pinch) in the soft spot between your thumb and forefinger. You will know when you find the spot because it will feel very sensitive.
  • Similarity apply firm pressure to the top and bottom of your food (like a pinch) in the soft spot between your big toe and second toe. Again you will know when you find the spot because it will feel very sensitive.

Foods High in Anti-histamines

The following foods are known for being high in ant-histamines (Note: This isn’t a complete list. Try Googling “Foods with antihistamine” for a more comprehensive list).

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Be sure to increase your dietary intake of these items during allergy season:

  • Local honey
  • Onions
  • Apples
  • Watercress
  • Broccoli
  • Thyme
  • Ginger
  • Salmon
  • Pineapple

 

Give Your Immune System a Boost

Looking for something to help give your immune system a boost during the winter cold and flu system. doTERRA On Guard, a proprietary essential oil blend, provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support. As one of doTERRA’s best-selling blends, doTERRA On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system. It can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function and support healthy cardiovascular function. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner. When diffused, doTERRA On Guard helps purify the air, and can be very energizing and uplifting.
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Ingredients include: Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils.

To order a bottle of doTERRA On Guard call me at 250.920.8687 or email: info@westcoastfeflexology.com.

Do These 12 Massages When You Wake Up

Book Your Appointment Now with West Coast ReflexologyDien Chan Multireflexology has 12 Massages that anyone can perform to help their body find strength for natural auto-regulation and improved wellness.

Check out this video that provides a visual guide to how to perform each of the 12 massages. They only a take a few minutes to complete.

Try out each massage and see which ones you like best. The best time to perform them is first thing in the morning when you wake up. If you don’t have time to perform all 12 massages #7 and #12 are the most important ones for rebalancing the body after waking up.

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These 12 facial massages become really useful to maintain health and youth, to prevent illnesses and to generally reinforce tonicity. Practicing these massages in the morning will help you to develop a a preventive attitude and a life philosophy based on self-regulation.