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This is where I will be writing articles on things that are massage and essential oil related. It may be an article about what a specific essential oil is used for or the properties of the oil, or it may be about the benefits of massage or some massage related topic. I hope you enjoy reading about my interests.

By atouchofhealt5958, Nov 29 2017 08:01PM

Have you tried Christmas Spirit essential oil blend yet. It smells so good. It is a blend of orange, cinnamon bark and spruce. It is just such a warm, spicy and sweet blend. It is a blend that brings me back to when I was a kid. This is a great essential oil blend to use during the holiday season and throughout the winter months to sit around with family and friends to reminisce about the past and create new memories for the future. It is a blend that promotes joy and peace. It may also be very beneficial in protecting against airborne viruses and bacteria because it contains very powerful antiviral and antiseptic oils. It may also be very soothing and healing to the respiratory system. Some of the ways you can use this oil are to diffuse the oil in a diffuser, make a room spray or a carpet powder. You could add it to cedar chips for dresser drawers or potpourri. This blend does contain cinnamon bark which is a warm oil, so it can cause skin sensitivity. If you are going to wear it, please dilute it in a carrier oil such as olive, coconut or grapeseed oil. I know it is called Christmas Spirit, but I really think it it will fit into everyones holiday season.

This blend is made up of 3 essential oils. For this reason, I would like to tell you about the properties of the 3 oils it is made with. Orange is antiseptic, anticancer, antidepressant, antispasmodic, digestive, sedative and tonic. Cinnamon Bark is antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious(intestines, urinary), anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, immune-stimulant, purifier, sexual stimulant and warming. Black Spruce is antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cortisone-like, disinfectant and tonic. As you can see, these are very powerful oils. The cinnamon bark is warming. This is the reason you want to dilute this oil if you are using it topically.

I'm sure that no matter what holiday you celebrate, you have good memories and there is a sense of joy and peace to the season for you. As adults, we have a new perspective on the holidays. We now have to make the plans, prepare the meals, do the shopping and make the holiday season come together. I can only speak from the Christmas perspective, because that is what I grew up celebrating. That does not make anyone elses holiday any less special or magical. No matter what you are celebrating, I hope it is special and magical for you, your family and your friends.

When I was a child, my mom was amazing at making Christmas come together. We grew up in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. My dad was a carpenter so he didn't have a lot of work in the winter and my mom was a nurses aid and made very little money, but from my perspective, they went all out on Christmas. Now I can look back and see just how creative and inventive my mom was to make it feel like it did. She would buy a ton of $.25 items from the toy party and wrap each one of those. Then we alway got a new plastic sled. There were other things in there, but there we enough inexpensive items individually wrapped that you didn't notice that there was not much money spent. It felt like you were unwrapping forever. Mom made all of the Christmas goodies herself. We didn't have a lot candy and cookies that came from the store. Our stockings always had an array of fruit in them. That took up a lot of space. We had huge stockings as kids. We also got a lot of the things we really needed. That's when we were stocked up on undergarments. This also took up quite a bit of space. Dad would take us out to get a really big tree and bring it home. Then the Christmas music would start and mom would bring all of the Christmas decorations out of the attic. She would make a big bowl of popcorn and take out the sewing kit. We would spend time stringing the popcorn for the tree. This kept us busy while mom got the decorations set up for us to decorate the tree. We had special ornaments. Each of us had a bell ornament with our name on it. There were also the doves to put on the tree. I have noticed that my mom still has those. They are obviously not as new as they were then, but it is always a really good feeling to see them on the tree. There was an art to getting the tinsle on the tree all the way to the top without it looking like it was just clumped there. Tree decorating was the best day of the year. It was even better than birthdays. Everyone enjoyed it. On Chistmas eve, we always went to my mom's friend Shelby's house and then from there we went to midnight mass in the town of Black Brook. That was the only mass we went to there. Every other mass we went to was in the town of Au Sable. That was closer to our house. On Christmas morning mom made a big breakfast, then dad handed out the gifts. That was his favorite part. I think he liked passing out gifts more than receiving them. After opening up our gifts and having mom take our picture for what seemed like every gift, we would pick up all of our gifts and take them to our room. The rest of the day, we were out sledding and just playing in the snow. I don't ever remember a Christmas without snow. It really was the most magical day of the year. As my kids grew up, I tried to be like mom, but I really think I fell short. I'm not nearly as creative or inventive as my mom. We still always have the big breakfast, even now that my kids are grown, we get together for Christmas morning breakfast. Everything waits until everyone is there. Like my dad, my favorite part is watching everyone open their gifts. Getting gifts really doesn't mean that much to me anymore. I just love to watch their faces when they open something really cool that shows I'm not completely hopeless in knowing what is cool and what is not. However, I stress more in the store and my son did end up with a 4XL shirt a couple of years ago that went down to his knees. That one had to go back to the store. It was a good laugh though. After that we all go to see my husbands family and the first weekend in January we go back up to the Adirondacks to do it all over again with mom. We seem to do a lot of celebrating for the holidays, but it's all about the dinners together now. We don't get that many when brothers, sisters, parents, grandchildren and now even great-grandchildren are all together for dinner. It really is still magical. Reguardless of what holiday you celebrate, I hope you have a magical holiday season. I wish you and your family peace and love this season.

By atouchofhealt5958, Nov 1 2017 07:09PM

November is such a great month. It is the month of Thanksgiving. I don't know about you, but when I think November, I automatically think Thanksgiving. I have the best Thanksgiving weekends. I have the honor of working at the Manchester Road Race that morning. From there, I go to my sister-in-laws house to celebrate with my husbands family. The next morning on Black Friday I get up and go to upstate New York to celebrate with my family. I stay there until Sunday. and can take some time to see friends and family that I don't get to see very often, and then on Sunday, I come home.

I have so much to be thankful for. With all I have been through with kidney disease, dialysis and right through kidney transplant I have to say that my family, friends, clients, doctors, nurses, dialysis techs and entire transplant team have been amazingly wonderful. I get very overwhelmed when I think about all that these people have done for me. When I was diagnosed, I thought it was a death sentence. My doctor of course set me straight on that. He showed me that I could be me and continue to live my life even while on dialysis. My first social worker said something that made all of the difference in the world for me. She said "you don't fit your life around dialysis, you fit dialysis around your life." That is one of the things I held onto from beginning to end of that journey. I can't even tell you how thankful I am for her. My sister was by my side at my doctor appointments before dialysis, my husband trained with me for dialysis, when I had to switch to home hemodialysis, my husband and my son both trained with me and my family and friends rallied around me. From checking in to see if I was ok, to joining me at the kidney walks. Even my clients got in on the action by following my progress, understanding when I was out of work for surgeries (There were several of those), to even helping me out when I was out of work. Wow! Just truly amazing people. I am so thankful for each and every one of these people.

Have you ever heard of the term tools in your toolbelt of well-being? These people really became that for me. I had many other tools too though. Even my stubborness became one of these tools. I would try to name all the people who got me through this, but I am afraid I would miss someone and feel horrible.

However, this is the month that I really need to reach out to these people and say thank you. I so appreciate you. You made all of the difference for me and without you, I would not have gotten through that part of my journey.

I'm sure you have your own life experiences with people who you are very grateful for. With all of this in mind, I thought that the essential oil blend Gratitude would be a great oil to talk about for November. Gratitude is a blend that helps to foster a grateful attitude and embrace the blessings in your life. It has a very uplifting aroma and it invites a feeling of emotional and spiritual progress. As I said, this is a blend. It is made up of Idaho Balsam Fir, Frankincense, Coriander, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Begamot, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Vetiver and Geranium.

There are different ways to use this oil. Of course you can diffuse it. It is recommended that you diffuse 1-3 times daily. I like to wear essential oils as perfume. This is the one I will be wearing on Thanksgiving day and throughout the weekend. One of the recommended application processes is to rub it over the heart and on the forehead and temples. I will say that if you are going to do this, just be very careful not to get it in or too close to your eyes. You can use 2-4 drops of it and it is gentle enough that you do not need to dilute it, except on very sensitive skin.

Something I want you to know about using essential oils is that if you were ever to get them in your eyes or an essential oil started to burn, the best thing to do is dilute it with oil. Never try to flush it out of your eyes with water. It just won't work. You need to use oil. If you are like me and use them in the shower, it's a good idea to keep a little bottle of olive oil in the shower that you can get to it quickly even if it's in your eyes and you can't open them.

If you have any questions about using this or any other essential oils, please feel free to reach out to me. I would be so happy to help you discover the oil or oils that can make a difference in your life.

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