Aromatherapy Recipes for Skincare

March 31, 2009

We all spend an increasing amount of money each year on different skincare products, all of which offer us the opportunity to look younger and hold back the ravages of time. Many of the skincare products we purchase can contain harsh chemical ingredients, so from a holistic point of view, we are sabotaging our bodies in the effort to look good.

Aromatherapy is a holistic approach to living a natural life and finding inner peace and a healthy balance in general. Many people will have heard about aromatherapy massages and may have even experienced a massage from a qualified therapist at some point, but there is an almost overlooked side to aromatherapy and that is, that the essential oils used can make some skincare products that are wonderful and kind even to sensitive skin.

Surprisingly, they are not even difficult to make and the cost is minimal too. Investing in some quality pure essential oils is a must however, so before spending a lot of money on buying large quantities of oils from your local health store, it is advisable to read up on the oils and aromatherapy recipes first and just choose a select few.

There are numerous publications and articles all advocating the benefits of making your own skincare products, but many people either do not realize just how easy it is or simply find it hard to fit in another task into their busy days. There are many aromatherapy recipes available and initially it is wise to try out existing recipes rather than creating your own, at least until there is a firm understanding of the oils and their individual qualities.

Aromatherapy Recipe 1.

Enriching Nail Oil

2 teaspoon almond oil
1 teaspoon apricot-seed oil
1 400 IU capsule vitamin E oil

Mix the ingredients together and add to a small bottle. Use each morning and evening to help nails become less brittle and dry.

Aromatherapy Recipe 2

Moisturizing Hand Crème

5 drops of lavender oil
1 teaspoon almond oil

Add to a bowl of water and soak hands for ten minutes.

Aromatherapy Recipe 3

Moisturizing Body Oil

2 fl oz jojoba oil
10 drops grapefruit oil
15 drops lavender oil

Add ingredients together in a small bottle and rub a few drops into skin after bathing or showering. Rub into damp skin for maximum effect.

These sample recipes are only a small sample of those, which are available in various different publications. Learn to replace those harsh skincare products which are manufactured on a large scale, instead, satisfy the natural you, by creating your own skincare products.

Homeopathy Medicine

March 27, 2009

Homeopathy medicine utilizes micro doses of substances from the plant, mineral or animal origin to stimulate a person’s natural healing response. Unlike conventional medicines that attempt to suppress symptoms without the body healing, homeopathy medicines do not have side effects. They work gently with the body to produce balance and healing and reduce the percent of doctor-induced (iatrogenic) diseases.

Homeopathy medicines consist of extremely diluted natural substances. Potency is determined by the amount of dilution and the defense system of the body is stimulated by these dilutions. A common example would be 30X. The number indicates how many times a product has been further diluted. The letter “X” is the method of dilution. X means 1 part crude (remedy) to 9 parts dilatant, which is a 1:10 ratio.

There are certain guidelines to follow when taking homeopathy medicine to maximize the effectiveness:

• Limit contact with cigarette smoke as much as possible.
• Do not take anything by mouth 10-20 minutes before and after a dosage. This includes food, drink, chewing gum, toothpaste, etc
• No camphor and avoid moth ball fumes.
• Limit caffeine as much as possible, including chocolate, coffee and soft drinks
• If dental drilling is necessary, request an injectable or extra dermal application
• Eat cooked garlic only, avoid raw.

Most single remedy homeopathy medicines (pellets or tablets) dissolve in the mouth or under the tongue. For fast relief, sprays are applied under the tongue. In most cases, food should not be taken with medicines. The success of these medicines depends largely on the situation and duration of the ailment. The length of the ailment is relative to the length of the healing process.

Some of the newest homeopathy medicine combinations include treatment of restless leg syndrome; leg cramps; earaches; seasonal allergies; flu; and diaper rash.

To determine which remedy is needed, a self help book or homeopathic practitioner will explain several common single remedies. Select the remedy most like your situation.

As an alternative, the Materia Medica contains detailed descriptions of the homeopathy medicines and the symptoms they treat. Medicines labeled by the Latin name of the drug, substance or compound are used for manufacturing.

Conventional medicines and homeopathy medicines may work together. A homeopathic practitioner should closely monitor this situation. Homeopathy medicines do not interact with other medicines since they have no side effects.

The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States establishes industry standards with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Due to the overwhelming safety record and extreme dilutions, the FDA does not use the same standards of approval for homeopathy medicines.

Reading an Encyclopedia of Natural Healing

March 24, 2009

Can reading an encyclopedia of natural healing help you learn more about the natural healing techniques that are said to be more effective than modern day medicine? What exactly can you get from an encyclopedia of natural healing?

There are a few people who have written and published a so-called encyclopedia of natural healing, and these books often contain information on the different kinds of herbs and herbal combinations that can be beneficial to a person’s health. The use of an encyclopedia of natural healing as a resource for such information may prove effective for some people, but it may not be so useful to others. Depending on how knowledgeable is the author, a book like this that extols the virtues of the natural way of living and healing can be a treasure trove of knowledge or a complete waste of time.

How can you determine whether or not a particular encyclopedia of natural healing is worth reading or buying? You may need to trust the judgment of other people on this first, and once you get their opinions about certain books, you can proceed to look for reviews on them. To judge whether an encyclopedia of natural healing is worth its weight in gold, you have to find out how the book is described by people who have read it, and how useful it has been to them. If the comments on the book are negative and yet logical, you will do well not to buy the book. There may be a few positive comments on a certain encyclopedia, but you should take note whether or not the praises that are being sung are as true as the negative comments about the book. There are people who point out the positive points of the book, and if you feel that these positive points outweigh the negative comments that others have given about the book, then you may want to get one yourself.

You should not get an encyclopedia of natural healing that contains too many testimonials or vague references to certain remedies that the author does not really know about. The right kind of natural healing encyclopedia you should get is one that offers a lot of natural remedies as healing alternatives or supplements to conventional medicine. You can easily find quite a number of natural healing encyclopedias for sale nowadays, both in your local bookstores and over the internet. Make sure you do the necessary research about the encyclopedia of your choice before you purchase it. Ultimately, a good encyclopedia of natural healing should be useful in helping you maintain a healthy life.

Acuppuncture: Questions & Answers

March 20, 2009

Whether you are new to finding out about acupuncture or you are a professional in the field, chances are that you’ve always loved to learn about new therapies and training techniques. In the American society, acupuncture is one therapy that has recently been introduced and has been made more popular by a whole lot of people. On the other hand, the Chinese civilizations have long known about acupuncture and its effectiveness on the body. This is just the tip of the iceberg, though, and there is plenty more to learn about the age-old therapy of acupuncture.

Question 1: Will Acupuncture Work for Any and All Ailments?

Answer 1: There are many people who believe that Acupuncture will work for any and all ailments, but there are probably some diseases and ailments that just simply are not cured by acupuncture. For starters, little research has been done to see whether or not the acupuncture therapy will work for those who are suffering from HIV and AIDS. Other than those two diseases, though, there are probably hundreds of other common ailments that aren’t cured by the age-old technique, too. In addition, it’s not possible that every single disease and ailment could be studied by the therapy of acupuncture, so there are just some cases and diseases that are not known whether or not acupuncture is successful!

Question 2: Will Acupuncture Prevent any Illnesses?

Answer 2: The Chinese believe that the pressure points along the body are the ones that are responsible for most of the bodily pain that we feel. In believing this, though, the theory would also have to go by the fact that by practicing acupuncture then there are naturally going to be some illnesses that are automatically avoided? Of course, avoiding these types of illnesses usually requires strict adherence and practice of acupuncture almost daily, if not just regularly in an attempt to foster preventive care within the body.

Question 3: Why Did Acupuncture Originate?

There are many theories as to the reason of when acupuncture originated and how it came to be in the United States, among many other countries, but not many discussions shed light on the matter of why this therapy came to be. Most likely, however, the absence of any types of medications in the ancient Chinese civilizations brought about a yearning for a medical therapy that would work for almost any disease, illness, or ailment that humans felt. Even though this therapy is not scientifically based, there is still much to be learned from the therapy that Chinese cultures have relied heavily upon for so many years.

These are just some of the questions and mysteries surrounding the practice of acupuncture. There are plenty of acupuncture professional therapists around the world, especially in the Chinese culture, which will also help answer any other questions that one may have. In the end, though, it comes down to the real benefit of acupuncture which should lead people to their trust in this therapy that has come all the way around the world!

LED Light Therapy

March 17, 2009

The Beginning of LED Light Therapy with NASA

The LED Light Therapy goes back to early scientific experiments by NASA that originated with LEDs, or the Light Emitting Diodes. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in the state of Alabama, in addition to Quantum Devices, Inc., of Wisconsin, had taken specific plants that were placed aboard the Space Shuttle, exposing them in space to near-infrared light produced by LEDs.

The purpose of using the LEDs was because they increased the energy that was produced in the energy compartments of each plant cell, causing the cells to grow much faster. Everybody on Earth benefited from NASA’s new scientific find for faster-growing plants–farmers especially as their crops could be grown faster, bringing about a quicker harvest, faster processing, and bringing in more money for a faster turn-about-time. From this moment on, LED Light Therapy took on an entire new meaning.

While NASA was working on the growing rate of the plants in space with the LEDs, Quantum Devices scientists overheard discussions among physicians in regard to laser therapy for their patients. Apparently, laser lights for people accelerated cell growth and healing, but had some pretty serious drawbacks in its use. Surrounding tissue areas had became overheated when the lasers were used, the lasers were said to be huge and expensive to operate, they were limited in color wavelength, and on the average they were not very reliable.

When NASA and Quantum Devices joined forces, the resulting LED Light Therapy had many advantages over the older methods. LEDs did not heat the tissues, as did the older lasers, because they used a longer wavelength that was near-infrared light that helped to penetrate deeper into the tissues. In other words, the redder the light is the longer the wavelength, which means it can penetrate the body tissues deeper. This made it a perfect treatment for crush injuries, badly burned victims, cancer chemotherapy and radiation treatment complications–all areas where large body areas are involved.

When LED light is used to activate the light-sensitive chemotherapy drugs to destroy cancer, the nickname Photo Dynamic Therapy was given to it, or PDT. In addition, the stimulation of normal cell chemicals uses LED Light Therapy without any drugs to heal and regenerate human tissues. How this works is that LED Light Therapy reacts with parts of certain cells that are called cytochromes, that respond to light and color in order to cause their energy levels to raise.

The new LED Light Therapy medical treatment has begun to help people who have had no hope of treatment with their diseases, by regenerating tissue, muscle, brain and bone. The most exciting thing is the original experiments by NASA with their LED Light Therapy that began in space are now being used for muscle and bone atrophy in astronauts.

Acupuncture Weight Loss Help

March 13, 2009

If you enjoy acupuncture weight loss may be one of the benefits you can receive from this treatment. Many of today’s top acupuncture professionals will tell you that you can achieve improved health in many ways by using acupuncture. Weight loss may not be the only benefit to you, of course, but for those that want to lose some weight and have struggled to do so in other ways, this may be an option available to them.

One of the most important things to remember about acupuncture is that it will work in conjunction to other treatments. When it comes to acupuncture, weight loss is more effective when the acupuncture treatments are done alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise. You will need to improve your diet by eating healthy foods including less saturated fat, whole grains and more vegetables. Compliment your treatment with a good exercise regimen that encourages you to work out at least 20 minutes per day.

With that said, you may be wondering what it will do to help you to drop the pounds. In acupuncture, weight loss is achieved through healthy diet and exercise, but is helped by the acupuncture process itself. It will help by increasing your resilience. It also is an effective way to manage food cravings. More so, acupuncture will also help your body to respond better to the improved diet you are giving it. In other words, acupuncture helps make diet and exercise more effective.

How can you effectively lose weight then with acupuncture? Here are some guidelines to follow.

• Improve your diet by removing saturated fats from it. Replace them with healthier fats.
• Eat less red meat and more lean meats including fish. This will improve your overall diet considerably.
• Go outside for a walk each day. Then, increase this to a run each day. Improving the amount of exercise you get each day will help you to lose weight considerably.
• Improve your overall health by cutting calories. Eat foods that are lower in calories. Also, reduce your portion sizes, which also will help you to lose weight.

Doing these things will help you to lose weight. When you add in acupuncture, weight loss is more effective. See your acupuncturist as often as they recommend. Talk to them about your goals of losing weight through this method. Many will provide you with recommendations on how to accomplish this goal. Most importantly, work at it step by step so that you can see improvements as you go. With acupuncture, weight loss is more effective and long lasting.

Using Art Therapy for Children

March 11, 2009

Art therapy for children is when a Master-level art therapist uses the child’s unique and personal drawings in order to better understand the problems the child faces within their hidden subconscious. Used for children, adolescents, and adults–art therapy is used more often with the smaller child as they have much more difficulty in putting their emotions and feelings into words, with artwork used as a form of safe symbolic realism that cannot hurt them.

Also used as a tool for art therapy assessments, the child’s artwork assists the art therapist to better understand what the child cannot, paying special attention to the piece of art and what it represents–the theme, sequence, size, different pressure used to draw it, different types of strokes, and the tiniest details of what the child has put into the picture. Art therapy for children shows the child’s emotions and feelings they cannot talk about, such as anger, resentment, hidden sexual abuse issues, violence in their homes, chaos in their lives, and many other issues the children are not aware of themselves as they have hidden it to avoid the pain and trauma.

Art therapy for children involve three participants with no influence from anyone else–the therapist, the child, and the artwork with the hidden message the child is secretly revealing subconsciously. To use children’s art for the psychotherapeutic purpose of seeing what is uppermost in their minds is actually more genuine and spontaneous in contacting the subconscious, than the traditional talk therapy.

Not all children respond positively to art therapy for children, as some become even more frightened when they see their picture with the fears they have hid so long. Then it is up to the art therapist to keep the child’s issues on an impersonal level, keeping the discussion of the child’s fears and problems within the picture’s metaphor. According to many successful cases, eventually the child will work on some new ideas and concepts that is put in front of them by the art therapist using the art therapy for children program. Over time, they will become comfortable with facing their fears, their new feelings and emotions, and be able to move forward.

Art Therapy for Children faces unique issues when it comes to children with fatal diseases, such as cancer. And it is demonstrated that how the child responds to their illness depends a lot on how their own family talks to them about it, helping them face the fact they have such a disease and what it is about. Unfortunately, the parents of terminally ill children feel that if they do not discuss the disease with the child, the child will not recognize what is going on. In truth, when the child is held in darkness, they will feel more isolated and afraid than if they knew the actual truth.

Color Therapy and the Chakras

March 6, 2009

The seven chakras in our bodies control our mental attitudes and emotions. They can also reflect when there is an imbalance somewhere. You must first figure out which chakra is unbalanced. After you do that, find the color that corresponds to that chakra. You can use color to balance the chakras every day.

An easy way to do this is to get many swatches of fabric with different colors. These can alos help in balancing the chakras. Th best part is it is very inexpensive.

The process will take about twenty minutes from start to finish. Lie down somewhere comfortable and make sure you have the seven swatches of fabric nearby. These are in order: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. They are the colors of the rainbow.

Take several slow, deep breaths and look back over the day’s happenings in reverse. Be sure to take note of any strong emotions or attitudes that were expressed during the day. What chakras would have been unbalanced by these emotions?

Take the color swatch for that specific chakra and lay it on the area of the chakra you have deemed unbalanced. Envision the color being drawn down into your body from your head down.
Take several more breaths, breathing deeply, and focus on the color and drawing it into the chakra. It may take up to five minutes before you feel “full” of color.

Another route is to take all seven swatches of cloth and place them on each chakra one at a time. Let the chakra draw in the color until it is full. Then proceed to the next one until you have done all seven.

Repeat if you feel that the color did not take, or if you are still feeling a little “empty” of one specific color. This can bring joy and brightness to your life, so give it a try.

BACP Art Therapy Provisions

March 3, 2009

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, or BACP, is today’s professional membership association for UK’s counselors and psychotherapists, a branch of the Standing Conference for the Advancement of Counselling. Originally it included only counseling, but in September of 2000 it branched out to include psychotherapy with the BACP name change from the British Association for Counselling. It was here that the BACP Art Therapy came into effect on the psychotherapy level for accepted professionalism.

Art psychotherapy uses visual expression as a form of therapy that can effect the mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders of disturbed individuals of all ages, gender, and background. To apply for BACP membership for accreditation as a BACP art therapy professional, requires qualification from a BACP art therapy accredited training course in addition to a minimum of 450 hours of supervised practice. Mandatory is 450 hours with 150 of them must be subsequent to the training completion from three to six-years. Or alternatively, the individual can be awarded a admittance from a BACP accredited training course.

A certain amount of criteria must be met before an individual can become accepted through the BACP Art Therapy in the psychotherapy division, and this criteria is met by following certain things.
• The individual is a member of BACP, and will remain so for the accreditation period. Requirements must be met to maintain the accreditation.
• The individual is covered by professional indemnity insurance.
• The individual is in practice as a professional at the time of the application.
• Training and supervised practice is provided and followed.

BACP Art Therapy plays an active part in the Faculty for Healthcare Counsellors and Psychotherapists (FHCP), as a major subsidiary organization of the BACP. With close to 2,000 members, it is the largest membership organization that is entirely associated with healthcare counselors and psychotherapist. With similar goals, both BACP and FHCP promote and support the patient’s choice of psychological therapy, along with accessible services. Their members are competent and efficient, while the organization trains and provides opportunities for their prospective counselors, such as art therapist, by providing training events and conferences.

Another division of the BACP is the Association for Independent Practitioners, or AIP, for those who are interested in the BACP Art Therapy membership but more on an independent level. Formerly the Personal Relationship Groupwork (PRG), it involves those who choose to work independently rather than within a professional group. In this region, there is more of an emphasis on clear boundaries, and provisions of support and supervision. Members from other groups and cultures are actively invited to join this group, as a part of their philosophic practices.