Essential Oils For Women’s Health

October 9, 2017

Essential oils have a lot of excellent uses, and among them, are some uses particularly for women. They can help with anything from your emotional state during pregnancy, to body changes each month during menstruation all the way through menopause.

Clary Sage

Clary sage is an essential oil that contains phytoestrogens. These are really important for all things concerning women’s health, but primarily when it comes to menstruation and menopause. Clary sage has a soothing scent that isn’t overpowering, but does relax you with some aromatherapy properties. You might even find that clary sage essential oil can help to uplift your mood when dealing with irritability or depression during different parts of your menstrual cycle. However, if you have fibroids, you should reconsider using clary sage.

Lemon

Lemon essential oil has a crisp, fresh scent, that is hard not to love. Lemon essential oil still has some of the vitamin C that lemons themselves have, which provide antioxidants for your body. These can help you to feel refreshed even on a day when you have menopause or are on your period and really don’t feel your best. Try adding some essential oil to a glass of warm water or tea, or making a face cream that has lemon essential oil in it.

Lavender

Lavender essential oil is often used for many different purposes, from emotional and mental health, to insomnia, and body aches and pains. It can also be great for balancing your hormones and reducing pain from menstrual cramps and other health disorders having to do with your reproductive system. If you often have headaches or stress during your period or menopause, essential oil can help you. It is also good for relieving other symptoms of PMS if you want to go the natural route. Take a nice hot bath when you have menstrual cramps and add in some drops of lavender, or add them to a diffuser when lying down.

Peppermint

If you don’t mind the minty scent of peppermint, it can be really useful for women’s health. It is great when you have menstrual cramps, but mostly for your headaches or migraines. Many women experience some nasty headaches when they are on their period or going through menopause, and peppermint essential oil added to a diffuser while you lay down with all the lights off is a good way to find relief.

Essential Oils For Insect and Bug Bites

August 8, 2017

When you get a bug bite, it can cause stinging and burning, itching, and redness around the area where you were bit. If you use essential oils on the bite, it can help relieve many of these symptoms and speed up the healing process. Try out some of these oils for your insect or bug bites.

Lavender

You already know that lavender essential oil is ideal for insect and bug bites, but did you know it can be really effective with bug and insect bites as well? If you have a spot on your body that is extremely itchy and starts to burn after scratching it, it is very likely a bug bite of some kind. Keep in mind not all insect bites will make themselves known right away. When you have an itch, try mixing lavender oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil, then apply it to the bite. Do this for all bites and itchy spots, and you should find some relief within a few days.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is an essential oil that many [people are surprised by. It has benefits for your physical and mental state, helping with things like anxiety and skin conditions. It also happens to be an excellent choice when you have burns, cuts and scrapes, or various types of bug bites. It will soothe the bite so that the itching and burning isn’t quite as severe, which is really all you can ask for when you have a bug bite that is bothering you. You might also be able to apply it to your skin with a carrier oil before going outside to repel certain insects.

Tea Tree

One of the best essential oils for your skin is tea tree oil. Many people use this oil for extra moisture and to help get rid of scars. It also happens to work very well when you have a bug or insect bite. Tea tree oil is good for boosting your immune system, which can help reduce the overall effect of being bitten by certain types of bugs. In fact, it is often given to people with bites from countries like Guatemala, China, Florida, and Australia. You want to make sure you use a carrier oil or dilute it with water, but it is good to bring with you on hiking or camping trips just in case you get a bite.

Basil and Thyme

Herbal essential oils like basil and thyme are both great for insect and bug bites. Basil essential oil is an anti-inflammatory oil, so it can help reduce the irritation and swelling around your bug bites. This further helps to help soothe the bite. You might also want to try using thyme essential oil, which reduces infection of your bug bite if the skin opens.

Aromatherapy Massage Oils

August 12, 2016

If you’ve never used aromatherapy massage oils, you owe it to yourself to try it. You’re in for a totally unique experience. Whether you want a massage to relax or to rejuvenate or even to heal, using aromatherapy massage oils brings the body’s senses to new heights.

Aromatherapy has made steady gains in use and for good reason. Offering the perfect combination of mental and physical well being, there is no better way to take advantage of aromatherapy than to enjoy its fragrances in massage oils.

Our body’s different senses have been shown to have a direct affect on how we feel. For example, the nose is a very sensitive part of your body. Without it, you cannot taste or smell. Imagine your favorite foods. Now, imagine you cannot taste them. That is scary, everything you eat with no taste! How do you think that would affect your attitude throughout the day?

Studies have shown that the part of your nervous system that helps to control your emotions is connected directly to your nose. Lack of smell can cause symptoms ranging from depression to anxiety and this is only one of your senses. With the knowledge of how the mind depends on the feedback from your senses, the idea of aromatherapy exploded onto the scene.

One of the more popular types of aromatherapy is massage oil, because of the variety of uses to target specific issues. Aromatherapy massage oil treatments are unlike any other oils. Whether you are in need of relaxation or need something to perk you up, there is an aroma to fit the immediate needs. Aromatherapy massage combines two excellent methods to evoke your body’s response in whatever area you feel is needed.

There are so many different types and manufacturers of aromatherapy massage oils available, it would be a good idea to do your homework before using. For the best treatment ideas, it is always best to find and pay a certified therapist to ensure you understand how to get the most impact from aromatherapy massage. Especially, when using for the first time.

To explain a couple of different oils and fragrances we will start with Lavender essential oils. Lavender essential oils are one of the few oils that you can apply directly to your skin. It is said to have burn relief power. It is important to note that these oils should not hurt you, however, if this is your first time using essential oils never use them directly on your skin unless under safe direction. Other oils are required to be diluted before use with other base oils.

Another oil gaining in popularity is the Yland Ylang essential oil. Yland Ylang essential oils have very unique properties as well. It is said that these tropical plants have the power to both arouse and sooth the senses. It also goes by another name Cananga Odorata.

Adding aromatherapy massage oils to your therapy program is one experience everyone should try at least once. (Be careful they have been known to be addictive). With the combination of massage and a scented room to awaken your senses, you have the ultimate in relaxation and healing.

A Beginner’s Guide To Using Aromatherapy With Children

May 6, 2016

Trust your instinct - a beginner’s guide to using aromatherapy with children:

Essential oils are pure aromatic plant essences – they are distilled from flowers, fruit, leaves, resins, roots, seeds, and wood. The are used for their healing properties the world over – in , for example, they are only available through licensed, qualified parishioners. In the United States, we have free access to essential oils – but with this comes with some important cautions: Only some of the essential oils available are suitable for children; others are not suitable for children and some are even dangerous to children (children with epilepsy should not come in contact with stimulating essential oils).

When used correctly however, essential oils can be of great benefit, and will not conflict with your child’s medically prescribed drugs. Always research the oil of choice thoroughly before using with your infant or child – ask advice from a qualified practitioner, or see the references at the end of this article.

That said, essential oils can be a wonderful way of supporting your child’s health, happiness and well-being. Essential oils can be very therapeutic and nurturing to both your child and you, the caregiver. Essential oils are used externally (on the outside of the body) in your child’s bath, body lotions, oils, creams, gels, compresses, foot baths, or in a oil warmer. The effects of aromatherapy will generally fall into one of three main categories: 1) Assisting in healing from minor illnesses and accidents, 2) Supporting your child’s overall sense of well-being, and 3) Assisting your child in getting quality rest.

When using essential oils with your child, it is imperative that you find a reputable supplier of therapeutic-grade essential oils, using organic or wildcrafted varieties when possible. Synthetic copies of oils commonly used in perfumery are not appropriate, and may even be harmful to your child’s health. To maintain efficacy, essential oils should be kept in dark amber or cobalt glass containers, in a dark and cool location, away from the child’s access. Wooden storage boxes from craft or ‘Pier One’ type stores can make a nice container for the bottles.

Methods of Using Essential Oils

There are two methods of using essential oils with your child – INHALATION: through a diffuser, nebulizer, or adding to a humidifier reservoir, and TOPICAL APPLICATION: diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil and applying topically. Adding essential oils to a bath combines the two methods, though we will cover it under topical application.

For topical application, essential oils are diluted in varying strengths depending on the use and age of your child. The concentration can vary from one drop of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil, to a couple of drops per teaspoon of carrier added to a drawn bath, to an equal ratio of carrier and essential oil applied directly to your child’s feet (as in the case of gentle Lavender). In other words, there is a huge variation in dilution levels depending on the circumstances. Mamas, do your research and then trust your instinct. Only you and your child baby know exactly what is right for your situation.

General dilution rate guidelines of essential oils in one ounce of carrier oil:

Age of Child and amount of Essential Oil per One Ounce Carrier Oil for Topical/Massage Application:

Newborn (Consult primary care physician before use)

1-3 drops essential oil / ounce

2-6 months

1-3 drops essential oil / ounce

6-12 months

1-4 drops essential oil / ounce

1-4 years (unless very small)

5-8 drops essential oil / ounce

6-7 years

5-10 drops essential oil / ounce

9-12 years

5-12 drops essential oil / ounce

12 years to young adult

10-15 drops essential oil / ounce

DO NOT USE AN ESSENTIAL OIL NEAT (undiluted ) on children’s skin, unless indicated to do so for a specific condition. If your child has very sensitive skin, it is important to test a small area before using a new single oil or blend. Keep essential oils away form the eyes. When using citrus oils - orange, bergamot, lemon, tangerine, mandarin, and lime - do not use where the skin will be exposed to sunlight for the next 12 hours. These oils are considered ‘phototoxic’, and can react from the sun’s rays. They may be used in a bath, however, where they will be washed off the skin when the bath is done.

Essential oils are not to be taken orally (by mouth). When your child is taking medications, reduce the amount of essential oil by half the amount recommended for their age group.

Carrier oils for children

Sweet Almond oil is generally regarded as the safest and best overall carrier oil for use with babies and children. Apricot kernel oil is also considered extremely safe with children over 6. Jojoba oil can be added at about 10% concentration for any blend – it has a soothing effect on the skin and is good for hair.

Topical Application - Nurturing Touch Massage Recipes

There is nothing better for any child than the loving, nurturing touch of a parent. A gentle hug, a smile, a kiss on the cheek all reassure the child and help the parent and child to bond. These everyday forms of connection are instinctual and children thrive from it.

Research shows that massage can help children’s growth both physically and emotionally. In hospitals, studies done with premature baby’s show that touch is an essential aspect of the children’s ability to thrive.

Using aromatherapeutic nurturing touch massage can be therapeutic to both the child and the parent. Using a light, conscientious tough you can massage your child’s feet, arms, hands, back, abdomen, and even legs. The massage should always be done with loving intention and the work is done in the direction that the blood flows-from ankles to leg; from wrist to shoulder, etc.

Here are a few suggested blends for this wonderful method – each is in one (1) ounce of Sweet Almond oil:

Restful Sleep – 4 drops lavender, 2 drops Roman Chamomile

Happy Child – 3 drops Rose, 1 drop Neroli

Calm and Relaxed – 3 drops Petitgrain, 3 drops Neroli

Emotional Nurturing – 1 drop Rose, 1 drop Vanilla, 2 drops Lavender

For a Baby oil blend, to be used as a moisturizer OR massage oil (note: the frequent washing of a baby’s skin actually makes it difficult for them to retain vitamin C; application of a quality skin oil will help them keep adequate supplies of this important nutrient).

1 ounce of organic sweet almond oil or hazelnut oil

1 drop of pure Lavender essential oil

1 drop of Vanilla essential oil

OR

1 ounce of organic sweet almond oil

2 drops of pure Lavender essential oil

1 drop of pure Chamomile (German) essential oil

The above blends can also be added to the bath. One teaspoon with the following amount of essential oils added can be added AFTER the bath is filled, per the age of the child: 3-5 years, 2 drops; 6-8 years, 3 drops; 8-11 years, 5 drops. Perhaps the easiest way to do this would be to make a full strength blend (without carrier oil) of your choice, then dilute as needed for the application.

Inhalation of essential oils

For inhalation, one can apply one or two drops to a handkerchief and inhale, or add oils to a water misting bottle or humidifier. Calming essential oils that may be used are Lavender (recommended for sleep – one to four drops can be placed under the pillow), Mandarin, Roman Chamomile, Ho Wood (an ecologically friendly replacement for Rosewood), Tangerine, Petitgrain, Vanilla, and Neroli. Use these oils singly, create your own blend, or use one of the body oil blends above without the carrier oil. A few drops per quart of water in a mister sprayed throughout a room or added humidifier resevoir will do.

For an anti-anxiety blend: Try 5 drops bergamot, 1 drop lavender and 3 drops geranium – dilute to 10 drops per ½ pint of water for a room spray or use in a humidifier, or dilute to the appropriate level for your child’s age if using topically. For alertness, try lemon, bergamot, grapefruit or pine, either singly or in a blend that pleases your senses (usually the best way to blend is to trust your nose!)

Essential oils can also be used in a candle lamp or warmer – with the oil gently evaporated from the surface of a small bowl of water by the heat of a candle. An electric nebulizing diffuser is generally not recommended for use with children, as the concentration of oils in the air can be too high.

Last but not least, essential oils are wonderful antiseptics.

Cuts and scrapes are simply a way of life for the little ones! A great blend for minor wounds is a 1:1 mix of Lavender and Tea Tree oil. The lavender is soothing, anti-inflammatory, and has regenerative ‘ketones’, while the tea tree is a strong antiseptic used for many generations by native Australians. Use this blend in the water used for cleaning wounds, and apply a few drops to the gauze of a bandage – do not apply directly to the skin as it will be unnecessarily irritating. On the bandage, however, it will be soothing and accelerate the healing process.

So this is a very brief overview of using essential oils with children. There are many, many diverse applications for essential oils for almost every conceivable minor ailment seen in childhood. The key is knowledge – finding a good practitioner, or reputable resource for your needs. For further reading, books by Valerie Ann Woorwood are excellent: “Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child” and “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy”; for safety data, see “Essential Oil Safety” by Robert Tisserand and Tony Balacs. The essential oils mentioned within this article are recognized as safe for most individuals – if you or your child are recognized as having a specific illness, and/or are under a doctor’s regular care, please consult an appropriate practitioner before proceeding.

That said, aromatherpy can be a very fun and rewarding endevor for both you and your child. Essential oils have benefited the lives of many the world over, and have a little bit of plant magic available to everyone.

Aromatherapy Newbies: 10 Tips

February 15, 2016

I remember when I first discovered aromatherapy several years ago. I was fascinated by essential oils and excited to try using them. Looking back, I realize I should have done a bit more research before diving into aromatherapy. I offer you the advice I wish I’d had when I was an aromatherapy novice:

1. Buy One or Two Aromatherapy Books Choose just one or two books to start your aromatherapy library. Select books that are general resources, which will give you some basic information and help you discover the areas in which you have the most interest. Two of my favorites Are Colleen K Dodt’s The Essential Oils Book, and Joy Bowles’ The A-to-Z of Essential Oils.

2. Join Aromatherapy Discussion Forums Forums are great resources for aromatherapy newbies. Read past discussions, ask questions, and learn from others. The Yahoo Group Aromatherapy for Everyone is a friendly place for beginners, and members range from novices to experts.

3. Do Some Research on the Internet While it’s nice to have an aromatherapy book or two at your fingertips, there are some excellent resources on the internet, too. Be a critical reader, though, and consider your source. Information offered by a manufacturer or affiliate seller may not be as trustworthy as information offered by a more objective source. Aromatherapy websites I refer to over and over include AromaWeb and Wavelengths Natural Health Aromatherapy.

4. Choose Five or Ten Essential Oils to Start Though you may be tempted to buy more, try to begin with just five or ten different essential oils. Essential oils can be quite expensive, so you may want to experiment with a few at first and then invest in more if you decide to pursue aromatherapy further.

5. Make Sure to Buy 100%, Pure, Unadulterated Essential Oils When you buy essential oils, choose a well-known and reputable manufacturer. Synthetic, fragrance, and perfume oils are not essential oils – they contain man-made chemicals and have no aromatherapeutic value.

6. Buy at Least One Carrier Oil For nearly all topical aromatherapy applications, you will need to dilute essential oils into a carrier oil. Good all-purpose carrier oils include sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and grapeseed oil. Buy cosmetic grade carrier oils, and use only a few drops of essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oil.

7. Store Your Oils Properly Essential oils should be stored only in dark glass containers. Since essential oils are volatile, keep the lids tightly closed. Essential oils and carrier oils should be stored away from heat and light. Carrier oils will go rancid eventually, so it’s best to buy smaller quantities.

8. Learn How to Do a Patch Test Essential oils can cause adverse reactions, due to allergy or due to sensitization over time. A patch test helps to determine whether you might react to a particular essential oil. Learn how to perform a skin patch test on yourself with each new oil you want to use topically.

9. Don’t Use Aromatherapy with Children or Pets Until you are thoroughly familiar with essential oils and associated safety issues, don’t use them on children or pets, or while pregnant or breastfeeding. Cats, in particular, may be adversely affected by essential oils. Make sure essential oils are kept out of reach of children.

10. Don’t Ingest Essential Oils Though you will read conflicting information about taking essential oils internally, you should avoid doing this. Some essential oils that are fairly safe to use topically may be quite toxic if taken internally. In addition, some essential oils may interact with prescription or over the counter drugs.

As you experiment with and learn more about aromatherapy, you will become more confident using essential oils. There is so much to explore, so be safe and have fun!

Massage of School Therapy

September 29, 2015

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and enroll in a massage school therapy program. Congratulations! Depending on the state you are approximately 533 hours away from taking us on. We, an appreciative and growing clientele of dis-eased Americans.

According to the U.S. Dept. Labor “employment is expected to grow faster than average over the 2004-2014 periods as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy.” Another recent survey showed that Gen X & Gen Y generations (ages 18-35) embrace massage therapy. Not only do they believe that it is beneficial to their health, but they prefer the hands on approach (vs. pill popping) when it comes to working through pain.

Can this revolt be credited to educational programs like “Just Say No?” Or, is it a backlash fueled by all those commercials featuring sweet, modulated voices listing out one horrific “possible” side affects after another. My goodness, in many cases the cure hurts more than the original issue!
Or, perhaps we, the “newer generations,” are just extra pained and extra motivated to find non habit forming solutions that offer long term, healthy, relief.

Think about it. We got onto computers between 4 and 4. It doesn’t take us long to have 30 years of computing under our belts. With that privilege comes strained wrists and tendons, knotted necks, backs & shoulders. Carpel tunnel syndrome, back pain, stiff necks, sore butts, strained eyes and obesity.

And, it also doesn’t take long to have 30 years of fast food and sodas and sweets around the belt, lining the intestines, clogging our arteries, promoting heart burn, gas, raising blood pressure, stress, anxiety, insomnia …

Yes, we know there’s no little pill that can cure all this! That’s why Gen X and Gen Y and Gen Me can’t wait till you graduate. Study hard, learn lots. And please don’t do this just for the money. We will need a little compassion while you’re at it.

Magnetic Therapy Bracelet

June 20, 2015

When an individual receives a recommendation to use a magnetic therapy bracelet, believe it or not, one of their first concerns is the appearance of the bracelet. Isn’t a magnetic therapy bracelet, bulky and unattractive? Will a magnetic therapy bracelet appear so obvious that others know that the individual is attempting to treat a pain related issue? Will the magnetic therapy bracelet look out of place with the rest of an individual’s attire? In truth, the magnetic therapy bracelets available today are not only beautiful, but they offer consumers a lot in terms of variety.

Both men and women are wearing magnetic therapy bracelets to treat painful joint conditions and diseases like arthritis. Just about any style is available and some of the bracelets are made with a variety of different, decorative, semi precious stones. A consumer can easily purchase a magnetic therapy bracelet with their birthstone, with their zodiac sign, or one that coils around the wrist. Men’s magnetic bracelets are typically sold with a 1/2 width, while women can get bracelets that are bit more slender in design if they so desire.

Wearing a magnetic bracelet is a form of Magnotherapy: Magnotherapy is reported to increase the circulation to various areas of the body and thereby improving the condition of the body overall. Further, many individuals believe that one of the positive effects of Magnotherapy is that it assists the body in removing harmful toxins: toxins that produce painful swelling of the joints. Plus, magnetic therapy bracelets are also worn to assist with healing connective tissues within the body.

Relieve Tight Neck Muscles-What A Pain In The Neck

May 8, 2015

“What a pain in the neck!” is often used as a humorously mild insult to somebody who is a pest. But when that pain is real it’s no laughing matter. It doesn’t matter if it only happens once in a while, or on a more frequent basis, when you have that kind of pain you want to know how to relieve tight neck muscles.

The good news is that are things you can do to get rid of the tension in your neck. As a caution though, if the pain won’t go away or if it’s a chronic problem, then you should go see your doctor to discuss your concerns.

The first step to relief is to look at your habits. For example, if you sit at a desk all day and bend your head down slightly to look at your computer, that can cause a stiff neck. Having good posture will go a long way toward preventing the problem. Try to avoid staying in any one position for long periods of time.

Stress is often one of the main culprits in having tightness in the neck; therefore reducing stress will help bring relief. Imagine a calming scene and take a few slow, deep breaths when you start to feel stressed. Meditation is an effective way to train yourself to stay calm, and that will keep you from getting tense as often.

A nice warm bath with Epsom salts is an excellent stress reliever that will loosen up your muscles and have you feeling relaxed. Light a few scented candles and put on some soft music (this goes for all you guys, too!) to feel even more relaxed as the cares of the day melt away.

It’s hard to beat a good massage to relieve tight neck muscles. You can go to a massage therapist for that professional touch, or you can enlist a friend or loved one to give you a good rub down. There are also massage devices such as pillows and rollers that you can use when nobody is around to lend a hand.

Note: Before you try any exercises to relieve tight neck muscles, it is critical that you make sure you are using smooth and gentle movements. You should never overstretch your neck, and jerky motions could make the problem worse.

Exercises are a great way to relieve tight neck muscles. You can start with a slow and gentle tilting of the head from one side to the other. Stop as soon as you feel any strain. This is meant to be relaxing, not painful.

Some people like to visit a chiropractor when they experience pain in the neck. Even though some people in the medical field scoff at chiropractors, most do agree that they are good at relieving pain in the back and neck. Patients of chiropractors are often amazed at the results after just a few visits.

As you can see, there are plenty of options that you can use to relieve tight neck muscles.

Massage Therapy - Let’s Get In Touch, literally

November 15, 2014

According to Researchers at Duke and the University of Arizona the number of true confidants that Americans say they have in on the decline. In fact, since the 1980s, it has dropped from about three to about two. And, about a fourth of Americans say they have no confidents outside of their families - twice the percentage of two decades ago.

Translation? Americans are increasingly cut off not only from emotional support but from the therapeutic benefits of physical touch as well. Humans, not just Americans, are pack animals. We are “hard-wired” to thrive in social, touchy feely environments. Studies have proven that a simple hug – a little touch – not only lowers output of cortisol, a stress hormone, but triggers a surge of our two “feel good” brains chemicals, serotonin and dopamine.

Perhaps this explains why massage therapy is on the rise. A recent survey by Opinion Research Corporation International, August 10-13, 2006 concluded that:

* More Americans are getting in touch: Thirty-nine million Americans – more than one out of 6 – get annual massages. They are also talking to their doctors about integrating it into their health care for medical and general health care purposes.

* Men vs. women: The number of both men and women who received a massage in the last year has doubled since 1972 but, at 23%, women still get the most massages.

* General Acceptance: Baby Boomers, ages 55-64, have tripled their use of massage therapy over the past ten years. 94% of Generation X & Y believe that massage therapy is beneficial to their health and prefer it as a form of pain relief over medication.

Now, if we could just cut down and cut back on all those decisive devices that supposedly connect us – the Internet, cell phones, blackberries, internet dating websites - and get back in touch with our old friends … And, add a few new friends …

When to Use Light Therapy

October 18, 2014

Light therapy is recommended for individuals that suffer from Seasonal Affect Disorder as a safe form of treatment. People that have Seasonal Affect Disorder experience bouts of depression as a direct result from less exposure to natural light during the changing of seasons. Light therapy exposes such individuals to additional lighting, thereby reducing the symptoms of Seasonal Affect Disorder or eliminating the symptoms entirely.

Light therapy is usually conducted during the winter months when the days are shorter than the days in summer. Light therapy sessions are often conducted in the early morning hours, right after waking, and in the evening hours: to ensure that the patient gets enough light. The amount of time spent in a light therapy session depends on the severity of the disorder the individual is experiencing. Some people only require 15 minutes of light therapy a day, while other individuals benefit from a couple of hours of light therapy on any given day. Finally, some individuals have lights that are specifically designed to expose them to more light gradually, throughout the morning hours or throughout the day. Consequently, light therapy sessions can occur without any extra effort on the part of the individual that requires it.

Since light therapy is conducted using indoor lighting, the patient is not exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays. Light therapy has been proven quite successful in elevating the mood of individuals that suffer from Seasonal Affect Disorder and it has been deemed a safe form of therapy for the seasonal condition.

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