Alleviate Anxiety Panic Attacks Symptoms – Exposed

Anxiety attacks and Panic attacks is the most common emotional disorder and is actually more common than the bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, and depression. One out of 75 people worldwide will experience a panic attack at one point in their lifetime.

Anxiety is a fairly normal reaction to stress. It helps an individual deal with stressful situations in any situation.Generally, it helps an individual cope. However, when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational fear of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder. The attacks that come from these fears are panic attacks.
When that fear becomes too much, an attack can occur. These attacks come without warning and without any particular reason. It is a far more intense feeling, then solely feeling “stressed”.

ANXIETY PANIC ATTACK SYMPTOMS

This may make you feel stressed, which could cause a panic attack. So how can you tell if you’re having a panic attack?

Listed below are the most common Anxiety Panic Attack Symptoms

* A Rapid heart beat
* Intense Sweating
* Shaking visibly or feeling shaky on the inside
* The feeling of a “lump” in your throat, or choking sensations
* Shortness of breath
* Chest pain or discomfort
* Nausea or abdominal discomfort
* Extreme Dizziness
* Feeling light-headed
* Derealisation (feeling unreal or dreamy)
* Fear of losing control or going crazy
* Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations) in face, extremities or body
* Chills or hot flashes
* Skin losing color
* Feelings of dying, In severe anxiety panic attacks you may feel like you are actually dying. This is however,the worst symptom you can have.

Treatment can include prescribed medications, but most people prefer more natural cures for anxiety. There are vast amounts natural methods of preventing anxiety panic attack symptoms that have helped millions of people take control of their lives. To quit living in fear of their disorder, and be free of their symptoms.

How to Create A Permanent Blue Hair Dye That Works

All sources I had found said “It can’t be done.” “There’s no such thing.” Well, if you want something bad enough, you find a way. Here’s my way.

Blue is not a hair color you see on many people, and you’ll find even less information about it on the internet. Most of the information out there talks about how a permanent blue hair dye doesn’t exist and suggests some pretty lame, expensive, messy and (lets face it) really temporary alternatives.

Yes a nice blue hair color is a rare thing, mostly because it is so damned hard to achieve and even harder to keep from fading into a weird blotchy emo green color. I am not a professional cosmetologist nor do I claim to be an expert on hair coloring. I am just a girl who wanted blue hair that would last, and was not willing to take no for an answer.

I live on the road for the majority of the year and I am not someone who has the time or the patience to mess with semi permanent color that washes out after a few days and needs touched up every week… no thanks. I’m not knocking it, if you’re someone who likes to change your hair color every week then it’s perfect… but it’s also expensive. “Take cold showers to preserve your color.” Was advice that I was given several times. I don’t know about you, but I’m not that into cold showers.

So… all the semi and demi-permanent hair colors I tried either faded or rinsed right out, even though I had bleached my hair first. I tried a lot of things in the name of blue hair until I found something that actually works. The following describes the process I used to achieve a Permanent Navy Blue Hair color that is evenly toned and beautiful.

*Note: This process is somewhat damaging to hair, you are going to need a deep conditioning hair treatment (or several of them) if you want to get it back to looking healthy.

HERE ARE THE THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

1. A T-Shirt you don’t mind ruining

2. A really good hair bleach (I used the Feria Brand #205 Extra Bleach Blonding, it’s awesome)

3. Feria 25 Volume Multi-Tone Developer (found at Sally Beauty Supply)

4. Feria Professional Hair Color #2.10 Polished Soft Black with Intense Blue Base

5. Clairol Mix Tones (COOL) Toner (The box is grey and blue, found at Sally Beauty Supply)

6. 2 Pairs of gloves

7. A Hair Color mixing bottle with pointed tip for application (get one with ounce measurements)

8. An extra mirror so you can see the back of your head (or a friend to help you)

9. A deep conditioning hair treatment (I used Feria Deep Conditioning Color Treatment)

10. A hairbrush

11. Something to put over your hair while it develops to lock moisture in (I used a plastic bag)

THE STEPS I USED TO ACHIEVE PERMANENT BLUE HAIR:

This is a two part process, I would spread it out over at least two days to give your hair a break after bleaching. I waited almost a week after bleaching and conditioned my hair really well. I know it can be hard to wait when you’re excited about something but trust me, it’s worth it. Your hair will thank you for it by not breaking and falling out… and you’ll be glad for that, right? Also, if your hair contains metallic dye, you shouldn’t use any of these products. Get the metallic dye out first.

Part One, Bleaching:

Unless you have naturally platinum blonde (almost white) hair, this step is critically important. You must be willing to bleach your hair until it is almost white. This usually requires that you bleach more than once because bleach will only develop for so long per application. If you don’t get your hair white or close to it, your hair will turn out black during the coloring process instead of blue, and if you wanted black you wouldn’t be reading this…

The only bleach I will EVER recommend to anyone is Loreal Feria #205 Extra Bleach Blonding for intense lightening. I have had nightmares with all other bleaches I’ve tried. Feria #205 is smooth, not gritty, applies easily, and works really well. If your hair is already somewhat light, you may only have to do this once. Bonus: They give you a lot of bleach so you don’t have to get 2 boxes if your hair is long, and it comes with a really nice conditioner. Yes, Feria is harsh on hair, but it gets the job done. I’ll take that over some wimpy product that is gentle and doesn’t do what it says it will do… to me that’s pointless.

Steps:

1. Put on that ugly old baggy T-Shirt you don’t mind ruining

2. Put on gloves (DO NOT DO THIS WITHOUT GLOVES)

3. Follow the directions that come with the bleach (see tips for extra pointers)

4. Wash, Rinse, Condition, Rinse, Wait before coloring.

TIPS:

Make sure your hair is dry and brushed before you do this. If it is brushed it makes it much easier to distribute the bleach evenly.

Leave the bleach on your head for at least an hour unless you achieve white hair before then.

Once you have the bleach all distributed in your hair you can GENTLY brush or comb it to make sure you got the bleach on all your strands.

Put a little extra on the back of your head to make sure you didn’t miss a spot, have a friend check it to make sure you got everywhere.

If you put a hair cap or a plastic bag over your hair while it develops, it keeps the bleach from drying out while it develops, and it keeps heat in which also helps the developing process. Like I said before, I just tied a plastic grocery bag around my hair… I’m not really all that fancy about things.

After the bleaching, when you condition your hair you can leave the conditioner in overnight to help repair the damage.

If your hair is not close to white after the first bleaching, you’ll need to bleach it again. Wait as long as you can stand it before bleaching a second time (do not do it the same day).

Part Two, Coloring:

This, my funky daring haired friends, is the fun part. This is where all the blue colored fruits of your labor are going to finally pay off. Make sure you have all your stuff ready: Mixing bottle, developer, color, toner, gloves, hairbrush, clock, etc. and let’s do this.

Here are the ratios I used (I have long hair):

The main thing here is that you mix equal parts of developer and coloring. So, the color bottle was about 2oz and the toner was about 2oz and those both count as your color, meaning you have 4oz of coloring, so you will use 4oz of developer. If you got the Feria 25 Volume Developer it most likely came in an 8oz bottle so you will use half. If you have short hair you will not use this much, but it’s probably easier to mix this amount anyway and waste a little than to try to get half the color into the bottle.

The Steps I used:

1. Make sure hair is clean, dry and brushed before you begin.

2. Put on your gloves and a T-Shirt you don’t mind ruining

3. Pour 4ounces of developer into your mixing bottle

4. Squeeze entire contents of Clairol Mix Tones (Cool) into mixing bottle, close bottle, point away from face and shake for 20 seconds or so. *Clairol Mix Tones (Cool) is meant to be used in small amounts to remove brassiness from hair, but in this case it is your secret weapon. Because you are using the whole tube, it is going to turn your hair blue. Way more blue than if you used the Feria color alone.

5. Open mixing bottle (pointing away from face) and pour entire contents of Feria 2.10 Hair color 2oz bottle into your mixing bottle, close, and (pointing away from face)shake well. Shake until it looks like everything is mixed. *There are a few shades of Black in the Feria Professional Hair color line. Make sure you have the one that says Intense Blue Base, not simply Blue Base.

6. Once it is well mixed you can apply it to your hair. Unless you have extremely long hair you are not going to use the entire contents of the bottle. Be generous with it, but don’t feel like you need to use it all just to not waste any. I made this mistake and ended up with it dripping everywhere, just use however much you need and throw the rest away. (You cannot save the mixture for later use, it won’t work).

7. Make sure you didn’t miss any spots, check the back of your head with a mirror or have a friend check. You can even gently brush through it to make sure it’s evenly distributed.

8. Watch it develop. At first it will look like a light blue but very soon it will develop into a deep vibrant blue and then to a dark blue black. I let it develop all the way to a blue black because I wanted a dark navy blue, but if you like the mid-range vibrant blue I would imagine you could rinse it out at that point and keep it lighter… Don’t hold me to this, I didn’t do it that way.

9. Once your color is developed, between 25-45 min depending on how dark you want, you can wash your hair. Using a gentle shampoo, wash the coloring mix out of your hair. Your shower is going to look like you murdered a smurf so be prepared to rinse the walls and shower curtain.

10. Apply a deep conditioner and let it sit for no less than 5 minutes. You can even leave it in and rinse it out later for a really deep treatment.

TIPS & SIDE NOTES:

If you let the color develop for the full amount of time, it is going to look like it’s black when you first step out of the shower. You will see a little blue, don’t panic, the blue is there. When it dries, it will be a deep blue-black (Think comic book hair) It will fade a little each time you wash into a nice navy blue (remember, even permanent color fades to some degree with time)

If you got blue dye on your skin, chances are it’s still there to some degree. If you’re like me, you got some on your skin… not to worry, it will wash off completely next time you shower. With that in mind, don’t do this the day of a big event or date or important anything. Do it a few days to a week prior.

You are going to have some color bleed for a while each time you wash your hair. Even though it is permanent dye it is going to bleed, and when it is wet it can stain your towels and shirts. Designate a hair towel that you don’t mind turning blue. I have had this color for a month now, and it has changed very little with washing but still bleeds color when I shampoo. I’m not worried about it because it still looks great, as I’ve come to expect with Feria color. This color bleed also happens with reds and other permanent colors but not for quite as long as the blue. The reason for this, I don’t know.

Be prepared to hear “You’ve got blue hair” a lot. People tend to state the obvious when they’re caught off guard. It’s funny to me, and sometimes I myself forget that my hair is blue and it catches me by surprise.

Enjoy your true-blue victory of hair color awesomeness. They said permanent blue hair color couldn’t be done… You just did the impossible. Congratulations.

History and Background of Hot Stone Massage

Introduction

Massage is perhaps the oldest form of hands-on-healing known to humans, easily pre-dating written records. For millennia, people from virtually every culture have used a combination of touch, heat (thermotherapy) and stones as therapeutic tools. It’s pretty safe to say that almost every culture has either used heat and/or stones to have some sort of healing effect on the body – whether it’s using stones directly on the body like we do in a Hot Stone Massage, or indirectly, similar to a structure like Stonehenge affecting the body energetically.

Most therapists who incorporate heated stones into their massage routine agree that the Chinese, Native Americans and Hawaiians have played a major role in how Stone Therapy is applied today (although the Egyptians, Ayurvedic Medicine, Pacific Islanders and many other cultures are also said to have used stones in their healing arts).

Traditional uses of stones

One of the first recorded uses of stones for healing was by the Chinese. Prior to the invention of metal acupuncture needles, ancient Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) practitioners regularly used various shaped and sharpened stones to treat disease. These stones were known as ‘Bian Stones’, and were used to prick, pierce and bleed various points on the body (as well as lancing boils and performing other superficial procedures). The Chinese also used heat, in the form of ‘moxabustion’ (burning ‘mugwort’ – a dried herb – over acupuncture points), to increase the yang/heat in the body and have a healing effect on patients. Moxabustion is still used today by almost all TCM practitioners.

Undoubtedly, both Bian Stones and moxabustion were used together in the same treatment; however there are differing opinions when it comes to the specific use of stones to massage the body. TCM practitioners did ‘scrape’ various muscles and meridians with jade tools (and other hard objects) to treat different diseases. This was/is known as ‘Gua Sha’, and is still practised today.

The Native Americans had many rituals which involved the use of stones. One of the more well-known rituals involved placing heated stones (generally basalt) into a tepee-like structure, otherwise known as a ‘Sweat Lodge’. This practice was used to cleanse and heal the body and mind. Several other cultures, including the Romans, had a similar idea, leading to the development of modern-day Saunas. Another Native American ritual used a heated stone that was wrapped in cloth/bark. This warm stone was placed onto the lower abdomen of a woman who was menstruating, in order to relieve cramps (women today employ this same principle when they use a hot water bottle).

Heated stones were perhaps even more frequently used in traditional Hawaiian healing practices. Customary uses included wrapping heated stones in ‘ti-leaves’, a special type of leaf with therapeutic properties. These wrapped stones were then placed on sore areas of the body in order to reduce pain – similar to using a heat pack or poultice. Hot stones were also placed in shallow pits and covered with these same leaves. The patient would then lie on top of the leaves, allowing the healing properties to infuse into the body.

Volcanic stones are also said to have been rubbed over the body after a traditional Hawaiian Kahuna/Lomi-Lomi massage (in the Hawaiian language, Lomi-Lomi simply means ‘to knead/rub/massage’). Due to the coarseness of the stones used, this was perhaps less of a massage technique and more of an exfoliation. The Hawaiians are one of the most closely linked cultures to modern-day Stone Therapy.

There are also endless references to the use of gems, crystals and other types of stones by many cultures throughout the history of healing.

About modern-day Hot Stone Massage

Modern-day Stone Therapy, a truly unique style of massage, has been gaining popularity throughout the world after being ‘discovered’ in the United States in 1993. The story revolves around a massage therapist named Mary Nelson, who was suffering from repetitive use injuries in the shoulders/wrists. She was having a sauna with her niece who was about to receive a massage, and was ‘called’ to use the stones. Mary chose some of the smoother stones and used them in the massage. It felt great (for the client as well as the therapist) and thus Stone Therapy as we know it today was born. This first style of modern-day Stone Therapy was/is called ‘LaStone Therapy’.

Mary ‘channelled’ much of the information about LaStone Therapy from her Native American spirit guide. This is one of the reasons why many Spas/Salons and journalists think that Stone Therapy is a ‘traditional’ Native American treatment. Although LaStone Therapy is based on Native American culture, it is much more accurate to say that modern-day Stone Therapy is a combination of Chinese, Native American and Hawaiian healing principles (as well as the many other cultures who somehow used heat and/or stones in their healing arts).

What to expect during a Hot Stone Massage

A modern-day Hot Stone Massage (also sometimes called Hot Rocks Massage) will usually consist of the therapist placing heated stones (usually basalt stones ) of various shapes/sizes onto the client’s body (for safety, most of the time these ‘placement’ stones won’t be in direct contact with the skin, instead they will be placed onto a towel to buffer the heat). These stones are placed onto different points (chakras, energy points, sore muscles, etc), depending on the style of Hot Stone Massage or Stone Therapy.

Whilst these placement stones are warming and activating specific areas, the therapist will take several other heated stones and begin massaging a different area of the body. The heat from the stones is released deep into the muscles, greatly enhancing the massage. It is said that one stroke with a heated stone is equivalent to ten normal massage strokes! Some therapists will also incorporate cold stones (usually marble) into their treatment which, although not quite as relaxing as the heated stones, do have a part to play for many conditions. A typical Hot Stone Massage will take 60 to 90 minutes.

Most people who have a Hot Stone Massage will be ‘blown away’ by the level of relaxation that is achieved. Some clients will have vivid dreams or even ‘out-of-body’ experiences. It is usually a very grounding, relaxing and healing experience. Apart form the deep level of relaxation, Hot Stone Massage is also great to incorporate into Remedial or Deep Tissue massage. Not only does the client receive the benefits, but when practiced correctly, the therapist will reduce the strain placed on their hands and wrists.

Practically every Spa in Europe, America and Australia offers Hot Stone Massage or Stone Therapy on their menu. The number of different styles however, is almost as varied as the stones themselves.

As with all forms of massage, it is important that therapists undertake professional Hot Stone Massage training. Check with the Spa, Salon or therapist before your treatment to ensure you are getting the best massage from the most qualified therapist.

Herbal Medicines for Anxiety and Insomnia

Anxiety and worry are facts of life. Most people will feel worried if they are about to take an exam, start a new job, or have an operation. The anxiety normally goes away after the stressful event, especially if all has gone well. But sometimes anxious feelings feed on themselves and start to inter¬fere with everyday life.

Anxiety can often lead to other symptoms, such as insomnia or panic. Symptoms of anxiety include difficulty in concentrating, irritability, tense muscles, aches and pains, nausea, dizziness, breathlessness, sleep problems, dry mouth, decreased or increased appetite.

Diet and Nutrition Caffeine, alcohol, and smoking can all contribute to anxiety states and so are best avoided. Magnesium supplements may be helpful. Aromatherapy Lavender and camomile oils are relaxing and calming. Use them in a relaxing bath or in a burner to scent a room.

Visualization Practice imagining situations where you feel peaceful and relaxed and “go there” when you start to feel anxious. Relaxation tapes and classes can help you learn how to do this.
Bach Flower Remedies Agrimony, Rock Rose, and Red Chestnut are possible choices.

Counseling and Talking Treatments Behavioral psychotherapy aims to help you unlearn problem behavior. Cognitive therapy can help you recognize and change patterns of thinking that reinforce your anxiety

Homeopathy A homeopath will tailor remedies to the individual case, but Aconite and Argentum nit are recommended for the physical effects of anxiety. Herbal Medicine A herbalist may prescribe sedatives such as passiflora, camomile, or valerian as infusions.

Insomnia
Insomnia is a common symptom of anxiety and stress. If the underlying problems are dealt with, the insomnia usually clears up. Aromatherapy A bath with a few drops of essential oil of meadowsweet and orange blossom will soothe.

Relaxation Therapies Yoga and meditation can help you to relax and free your mind from worry and stress. Herbal Medicine Infusions of lime blossom, hops, or Californian poppy all have a sedative effect.

Consult a practitioner/therapist for:Homeopathy Depending on the case, a homeopath may choose from Aconite for insomnia caused by fear, Arnica for the overtired, Coffea for the racing mind, Phosphorus for nightmares that wake you, Ignatia for the fear that you will never sleep again, and Nux vomica for insomnia caused by heavy drinking.

HMR Diet Review – Pros and Cons of the HMR Healthy Solutions At Home Program

The HMR diet has been used by weight loss clients in medical clinics and hospitals around the country for over 30 years.

In addition to the specialty food that is designed for fast, safe weight loss, they also focus on helping people build new, healthier habits into their lives to maintain their weight loss.

They’ve recently expanded their weight loss program for home use and are calling it Healthy Solutions at Home. They will deliver a full weight loss starter package to your door with everything you need to lose weight in the comfort of your own home.

This includes HMR meals and shakes along with detailed instructions for the diet plan. You also add in your own fruits and vegetables to the plan.

So is this diet right for you?

Here are a few things you need to know:

How It Works

The diet itself is very easy to follow. Every day you’ll eat 3 HMR shakes, 2 HMR entrees and at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.

This is actually the minimum you should eat. The program actually encourages you to eat more if you’re hungry – either a shake, another entree or more fruit or veggies.

So you don’t have to worry that you’ll starve on this program. The food is low in calories, so you can actually eat a bit more without having it affect your weight loss.

How It’s Different Than Other Diet Delivery Services

The HMR diet gives you something other diet food delivery programs do not: weekly phone coaching. Every week you’ll be on the phone with your coach getting new encouragement, tips and help.

The focus with the coaching is to help you build new healthier habits – so you can easily maintain your weight loss after the diet is done.

While the phone coaching is not mandatory, HMR has found that clients who participate in the coaching actually lose more weight than those who don’t (23 vs 13 pounds).

This diet also has an added safety factor. Because it’s used by medical clinics and hospitals, you know it’s not a fad diet – and it has lots of history behind it of fast, effective weight loss.

And because of the emphasis on fruits and vegetables, you are getting a wide range of extra nutrients that you need when losing weight.

How Much Can You Lose?

Well, this does depend on a number of factors like how much you have to lose, your age, gender and activity level. However the average weight loss is about 23 pounds over 12 weeks.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

Well, unlike some other diet delivery services, you do have to do some of the food prep yourself (adding veggies to the entrees for example).

Then again, this diet is also cheaper than some mainstream diet delivery services – coming in under $10 a day.

So it really depends on what you’re looking for.

So Is It Right For You?

Well, if you’re looking for a super-simple diet that is easy to follow and gives you most of what you need (except the fruits and veggies), this diet is worth considering.

It’s also nice to have the phone coaching to help you prepare for life after the diet. And you will not starve on this plan since you’re encouraged to eat more if you’re hungry.

Can Massage Chairs Help With Weight Loss?

This question seems like a dream if the answer is yes. Wouldn’t it be great to just sit down in your massage chair and lose weight? However, life is never so simple. Massage chairs can aid in the process of weight loss. The true path to weight loss includes eating right and ongoing exercise. Massage chairs can assist in weight loss by helping to shed some of your lingering pounds or by taking you on a path to better health.

In order to live healthy, you need a whole some and relaxed body, mind and spirit connection. Massage is used routinely to help induce relaxation of the mind and body. It provides for a time for you to focus on yourself. Getting frequent treatments is important to sustain a healthy body and mind connection.

When we undertake a weight loss program, we normally start by eating better and exercising frequently. We start to see improvement with losing weight and the beginning of the exercise program. However, we then seem to plateau as the body stabilizes and it becomes harder to lose additional weight.

Most of the early weight loss is simply water loss. Our bodies are made up mostly of water. As we change our diet and begin exercising more we start to lose more water weight. Receiving massages during this period helps to release this excess of water in our bodies.

Another important benefit is the movement of the lymph and other fluids in your body. The lymph removes and cleans toxic material out of your cells. Receiving regular massage treatments helps to move this fluid and flush it out of your body. Regular flushing of toxins is important to maintain your body in prime health.

Massage therapy is known to help increase muscle tone. This helps to build muscle and aids in your ability to control or lose weight. If your muscles are strong, then your muscles will burn more calories. This enables you to perform a variety of activities to maintain health.

There is some research to suggest that massage therapy may contribute to the loss of fat. The penetration of massage into the soft tissues is believed to burst the fat capsule. When the fat capsule is burst, it can be more easily absorbed and removed from your body.

Increasing the level of your metabolism is important to lose weight. A higher metabolism helps your body to more easily perform its normal processes. Receiving periodic massage chair treatments helps to increase blood and fluid flow in your body. The blood flow in particular is vital to improving your metabolism.

Regular treatments are believed to influence the excretion of fluids for tissue repair. These treatments stretch the muscles and connective tissue helping to break down scar tissue more quickly. This may speed up recovery from normal training and injuries.

When you begin to work out regularly, you may tend to get soreness and tightness in the muscles. This can occur from a build up of lactic acid. Regular therapy provides a means to help reduce the build up of lactic acid leading to pain reduction.

There are many benefits to receiving frequent massage chair treatments. These types of treatments should be seen as a stable and healthy living. Massage therapy is an important element in your total health program. It is important to take time to relax and to focus on yourself. Massage chairs can assist you in your weight loss goals and healthier living.

Nail Dystrophy-skin Disordersnail Dystrophy-skin Disorders

Damage to the nail as a result of trauma or specific disease results in nail dystrophy. Nail dystrophy is defined as the presence of misshapen or partially destroyed nail plates. Soft, yellow keratin often accumulates between the dystrophic nail plate and nail bed, resulting in elevation of the former. Various aspects of nail dystrophy are discussed below.
Trauma

Trauma to the tips of the digits occasionally results in the formation of a subungual hematoma. The severe pain that accompanies this problem can be relieved by piercing the nail plate with a heated needle or paper clip. Large subungual hematomas result in sloughing of the nail plate weeks to months later. Permanent scarring with nail plate thickening and ridging sometimes accompanies trauma. Scarred nails seem particularly predisposed to the subsequent development of Onychomycosis. Unfortunately, surgical removal of the scarred nail plate is simply followed by regrowth of an equally dystrophic nail.
Onychomycosis

Fungal infection is a very common cause of nail dystrophy. The great toenail, in particular, seems prone to infection. Infection of the fingernails occurs only in nails previously traumatized or in tinea manum with subsequent involvement of the nail. The likelihood of Onychomycosis increases with age; children are rarely if ever affected.

The first sign of Onychomycosis is the development of a small area of Onycholysis (separation of the nail plate from the nail bed) at the distal tip of the nail. Shortly thereafter, a buildup of soft yellow keratin occurs in the space created by the onycholysis. This is accompanied by further lifting of the proximal nail. Eventually, the process results in a partially destroyed, heaped up, misshapen yellow nail. The entire process is asymptomatic unless a thickened toenail begins to press against the top of the shoe.

Most Onychomycosis is due to infection with Trichophyton rubrum, but in a few cases Epidermophyton flocwsum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes may be recovered. Infection with mentagrophytes is usually associated with a mild form of Onychomycosis in which portions of the superficial nail plate whiten. Treatment is the same regardless of which organism causes the disease. Orally administered griseofulvin (or rarely ketoconazole) is required if treatment is desired. For all practical purposes, topical therapy with currently available agents is never curative.

Most fingernail infections will clear after 3 to 6 months of continuous therapy. Toenails, because of their slower growth rate, will require 9 to 12 months of treatment. Nearly all fingernail infections respond to therapy, but the response rate for toenail infections is considerably lower. Moreover, the recurrence rate, once treatment is stopped, is extremely high. Consequently, many clinicians discourage treatment of toenail Onychomycosis ..
Psoriasis

Nail dystrophy occurs in a considerable proportion of patients with psoriasis. Most often, nail changes follow the development of cutaneous lesions, but on rare occasions they may precede any other clinical evidence of the disease. Several types of nail dystrophy are recognized. The specific clinical appearance depends on whether the pathology occurs in the nail matrix or nail bed.

Onycholysis occurs as the result of nail bed involvement. In early lesions the normally smooth, curvilinear distal junction of the nail plate with the nail bed becomes irregular; later, deeper levels of separation occur. In advanced disease, soft yellow keratin accumulates between the nail plate and nail bed in a manner clinically indistinguishable from that which occurs in onychomycosis.

Another type of psoriatic lesion occurs between the plate and bed. This results in the appearance of sharply marginated, yellow-brown, nonpalpable color changes in the nail plate. These changes have been likened to “oil spots.”

The earliest reflection of nail matrix disease is the development of ice pic stippling or pitting on the surface of the nail plate. This type of pitting occurs primarily in patients with psoriasis, but it can also be seen with eczematous disease of the hand and in alopecia areata. More advanced involvement of the nail matrix, in concert with nail bed disease, leads to the development of grossly misshapen nails. These more serious nail dystrophies are often accompanied by inflammatory, arthritic changes in the distal interphalangeal joint.

There is no widely acceptable, effective treatment for psoriatic nail dystrophy. Topical steroid therapy used under finger cot occlusion can be tried, but the degree of improvement is usually disappointing. Steroids injected into the nail matrix are more efficacious, but the considerable discomfort associated with multiple injections discourages most patients. Improvement following the long-term use of topically applied fluorouracil has been reported in a few patients. Systemic therapy with methotrexate and etretinate usually leads to clearing of the nails, but the benefits of these agents must be balanced against their toxicity. Concomitant improvement in nail dystrophy often occurs during spontaneous or therapeutically induced remission of the accompanying cutaneous lesions.

Essential Oil Recipes – How to Make Natural Products Using 5 Essential Oils Or Less

Enjoy using Essential Oils and making your own recipes that give you products that are quick and simple to make.

Using only 5 Essential Oils – keep the cost down but not make inferior products for your use. I never compromised on effectiveness in these recipes if it wouldn’t work with the five its not listed.

Costing you less – by reducing the number of Oils and combining them with common household ingredients you spend less, waste less and are able to make more as you want it.

Simple recipes – by keeping the recipes simple to do and easy to follow you can save yourself time along with money.

It was amazing how simple but still effective these products were and how easy they are to make and store or make up quickly when you need them. They are great for you, your family, and for inexpensive gifts that look (and smell) a million dollars.

If you love natural chemical free products then this article is for you. If you love to also save money, then this article is definitely for you.

If you love making your own products, you will love the simple step by step recipes.

Even if you have never blended a product before this article is design to give you the easy instruction and all the information you need to make you own products.

There is several great recipes in each of these sections

• Household cleaning

• First aid and Common Ailments

• Relaxation and Stress Relief

• Skin Care

• Hair Care

• Gift Ideas

When we first decided to create recipes with a smaller number of oils we tested three, four, five and six Essential Oil blends and found that five oils give you the most versatility and best value for money.

When selecting our Essential Oils we tested and tested them until we found the best for –

• Value for Money – why use an expensive oil if a less expensive will work just as well

• Essential Oil versatility – what oils have many benefits and usages

• Essential Oil properties – what oils have a larger range or properties and work the best with our bodies and environment

• Simplicity – more common known oils

• Practicality – easy to find oils so you don’t have to search for them

THE ESSENTIAL 5 OILS

Here is a quick summary of the Five Essential Oils used to create this complete article

1. Lavender

2. Geranium

3. Lemon

4. Chamomile

5. Tea Tree

Lavender Essential Oil – The most popular Essential Oil is Lavender; if you were only ever going to buy one Essential Oil then Lavender would be the one. It is used in all sections of The Essential 5. This amazing oil is one of the most useful of all essential oils. Lavenders properties include antiseptic, relaxant, antitoxic, for burns, sedative, tonic, deodorant to name a few, and blends well with most other oils. It is bridging oil for perfumes and is a very common known aroma.

Geranium Essential Oil – Geranium has a strong herbaceous aroma with similar notes to rose. This great all round Essential oil has therapeutic properties as an astringent, antiseptic, anti-depressant, tonic, antibiotic, and as an anti-infectious agent. Aid against travel sickness, assists with irritations associated with dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.

Lemon Essential Oil – Well known for its clean refreshing aroma it has high anti-bacterial properties. On skin and hair it can be used for its cleansing effect, as well as for its Antiseptic properties, and being refreshing and cooling. Lemon may assist with the ability to concentrate. The strong clean smell is commonly associated with cleanliness.

Chamomile Essential Oil – It is useful in the treatment of aches and pains in muscles and joints. Treatment of symptoms of PMS with Chamomile is also beneficial especially when the symptoms are related to stress. It has long tradition in herbal medicine and the flowers were used in many cures including an herbal tea During World War Two. The strong aroma of chamomile is fruity and herbaceous and ideal for children and those with sensitive skins.

Tea Tree Essential Oil – Most of us have use or own this oil at one stage. It is use in two sections and is best known as a very powerful immune stimulant. It can help to fight off infectious. Used as part of an inhalation it can help with colds, measles, sinusitis & viral infections. For skin & hair, Tea Tree has been used to combat acne, oily skin, head lice & dandruff.

THE COST BENEFITS OF USING ESSENTIAL OILS

The main benefit of using Essential Oils when making your own products are that a little goes a long way.

Usually you can buy your Oils in 17ml, 15 ml, 12ml or 6 ml bottles and for every 1 milliliter you get 20 drops that means for your 15 ml you get 300 drops and your 12 ml bottle you get 240 drops.

With different Products ranging from only 10 drops or more you can see now a little goes along way.

This is why they are a cost effective way to create your own blends. By simply changing the quantities and the mix of oils and the base products you are able to make many products with only a few oils.

I love that I can make up some products that I use all the time and then I can just make up enough of a product if I want it for a single use, for example when my son had warts I made up a half bottle and applied as per instruction for the two weeks and I have not needed to use it again.

Whereas I always have Air Freshener and All purpose Cleanser available as well as Antiseptic Cream and Bath Bombs, (ideal to throw in the bath with cranky kids).

ADD BASE PRODUCTS

Add to this some great base products and your away. Using base products combined with Essential Oils for household cleaning and gifts has been used for centuries with records showing uses as far back as ancient Roman Times and in Egypt, Greece and India.

Base products range from everyday common products – Bicarb (bicarbonate soda), Soaps, Salt, Vinegar, Vitamin V creams, Aloe Vera, Eggs along with many other commonly used ingredients.

By understanding that Base Oils and Products have their own properties (attribute, characteristic or ability) allows you to expand the range of recipes and products you may create, by combining of Essential Oil and base product properties.

HOUSEHOLD CLEANING

Some people enjoy cleaning, some people love cleaning, some tolerate it and some do it because ‘it has to be done’, I’m somewhere between tolerate and ‘has to be done’, definitely not in the love area. Put on some music; grab the kids, grab my great products and I get it done.

I want products that work; I don’t want to have to repeat it. So if I can have effective products that are natural, chemical free, and smell divine, then that’s a bonus.

• Air freshener – room deodorizer, ironing aid, curtain freshener

• All Purpose Cleanser – any room in the house the needs an abrasive cleaner; ovens, showers, fridges, air conditioners, bathrooms, benches, cups, drawers, microwaves

• Baking Soda Shaker – general all round all purpose abrasive, stainless steel, shoes – odor

• Vinegar Spray – antibacterial surface cleaner, polishes car chrome, Spray car windows to keep them frost free, clean eye glasses, must have for jellyfish and blue bottle stings, removes fruit stains from hands, removes onion smell from hands

AIR FRESHENER SPRAY

250 ml Spray bottle

15 drops Essential Oils as below (blend suggestions)

250 ml Boiled (cooled) Water

To freshen and deodorize your house, don’t mask the bad smells; eliminate them. Any of the below blends are great of create your own air freshener, using the blend to suit your needs.

MIX 1 – 10 drops of Essential Oils into bottle of water and shake well. Shake before each use.

Blend suggestions:

Welcoming – welcome people into your home, invokes memories of peace in most people.

Lavender – 15 drops

All purpose – a blend suitable for every room; freshens the air and contains bacterial properties.

Lavender – 8 drops, Lemon 4 drops, Geranium 3 drops

Bloom – Ideal for kitchen and eliminating cooking odor.

Lavender 6 drops, Lemon 5 drops, Tea Tree 4 drops

Smell Ease – remove the unpleasant odor associated with bathrooms and laundries

Lemon 10 drops, Chamomile 3 drops, Lavender 2 drops

Other Uses –

• Ironing Aid – spray directly onto clothes and iron

• Room deodorizer – eliminating stale and unpleasant smells

• Curtain freshener – spray directly onto curtains and allow the warm of the sun to intensify the beautiful natural Essential Oil aromas.

BICARB SHAKER

Large Salt Shaker

Bicarb

Large salt shaker or talc powder bottle or container (jar) with holes pierced into lid may be used. If Bicarb is needed as an abrasive, it can be used alone, with Surface Spray or All Purpose Cleaner for added removal of built up grime. Easier and more practical than having in a box and pouring it out, you seem to use less as the powder is evenly distributed.

Other Uses –

• Kids – will love using this – shake onto surface, spray with vinegar and watch it fizz let the kids wipe the bench and love the fizzing feeling on their fingers – cleaning done with fun!

• Stainless Steel – cleans and removes minor rust stains

• Odor eliminator – shoes, carpets and pet areas

ALL PURPOSE CLEANSER

250 ml sauce (squirt) bottle

140 ml Boiled (warm) Water

60 ml Vinegar

50 ml soap or washing liquid

2 tablespoons Bicarb

10 drops Lemon Essential Oil

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

A wonderful All Purpose Cleanser that can be used throughout the household. Heavier than a surface spray with a gentle abrasive quality and soap for removal of grease build up. This Cleaner is antibacterial, disinfectant, and cleansing.

MIX: – Mix this mixture in a glass bowl or jug, cool and pour into bottle.

Pour in 1/2 of warm water add Bicarb, stir until dissolved,

Add to this mixture 1/2 vinegar (1/2 vinegar quantity, allow mixture to rinse and lower, add rest of Vinegar) and add liquid soap stir until blended. Add Essential Oils and pour in remaining warm water. Stir well, allow cooling before use.

Other Uses –

• Benches – Cleaning any surfaces with gentle abrasive cleaner

• Fridges – for fresh odor and sparkling clean look

• Showers and bathrooms – helps eliminate build up

• Air conditioners Cups – great for removing coffee stains

• Drawers – removes grime and marks

• Microwaves – cleans inside and out

VINEGAR SPRAY

250 ml Spray bottle

250 ml vinegar

A pure blend of vinegar can be used by itself or part of a cleaning system. This spray is ideal for cleaning mirrors, glass and windows, and for use with Bicarb for cleaning.

Other Uses –

• Polishes car chrome

• Spray car windows to keep them frost free

• clean eye glasses

• must have for jellyfish, blue bottle stings

• removes fruit stains from hands

• removes onion smell from hands

FIRST AID AND COMMON AILMENTS

Creating a First Aid Kit and treating Common Ailments is a great way to see the benefits of using Essential Oils.

Essential Oils bring their therapeutic benefits to the body as they are absorbed into the blood stream via the skin or lungs. The aromatic fragrances can have a pleasing and powerful effect on our general wellbeing. As the Essential Oils enter the bloodstream they take their healing powers to the part of the body that is in most need.

With First Aid and Common Ailments you will find over a period of time you will make up more products that you use regularly and this will bring even more benefits to you and your family.

ANTISEPTIC CREAM

50 ml dark colored glass jar

43 ml Base Cream

20 drops (1 ml) Lavender Essential Oil

15 drops Geranium Essential Oil

15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Use of this antiseptic blend assists in the healing of cuts and wounds. Use directly onto injury and cover with bandage or band-aid for quicker healing.

MIX: Into glass jar spoon in Base Cream fill 2/3 of jar add in essential oils, mix with spoon, fill jar and remix.

BURN GEL, mild

50 ml glass jar

43 ml Aloe Vera Gel

40 (2 ml) drops Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops Chamomile Essential Oil

IMMEDIATELY apply cold water to area, run water over area for approx 10 minutes.

For small areas a few drops of Lavender (neat) straight from the bottle, onto area followed by ice pack is ideal.

For large areas apply blend above (I have this made up in fridge always) as it is even better if Aloe Vera Gel blend is cold. Apply clean gauze bandage and cover with ice pack. ALWAYS SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE IF SEVERE BURN.

MIX: Into glass jar spoon in Aloe Vera Gel fill 2/3 of jar add in essential oils, mix with spoon, fill jar and remix.

CHAPPED LIPS

10 ml dark colored glass jar or container

10ml Aloe Vera Gel

6 drops Geranium Essential Oil

4 drops Chamomile Essential Oil

Apply regularly to lips to keep them moist and smooth.

MIX: Into glass jar spoon in Aloe Vera Gel fill 2/3 of jar add in essential oils, mix with spoon, fill jar and remix.

COLD SORES

10 ml glass jar

10 ml Aloe Vera Gel

4 drops Geranium Essential Oil

3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oils

2 drops Chamomile Essential Oils

1 drop Lavender Essential Oils

This blend can assist in the reduction of the severity of cold sores. Apply when the tingling feeling starts, (if possible to help prevent cold sore from forming), or apply directly onto sore to help keep moist and encourage healing of inflammation.

MIX: Into glass jar spoon in Aloe Vera Gel fill 2/3 of jar add in essential oils, mix with spoon, fill jar and remix

HEADACHES

10 ml glass bottle

10 ml base oil

10 drops Essential Oils as below

MIX: Lavender 10 drops

Assist in the relief of headaches. Inhale directly from the bottle, especially before leaving the bed in the morning. Massage onto pulse points, wrist, temples, and base of neck and across forehead. Drop 5-10 drops in bath or shower, may be used in oil burner.

MIX: Pour base oil to glass bottle, add Essential Oils and shake well.

RELAXATION

Time to relax you’ve got to be joking. I have heard this time and time again and I know hard it is to fit it in. By making my own relaxation products I could adjust them to what I wanted, and vary them to suit my moods. For example I would you different oils for relaxing, for sleep, for stress or mediation.

RELAXATION RELEASE & WIND DOWN BLEND

5 drops Lavender, 3 drops Chamomile, 2 drops Geranium

RELAX & UPLIFT BLEND

4 drops Geranium, 2 drops Chamomile, 2 drops Lavender, 2 drop Lemon

CALM DOWN STRESS BUSTER BLEND

7 drops Chamomile, 3 drops Lavender

100% PURE ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

15 ml glass bottle

15 ml Essential Oils (your blend)

Creating a blend of Essential Oils gives you a synergy of the oils. That means the combined benefit of the oils is higher than its individual oils. Remember your 100% Essential Oil blend is not for use on your body it must be a diluted blend for body usage. 100% Essential 100% Oil blends are ideal for oil burners, foot spas, baths, inhalations, humidifiers, diffusers and mediation.

MIX Add the total drops of each Essential Oil into the bottle as shake gently to blend.

10% ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

15 ml glass bottle

30 drops (1.5 ml) Essential Oils (your blend)

13.5 ml base oil

Creating a blend of Essential Oils gives you a synergy of the oils. Blending it down with base oil allows you the versatility to use for body applications. 10% Essential Oil Blends are ideal for pulse point or quick relief, compresses, candles, direct application, showers and inhalations.

BATH SALTS

200 grams Epson salts

20 drops Essential Oil (your blend)

1 tablespoon Bicarb

1 teaspoon Food coloring or herbs or flower petals for coloring

Combine the properties of these truly amazing natural products to create a simple and effective bath product. Add your Essential Oils depending on your mood and desires and lets your troubles float away.

MIX: To the Epson salts stir in Bicarb and coloring product (if required) and mix well then add Essential Oil blend and mix again.

BODY OIL

100 ml glass bottle

100 drops (5 ml) Essential Oils (your blend)

95 ml base oils

SKIN CARE SENSATIONS

The recipe gives you great oil; use this if you prefer to use body oil, instead of a moisturizer cream. Body is great to give skin supple appearance and ideal for dry skin or sin in harsh climates where even the loveliest of skin has a tendency to dry up. Apply all over body, for added directly after bath with skin is still damp and gently pat dry.

one of the benefits of making your own skin care products is definitely price, but where you will really see the benefits is in the condition of your skin.

When I started making my own products I notice my skin loved the benefits of the Essential Oils and the high quality base products and it look so much better.

What I found was that I didn’t react to anything in the blends as there were no chemicals to irritate my skin. If a blend seems to strong on my skin I just added more Base product to reduce the strength of it, this make the blend lighter. I found this ideal for teenagers, when they first started using their own products as they usually have a tendency to be heavy handed with products and their skin is extra sensitive (hormonal). I found it was an ideal solution and over time if they felt the product wasn’t doing its job (i.e. not a clean feeling) I then increase it back up to the original blend ratios.

Normal Skin– Normal Skin usually has a flat appearance, with a healthy glow. It is supple and smooth and free if blemish (may get an occasional one).

Combination Skin – The most common skin type is combination skin, which usually has drier cheeks and the area from the chin up to the forehead and then across the forehead is oily (your t-zone

Acne – Acne skin needs to be treated with an antibacterial cream for the acne and a moisturizer than evens out the skin, helping to reduce the blemishes. Always seek medical assistance with severe acne as many times it’s an internal imbalance that needs to be corrected to assist with the external healing of the skin.

Sensitive Skin – Sensitive skin can be any of the different skin types, when making products for sensitive skin HALF the essential oils use in the recipe.

Use the correct Essential Oils for different skin types

Normal Skin – Lavender, Geranium, Lemon and Chamomile

Oily – Lavender, Tea Tree, Chamomile and Geranium

Combination – Lavender, Lemon, Geranium and Chamomile

Acne – Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree and Lemon

CLEANSER

100 ml glass bottle

100 drops (5 ml) Essential Oil

95 ml Liquid Soap Mix

Suggested Blends

Normal, Oily, Acne Skin Types

60 drops (3 ml) Lavender, 40 drops (2 ml) Lemon Essential Oils

Dry and Combination Skin Types

60 drops (3 ml) Lavender, 40 drops (2 ml) Geranium Essential Oils

Massage onto face, neck and decollete and wash off with warm water and cloth (or cotton wipes). You will need to wipe 2-3 times, to remove all oil and grime from skin. Rinse again, tone, pat dry and moisturize.

MIX: Pour in Liquid Soap Mix into bottle, add to this your Essential Oils and shake well. For babies and children up to 2 years, half the quantity of essential oils.

TONER

100ml glass bottle

40 drops (2 ml) Lavender Essential Oil

5 ml Vinegar

93 ml water

Apply to cotton ball and gently wipe of face

MIX: Add water and Vinegar to bottle and then add Essential Oil, mix thoroughly. Shake well before each use as no dispersant is used (ingredient found in commercial products to keep products from separating)

MOISTURIZER

RATIO: 100 drops (5 ml) Essential Oils: 95 ml Base Cream

100 ml glass jar

100 drops (5 ml) Essential Oil blend (as below)

95 ml Base Cream

Blend Suggestions

dr = drop

Normal Skin

30 dr Lavender, 30 dr Geranium, 20 dr Lemon, 20 dr Chamomile

Oily Skin

40 dr Geranium, 25 dr Lavender, 25 dr Tea Tree, 10 dr Chamomile

Dry Skin

35 dr Lemon, 35 dr Lavender, 20 dr Geranium, 15 dr Chamomile

Combination Skin

30 dr Lavender, 30 dr Lemon, 20 dr Chamomile, 20 dr Tea Tree

Acne Skin

35 drop Tea Tree, 25 dr Lavender, 20 dr Geranium, 20 dr Lemon

After cleansing and toning you will need to add moisture back to your skin (even oily) Use this blend daily before apply makeup or as part of the morning / evening skincare ritual.

MIX: Into glass jar spoon in Base Cream fill 2/3 of jar add in essential oils, mix with spoon, fill jar and remix

HAIR CARE HELP

Your “crowning glory” is an important part of your appearance and your confidence. If your hair is oily, messy or lifeless it doesn’t matter how well you dress your appearance lacks the finesse of the ‘together’ look. Why do you think there is the term ‘bad hair day’.

I found I could change this with the right products, and lots of expense, but I decided to find natural alternatives that didn’t break the bank and help my hair without filling it full of chemicals.

Your hair is usually categorized allowing for correct products to be used. Hair can be Normal, Oily, Dry, Damaged and Dandruff. You can tell your hair type by having a look at it in good light and noticing several different aspects.

Normal Hair – shiny and gloss with little or no frizz

Oily Hair – tends to have a buildup of grease, looks dull and lifeless

Dry Hair – usually frizzy and brittle, looks dry and messy

Damaged Hair – any of the above combined with easy breakage and lack of elasticity

Dandruff – flakes found on scalp and may fall onto clothing

Use the correct Essential Oils for different skin types

Normal – Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon, Geranium

Oily – Lavender,Chamomile, Geranium, Tea Tree

Dry – Lavender, Geranium, Chamomile, Lemon

Damaged – Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium, Tea Tree

Dandruff- Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon, Tea Tree

NATURAL SHAMPOO

200ml bottle

200 ml Liquid Soap Mix (see soap for recipe)

30 drops Essential Oils as below

Blend Suggestions

dr = drops

Everyday Use for Normal Hair

10 dr Lavender, 8 dr Chamomile, 6 dr Lemon, 6 dr Geranium

Oily Hair

10 dr Geranium, 8 dr Chamomile, 6 dr Lavender, 6 dr Tea Tree

Dry Hair

10 drops Chamomile, 8 drops Lemon, 6 dr Geranium, 6 dr Lavender

Damaged

10 dr Chamomile, 10 dr Geranium, 5 dr Tea Tree, 5 dr Lavender

Dandruff

10 dr Tea Tree, 8 dr Chamomile, 6 dr Lavender, 6 dr Lemon

This recipe gives you a base for all your Shampoo blends. For babies and children up to 2 years, half the quantity of essential oils.

If you don’t wish to make your own shampoo base buy a natural baby shampoo with no added aromas. You will not get as much foam when you wash with this shampoo as there is no foaming agent added, so don’t be worried you hair is getting clean just the same.

MIX: Pour in Liquid Soap Mix into bottle; add to this your Essential Oils and shake well.

NATURAL CONDITIONER

200 ml bottle

47 ml base oil

1 cup Boiled (hot) Water

20 drops (1 ml) Chamomile Essential Oils

Massage into hair, leave on for two – three minutes and rinse off.

This recipe gives you a base for all your conditioner blends. If you don’t wish to make your own conditioner base buy a natural gentle conditioner (baby conditioner) with no added aromas.

MIX: To hot water add Essential Oil and then add base oil mix together (shake well) thoroughly. The ingredients in this mix may separate, as no dispersant was used (chemical use to keep blends from separating in store bought products), before use shake well to remix ingredients.

HOT OIL TREATMENT

RATIO: 20 drops essential oil: 100 ml base oil

100 ml bottle

10 drops Lemon

99 ml base oil

Pour approx a tablespoon (2 tablespoons for long hair) into small bowl and heat in microwave or double boiler method until warm (not boiling) pour into palm and massage through hair add another tablespoon if required to give a nice coverage over hair.

Wrap hair in plastic wrap (or plastic bag, or shower cap) and then wrap around a towel, this will keep the heat in giving extra benefit to your treatment.

Allow to remain on hair for 20 – 30 minutes. Rinse out and style as usual (if you find you hair is still to oily you may shampoo and condition your hair).

MIX: To give your hair a lovely revitalizing treatment, blend the base oil with the Essential Oils and shake thoroughly.

GORGEOUS GIFT IDEAS

Do you love giving gifts, do you love giving high quality gifts that you know they will love?

I love giving gifts and usually try to get something that my friends and family will use and appreciate; sometimes this is hard especially if they are the sort of person who really has everything they need.

I have found over the years that people receive handmade gifts exceptionally well and I think this is because in this day and age where you can buy just about anything you want and people are having more and more ‘stuff’ a beautiful handmade gift that they can see you can taken time and effort to make means they are appreciated.

Another benefit of making gifts from Essential Oils is even though they are handmade they can look and will feel expensive and high quality. I remember giving some bath salts once and the person being quite happy about it, but a couple of days later I get a phone call saying how wonderful the Bath Salts where to use compared to other products she had used in the past and could she have more (I gave her the recipe).

For that added touch always present your gifts elegantly in boxes and package that looks a million.

BATH BOMBS

160 grams Bicarb

40 gram of Citric Acid

20 drops Essential Oil (your blend)

1 tablespoon base oil

1 teaspoon Food coloring or herbs or flower petals for coloring

Combining the natural fizz of Bicarb, that invigorates your mind and body with the wonderful properties of pure Essential Oils to create bath bombs that help the body and mind and are fun for the whole family.

MIX: Combine all dried ingredients in a bowl add Essential Oils 5 drops at a time and mix extremely well and then add base oil. If required add more base oil, your mixture should hold together into a basic shape. Press mixture into mould and allow to set (2 -3 hours). Press out and store in air tight container.

USES

Baths, Foot Baths

BATH OIL – Dissolving

200 ml bottle

100 ml (5ml) Essential Oils (your blend)

30 ml base oil

160 ml vodka

Love oil and baths and the way it gives moisture to your skin and relaxes you but don’t like the oil ring after, how about bath oil without the oil ring.

This blend will nearly dissolves completely in the bath water. A little goes a long way so don’t go overboard. Add to your bath, and enjoy the aromas for relaxations and stress relief.

MIX: Mix together the Essential Oils and vodka, stirring the mixture slowly to disperse all the Essential Oil droplets. Allow the mixture to stand for 2-3 days (in a cool dark place) and then add water. Allow the mixture for another 2-3 days (in a cool dark place) then you may use it (you can make it in all one go, but for a better product this time line is important).

BATH SALTS

200 grams Epson salts

20 drops Essential Oil (your blend)

1 tablespoon Bicarb

Place is clear jar with ribbon and label will delight your friends.

1 teaspoon Food coloring or herbs or flower petals for coloring

Combine the properties of these truly amazing natural products to create a simple and effective bath product.

MIX: To the Epson salts stir in Bicarb and coloring product (if required) and mix well then add Essential Oil blend and mix again.

TRULY AMAZING

As you can see the world of Aromatherapy and using Essential Oils is amazing and diverse. I love that you can create your own Products so simply and that you can adjust them to your individual likes and dislikes.

Using Essential Oil and making Natural Products for you, your family and friend is a great way to save money and benefit for the therapeutic properties at the same time.

How Hospital Cafeterias Are Increasing Retail Revenue

Hospitals retail areas find themselves under increasing pressure to meet revenue goals

Faced with rising costs and financially challenging times, healthcare organizations are increasingly looking to their retail areas as an additional source of revenue generation. Although hospital foodservices operations are well known for providing patient meals, most if not all are also responsible for the retail side of foodservice operations at their onsite cafeteria, snack bar and or coffee bar. Tasked with growing their revenue contribution to the hospital, many Directors of Foodservices and Cafeteria Managers are taking creative steps to increase patronage. Increasing employee participation, enticing members of the local community, and tailoring their food and beverage offerings to the needs and culinary preferences of patrons are all goals of aggressive foodservices operators.

Grab and Go

In a busy healthcare environment, speed is key! That’s why over the past few years, many hospital cafeterias have redesigned their space to accommodate new coolers stocked with appetizing pre-packaged food choices; ranging from yogurt and fruit parfaits, to sandwiches and salads. These portable food options offer a highly convenient and fast way for busy healthcare workers to quickly grab something to eat or drink while on the run. The pre-packaging also enables staff to bring these items back to their desk or another area for consumption at a place other than the cafeteria. When used with a POS system and bar coded labels, check out of these grab and go items at the point of sale takes only a few fast seconds.

Dining Experience

Many healthcare facilities have renovated their cafeterias to offer a more appealing restaurant-like dining experience to attract employees, visitors and guests. Their goal is to entice hospital workers to remain onsite for lunch instead of seeking off site alternatives, appeal to visitors, and in some cases attract the local community. To accomplish this, Foodservices Directors are not only creating a visually appealing dining area, but also are hiring highly talented and experienced restaurant chefs with a flair for engineering new and delicious menus. Using a POS system with menu item performance tracking gives the chefs a clear picture of which menu items are performing well, and which should be removed from the menu rotation.

Employee payroll deductions

Managed through a Point of Sale System as an employee payroll deduction to be deducted from a future pay check, the ability to make a retail purchase by scanning the employee badge already carried by the healthcare worker is seen to be a valuable benefit and convenience. When employees can present the badge they already carry as a form of payment, they no longer have the need to carry cash or credit cards as they move about the facility. Frequently, this convenience means the difference between having the time to enjoy a delicious meal versus a skipped lunch or breakfast. Cashless payment also translates into an increase in add on food and beverage purchases, when the employee doesn’t have enough cash on their person to cover all the choices they’d like to make.

Credit card processing

It’s not unusual for visitors to find themselves without cash on hand when visiting a patient in the hospital. We are all consumers accustom to paying for most everything with our debit or credit cards, and are therefore quite surprised to find out the hospital cafeteria does not accept credit or debit cards. Although most hospitals offer an onsite ATM, the inability to accept credit or debit card payments translates into a lost sale; and quite possibly a full tray of food left at the checkout counter because the visitor didn’t have a convenience payment option. The checkout process is a big part of the customer experience, so it is important that credit and debit card processing is fast and fully integrated with the cash register operations of the POS system.

Toe Nail Fungus Remedies That Works!

Do you suffer from an embarrassing toenail fungus worry about fungus ridden body nail fungus?

It is so easy to get toe nail fungus, and so very difficult to get rid of them! Almost everyone who has every contacted this fungus will tell you the same thing. What is toenail fungus? Well, in short, it is basically a fungi that grows right under your nail plate. The fungus prefers an environment that is moist, dark and warm, which is why it affects the toenails much more often than fingernails. Despite the commonly used term “fungal toenails”, onychomycosis describes both fungus and yeast infections in the nail.

Unfortunately toenail fungus is difficult to treat because your feet are warm, in a dark environment and moist. If you work in a hot, humid and dirty environment, toenail fungus will be a common problem.

Remedies

There are many highly successful non-surgical treatments for fungus toenails that give long term relief by treating the abnormal infection. To treat toenail fungus apply tea tree oil to all areas of the toenail and toe that are affected by the fungus. Garlic has also been shown over the years to be a great way to fight even the most persistent cases of toenail fungus. Griseofulvin too has been shown to eliminate toenail fungus after continued use for one year. This safe non-toxic all natural formula helps eliminate toenail fungus or fingernal fungus while the nail grows. You can also try soaking your nails in band-aid in oregano oil.

Potassium iodide (SSKI) in combination with DMSO is quite effective in getting rid of toenail fungus. Saprox has not been proven to eliminate toenail fungus but if mixed with DMSO, it just may.

A pedicurist is not a doctor and toenail fungus is a medical condition, so don’t even consider that. Some people consider toenail fungus just a cosmetic problem and don’t bother seeking treatment. To determine if you have a fungus infection of your toenails you should see a podiatrist who can take a culture of the nails.

Doctors – Using Key Performance Indicators to Measure Your Practice’s Results

This day and age it is critical to measure your practice’s results using key performance indicators to determine areas of improvement. Figuring out such areas and implementing a solution can lead to an immediate increase in profitability for your practice. This article discusses key performance indicators that can be used to determine where your needed areas of improvement are.

Self Pay Days In A/R Over 60 Days – This is an indicator of how long it takes for your practice to collect your patient accounts receivable, which ultimately affects your practice’s cash flow. If your practice’s Self Pay Days in A/R over 60 is significant, it may be time for you to reevaluate how you go about collecting your patient balances. Are you just sending invoices or does your practice have a strategic follow up system that includes sending letters and making phone calls? Having a defined credit plan in place and process to collect such balances will keep this number to a minimum. This analysis will become more important as consumer-directed health plans gain popularity with employers.

Claims Denial Rate – This metric is an indicator of your effectiveness in preventing denials, negotiating reimbursement, monitoring payer behavior and training staff. Simply put, the higher this rate the more money your practice is losing on a daily basis and it may be time to investigate the root cause of your claims denials. Providing upfront staff training and tracking the cause of your denials can reduce this number.

Encounters Per Hour – This measures the efficiency of your practice in terms of whether scheduling is full. Openings in your scheduling mean your practice is not earning any revenue for that time period. Over-scheduling can be just as detrimental to your practice because it can lead to patients spending too much time in the waiting room. Analyzing your current scheduling can determine whether you need to add another physician to your practice or change your practice hours.

Patient Turn Around – This is basically a measure of the time frame between when a patient walks in the door, checks in, is seen by the doctor and checks out. The top patient complaint, decade after decade, is not being seen promptly. A reasonable performance goal might be to see patients within 20 minutes of the appointment time. If your practice is not achieving this goal, you may want to consider mailing your new patients registration forms prior to them visiting your office so that everyone is ahead of the game when the patient arrives.

Employee Turn Over – While this measure may be harder to analyze quantitatively, it is certainly worth looking at. With your office staff being so critical to your practice’s success, it is imperative that you monitor employee turnover. Incentives can be put in place that reward your staff for keeping claims denials down and following up on rejected claims and past due patient balances. Adequate training should be provided for your staff so that they are competent and can perform their daily tasks accordingly.

Budget To Actual Review – While this one may seem obvious, it is often overlooked. Reviewing your monthly actual expenses and revenue to your budgeted numbers can inform you of where your practice stands financially. This is a high level review that should be performed after every month-end close. Not only will it let you know where your practice stands financially, it can also bring awareness to suspicious activity by your employees. While no business owner likes to think that any of their employees would commit fraud, it is critical that certain internal controls are in place to mitigate such activity. You can even take it to the next level and compare your numbers with those of other practices in your specialty.

The right set of Key Performance Indicators can transform your practice. It’s worth your effort to find them and constantly review them to see where your practice stands. Doing so can be the difference between taking your practice to the next level or achieving the same results time after time.

Basic Bio-Mechanics For Long Jumping

All jumps coaches and jumpers should have some understanding of basic bio-mechanical principles. It helps in the learning and understanding of the event.

1. HORIZONTAL VELOCITY

Theoretically this would mean that the greater the sprint speed we can obtain in the approach run, the greater will be the velocity and therefore the distance. However, we do require height in the air in order to gain the best take-off angle and this means we must have time to produce enough force for some vertical velocity too.

Many younger jumpers are UNABLE to produce this vertical component if they run too fast and produce a low skimming jump, achieving less distance than they would have if they had run more slowly or with a shorter run up.

2. TRANSFER OF VELOCITY

In long jumping, the PLACING of the jumping foot considerably in advance of the centre of gravity does lead to the slowing down of the horizontal velocity. This reactive force is absorbed by the supporting leg, and, if strong enough, is returned as spring, now partly vertical, into the air.

In order that this transition can take place, long jumpers tend to sink down slightly on the last but one stride and tend to gain time for a greater impulse as a result, as well as making the change of direction of the velocity from horizontal to vertical easier to attain.

A PERSONAL OBSERVATION: In my opinion based on coaching jumps for 30 plus years this ‘sinking’ occurs naturally and should not be coached. Having observed and filmed/videoed countless jumpers during this last three strides to the take-off board, this sinking occurs without any great thought from the jumper. The sink is a natural reaction when preparing to channel all the horizontal velocity attained on the runway into a vertical impulse.

3. FORCE APPLIED

The short time that a long jumper has on the board limits his/her ability to develop power. This 0.11-0.13 of a second is ‘all the time’ they have to develop vertical force by extending the support leg and ankles, and in which to create force from a strong thrust-up of the free thigh and the counterbalancing arm.

A long jumper needs fast reactions of the nervous system to impart a vertical impulse in so short a touchdown time.

NOTE: Once a specific drill has been introduced, practiced and understood, any short approach work done from 4-10 strides MUST be done a high speeds. This will have the effect of educating the body’s nervous system to react very quickly in a short period of time.

4. TRANSFER OF MOMENTUM

The parts of the body [arms and legs] can generate momentum [mass x velocity] in a given direction which can be imparted in amount and direction to the body as a whole. For long jumping the time we are in contact with the ground at take-off is so short that we must use faster, shorter levers so we shorten the moment arm by using bent-knee swings and usually bent-arm swings. Short levers are quick and dynamic although a long lever is more powerful but not necessarily quicker.

5. ANGLE OF PROJECTION

The angle on the long jump is a compromise between the need for horizontal velocity and the need for height. The horizontal velocity reduces the time on the board and therefore the time to gain height. In the case of the younger jumper, excessive speed is often the cause of poor jumping because there is little or no time to gain the optimum take-off angle.

We are looking at angles of between 18° and 22°. This angle is measured from the C of G.

6. VERTICAL HEIGHT OF THE CENTRE OF GRAVITY

Theoretically this ought to be at its maximum so that contact with the ground is lost as the C of G passes over the supporting foot. THIS NEVER HAPPENS. The faster the approach the more likely the C of G is to be in front of the support foot and thus lower than it could be.

Of course, a taller jumper has an advantage. All movements which raise limbs at take-off raise the C of G also. So a fully extended and raised lead leg, a high upward thrust of the free thigh and arms well raised up are assisting in this direction.

FOOTNOTE:

I really feel that it is important that a horizontal jumps coach be aware of these basic bio-mechanical concepts. An understanding of them can only enhance the coaching process.

Handling Back Pain

If you’ve ever groaned, “Oh, my aching back!”, you are not alone. Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some time in their lives. It comes in many forms, from lower back pain to neck pain to sciatica. Back pain is not a diagnosis — it’s a symptom of an underlying condition. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.

On the bright side, you can prevent most back pain. Simple home treatment and proper body mechanics will often heal your back within a few weeks and keep it functional for the long haul. Surgery is rarely needed to treat back pain.

Conditions leading to Back Pain

Stress or injury of the back muscles, such as…

back sprain or strain

overload of the back muscles caused by obesity

A spinal tumor or cancer that has spread to the spine from elsewhere in the body

Infection, which may be in the disk, bone, abdomen, pelvis or bloodstream

Kidney stones or a kidney infection

Short term overload of the back muscles caused by lifting or pregnancy

Disease or injury, including injury to the…

back bones (vertebrae), such as a fracture (for example, after trauma or as a result of osteoporosis)

Treatment and relief from Back Pain

Once upon a time, doctors told people with low back pain to stay in bed for three days — perhaps with a board under their mattress. That very bad advice actually made back pain worse Most people with low back pain have an acute pain episode. But up to a third of patients report persistent pain of at least moderate intensity — chronic low back pain.

A panel of experts found evidence that different patients can get relief from a wide variety of treatments. These treatments include Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, Exercise therapy, Spinal manipulation from a chiropractor, osteopath, or physical therapist, Intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation (physical, vocational, and behavioral therapies provided by multiple providers with different clinical backgrounds), Acupuncture, Massage therapy, Yoga, Progressive relaxation, etc.

Tense rigid muscle often impacts on nerve tissue. its a good idea to have a massage. if you find this helps then try a more long term benefit such as sports therapy massage as it is more specific to an ailment or area. when the muscle relaxes the nerve will start transmitting messages correctly.

Sports therapists use pressure technique to relax muscles. similar to acupuncture. the differences is it is a hands on approach where they seek out knots and press on them while stretching and rotating the afflicted area in its natural movements while supporting the limb or body part.

It is quite important to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. the longer it is left untreated, the greater the inflammation resulting. It is a process of tissue edema encroaching on the nerve supply. The primary cause to bring this condition about is generally attributable to postural changes. or injury. In either case, is most rapidly reduced with care by a doctor of Chiropractic.

Take a belt, draw your knees to you belly and put the belt (like a belt from a house coat) around your back and knees for about ten to 15 mins. It will blow your mind how good it feels. If you have to do it one knee at a time.

If you’re on your feet, buy a better pair of shoes. If you’re overweight, lose some weight – even a 10% drop in weight will help dramatically.

Benefits of Magnet Therapy and Chakra Healing Methods

It is quite easy to get lost in the innumerable healing techniques that have been developed in the last few years. There are plenty of different methods for staying healthy, thus if you are planning to inform yourself more about those techniques, the chances of getting lost in all those terms is quite high. We have a pill for literally every health problem and pain, and that’s why many people view every alternative remedy with scrutiny and disbelief. However, the Magnet Healing is becoming more and more popular way of healing, along with the Chakra Therapy. There are plenty of benefits attributed to these two therapies, including greater oxygen flow and improved blood circulation. Speaking of such benefits, we cannot but mention the Magnet Treatment and Magnet Rehabilitation.

The Benefits of Chakra Healing

Balancing your chakras is of a big importance, as it improves your wellbeing and health, mentally, physically and emotionally. Chakras are actually light wheels which are located all over the human body. There are literally thousands of them everywhere in your body; however, the location of the seven major chakras is along the spine. The color in which every chakra is represented is actually a rainbow color – violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. The chakras are considered as psychic muscles, as well as areas of hidden potential understanding and knowledge. If there is chakra imbalance, the condition affects the overall well being. The Chakra Therapy finds the imbalance reason and removes it. There are several methods when it comes to the Chakra Therapy, but regardless of the method used, the healing will offer amazing positive results.

How Can the Magnet Treatment Help Me?

Not so long ago, the Magnet Healing was shunned by the mainstream medicine; it was dismissed as an ineffective method of healing, and what’s worse, it was condemned as quackery. The skeptics said that the benefits were nothing but a placebo effect. However, that is all changed now, as there are more and more studies which claim that the Magnet Treatment really is an effective healing method. It has been proved that it helped with diverse conditions, including arthritis, depression, epilepsy, spinal injuries, wound healing and incontinence, and moreover, the Magnet Treatment is being investigated as an effective treatment for plenty of other conditions, including migraine, cancer and MS. The concept of using magnets as therapeutic devices is not something new. The Magnet Healing is well advanced in China, Japan, India, Germany and Australia, but other countries like Holland, Canada, Great Britain and the U.S. show interest in these healing methods.

The Concept behind the Magnet Rehabilitation

Pain can affect everyone, and unfortunately, some people cannot find the cure in drugs and medications. That’s why more and more people turn to the natural healing techniques, like aroma massage therapy, hypnotherapy, aroma rehabilitation and Magnet Rehabilitation. Placing magnets on an injured area is very beneficial because the magnetic field encourages the oxygen-rich nutrients to surround the injured area. However, everyone should have in mind that babies, pregnant women, and people who wear some kind of an electronic or electrical medical advice, like insulin pump, pacemaker etc. need to avoid using magnets. Before you try a Chakra Therapy or Magnet Treatment, inform yourself about everything, because if the treatment is not used as it should, you will not experience the needed benefits.

Sex Supplements For Women – Get a Robust Libido and Cure Vaginal Dryness

It is not just men who suffer with sexual problems. A vast majority of women also face sexual problems such as low libido, problems in arousal and vaginal dryness etc., Sex supplements for women are formulated with a woman’s needs in mind and have become a bog rage with women seeking ways to get a boost in the bedroom so that they can enjoy satisfying sex.

Such supplements not only help boost libido in women but also speed up arousal. Not only this, they also help alleviate other problems such as vaginal dryness and menopause symptoms.

Various herbs and nutrients have been used since ancient times to boost sex drive in women. Now they are being used to formulate pills and capsules that can be taken be orally and can produce very fast effects.

Some of such supplements contain ingredients such as ginkgo biloba, cayenne, epimedium sagittatum, hops extract, niacin, tribulus terrestris.

One of the most important aspects such supplements work upon is that try to increase the production of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone in your body. More importantly, they also try to achieve a balance between these hormones which is important to ensure proper sexual and reproductive function in women.

Low estrogen levels result in vaginal dryness that makes penetrative sex extremely painful. By increasing the production of estrogen in your body, such supplements ensure increased natural lubrication and provide relief from vaginal dryness.

Not only this, such supplements also help boost blood flow to the genitals. Increased blood flow helps boost libido or sex drive and ensures faster arousal. Not only this, it also helps increase response to sexual stimulation so that you can achieve climax soon after foreplay.

Such supplements can help you enjoy intense and multiple orgasms.

Good quality supplements are clinically approved and do not have any side effects. They do not even interfere with other medications such as birth control pills.

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