How to Give an Erotic Massage: Massage Oils

Why massage oil?

A lot of people think grabbing some hand cream or body lotion would do just fine for a massage, or worse (shudder) doing a "dry" massage. If you want this erotic massage to actually reach the erotic point, you need real massage oil; something that will absorb a bit into the skin, soften it, but also allow you to keep smooth, steady movements with your massage.

You also want your massage oil to be something that you use only for erotic massage . You want to get to the point where you can take a whiff of the oil and have your body ready to rumble. You want to walk into the room the next day, catch the merest leftover scent of the massage oil, and smile at the memory of what you did in that room the night before. You want to put one small drop of that massage oil behind your ear, so that when you and your partner are out on the town, at a party or a business meeting, maybe in a restaurant, he'll catch the scent as it wafts past him, and drive him insane until he can get you alone. Lubriderm cream is not going to do that for you!

But let's back up a bit here, take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

A Brief History

Oils and aromatherapy have been around for a long time. Just look in the Bible. Remember when Mary Magdalene anointed Jesus' feet? Not only was she applying essential oils, but was doing so through massage. Mary knew the power of massage. It's a way to relax, relieve stress, show interest, and "rev the motor", so to speak.

Oils have been around a lot longer than Biblical times, though. About 2700 years before the birth of Christ, the Chinese were using herbs and burning oils.

The Egyptians used oils in the mummification process, then ever applied the same herbs and oils to everyday life. In fact, Cleopatra used the exotic and erotic Jasmine oil to distract Marc Antony during business meetings (Ladies, take note!).

In India, practitioners of ayurveda, a form of medical therapy, employed the use of aromatherapy and massage. Greeks used oils for aromatherapy, cosmetics, and medicine. Romans used the oils after baths, and the Aztec had a vast array of herbs and plants. In 980 AD, in the Far East, the art of distilling alcohol led to the development of more modern-day perfumes.

I believe it would not be too far-reaching to say that nearly every culture at one time or another took advantage of nature's resources and used oils and massage.

How Do They Work?

Essential oils work in at several ways. First, and probably most obvious, is scent. The nose is an incredible organ. Ever notice how a fleeting aroma wafting across the street can take you back in time 20 years, to when you first encountered that smell? You can recall that instant in time in vivid detail; much more detail, in fact, than a photograph could bring back. Have you ever encountered a scent that reminded you of a particular person? Have you ever found yourself attracted to someone and not known why, only to find out later it was the scent or she was wearing that aroused your interest? There are good reasons for that. The nose is directly hardwired to the brain.

When a scent is inhaled, the particles of the aroma are picked up by nerve endings at the back of the nose. The signal is then passed up to the brain, specifically to the limbic system.

The limbic system is home of the hypothalamus, which in turn houses the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland, among other things, is responsible for hormone release. See where I'm going with this?

Nose – to – limbic system – to – hypothalamus – to – pituitary gland – to – hormone release

There are different neurochemicals that are triggered by smell and cause mood changes. The first one is familiar to just about everyone-endorphine. Endorphin is the body's natural high. Endorphines are most commonly associated with pain control. Everyone has heard of the person who is shot and does not know it, or the person who has broken a limb and feels no pain. Thank the great hormone endorphine for that! Endorphines are actually stronger than morphine, which is probably why the word breaks down as "endo", which means "within", and "phin", which means "morphine"; literally the word means "the morphine within."

But pain control is not the only job of endorphines. Elevated levels of this hormone is seen after exercise and sex, as well. It's associated with feelings of invisibility, satisfaction, calmness, and attunement with the body.

The other neurochemical triggered by smell is serotonin. Serotonin is a calming hormone. It is associated with sleep, mood, locomotion, feeding, and anxiety.

Is it any wonder that aromatherapy is a great way to relax, calm, and entice?

So, now the nose has picked up on the scents of the oil and has triggered a mad rush of hormones through the body. That, you may say, is a temporary state. One could get used to the scent of the oil and it will have less impact, or over the course of an evening the effects of the hormones will dissipate. But there's more. The oils are also absorbed in the fat cells, and when essential oils are used in massage, whether erotic or not, the medicinal components of the herbs are also availed. Combine that with the effects of the massage itself -stimulation of circulation and heat production, not to mention relaxation of tense muscles – and you have an excellent vehicle through which to completely spoil your partner with luxury.

Introduction to Essential Oils

I personally believe that massage using essential oils is one of the most erotic feelings in life. As I said before, the massage itself, along with the scents, is magical enough, but what I think really makes massage with essential oils so special is the care that is being shown by the masseuse.

When you partner takes the time to select, mix, and then apply oils to your body, he or she is telling you that you are worth the time. Your partner is telling you that you're worth spoiling, worth pampering, and that he or she thinks you're beautiful.

Psychologically, essential oils and massage do as much for the soul as the actual physical benefits, which are no small things.

The main focus of this composition is information on essential oils used for massage. Keep in mind that all these oils are used for other medicinal reasons and in other ways than massage. For our purposes, though, I will try to keep the information on massage oils, erotic and otherwise.

At the end of this report you'll find a small guide to different oils, their basic scents, and their attributes in regards to massage, as well as good base oils to use in your mixture.

A Word of Caution

My favorite base oil is almond oil, but there are a surprisingly large number of people allergic to nuts. DO NOT USE ALMOND OIL WITH ANYONE WHO HAS A NUT ALLERGY! You want to send your partner into throes of passion, not the emergency room with anaphylactic shock.

When choosing the essential oils for your massage oil:

• Pick just a few; you do not want a mishmash of aromas.

• Make sure the essential oils, as well as the base oil, are not only edible, but tastes good and are not harmful to mucous membrane.

• Be aware of the properties of the essential oils you use. Some may heat up, which can be a lot of fun, but may be a little intense for some people. Some are astringent, some can raise blood pressure, and some just taste horrible.

• This may sound like a "duh" statement, but find out what your partner likes. If your partner absolutely hates mints, then massage oil made with peppermint is not going to put him in the mood for love.

Blends

There are a few things to keep in mind when blending oils. First and foremost is many essential oils have medicinal properties and should be used with caution, especially during pregnancy.

After the list of oils and their attributes at the end of this narrative, there will be a list of oils to avoid during pregnancy, some of which may not be listed in the list of oil attributes.

The second thing to keep in mind is that oils should never be applied directly to the skin, unless you have been instructed to do so by an experienced aromatherapist. Base oil must always be used. You want to use about 5 to 6 drops of essential oil for every 10 mL of base oil you use. That comes out to about 15 or so drops of essential oil per liter of base oil.

Oils should be stored in a dark glass bottle – never plastic. You will usually find oils stored in amber-colored bottles or blue ones. Avoid rubber stoppers for your oil bottles. The oils can eat through the rubber.

And speaking of oils eating through rubber, latex condoms will degrade in the presence of oil. Again, your Jimmy hat will not be of any use if you use oils as a sexual lubricant, which is bound to happen during an erotic massage. There are condoms made from plastics that can withstand the presence of oil, so read labels before you buy! Okay, I'm going to repeat, since I do not want anyone blaming me if Junior is born 9 months from now: DO NOT USE LATEX CONDOMS WITH OIL LUBRICANTS, AS THE OIL CAN CAUSE THE CONDOM TO BREAK!

Moving on …..

Store the oils in a cool dry place. If stored correctly, the oils should last a year or so.

After mixing your oils, let your mixture sit for a day or so, or at least a few hours, and then go back and smell it again. You might find that the finished product smells a little different from when you first put it up. You can adjust your mixture accordingly. Play around with the oils, find a mixture that smells good to you and experiment with it. If you added 3 drops of sandalwood and 1 drop of chamomile one time, the next time you might want to try 2 drops of each, instead.

By the way, the combination of sandalwood and chamomile is an excellent relaxing oil mixture.

In general, men tend to enjoy spicy, woody smells, while women are known for favoring floral scents. A blend of both, then, would be an ideal massage oil that would please both partners in a heterosexual relationship. This, however, is a general statement. I'm a woman, and I prefer the spicy aromas over the floral ones, and I know some men who love the scent of some flowers. Regardless, for him / her relationships try a mixture of jasmine and sandalwood (both very erotic oils), or rose and frankincense.

Men like scents such as cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and coriander. Women seem to lean towards aromas such as rose, jasmine, nerolis, and ylang-ylang. But, like I said before, this is a generality and the real fun comes from finding what you and your partner enjoy.

My all-time favorite massage oil is a combination of lavender oil, clove oil, cinnamon, peppermint, and rosemary oil, in a base of sweet almond oil. This blend not only smells awesome, but also produces just a touch of heat that can really drive you wild. It also tastes great!

You might want to try these other combinations:

– For relaxation try clary sage, lavender, and lemon. Chamomile is excellent for sleep, so try a mixture of chamomile and sandalwood, or chamomile and lavender to help you relax.

– Ginger and, believe it or not, black pepper, are great for sore, achy muscles.

– For an uplifting massage, try a blend of lemon, mint, and geranium. How about bergamot, peppermint, and lemon? Lavender, orange, and peppermint is a very cooling combination, as well, and gives a nice floral scent.

– For romance there are several mixtures you can try. Bergamot, sandalwood, and jasmine for one. The Kama Sutra recommends jasmine and grapefruit. Ylang-ylang, lavender, grapefruit, lemon, and neroli are also great together. If you're really ambitious, go for a combination of rosewood, neroli, lavender, thyme, and cinnamon or clove.

– Trouble sleeping? Try lemon, marjoram, and vetiver.

Essential Oils

Please keep in mind that all these oils have many attributes, and this is by no means a complete list of essential oils. I've picked these oils for their relaxing, sensual, or refreshing qualities. An asterisk after an entry means that that particular essential oil is not recommended for use during pregnancy.

In general, it is a good idea to always consult with an herbalist, doctor, midwife, aromatherapist, or other healthcare practitioner before using any essential oil medicinally. There will be a more complete list of oils to avoid after this entry.

Essential oils that are underlined are specifically known for their sensual attributes. If you notice, most of the "aphrodisiac" essential oils have euphoric and calming effects. This makes sense, as a calm and content state of mind is essential for a good sensual encounter. Combine these erotic oils with those promoting muscle relaxation, and you have a massage partner that is calm, relaxed, and ready for more action.

– Bergamot – Citrus bergamia – This oil has the aroma of bergamot orange that is slightly floral. A very refreshing scent. It is also known as Oswego tea and bee balm. This oil is good for depression, tension, and stress.

– Bos-de-Rose – Aniba rosaeodora – A sweet, floral, woody scent that relieves stress, headache, and depression.

– Cedarwood * – Cedrus atlantica – You will find this a scent that is dry, woody, and sweet. It soothes and calms. Great for arthritis and stress.

– Chamomile * – Matricana chamomila – This oil has a fruity, herbal essence with a myriad of uses. Not only is it great for your hair, it is also wonderful for insomnia, anxiety, neuralgia, burns, pain of rheumatism, gout, sores, sprains, inflated skin, strains, stress, and nerves, and gives a sense of peace and calm .

– Cinnamon * – Cinnamonum zelanicum – I'm sure everyone has smelled the comforting aroma of cinnamon in apple pie, but I bet you did not know it is a wonderful essential oil for exhaustion, stress, and rheumatism. Cinnamon may be a mucus membrane irritant, as are the other spices, so keep that in mind when making oils intended for erotic massage. You might want to use just a small amount in you blend.

– Citronella * – Cymbopogon nardus – This oil has a lovely citrus odor. I'm sure everyone is familiar with its insect-repellent attributes, but it's also a great tonic for headache and fatigue.

– Clary Sage * – Salvia sclarea – This oil with a nutty fragrance helps fortify a debilitated nervous system. It is also a euphoric and has sensual properties. Some sources site clary sage as being a uterine stimulant, so this must be kept in mind in the case of pregnancy.

– Clove * – Eugenia caryophyllata – Clove is a wonderful analgesic; just ask anyone who's used it for a toothache. It also has antiseptic properties and is excellent for arthritis pains, as well as sprains and strains. This oil may cause mucus membranes irritation, so again, be wary. In my own personal use of this essential oil, I've found it to be irritating to mucus membranes, but everyone is different and perceives sensations differently.

– Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens – A woody aroma that helps with mental and emotional resolve, as well as rheumatism and varicose veins.

– Frankincense – Buswellia thurifera – This gift from the magi has a heady, spicy aroma. It encourages feelings of peace and wellbeing, calms, deepens breathing, and eases nerves and tension. I liked to use this oil or the resin itself when my children are fearful of boogey men and monsters. When I burn frankincense, I can feel it in my spell. The aroma evokes feelings of safety, and may even chase away evil spirits!

– Geranium * – Pelargonium graveolens – An essential oil with a floral scent. It's good for depression and nerves; helps to relax. It also benefits the nervous system and women who suffer from PMS.

– Ginger – Zingiber officinale – Ginger has a spicy aroma that for me calms and soothes. My midwife uses ginger in boiling water during births to soothe the working mother. She also uses the ginger water to relax the skin. Ginger improvements circulation; it's great for cold hands and feet, so try it in a tub or footbath. It helps with muscle aches and pains, as well as arthritis.

– Grapefruit – Citrus paradisi – This oil, with an obvious citrus aroma, is used for depression and migraine, and as a tonic aid in drug withdrawal. It is a good choice if you're looking for a refreshing scent.

– Hops – Humulus lupus – Hops is the ingredient in beer that acts as a sedative. Marijuana, which also causes sedation, is a relative of hops. Hops is an analgesic and helps neuralgia, nervous tension, bruising, and insomnia. It's also a skin softener.

– Jasmine – Jasminum officinale – This oil has an erotic floral scent. This night-blooming flower eases anxiety and lethargy, while relaxing and calming.

– Juniper * – Juniperus communis – With an earthy, woody scent, juniper clears the emotions and relaxes. It's also good for cellulitis and rheumatism.

– Lavender – Lavendula augustiform – This oil has a warm floral aroma. It is a relaxant, easing nervous tension, headaches, neuralgia, and muscle aches and pains from rheumatism, and gives a sense of tranquility. It also works wonders on burns, though I do not recommend using the undiluted oil on damaged skin, and before using any oil medicinally, it's a good idea to check with an aromatherapist, herbalist, midwife, or naturopath.

– Lemon – Citrus limonum – A lemony aroma, of course, that refreshes and cools. It's great for nerves, varicose veins, and high blood pressure. Anyone who has had a tall glass of ice water with a twist of lemon on a hot summer's day or while feverish can attest to the cooling, soothing qualities of lemon.

– Lemongrass – Cymbopogon citratus – Citrus. Wonderful for muscle aches, headaches, and stress.

– Lime – Citrus aurantifolia – Another oil with a sweet citrus odor. Great for high blood pressure, rheumatism, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and varicose veins. It revitalizes, too.

– Mandarin – Citrus noblis – An oil with a fruity citrus essence that relieves stress and nervousness, as well as eases insomnia with its tranquilizing effects.

– Marjoram * – Origanum marjorana – This essential oil has a spicy, woody aroma that is helpful with bruises, PMS, anxiety, insomnia, muscle aches, circulation, neuralgia, rheumatism, sprains, and strains.

– Melissa – Melissa officinalis – Also known as lemon balm, it calms nerves and lifts spirits. Its sedative affect helps with depression and insomnia. It's also good for eczema.

– Myrrh * – Commiphora myrrha – This aroma is woody and earthy, and has wonderful calming effects. It is also used as gargles and mouth rinses for those suffering from gingival problems, but this should be done only under the direction of any herbalist, and the oil never applied directly to the mucus membranes.

– Neroli – Citrus bigaradia – This oil has the essence of blossom of bitter orange. It eases depression, anxiety, and hysteria, as well as nervous tension. It promotes peace and encourages sleep, but is also known for its seductive qualities.

– Nutmeg * – Myristica fragrans – This woody, spicy oil works wonders for arthritis, aching muscles, neuralgia, rheumatism, and poor circulation.

– Orange – Citrus aurantium – Bitter orange, with its citrus aroma, is good for depression, anxiety, stress, dull skin, and muscle spasms.

– Palmarosa – Cymbopogon martini – This refreshing, floral aroma helps with exhaustion, skin infections, and dull skin.

– Patchouli – Pogostemon patchouli – With its musky odor, it lends itself as a sensual essential oil. It is also useful for skin inflammation, fatigue, mature skin, stress, and hair care.

– Peppermint – Mentha piperata – A cooling, refreshing minty aroma is the characteristic of this oil. It is also known for its benefits for inflammation, and migraine, and where it is applied it has an anesthetic affect that increases blood flow. Like the other mints, though, it may cause mucus membrane irritation.

– Rose – Rosa gallica officinalis – A light floral aroma helps to ease tension, depression, and anxiety. It is a "love oil" that is also an excellent tonic for the reproductive organs. Rose also aids in the treatment of eczema and mature skin.

– Rosemary * – Rosmarinus officinalis – This oil has an herbal, woody aroma. It, too, is a "love oil", but also helps with headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, sprains, nerves, and rheumatism. This is one of the best oils for your hair.

– Rosewood – Aniba Rosaeodora – This floral scent promotes comfort and eases depression. It relaxes sore muscles. It is also known as lemongrass.

– Sandalwood – Santalum album – This wood-spotted oil is known as a sexual stimulant. It helps the user to focus on the here and now, enjoying the moment rather than worrying about what could have been; enabling the user to fully enjoy his or her present situation and partner. It is also a sedative that helps with depression and PMS.

– Thyme * – Thymus vulgaris (as well as T. serpyllum and T. pulegioides) – This plant possesses a fresh, herbal aroma. It strengthens nerves, eases exhaustion and rheumatic pains, and soothes muscle aches and arthritis. – Ylang-ylang – Canagna odorata – This oil has an exotic, floral odor that eases stress, anxiety, and high blood pressure. It's a general tonic that is also well known for its sensual properties.

Base oils

– Sweet Almond – This oil can be used 100%. This is my favorite oil to use as a base. It's light in texture and color, and has the added benefit of helping with itching, dryness, soreness, and inflammation.

– Apricot Kernel – This oil, too, can be used undiluted. It's good for sensitive skin and dry skin.

– Avocado – This oil should be used at only 10% (90% should be another oil, such as sweet almond). This base oil is rather heavy and leaves a waxy feel on the skin.

– Avocado Pear – Again, although this oil is good for dry skin, it should be used at 10% and mixed with another base oil.

– Borage Seed – Another 10% oil that should be mixed. It's good for premature aging, stimulation and regeneration of skin, multiple sclerosis, menopause, heart disease, and eczema.

– Cocoa Butter – This needs to be warmed, as it is solid at room temperature, but it is excellent for dry skin.

– Corn Oil – This oil can be used 100% and is good for all skin types. It's rather heavy, but also soothing.

– Hazelnut – This oil can be used undiluted and on all skin types. It is also an astringent.

– Jojoba – This base should be diluted to 10%. It's a wonderful help in psoriasis, acne, and inflamed skin, but can be used on all skin types. It's also good for the hair.

– Peanut Oil – Edgar Casey sang the wonders of this oil. He recommended it for all types of ailments. Peanut oil can be used undiluted and on all skin types, but be aware that it has a very strong aroma of peanuts and can feel quite heavy on the skin.

– Safflower – This can be used undiluted and for all skin types.

– Sesame Oil – This should be diluted to 10%, but is wonderful on all skin types. It is especially useful for psoriasis, eczema, and arthritis. It also has a strong aroma, though, so smell it before trying it. – Soya Bean – Another oil that can be used undiluted and on all skin types. – Sunflower oil – Again, another oil that can be used undiluted and on all skin types.

– Wheat germ – While good for psoriasis, prematurely aging skin, and eczema, as well as all skin types, it should be used at 10%.

Remember, use only 5 to 6 drops of essential oil per 10 mL of base oil. This is the total amount. You can combine oils, of course, but in total your essential oils should not exceed the 5 to 6 drops mentioned above.

Pregnancy and Essential Oils

Some essential oils may be uterine stimulants or have other effects that are contraindicated in pregnancy. While this list is pretty close to complete, there's no way I can be sure I got everything down. In any case, when pregnant, it is always good to check with a midwife, herbalist, or aromatherapist before using any particular essential oil. While some oils are not advised during early pregnancy, some may actually be beneficial in the last trimester or during labor.

• Angelica

• Aniseed

• Basil

• Camphor

• Cedarwood

• Chamomile

• Cinnamon

• Citronella

• Clary sage

• Clove

• Cypress

• Fennel

• Geranium

• Hyssop

• Juniper

• Marjoram

• Myrrh

• Nutmeg

• Oregano

Parsley

• Peppermint

• Rosemary *

• Sage

• Thyme

* Some sources site rosemary as being contraindicated in pregnancy, while others claim there is no reason it can not be used. All I can say is to research the herb yourself, talk to some herbalists, and make your own decision.

Other Precautions

If allergic to nuts, avoid base oils that contain nuts, such as sweet almond oil, hazelnut oil, and peanut oil. This may seem an obvious thing to do, but there are some people that will assume because the oil is not being ingested, that it is safe. Unless you've had anaphylactic reaction to nuts, you could not understand the need to be extremely careful with these oils.

If you suffer from high blood pressure, avoid hyssop, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Licorice is also known to elevate the blood pressure, but it's not often used as a massage oil!

Diabetics should avoid angelica.

For those of you who enjoy tanning beds or outdoor tanning, you should avoid bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, ginger, lime, orange, and the other citruses. These can make you hypersensitive to ultraviolet waves.

Oils to be avoided in general are:

• Bitter almond

• Boldo leaf

• Calamus

• Deadly nightshade

• Horseradish

• Jaborandi leaf

• Mugwort

• Mustard

• Pennyroyal

• Rue

• Sassafras

• Savin

• Southern wood

• Stinging nettle

• Tansy

• Thuja

• Wintergreen

• Wormwood

• Yellow camphor

Conclusion

In closing, I want to encourage you all to experiment with essential oils and erotic massage. The skin is the largest human organ; take full advantage of it!

As you experiment with more and more combinations, finding the ones that are right for you in each particular circumstance, you will not only find that you are pleasing you partner in much worse ways, but you are also learning something about yourself. To honestly enjoying giving pleasure to your partner is what will make you a good lover, and a memorable one. When I think about my lover, it's his hands that come to mind before anything else. Even as I type I can feel his hands on my neck, massaging the stress of computer work away!

Slow down, enjoy your senses, and enjoy each other.

"And in the end, the love you make is equal to the love you take."

The Beatles

Male Erogenous Zones – 9 Tricks That Really Work!

This is an article for women who want to place emphasis on their partner’s erogenous zones so he has a wild sexual experience you both will love.

Let’s take a look at the male erogenous zones. Some are common knowledge and others are less well understood. Try them all to see what works best for you and your man.

It is critical how you tackle a male erogenous zone because the erogenous zones for men can be tricky. Show a little bit of variety, passion and desire so as to let him know you really want to be with him and that you love him. Take the lead in understanding male erogenous zones as your man will likely appreciate this.

Scalp & Hair 

Men love to have their hair and scalp massaged. Run your nails through his hair in a gentle fashion and massage the scalp with your fingertips. Some men like to have their hair gently pulled because it indicates to him that you are in control of the sexual experience.

Ears

The ears have tons of nerve endings and is one of the erogenous zones for men that women sometimes overlook. Rub his ears with your index finger and thumb using firm and slow movements. Squeeze the earlobes and use your mouth to like and kiss the ears all over. This is a huge turn on for him and he will be wanting more.

Lips

The lips have the same sensitivity for men as they do for women and are one of the male erogenous zones to focus on. Kissing him passionately shows how hungry you are for him and will cause him to be lost in the moment, wondering what will happen next.

His Neck

The neck will always turn a man on, especially if you kiss, lick and suck it as much as possible. Kiss near the ears for maximal effect. Softly bite him on the neck but not so hard as to give him a mark. Be gentle and then increase the effect until he is wild.

Chest

This is one of the great male erogenous zones that is often overlooked. Kiss his chest and massage it. Don’t forget to massage and nibble on his nipples. Again, start gently and suck harder on his nipples in order to really turn him on.

His Inner Thighs

The inner thighs are not often thought of in men but are among the best erogenous zones in men. Touch them, lick them, gently bite them and kiss them for maximal effect.

Glans Head of the Penis 

This is one of the most sensitive of the erogenous zones in men. It takes finesse to really make him hard by targeting this area but it can be done. Don’t go too strong as it is often too sensitive in men. Put pressure on the glans and lick it gently, kissing it and letting him get hard and turned on.

Perineum

This is the area between the scrotum and the anus and can be one of the best male erogenous zones. It is very sensitive and massaging it or fondling the area just before orgasm will make his experience more satisfying.  

Scrotum

This is the skin overlying the testicles and it is very sensitive on a man. If you put too much pressure on it, you will hurt him but playing with the testicles will be highly erotic. Suck or lick the scrotum for maximal effect, putting them into your mouth some of the time.

If you pay attention to the male erogenous zones, you will enhance their experience of sex and they will know you care about them. Keep the lines of communication open so that you can do it right.

How to Treat and Prevent Nasal Impetigo

Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection of the upper layers of the skin. Caused by Staphylococcus aureus (the most common staph infection) and Streptococcus pyogenes (the same bacteria that causes strep throat), it is a highly contagious disease, but is most common among children from 2-6 years of age. People who play close contact sports such as football and rugby are also susceptible, regardless of age.

Nasal impetigo refers to acquiring impetigo through the nasal passage. A lot of times people will get the Staphylococcus bacteria inside their nose without knowing because it does not cause an infection inside the nose. Direct contact with infected nasal fluid can in turn infect other body parts. Other common factors that can cause nasal impetigo include a warm and humid environment, poor hygiene, overcrowding, and traumatized skin such as cuts and insect bites.

There are two types of impetigo: Non-bullous and bullous. Non-bullous impetigo is more common, causing about 70% of all impetigo infections. It occurs mainly on the face or limbs and appears to have a thick “honey-colored” crust. Bullous impetigo occurs mainly with newborns and young children, and forms blisters primarily on the face, hands, and buttocks. Both types of impetigo, fortunately, heal without scarring.

Symptoms of nasal impetigo include one or more pimple-like lesions surrounded by reddened skin. Be careful, though, because is often confused with several other skin conditions, so it is good to get certain tests to make the diagnosis. The most common diagnostic tests performed are getting a gram stain or bacterial culture by swabbing the base of a lesion with a cotton swab.

Treatment of non-bullous impetigo is done with a topical antibiotic that is usually prescribed, and, is applied to the lesion four times a day until it is gone for three days. Both forms of impetigo are treated with oral antibiotics, but, another way to treat it is to wash your hands with soap and water and let the impetigo dry in the air. Penicillin and amoxicillin are not good antibiotics to use because of increasing resistance rates. It is also very important to remove the crusts before applying ointment, because the bacteria that cause the disease live underneath them.

Prevention of impetigo includes frequently washing areas of skin of minor trauma with soap and water and simply staying away from overcrowded areas and living conditions. People with reoccurring impetigo should have their nose cultured to find out if they are carriers of nasal impetigo and Staphylococcus aureus.

Tonsil Infection – How to Deal With a Tonsil Infection

A tonsil infection can range from mild to serious. In mild cases, the tonsils are simply inflamed during the duration of a brief bacterial or viral infection, but will return to normal once an antibacterial has been applied for a sufficient length of time-or once the viral invasion has subsided. In more serious cases-in cases of severe tonsillitis-the tonsils may restrict breathing and may ever need to be removed.

Do I Have a Tonsil Infection?

If you have a tonsil infection, you can expect to see the following symptoms:

1. Tonsil swelling. During the course of most infections, the tonsils will become inflamed and swell. They may also take on a reddish hue.

2. Tongue and tonsil film. As the infection progresses, you may find that your tonsils and tongue are covered in a grayish-white film.

3. Chills. You may suddenly and unexpectedly feel cold and may even have a cold sweat.

4. Fever. In many cases-such as when you contract strep-you will also have an accompaniment fever.

5. Sore throat. Unfortunately, most infections are accompanied by a sore throat and pain associated with swallowing.

What to Do

If you have a tonsil infection, there's generally not much you can do on your own. If it's bacterial, you'll need a prescription from your doctor to obtain antibiotic medication. Other than this, there's not much you can do to eliminate the infection other than sleeping and eating well.

If, on the other hand, you have a viral infection, antibioticsl will not work; and you must wait for your body to handle the infection. In very serious cases of tonsillitis, you may even need to consider getting your tonsils removed; however, this decision should only come after considering consultation with your doctor.

Summary

Infections can be caused by many things. They can be viral or bacterial. They can be cured with medication; or can alternatively can require you to wait for them to go away. And, in some serious cases, a tonsil infection can be serious enough to merit a tonsillectomy.

Types of Sleep Disorder

It is necessary to get adequate sleep. Inadequate sleep affects a person's mood, energy, and concentration through the day. When it prevails for a longer period of time, it aggravates stress, depression, anxiety, as well as cause poor health and impairs overall performance, both at work and at home.

If you are currently suffering from insomnia or other sleeping disorder, you are not alone. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, at least 40 million Americans suffer from long term or chronic sleep disorders while some 20 to 30 million experience intermittent sleep problems.

There are various types of sleep disorder.

Insomnia – the most prevalent sleep disorder, insomnia is the complaint of not getting sufficient sleep. Insomnia is not dependent on the number of sleep or how long it takes for a person to fall or stay sleep but the overall quality of sleep.

Symptoms of insomnia

· Difficulty staying and falling asleep

· Frequent waking up in the middle of the night

· Feeling angry and restless before going to sleep

· Waking up tired or restless

· Fragmented and light sleep

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is caused by a blockage in the upper airways, making it difficult for the afflicted person to breathe while sleeping. Severe sleep apnea can be life threatening as it interferes regular breathing and limit the oxygen in the system. Most people may not be aware that they already have sleep apnea as they do not remember the cause of their awakenings.

Symptoms:

· Waking up with headaches, chest pain, nasal congestion, dry throat, shortness of breath

· Waking up tired and restless even though you think you have sufficient sleep

These are symptoms to watch out for if you suspect you have sleep apnea. The person sleeping next to you may recognize the following symptoms of sleep apnea while you are sleep.

· Loud and chronic snoring

· Snorting, choking, or gasping for breath during sleep

· Frequent breathing pushes during sleep

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, consult with a doctor immediately to get immediate relief.

Narcolepsy

People with narcolepsy fall sleep involuntarily during daytime. Narcolepsy makes people feel drowsy and sleepy even in the most severe circumstances and environment. If you have narcolepsy, you can fall sleep while talking, eating, or even while driving. It is considered a life-threatening condition as afflicted individuals never know when they will fall sleep.

Symptoms:

· Start to have dreams right after falling asleep

· Losing control of muscles when you're angry, happy, or experiencing strong emotions

· Hearing or seeing things when you are drowsy

· Moving difficulties when waking up after a sleep attack

Restless leg syndrome or RLS

A difficult syndrome to diagnose, RLS occurs while lying down or resting. Individual with RLS often feel uncomfortable within the legs and experience strong urge to move due to tingly and creeping sensations.

Symptoms:

· Irresistible urge to move the legs while resting

· Recurring jerking and cramping of legs during sleep

· Creeping sensations gets worse at night

The abovementioned sleep disorders need medications and proper diagnosis and treatment from sleep doctors. While insomnia can be treated by certain lifestyle changes and medications, the other three disorders need specialized treatment to restore the quality of sleep and life.

Diabetes Statistics – Reliable Numbers

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. Besides promoting diabetes care and prevention, the IDF tracks statistics on diabetes and diabetics on a worldwide basis.

The Federation publishes the Diabetes Atlas, a collection of statistics and comments on diabetes which is issued from time-to-time. The Atlas is based on data supplied by its members. As these are national associations, the facts and figures published by the IDF are considered quite reliable.

According to the 6th edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas, which was published in 2013, the total population of the world is 7.2 billion. This is expected to have risen to 8.7 billion by 2035, ie in 22 years time.

This total population includes 4.6 billion adults and these has been projected to reach 5.9 billion by 2035. The IDF defines an adult as a person aged 20-79 years, the most likely age range for the development of type 2 diabetes.

According to the Diabetes Atlas, 382 million people around the world or 8.3% of all 4.6 million adults (20-79 years) are estimated to be suffering from diabetes. Almost half of all adults with diabetes are aged 40-59 years, the age range during which people are at their most productive phase in life.

The number of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in every country. If current trends continue, the IDF expects that there will be more than 592 million diabetics by 2035, a rise of 55%, when one adult in ten will be diabetic.

Undiagnosed diabetes

Type 2 diabetes may be undiagnosed for several reasons. There are few symptoms in the early years of the disease. In addition, the complications vary so widely that, even when symptoms do exist, diabetes may not be recognised as the cause.

The IDF figure for 382 million diabetics in 2013 includes 175 million who are undiagnosed. I must admit I was astounded when I first read that 46% of diabetics are undiagnosed. How can you count something if you don’t know it exists?

Estimating the number of undiagnosed diabetics, I discovered, is relatively easy. All the IDF had to do was to arrange tests for a sample of people living in a particular area. The tests, which are carried out by the IDF’s national associates, identify both known and unknown cases of diabetes, and it is a simple mathematical exercise to extrapolate to the population as a whole with a high degree of accuracy.

Many (but not all) persons who know they have the disease will be making some attempts to beat their diabetes. The problem with undiagnosed diabetes is that these diabetics will not be managing their blood glucose levels and may be developing complications, such as kidney disease, heart failure, retinopathy and neuropathy, unbeknownst to themselves.

Regional differences

The Diabetes Atlas provides statistics for 219 countries which the IDF have grouped into seven regions: Africa, Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, North America & the Caribbean, South & Central America, South-east Asia, and the Western Pacific.

The IDF estimates that 80% of diabetics live in low- and middle-income countries where the disease is increasing very fast and posing a threat to development. The prevalence of diabetes, however, varies widely from region to region and country to country. It also varies widely within regions… to an extent that suggests that the grouping of countries into regions by the IDF needs revising.

While about 8% of adults (aged 20-79) in the Western Pacific have diabetes, in certain countries in that region the proportion of adult diabetics is much higher. In Tokelau, for example, 37.5% of adults are diabetic. The figure for the Federated States of Micronesia is 35%.

In the Middle East and North Africa, nearly 11% of adults have diabetes. However this is an average for the entire region and the figures for the Arabian Gulf states are much higher, more than double the average, with 24% of adults in Saudi Arabia, 23.1% in Kuwait and 22.9% in Qatar being diabetic.

Undiagnosed diabetes also varies from region to region. In some countries in sub-Saharan Africa up to 90% of diabetics are undiagnosed, mainly due to a lack of resources and priorities. By contrast, in high-income countries about one-third of the people with diabetes have not been diagnosed.

In most countries diabetes is increasing in tandem with rapid economic development, which is leading to changes in diets, ageing populations, increasing urbanisation, reduced physical activity and unhealthy behaviour. Many governments, however, seem to be unaware of the growing crisis and the likelihood of serious consequences that could stifle their countries’ development.

Impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)

The IDF estimates that about 316 million people or 6.9% of adults (20-79) have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). By 2035 this number is expected to have risen to 471 million (8.0% of the world’s adult population).

This is serious, as people with IGT or pre-diabetes have a greatly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. IGT is also linked with the development of cardiovascular disease.

The majority of adults with IGT (about 3.5% of the world’s total adult population) are under the age of 50 and are thus at a high risk of becoming type 2 diabetics later in life. Even more worry-some is the fact that nearly 1/3 of all those who have IGT are aged 20 to 39 years. Unless they overhaul their life-styles these people are virtually guaranteed to become diabetic later in life.

Adding the number of diabetics worldwide (382 million) to the number of people with IGT (316 million) gives a total of 698 million. In other words, nearly 10% of the total population of the world or over 15% of all adults (20-79) have either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

By comparison, only 33.4 million people on this planet are living with HIV/AIDS… about 1/20th of all diabetics and pre-diabetics. It’s glaringly obvious that diabetes and pre-diabetes represent a massive crisis that is threatening to overwhelm global health systems.

Deaths

Received opinion is that the medical complications caused by diabetes, such as heart failure and kidney disease, are major causes of death in most countries.

However, it is very difficult to accurately estimate the number of deaths because (a) more than a third of countries do not maintain data on death due to diabetes and (b) routine health statistics under-record these deaths, because the death certificates on which these statistics are based often omit diabetes as a cause of death.

To overcome these problems, the IDF uses a modelling approach to estimate the number of deaths attributable to diabetes, and appears to have come up with some reasonable estimates.

Diabetes is expected to be the cause of about 5.1 million deaths in adults aged between 20 and 79 in 2013 and nearly half (48%) of these will be people under the age of 60. Diabetes ranks as a leading cause of premature death.

These deaths represent about 8.4% of all deaths of adults (20-79). Deaths due to diabetes are increasing. The estimated overall number of deaths in 2013 represents an 11% increase over the estimates for 2011. Death from diabetes is on a rising trend.

Health costs

There is no cure for diabetes. For this reason, diabetics have to look after their health assiduously. Where they are unable to control their diabetes through diet and exercise, they have to resort to regular medication. This can be expensive both for health systems and for diabetics and their families.

The IDF has estimated global health spending on diabetes to be at least USD 548 billion dollars in 2013… 11% of the total spent on adult health. This is expected to exceed USD 627 billion by 2035.

Where diabetes is undiagnosed, the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment are lost. Thus, the costs relating to undiagnosed diabetes must be considerable. One study found that undiagnosed diabetes in the USA was responsible for an additional USD 18 billion in healthcare costs in one year.

There are large disparities in spending between regions and countries. Only 20% of global health expenditure on diabetes was made in the low- and middle-income countries where 80% of diabetics live. On average, the estimate spend in 2013 is USD 5,621 per diabetic in high-income countries but only USD 356 in low- and middle-income countries.

However, when individual countries are compared, the disparities are extremely stark. Norway spends an average of USD 10,368 on diabetes healthcare per diabetic, while countries such as Somalia and Eritrea spend less than USD 30.

The costs associated with diabetes, however, are much wider that just the costs of providing the appropriate health services. The overall costs include losses in productivity, social costs such as disability payments, and losses of income. Without a doubt, diabetes imposes a heavy economic burden on countries, families and individuals.

To find out more, visit IDF Diabetes Atlas where you can download the book free of charge.

If you explore the site, you’ll also find plenty more statistics if you click on Diabetes: Facts & Figures.

Summary

Total world population in 2013 (2035): 7.2 billion (8.7 billion)

Adult (20-79 years) population 2013 (2035): 4.6 billion (5.9 billion)

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Number of diabetics in 2013 (2035): 382 million (592 million)

Adult (20-79) diabetics in 2013 (2035): 8.3% (10.1%)

Number of pre-diabetics (IGT) in 2013 (2035): 316 million (471 million)

Adult (20-79) pre-diabetics (IGT) in 2013 (2035): 6.9% (8.0%)

Undiagnosed diabetics in 2013: 175 million (46% of all diabetics)

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80% of diabetics live in low- and middle-income countries

Number of deaths of adults (20-79) in 2013: 5.1 million

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Health expenditure for diabetes in 2013 (2035): US$ 548 billion (US$627 billion)

Only 20% of total health expenditure spent in low- and middle-income countries

Total healthcare spend per diabetic in Norway: US$ 10,368

Total healthcare spend per diabetic in Somalia: US$ 30

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Child Obesity

Child Obesity is a medical disorder that is found in young children. Children who suffer from this disorder will typically have a weight that is out of proportion with their age and height. Many countries consider this condition to be an epidemic, and it is common in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Statistics show that one out of every three children living in the US is considered to be overweight. There are a number of elements that are responsible for the rise of child obesity in the US. These three elements are genetics, acquired, and marketing.

Research has shown that children who are born to parents who are obese are likely to become obese themselves. While this is often caused by the excessive consumption of unhealthy foods, and some believe the condition may be genetic as well. However, this research is currently being conducted, and there is no concrete evidence which has currently been found to support this. Some children have been found to become obese because of the way their bodies grow. Another element that many believe is responsible for causing children to become obese is referred to as being acquired.

A large number of children in both the US and UK do not get sufficient amounts of exercise. Certain forms of technology such as computes, cell phones, and video games have created an environment where many children are not burning calories by being physically active. The energy that is not used may be stored in the body in the form of fat. It should be noted that it is not the technology that is responsible for this, but it is the failure on the part of parents to make sure their children are getting reasonable amounts of exercise. In the West, many children eat unhealthy amounts of fast or junk food, which has become quite popular. These foods tend to be rich in saturated fat, and are low in nutrients.

The third element which is often blamed for child obesity is marketing. In the United States and Britain, fast food companies are known for advertising their unhealthy foods to young children, and some parents have begun blaming them for the rise in child obesity. However, the junk food and fast food companies often point out that it is not their responsibility to supervise the diet habits of those who eat their products. They often point out that this is the responsibility of the parents to make sure their children are eating right.

There are a number of complications that can be caused by child obesity. Children can develop dangerous ailments such as heart disease or diabetes, and some may also develop cancer. Many of these children who are overweight will remain the same after they have become adults. Some of these children are marginalized by their peers, and may even be insulted by their own families. Because of this, children who suffer from obesity are sooner to suffering from mental disorders. There is current debate about who is responsible for this. While it is easy to blame junk food companies, parents absolutely have the responsibility of making sure their children eat right and exercise.

A Cure For Extreme Gynecomastia

You notice the profile of a person sitting by the window of shop and you stop and admire the form of this woman’s body. Then when she turns and you get to see her face, you belatedly realize that the woman is actually a man, with breasts. This would be quite an embarrassing situation for both you and the person. I would probably want to melt through the floor until he leaves.

This is a classic example of Gynecomastia. A physical condition afflicts only the male population commonly during puberty. From the Greek words gyne and mastos, it literally means woman-like breasts. In this condition, there is an abnormal enlargement of one or both breasts due to the development of a prominent breast tissue, which may be due to several causes, sometimes leading to a more serious problem or disease in extreme cases.

Hormones play a vital role in causing these “man boobs” to grow. It is regularly seen during puberty, thus also called pubertal hypertrophy. It grows into a disc shaped breast tissue found beneath the areola. It usually remains the same size and frequently disappears spontaneously in an average of a year to two years. Unfortunately, in extreme Gynecomastia cases, the enlargements do no remit. They remain enlarged for a long period to the severe embarrassment and disturbance of the person concerned.

There is still no definite cause for Gynecomastia cases although according to research, it seems that it is brought about by the interplay of hormones in the body. Estrogen is the hormone responsible for the growth of breast mass. It is seen in both men and women, with the latter having the greater amount circulating in the blood. The hormone plays a vital role in the development of certain body parts during puberty in females. In males, it is also present in small amounts since it is normally being inactivated by the liver although testosterone is the dominant hormone present.

Studies show that the increase of estrogen in males plays a role in changing cellular elements in breast tissue. This increase of estrogen may be brought about by the onset of puberty. It is also increased when steroids are being taken to increase body mass of body builders.

With patients suffering from liver cirrhosis and other liver diseases, the estrogen level goes up because it is not being suppressed by the defective liver. Tumors also secrete estrogen into the blood stream, which may also contribute to its increase.

Some drugs prescribed for infections and diseases like prostate cancer, ulcer, antidepressants and some antibiotics may cause an increase in the circulating estrogen. More complicated problems may lead to surgical procedures, especially if the man boobs show extreme cases of Gynecomastia.

Atopic Dermatitis Relief – Home Remedies For Eczema Inflammation and Rashes

Relapses of atopic dermatitis rashes are unfortunately quite common. By avoiding any allergic triggers as well as stress stimulants, rashes can be controlled. But we do not always know if we are having an allergic reaction or if our stress levels cause these itchy red bumps. While looking for the root, there are a number of natural treatments that have been used over the years to help reduce eczema symptoms.

1) Oolong tea has been written up in 2001 in the Archives of Dermatology discussing a study by Japanese researchers. Although we associate oolong tea with weight loss, it looks to be effective for this itchy skin condition as well. The researchers found that within one to four weeks over sixty percent of the participants in the study saw improvement in their skin rashes. Patients were still continuing with their prescription creams as well. They were drinking approximately four to five cups a day of the oolong tea.

Researchers speculate that because this tea is high in polyphenols and tannins that eczema skin can greatly benefit from it. Oolong tea is partially fermented and these results in a high degree of polyphenols. In contrast, green tea is unfirmed. Others suggest that the healing properties may be due to the anti-allergic properties.

2) Flax seed oil taken internally has been reported by a number of people to reduce itching, redness, cracking and skin blisters. Manhy people are deficient in omega three and we often do not eat the foods that supply this nutrient. You can take either the oil by spoon or get capsules. It is helpful to take it with protein for the best absorption. During severe itching, I found that taking this supplement in the middle of the night would enable me to get the relief to fall back to sleep again.

Eczema can be very frustrating but a program that includes stress relief, nutritional components and moisturizing will help the skin heal and your life to normalize again.

Perimenopause Symptom – Irritability

You used to be such a peace-loving person – quiet when a co-worker stabs you in the back to get a promotion that's expected to be yours, so patient when the kids are running around the house screaming their lungs out, smiling when you mistakenly roast your chicken to a perfect even-colored black. So you do not understand why the littlest detail irritates you to no end. And you let everyone in your path know about it.

Ah, perimenopause irritability. Let me count the ways …

While some women are not affected by any mood swing at all (lucky them), most women consider this perimenopause symptom very, uh, irritating. When you have trouble sleeping, an increase in stress (either through family or work or even neighbors), over-reacting to situations that need not be so, and you feel intolerant of people around you, then you are definitely someone who is feeling the effects of perimenopause.

The main cause (as always!) Of irritability lies in a female hormone imbalance. Your estrogen levels have an effect on the brain. Other perimenopausal symptoms can also cause irritability like hot flashes, night sweats, reduced libido and vaginal dryness to name a few.

Make no mistake, those are not the only causes. A major change in your life (like transfering from one house to another, or getting another job), stress, excessive intake of alcohol and caffeine, combined with a poor diet makes for one irritable perimenopausal woman. Serious causes however, require you to be checked by a doctor, just to rule out any serious illnesses (like anemia, cancer, viral infections, diabetes and hypoglycemia).

Irritability can be lessened by simply lessening the stress in your life – easier said than done. So try to make some alone-time for you. Surround yourself with people who see life in a positive way, so that they can rub some of their calmness on you. Use stress reduction exercises like yoga, breathing exercises and meditation. Listen to soothing music. While you're at it, have some tea. Some of these like peppermint and chamomile have soothing effects and works wonders on a stress-free body.

Alternative medicine or processes (like acupuncture, massage therapy, aromatherapy or hypnosis) is also an effective means to alleviate the symptoms of perimenopause. These usually targets to fix the hormonal imbalance of your body. If you are into herbs, it would be wise to consult an herbalist to make sure that the mixes of certain herbs are just right.

When everything else fails, always remember that your friendly neighborhood doctor is just around the corner. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the most common way recommended by your doctor, but try to discuss other methods with him as well if you're uncomfortable with it.

There is a solution for everything, and irritability is no exception. With the right diet and exercise, you're on your way to living perimenopause the way it should be – stress and irritability-free.

Rapid Resolution Therapy and Specific Phobias – New Answers to the Big Fears of Little Stuff

A phobia (from the Greek word, phóbos, "fear"), or morbid fear ', is an irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, or people which pose little or no actual danger. The main symptom of this anxiety disorder is the excessive, unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. When the fear is beyond one's control, or if the fear is interfering with daily life, then a diagnosis under one of the anxiety disorders can be made. Some of the more common specific phobias are centered around:

o Closed-in places
o Heights
o Escalators
o Tunnel
o Highway driving
o Water
o Flying
o Dogs
o Injuries involving blood

Such phobias are not just extreme fear; they are irrational fear of a particular thing. You may be able to ski the world's tallest mountains with ease but be able to go above the 5th floor of an office building. While adults with phobias realize that these fears are irrational, they often find that facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared object or situation partnerships on a panic attack or some anxiety.

Specific phobias affect an estimated 19.2 million adult Americans and are twice as common in women as men. They usually appear in childhood or adolescence and tend to persist into adulthood. The causes of specific phobias are not well understood, but there is some evidence that the tendency to develop them may run in families.

It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events and internal predispositions. Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic experience at an early age. Social phobias and agoraphobia have more complex causes that are not entirely known at this time. It is believed that heredity, genetics, and brain chemistry combined with life-experiences to play a major role in the development of anxiety disorders, phobias and panic attacks.

If the feared situation or feared object is easy to avoid, people with specific phobias may not seek help; but if avoidance interferees with their carers or their personal lives, it can become disabling and treatment is usually pursued.

Specific phobias respond very well to carefully targeted psychotherapy. Most psychologists and psychiatrists classify most phobias into three categories:

o Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder – fears involving other people or social situations such as performance anxiety or fears of embarrassment by scrutiny of others, such as eating in public. Social phobia may be further subdivided into:

o Generalized social phobia

o Specific social phobia, which are cases of anxiety triggered only in specific situations. The symptoms may extend to psychosomatic manifestation of physical problems. For example, sufferers of paruresis find it difficult or impossible to urinate in reduced levels of privacy. This goes far beyond mere preference: when the condition triggers, the person physically can not empty their bladder.

o Specific phobias – fear of a single specific panic trigger such as spiders, snakes, dogs, elevators, water, waves, flying, balloons, catching a specific illness, etc.

o Agoraphobia – a generalized fear of leaving home or a small familiar 'safe' area, and of possible panic attacks that might follow.

Some therapists use virtual reality or imagery exercise to desensitize patients to the feared entity. These are parts of systemic desensitization therapy.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be beneficial. Cognitive behavioral therapy lets the patient understand the cycle of negative thought patterns, and ways to change these thought patterns. CBT may be connected in a group setting. Gradual desensitization treatment and CBT are often successful, provided the patient is willing to end some discomfort and to make a continuous effort over a long period of time.

Anti-anxiety or anti-depression medications can be of assistance in many cases. Benzodiazepines could have been prescribed for ONLY short-term use. Benzodiazepines are highly addictive!

Rapid Resolution Therapy is a new, innovative method of releasing all types anxieties quickly, painlessly and permanently. Rapid Resolution Therapy removes the unconscious conflicts which cause anxiety and block your desired conscious change. Immediately, self-defeating and self-destructive behavior disappears. Your mind becomes clearer, more focused and you feel a new anxiety-free freedom!

Anxiety, panic and phobias often just show up for no apparent reason. Your mind unconsciously (and totally out of your awareness) perceives some threats to be uncontrollable or unavoidable, thereby triggering the anxiety sensation.

Often times, people who've suffered from anxiety and phobias have had trauma in their past. With Rapid Resolution Therapy you are no longer required to relive the past or feel the pain from any of these traumatic events. Rapid Resolution Therapy helps you painlessly get complete from all past trauma.

Rapid Resolution Therapy clients realize fully and thoroughly in every facet of their minds that these experiences are finished and gone. Anxiety and the problem anger that sometimes accompanies the anxiety is now replaced with energy and peace. Old self-destructive behavioral patterns are dissected for good!

How many different phobias are there? Here's a sample:

Acrophobia
o Aerophobia
o Agoraphobia
o Agraphobia
o Aichmophobia
o Ailurophobia
o Algophobia
o Anthropophobia
o Aphephobia
o Apiphobia
o Aquaphobia
o Arachnophobia
o Astraphobia
o Autophobia
o Aviatophobia
o Aviophobia
o Batrachophobia
o Bathophobia
o Biphobia
o Cainophobia
o Cainotophobia
o Cenophobia
o Centophobia
o Chemophobia
o Chiroptophobia
o Claustrophobia
o Contreltophobia
o Coulrophobia
o Cynophobia
o Dentophobia
o Eisoptrophobia
o Emetophobia
o Entomophobia
o Ephebiphobia
Equinophobia
o Ergophobia
o Erotophobia
o Genophobia
o Gephyrophobia
o Gerascophobia
o Gerontophobia
o Glossophobia
o Gymnophobia
o Gynophobia
o Hamaxophobia
o Haphophobia
o Hapnophobia
o Haptepobia
o Haptophobia
o Heliophobia
o Hemophobia
o Heterophobia
o Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia
o Hoplophobia
o Ichthyophobia
o Insectophobia
o Keraunophobia
o Kymophobia
o Lipophobia
o Megalophobia
o Monophobia
o Murophobia
o Musophobia
o Mysophobia
o Necrophobia
o Neophobia
o Nomophobia
o Nosophobia
o Nyctophobia
o Ochophobia
o Odontophobia
o Ophidiophobia
o Ornithophobia
o Osmophobia
o Panphobia
o Paraskavedekatriaphobia
o Pediaphobia
o Pediophobia
o Pedophobia
o Phagophobia
o Phasmophobia
o Phonophobia
o Photophobia
o Psychophobia
o Pteromechanophobia
o Radiophobia
o Ranidaphobia
o Somniphobia
o Scopophobia
o Scotophobia
o Spectrophobia
o Suriphobia
o Taphophobia
o Technophobia
o Tetraphobia
o Thalassophobia
o Tokophobia
o Tonitrophobia
o Trichophobia
o Triskaidekaphobia
o Trypanophobia
o Xenophobia
o Zoophobia

Stop Social Anxiety – Why Willpower Doesn’t Cut It

One day, inspiration and adrenaline smacks you in the face. You feel enlightened, ready to take on the world, ready to take massive leaps to overcome social anxiety. Bursting with energy and willpower, the first day goes great! The next day is pretty good too. However, a week or two later, that feeling has worn somewhat and you slump back into hiding, your hard work disappearing back to nothing.

Many, many people try to overcome their state of mind using just this. The sad fact is most people can’t beat social phobia with just sheer willpower. It is a very temporary state. As you probably know from experience, overcoming social anxiety isn’t as simple as just getting out there and ‘doing it’.

Willpower comes and goes, fades in and out. Psyching oneself up over long periods of time just doesn’t work. Instead, use careful planning and set yourself up for success (no direction for all that willpower is wasted energy anyhow).

Limited energy is not the only reason why pure willpower doesn’t cut it. While consciously you may be completely aware that your fear of social situations is irrational, all your subconscious knows is that social equals danger. The aim of overcoming social anxiety is to re-train your subconscious on how it views certain situations. Your subconscious doesn’t listen to willpower.

Secondly, when trying to beat social phobia, you have a very strong rope pulling you back. You may not consciously realise it, but you have a certain pleasure in avoiding situations and pretty much just staying at home. Your mind thrives on this comfort and doesn’t want to let go. That is one heck of an obstacle to overcome and few people can hurdle it on will and energy alone. Some people that do manage to escape this ‘pleasure’ for a few years end up going back to it because the pull is so strong.

So how does one stop this? You have to create some sort of alternative that gives you the same sort of pleasure that avoiding social situations does. Without this alternative, you will keep going back to your old ways.

So, be careful if you are acting on willpower. This may get you going, but you need to be able to keep going. Willpower as your only motivation won’t accomplish large obstacles. You may go well for a few days, but as established, you won’t be able to keep it up. It wears off too quickly. Also, you need to have something to replace your old habit or you will drift back to your old ways. Find a strategy that works for you. This may take some trial and error. There are many techniques out there within both therapy and self help.

Carpet Removal – Four Simple Steps for Removing Your Old Carpet

Removing and disposing of old carpet may be part of the deal when
you purchase new carpet. But what if you plan to install a
different type of floor or you plan to install the new floor
yourself? How will you be able to remove that huge carpet by
yourself? How will you dispose of it? And, how will you prepare
your floor for a new floor.

There is no need to worry, just follow these four simple steps
and in no time you will have removed and disposed of your old
carpet and will be ready to move on to installing your new floor.

Step # 1 Cut the Carpet Into Manageable Strips

The carpet does not have to leave your house in one piece as it
came in. The simplest method to cut your carpet into strips is to
use a knife. Avoid scissors – they require much more work on
your part.

Lift the carpet along an edge or doorway and using the knife,
beginning cutting the carpet into two to three foot wide strips that
are about six to ten feet long. Roll each strip as you go and you
will find that each section can easily be deposited into a large
garage can, dumpster, or the back of a truck.

Continue cutting the carpet into strips and removing each section
until you have removed the entire carpet.

Step # 2 Remove the Carpet Pad

Removing the carpet pad will be even easier than removing the
carpet. Simply cut the pad into strips as you did with the carpet
and remove.

Step # 3 Remove Carpet Tack Strips

You will want to remove the tack strips as soon as possible as
they are very painful to step on. A hammer and a flat screwdriver
are all you will need to remove the carpet tack strips around the
edge of the room. Use the flat screwdriver to pry up the tack
strips. The prongs of the hammer also work well for this if you
have room between the wall and the tack strip. Once the wood tack
strips are removed, use the hammer to pull up any nails that held
the strips in place.

Step # 4 Clean Up

Now that the main mess is gone, make sure all carpet glue and
pieces of carpet pad are removed. Using the flat screwdriver or a
spackle knife, scrape up the glue and other debris. Sweep the
floor. A shop vacuum works well for the final clean up.

Now your old carpet is gone, your room is clean, and your floor
is a blank canvas ready for you to create a brand new look.

Gift Exchange Ideas For Teens

What do you get the teen that has everything? How about the teen you don’t know very well? Gift exchanges are becoming more popular than ever at holiday parties for teens. Often, these gifts have to be within a certain price range (usually pretty cheap), but you also want them to be something that others will enjoy. Here are a few ideas for gifts that should appeal to any teen.

Great gifts for teen girls: It’s usually very easy to find inexpensive gifts that will appeal to teen girls. Think cosmetics. Lip glosses (especially flavored ones like Lip Smackers) are always popular, and you can usually find them in cute little gift sets in drugstores. Anything Bath and Body Works is also a good bet. Can’t decide on one fragrance? Get a $10 Bath and Body Works gift card, so the lucky girl can pick out whatever she wants. Looking for something a little different? Fill a gift bag with some cute hair accessories and your must-have hair product. If you love it, chances are others will, too! For something especially fun and individualized, try nail stickers! Amazon has a set of 100 fimo sticks with different designs for less than $8. You will probably want to add a package of nail glue in the gift bag, too, so that your recipient will be able to get the most out of the gift.

Great gifts for teen guys: It’s sometimes more difficult to find gifts for the teen boy in your life. One sure thing is anything electronic, although electronics can get pricy. Look for cheap Xbox games. There are some that sell for $10 or less at Walmart, like Sega Superstars Tennis. Or what about a new pair of earbuds? These things are cheap, but popular, and they’re always getting lost or broken. Most teenage boys could always use an extra pair or two. Walmart also has fabulous Timex digital sport watches for $12, so if your gift price limit is $10, you can cheat just a little bit, and no one will know the difference. Another great gift for teen guys is any of the Axe body spray gifts. Amazon has a great travel set with body spray, shampoo, and shower gel for less than $9. Or look for the latest comic book or tech or auto trade magazine. Buy a few and wrap them together for an even better present.

The holidays are a great time to give gifts, but these gift ideas will work well for any time of the year and for any occasion. So take this list, grab your cash or debit card, and get shopping!

Using Massage Therapy With Essential Oils For Sprained Wrist Injuries And Wrist Tendinitis Relief

Sprained wrist injuries may be quite common, but that does not lessen their inconvenience. The doctor will tell you that normally they will heal in five to six weeks.

In reality, the sprain can cause pain in the wrist joint (wrist tendonitis) for years to come. Using massage therapy with essential oils, many people have found the relief they've been looking for.

When there is a wrist sprain, acute pain can shoot up the arm every time the joint moves or bends. There also is inflammation and swapping in the joint making it harder to bend. This is nature's way of giving some protection to the injury.

Alternating ice packs and then using oils on the injured joint for the first twenty four hours will give much relief and lessen the swelling.

A few of the oils that are anti-inflammatory along with top acute pain relieving attributes are Helichrysum Italicum, Elemi, Geranium and Helichrysum Gemnosephalum. Within seconds, relief can happen because essential oils work by following the nerves. So when pain deadening essential oils are applied, the pain begins to subside rather quickly.

Provided the wrist sprain does not require surgery, using pain relieving oils and lightly massaging it often can cause the swelling to go down. But even if there has to be surgery, it can heal quickly with the healing help of essential oils carefully massaged around the surgery site.

Then as soon as the incision is healed, massaging the area with the oils will cause the scar tissue to soften and be more flexible.

As the wrist injury heals, adhesion's can form. Adhesions are small bits of sticky plasma that remains after the body has broken down and reabsorbed a breeze. The plasma sticks to the tissue fibers causing a restriction of blood flow, also constricting muscle mobility and nerve energy to the area. These pockets (adhesions) are usually the cause of pain in an old injury.

By massaging the wrist with essential oils that are anti-inflammatory, muscle adhesions are broken up so that the body can reabsorb them. At the same time the essential oils are helping heal the wrist injury, they rebuild the immune system and increase strength.

tendonitis can happen in old injuries and cause the joint and muscles around the joint to weaker and hurt.

The four grades of tendonitis are:

1. There is only pain after an activity

2. There is pain at the beginning of an activity then supports during the activity and returns after the activity is finished.

3. There is pain that restricts activity and happens at the beginning, during and after.

4. The pain continuously gets worse and interferes with daily living especially with activities.

There are many of the essential oils that are anti-inflammatory and are a healing sprained wrist treatment (new injury) or a wrist tendonitis treatment (old injury). It is best to choose oils that help heal the injury but are also known for their acute pain relieving qualities.

While using them to massage the affected sprained wrist, stretching the muscle and tendon / ligament carefully will help to keep some adhesions from forming.

Then after the sprain has healed, use deep tissue massage strokes. The anti-inflammatory, acute pain relieving essential oils along with the strokes help stretch the adhesions that occurred deeper into the joint and muscle. This treatment breaks up the plasma waste so it can be reabsorbed by the body.

By using essential oil massage therapy over time, an old wrist sprain can improve and heal.