A Bergamot Recipe Blend for Your Diffuser

I’ve choose these three essentials oils to use in a diffuser: Bergamot, Lavender and Lemongrass ct. Rhodinol. First let’s look at some of the emotional and energetic qualities of Bergamot. This essential oil is known to be relaxing, restorative, and calming. It also helps to reduce insomnia and anxiety. Next is Lavender. Some of Lavender’s emotional and energetic qualities are: it calms, soothes, and nurtures; reduces anxiety and fear; and helps calm and control panic attacks. Finally, Lemongrass ct. Rhodinol has a wide range of properties which helps to strengthen and restore vitality and well being. Now what does ct. mean? It is an abbreviation for chemotype. What is a chemotype? With essential oils, a plant can be the same genus and species but because the plant is grown in a different geographical location it could produce a different chemical type or chemotype. The result is a different essential oil is produced even though the genus and species are the same.


Now with that, the diffusing recipe consists of:
One or two drops of Lavender, Bergamot, and Lemongrass ct. Rhodinol and that’s it.


Good to know: In a hand massage blend with Lavender and Frankincense, Bergamot helped alleviate pain and depression in cancer patients (Chang 2008).

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Diffuser Night Time Blend

Hey all! I finally got my diffuser and here is a recipe for my first night time blend

3 or 4 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Geranium
1 drop of Ylang Ylang

I’m going to stick with this blend for the next couple of nights. Then I will experiment with another recipe just because I enjoy mixing these oils and learning what blends work well together.

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Patrick O’Hearn Music Gallery

Welcome to Patrick  O’Hearn Music Gallery:  You will be listening to the album, Ancient Dreams.  This album  was released in 1985.  It is available to listen to on this musician’s web-site.  There are 20 albums that you can listen to at Patrick O’Hearn’s Music Gallery and only eight of the albums are available to be purchased. You can click on the Back to Music Gallery button to go back to his Music Gallery and listen to this musician’s many other albums or songs of your choice.  I have included several of Patrick O’Hearn’s albums, I’ve purchased, on my playlists for chair massage events.

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Essential Oil Shower Drops

Today’s essential oil to use for shower drops is Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum) Step into the shower. I use a 5 ml bottle which I hold over the direct stream of water. All you need are five or six drops of Geranium oils. Make sure that these drops land in front of your feet. While showering the aroma should permeate the whole showering area. Enjoy!

Here’s a little something about Geranium. It reduces anxiety, relieves headaches, skin nourishing, an excellent anti-inflammatory oil as well as anti-fungal.

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Color to My Heart’s Content

These two mandalas were colored in a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic. The purple mandela on the left, I used a purple marker with color pencils. The mandala on the right, I spend lots of time on. I had not realize the purple marker had bleed through in some spots. However, I think I did a decent job of covering over those mistakes.

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Break Down of the Flu

The flu season for the start of the year was the worst I’ve ever known and experienced.  So many people catching the flu and a good number of people dying from the flu!  Why is it so bad this year, who knows?

For me:

It was probably the worst cold I had ever experienced.  By Sunday at 7 pm, I was exhausted, my head pounding and feeling it was about to explode.  I’m pretty sure I was very dehydrated at this point.  Thoroughly exhausted and irritable, I decided it was best for me to get some shut-eye.  The sleep welcomed me and I drifted off into a deep slumber.  In those 36 hours, I woke up four or five times to drink sips of water placed by my bed.  My cell phone was off because I was not to be disturbed.  My husband had already come down with the flu.  My son was also not feeling well.

Now the weather:

The weather was as cold as it has never been before.  The first weekend of January 2018, the temperature was in the single digits and the drop in temperature wasn’t gradual.  We were experiencing extremely cold and brutal weather.

Recuperating:

In a total of three and a half days, I was definitely feeling much better!  I was also grateful I was able to get the much needed rest and time I needed to heal.  I started off with 36 hours of rest drinking only 50 ounces of water with electrolytes along with 16 ounces of Gatorade.  From that point my fever and headache was gone and I was started to recuperate.  During the day, I had teas and the last of the bone broth.   I went from coughing and sneezing  most of the day to just blowing my nose at the end of the day.  Finally, Wednesday morning, I had my appetite back and I could eat.  When I woke from my last nap at 11:52 pm, I had all my strength back,  After getting annoyed because the TV being left on all night, I was back to shutting of the television–a very strong indication that I was getting better.  The TV being left on didn’t bother me while I was sick but when I started getting better–boy oh boy!  I went back to sleep and sweated out, (I’m estimating),  the remaining 10 percent of my cold.  I took cough medicine twice about 12 hours apart during this time frame of getting well.

Tips on Speeding up the Healing Process:

By six o’clock that Thursday morning, I totally sweated out everything.  I would stress the importance of getting as much rest as possible to help speed up your recovery.  Getting as much rest as possible is crucial!  Even if you’ve had the flu shots, you want to get well as quick as possible! So, it’s advisable to get as much rest as you can.  The flu tends to dehydrate you and a study showed that those who drank water tend to recover quickly.  Therefore, I wouldn’t underestimate the benefit of drinking water with electrolytes.  I would also not rule out bone broth, any type of chicken or beef stock, and/or homemade chicken soup.  Homemade bone broth is excellent for speeding up healing and the recuperation of an illness.  You don’t have to take my words for this so I provide you links to two articles that you can read and use your own judgement.  I would also consider Fire Cider!  As a friend of my suggested it.  I tried it at the tail end of my cold!  I found it to be very effective!

Why Water Can Ward of Flu

Homemade Bone Broth for Healing, Including Fighting the Flu

 

 

 

 

 

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Reflecting on the Contrast

Over the weekend, I had two appointments with two very different types of clientele.  The first group consists mostly of millennials and probably some gen X’rs in the mix.  This group were the young able-bodied, self-reliant, career-minded individuals.  They had a gathering with spa party setting, hanging out and enjoying each other’s company.  The second clientele was a married couple.  One spouse is bed-ridden and is dependent on 24 hours of home care assistance.

As I reflected on these differences,  I noted both clients had asked for my services of varying different reasons and needs.  The party atmosphere was more lively, pleasant, upbeat and fun.  However, providing my services to someone who is no longer self-sufficient proved to be more meaningful.  I often appreciate having the opportunities to work with clients with such contrasting needs. It helps me to keep things in perspective!  It provides me with a balance!  I can clearly see how much our daily activities are taken for granted until we are incapable of doing them.  This maybe the reason, I can be compassionate to those who need it the most.

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Vertoe is a Great Storage Option!

Vertoe is an online service that allows you to book online with their Vertoe partners to drop off your luggage.  This includes massage chairs!  As a massage therapist, dragging around a massage chair to and from events almost daily can be exhausting.  Lucky for me, I have the option to drop off my  chair at various locations in New York.  I no longer have to lug my chair back to New Jersey just to have lug it back to another event in New York, especially when the event is being held at a nearby location.

It is also very affordable, actually very cheap, as I usually pay $11.90 for an overnight stay.  I have dropped my chair off at about six Vertoe locations and my experience has been very positive at each location.   I have recommend some of my massage therapist buddies to drop off their chairs at any of these fine locations as it is a godsend for me!

 

 

My very first review on Yelp!

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