• Summer’s a Great Time for Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

    Posted on June 15, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    I know I mentioned this oil in a previous post about the Other Eucalyptuses but as it’s bug season, I thought it deserved it’s own post. Basic Info About Lemon Eucalyptus Lemon Eucalyptus is not a blend of lemon and eucalyptus oils as some people think. Rather, it’s an actual plant whose oil has a light, […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Stress, Anxiety, and Massage

    Posted on June 8, 2018 by in Massage, Stress

    Why do you Get Massage? Why get a massage? According to a survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association, 28% of Americans who get a massage do so for relaxation and stress reduction. That’s a lot of people in the US who feel strongly enough about their own experiences with massage for stress reduction […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Citronella During Mosquito Season

    Posted on June 1, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    I heard the first mosquito of the year buzzing around my head earlier this week, so I think it’s time I told you about Citronella essential oil. A Little About Citronella Citronella essential oil is distilled from a grass that’s grown in Asia, Africa, and South America.  It’s Latin name is Cymbopogon nardus and it’s related […]

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  • How Long of a Massage Should You Get?

    Posted on May 25, 2018 by in Massage

    The Best Massage Length I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me whether a 90 minute massage is better than an hour; always with an air of, “it is, right?” Now, I absolutely love doing 2 hour massages and the smartasss in me always wants to quip, “Everyone should get 2 hour […]

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    Essential Oil Profile: Lemon Tea Tree

    Posted on May 19, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    A Little About Lemon Tea Tree Despite its common name, Lemon Tea Tree is not in the Tea Tree genus, which is Melaleuca. Instead, it’s part of the Leptospermum family, Leptospermum petersonii to be exact. Leptospermum is also the family of Manuka, which I wrote about earlier this year. (In case you missed it, click […]

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  • Why I Have a Buddha Head in My Massage Room

    Posted on May 11, 2018 by in Health and Wellness, Massage

    Some people have wondered whether any of the decor in my room has significance or if it’s just there because I like it. Well… To be honest, some of the decor is there just because I like it. Other things are there because they’re relaxing, somehow relate to my business name, or act as reminders […]

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  • Geranium Essential Oil is More Versatile Than You Think

    Posted on May 4, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Basic Info About Geranium This is not your mother’s geranium… Unless your mother lives somewhere it’s HOT. This is Pelargonium graveolens, and it grows in several African countries like Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe where the summer is hot and the winter is mild. It also favors sheltered and moist habitats, so you’ll find […]

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  • 4 Tips for Gardening With Less Pain

    Posted on April 27, 2018 by in Self Care

    Are You Ready for Gardening Season? Now that 4th winter seems to finally be over, maybe we’ll all be able to venture out into our yards and gardens and get them into some sort of shape during the approximately 2 weeks of spring we’re set to have this year. Whether you managed to get out […]

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  • If You Like Tea Tree Essential Oil, You Need to Meet Manuka

    Posted on April 20, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Basic Info About Manuka Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is a flowering shrub native to New Zealand and Australia. It grows in the bush and is harvested from the wild. Plants grown at higher altitudes have greater antibacterial properties than those grown at low altitudes. So if you find a reputable supplier listing a high altitude manuka, […]

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  • Spring Cleaning With Less Pain & More Fun

    Posted on April 13, 2018 by in Health and Wellness, Stress

    Spring Cleaning: Brilliant or Bogus? It’s that time of year again… spring cleaning time. Many people use it as an excuse to open the windows and go on an all out cleaning binge while others refuse to have any part in this yearly shenanigan… I mean ritual. Regardless of whether you partake in any of […]

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  • Tea Tree: The Best Essential Oil for Spring Cleaning

    Posted on April 6, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Supposedly… according to the calendar anyway… it’s spring. That means it’s spring cleaning time. And there’s no better essential oil to help you sanitize your house after close to 6 months of progressively stagnating air and numerous coughs, colds, and other wintery infections, than tea tree. Basic Information About Tea Tree Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) […]

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  • How Long Should You Wait to Get a Massage?

    Posted on March 30, 2018 by in Massage

    I have been yelled at by my doctor more times than I can count for waiting what he considered too long of a time to come in to see him for some pain or problem. Well, he doesn’t yell at me exactly but he does ask why I wait so long to come in. My […]

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  • Why You Need Violet Leaf Absolute This Spring

    Posted on March 23, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Violets: Harbingers of Spring According to the calendar, it’s officially spring. As I write this, however, it doesn’t feel like spring. In fact, it snowed earlier today. (Granted, as I write this it’s just a couple days before “spring”, but still…) One thing I love about spring are the early flowers. They’re not only a […]

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  • Why Does Your Massage Therapist Need to Know About Your Allergies?

    Posted on March 16, 2018 by in Massage

    An Allergy Story If you’ve ever gotten a massage from me, you know that the paperwork you have to fill out includes information about your allergies. A couple years ago I had a client who didn’t list any allergies. No big deal, a lot of people don’t have allergies. So, I’m doing my massage thing […]

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  • Aromatherapy for St. Patrick’s Day

    Posted on March 9, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Essential Oil Profile: Hop I’m part Irish and St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17th. In my line work, St. Paddy’s Day doesn’t get the respect it deserves, imho… Maybe because we don’t serve green beer! (Check out the origins of green beer here.) But I digress. Anyway, I thought it would be fun […]

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