Thursday, February 25, 2010


Aromatherpay may help with variety of ills
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Feb. 24--Emily Walburn knows the power of aromatherapy. Walburn uses aromatherapy to complement her massage therapy practice at Franciscan Skemp's Center for Health and Healing at the Onalaska clinic.

But when she heard about a new aromatherapy product, the QueaseEASE aromatic inhaler, around the office, Walburn was a little skeptical.

Judy Aufenthie, a certified aromatherapist and health and healing coordinator at the Center for Health and Healing, had been using the nasal aromatic inhaler to help pregnant women with nausea and cancer patients with nausea from chemotherapy.

Walburn, who is pregnant, started using the inhaler because she came to work every day feeling nauseous. "I felt so sick and was throwing up some days, I thought nothing could help me," she said. "But I never got sick after smelling the inhaler. Within a minute, I'd feel remarkably better, and it lasted for a good four hours."

She said smells that she couldn't stand before now don't bother her.

Walburn said sometimes she didn't even have to take anti-nausea medication after using the inhaler. "It really helped me for three months," she said.

Aufenthie said she has used the inhaler more with pregnant women than cancer patients. She said research has shown that essential oils -- peppermint, spearmint, lavender and ginger -- reduce nausea and vomiting.

Aromatherapy uses fragrant oils to provide a calming sensation, Aufenthie said. Oils, infused with scents such as lavender, can be applied to your skin during a massage or the oils can be added to bathwater, she said.

Fragrant oils also can be heated to release their scents into the air.

Mayo Clinic uses aromatherapy in combination with medication to help patients reduce their nausea, Aufenthie said.

"Aromatherapy empowers patients to take control over their nausea," she said. "You take a couple whiffs when you get nausea, and you don't have to wait for your medication to work."

Aufenthie and Walburn use all sorts of aromatherapy products now stocked at the Onalaska clinic to treat anxiety, stress, pain and other symptoms. Walburn said she has used aromatherapy to treat back pain and headaches.

"A common use is for pain in the muscles," Aufenthie said. "Aromatherapy can create this peace and calming effect."

Aromatherapy products do not need approval by the Food and Drug Administration because no specific claims are made for the treatment of cancer or other diseases.

It also is not regulated by state law, and there is no licensing required to practice aromatherapy in the United States. Professionals often combine aromatherapy training with another field in which they are licensed, for example, massage therapy, registered nursing, acupuncture or naturopathy.

But Aufenthie said people should make sure their aromatherapist has some training in the use of essential oils.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I recently read this article and realized that the breath is a more amazing tool and resource than I ever imagined. Did you know that your digestion is ifluenced by which nostril is more open than the other at some point during your day? Read on....

By Sandra Anderson, Senior Editor, Yoga+ Magazine

The nose–much maligned and the object of endless jokes–is remarkably versatile. It’s handy for breathing and smelling and sneezing and holding up our sunglasses. The studious keep it pressed to the grindstone, the arrogant carry it in the air, and the confrontive are fond of standing nose-to-nose.

Go with the Flow
We pay through the nose when we run up our credit cards; if we’re easily offended, our noses are often out of joint. And the yogis have yet another way to press the proboscis into service: as a barometer for when to eat and when not to. If you’ve been practicing yoga for a while, you’ve probably discovered that sometimes the breath flows more freely in the right nostril while at other times the left nostril seems clearer. (The breath flows equally through both nostrils only when we are perfectly tranquil.)

The free-flowing nostril is called the dominant nostril. Observing this phenomenon in themselves, the yogis noticed that when the breath flows more freely in the left nostril the effect is cooling, predisposing them to receptive pursuits such as studying, or some other quiet form of sustained effort; they found right-nostril dominance heating, predisposing them to active pursuits like playing sports, giving a lecture, or eating.

According to their experience, appetite is best and food tastier if meals are taken when the right nostril is dominant; but when the left nostril is dominant, digestive fire tends to be low and it’s best not to eat. Sound far-fetched? Do what the yogis did: conduct your own experiments. When you have a hearty appetite, notice which nostril is dominant.

If you sit down to a meal when the left nostril is more open, how does the food taste? When you’re really enjoying what you’re eating, pause for a moment and see which nostril is flowing more freely. When you sit down to a meal but aren’t really interested in eating, which nostril is open? Pay attention and you may find the solution to mild indigestion right under your nose!

If You’ve Blown It…
You’ve just eaten and now you’re feeling stuporous? Unless you’ve stuffed yourself beyond reason, it’s likely that the left nostril is dominant. The solution is simple: lie down on your left side and relax. In a few minutes, your right nostril will open and your digestive fire will kick in. Stay put for 10 or 15 minutes before going about your business and all will be well.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Nutrition for the Libido

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Clear Home = Clear mind

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Great Primary Food ideas to take in daily:

Make the Bed, Manage Clutter, Sort the mail, Clean as you cook, Sweep the kitchen floor, Wipe up spills immediately when they occur.

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