Chakra Balancing Poetry – Healing Through Words

Chakra Balancing Poetry - Healing Through Words. ___ I feel the mountains in my bones, in my torso and pelvic floor. In the forrest, I am a shaman, my ancestors say. I know this landscape. I put flowers in my hair and roll a bay leaf between my fingers. This is my home, this is my family, this is my body, rooted in strength. This is my root chakra. I am safe, I am whole. _ I feel the ocean in my liquid body. I am swimming in a dynamic pool of fluids, trusting the flow, feeling its undulating rhythm. This is my sacral chakra. I am beautiful. _ I feel the sun in my belly, rolling over, through and around, giving texture to this dimensional space, giving rise to personal will, accountability and independence. This is my third chakra. I am powerful. _ Like the wind, my heart is unrestrained. This is my heart chakra. Breathing in, I am a part of everything. Breathing out, I am loved. _ Authenticity gives rise to a clear voice. Like a river, there is flow when I am living in alignment with my truth. This is my throat chakra. I will be heard. _ Like the moon, I am full of mystery. Changing form and expression, imperceptibly and immeasurably, I am part of the cosmos. This is my third eye chakra. I am on an illuminated path that supports my creativity, intuition and spirituality. _ I am an etheric body, shining amongst the stars, in a galaxy among galaxies. I am in communion with the divine. This is my crown chakra. My life is sacred. _ With words of light and love, @stacyjo_shuman

I feel the mountains in my bones, in my torso and pelvic floor. In the forrest, I am a shaman, my ancestors say. I know this landscape. I put flowers in my hair and roll a bay leaf between my fingers. This is my home, this is my family, this is my body, rooted in strength. This is my root chakra. I am safe, I am whole.

I feel the ocean in my liquid body. I am swimming in a dynamic pool of fluids, trusting the flow, feeling its undulating rhythm. This is my sacral chakra. I am beautiful.

I feel the sun in my belly, rolling over, through and around, giving texture to this dimensional space, giving rise to personal will, accountability and independence. This is my third chakra. I am powerful.

Like the wind, my heart is unrestrained. This is my heart chakra. Breathing in, I am a part of everything. Breathing out, I am loved.

Authenticity gives rise to a clear voice. Like a river, there is flow when I am living in alignment with my truth. This is my throat chakra. I will be heard.

Like the moon, I am full of mystery. Changing form and expression, imperceptibly and immeasurably, I am part of the cosmos. This is my third eye chakra. I am on an illuminated path that supports my creativity, intuition and spirituality.

I am an etheric body, shining amongst the stars, in a galaxy among galaxies. I am in communion with the divine. This is my crown chakra. My life is sacred.

With words of light and love,
@stacyjo_shuman

Flower of Gold and Sun for Health & Beauty

 

Mother is the home we come from. She is nature, soil, ocean. 
Erich Fromm

When we are in direct relationship with nature, we are experiencing our inherent rootedness to Mother Earth. This connection allows us to tap into her wisdom gifts, and expands our own intuitive abilities. Plant medicine and #aromatherapy is one way you can bring this experience into a busy day. If you cannot plant your feet in a natural landscape, then keep aromatherapy at your bedside, in your purse and on your bathroom counter.

Meet the Immortal Flower, Helichrysum, flower of sun and gold. 

Helichrysum is a must-have essential oil for health and beauty because the applications for it are so far-reaching. Like many essential oils, it antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. It also reduces free radicals and radiation induced DNA damage, so it often used in many beauty products. The most impressive research, however, has demonstrated the benefits can also be experienced with kidney stones (through its ability to naturally detox the liver and kidneys), viruses, Candida (by soothing the digestive tract, reducing inflammation within the gut lining and boosting immunity), pain relief and hearth health (also through its ability to reduce inflammation).

To learn more about Helichrysum essential oil, or for more tips on natural living and intuition medicine, please check out our website and blog.

www.well-scent.com

Shifting Anger with Plant Medicine and Meditation

Anger is the energetic guardian of our boundaries. When we are angry, it is often a result of feeling out of balance, thrown off course somehow in our relationship with self, and others. This experience provides a wonderful opportunity to ground our body, honor the message, and create space for the learning to be integrated into our lives.

Slow down to REJUVENATE. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is responsible for our emotions. When it is supported, our energy is balanced and we are in the flow with life. When the liver is congested, there is an interruption in that natural flow, within and without.

To restore homeostasis, first bring your attention to your liver, a football sized organ that functions as a filter for toxicity in your environment and in your body. Place the palm of your right hand over your torso midway between your ribcage, then place the palm of your right hand over your heart, and connect the wisdom and compassion of your heart space to your liver.

Aromatherapy is another way to work with a stagnant liver.  To enhance digestion, detoxification and to promote chi/ flow, hydrate, eat mindfully, and do castor oil packs with Rejuvenate as needed. Or, you can use Rejuvenate as needed by directly adding a drop to the palm of your hand, then rubbing over your liver.

Compresses can be used during detoxification, colonics, cleanses, or simply to increase vitality and create more energetic flow.

A few oils in Rejuvenate:

  • Fennel aids the liver in producing the enzymes essential for properly digesting food and nutrients. Fennel also provides digestive support and relief of the unpleasant symptoms associated with indigestion and a sluggish liver and gall bladder.
  • In addition to supporting emotional balance, Geranium is a fantastic support for the liver and gall bladder. Geranium stimulates the bile ducts, allowing the liver and gall bladder to release toxicity. This is a crucial component of detoxification, and the body’s ability to stave off illness and infection rather than store the toxins that contribute to poor health.
  • Roman Chamomile is one of the deepest detoxifiers. It not only supports the liver in proper function, but it actually stimulates the liver to release toxins held deep in the liver’s tissues. Roman Chamomile also aids in the release of toxicity held in the digestive tract, which can help recovery from a stomach virus or a weekend of poor dietary choices.
  • Blue Tansy is one of the most unique aspects of this liver blend, as it incorporates principles from Chinese medicine. According to ancient Chinese philosophy, blue tansy has the ability to balance Liver Qi, releasing the “damp heat” that is thought to be associated with pain-related conditions like Fibromyalgia, hypersensitivity and allergies, as well as migraines and headaches.

For more information on holistic living, or to learn more about this blend, please see the product page for Rejuvenate.

 

A New Study Emerges: Essential Oils and The Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease


For those of you who are new to the Well Scent family and haven’t gotten to know our small business’ background yet, we are an apothecary run entirely by a team of women who also happen to be Late Stage #Lyme Disease survivors. So when a new study emerged in early October testing the efficacy of 34 essential oils in treating persistent Lyme bacteria and its protective biofilm, we were thrilled to see the interest in legitimizing essential oils as a treatment modality and unequivocally encouraged by the results. Researchers compared the top 5 oils with the greatest success rate to the antibiotic daptomycin, and the results were astounding. Three of the oils significantly outperformed Daptomycin by a huge margin, and offered eradication of the persistent form of the bacteria that most antibiotics cannot.

“We were able to identify 23 essential oils at 1% concentration that are more active than the control persister drug Daptomycin, 3 of which, oregano, clove bud, and cinnamon bark, highlighted themselves as having a remarkable activity even at a very low concentration. Among them, oregano and cinnamon bark essential oils demonstrated the best activity as shown by complete eradication of stationary phase B. burgdorferi.”
View the Full Study here: https://www.frontiersin.org/ar…/10.3389/fmed.2017.00169/full

Complete eradication. Words that a Lyme patient isn’t sure they’ll ever hear.

This illuminating and promising study just further validates the value of essential oil remedies formulated specifically to treat Lyme, like our very own Balance and Renew blends. For years now, our list of practitioners that support our apothecary and utilize these blends in patient protocols has continued to steadily grow, but it’s studies like this that help propel the widespread use of and faith in alternative treatment modalities for complex neuroimmune illnesses like Lyme Disease and its co-infections.In light of this exciting study, we’re offering our Lyme-specific Balance and Renew blends at a discounted price this month.

Our Lyme and Biofilm-Specific blend Balance, highlights Oregano, the main star of this new study: https://well-scent.com/product/balance-antimicrobial/
Our Lyme and Co-infection Specific blend Renew, features Clove, another all-star in this recent study: https://well-scent.com/product/renew-antimicrobial/
To read more about our apothecary, our blends and view testimonies from the patients and practitioners who utilize them, please visit out website: https://well-scent.com/testimonials/

Here’s to a promising future and new hope for healing,
The Well Scent Team

Originally Shared on our Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/2hfeGxY

~Combating Smoke Exposure & Smoke Sensitivity Relief~

Our hearts go out to our neighbors in California who are affected by the Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa fires. We can only imagine the magnitude of the grief felt by thousands of residents who have lost their communities, their homes, or their loved ones in this ongoing tragic event. Our hearts are with your hearts during this time of displacement and devastation.

In an effort to offer just a sliver of physical and emotional support, we’re discounting our Breathe blend to 50% off. The impact of the smoke and dangerous air quality has not only impacted the North Bay, but has significantly affected the entire San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding counties. The harrowing health effects have been felt far and wide, especially for those with compromised lung function, cardiac conditions, asthma, allergies, chronic illness, and low immunity.

For those in the North Bay, Sonoma County Herb Association / Sonoma County Herb Exchange is offering a free herbal clinic at Farmacopia for those struggling.
While an N95 or P100 mask or a respirator are the only things that can shield you from the smoke (surgical masks are not effective- you can purchase an N95 or P100 from hardware stores or amazon), there are things you can do within the safety of your home or shelter that can help support constricted airways, and can also aid in breathing during times of anxiety, physical stress and grief.

  • A Nasopure sinus irrigation system can help flush the smoke, ash, particulates and toxicity out of your sinus cavity after exposure. Nasopure is available on Amazon.
  • Stay hydrated, but also drink warm tea. The fluid and warmth, combined with herbal support can break up mucus and facilitate clear airways. Herbs/teas to consider for lung support- Licorice, Nettle, Chamomile, Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm
  • Utilize essential oils. Aromatherapy can be incredibly effective in soothing spasming lungs and opening constricted airways. In addition, essential oils offer emotional support and can balance neurotransmitters and release tension and energy that no longer serves us. This makes them an invaluable tool in not only times of physical stress, but emotional and spiritual hardship. We formulated our Breathe blend with this intention; to support the user in acute moments of distress.

*Please note that aromatherapy does not replace the use of asthma inhalers or emergency medical treatment- it is intended as a supportive tool for healing and relief.

Our Breathe blend is comprised of:

  • Niaouli- a potent anti-histamine and expectorant, making it highly effective for asthmatics.
  • Frankincense– not only supportive to a suppressed immune system and compromised lungs, but also supports the limbic system and neuro-emotional balance.
  • Roman Chamomile- a soothing antispasmodic to aid deep breathing.
  • Marjoram- also anti-spasmodic, but also an effective antimicrobial to help prevent the onset of bronchial infection.
  • Hyssop- an autonomic nervous system balancer, the part of our brain that controls our “fight or flight” in times of distress, and also regulates our breathing.
  • Peppermint– the most potent essential oil for clearing the sinuses and opening constricted airways.

To purchase Breathe oil at the discounted price, please see product page.
North Bay, our heart is with you. Residents, displaced evacuees and and our natural medicine community up there- please reach out if there is a way we can support you.

With all of our love, The Well Scent Team

Lyme, Porphyria and Liver Support

Leading Lyme Disease and Mold Exposure specialist, Dr. Neil Nathan, recently shared in his newsletter an invaluable insight for those with complex chronic illness that struggle with extreme hypersensitivity and reactivity. Many of these patients have been diagnosed with Mast Cell Activation Disorder, Histamine Intolerance, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and the like. But Dr. Nathan brings up a huge potential piece of the puzzle that may be overlooked: Porphyria.

Dr. Nathan and expert on the subject Steven Rochlitz describe this phenomenon that begins in the liver, but affects the body systemically: http://www.neilnathanmd.com/newsletter-6-porphyia-another-…/

Here at Well Scent, we are immensely grateful for the practitioners who work tirelessly to uncover new components to healing complex chronic illness. We are also committed to doing what we can to support patients on their healing paths. We can’t hold a candle to the monumental work that our practitioners are doing, but it’s our hope to be a gentle background support for those who are moving through their new protocols and are striving to maintain their fortitude and endurance as they walk down their wellness paths. So in addition to Dr. Nathan’s cutting edge suggestions on how to navigate this new piece of the puzzle, we’d like to offer up a few supportive background strategies ourselves.

Transdermal Strategies for Hypersensitive Patients

As Dr. Nathan conveys in his article, Porphyria begins in the liver, but is often triggered by an infectious or toxic component such as Lyme, mold exposure, or viral infections. While addressing Porphyria is a key part of treatment, the ultimate goal is to treat the underlying causes. But because here at Well Scent we are wellness warriors and in treatment ourselves, we understand that when in a hypersensitive state, tolerating treatment feels near impossible. That’s where we believe transdermal strategies come in, and why we think essential oils can be helpful.

Supporting a burdened liver in a hypersensitive patient dealing with Porphyria can be a fine line and a delicate matter. Many patients find themselves reactive to oral supplementation and become increasingly toxic when they attempt to shift their toxic load. A gentle, alternative way to begin to slowly open the door to treatment is to begin by using remedies and tinctures on the skin. We’ve found great success in utilizing our liver remedy, Rejuvenate, in sensitive patients by advising that they put a drop on the bottom of each foot, then put on a pair of socks so they don’t react to the scent of the oil. If this is well tolerated for 3-4 days, the patient can move on to placing a drop in the belly button, or the oil can be used in a detox bath with 1 cup of epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda.

Rejuvenate- A Transdermal Liver Detox Remedy

  • Fennel Oil- Promotes the production of essential liver enzymes.
  • Geranium Oil- Stimulates bile ducts to encourage toxicity to keep moving.
  • Roman Chamomile- Soothes systemic gastrointestinal inflammation, mitigates reactivity and addresses a spasmodic colon, to encourage the successful removal of toxic waste.
  • Blue Tansy- Balances liver Qi and releases “damp heat” most often associated with mold illness, and fungal infections. It begins the task of changing the terrain to no longer be habitable for opportunistic infection.

Usage for sensitive patients: 1 drop on the bottom of each foot, proceed to 1 drop in the belly button, or 3 drops in a detox bath.

Thank you Dr. Nathan, for your continued profound work in healing complex chronic illness. You are a ray of hope, and a beacon of light.
With gratitude,
The Well Scent Team

Food as a Sensorial Experience & Plating Essentials

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” Ruth Reichl

I listened to an NPR program years ago from a chef that related overeating to our industrialized diet. He shared that plating simple but beautiful, vibrant, colorful and locally sourced foods fed not only the body, but the spirit and, as a result, people ate less.

We eat first with our eyes so plating is critical. A few tips:
1) Seek a variety of textures in every dish. Add roasted pumpkin seeds or black lava salt to sautéed vegetables. Keep in fridge sprouted nuts, seeds, seaweed flakes. Look for inventive ways to elevate your dishes with these unique, nutrient dense textured options.
2) Add fresh herbs to every dish. (Store fresh herbs wrapped loosely in wet paper towels, then place gently in a ziploc or glass container).
3) Always have on hand vibrant and uniquely textured vegetables like radicchio, radish, endive, purslane.
4) Recommended condiments: Olives, capers, purple sauerkraut, pickled carrots, pickled ginger, etc.,

Recipe – Vegetarian Tacos
Roast mushrooms and cauliflower
Heat on open flame GF tortilla
Smother tortilla with hummus
Add mushrooms and cauliflower
Garnish with lime, salt, cumin & sprouts
Side salad of masche, dressed with olive oil and herbs
Garnish with sautéed radishes

Your body is a vessel for your spirit to live. Eat well, live well, be well.

xo, @stacyjo_shuman

Breathe Meditation

“The beautiful thing about being
in the mess- it creates friction,
it disrupts comfort, it ignites movement.
movement is what helps us sift through
what’s real, what’s of value
and what deserves to stay.”

Danielle Doby

So keep moving. Keep releasing what was not meant for you, and honoring the parts of you that make you who you are. Sometimes, when we blindly walk forward, our outward vision obstructed by chaos and the unknown, our eyes begin to slowly open to the truths that lay within, the truths that were waiting for us all along.

~Breathe~

We have a remedy we’d like to offer as support for your continued movement down your path. Breathe. Breathe is an aromatherapy blend that was intended to ground the user in the present moment, and physically open the lungs while energetically soothing and opening the heart. It’s supportive to both the third and fourth chakras, making it a staple for those walking forward with anxiety or grief.

Dab on the sternum, wrists or temples and take a deep breath. Exhale the tension and the weight of the unknown, and inhale the promise of a bright tomorrow.

Currently discounted for you, “Breathe”: https://well-scent.com/product/breathe-lung-support/

Keep moving, keep trusting, and keep breathing,
The Well Scent Team

Chakra Balancing Poetry

Healing through words.

Today, we’re setting the intention to only breathe words of love out into the world, and to express ourselves with language that is merely an extension of our soul. In a moment of sacred stillness and heart-centered rebalancing, Well Scent Owner Stacy pens a poem inspired by the alignment of each of the 7 chakras:

Crescent moon graphic favicon for Well-Scent

I feel the mountains in my bones, in my torso and pelvic floor. In the forrest, I am a shaman, my ancestors say. I know this landscape. I put flowers in my hair and roll a bay leaf between my fingers. This is my home, this is my family, this is my body, rooted in strength. This is my root chakra. I am safe, I am whole.

Sunburst graphic icon

I feel the ocean in my liquid body. I am swimming in a dynamic pool of fluids, trusting the flow, feeling its undulating rhythm. This is my sacral chakra. I am beautiful.

laurel leaves graphic

I feel the sun in my belly, rolling over, through and around, giving texture to this dimensional space, giving rise to personal will, accountability and independence. This is my sacral chakra. I am powerful.

blue laurels graphic favicon for Well-Scent

Like the wind, my heart is unrestrained. This is my heart chakra. Breathing in, I am a part of everything. Breathing out, I am loved.

laurel leaves graphic

Authenticity gives rise to a clear voice. Like a river, there is flow when I am living in alignment with my truth. This is my throat chakra. I will be heard.

Sunburst graphic icon

Like the moon, I am full of mystery. Changing form and expression, imperceptibly and immeasurably, I am part of the cosmos. This is my third eye chakra. I am on an illuminated path that supports my creativity, intuition and spirituality.

Crescent moon graphic favicon for Well-Scent

I am an etheric body, shining amongst the stars, in a galaxy among galaxies. I am in communion with the divine. This is my crown chakra. My life is sacred.

With words of light and love,
The Well Scent Team

An Unconventional Spring Detox

In the course of healing Late Stage Lyme Disease, I have experimented with more than a dozen diets, none of which absolutely resonated and very few made much of an impression at all, Today I practice what I call an “energetic” or “intuitive” diet, which closely observes certain uniformly accepted  tenets about healthy eating, but is otherwise completely open to interpretation, by me.

Theres is a lot of dogma, rigidity and disempowering ways of relating to food that have negatively charged the experience of eating, and we are imprinting our food with that frequency. Food should be celebrated; It gives context to our lives, it connects us to the landscape and to each other, through shared experiences of harvesting, cooking and communal eating. And if you are frequenting farmer’s markets, you are also eating local and seasonal foods, which should feel intuitive since you are also then avoiding the massive radiation that occurs when food is shipped across the country. But farmer’s markets also give us space to practice using our intuition, which counters the pervasive dogma that suggests everyone else knows whats best for you. A farmer’s market provides a wonderful opportunity to lean in to your innate capacity to know what your body needs.

A recent trip to the farmer’s market inspired this spring detoxification program, which is a compilation of amassed experience over several years, but first let’s answer the questions on why detoxification is vital to our health.

“Detoxification” is the removal of toxins from the body. which can include preservatives, pesticides, stimulants, heavy metals and metabolic waste products. Fortunately, our digestive, endocrine, and circulatory systems are equipped with a complex set of mechanisms designed to eliminate these toxins. The trouble is that too much sugar, caffeine, and processed foods, little to no exercise, stress and even some prescription medications can slow the body’s natural detox abilities.

The result is a buildup of toxins that can cause brain fog, fatigue,joint pain and poor digestion. However, according to Mark Hyman, MD, a faculty and board member of the Institute for Functional Medicine in Gig Harbor, Washington, you can help boost your body’s innate capacity for detoxification by following a simple plant-based diet during a detox plan. “Pretty much everyone carries a huge load of petrochemical and industrial toxins,” Hyman says. “They come from plastics, pesticides, flame retardants, you name it. Then there are heavy metals and allergens from food or the environment, and internal toxins like bacteria, fungus, and yeast. Most people need to detoxify to get these things out of their systems in order to feel healthier.” Some benefits of an occasional detox, Hyman has found, include having a lowered heart rate, clearer eyes and skin, better memory and concentration, and improved digestion.

Who doesn’t want that? Right? So, let’s get started!

7 (Unconventional) Tips to Rock Your Spring Detox

  1. Define your goal relative to your starting point then write it down. You can still be effective without overcommitting to something that is not realistic. Small changes can be powerful and big changes can sometimes move too much toxicity too quickly. Be intuitive, stay in your own lane, and don’t compare your protocol, process or results to anyone else’s.

  2. Be a Detoxification Badass –  Be excited that you are taking this step to proactively support your vitality. Welcome the opportunity to be complicit in your healing. Choose to honor the sacred aspects of eating intuitively. Instead of complaining, use language intentionally in such a way as to support the end game. Energy follows thought so direct the mind to the positive aspects of what you are doing. Journal your experience. Set your intention, then compile a list of the positive aspects you might gain from the experience.

  3. Stay ahead of your hunger but plan to cheat – When we are eating intuitively, we reject dogma. So when your protocol feels too depleting, or you are moving toxicity too quickly, allow yourself a treat. When you plan to cheat, your treats aren’t negatively charged with guilt either. Suggestion: Plan your treats in advance. For me this might mean permitting starch one day, or fruit or a cold-brew coffee. To avoid frequent cheats, stay ahead of your hunger with copious hydration and ready made snacks on hand.

  4. Make it fun – Create a list of meaningful or fun projects to do during your cleanse. Clean out a closet, reorganize your photos, read a new novel, get some sun, go for a hike or walk, watch old movies. I do best if I am stay true what helps me to stay in parasympathetic mode, so I stay home, or get out in nature, but avoid crowds, shopping, restaurants.

  5. Uplevel Your Detox Game – Some of my favorite modalities to support cleansing include: Infrared Saunas, Dry Skin Brushing with Release, meaningful movement, hydrotherapy (See Sophia Health Institute’s Hydrotherapy Series) and bodywork.

  6. Create a Mood Board, or Inspiration Journal – Use a Pinterest board or create a folder on your computer to store ideas to inspire the journey. These images can be food based, movement based, or simply pictures that imprint the experience with the intended results. Find the bloggers sharing joyously about a plant-based diet, and curate recipes in advance. Suggested: Nutrition Stripped

  7. Surround yourself with beautiful things – Buy candles and flowers. Burn copal. Keep sacred attars nearby. Get a deep conditioner or new facial mask to use during your cleanse. Get your house tidy beforehand.  This is your at-home spa experience so aim to have it feel indulgent.

And, more than anything, let this be an invitation to nourish your body through intuitive self-care, a practice that can be cultivated for life. 

In health, Stacy Shuman

 

Morning Inspiration – Superfood On the Go Breakfast


Check out our most favorited food-feed 8th and Lake, named “Best Healthy Food Accounts” by MindBodyGreen. This is my go-to page for inspiration for new, gorgeous ways to prepare and plate plant-based meals. Founder Marie, is also a travel blogger, so you can peruse her site for guides to places like Croatia and Italy.

Today’s inspiration from Marie’s feed on Instagram reflects my current mood for breakfast chia bowls, coconut yogurt bowls, superfood smoothies, and smoothie bowls too. After a few years, I have this business down to a science. I include 1/4 cup of homemade kefir, (I rotate cultured raw dairy) or coconut yogurt, 2 – 3 tablespoons MCT oil, 2 cups of frozen berries, a few slices of banana, celtic sea salt, protein powder of choice, plus a variety of superfood powders and heirloom vegetable powders.

Some of my cherished lines to keep in the pantry and fridge include:
OMG Superfoods – I especially love their Sacha Inchi protein powder, as well as their Acai.
Sunpotion – Great mushroom and herbal blends, excellent variety and selection.
Bulletproof – MCT and Brain Octane Oil.
Terrasoul Superfoods – Raw, organic, vegan and everything they make is from the God’s. Period. I have always been so please with the products from this company.
Dr. Cowan’s Garden – This line comes from Dr. Cowan, co-writer to Nourishing Traditions with Sandy Fallon. He also recently published “Human Heart, Cosmic Heart” which is a must-read for anyone with a family history of heart disease. His newest project is cultivating from his family farm vegetable powders, some of which are seasonal and/ or heirloom varieties. I am a huge fan of everything I have tried so far, to include the Threefold Powders, savory and slightly sweet, the kale and squash blend, and the beet blend as well.
Longevity Warehouse – Once upon a time, while healing from Lyme Disease, I took a couple new supplements before bed, then in my sleep ordered about 500.00 of stuff from Longevity Warehouse. True story. I had been wanting to do this for a long time, but not intending to spend that much obviously. But that was the beginning of my love affair. I love the teas especially but everything is great really.

I hope this recipe and list have you excited about loading up the fridge and pantry with some goodies to make your own superfood creations. Although there is the obvious initial investment, you get it back in spades with the antioxidants, and ease of using these super-foods, which unlike produce have a much longer shelf life!

Enjoy! @stacyjo_shuman
Image credit @8thandlake

A Mother’s Day Prayer

“Today we celebrate with those who are remembering their mothers with love and gratitude. We give thanks for all the ways that their mothers have cared for and been there for them—and we pray that those mothers be blessed with overflowing joy today and always…

“We pray, too, for those who are grieving the loss of a mother. May they be comforted, may they be blessed with sweet memories from this life, as well as a profound knowing of their beloved mom’s continuing presence in another form…

“We hold healing space for those who are still hurting because they have been wounded by a mother. May deep healing permeate every cell of their being, may they see themselves through the pure loving eyes of the divine Mother. May they know the goodness of their own true Nature…

“We give thanks for those who have poured out their hearts and become mothers to foster children, step-children, adopted children; and for those who provide a safe space for a neglected neighborhood kid to hang out and be a part of the family; for those who live always able to find room for one more. May their loving hearts be blessed with delight and abundance…

“We honor the Holy Mothers of the world: whether they have children or not, the women whose whole lives are about radiating kindness, the profoundly compassionate, nurturing, and wise ones who minister to the needs of the world and offer open arms and an ample lap to anyone who needs it…

“We embrace with understanding and love those who have longed to have children and been unable to. May they find solace, may they find peace, and may they find their way to nurture this deep longing and to bring forth birth in whatever form most serves their highest good…

“We honor and respect those who have chosen not to become mothers in this life—for whatever reason—and we give thanks for the many and diverse ways that they bless all of our lives…

“We surround with strength and hope those who feel worried or afraid because they have a child who is struggling—may they and their children know the profound help and resources that are found through deep connection with Spirit and may they be at peace…

“And today we hold with special care and tenderness those who have lost a child—whatever the age, whatever the circumstances. We surround them this day and every day with gentleness and love. We see their sorrow and we honor it. We feel their heartbreak and we grieve for them. We pray that as their profound loss is held in profound compassion, that their pain—as well as their love—may guide and transform them. May they be healed and may they be instruments of healing for others…

“We give thanks for all people who nurture…

“for the teachers and caregivers and doctors and healers among us,

“for the friends who answer the phone in the middle of the night, who visit us in the hospital and bring us food when we are sick,

“for the people… who hug and hold us when we are sad, who send kind inspiring notes when we are struggling, who laugh and play with us when we are happy, who pray for and with us continually…

—whether it is Mother’s Day or not—

to cultivate mindful,

compassionate,

nurturing

Presence.”

~Peggy Christiansen from UNITYfc.org

 

Follow Your Joy

More than any other question, people most often want to know how I was able to build the foundation of my line and the infrastructure of my business when I was effectively disabled from Lyme Disease. The answer to that question is simple.

I never thought about it.

I was following my joy, working with plant medicine, and building my own curated collection of blends that were intrinsic to my healing. And soon a community of physicians, business owners, friends and family supported that endeavor too.


One of our most loved blends, Balance, was the result of a conversation shared with a physician at Sophia Health Institute, who brought to me notes from a conference he had attended over the weekend. That support inspired this blend, which works beautifully for sensitive patients treating for Lyme Disease and other complex or chronic health challenges.

 

And because I was uniquely able to relate to that population, I intuitively culled the oils that would not only work with the infectious part of illness, but would also lovingly nourish the spirit, support circulatory, lymphatic and organ health, and strengthen the nervous system.

Balance was also intended to feel luxurious and soothing, so I selected oils that are aromatically special. Some of my favorites used in this blend include Myrrh, Frankincense, Rosemary and Vetiver.

So just remember, sometimes we only recognize the great work, or great strides we are making towards happiness, joy and fulfillment in retrospect. But you’re doing it all the while, and probably you’re even doing your best work when you don’t even know it.

Cheers community. Here’s to finding your J O Y. ⭐️

@stacyjo_shuman

Founder and Certified Aromatherapist

Get to Know Me! 15 Random Facts About My Life

I have been focused on building a life re-imagined post Lyme Disease treatment and we moved, again, from Seattle to Santa Barbara. Bu finally, we are settling in.

I want to get to know our community better this year, so I am going to start by sharing a little bit about my life, in hopes that some of you will open up with me too!

  • I have lived in at least 12 states.
  • It took me 14 years to get my degree
  • I am a published author of poetry
  • I know how to operate a forklift and a 120′ boom-lift.
  • I once got to ride in an F-16 fighter jet. We pulled G’s (I was cool.)
  • I can sing my ABC’s backwards.
  • I choreographed Grease in high school, and competed in voice in junior high.
  • I have worked in public relations, management and outside sales.
  • My first job was at Dairy Queen.Yes, I can make a curly-q on your ice cream cone.
  • I was certified at one time as a fitness instructor.
  • I have met Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Joan Rivers and Pink. (I am cheating on the last one, we were just simultaneously in bathrobes at the same spa together.)
  • I have predicted a number of events in my life, and in the lives of others.
  • I have raised two amazing human beings.
  • I am married to my soul mate, but my ex-husband is one of my best friends, and my step sons are amazing.
  • I have seen almost every super-hero movie.

And I am a survivor. I have firsthand experience with many modalities that address healing from trauma, social anxiety, abuse, loss and illness.

When I started the blog for Well Scent six years ago, it was with the intention of sharing resources to educate, uplift and inspire our community and to illumine an empowered path for healing, mind and body. In the process, and as a direct result of the transformative powers that come with extraordinary challenges, I hope to continue that journey with you now.

I am pursuing interests in conscious movement and energy anatomy with the subtle body. I feel so certain there are things here that can help to accelerate healing. I will also spend more time focusing on neuroplasticity. In addition, I will continue looking at Lyme Disease, Mold Illness, rehabilitation for both, and biohacking.

For my life re-imagined post Lyme Disease, come visit me on my new personal IG page by clicking on any of the images below.

Smiles, @stacyjo_shuman

 

Lyme Disease Awareness Month + 5 Top Q & A for Healing

I started this journey six years ago and by the grace of God, I am finally on the right side of Lyme Disease now. Hoorah! HOORAH! Where are you on YOUR journey right now? What successes are you having? Where are you feeling stuck? If you feel like sharing, I will do my best to help! Ask your questions in the comments below!

Since people frequently inquire about my healing journey, I decided to share my top five questions (and answers) in order to share my successes with all of you!

Question #1: How did you get better?
Answer: I am still on this journey, I am just not focused on the infections as much now. My approach to Lyme treatment, however, was initially modeled after those in the community that got better. Find those stories! It is so inspiring to see people moving in the world again after overcoming complex illness. Here is a short list of what I learned from these people:
1) Never give up.
2) Don’t be afraid to consult with other physicians. Great doctors welcome thoughtful collaboration because they know this is a complex patient population.
3) Whenever your protocol or symptoms become overwhelming, focus on detoxification and grounding the energy body (detox baths, crystals, stargazing, binders and drainers, saunas as tolerated, lymphatic work, hydration, colonics/ enemas).

Question #2: What one thing did you do that made the most impact in your healing?
Answer: I addressed environmental exposure, particularly mold. (Read Dr. Neil Nathan’s book: Mold and Mycotoxins – Treatment Modalities 2017).

Question #3: What surprised you most in this experience of treating Lyme Disease?
Answer: I have been most surprised at how interconnected our physical healing is with our emotional wellbeing. The two cannot be separated. Move infections and toxicity, and you move memories, imprinted trauma, old wounds. Deconstruct the personality in illness, and you peel back layers and layers of stuff that isn’t you. And when you work with that understanding and knowledge, you understand it goes both ways. Similarly, if you shift energy as a result of healing your past, for example, you also move infections and toxicity. I have countless amazing, cool stories of this happening over the years and, believe, me, I was initially not leaning towards this way of looking at illness and healing. Some powerful modalities you may want to consider for working with the emotional/ spirit body are psycho-neurobiology, Family Constellations, Frequency Specific Microcurrent, Meditation, Mindfulness, counseling that focuses on being more embodied, journaling, breath-work, bodywork.. For more information on a few of these modalities, see the Sophia Health Institute Blog Post, “Healing Psycho-Emotional Trauma in the Treatment of Chronic Health“.

Question #4: What treatments helped you the most? 
Answer: Treatments I most benefited from included addressing dental infections (cavitations and root canals), IV therapies as tolerated, colonics as needed, binders and drainers, and addressing trauma through different systems to include aromatherapy, family constellations, Psycho Neuro-Biology, Reiki, neuroplasticity,

Question #5: What advice do you have for others treating Lyme Disease?

Answer: It feels very important to me to emphasize that people do get better. There are a lot of stories online about people fighting for their lives, but what you don’t see is all the people that are living their lives again, post-Lyme treatment. Find a way to connect without identifying with the community, disease, symptoms, diagnosis, lab results. And remember that right now you are still powerful and your body is working so hard,, and your spirit is processing toxicity, change, isolation, fear and loss. But there are intrinsic gifts to be realized from the efforts, eventually,

In the meantime, be sweet with yourself.

In health,

Stacy Shuman

Essential Oils | Self-Actualization Meets Self-Care

There is a subtle bio-energy that flows through all organic life. It is sometimes referred to as Chi or life force. This energy is expressed as an electromagnetic vibrational frequency – and pure essential oils have the highest frequencies of any measured natural substance.

But not all essential oils have the same vibrational frequency. Frequencies can be separated into three categories:

  1. Low Frequency Oils to support physical ailments.
  2. Mid Frequency Oils to promote emotional change.
  3. High Frequency Oils to encourage spiritual growth and realization, like rose which has a frequency of 320 MHz, the highest of all.

Self-Care

Bring the self-actualizing qualities of rose to your yoga mat, to your mediation or prayer practice, to sacred spaces like the journal by your bedside, and to to special places like an altar, or to your bath time ritual.

Self-Actualizing Bath

Add to filled tub one drop of rose, one cup of Epsom Salts, one cup of Himalayan Salt. Bring hydration! Pre-ice a glass then fill with mineral or spring water, adding lemon, electrolytes of pinch of salt to activate your hydration for the perfect complement to your bath. Now, relax so that the truth of your path can be revealed to you.

Happy Weekending! xo

The Well Scent Team

A Christmas Story + Detox for CT Scans & MRI’s

When the pilot made a pit-stop to de-ice the wings, a rare occurrence in the perpetually sunny SoCal, I was finally paying attention. I pulled the tail of my jacket from the seat underneath me so that I could extend my arm to reach up from that contracted position to push the button for the overhead light. I felt like I was running the last mile of a marathon. The flight attendant was buckled in her seat ready for take-off and pulling her hand through her long blonde hair. I regarded her confused expression from the full length of the plane.

My beautiful blue coat was sticking to the sweat-drenched t-shirt beneath it. I panted when she arrived at my seat, “I am sick. Please. Get me off this plane.” The situation was quickly conveyed to the pilot who called for the paramedics. When they arrived, I was escorted off the plane which, while embarrassing, was better than undressing to lie down in the aisle, which I considered.

Earlier I had discarded a perfectly good cup of joe, which should have been my first clue. I missed the second one too. “American Airlines would like to offer a $600.00 travel credit to any passenger willing to take a later flight, which in our case would have been $1,200.00. At the time I was folded over and resting against the wall because standing had a similar effect to climbing a 14 ft mountain.

I promised the paramedics I would go to the hospital later although I am not sure they cared since my vitals were “not alarming“. I begged my husband for a reprieve, just one night of rest, and with a 103 degree fever crawled under the covers where I booked another reservation to leave three days later, because apparently I still didn’t get it. And anyway, I was going home to see my kids for Christmas. Period.

The following morning I felt better.

I pulled my feet from the knotted sheets which were thick with sweat. My hair was matted and sticking to the dampness of my cheek. My husband insisted I go to the Emergency Room, unconvinced by my cheerful display of returned health. Later that day blood tests confirmed a Staph infection. (In retrospect, I would appreciate that my husband, in his insistence that I go to a hospital, probably saved my life. But I digress..)

We booked a flight to Seattle because apparently Staph is not a big deal in Santa Barbara. Don’t ask, that is another story. A few hours later I was dropped off at the hospital and my husband headed back to the airport to retrieve the computer bag we left curbside (it was that kind of day). On the brighter side of things, he found our bag and the hospital in Seattle was amazing. I was seen by the infectious disease doctor almost immediately and an hour later I started intravenous antibiotics. I bargained with everyone to be released from the hospital but at that point I was just trying to make everyone else feel better about my diagnosis.

Because I was having pain in my lungs, an x-ray was ordered. Cavitations and inflammation in my lungs prompted recommendations for the first CAT Scan. The second one was ordered later to assess the progress of treatment, which was successful, but then there was another finding which prompted the radiologist to recommend additional imaging with an MRI.

I acquiesced to the recommendations of my doctors without hesitation. I blame the alarming Staph diagnosis and fluorescent lights for any lapse in my judgement. But I regret agreeing to the imaging studies, particularly the two CAT Scans.

A CAT Scan exposes the body to 100 to 1,000 times the radiation of a normal x-ray and even one CAT Scan increases your risk of developing cancer.*  An important factor in the alarming increase of cancer may be our own medical practices, From The New York Times, “We are silently irradiating ourselves to death.*

So what is the explanation for the soaring increase for CAT Scan recommendations? Well, it is not all bad news. CAT Scans can provide advanced imaging needed for critical trauma cases or to help identify hidden causes of illness. But another more powerful reason may be the fear of malpractice lawsuits. From the NY Times, “Because CT scanning technology is ubiquitous, and because it is so effective, many doctors order the tests as a fail-safe, to protect themselves in case they might have missed some potentially life-threatening condition. In fact, many patients come to the doctor expecting to be scanned, and feel they haven’t been provided adequate care if their doctors don’t order a CT.

Relative to an MRI Scan, Cat Scans are also fast and cheap which creates a huge profit margin and, thus, an incentive to hospitals and clinics to use this technology. And patients acquiesce often under duress since the recommendation for a CAT Scan usually happens when there is looming diagnosis of something scarier than the assumed risks of having a CAT Scan.

Even more alarming than the inherent dangers of CAT Scans is the potential risks assumed particularly to women and children. Since the CAT Scan needs to be calibrated for each patient, often times women and children are getting the dose intended for a man’s body. This has happened even at major university hospitals.

If you doctor thinks you need a diagnostic scan, here are a list of questions from Dr. Mercola’s website that you should ask:

  • Is the test really necessary?
  • What difference will it make in my care?
  • Is there a non-radiation alternative, such as ultrasound or MRI?
  • Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology?
  • Will the test use the lowest level of radiation for adequate imaging? (Will it be adjusted for my size, or my child’s size?)
  • Will the scan be limited to the indicated area, and will nearby areas be shielded?

MRI’s are safer because they do not expose the patient to ionizing radiation but they can be cost prohibitive. But when the MRI is ordered with contrast, the patient is exposed to a toxic radioactive heavy metal, Gadolinium. You can read more about the risks of Gadolinium here. If you need an MRI, shop around because prices can vary significantly.

So what are we to do if we have already been exposed? Or if we are about to undergo imaging studies?

If you have  agreed to undergo a CAT Scan or MRI with or without contrast, consider the following strategies for detoxification and to systemically support your body.

CAT SCAN DETOX

Address antioxidant stress:

  • Supplement with vitamin C and CoQ10 (Substitute Ubiquinol if you are over 40). Consider a few Intravenous C treatments which is now an option in some cities at “IV Drip Bars”. Alternatively, take supplements at home. One respected brand is Quiksilver C, which can be found online. It is a liposomal delivery system which increases absorbability.
  • Supplement with Spirulina as recommend by Dr. Joseph Mercola here and here.
  • Supplement with Astaxanthin which, in addition to being an antioxidant, can help protect against radiation exposure. You can read more about Astaxanthin here.
  • Increase super-foods in your diet. Camu, Maqui Berry, Mangosteen, and Moringa are nutritionally dense and antioxidant rich and make great additions to a morning smoothie.

Reduce sources of radiation:

  • Minimize use of Cell Phones which are one of the wort radiation offenders. Keep your phone off, on airplane mode and away from your body. Never put the phone against your head when you are talking. Use the speakerphone or headphones.
  • Reduce Dirty Electricity. Here is a great list from Dr. Joseph Mercola on ways to mitigate EMF exposure.
  • Earthing: Ground your body by walking barefoot on the sand, grass or dirt. Or if you have access to a spring or nearby beach, wade in the water or submerge your body. This practice allows the healing negative ions from the ground to flow into our body which can help to reduce inflammation.

MRI DETOX (with and without contrast)

Gadolinium is a radioactive heavy metal that is often used for contrast in MRI studies. It is frequently found on the heavy metal assay many years after imaging studies, in spite of the fact that, supposedly, it is said to leave the body within hours. Since heavy metal detoxification is a common topic amongst holistic health practitioners, you can use several safe and well tolerated methods to gently chelate this heavy metal after your MRI.

Detoxing Gadolinium

  • First, support circulation, elimination and organ health. Saunas, detox baths (with Epsom Salt, Himalayan Salt or Clay), castor oil liver packs (with Rejuvenate), enemas and/ or colonics, lymphatic massages and skin brushing (with Release) and hydration all help the body to gently mobilize and eliminate heavy metals.
  • Chelation can be helpful as well but it should only be done only under the guidance of a physician that is literate in heavy metal detoxifcation. Since I cannot recommend it, I can only instead suggest ways to support the body’s innate ability to detoxify. In addition to the recommendations listed above, add a multi-mineral supplement to your protocol. Two physician-favorited supplements are Body Balance Minerals and BioPure Micro Minerals. But please start slowly and increase gradually. Minerals displace metals, and you want to do this at a measured pace, a pace your body can handle. You can also try a morning broth of miso and cilantro as recommended by Scott Forsgren, of BetterHealthGuy here.
  • Binders such as Chlorella, Clay, and Activated Charcoal can help to bind the metals so that they are removed through elimination. Here are a few you can ask your doctor about: Takesumi Supreme, Green Clay, Zeobind, Enterosgel, Metal Sweep.
  • EDTA Suppositories (BioPure Skorpios) may provide an at-home treatment. I like this option since it bypasses the gut. Again, this is something to do with the supervision of a practitioner’s support.

To mitigate the EMF exposure from the MRI, refer to recommendations above for radiation mitigation. 

In my case, each imaging study prompted a recommendation for another imaging study and several weeks later, the inflammation from a Staph infection and Mold Exposure are gone because I treated for both, and the mass found on my liver eventually was diagnosed as a common benign hemangioma. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for that. But frankly, in retrospect, I didn’t need the CAT Scans. And let me tell you, I argued even with a well respected physicians to avoid a third CAT Scan, but only after I had done extensive research (and not with a lot of confidence either). But I found a doctor that empowered me to be complicit in the decisions being made about my body and my health.

Regardless of the path you take, there are ways to mitigate the risks and to later support your body’s innate capacity to return to health. The best we can do is to try to help one another to be more proactive and to stand firm in our rights as patients to be complicit in the process of healing. Find doctors that want to work with you and do your part to stay informed and surround yourself with those who will advocate for you when you need it.

Additional Reading:

Public Health Alert, “Detoxification of Heavy Metal with Chelation“.

New York Times, “We are Giving Ourselves Cancer“.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Nearly 30,000 Americans Get Cancer From This One Procedure EVERY Year: Will You?

National Public Radio, “How CT Scans Have Raised Kids’ Risk For Future Cancer

Time Magazine, “Too Many Scans? Use of CT Scans Triples, Study Finds

Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Gadolinium: The MRI Agent Linked to Brain Abnormalities

The Lighthouse Project, “Treatment Possibilities for Gadolinium Toxicity

Fun Fact Friday: Homeopathic Dental Care

Did you know that peppermint deactivates homeopathic remedies?

This is one of the reasons why many holistic physicians and healthcare practitioners, including biological dentists, have become Well Scent vendors and recommend or sell our dental line in-office; when they prescribe a patient a natural protocol that includes homeopathics, they often recommend switching from a mint-based toothpaste to our peppermint-free essential oil mouthwash and dental cleansing powder. This way, the patient is able to preserve both the integrity of their protocol and the health of their smile.

Just for Grins Mouthwash and Toothpaste Replacement

Just for Grins is an all natural mouthwash that includes anti-microbial essential oils that not only cleanse the mouth, but also reduce inflammation and support the immune system and circulatory system systemically. Some of the key players in Just For Grins are Niaouli, Myrrh, Cinnamon and Neem oil. It’s safe for adult smiles and mini smiles alike.

Shine Remineralizer and Toothpaste Replacement

Shine is a natural “toothpaste replacement” that pairs beautifully with our natural mouthwash blends. They’re a match made in heaven when used together on your toothbrush. We have two selections- our formula that contains peppermint oil, or our formula that is peppermint free, and is comprised of Baking Soda, MSM and Clay.Here at Well Scent, our ultimate goal has always been to support our community in their healing endeavors. We hope that our dental blends help our Well Scent family do just that; may your new protocol elevate not only the health of your body, but be equally as nourishing for your spirit and your soul.

Rise, Smile and Shine,
The Well Scent Team

A Physician-Supported Holistic Apothecary

Dr. Josh Axe Essential Oils on Healing Complex Illness

Dr. Josh Axe on Healing Lyme Disease, Parasitic Infections, Chronic Viral Syndromes and Complex Chronic Illness

Renowned naturopathic physician and gifted healer, Dr. Axe, gave a live online presentation on September 27th, 2016, on the key components of overcoming complex chronic illness related to chronic infection. What we loved most about his presentation was his comprehensive look at the larger picture of healing, and how he incorporated not only healing the body but healing the mind and spirit into his protocols. This deeply resonated with our philosophy; we believe that to “heal” is to release all that is not you or that no longer serves you, in order to welcome in joy and allow your true sense of self to take root. Releasing emotional toxicity is as important as releasing physical toxicity in striving to unburden the body; a body cannot thrive while harboring a burdened soul.

And, we love that Dr. Axe has a simple tool for healing both: Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.
In Dr. Axe’s presentation, he spoke primarily of two of our favorite oils- Frankincense and Thyme. He spoke of Frankincense’s powerful immune modulating capabilities and anti-inflammatory effects, and he noted Thyme’s unique balance of gentleness and antimicrobial action. He noted that Thyme is not only a great anti-parasitic and anti-fungal, but it also has a proven effect against chronic Epstein Barr Virus. Here is a direct link to Dr. Axe’s live presentation: goo.gl/Cgv9wF

And here are some of the ways that Dr. Axe likes to use Frankincense and Thyme:

Frankincense- Dabbed on the neck, the bottom of the feet, or on the roof of mouth. By dabbing a drop on your thumb and placing it on the roof of your mouth, Dr. Axe notes that this gives Frankincense the ability to directly access the sinuses and pass the blood-brain barrier.

Thyme- A drop or two mixed in coconut oil and massaged into neck or over lungs. Dr. Axe noted that he further explains the positive effects of Thyme on hormones, skin, the respiratory and circulatory system in a full article dedicated to the oil: https://draxe.com/thyme-oil/ And to foster a sense of joy in one’s healing journey, Dr. Axe recommended one of our favorite oils- Orange Oil.

Dr. Axe beautifully demonstrated the reasoning behind how we blended our Lyme-specific essential oil blends, Balance and Renew. In Balance, we utilize Frankincense, Oregano and Myrrh, which together create a synergistic quality of antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating action. We love Frankincense for Lyme, Oregano for viruses, and parasites detest Myrrh. But what we love most about our Balance blend is that it also contains Orange oil, which we feel gave the blend the levity it needed to not only aid its user in sprouting roots in wellness, but in also fostering wings of joy.

Our Lyme-specific Renew blend is similar in concept but is target more as an anti-fungal by utilizing anti-candida Clove alongside Thyme, Myrrh, and uplifting Orange. Renew is a powerful aid in walking down the path of intestinal healing, but its levity also reminds us to smile along the way.

Our Lyme-Specific, Anti-Fungal and Anti-Parasitic Blends:
Balance: https://well-scent.com/product/balance-antimicrobial/
Renew: https://well-scent.com/product/renew-antimicrobial/

And single oils for self-blending, like soul-soothing Bergamot, Immune tonifying Oregano and inflammation mitigating Frankincense: https://well-scent.com/product-category/single-oils/

Thank you Dr. Axe, for demonstrating the very reason behind why we do what we do. You have our respect, our admiration, and today you are our inspiration.

Happy healing,
The Well Scent Team
Well Scent Essential Oil Blends: http://well-scent.com

Natural Bath Tub Recipe: Roots and Wings

Well Scent natural bath tub recipe

“A bird sitting in a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but in her own wings.”

Trust you.

Sometimes, all we need is a soul reminder. A reminder to trust in our unwavering strength, in our unique gifts, in the wisdom in our bones, the light in our heart, and most of all, our unshakable ability to tap into our innate sense of resilience. This is your soul-reminder that it’s time to use your wings.


Our Natural Bath Tub Recipe “Roots & Wings” Reminder Remedy:

Bath time to refresh your body, restore your spirit, and rejuvenate your soul. A meditative moment to ground into your being, and a gentle reminder of your ability to rise, and use your wings.



Bath Tub Recipe:

1 Cup Epsom Salt (to soak away the pain)
1 Cup Baking Soda (to spark the light that will take its place)
3 Drops Rejuvenate Essential Oil Blend:http://bit.ly/1GBq0sP (to remind the body, mind & spirit that it’s okay to let go)

Pre-Bath Ritual:

A session with a Dry Skin Brush (for lymphatic and energetic wellness, brush away what no longer serves you. Always brush toward the heart. Exhale, and breathe.)

The lighting of a natural soy or beeswax candle (to remind you of the light that burns bright in your soul)

The presence of a healing crystal (clear quartz, to create the sacred space to begin to fluff those wings)

Post-Bath Ritual:

Luminous & Glow, Essential Oil Skin Rejuvenating Serums: http://bit.ly/18KAGGX (to remind you that from the inside out, you already glow. Time to use that inner light to guide you as you use your wings to soar)

Fly free,
The Well Scent Team

Well Scent Healing Remedy Line: https://well-scent.com/

Originally Shared: http://bit.ly/1Re8O0N

Let Her Sleep – Well Scent’s Essential Oils to Help Sleep

“Let her sleep,
For when she wakes,
She will move mountains.”

aroma therapy for sleep

Rest well, sisters. We have mountains to move.

May you remember each night to send love to the warrior in your soul. Rest your tired feet and weary eyes. Give your heart the space to exhale, and your body the chance to breathe before it wakes. And when morning comes, may you be ready to greet the day knowing with every ounce of your self that you will rise, triumph and shine.

Under the Stars: https://well-scent.com/product/under-the-stars/
An Essential Oil Blend for relief from anxiety, insomnia, deep fatigue, aching bones, an aching soul, and restless nights.

The star oils in our blend:


Bergamot
for the release of grief, the balancing of neurotransmitters, and for elevating the spirit. The aroma of joy.
*Oakmoss– for grounding in the present moment, for sprouting roots in moments of peace, and for clearing the space for a quiet mind and unburdened soul,
*Cedarwood– for calming the autonomic nervous system, supporting the liver and kidneys, and for releasing what no longer serves us to make room for unwavering strength.
*Tonka Bean– an aroma reminiscent of cherry, almond and vanilla. It carries the message to your spirit that you can make yourself comfortable now. You are safe here, and you are home.

Sweet dreams, sisters.
Rise to shine.

Candice and The Well Scent Team

The Scent of Empowerment

16143762_1324375367637808_8576860281410891630_o

Moon dust in your lungs
stars in your eyes,
you are a child of the cosmos
and ruler of the skies.

moon graphic_wellscent

To our sisters. To the women who have come together with flowers in their hair and fire in their hearts. To the woken souls who have created safe spaces for one another to stand and be seen, to share their stories, and to finally have a captive audience with stars in their eyes. To all of the individuals that took each others’ hands to walk the streets and leave the scent of hope hanging in the air, and the essence of empowerment lingering in the streets like the wake of a slow moving boat. You are the waves of change. Keep crashing. Keep rolling into tomorrow with your gentle love and earth-shaking power. May you continue to move forward with the confidence that you are not alone. May you always honor the value of the woman beside you, but also never forget your own. May we never stop re-igniting one another’s flames, and together, may we continue to light up the night like the moon illuminates the dark sky.

laurel graphic_wellscent

We created a scent for our empowered sisters, one that celebrates the owning of our feminine power and the grace of our collective strength. It was first created on the night of a full moon, while celebrating the innate balance of gentlenesss and fortitude, sensitivity and tenacity, introspection and evolution, and roots and wings. It is intended to support physical harmony, energetic alignment, emotional release and spiritual expansion. Most of all, our “Over The Moon” blend is energetically imprinted with the essence of connectedness, and is meant for the user to know that on this journey, she does not walk alone.

sunburst

Over The Moon Sacred Perfume & Essential Oil Blend:
*Lotus Blossom Oil, Geranium, Bergamot & Rose*

A dab behind the ear during a meditative moment. A drop on the back of the neck before an empowering yoga pose. A swab on the wrists on a challenging morning. Dabbed over the heart in moments of courage. Sprinkled over the pages where you journal your story. Stashed in your purse as a little reminder that your sisters are always with you, praising you each step of the way.

For more about how Stacy, apothecary owner, came to blend Over The Moon: http://bit.ly/2jntkl5

Over The Moon’s sister blend, Under The Stars: http://bit.ly/1M6UqWg
*An essential oil blend for times of transition, moments of restlessness, and sleepness nights*

With love and moon dust,
Candice and The Well Scent Team

What Your Conventional Dentist Isn’t Telling You & 5 Reasons to Go Holistic

Even if there has been massive damage, the teeth can be repaired. In fact, research tells us that teeth with early cavitation damage can heal themselves once disease is eliminated from the oral environment. Dr. Robert O. Nara, Preventative Dentistry Activist

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

Pst, I am going to let you in on a little secret. Your teeth are alive! Isn’t that incredible?

Teeth contain craniosacral fluid, blood vessels and dentinal fluid. These fluids are intimately connected with other physiological functions in the body. Each tooth also relates to different meridians which are part of the overall energy field of the entire body. Many experts have suggested that up to 80% of autoimmune disorders and imbalances in the body begin with bacteria in the mouth.

So, we think there’s no better reason to go holistic with your dental care, and take the best care of those pearly little living gems. A simple, integrative daily approach to caring for your teeth may not just brighten your smile, but may illuminate and elevate the health of your entire being.

F I V E  R E A S O N S  T O  G I V E  U S  A  T R Y:

1) Our toothpaste replacement system has strong anecdotal support from patients and clinicians amassed over four years (Check them out yourself and read our testimonials from physicians and customers: https://well-scent.com/testimonials/ ).
2) Our dental blends are doctor-supported (M.D., N.D., D.D.S.) – Notably recognized by the esteemed Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt and Klinghardt-trained physicians at Sophia Health Institute and Holistic Healing Arts. Most of our blends are written into patient protocols nationwide.
3) Our dental line is an effective alternative to toxic toothpastes and mouthwashes and hundreds of times more powerful.
4) Our blends are uniquely and synergistically antimicrobial, anti-fungal, analgesic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, yet they are gentle and well tolerated.
5) We commit to keeping our dental products organic and plant-based, with the intent to be nutritively supportive for inflammation, gingivitis, receding gums, cavity prevention and treatment (inhibits plaque), halitosis, sensitivity & canker sores.
.
Check us out with a 15% code active through this weekend (Expires January 16th, 2017), Simply use the code, “alive” during checkout.
.
Healthy Smiles,
Stacy Shuman

Original Instagram Post: http://bit.ly/2jRhLUI.

Next Generation Dental Whitening and How it Supports Overall Health

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

Years ago I was shopping in a popular compounding pharmacy in Austin and saw a new dental whitening blend, containing activated coconut charcoal. I think there was maybe one other ingredient. The advertising was slick, referring to the magic of this product, and the miracle results. The stuff was flying off the shelves. At the time, I personally used activated coconut charcoal but purchased in bulk and kept the charcoal under the sink for years at a time. I couldn’t understand how people were paying so much money for activated coconut charcoal when you could buy it online for literally one-tenth the price of that pre-packaged charcoal at the pharmacy.
star anise graphic_wellscent
Because of my personal interest in holistic wellness and the indisputable connection between oral health and overall health, I decided I would try to develop a product that was efficacious beyond dental whitening. My love of product development inspired a search for herbs that would be a powerful adjunct to the activated coconut charcoal.
star anise graphic_wellscent

Eventually I created “Sparkle”, a blend that quickly became a best seller with our customers and venders. Sparkle is a natural alternative to toxic mainstream teeth whitening treatments. And while you are happily whitening your teeth, you are also taking herbs directly into your mucosal system that are fortifying systemically. Rather than adding to the body’s toxic burden while whitening your smile, Sparkle utilizes earth’s gifts to detox the mouth, eliminate plaque and naturally brighten and strengthen dental enamel, while supporting the body systemically as well.
Here are a few of the ingredients in Sparkle, and why we selected them for this blend:

  • Myrrh has been used as a healing plant for thousands of years. It is an excellent antiseptic with high concentrations of volatile oils. It helps increase macrophage activity, thereby raising the potency of our protective shield (surface immune system). Myrrh is particularly effective for sore throats and infections of the mouth, gums, sinuses and upper respiratory system.
  • Plantain is an herbalist favorite for it’s wide range of uses. It is highly nutritive plant that contains fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, zinc and copper, as well as vitamins A, C and K. It is also a rich source of numerous phytochemicals, including allantoin, glycosides, phenols, salicylic acid and tannins. Phytochemicals are antioxidant compounds found naturally in plants that prevent free radical induced damage in the body and thereby help to prevent and treat disease in humans. The International College of Herbal Medicine states that plantain leaf has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibiotic and immune-stimulating properties.
  • Baking soda has been shown to neutralize acids in the mouth which reduces the amount of acid-loving bacteria that cause cavities. Baking soda has also been shown to reduce dental plaque. It will naturally and gently remove surface stains.
  • Red Root helps facilitate the clearing of dead cellular tissue from the lymph system which enhances the healing process. This herb has a strong affinity for the lymphatic system to include the lymph nodes, tonsils and entire back of throat, spleen, appendix and liver. Several of the compounds found in Red Root have been found active against various oral pathogens including Streptococcus mutans, Actinomyces viscous, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella intermedia.
  • Studies have shown that Neem can benefit oral health by reducing plaque and bacteria. It is antioxidant and mineral-rich (zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorous and potassium) and is generally well tolerated and particularly useful in cases of gingivitis.
  • Echinacea has an extremely broad spectrum of actions (analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, immune modulator, immune stimulant, stimulates antibody production) and extensive studies have shown that it can have a powerful impact on the activity of viruses (HIV and certain strains of influenza), and bacteria (numerous strains of Candida, Streptococcus pyogenes, Haemophilus influenza, Propionbacterium and Legionella pneumophila).

And that is how I conceived of an elevated dental whitening blend, a product that goes beyond whitening to support the body more systemically as well.

And if you prefer keeping things simple, order a bag of activated coconut charcoal and just use that. I promise, that works wonderfully for dental whitening.
Keep Smiling. xo

Next Level Oil Pulling: Elevate Your Dental Health Game

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-8-50-36-am

photo credit @onepartgypsy

Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental practice that in recent times, has gained recognition by healthcare practitioners, holistic physicians and biological dentists for its unique ability to not only reverse tooth decay and heal gum disease, but to also systemically support the immune system, cardiovascular system, and neurological health. Many holistic practitioners are discovering that our dental health may not just be an important piece to our health puzzle, but it may in fact be the very roots in which our wellness lays. Perhaps our health is deeply rooted in the health of our mouth. In Dr. Joseph Mercola‘s article on oil pulling, he further explains the connection between our dental and physical health: http://bit.ly/2jrC7ja

sunburst

The practice involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for around 10-20 minutes. Coconut oil can help to reverse tooth decay (pst, dental cavities, if shallow, are simple tooth infections that can be reversed). Coconut oil can also decrease inflammation which is helpful for those with receding gums. But the added systemic benefit of oil pulling boosts the immune system, which makes this practice especially useful during flu season.
sunburst
If you want to elevate your oil pulling practice, try adding 2-3 drops of your favorite dental oil blend. I love using Watch Your Mouth or Just for Grins, but other oils, if intended to be taken internally, can also be used. If you want to use a single oils, use any of the oils I have used with our dental blends, but remember when you are working with single oils, to use with caution. Start with one drop and see how that feels before adding any more and if you are working with a very strong oil, you can even create a small jar of coconut oil pre-mixed with your oils to leave on the bathroom counter.

sunburst

Now, go be wellness warriors my friends.
Be Well. xo

Original post: http://bit.ly/2ji4Oio

An Aromatherapists Favorite Essential Oil

sunburst

I started sourcing and collecting exotic organic and wildcrafted oils more than a year before I opened my business. One by one, I would learn everything I could about a new oil, then search far and wide until I found the best source for that oil. And while I had a vague idea of how an oil would smell (i.e. woody, floral, grassy, etc.,), when each box arrived, I would shake with excitement as I would fumble through tape, cardboard and the tamper resistant bands, until finally, I could gingerly hold the precious essence cupped between my hands for an introduction.

On a deep level, I would intuitively connect mind + body + spirit with the magic within each oil, and the mysticism and sound science that grounded this art was satisfying intellectually. It spoke perfectly to my personality, and to my health challenges with Lyme Disease.

With that, there have been a few oils that have become my personal favorites over the years. My recommendations are for oils that are versatile with gorgeous fragrances, oils that work powerfully to shift our beings into a more grounded place of strength.

leaves

Cistus ladanifer – A favorite Essential Oil

essential oils Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

This fragrant oil is known as an immune system stimulator, and can help to fight off colds, coughs and flus, as well as candida, urinary tract and bladder infections. It has also been traditionally used to normalize menstrual bleeding, improve circulation and ease various types of inflammation and tension. It disrupts biofilms which are colonies that are secreted by bacteria so that the bacteria can evade detection by our immune system. But, more than that, Cistus is just one of those oils that people love. It is rich and spicy, honey-like and slightly floral. It has been historically used for centuries in ceremony. It is a wonderful aid for yoga, meditation and prayer. This grounding oil is ideal for people that have suffered a loss or feel out of control or disorganized.

Now go out there and be wellness warriors friends.

? Be Well. ?

xo, Stacy Shuman

Find Cistus in our apothecary here.

Sophia Health Institute Supports Little Lyme Fighters

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-7-34-17-am

During the season of giving, this cause is by far the nearest and dearest to our hearts.

Some of our customers and community members may not know this, but Well Scent is a small business run entirely by a team of women, women that happen to also be Lyme Disease Survivors and Wellness Warriors. We dedicate each moment of the day to healing and each intention that we personally or professionally set is sent into the Universe with wellness and wholeness in mind. Our greatest inspirations are the doctors and practitioners that have not only supported our apothecary, but the very ones who have guided us in our own journeys to health. Our apothecary would not be where it is today without the practitioners of the Sophia Health Institute, but neither would the team members behind it. We are eternally grateful for our practitioners’ wisdom, benevolence and support.

While these practitioners may be our biggest inspiration, do you know who our biggest heroes are? The children and young adults who rise each and every day to fight this disease. They are our heroes.

That’s why our hearts are filled with joy this season to see our Sophia Health Institute practitioners vowing to support LymeLight Foundation, a foundation that is rooted deeply in hope. Lymelight offers grants to children and their families who are struggling to afford treatment for Late Stage Lyme Disease and associated complex chronic illness. Because Lyme Disease treatment is almost entirely uncovered by insurance, many struggling children go without the treatment that they need to thrive. Lymelight doesn’t just gift children hope for better days; Lymelight saves futures. Today, Lymelight can officially say that they have awarded treatment grants totaling at over $2 million and have supported 391 children in 42 different states. It’s been a true gift to watch Lymelight grant children the ability to be treated by practitioners like the ones at Sophia Health Institute. What a beautiful partnership and in our minds and hearts, the most worthy of our support this season.

There is no greater gift that you can give a child than the gift of health.

Sophia has vowed to match every donation made to Lymelight this season, up to $5,000. So please, join the effort to heal the youth of our mending community and donate to LymeLight Foundation this season. Your donation will not only make double the impact, but it may just be the donation that changes a child’s entire life.

Learn More: http://bit.ly/SophiaLymeLight

With holiday thoughts and well wishes,
The Well Scent Team
http://well-scent.com/

Originally posted here.

 

Loving Kindness and Bath Recipes

“The first element of true love is loving kindness. The essence of loving kindness is being able to offer happiness. You can be the sunshine for another person. You can’t offer happiness until you have it for yourself. So build a home inside by accepting yourself and learning to love and heal yourself. Learn how to practice mindfulness in such a way that you can create moments of happiness and joy for your own nourishment. Then you have something to offer the other person.” –Thich Nhat Hanh


So during the season of loving kindness, remember that showing up to a gathering with an armful of boxes wrapped in paper and bows may be valuable, but the most invaluable presence of all is the being that walks into the gathering with a glow. The person who walks in with joy to share, and an internal burning flame ready to re-ignite the lights of others. That is the greatest, and most memorable, gift of all. So set the intention this season to be the candle in the winter night. Nurture your own warmth, your innate shimmer, and allow yourself the space to make sure that your smile’s roots lay deep in your authentically joyful soul. You are the glowing gift. The rest is just extra confetti.

A Gift of Loving Kindness
One for me, and one for you.

  • Epsom Salts from San Francisco Salt Company
  • A Beeswax Candle from Bee Organic
  • Over The Moon Sacred Attar and Essential Oil Blend
  • Or, Under The Stars Sacred Attar and Essential Oil Blend
  • The Recipe for a “Soul Bath”: 1 cup Epsom Salt, 1 Cup Baking Soda, 4 drops Essential Oil

otm

And a loving mantra: “I am the light”

May you soak in the glow of your own luminous soul.

Shine on,
With loving kindness,
The Well Scent Team

Originally Posted here.

 

 

Our Story Plus Ways to Gift Frankincense

When I think about the last four years in business and the continued support of our community, I am filled with gratitude. If not for all of you, I wouldn’t be sitting in front of my computer today, reflecting on the journey and sharing our story once again. If not for you, we wouldn’t have a platform to share our vision for healing, mind and body.

And our story is an unconventional one. During the same period in which I was effectively disabled from Lyme Disease and Mold Illness, I was asked to share several products I had developed (for personal use) with patients at Sophia Health Institute in Woodinville, Wa. and customer’s at People’s Pharmacy in Austin, TX. The business model, infrastructure, branding and formulations, were all created during the most painful and challenging period in my life, which was also a time when I connected more to a sacred path, my personal power, and the inherent gifts I had forgotten when I was too busy living in the “real world”. The women that would join me along the way were similarly fighting to regain their health and had also chosen a spiritual path for meeting those challenges.

Soon we were supported with testimonials and letters of gratitude, and the community we initially hoped to inspire became our source of inspiration. The business was promoted by esteemed practitioners and celebrities alike, but more importantly, we parlayed what we knew about complex illness to discover unmet needs of many with chronic illness. We shared how we were meeting those challenges and the narrative between our brand and community inspired and energized the path.

But it hasn’t been easy. Like many small businesses, we faced challenges, not the least of which was competing in a market where MLS’s rule. But we carry on, believing there is still a market for discriminating consumers looking for organic and wildcrafted blends, and a company that is on a mission to make a difference.

If you have been following us for awhile, you know that we are not promotion-driven. Our newsletters are infrequent, but when they go out, the content is unique. Content for our social media pages is similarly thoughtful; the focus is not on sales or moving product, it is about sharing resources for healing.

But today we have to get behind entrepreneurs and small businesses, because who doesn’t love handcrafted goods and unique services and the beautiful stories of small companies that started with nothing but an idea? It is not easy to compete with large corporate companies. Small businesses work twice as hard with a fraction of the budget. It is a tireless endeavor and most entrepreneurs give up a lot to do what they do.

With our deepest acknowledgement of gratitude and in homage to fellow entrepreneurs, please take advantage of our promotion. Use “shopsmall” for 20% off your oder through this Monday, November 28th. And to inspire your holiday shopping, I curated a short list of reasons to gift Frankincense.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

Product Tips for Using Frankincense:

? Studies have shown that Frankincense contains powerful anti-cancer properties, and also protects cells from radiation damage. This makes Frankincense a great support for anyone undergoing treatment for cancer. For friends or family struggling with cancer, this is a wonderfully nourishing and supportive treatment. Ways to gift Frankincense? Send a bottle with other self-care items.
? For loved ones that travel frequently, send a holiday gift bag of epsom salts, a bottle of Frankincense, and a natural sponge. Add a recipe card to basket or bag (1 cup Epson Salts plus 5 drops of Frankincense) to help cleanse the body of accumulated positive ions and radiation from flying.
? To mitigate holiday stress, Frankincense encourages deep breathing, which can directly support the immune and nervous system. Send a bottle of Frankincense with a non-toxic beeswax candle.
? For the yogi in your family, send Frankincense to use during meditation and yoga. Add yoga socks or a new Yoga Journal magazine.
? For those wanting to ground their energy in the home, use 5 drops of Frankincense in a diffuser. Other complimentary holiday inspired oils to add for a diffuser blend; orange, cedar, pine or rosemary.

Hope this was helpful! Feel free to add some of your favorite tips for using Frankincense below!

Seeking Balance

essential oil aromatherapy balance

We love when Well Scent’s Founder and Aromatherapist, Stacy, shares her wisdom with us, and invaluable insight into the background of each of our powerful blends. This was on Stacy’s heart this morning:

“The blends we carry are multi-faceted, nuanced and touched by the power of energetic medicine. They are also balanced blends.
This means, for example, if a blend has an antimicrobial focus, there will also be oils to support circulation, immune, emotional and organ health. We approach every blend this way.

With that, when I developed Balance, I was inspired to select oils that would work with Lyme Disease and other infections, but I also added complementary oils to support the nervous system. It is of particular importance to support the body this way when chronic or complex infections are present.

However, Balance can also be used for supporting emotional health. The citrus alongside Vetiver and Frankincense make this blend a powerful ally for those with anxiety.

Here are some ways I suggest utilizing Balance:

  • Use as natural immune system support or flu prevention by dabbing under the nose, over lymph nodes on the neck, near the clavicle, over the spleen (left side of abdomen) or in the bellybutton. For school age children, place a few drops on the bottom of their feet before they put their shoes and socks on before school.
  • For antimicrobial treatment for Lyme Disease and chronic infection, may be taken internally. Begin with 1 drop shaken vigorously in 4-6 ounces of purified water one time a day and work up to two drops three times a day. The same dose can be taken using capsules. For sensitive individuals, this blend is just as effective (but gentler) when used topically either on the bottom of the feet, the center of the chest, on the neck, behind each ear or on the temples.
  • Balance is also effective against infection-induced skin rashes. Dab a few drops on a cotton ball and swipe over rash or irritated skin.”

Under the light of tonight’s powerful full supermoon, we are wishing you manifested balance. We wish our Well Scent family, and beyond, physical peace and emotional levity. We wish you the delicate balance of grounded roots and expanded wings, and most of all, we wish you a future full of health, wholeness and love.

The Well Scent Team

The Magic of Scent and its Connection to the Soul

Apothecary Founder, Stacy, Shares Some Words

“Ten years ago, if someone had told me I would be working with aromatherapy and essential oils, I would have thought that person was bonkers. But when I started learning about essential oils, everything changed.

Since then, my hope has always been to use our platform as a business to connect others with the art and science of botanical medicine.

3 Fun Facts About the Sense of Smell

*Did you know that the average healthy person can distinguish between ten and forty thousand odors, many on a subliminal level? Isn’t that spectacular? This explains why essential oils work not only with the body, but also the spirit and the mind.

*Did you know that smell relays messages from our outer world directly to the brain, influencing the physical body, mind and emotions? Aromatherapy permits us to access our subconscious, (which is not an easy thing to do, by the way!). Pretty cool, right?

*Did you know that olfactory nerve cells regenerate every thirty to sixty days? Our bodies were designed to support olfactory health, so that we could experience the inherent healing and protection that comes with our sense of smell.

Now imagine you are smelling a bouquet of flowers or think about the fragrances that bring you joy, such as a holiday meal, or the scent of a fresh lemon that has just been cut open. Can you feel anything in your body when you’re tapping into those olfactory memories? I bet you can! Pretty powerful, right?” – Stacy Shuman, Aromatherapist and Founder of Well Scent Apothecary

And today, for all of you souls that may need it, we wanted to share with you what we call our “bottled joy”:

The fresh scent of joy, inter-connectedness, and new beginnings:

Breathe

Comprised of:

*Frankincense- a grounding aroma, to remind our body and our spirits of our connection not only to nature and the planet, but to our fellow loving hearts whom walk it.

*Roman Chamomile- The comforting and happy scent of home. The scent of Grandma’s tea, of cozy Autumn evenings, and of an embrace full of unconditional love.

*Spruce- An awakening and refreshing tone, to open the lungs, clear the mind, and re-invigorate the spirit. The component of our Breathe blend that offers a brighter morning, and acts as a reminder that it’s never too late for a new beginning.

Wishing you a breath of joy,
The Well Scent Team

Finding Your Own Peaceful Abyss

otm

“Let there be an opening into the quiet that lies beneath the chaos, where you find the peace you did not think possible and see what shimmers within the storm.” -John O. Donohue

Allow something simple to be that opening into your own peaceful abyss- a scent, a sound, a taste, a sacred place in time and space. The light that will begin to glow within that discovered peaceful moment….that’s you. You are the shimmer shining gently within the storm. Every time you find that sense of peace amidst the chaos, your light is allowed to shine a little bit brighter. As those quiet and peaceful moments appear more frequently, your light gets bigger and the storm brews slower, and before you know it, you are the sunshine. You have the power to shine away the darkness. May you discover that the darkness was never bigger than you, and the peace you never thought possible was always deep within.

Shimmer on,
The Well Scent Team

Peace-promoting Well Scent Aromatherapy Blends: https://well-scent.com

Well Scent’s Over The Moon and Under The Stars EssentialOil Blends: https://well-scent.com/product-category/emotional-support/
A dab on the temples, a few drops in the bath, a dash on your pillow. Breathe in peace.

Well Scent is Moving!

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-2-42-21-pm

photo by @lexibrookephotography

For more than a year my husband I have lived a more nomadic life, feeling out the landscape and culture in the Pacific Northwest and more recently the Bay Area and the California wine country. The last few weeks we have been in Santa Barbara. Frequently referred to as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is a soulful town. The surrounding pink-hued mountains, quiet long stretches of beautiful white sandy beaches and expansive sky are incredibly inspiring, but it is the people and community in Santa Barbara that make this place so lovely. In almost a month, I have had more than a dozen strangers offer to help us with our move. Yesterday, someone I haven’t even formally met gifted us beautiful housewarming gifts; an angel and a Buddha for the yard. I feel that is a beautiful blessing for this new home and adventure in our life. And the last several years when I fought dearly to save my own life, I could not have conceived of a more perfect outcome.

Healing is possible. Keep the faith my friends.

With love, Stacy Shuman

Originally shared: goo.gl/6qE4y7

 

New branding planned for 2017

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-10-05-45-am

We have some exciting news!

We are continuing our incredible partnership with the beautiful and talented Jaime Didio Aoyama of Studio Aiuto to update branding to reflect current trends and also to help our customers experience the vividness of nature through one-dimensional media.

Even though our branding and marketing materials are already stunning (thank you Jaime!), we love the opportunity to “wow” our community. Every investment we have made in the past to refine or elevate the customer’s experience has been received by all of you with so much support.

We look forward to sharing this new branding with you and we hope you love the brand “refresh” as much as we love all of you! Just a note, the piccture here reflects the most recent iteration, which will soon be tweaked slightly.

On another note, I am personally energized by these partnerships with women that lead powerfully in business, as entrepreneurs, leaders and as mentors. I an intentional about checking in with other women for inspiration, which has less to do with businee and more to with self-actualization, and maintaing a connection to the things that bring me joy.

What brings you joy? Feel free to share your sources for inspiration in the comments below.

Thank you for letting me share our good news with you and for the continued support.

And for more information on our branding strategist and graphic designer, please see the link below. http://www.studioaiuto.com

Smiles, Stacy Shuman, Founder

Crystal and Aromatherapy Pairings

Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 11.26.52 AM

Exciting Crystal and Apothecary News!

Each of our essential oil remedies is now paired with a healing crystal upon blending, and is energetically imprinted with the healing vibration of the unique stone’s properties.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.55.58 PM

“The truth that we can heal, we must learn again. Medicine is in our hearts and also in the heart of that which we call the Universe.” -‪Nikola Tesla‬

When Well Scent first began, Stacy knew that each blend she crafted needed to be special. What was going to set Well Scent and its offerings apart? It wasn’t going to solely be the integrity of each ingredient in each and every blend; it would also be the intention behind choosing it. It became clear that Stacy was called to provide the community with bottled opportunities to holistically heal, on a level that spanned beyond physical wellness- lovingly and intentionally crafted plant-based remedies energetically imprinted for healing. Well Scent’s foundation may be deeply rooted in plant-based medicine and natural physical healing, but the energetic imprint and the concept of vibrational medicine is what gives each blend its wings. Each essential oil blended speaks to the body, and the vibration of the blend is what touches the heart and soul.

“The entire biological system, the brain and the earth itself, work on the same frequencies.” -Nikola Tesla

Before crystals entered the apothecary, each of our blends was imprinted with pure intentions relative to the healing purpose of the remedy, and sent with the frequencies of love, empowerment, connection, grounding, hope, balance, joy, peace, and sacred wisdom. Each ingredient and oil gifted from nature also possessed its own unique healing frequency, allowing a physical body’s vibration an opportunity to match the vibration of elements of our earth. In an effort to enhance the connection to the healing vibrations of not only our earth but of our Universe, we have now paired each blend with a crystal that possesses a strong and pure healing vibration similar to the unique intention of the blend. It is as our friend and crystal guru Hibiscus Moon expresses, “vibrational frequencies communicate in so many ways varied ways we’re just not evolved enough to perceive.” Though we may not be able to perceive them with our conscious mind, we can feel them, and receive their moving messages in our heart, and hear them with our soul.

Our Blends and their Accompanied Crystals, Now Married and Vibrating in a Beautiful Friendship:

 

Over The Moon and Peach Moonstone, The “Goddess Stone”
Moonstone is a beautifully empowering stone for women. It supports the revitalization of both the 2nd and the 6th chakras, supporting the hormonal and endocrine system with a unique completeness. It aids in the healing of the pituitary gland, the ovaries, and the uterus, and is said to also physically, emotionally and spiritually assist women struggling with fertility challenges. Peach moonstone specifically possesses a divine feminine essence, assisting intuitive women to own their gifts and step into their innate power and their light. Its delicate hue reminds us to own the beauty of the radiant goddess that resides deep in our natural being.
Over the Moon Sacred Attar

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.11 PM

Under The Stars and Blue Calcite, The “Stone of Peace”
Blue Calcite is known to be one of the most soothing stones on the planet. It is powerfully cleansing, yet possesses a gentle ethereal presence allowing us the serene time and space to release what no longer serves us with ease and grace. It aids in clearing the mind, unburdening the heart, and re-introducing a spirit-driven joy to the soul. With blue calcite, peace flows like a forest’s stream, trickling through the tranquility of night.
Under The Stars Sacred Attar

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.11 PM

Sparkle and Lepidolite, The “Unafraid to Sparkle” Stone
Lepidolite is a glittering stone that is made up of mica that has taken up residence around a core of pink tourmaline. This creates a magical crystal rooted in pink tourmaline’s message of self love and self esteem, surrounded by lepidolite’s essence of bright optimism and loving acceptance. Lepidolite is an encouraging support for those in transition, its sparkly presence reminding us to be confident in our ever-growing and expanding light, and to be unafraid to walk forward and shine.
Sparkle Dental Care 

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.11 PM

Shine and Mookaite Jasper, The “Stone of Grace”
Mookaite Jasper embodies grace. It aids our spirit in recognizing the beauty in our lessons, the truth in our experiences, and the wisdom in our soul. It allows us the space to integrate our life’s lessons into our way of being, and walk forward with a quiet confidence that only comes with enlightened understanding. Mookaite Jasper allows us the opportunity to recognize our unique and innate beauty, and in that state of knowing, shine.
Shine Dental Care

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.11 PM

Just For Grins and Sunstone, The “Stone of Joy”
Sunstone is like a “smile in a stone”. It gently eases the heart chakra to open and let love in, and to feel the joy that exists all around us, readily available at our fingertips. Sunstone is one of nature’s happiest gifts, reminding us to cherish moments, laugh often, and never forget to hug the ones we love. It is said to carry the energy of sunshine, reminding our spirit that regardless of life’s season, we can shine brighter than the sun.
Just for Grins

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.11 PM

Watch Your Mouth and Prasiolite/Green Quartz, “The Honest Stone”
In addition to the cleansing and purifying properties of clear quartz, green quartz is said to speak specifically to the heart. It cleanses and clears both the 4th (heart) chakra and the 7th chakra, allowing both our mind and our heart to see the truth, hear the truth, and live our truth. Green quartz aligns our heart and our mind, healing our connection to the true essence of who we are and what we know to be our true life’s path. It allows us to release all that was not meant for us, so we can continue to move forward in our journey of becoming who we were always meant to be.
Watch Your Mouth

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.11 PM

Balance and Spotted Jasper, The “Stone of Grounded Balance”
In ancient tradition and ceremony, jasper has been an invaluable tool for grounding and balancing the mind, body and spirit. Spotted jasper, specifically, is known to be a powerful balancer of Yin and Yang. Known fondly as the “Supreme Nurturer”, it offers grounding in times of confusion or challenge, and re-introduces balance and peace to a struggling spirit. Turn to spotted jasper to stabilize the root chakra, nurture the seventh chakra, and remind your spirit that it is safe to come home.
Balance Blend

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.11 PM

Renew and Moss Agate, The “Regrowth Reminder”
Moss agate is the stone of new beginnings. It acts as a reminder to our body, our spirit and our soul that our being is much like a rich forest, ever-able to revitalize and regrow. Enlightened gardeners love moss agate, because it is said that when it is buried in a flower pot or strewn throughout the soil of a garden, it has proven to increase and encourage new plants to grow. Our body receives the very same message from the encouraging stone: it is safe to sprout roots, you are able to rise tall, and now is your time to abundantly flourish.
Renew Blend

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.11 PM

Release and Rhodonite, The “Stone of Release”
Rhodonite is known to be a valuable crystal for one’s spiritual “first aid kit”. It has been used traditionally as an aid in rituals to release the energy of painful experiences of the past, and to heal the place within us where that energy once resided. Specifically nurturing to the fourth chakra, Rhodonite encourages the healing of emotional wounds and the forgiveness of the source of past pain. It uplifts the mind, body and spirit and offers an invitation into a higher vibrational state of being, a state of vibrant wellness, grounded wholeness and joy.
Release Blend

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.11 PM

Resolve and Lapis Lazuli, The “Speak your Truth” Stone
Both protective and cleansing, Lapis Lazuli is known to be a stone that clears and shields the throat chakra, allowing us to speak our truth without hesitancy, boundaries or barriers, but with security and protection. Lapis Lazuli’s sends an empowering message not only to our fifth chakra, but to our entire being, that it is safe to tell our story, and to speak and live our truth. Lapis Lazuli reminds our body of its indomitable strength, our mind of its fortitude, and our spirit of the beauty that lays in our story, waiting to be shared.
Resolve Blend

With the vibration of love, wellness and wholeness,
The Well Scent Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 4.12.40 PM

Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.25 PM

Here at Well Scent, we don’t just view our customers as customers. We view them as our family. Those who surround Well Scent are our people, our clan, our community, our motivation, our inspiration and our tribe. We are forever grateful for how each of you has allowed us into your journey, and for the opportunity to play a small role in each of your evolving paths. Thank you for being such an invaluable part of ours. We have consistently felt surrounded by high vibrational beings and breathtakingly beautiful spirits. Your energy only feeds ours, and continues to validate our message and affirm our purpose as a whole. Thank you for resonating with our intent and for sharing your own goals, dreams and aspirations with us. May we all walk forward together, assuring that each of us continues to shine. Here’s to growing strength, expanding opportunities, newfound wellness and an illuminated future.

Good Vibes from the Well Scent Tribe

“The Well Scent blends are founded in science but what I love most about them is that they feel so magical. My current favorite is Balance which I am using for Lyme and co-infections. I had intended to take it internally, but it just smelled far too amazing not to use externally too. I massaged it on my neck and clavicle before bed and drifted off amidst the warmest, woodiest most decadent blend of orange, wood and plant resins imaginable. The next morning I slept through my friend talking to me, asking if I wanted coffee. I am the lightest sleeper, so I knew this was a very special product right then. While it’s made as an antimicrobial, I’m actually even more impressed by the deep deep sleep – I can’t imagine anything more healing. Next I’m trying Under the Stars, I’ve heard such remarkable things about it!” -Wellness Blogger Mika http://bit.ly/1QPeee9

“Candice mentioned she had shared my feedback on our first purchase but to tell you directly, we are astounded at the effectiveness of the Relieve Oil for our son Hayden. He has managed to be on his feet everyday since we started using it two weeks ago. It has given me such hope!!! Thank you for creating such amazing, healing products, you are truly impacting peoples lives! I am a total believer now!!!! Looking forward to trying more products for him and me….placing another order today.” -April, Well Scent Community Member & ‪#Lyme‬ Warrior Mom

“I incorporate the Well-Scent line of products into nearly every patient protocol that I write. I love the vitality of the oils that are so thoughtfully and lovingly chosen for their healing effects. The research and intention behind every formulation is reflected in the clinically effective and energetically beautiful products. Almost all of my patients have trouble with lymphatic stagnation and the combination of the Release lymphatic and sinus oil blend with ultrasonic vibration is incredibly effective for breaking up thick mucus and biofilms.” – Dr. Dahlgren of Holistic Healing Arts http://bit.ly/1LCtdMk

“I was introduced to Well-Scent’s oils from our friends Ron and Lisa. As a Lifestyle Nutritionist and Cellular Healing Coach I am always looking for the best tools, products and ways to help myself and other women heal and feel their absolute best! I received my “Over the Moon” bottle right before I went to Tony Robbins UPW and I used it everyday. I felt so much more hormonally balanced overall. I also scanned myself upon my return with my Biofeedback Device and for the 1st time my ENTIRE Endocrine system was balanced and equal! I could feel the power and balance of my beauty and femininity. I now recommend this oil to most women, as it is transformational on the emotional, well-being and physical aspects helping to align us with our Truest self.” -Anna Scurry, Biofeedback Practitioner of Queen Esther Society

More Well Scent Testimonials Can Be Found Here: https://well-scent.com/testimonials/

Blends mentioned above:

Journey on, luminous community. And never forget the hope in your story, beauty in your truth, and the light in your unique presence. Keep showing up, keep sharing, and keep shining.

With love and gratitude, 
The Well Scent Team

Creating Zen Habits

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

Zen Habits. An Adventure a Week

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.55.58 PM

While keeping the momentum and excitement for the warmth of the year to come, we must remember to set aside time to tap back into the core of who we are, reminding ourselves of why we do the things we do, who is important to us, loving memories of moments past, all while recognizing the habits we want to hold onto vs. the ones that we can slowly let go of.

Slowing Down:

It’s hard, but certainly not impossible. If we start small, at 15 minutes a week, building off of that and the positive motives that come from these moments, then we’ll eventually be able to make this zen habit second nature, and before you know it your bag will be packed, the tea will be made, and you’ll be on your way to some much needed self-love. You’ll be on your way to a life based around flow and intuition, not to do lists.

*Here are a few zen essentials, but feel free to mix them up, take things away, or add in a few of your own creations. Also, this zen habit can simply be you and your thoughts, nothing else. 

Your Zen Adventure Guide:

What You’ll Need:

Where to go:

  • The Park Down the Road
  • An Open Meadow
  • Shore of a Lake
  • Your Back Yard
  • Somewhere peaceful, quiet, and preferably filled with the sweet aromas of nature

Making Habit:

  • Start Slowly, 15 minutes, building by 5 every week
  • Allow for forgiveness when slip ups happen
  • Get excited. No adventure is too small, so let yourself to look forward to this time every week that you get to spend with yourself
  • Let go, but make sure it’s done with ease, love, and positive intentions.

 

With wildflowers + fairy dust,

The Well Scent Team 

A Walking Meditation

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 11.31.20 AM

Finding Your Walking ‪Meditation‬

“When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset. Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet. Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take. Find yourself in the appreciation of life.” -‪ChristyAnnMartine‬

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.19 PM

When was the last time you noticed the color of the sky above you? Or the last time you took a sacred moment to feel the pulse of the ground beneath your feet?

Do you remember what it feels like to feel the wind on your face? Or to hear the sound of your own heart beating in the gentle quiet of nature, the rhythm of your breath beginning to match the rhythm of the swaying brush? This is what it feels like to remember that you are alive. Sometimes, the simple reminder of how very alive we truly are allows us to let go of all of the things that we once were, no longer are, or may never be. In this moment, you are here, living and breathing in perfect imperfection. And in this very moment, that is more than enough.

Even the flowers who have not yet fully blossomed possess an invaluable presence and breathtaking beauty. A sunflower isn’t born with petals, yet every important moment of being alive is spent, with a quietly rooted stance and humble pride, turning its face toward the sun.
So take a moment this weekend. Take many moments. Paint your soul with the color of a sunset, awaken your being with the scent of fresh grass, set your heart free in the unpredictable magic of the wind. Breathe in the true essence of what it means to be here, grounded in this moment, and to be alive.

Balance, Pause for Peace & Breathe, our meditative ‪aromatherapy‬ blends.

Wishing you vibrant moments of full of love and life,
The Well Scent Team

Frequently Asked Questions: What Do Our Essential Oil Blends Smell Like?

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 11.29.13 AM

Well Scent ‪Aromatherapy‬ Q&A:

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.55.58 PM

Connecting with our community and our Well Scent family is the best part of our jobs. Each week, we’re able to hear your personal stories and address a number of your questions and curiosities. One of the most common questions that we receive about our ‪#‎essentialoil‬ blends, besides “can I eat this?”, would be the age- old aromatherapy question “what does _______ oil smell like?”. It’s one of the most important questions of all! If you’re going to bathe in our essential oils (both literally and figuratively), it’s important to know a bit about what you and your world will smell like after your first experience with Well Scent’s blends. So join Candice and Chloe as they each uncap a few of their favorites, and describe the scent that begins to fill the room.

This week’s Aromatherapy Question: “What does Well Scent’s ________ blend smell like?”

 

  • Candice describes “Under The Stars“: I imagine Under the Stars smelling like a lush forest on a warm summer’s night. It also has sweet undertones, the comforting scent of vanilla and citrus lingering behind the initial grounding, mossy aroma. My first thought when I first smelled Under The Stars? This smells like I’m eating a decadent dessert in the middle of a forest. Who brought cake to my meditation?
    *Under The Stars, Sleep Aid and Sacred Attar: http://bit.ly/1M6UqWg
  • Chloe describes “Over The Moon“: A wave of calm serenity washes over me, as I breathe in the magic of rose, bergamot, sandalwood, and frankincense, for I know that I am home. Over The Moon smells like the candles that my mom lights every time we sit down to dinner. They are warm scents, often geranium and rose. It’s like I don’t even have to think, the scent just wraps me up in the warmest of blankets, calming and nurturing me down to my core. When the smell of Over The Moon ignites that magnectic warmth within, it gives me the strength I need to go forth knowing that in my heart I will always carry the comfort of my home.
    *Over The Moon, Endocrine Support and Meditation Aid: http://bit.ly/1pqVBiS
  • Candice describes “Renew“: Renew: Have you ever walked through an orange grove in California on a crisp Fall day, while sipping a mug of freshly mulled wine? Yea, me neither. But having grown up in California, knowing the vibrant sense-awakening aroma of a sunny Fall day, I have an inkling that this is exactly what our Renew blend smells like. Its beautiful, awakening and yet subtly comforting blend of Blood Orange oil, Cinnamon and Clove smells of sweet ripened citrus and warm spiced wine. The earthy undertones of Myrrh and Thyme remind me of Autumn leaves crunching beneath my feet. So, in the middle of January when the rest of the world is frost bitten and blue, I feel as though uncapping “Renew” invites the vibrant and colorful essence of Autumn to fill my room.
    *Renew, Immune Tonic and Circulatory Support: http://bit.ly/1pgKev9
  • Chloe describes “Rejuvenate“: With smell comes a moment. A feeling. When I smell Rejuvenate, I am instantly transported to my childhood days, filled with nature walks, hot roman chamomile tea, geranium covered windowsills, and the sweet smell of fennel being cut in the kitchen. When a smell can take you out of your body, even for an instant, you know that it’s benefits are filled with nothing but full body love.
    *Rejuvenate, Liver Detoxification and Digestion Support: http://bit.ly/1GBq0sP
  • Chloe describes “Protect“: Breathing in thyme, fir, clove, and cypress, I am suddenly walking through a wooded grove, the whispers of the nearby stream providing me with an overwhelming sense of confidence and creative light; the strength and protection that I need to take chances and go on little adventures. Protect is a blend I carry with me at all times, never letting me forget the importance and positive impact that nature has on my soul. I am forever protected.
    *Protect, Immune Protection and Flu Remedy: http://bit.ly/1tNrYQL
  • Candice describes “Relieve“: Relieve smells the way my living room used to smell during Christmastime, on a calm and cozy winter’s night. The clearing and clarifying aroma of peppermint and wintergreen remind me of candy canes, the hint of clove in the background reminiscent of cider warming off in the kitchen, and the presence of soothing Chamomile welcomes the nostalgic energy of the ritual of getting cozy with a hot cup of tea. That is why to me, our Relieve blend is named so aptly. To me, it is the scent of home, of comfort, and of relief.
    *Relieve, Natural Anti-inflammatory and Pain Relief: http://bit.ly/1z0WjZg

What does “home” smell like to you? What is the scent of “wellness” and the aroma of “wholeness”? We hope that each of our Well Scent family and friends have had the chance to discover their answer inside of a Well Scent bottle.

With nostalgic scents, timeless memories and bottled love,
The Well Scent Team

Our Soul’s True Purpose

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 11.26.15 AM

Sometimes, when a dream ends, that’s where our soul’s true purpose begins.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.25 PM

Obstacles, detours, hardship, illness, the loss of a job, the end of a relationship, a closed door or an opened wound. These moments in your path are not failures. In fact, they may be the very moment that defines who you are; not the struggle itself, but who you become when you turn your eyes away from your dream to face it. It’s where we are gifted the opportunity to succeed at learning, growing, releasing, strengthening, and where we find the place within where our true power and wisdom lays. A diamond isn’t born a diamond. It begins as the mere elements of greatness and beauty, but its pieces need unimaginable heat and insurmountable pressure to come together to shine.
So perhaps it isn’t a dream itself that is important, or whether or not we “achieve” it. Perhaps the most important aspect of our hope-driven lives is who we become while dreaming. For it isn’t when we’ve received a gold medal, a good grade, a top score or a pat on the back, that our life begins to make sense. It’s when challenging life experience gifts us the gained wisdom to see with new eyes and an enlightened heart, who and where we were meant to be all along.

So today, instead of reaching for the stars, ponder the idea that perhaps you were the star all along.

Shine bright,
The Well Scent Team
*Smile-Brightening Blends pictured, Sparkle & Shine.

Step By Step Guide to a Perfect Sunday

IMG_3983

That Perfect Sunday Morning Coffee Date…

That lingers on for hours and hours, even as the cafe clears and the water glasses are removed from the table; the conversation continues, unfazed by the sign being switched from ‘open’ to ‘closed.’ That afternoon, you find yourself wrapped in a cozy blanket with a cup of german chamomile tea in in one hand and a book in the other, soon finding out that that one chapter that you intended to read somehow turned into two, three, four – now that book you just started is nearly finished.

These are the moments to savor, to hold onto, to remind yourself of why you shouldn’t always begin your day off with voicemails, unanswered emails, and ten cups of coffee. These are the moments that spark imagination, awaken self acceptance, and promote clarity; to fully delve into “not doing” can easily turn into the most uplifting and memorable day for weeks to come, and you may find that the more you allow these lingering moments of stillness, the more calm and clear the mind will feel.

How to Manifest Self Love, Peace, and Clarity

Getting Started: Is something you can’t ask of yourself all at one, you be patient with yourself as you make this transition from a fast paced mind to a more peaceful one. These moment where time slips away and we become lost in a world entirely our own is not by coincidence, it’s through an unknowing need to be present and learn more about ourselves.

Where To Begin: So, why not start with one hour each Sunday, slowly building up until you no longer have to think, “I am present” but instead you just are. Until you’re find yourself at that coffee shop with your best friend talking for hours on end without a questioning or self-doubting thought.

A Few Ideas…

  • Meditation Ritual
  • A Brunch Date
  • Treat Yourself Hour
  • A Chapter a Week
  • Weekly Detox Bath

A Step By Step Sunday Guide:

*Times may vary…

  • (Between 8am – 10am) Creating a Meditation Ritual can be an incredibly intimidating, especially when you think of where, when, how you’ll be able to incorporate this into your weekly schedule, but if you allow yourself patience and  forgiveness when slip ups happen (because they will), mediation will soon become second nature. So, to help get you going here are a few tips for beginning your first mediative practice, a scary but completely achievable goal. A goal that will lead to a Sunday full of rest, self acceptance, and clarity. I forgot to mention the best part, the only thing that you’ll need is yourself, a comfortable seat (can be a cushion, bed, yoga mat, or even couch), grounding essential oil (optional), and an open mind.
  • (Start around 11am) A Brunch Date with a good friend or by yourself, either will work just fine! If you’re with a friend, don’t bring a thing (besides means to pay), that way you can get lost in moment, not worrying about where else you “should” be or what else you “should” be doing. Most importantly, before you leave be sure to schedule another date for next week. If you go by yourself, bring your favorite notebook to jot down any interesting conversation you might overhear, or light thoughts that you may have. Relax and sink into the moment as you let the world around you bustle on by. There is no where else you need to be but here.
  • (Around 2pm-3pm) Treat Yourself Hour is quite simple, all you have to do is come up with one thing that you wouldn’t dream of doing otherwise. For instance: Binge watching that Netflix show you’ve been lusting after, turning on some tunes and making your favorite cookie or drink, heading to that little boutique down the road to browse, and to maybe actually buy something this time. The list is endless and entirely up to you! Don’t hold back, do something that either makes you laugh or smile endlessly.
  • (4pm-5pm) A Chapter a Week might sound easy, that is until you start thinking of all the other things you “should” be doing. So, if you can, pick a page turner, a book that you cannot wait to get back too. Make yourself a cup of tea and find a cozy place to rest your body and your mind, allowing yourself to get completely lost in the words on the page instead of in your mind. You may find that a chapter a week turns into two, three, or maybe even four!
  • (After Dinner + Before Bed) Detox Bath. While the water is filling up the tub, light some candles, grab your journal, put in a cup of epsom salt for detox, diffuse lavender essential oil to calm + clear the mind, and lastly, add a few pumps of our Glow, our radiant serum. Once you have everything all set up, climb in, write down a few intentions, reflect on your day, and prepare your body and mind for a restful nights sleep.

*Products in photo: Gaia Collective, The WildUnknown, MooreaSeal, and Anthropologie.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.19 PM

Wishing you many magic filled Sunday’s to come,

The Well Scent Team 

 

Mind-Body-Soul Balancing Blends

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 7.03.05 PM

Mind-Body-Soul Balancing

May you have the chance to live a life that causes your soul to dance inside your body, and may your body be the instrument you use to play your heart’s true song.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.25 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.25 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.25 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.25 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.25 PM

Wellness

It encompasses so much more than the absence of disease. Wellness is alignment, it’s connection, it’s balance, it’s joy, it’s movement, it’s authenticity, it’s truth, it’s peace, it’s body love and soul discovery and spirit bliss. It’s when you find that sweet spot where the stars align in the tiny universe that lives within your body and a light ignites inside of your soul. It’s when you feel how alive you truly are, from your cells to your bones, and it’s when you have never felt more…you.

That is what we wish for every customer purchasing our mind, body and soul remedies. We wish for each blend to be an invitation to not only heal the physical body, but to discover what it means to experience a healing of their entire being. Whole-person wellness.

 

Ideas on How To Use Some of our Mind-Body Blends

 

1. Pause for Peace: In a soul bath. http://bit.ly/101Gnwf

  • 1 Cup Epsom Salt, 1 Cup Baking Soda, 4 drops Pause for Peace, a beeswax candle and your soul’s favorite book. Fill your bath tub, re-fill your soul.

2. Breathe: In an oil warmer. http://bit.ly/1tZieBk

  • The marriage of candlelight and slowly diffusing essential oils makes for a soothing ambiance on a cool winter’s night. 1 tablespoon of water in the warmer per drop of Breathe. Warm the oils, warm the room, warm your soul. Serenity, experienced from the nose to the toes. *oil warmers*

3. Over The Moon: Dabbed on a yoga mat or meditation pillow. http://bit.ly/1pqVBiS

  • Exhale tension, inhale peace. Deepen your connection with your innate sense of grounding, alignment and balance by including a few drops of Over The Moon in your yoga, meditation or prayer. Even just misting your couch’s pillows and experiencing grounded peace while watching your favorite television show may be exactly what your mind, body and spirit need. Sometimes, it isn’t the action that brings welcomes tranquility; it is the intention behind it.

4. Under The Stars: In the laundering of your sheets. http://bit.ly/1M6UqWg

  • Release your relationship with insomnia and foster a new connection to deep, restorative sleep. Add 6 drops of Under The Stars to your organic unscented laundry detergent (or your wool dryer balls) and wash your sheets with the intention to create a sleep sanctuary, and to heal your mind, body and soul as you slumber enveloped in the scent of a forest’s summer night, under the light of the moon.

 

May your soul dance and your heart sing,
Wellness Wishes,
The Well Scent Team

*Find More Mind-Body-Balancing Essential Oil Blends: https://well-scent.com/product-category/health/

How to Embrace Beauty in Every Step

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 6.41.51 PM

No matter what, there will always be beauty, there will always is hope, and there will always be love.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.19 PM

And sometimes, when we walk through the process of loving someone who we find difficult to love, we magically end up learning how to love the most difficult parts of ourselves.

“When we see the beloved in each person, it’s like walking through a garden, watching flowers bloom all around us.” -RamDass

Perhaps it’s love that softens the soil that allows us to sprout roots, encouragement that gifts us the ability to grow, and acceptance that creates the space for us to blossom. And maybe, if we all vow to walk the planet gently with all-encompassing and unconditional love, we may some day find ourselves walking through a garden full of blooming souls. 

So with kind eyes and gentle steps, walk on. Find the beauty in every heart and something unique to love in each individual spirit. And, don’t forget to offer that same love to you too.

Our “Luminous” Plant-Based Healing Serum: http://bit.ly/18KAGGX
*Illuminate your innate and unique beauty, from the inside out*

We love each of the flowers that make up our garden,
The Well Scent Team

Monday Wellness Mantra

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.46.32 PM

Wellness Mantra…

My Body is a Forest

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.55.58 PM

“Your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest- thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wild flowers sprouting in the under wood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.” -Beau Taplin

So, stand as tall as a redwood. Sprout roots as deep as the wild fig tree. Embody the resilience of the wildflower, dancing in the wind. Blossom boundlessly as the willful passionflower, and like the marigold, always turn toward the sun.

Your growth is unending. Your beauty is untarnished, each passing season only adding to its uniqueness and depth. Your strength is ever-expanding, and your soul forever blooms. Your body is not a temple; your body is a forest of breath and life.

Your Body’s Reminder, A Spirit & Soul Remedy: Renew

 

Blood Orange oil, a reminder to the circulatory system to flow like a river. Clove, a reminder to the immune system to regenerate with the wisdom and grace of a timeless tree. Myrrh, a reminder to the airways to open as though they are one with the wind. Cinnamon, a reminder to our spirit that we possess the quiet confidence of nature innately in our soul.

With Fruit Trees, Fig leaves & Love,
The Well Scent Team

A Body-Rejuvenating Remedy, Renew: http://bit.ly/1pgKev9

New Year Reflection & Intention Setting

Claire Ragozzino - Yoga Bio Photo

A Ritual for Reflection & Integration

Written By: Claire Ragozzino of Vidya Living

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 1.40.30 PM

In the linear goal-oriented world we live in, how often do we take time to stop and reflect on where we’ve come from and feel truly grateful? Before we rush to making plans for the new year, this six step practice grants you permission to slow down and honor the path you’ve walked, so you can fully take stock of the many gifts the year has granted you and honor all you’ve learned before you look to the future to expand and grow.  

crystal1

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 1.38.29 PM

Create A Sacred Space.  Start by clearing out anything that feels heavy or dense, this could mean throwing away dead or lifeless items and replenishing your space with fresh cut flowers or new plants. Clear any remaining stagnant energy by burning some white sage, copal or palo santo, then open a window to let the smoke out and new prana in. Light a white candle, turn on some peaceful music (I like Deva Premal’s Mantras for Life album) and find a comfortable seat in your sacred space.

Ground & Center.  The holidays always bring such a rush of frenetic energy, so before you even begin your reflection take a few deep breaths and give yourself permission to pause for moment. With your eyes closed, imagine breathing downwards into the earth, invoking apana prana, a grounding force of downward energy to move the active mind into the space of the feeling heart.

Reflect & Write.  With your favorite notebook and pen, look back at each month in the year and write down two things you’re celebrating and one lesson you’d like to integrate from that month. Keep your calendar nearby and don’t be afraid to look back for a memory jog! Nothing is too big or too small when it comes to writing down your month’s accomplishments and life lessons. Remember, accomplishments don’t always have to be monetary or tangible mile markers, they can be experiences of emotional growth or simply enjoying a beautiful moment to its fullest.  Look back at your list of celebrations and lessons, what were your main experiences centered around? Do you see areas where you can grow and expand?

Look Ahead.  After you’ve taken time to get clear on the past year’s gifts of gratitude and growth, look to how can you integrate this awareness into your year ahead.  Ask yourself, “What do you I want to experience in 2016?” Write down any personal and professional desires, the feelings you want to culminate along the way, and any visions you have for the year ahead.

Narrow In.  Now pick five elements to focus on that will help bring your visions to manifest. These can be in the arena of your physical health, emotional wellbeing, relationships, spirituality, career and family.  Next, write down ways you will put these practices into action in your daily life. Often times, where we get lost in new years intentions is by setting a vague goal and not creating the action steps to get there.

Daily Action. Assign your five focuses to a day of the week in your calendar, so that each day you wake up you have one primary focus to apply to your day. For example, if your aim is to cook more at home, perhaps you schedule regular Sunday night dinners to try new recipes at home and invite friends over to share the meal. Or if you want to meditate more, you schedule 15 minutes into every Monday morning so you set the tone for your week ahead. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by starting off with a lofty goal, you slowly strengthen your meditation muscle by committing to one morning a week.  Over time, these practices move from goals to habits as you craft a more conscious and present life day-by-day.

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 1.38.29 PM

IMG_2871 copyIMG_2945 copy

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 1.38.29 PM

Claire Bio1Claire Ragozzino is a certified yoga instructor, plant-based chef and holistic wellness educator.  Blending Ayurvedic principles, plant-based nutrition, and yogic philosophy to cultivate deep inner wisdom for intuitive healing, Claire works with clients around the globe to inspire transformational changes in their health and wellbeing. Whether this means cleansing with the seasons or aligning our daily rhythms in harmony with the moon cycles, her business + blog, Vidya Living, provides a resource for women looking to reconnect with their roots and the ancient wisdom of self-healing through food, breath and conscious movement. 

Website / www.vidyaliving.com

Instagram / @claireragz

Facebookwww.facebook.com/vidyaliving

Pinterestwww.pinterest.com/claireragz

Tweetable: Setting Intentions? Six steps to honoring the gifts of your past and integrating their invaluable lessons into your future from @claireragz 

Photo CreditMegan Joy Photo

Our Winter Solstice Wish

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

May you pause in these serene moments of external darkness, and honor the quiet space where your internal light shines bright.

Solstice is the darkest night of the year; the night in which the sun momentarily stands still, as though it is pausing to exhale its wisdom into the dark of night, breathing life and light into an enlightened morning.

Much like the sun, it is in these dark moments, where we pause to breathe into our natural being and our innate path, that we experience the solitary serenity needed to hear the quiet knowing of our souls. It is here that we discover the light that has always burned within, and are graced with the opportunity to allow it to illuminate the way.

So tonight, pause for a moment. Close your eyes. Breathe into the darkness. Allow your entire being to acknowledge the magic of who you are, where you have been, and where you wish to go. Honor the unwavering vibrance of your spirit and the lessons carried in your soul. May you awaken in the glow of tomorrow with an illuminated sense of hope and faith, a restored body, and may the truths of your heart be birthed into the light.

Go forth and glow,
The Well Scent Team (words by Candice)

Sacred Glow Serum: http://bit.ly/1nxdtOI

Soul Reminders

Processed with VSCOcam with g1 preset

This is our intention not only behind the words on our pages, but behind our essential oil blends. It is not our intention to be the light that illuminates your path, rather it is our intention to remind you and your radiant spirit that you are the light.

Whenever you hear or read anything of a spiritual nature that moves you or touches your soul, you are not learning something…you are remembering what you have always known.

It is a gentle awakening.

We are merely the candle, re-igniting the illuminating flame burning in your soul. It is our wish to remind your soul of its power, your body of its innate wisdom, and your mind of its fortitude. Each blend speaks to the healer that already exists in your being and your bones, each blend calls to the wisdom of your spirit and the knowing of your cells, and each blend fans the flames of the breathtaking light shining deep within you, provoking it to emanate and light your way.

Awaken to the truth that deep within you, you possess all that you need to heal. Remember the magic of who you innately are, the beauty of who you always will be, and the strength that has always been. This December, go forth and glow.

With light and love,
The Well Scent Team

Renew: http://bit.ly/1pgKev9

What Is Home?

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

Home is the place you return to. Home is the place your soul exhales, and your spirit breathes.

It’s the place you get to take off your shoes and allow your bare feet to touch the floor, where you can shed your coat, your armor, your shield, and your being can finally relax into the safety of your claimed space. It’s where you open the door to be greeted by the aroma of your favorite essential oil, the lingering scent of your shampoo, and the faint smell of last night’s dinner permeating from the kitchen. It’s where the voice of the one you care for hangs familiarly in the air or the sound of your favorite television show fills the room. Home is the place that envelopes you in the grounding energy of security, the scent of comfort, and the sound of love.

“Home” isn’t the structure itself. It isn’t what a house looks like. It isn’t where it falls on a map. It isn’t how new it is, how clean it is, how big or how small it is. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been there for 20 years or a mere 20 minutes. Home is something that you bring with you.

A home is something you create with energy and intention. It’s the place your spirit decides it belongs. In the end, wherever you find your heart, that is the place you call home.

Look around you at the safe and sacred space you have created. Look at this beautiful moment on your path, and how much you have accomplished and overcome to be in this moment and in this space, here and now. Tell your soul that in this moment, this is enough. Ground in this space, and rather than projecting into the future, welcome your spirit home.

Welcome home,
The Well Scent Team

Candice’s Scent of “Home”: http://bit.ly/1sCOwBP
Chloe’s Scent of “Home”: http://bit.ly/1tNrYQL
Stacy’s Scent of “Home”: http://bit.ly/1M6UqWg

An Update from Our Founder

IMG_7002

When I packed my bags months ago for a week-long trip to Seattle for treatment, I didn’t know that it would be the last time I would call Austin “home”. It just happened. A series of unexpected events unfolded and various delays postponed our plans to go back. Days turned into weeks, and weeks into months, but my husband and I remained in Seattle.

Had we sat down at the kitchen table in our Austin home at any time in the last few years to consider the logistics of a cross country move, and the implications for our family and my business, we would have talked ourselves out of it in no time. But the challenges and crazy events of our lives this past year, though seemingly random and inconvenient at the time, now created the opportunity for us to consider it.

But it was also the support of family and friends that helped us to get to this place where we could imagine the possibility of starting over. Beginning with a text message to my daughter: Is this okay? With her encouragement, I would sit with it. Yes, we can do this.

Months later we are doing this. As I sit cross legged on the floor near the fireplace in our new downtown Kirkland apartment, the sound of church bells chiming in the background, I see in retrospect that in the darker hours of my life, I was vividly owning a different reality for my future. This one. Years ago, when I imagined my life was over, I was essentially just starting a new one, a life painted more richly because of what I had survived. When I thought I had lost it all, I was actually deepening my connection with others, launching a new career, and developing ideas I had for building a community to connect others to resources for healing, mind and body, a community that would also become my extended family.

And while I am sitting here, and with everything I know about overcoming difficulties, I can experience the absolute joy of this moment more profoundly because of all the moments that came before it.

With love,
Stacy Shuman

 

Every Little Counts

FF3470BD-C393-46EF-AFCD-E564504E0757

I wake up in a sheet of white fog, a fog so thick it blankets the entire valley, even the mooing cows across the street cannot be seen. I rub my head and notice that I feel groggy and slightly unlike myself, but I temporarily set those feelings aside as I put on my bathrobe and make my way to the kitchen. Coffee awaits.

I pour the steaming hot coconut milk over the medium brew as I patiently await the sun, resisting the urge to open up my computer and start on that incredibly long ‘to do’ list that I already know will be the extent of my day.

Now here’s the thing; I adore work. I love the feeling that an active mind brings, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the connections that I am lucky enough to make each and every day, but I just can’t allow myself to work every second of every moment, it leaves no room for rest, clarity, and self-love.  Too much work leaves no room for you, and all that you may be feeling in that exact moment, something that is extremely important if you want to be able to keep a healthy working schedule; if you want to keep doing what you love, whatever that may be.

B6321477-A834-4BBE-9CF7-B545CE1F05C3

So, back to the steaming hot coffee, because that is what this is really about. It’s about you, making time for yourself, and knowing that it’s the little moments in your day that allow you to complete the bigger ones. It’s the little moments that help to take away any stress or anxiety you may feel towards certain aspects of your life. And don’t forget: Progress is always being made, even when it feels like you’re doing absolutely nothing.

When we take the time to do nothing, we begin to realize that our worries don’t need to consume us, they can merely be a passing thought; a strong thought, yes, but one that does not have a permanent place in our minds. We have the power to let it go. We have the power to make progress without the stress of overstimulation.

Here are a few of my favorite essential oil blends to help to support me through the big moments, and the little. After all, you cannot have one without the other.

Renew:  Helps to support optimal health by addressing infections, the lymphatic and circulatory system, as well as the immune system. This blend also helps to prevent and fight anguish, insomnia, depression, and sadness. (for topical, aromatic, or internal use).

Smile: A handcrafted oil specifically designed for emotional support, whether it be for the use of calming or energizing, it’s a perfect blend to use throughout the colder months (for topical use only).

Balance: Is paired wonderfully with the above blends, especially Renew, as it helps to support the immune system as well as being both grounding, balancing, and energizing (for topical, aromatic, or internal use).

 

Breathe in. Breath out.

Wrap your mind around the beauty within.

The beauty without.

The beauty of a still mind.

To create space. 

Filling up with the missing pieces.

Clarity.

Ease.

Happiness.

You have found your home. 

You have found your peace.

Within + without. 

 

Adrenal Love

Adrenal Love

The time change is approaching us, and as we feel the days get longer, the hours of light become shorter, and sense that rising chill in the air, you may begin to inevitably feel that pull to stay inside where it’s cozy and warm. You can just hear that cozy blanket, your fuzzy slippers and your mug of tea calling your name. This is the season that pulls at our energy, not only because of the long days full of holiday to-dos and obligations, but because it’s the season of retreat and hibernation. We’ve been out in the world and in the sunshine all summer, and now it’s time for our body, mind and spirit to “fall back” and take a rest.

Yet, with this season also comes the impending holidays, and our day to day obligations don’t relent. So how do we keep our energy levels high throughout our long days, while also allowing our bodies the time and space to take the rest that they so crucially need? With adrenal support.

Your adrenals are the powerhouse of our body; they’re our body’s energy center. They control our hormonal levels, capacity for energy and vitality, and determine our sleep/wake cycle. They effect more bodily systems than most of us give them credit for; they have a direct relationship with the autonomic nervous system, our blood pressure and heart rate, our neurological health and our digestive health. And this season, they need a little love.

This is what we had in mind when we created Energize; we wanted to give credit where credit was due. We wanted to provide a blend for the ever-working and under-appreciated adrenal glands that would not only provide them the support and energy they need to function optimally and keep a body going throughout long days, but one that would also provide the soothing peace, love, alignment and balance required for restful evenings and restorative nights. So this Fall, as we move toward the time change and into the holiday season, release your adrenal’s ties to #fatigue#insomnia and #stress, and offer them a little rejuvenative love.

HOW TO USE: Begin your days with fuzzy slippers, a mug of peppermint tea, and a dab of Energize on your lower back. This morning ritual will support proper cortisol, hormone and energy levels to avoid that impending afternoon lull, but will allow the balance needed to return home after a productive day and retreat into your peaceful, sedate space.

HOW IT WORKS: Cedarwood aids us in maintaining grounded while also supporting proper neurotransmitter levels and a proper relationship between the adrenals and the brain. Cedarwood is highly balancing to the nervous system. Spruce oil is the go-to oil for adrenal stress. It acts as not only an adrenal “tonic”, but as a supportive factor for the production of cortisol and the hormones that allow us the energy we need in times of challenge and stress. Pine is also a crucial hormone support, supporting the entire endocrine system’s balance and flow.

Energize Essential Oil 

Wishing you a restorative Fall,
The Well Scent Team

(Written By, Candice Mitchell)

Honor Your Journey

Pause for Peace

“First comes pain, then comes power. First the heart breaks, then it soars.”‪#MarianneWilliamson‬

Take a moment this weekend to honor your journey. Honor the hard moments, but acknowledge your perseverance. Honor the pain, but notice the strength. Reflect on the obstacles, but celebrate your ability to overcome. Own that you are a survivor, but know that there is also more to your being; you are here not only to survive the fall, but to rise up with your newly rebuilt wings and soar.

So take a moment to honor your indomitable spirit. Soak in the peace that come with knowing that there is purpose in your path. There is wisdom in your pain. There is light at the end of the tunnel. And most of all, you are learning all you need to know in order to one day very soon, lead the life you were always meant to live. Each moment leading up to this one was a moment of “becoming”, resulting in the uniquely beautiful being that you are today.

~Ways to Honor Your Journey & Pause for a Reflective Moment of Peace~

*Take a Soul Bath: This evening, light some natural beeswax or soy candles and run a bath with 1 Cup Epsom Salt, 1 Cup Baking Soda, and 5 Drops Pause for Peace. As you soak in the soul-nourishing scents and the epsom salt begins to encourage your body to release what no longer serves it, set the intention to allow your spirit to let go too. As you soak, with gratitude let go of the past, and bask in the light of your illuminated future.

*Create a Vision Board: One side of your vision board celebrates all you’ve overcome. Your victories, your accomplishments, and your path of gained knowledge and strength. The other side brings light to your hopes for the future. Cover both sides of a piece of cardboard with construction paper and paste magazine clippings, photos, and representative treasures to illustrate your evolution. When finished, bless it with a few drops of essential oil (Pause for Peace) and place it in a special place in your home that will remind you: Life is your canvas. You are the artist who holds the brush that will illustrate your beautiful future.

*Meditate & Manifest: Get out your crystals, essential oils, and journals. It’s time to meditate on the past and all we have learned, and use it to welcome the life we know we’re meant to live. Dab your meditative essential oil blend on your wrists or temples (Pause for Peace is clearly our choice of the day) and find a quiet space to sit with your grounding crystals (we’re loving amethyst and pink tourmaline) and begin to reflect with gratitude and awe of your journey, release that old energy that no longer serves you, and then sit in your cleansed space to welcome in the new. As you enter that final, clear, quiet meditative moment, notice what comes into that newly opened space. Welcome new wisdom. Notice new thoughts. Be touched by the promise of opportunity. Journal it. Allow magic to happen. Let the light in.

*Give Your Wishes Wings: One of our favorite tools (besides essential oils!) in ceremony is fire. Not only does it aid in helping us let go, but it is a powerful aid in evolution and the transforming of energy. We love it as a beautiful way to honor and release pain, but to also give energy and tangibility to our hopes and dreams. Our new favorite discovery is Flying Wish Papers: http://amzn.com/B0042G7EQG Write down your wishes, bless them, light them, and watch them fly.

May you recognize how far you have come, realize your innate strength, honor your purposeful path, and may your soul begin to soar.

With love and light,
The Well Scent Team

Pause for Peace Essential Oil Blend

(Written By, Candice Mitchell)

Embracing Change

IMG_2368

The cold slips in beneath your covers. Frost coats the window. The warm of the fire sparks something inside as you nestle further into the colder days ahead. That something has stirred, and even if it’s unclear what that thing is, you know that it’s important. You know that you have to find a way to feed that curious, ever-wandering mind.

For me, it’s the crunching of twigs breaking beneath my recently dusted off winter boots. It’s the mist covered branches, stretching, reaching, and winding their way through the forest, dancing with sunbeams. It’s the magic in the air when the silence hits my ears; I have nothing to do but explore my immediate surroundings. To explore the wonder, unknown, and change that comes with the merging of seasons.

Hello, Autumn. I am so incredibly happy to see you. 

Let yourself feel open to the idea of change, to the yet-to-be-determined, and moments yet to consume you. Instead of shying away from these things, try going towards them with a clear mind and open heart. It will make what you don’t know seem full of excitement instead of doubt. It will make the little things seem that much more beautiful.

Try to embrace the opportunities and beauty that surrounds you. Yes, they’re easy to miss, and often mistaken for being small and insignificant, but they are there, and they are worth your time. I promise.

  • They are in the way you look at a recent health discovery or revelation.
  • They are in that new song that keeps coming on the radio. You know, the one you just want to sing at the top of your lungs.
  • They are in the taste of that pumpkin spiced something-or-other as you watch life pass you by in the peace and quiet of your favorite cafe.
  • They are in the way you look at yourself in the mirror, with those familiar eyes staring back at you. Those same eyes that are ready to comfort you and care for you during the hardest, and the best of times.
  • They are in the embrace of someone you love.
  • They are in that spark of curiosity inside you that you can tap into at any time.

You are capable of feeling passion during turmoil, it’s just a matter of whether or not you can let yourself see it, embrace it, and let go of whatever else you think may be holding you back. Those mistakes, those feelings that pop up at the worst of times; they happen to all of us. They are a part of life. Yes, they are scary to face, but impossible to overcome? No. Certainly not. They are what help to shape us and form us into the resilient beings that we are today. They are what make us individually unique and capable of creating beauty in what we may feel like are the hardest of times.

Give yourself a day to explore, wander, and tap into those parts of you that are so easily overlooked. Knowing that regardless of where you are in your health, your mind, your life; you are capable of facing change and overcoming it. You are capable of finding beauty in every moment, and that’s exactly what you should allow yourself to do. Not only is it incredibly empowering, but by allowing yourself to do this, you could spark a desire for something new. You could discover something about yourself that you never knew was there. You could alter your view on change entirely.

IMG_2374

Be curious

Be beautiful

Be you

But most importantly

Stop being so hard on yourself

Because you are amazing

And you are capable of anything

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Weekend Prescription

weekend prescription

A little Liver Love, and Belly Bliss.

After last week’s long weekend and the summer festivities come to a close, it’s time to prepare ourselves for transition into Fall and quieter months, where our bodies, minds and spirits have the chance to retreat inward and do some restorative work.

Your Liver: The liver is the body’s center for detoxification, restoration and rejuvenation. It’s the organ that acts as the body’s filter, responsible for releasing what we don’t need or no longer serves us, and filtering out the things that may do more harm than good. This is not only true on a physical level, but an emotional level as well. Energetically, our liver filters strong emotions such as anger, frustration and resentment. If we don’t care for this important distinguishing organ, it can become burdened and tired, no longer acting as a filter but more like a storage house for toxicity. After a lively summer, the beginning of Fall is the perfect time to support our liver and release what we may have accumulated, making room for a restorative and healthy new season.

The Remedy: Rejuvenate– A detoxifying and supportive blend for the Liver and Digestive Tract.

Contains: Blue Tansy oil (for detoxification and release), Chamomile (for soothing inflammation and organ restoration), Fennel (for bile and enzyme production support) and Geranium (for releasing emotions that no longer serve us, to welcome in joy).

How to Use: Dab on your liver (right side of your upper abdomen) before a castor oil pack or before your time in a sauna. Drop into your epsom salt and baking soda detox bath. Dab on your liver or the bottom of your feet before bed. Place a few drops in your belly button before bed.

Belly Bliss

Your Belly: 75% of our immune system resides in the gut. The digestive tract is our protector, our nourisher and often times the dictator of how we feel. Maintaining an optimal digestive environment is crucial to whole-body wellness. In addition to its physical role in our vitality, the gut also affects our entire energetic system and the way we emotionally feel, and dictates whether or not we hold on to things or choose to let things go. Do you feel as though you “swallow” emotions? Harboring sadness in the “pit of your stomach”? When feeling anxious, do you move through life holding your breath? Exhale. Then fill that belly with air, and give yourself permission to release everything but your life force energy, and the pure joy of this new moment in present time.

The Remedy: Belly Bliss– A soothing blend for Intestinal Support and Digestive Relief

Contains: Peppermint (to soothe inflammation and inflammatory responses), Tarragon oil (to calm muscle tension and spasmodic activity), Cinnamon Bark (an anti-microbial to support the immune system and balance beneficial bacteria levels) and Marjoram (to energetically re-align the nervous system and send the restorative message that in this moment “all is well”).

How to Use: Use in abdominal massage during times of distress. Drop in belly button. Drink in 4 oz of water (or capsule) after a meal. Place on bottom of feet (especially for little ones) at the end of the day.

Wishing a restorative Fall and a season of peace for all,
The Well Scent Team 

(Written By, Candice Mitchell)

Full Moon

Full Moon FB

According to ancient tradition and age-old ceremony, the full moon is the perfect time to seek whole-body balance. It is believed that the cycle of the moon, coinciding with the moon’s frequencies and gravitational pull, create the perfect moment in time and space to release what no longer physically, energetically or spiritually serves us. Many religious and spiritual practices hold full moon ceremonies, or individuals often call this time a “full moon detox”, “lunar cleanse” or set the intention to utilize the moon for a “full moon release”. This is a time of rebirth, and a beautiful chance to physically, emotionally or energetically start anew. 

With the help of this particular full moon, we are setting the intention to heal “Under The Stars”. We love utilizing ‪#‎essentialoils‬, along with ‪#‎crystals‬ and journaled ‪#‎intentions‬, to support our body, mind and spirit in its effort to release, regenerate and renew. Dab on this earthy, sweet blend of Bergamot, Oak Moss and Tonka Bean and step outside tonight to gaze up at the moon, “under the stars”. Carry some crystals in your pocket, bring out your journal, and make a wish. The Universe is listening.

~Under The Stars Essential Oil Blend~

Physically Balancing Benefits: Balancing and grounding for an over-active nervous system. Restores homeostasis. Stabilizes neurotransmitters. Heals root triggers for insomnia and promotes peaceful, restful, healing sleep.

Emotionally Balancing Benefits: Emotionally grounding. Facilitates ease and peace in moments of anxiety. Aids in releasing worry, stress and anger. Connects us with hope for healing.

Spiritually Balancing Benefits: Supports first chakra grounding. Grounds the spirit into the body. Aids in release of unwanted energy in the 6th and 7th chakras. Facilitates the release of energy that no longer serves us, sending the message to the spirit that it is strong and resilient, and in this moment all is well.

Suggestions for use: Dab on sternum, wrists or temples during ceremony and prayer. Dab on yoga mat during yoga. Diffuse near alter or in bedroom. Use in an evening bath. Drop on pillow or place on a cloth or cotton ball near bed.

~Moon-Inspired Essential Oil Blends~

Over The Moon
Under The Stars

We wish you restoration, regeneration and peace on this beautiful Full Moon Friday.
The Well Scent Team

(Written By, Candice Mitchell)

Treatment Update: Limitless Possibilities for Healing

(Special thank you to my friend Hillery. Her contribution to our family allowed us to travel for treatment. Thank you Hillery! xo )

Me and my lil’ bird before treatment


Cultivating Self Awareness: Who are your heroes?

As part of the intake process with a life coach I worked with years ago, I was asked many questions, to include this one: Who are your heroes? Fortunately, this was a written assessment which gave me the the time to consider my answers because, for the most part, I really didn’t know what to say.

If you took a personal assessment like the one I took several years ago, could you answer these questions: Who are your mentors? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What does your self-talk look like? How do you sabotage progress? Does the language you use foster peacefulness, does it promote more ease in your life and in your relationships? Do you know what triggers your anger? Can you own your vulnerability? Do you know how perfect you are right now with all of your imperfections? And do you recognize that regardless of any tragedy or  circumstance that you still have the ability to step into your power? Are you the victim or hero in your own story?

With reflection, I would identify the following mentors: Maya Angelou, Elie Weisel and the Dalai Lama. I gravitated to these people because they shared a particular quality I admired. Grace. That was it, this was important to me. Grace. A simple thing. And while I was not consciously aware of it at the time, this insight directly aligned my path with the path of my heroes. I would also choose grace.

And that is exactly what happened. 

I see that time in my life with much more clarity today. Hindsight is like that. Although it didn’t seem like it back then, the unfolding transformation was monumental. Today, solitude is my friend. I welcome stillness. I am not undone when things don’t go my way. I know where I get tripped up. I recognize and correct negative self-talk. I own that I am an introvert but, at the same time, I have opened myself up more to relating to others. I permit myself all the awkwardness of being in the world. I am connected on a soul-level to all aspects of my life. I see and appreciate the sacredness of all things, to include the difficulties that come with being human. I can laugh when things get hard and I definitely don’t have the need anymore to ask, why? I can just let it be. This is the work I did when I could not ride my mountain bike or take a yoga class, when I did not have a 40 hour workweek, when I wasn’t shopping or having lunch with friends, or just generally being busy. You could say that Lyme Disease was the catalyst for this change because, at least for me, things had to get that hard for me to do that kind of work.

I like to think about it symbolically as a way to better understand the magnitude of that undertaking because it is entirely possible you have some imprint around progress relating more to what you are doing in the world. Our culture is so fixated on staying busy. Do you consciously or unconsciously believe that success is defined by your education, job and material possessions? That stuff is not who are you are on a soul level and that is definitely not the stuff that truly makes people happy. With the hard work you are doing right now to heal mind and body, there are really extraordinary things happening but it may be that you won’t have that understanding until you are further down the road. As you climb your Mt. Everest, remember this, you are still powerful. Things, in fact, are happening.

You Decide: Is Sensitivity a Gift?

For more than a couple years, I avoided many places in the world to include the treatment room and waiting area at my doctor’s office. Like many others with complex illness, I was sensitive energetically to the world around me. I experienced that truth with clarity; my boundaries were vague, I had to intentionally hold space for my healing. It was a solitary endeavor quite literally for years.

These days I am covering many thousands of miles in search of answers to continue on this path towards fully recovering my health. As part of that undertaking I  I can see the improvements I have made better in retrospect. I am getting better.

With the clarity of mind I have today, I am circling back to look at a lot of things I only briefly considered before. Does my environment still support my healing? Are there any treatments that might be well-suited to me right now? What adjustments might be helpful at this point?

With the improvements I have experienced, I now have the ability to organize information again, to read and process treatment options, to actively seek and weigh out the alternatives. In this process I have learned something incredible. There are more opportunities for healing now than ever before.

One thing I want to emphasize is that learning about different options for healing should not feel overwhelming to you. If and when that does happen, trust that whatever you are doing with the resources available to you right now is still supporting your health. Often times it is the simple shifts that most powerfully affect the trajectory of our healing. Also, as my friend and Lyme advocate Scott Forsgren of BetterHealthGuy shared in an Essential Medcast interview, healing is about finding the right treatment for the right person at the right time.


Treatment Update – Limitless Possibilities 

FullSizeRender-7

Patricia Kane Protocol – First Treatment

  • I started the Patricia Kane Protocol three months ago and had my first three IV’s last month. You can learn about this treatment from Gabrielle of Beyond the Bite for Life with her informative post, “The PK Protocol for Chronic Lyme Disease”. Prior to beginning this treatment, I had a port placed. I plan to devote the next few months to this treatment and have the port removed as soon as I am finished. I will update with my feedback at that time.
  • I also started Soluna Drainage Remedies. They are incredible. I have shared more on this below.
  • I also started on several Byron White Formulas.

Top Five Tips for Healing

  1. EMF/ RF Exposure: Assess, Reassess, Mitigate . Did you know that EMF/ RF stress affects every organ in your body? Did you know that bacteria grow exponentially in the presence of EMF/ RF? There is also a relationship between mold growth and EMF/ RF exposure. When the EMF/ RF is higher, the mold will be as well, and not just in your home but in your body as well. Here are three simple tips to mitigate exposure: Tip 1) Cell Phones: Block harmful radiation from your cell phone with a Pong Case. This case is, dare I say it, sexy. Seriously. Get one. Next, keep your phone in airplane mode as often as possible. Finally, when you are talking on your phone, use a headset (never Bluetooth) or put it on speaker (not when you are in public for God’s sake), and don’t put it next to your head unless you are deliberately trying to kill brain cells. Tip 2) In your home: Turn off the electricity in your room at night. You can do this by installing a demand switch in your room or by shutting off the circuits to your bedroom. A nuisance? Sure, but economical and with huge health benefits. 3) Laptops and E-Readers: If you absolutely must have a laptop near your body, use a Harapad. You can get one of these for your iPad as well.  *Additional steps for mitigation: Install Stetzer filters at least in areas of the home where you spend the most time. Avoid baby monitors, mobile phones, Bluetooth Technology and smart meters.)
  2. Mold Exposure: Assess, Reassess, Remediate. To some degree this probably affects most people but genetically some are more susceptible than others. If you have mold in your home, there are things you can do to improve air quality. If there is a massive exposure, however, then you may have to move. I have heard physicians say pointedly that you will not recover from Lyme, etc., if you neglect to consider possible mold exposure. After watching the recent documentary Moldy, I believe it now more than ever. Here are my top three tips for assessing for mold: 1) Online Screening: Take the VCS Screening Test from Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker. (Other tests recommended by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker can be found here.) 2) Home Testing: Get an ERMI test from Mycometrics. If using the swiffer cloth to collect dust, make sure the dust has collected for at least three weeks and swipe in one direction only and from ten different places in your home. You should be wearing gloves and the swiffer should be covered in dust by at least more than half the surface area. 3) Use essential oils (Thieves Oil or Mold Plus) to clean household items and in your laundry. You should also diffuse these oils with a cold-air diffuser, ideally when you are not home. You might also consider the Air Oasis. It has a sleek, compact design and is very quiet and travel-friendly.
  3. Consider drainage remedies. I underestimated the power of homeopathy until I had my first IV with homeopathics prior to getting on a 3-hour flight. I get it now. Homeopathy is powerful. More than any other thing I have ever tried, homeopathic drainage remedies have helped decrease intense Herxeimer reactions. (Other tips for managing Herxeimer include energy work, detox baths, mindfulness and breathwork.) Two popular homeopathic lines are Pekana and Soluna.
  4. Find your tribe. Last month I met another patient in an IV room. We started talking about life, flowers, herbs, plant medicine, camping, stargazing, crafting and, of course, Lyme Disease. An hour or so later we are exchanging IG information only to learn that we have known each other for at least a year through social media. You know, I felt that connection with her even before we figured that out. And although I prefer face-to-face, there are times when social media just makes more sense. When I started down this path years ago, Instagram wasn’t even a thing and I sort of fought that for awhile, but today it is one of my go to places for inspiration. I recommend some of my favorite pages below.
  5. Keep it simple. Nature, bodywork, meditation and prayer, journaling, laughter, friendship, forgiveness, mindfulness, flowers, hot baths, real food.
Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 8.13.23 AM

Lyme Warrior Chaleigh Craft @foxesandbones

That is it for this update friends. Please see the recommended resources below and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them for me here!

Remember to keep the faith and stay positive. Healing is possible.

Smiles, Stacy Shuman


Recommended Resources

Mold: Moldy | EMF’s and Indoor Mold – The Connection | Mycometrics | Surviving Mold

EMF/ RF Mitigation: Harapad | Pong | LessEMF

Drainage Remedies: Pekana | Soluna

Resources: BetterHealthGuy | Fran Sussman Holistic Services | Essential Medcast | Energy Therapy for Emotional Healing | Well Scent Stories of Hope | True Nature Life and Leadership Coaching | Sophia Health Institute | Holistic Healing Arts

 

Coming Home To My Body

IMG_2206

Written by: Kat Woods from hope heal cook.

One of the hardest things I’ve done as part of my Whole Self recovery has been to come home to my Body. It  wasn’t until I starting moving back, little by little, into my truest home–this amazing vessel–that I realized  how absent I’d been from it. My up bringing and culture taught me to see my Body as something separate and problematic. As a girl, I internalized certain messages about what it meant to have a feminine physical form, and what I had to do in order to control it’s organic wildness.

Like many of us, I was never taught how to honor my Body’s beautiful and functional uniqueness. As a result, I ended up cultivating a dominating and punitive relationship with the body that was sustaining me. I came to hate my Body, and as much as possible, I remained removed from my partnership with it. As I grew older, this dissociation from my physical self became increasingly habitual. I had no idea what it was to be at peace in my skin, to be in awe of all of my magnificent organs, or to feel an exhilarating pride at the potential of my muscles. What I knew well was how to internalize physical inadequacies as personal failures for which my Body was assigned the blame.

As I strengthened the tendency to ignore it, my Body became increasingly persistent in its attempts to awaken me to its needs. Unfortunately, at that time, this only served to further distance me from physical self. When I was finally knocked down flat by end stage Autoimmune Lyme Disease, my Body was screaming. What had started long ago as whispers and pleas had become a relentless roar that I experienced as blinding systemic pain. At last I was ready to listen. I had no choice. If I didn’t, I was terrified to realize, the body that I had taken for granted and long railed against, would not survive me. Suddenly, and at the core of my being, I knew this to be true: I was dependent upon my Body for life. And so I began to relearn how to listen to the hardship and wisdom stored within my cells, and my healing journey began in earnest.

When we notice uncomfortable sensations we tend withdraw from them instinctually, and this is natural. However, when this becomes our auto-pilot response to any discomfort, we end up conditioning ourselves to detached from our bodies. In doing so we are unconsciously abandoning a large part of ourselves, for we are both Mind and Body, joined by Spirit. Each aspect of our Whole Self has needs and requires attention. Picture a three legged stool: what happens if you remove a leg? It will topple. When our health gives way, as mine did, we are being given the opportunity to learn this powerful lesson. Thankfully, we can also learn how to create a new foundation for wellness by returning to our Bodies, honoring their needs, and trusting their wisdom.

The first step in moving out of a place of compartmentalized consciousness (I am my Mind, my Body is separate) is to notice we do it. For me, cultivating bodily awareness began with noticing how often I wasn’t aware of my Body. Have I been breathing? Is something hurting? Is part of me hot or cold? How does it feel to have fabric on my skin? Food in my stomach? Tension in my shoulders? I was surprised to experience that my Body is always here in a real and solid way. As I learned to check in with my breath, posture, and simple sensations, I gained the ability to tolerate greater intimacy with my material existence. By tentatively approaching my Body with this kind of “touch and go” consciousness, I began to create a new relationship with it.

Next I became increasingly aware of the harmful thoughts I’d have in response to my what my Body was telling me about it’s needs: I yelled at it, I shamed it, and ignored it. I came to understand, in a heart breaking way, that these were learned responses. I was treating myself and my Body as I had once been treated. Not as I deserved to be treated. The clarity of this realization shook me. Ultimately, it gave me the freedom to choose to respond differently. Equipped with this insight, I chose to respond with Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness.

What does it even mean to have Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness for your Body? What does that look like? Feel like? At first I wasn’t sure. So I started with the basics. When I became aware that my Body was thirsty I drank water. When my Body was hungry, I ate healing foods. When I noticed exhaustion, I allowed myself rest. I started with these baby steps, and then I began to incorporate special rituals and practices to strengthen the tender new relationship I was forming with myself.

The practice of using Affirmation Self Massage is one of these deeply healing rituals. It has helped me to reconnect with my Body and to appreciate the way my Body tirelessly supports me.  With time, this practice has powerfully shifted the way I experience myself as a physcial being. I begin by preparing some body oil for myself. You can use any body oil or lotion you resonate with, though I have always enjoyed creating special and seasonal blends using a variety of oils that I mix intuitively. After doing this for some years I’ve found that I am instinctively drawn to specific oils during certain seasons:

Winter months invite me to sooth and nourish my skin with deeply moisturizing butters like Shea and cocoa, and anti-oxidant rich extra virgin olive oil. The Over The Moon essential oil blend is the perfect addition during these colder months as its reminds our Spirit that we still have the ability to bloom in all seasons.

Spring inspires our Bodies to detoxify so I include a larger percentage of castor oil at this time to help draw out impurities. I also like to add vibrant omega-3 rich oils like flax and hemp. These anti-inflammatory oils also support detoxification and lubricate skin cells for fresh radiance. Use a few drops of Breathe into Spring for systemic support as Mother Earth reawakens with abundant new growth, and its burst of pollens.

During Summer I use coconut oil as my primary carrier, which according to Ayurvedic traditions is cooling. Avocado oil in another excellent choice as it’s full of vitamin E and other anti-oxidants that nourish and repair sun-stressed skin. Adding jojoba oil will cut down on the oiliness of your blend for a light and breezy moisturizer that absorbs quickly, protects, and softens. Essential oil recommendation: mix in a bit of Smile. It’s the scent of sunshine.

In Fall I relish in using oils made from high quality nuts like macadamia, walnut, and sweet almond, which feel grounding and help replenish and rejuvenate our skin after a season in the sun. For additional wellness support, I recommend adding essential oils that boost immunity and create a protective layer on the skin like the blend Renew. These oils also serve as a reminder that even though the leaves are falling, we will have the ability to restore and start anew.

IMG_2214

After preparing or selecting a body oil or lotion, create a space in which you can be fully present with yourself. Light a candle, put on some soothing music, and get comfortable. Starting with your toes, mindfully apply a small amount of the oil and while speaking loving affirmations. I commonly use affirmations such as these: “These are my Toes. My Toes are beautiful. My Toes are strong. My Toes support me. I love my Toes.” Next move onto the tops and bottoms of your feet, massaging the oil into your skin, and repeating your chosen affirmations. Let yourself experience each precious piece of yourself: the feel of your skin and the muscles and bones beneath. This is you! You are here! Continue up your whole body, applying oil and repeating affirmations as you go.

It might be that this experience is completely new for you, even scary. It certainly was for me. In fact, the first time I dedicated myself to being present with my Body in this sweetly attentive way I felt truly panicked, and began to cry! However, with time this ritual has become one that I look forward to and use whenever I need some extra grounding, centering, or Self Love. It is an exquisite pleasure to live in a body, even one that is experiencing un-wellness. Thanks to self care rituals like these, I can now say that I treasure and love this precious Body that I have been blessed to reside in. I invite you to come home to your truest home, and live fully in your one and only miraculous Body. No matter what you and your Body have been through, you have always been together, and I promise you this: Your Body Does Love You. May you come to love it in return.

Little Adventures

DSC_5459

The sun is shining, revealing years of smudged love on the warped single-pane window. I can hear the birds chatting away to one another as they collect squirming worms for the little ones back at the nest. I focus intently on this scene, on this image of pure happiness and bliss, hoping that these good thoughts will chase the negative ones away, far, far away. All this reminds me that summer is in the air, swarming and buzzing all around us, luring us to ice cream sandwiches and cool waters. These kind of temptations are normal, the kind of things I would happily give in too, but with my abnormally low energy, and flaring symptoms; I must resist and come up with some other remedy to satisfy my hunger for all things sunny and sweet.

The remedy you ask? That would have to be a little adventure:

Today’s little adventure will be going to the farmers market, leisurely perusing the rows of fresh fruit and veggies, but saving my energy by only stopping at the strawberry stand to pick up a box of red plump berries to take home and make the sweetest and most delicious of treats: Strawberry Rhubarb Jam.

The season is upon us where watching the moon set and the sun rise is considered normal, but this can be near to impossible when you’re confined to your neighborhood, home, or even bed. So, if an activity like going to the farmers market is out of the question, here are some other ideas to help give your long summer days motivation and purpose:

  • Collaging: Grab a notebook, it shouldn’t be new either, the more beat up and loved, the better. Collect some used magazines and newspapers from around the house, or ask a friend to if the have any they’d be able to drop off. Once you’ve done that, go through all of them, cut out pictures, words, and articles that inspire you. Paste them to the notebook, layer, and glue your heart out. Then once you’ve finished, celebrate. It’s the little victories that count.
  • Cocktail hour: Whether that be iced tea, kombucha, fresh juice, smoothie or even iced water with fresh fruit, spruce it up. Make a normal non-alcoholic drink into a fancy, sweat treat. And don’t forget the most important part: put it in your favorite glass, grab your most indulgent book or magazine, and plop yourself by the window, or outside in the evening sun.
  • Movie night: Spend at least an hour picking out an old classic that is guaranteed to take your mind off things. It has to be something that will either make you pee your pants from laughter, cry happy tears, or inspire you. Sometimes the most valuable pick-me-up is a featured film.
  • Meditation/Yoga Station: You’ll need either a yoga mat, floor cushion, or soft blanket, just as long as it’s comfortable to sit on. Then, surround yourself with your favorite things: Candles, pictures, quotes, books, crystals and rocks, your most calming essential oils, and a notebook. Set aside at least an hour where your body is relaxed, and your mind is only focusing on the good.

Even when your energy is low, health is wavering, and fears are strong; try to find passion in the littlest of things. Activate your mind and encourage positive thoughts, because without them, your body will have a much harder time accepting the healing process. Be sure to remind yourself that a successful or well spent day should not be based off of what other people are doing or what you “think” you should be doing; it should be entirely based off of you, and what your body can do in that moment. Whatever that may be.

DSC_5574

When The Going Gets Rough….

calming scents for stress

Being a human on this planet is a beautiful opportunity, but sometimes, being a human can also be really hard. Sometimes, we get sick. Sometimes, relationships challenge us. Sometimes, we find ourselves in impossibly complicated circumstances. Sometimes, we don’t have all of the resources we need. Sometimes, we carry more stress than we feel like we can shoulder. It’s during these times that we must remind ourselves that we are doing the very best that we can, and nothing on this earth is permanent. This is just a season. It will pass, and, it’s happening for a reason. So if today is one of those days where the going has gotten rough and you’ve found yourself holding your breath until it’s over, exhale. Take a deep breath and have faith that the Universe is taking care of you. You’re going to move through this phase back into the light, and on that brighter other side everything is going to finally make sense. You’ll be wiser, stronger, and more capable than ever. Until then, take care of you. Be kind to you. Honor your unwavering endurance.

When the going gets rough…

Well Scent’s Favorite Ways to Honor Your Mind, Body and Soul

1. Take a Soul Bath

Epsom salt and baking soda baths not only have the physical capability of moving our lymphatic system and pulling toxins through our skin, but epsom salt also has the energetic ability to clear an energy field of unwanted or toxic energy. Nourish your body with epsom salt’s magnesium, cleanse your system with this detoxifying duo, and release all energy and emotions that no longer serve you with a rejuvenating “soul bath”. Remind your soul of its innate strength.

Our Recipe: 1 Cup Baking Soda + 1 Cup Epsom Salts + 3-8 drops Essential Oil Blend

Recommended Oils:

Rejuvenate– drop in your bath water or rub over the left side of your abdomen for liver detox support.

Release– a perfect blend for detox baths as it improves circulation, provokes movement in the lymphatic system, and mobilizes toxins for gentle release.

Under The Stars– a soothing blend supportive for insomniacs. Before bed, include a few drops in a bath to clear your mind, calm your body, and soothe your soul.

Pause For Peace– a meditative blend of essential oils not only for mood support, but also for meditation and prayer. It includes oils anciently and traditionally used for spiritual alignment and connection. Breathe- Dab breathe on your sternum before you slip into your detox bath to expand your lungs, and send the message to your body that “everything is okay”.

2. Draw a Picture or Write a Card for Someone Else Who is Struggling

We don’t believe that “misery loves company”. We do believe, however, that humans have the astounding ability to empower one another to rise out of darkness and back into the light. We don’t always have to be in a place full of rainbows and butterflies in order to do so. In fact, sometime the encouraging words that we share with someone else who is struggling end up being the very words we need to hear ourselves. You don’t have to extend a hand from above to lift someone out of a low place. You can rise together.

3. Call Someone Who Loves You

Sometimes, when we forget how strong and brave we are, we need a reminder from someone who loves us, and sees our strength even when we can’t. Even if you can’t see or believe it just yet, let them believe it for you until you do.

And when all else fails, ask for a hug. Sometimes the only cure for complex struggle is love. Love each other through it, and suddenly it seems to pass just a little faster, with a little more ease and grace.

Stories of Hope With Adrienne of Ignite Adventures

Adrienne_Headshot


When did your journey with Lyme begin?

Like many Lyme Warriors my journey has been a long and winding road. I have had chronic illness issues since childhood, but the wildest ride of my adventure began in late 2012 when I started getting weird flu like symptoms, which included scary dizzy spells + blacking out. It seemed like all these symptoms ignited overnight.

All of a sudden I went from being an active educator, life coach, and graduate psychology student who was traveling the world – to having over 30 different debilitating symptoms, which forced me to both leave my job and graduate school to focus on my health and well-being.

This lead to me traversing a long road of visiting numerous doctors only to hear the infamous invisible illness line… “It’s all in your head”. As a counselor and coach I KNEW this was not true, so I mustered up the courage and kept on searching.

Was there a turning point in your journey?

Ohh goodness, there have been so many. But I would say the most profound was in early 2014 when I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome + Fibromyalgia, and was told I would have to cope with these symptoms for the rest of my life. It was a very humbling moment to say the least. But my intuition told me something about that diagnosis was not right.

Being in Texas many doctors don’t believe that Lyme exists here. I was very fortunate that a friend of my family who had Lyme reached out and shared her story with me. My intuition went on high alert – “THIS IS IT!”. I was luckily educated on the best labs to use, and low and behold I had a positive Lyme test.

That positive test ignited the greatest hope I had experienced in 2 years of “normal” bloodwork. This taught me how incredibly important it is to tap into your intuition in terms of healing. NOBODY knows your body like YOU, even doctors. WE must be our own advocates.

What are some of your favorite tools for healing?

Lyme is such an intricate illness, so I like to take a mind-body-spirit healing approach. My top 3 healing tools include…

Therapy for Emotional Healing – Working through some of my past traumas using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitation Reprogramming) therapy was HUGE for my healing. Being “seen” is a fundamental part of healing, and as a counselor I practice what I preach and believe therapy can be an incredibly transformative experience. Research shows us the body can hold emotional trauma for YEARS, and this can absolutely hinder physical healing. On top of that, it can be really hard to learn to cope with chronic invisible illness. I love that top Lyme docs are now recommending Lyme patients seek therapy to heal emotional wounds + learning tools to cope with the emotional challenges of chronic illness in order to heal.

Infrared Sauna for Physical Healing – By far my #1 fav body detox tool is my pop-up infrared sauna. I used to hate sweating, and now I can’t get enough! I use my sauna about 5 times a week to help with Lyme detox, and it has made a HUGE difference in my ability to heal and get back to life.

Solitude for Spiritual Healing- Being sick for so long can definitely be wearing on the spirit. So, finding time to tap into my inner world has been essential in my healing process. It can be easy to let this pass by with the busyness of life + physical healing, so intentionally making time for solitude to practice mindfulness, meditation, prayer, journaling, creativity, and other reflective activities has been a necessity to keep my spirit strong.

On top of that, I also love to heal with herbs, rife machine therapy, detox baths, essential oils, therapy dog cuddles, and by eating an Autoimmune Paleo diet.

What’s one thing you wish others knew about living with Lyme Disease?

That Lyme Disease is an invisible illness, and often times one cannot tell that someone has Lyme Disease. But just because one cannot SEE the symptoms of Lyme Disease, does not mean they are not real. In fact, most Lymies have 20+ debilitating symptoms.

Honoring the experience of those with Lyme Disease, and other invisible/chronic illnesses, is so important in the healing journey. The best thing family, friends, and loved ones can do for someone with Lyme Disease is to show them empathy + compassion, and support them by asking not “IF” they can help but “HOW”.

What’s one thing you wish you could tell individuals who have just been diagnosed?

That one of the most important steps in healing from Lyme Disease, or any chronic illness, is accepting where you are at. Resisting reality is a sure-fire way to stay stuck on the healing path. As the brilliant author Byron Katie says “When you argue with reality, you lose 100% of the time”.

Thriving with Lyme Disease will require you to be an Invisible Warrior. Yes, every-day you WILL have to fight battles that no one else can see. Battles of the mind, body, and spirit. And that will invite you to muster a courage and strength greater than you have known.

But, being an Invisible Warrior isn’t about fighting AGAINST our illnesses. It is about accepting where we are at AND at the same time fighting FOR our DESIRES. Fighting FOR the path of love in spite of fear. Fighting FOR hope in spite of uncertainty. Fighting FOR connection in spite of isolation. And fighting FOR our holistic well-being in spite of illness. Let your desires me your motivation to take empowered action every day towards well-being, and remember to be easy on yourself – your best fluctuates each day.

Do you have a spiritual practice? How does that help?

Having a spiritual connection has been incredibly important in helping me to stay grounded during an often tumultuous journey with this illness. Having a strong inner world is essential if we want to experience more equanimity in our lives. However, that means we must be disciplined and make time to strengthen and “train” our inner spiritual warrior.

So, I am always mixing up my spiritual practice based on what I feel called to do. The practices I enjoy most include: meditation, reiki (energy healing), mindfulness practices, prayer, visualization, mantras + affirmations, loving-kindness practices, positive + spiritual media (books, videos, etc), journaling, and many more.

What has been your biggest victory in your healing journey, and how did you overcome that obstacle?

The biggest obstacle AND my biggest victory was simply getting out of my own way. A diagnosis of a chronic illness can feel like a life sentence, and it can create a lot of fear + anxiety about the future, and depression about the past.

Our mind can start to play tricks on us, and eventually lead us to emotional paralysis about our circumstance. We can feel lost as we see the world moving along around us, when we feel like we are stuck on a not-so-merry-go-round we can’t get off of. Plus, with Lyme the bacteria can cause depression, anxiety, and other psychological symptoms.

Luckily, being a coach I have a big toolbox of mindset tools to put a stop to all the spiraling. Some of my favorites include 1) Searching for evidence: We have thousands of thoughts per day, and they are definitely not all true. Finding evidence (or lack thereof) to support our thoughts, can help keep things in perspective. 2) The Re-frame: If I start to get critical of myself or where I am at on my healing journey I like to press pause and re-frame the thought to a more empowering + positive + appreciative one. I strive to make myself do this even when it doesn’t feel natural. Why? Because neuroscience shows us that our thoughts literally re-wire the neural pathways of our brain. Therefore, the more we think positive, the easier it will be to think positive.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

This experience of Lyme Disease has changed me in profound ways, and it has rooted me deeper in my purpose than ever before. As a coach + counselor I have always worked with people facing invisible challenges. But navigating this experience of Lyme Disease has made it very clear to me that who I am meant to serve are my fellow Invisible Warriors.

Invisible Warrior is the term I like to use to describe those living with chronic + invisible illnesses or mystery diagnoses who are fighting to live a life filled with joy + purpose in spite of illness. Navigating an illness can be an overwhelming adventure at times. So, I am on a mission to support my fellow Invisible Warriors in overcoming the mental and emotional challenges of living with chronic illness, so they cannot only survive- but thrive even WITH illness.

It’s my dream to dedicate my career to building a tribe of incredibly supportive, loving, and empathetic Invisible Warriors who are ready to re-write their relationship to their illness and heal their illness stories together. I so look forward to continuing to grow this tribe and to being continually inspired by the tenacious and driven Invisible Warriors of this world. Are you an Invisible Warrior? Share your story on Instagram with the hashtag #InvisibleWarrior .

What are some of the things you have learned as part of this experience?

This adventure teaches me something new every day, and for that I am so grateful. But some of the big lessons so far have been…

1) That we are not defined by our circumstance, but by our response to it.

2) That there are some paths you must walk alone in order to grow and evolve.

3) That all we have is THIS moment, as we can’t control the past and the future is yet to come. But what we do today can influence tomorrow, so be here NOW.

Adrienne | Ignite Adventures

Introducing a New ‪‎Aromatherapy‬ Blend: Under The Stars

 

new aromatherapy blend

Natural Nervous System Healing, Chakra Re-alignment & Insomnia Relief

We’re excited to introduce to you a brand new “sister” blend to our well-loved Over The Moon endocrine balancing remedy. This morning, we’re unveiling “Under The Stars”.

While our Over The Moon blend focuses on hormonal balancing, endocrine healing and spiritual empowerment for women, our brand new Under The Stars blend is a gender neutral blend targeted to balance the body systemically, grounding each chakra and re-aligning the body’s energy system. Under The Stars is soothing rather than stimulating, making it the perfect blend to use before sleep, soothing insomnia and promoting nighttime healing of the mind, body and spirit, assuring that you achieve your best rest while sleeping “under the stars”.

Under our Stars’ comforting, sweet, yet grounding aroma is reminiscent of a forest on a summer night. It contains extract from a Styrax Benzoin tree, a resin with a rich, vanilla-like scent. It also contains a plethora of other tree resins and extracts, including “Kumaru”, a tree that produces “tonka beans”, another vanilla-like bean with an earthy yet sweet smell, as well as Oakmoss, Cedarwood and Bergamot, making it one of the most grounding oils we have available.

Whether you’re headed to bed in hope for some sweet forest dreams, or hoping to ground and sprout your roots in meditation or prayer, this blend will be sure to systemically support the stability of your body, the balance of your mind, and the alignment of your spirit. Ground, balance, re-align, and heal “Under The Stars“.

 

The Importance of Ceremony and Seven Ways to Create a Sacred Space

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things. - Jack Kornfield

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things. – Jack Kornfield


I know a girl that constructed a permanent fort over her bed.

When she was little, and for many years, she made tents in the living room, which also meant picnics, story-books and crafts for family and friends. In her magic-cave, she would point to her treasures and then paint my face, or put tiny metallic stars all over my hands, feet, arms and legs.

Decades later, I still experience life through her eyes. When we traveled recently to Big Sur, Ca., she cried for thirty minutes at the majesty of the coastal cove, blue skies far and wide. We discovered a million other little treasures together, before and since; sand-dollars and caterpillars, pigeons and doves (at her insistence, I learned the difference), sea-creatures, bunnies, chickens and goats, rivers, lakes and streams, crystals and rocks. Once she took me on a nature-adventure, the whole point of which is to gather pretty leaves and flowers then press them between the pages of books and journals for safe-keeping.

In her fort these days, we are surrounded by many of these things. Flowers and herbs, cards and books; memories of places and people. It is a dreamy little cave and it reminds me of the tents in our living room from many moons ago.

By now you probably realize that this little gypsy-girl is my daughter, and, yes, she still lives in a fort.

I was in the fort one afternoon earlier this year when she brought out a bowl of sand, a charcoal ring, and herbs for burning and we had a ceremony together. I literally cried when we burned the copal resin. My reaction surprised me. Chaleigh, intuiting how I connected with this, later gifted me everything I needed to have my own ceremonies. I have been practicing ever since.

Because I have found this to be a profoundly healing experience, I researched it in order to share more about the history of ceremonies, as well as the health benefits and then I gathered a list of tools you will need to create your own sacred place. I sincerely hope that some of you in the community will share your own experience with ceremonies or ask questions by leaving a comment below!


Since ancient times, ceremonies and plant medicine have connected us to the world around us; our ancestors, the planets and the stars, the divine, and our respective deity or creator. Ceremonies create space for grieving and celebration, helping us to see the sanctity of own life while reminding us of our place amongst the cosmos.

But ceremonies can also be helpful to our physical health. Studies prove that the inhalation of smoke from burning incense or herbs can be helpful when treating microbial infections. Medicinal smoke clears the air of pathogenic bacteria that can otherwise compromise the respiratory and immune system. Other ways that ceremonies help to support health relate to how they can function to unwind the nervous system. Similar to meditation, prayer or breathwork, ceremonies ground us in the present moment and center the mind and body. When we do this, we shift unconsciously into a more powerfully healing state.

For many, the practice is transformative. When we are using aromatherapy, lighting incense, burning sage, or repeating a mantra, we are are effectively disconnecting from the world and experiencing a sacred pause in our otherwise busy lives.

But do you need a dedicated space for your ceremony? We don’t think so. We want our altars to be travel friendly so that we can move our ceremony from the living room to the backyard or take it on vacation even. With this in mind, we compiled a list of some of our favorite and most portable items for your own travel-friendly sacred space.


Seven travel-ready tools for creating a sacred space:

  1. Beginning your ceremony: A few of our favorite ways to begin a ceremony are with sage, candles and singing bowls. Sage reminds us to energetically clear the space; mentally, physically and emotionally. It is also used for purification. You can use a candle to light your dried bundle of sage and then place it in a ceramic bowl or abalone shell after you have used the smoke to clear your space. You can buy sage at most health-food stores or order online. Alternatively, you can purchase sage essential oil to diffuse. If you are traveling and do not have a diffuser, you can uncap the bottle and simply move around the room to let the aroma gently disperse. If you are interested in how to work more intentionally with the medicinal smoke, research smudging. Another option for beginning a ceremony is to light a candle or play a Tibetan Singing Bowl. Used traditionally and worldwide, singing bowls produce harmonic overtones creating an effect that is unique to each instrument.
  2. Bowl, Charcoal, Sand, and Tongs: The bowl, or censer, must be able to withstand heat (ceramic/metal). Add sand to the bowl to create a bed for the charcoal. Using the tongs (google hookah tongs), light your charcoal ring (right now we are loving 3Kings Charcoal) until you see a red glow, then place on top of the sand in your bowl. You are now ready to add your plant medicine!
  3. Plant Medicine: Some of our favorite plants for burning are Palo Santo, Copal Resin, lavender and rose. Palo Santo offers guidance and support, lavender gently relaxes the body, Copal Resin helps us to connect deeply to our personal truth, and rose remind us of our innate beauty. If you are traveling, you can forego the bowl and take essential oils or incense. Some of our favorite essential oils to use during ceremony are frankincense, sandalwood, lavender and rose. Some of the Well Scent blends that are uniquely suited for ceremonies are Protect, Balance, Under the Stars, Over the Moon and Pause for Peace.
    jkdRJNLIPwFltkDdc00YmXjzgkxI7raKxWgkYy3UAcU-1
  4. Nature: Flowers, crystals, stones, seashells, feathers. Need we say more?
  5. Paper, pen and your voice: On one piece of paper write down what you want to manifest in your life (peace, forgiveness, presence, trust, prosperity, etc.,) and on another piece of paper, write down the things you want to release (anger, loneliness, anxiety, etc.,). Tuck the first piece of paper in your wallet (or other place where it will be close to you) and then throw away or burn the second list. Studies show this simple trick allows you to work more directly with the subconscious. to shift patterns of behavior.
  6. Mantras: Mantras are specifically designed to use sound waves to promote healing, insight and spiritual growth. Mantras can be repeated aloud or in silence and can be used by people of any religion or spiritual practice. This practice has been passed down to the present from the sages of India, the classical scientists of ancient Greece, and the medieval monks of Europe. See this great article for ideas for special mantras for healing the body.
  7. Closing your ceremony: Your heart contains it’s own intrinsic nervous system and there is cross-communication between your brain and heart that directly affects your immune, psychological, autonomic and nervous systems. Connect with your heart during practice to tap into that intelligence by placing one or both hands over your heart and having a personal affirmation, such as “I relax into this moment knowing that I am safe and loved.” Then when your practice has concluded ask inwardly for that information to be communicated to your brain.


We hope this list allows you to bring more sacredness to your lives. If you have ideas for our community, please leave a comment below.

With prayers for peace, love and healing, Stacy Shuman

Sources:
The Medicinal Benefits of Incense and Smudging
Killer Germs Obliterated by Medicinal Smoke
Medicinal Smoke Reduces Airborne Bacteria
Science of the Heart
Let Your Heart Talk to Your Brain

Stories of Hope With Melissa Cox

Katie & Joe Simon's wedding in Hawaii

 

When did your journey with Lyme begin?

My journey with Lyme disease probably began when I was first bit by ticks as a child, but I maintained a reasonably functional level of health up until 2012. Although, now looking back, I cannot really recall a time in my life when I was completely symptom-free for extended periods of time. I tried to manage many of those symptoms with prescription medications starting at 19 years old. As you begin to recover for the first time, you realize what being healthy really means, so I’ve had a new awareness of what true health is supposed to feel like going through this process.

Was there a turning point in your journey?

This road to recovery is not easy, straight, or without many ups and downs. However, I know that a big turning point for me was when I listened to my intuition and started seeking out more functional, holistic-minded doctors. I was led down a path that eventually brought me to Sophia Health Institute (and Market Place Naturopathic and Holistic Healing Arts) in Washington, working with Klinghardt trained doctors who have helped me realize that real healing is possible. Conventional frameworks did not provide me with answers, nor did they resonate with me. Another turning point was honing in on my mental and emotional health and using mostly different types of energy medicine and therapies to address those blockages.

 What are some of your favorite tools for healing?

Being in nature, preferably bare feet in the sand and in/near the ocean. ART (autonomic response testing) has been a major breakthrough for me, as well as ozone therapy and neural therapy/injections. This has been said many times on this series, but coffee enemas and colon hydrotherapy have provided me with some of the most immediate results and symptom relief. As one of my doctors has stated, “once you’re fully symptomatic, doing an enema doesn’t sound like a big deal” and that is the truth! I love hot detox baths with a variety of salts, clays, essential oils, hydrogen peroxide, and apple cider vinegar. Another big one is CBD and then body work and energy work as often as possible: acupuncture, EFT, and reiki have been very instrumental as supportive therapies.

 What’s one thing you wish others knew about living with Lyme Disease?

Just because I have what appear to be set backs, it doesn’t mean I’m not still on a path to healing and recovering. As a society we want instant gratification, and that is unfortunately not how it works with this disease (or almost anything worthwhile). It’s really hard to keep that mindset when you’re desperately wanting to feel better, but it’s even harder if others around you are questioning your progress and not being understanding of your inevitable flaring of symptoms. I think another important thing to note is that I’m still me. I may live a more limited lifestyle. I may not have all the same interests as before I got really ill, but that’s not because of Lyme disease, it’s because I’m an evolving human being. I also wish it was more understood that Lyme disease in a chronic state is probably better described as Multi-Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome.

 What’s one thing you wish you could tell individuals who have just been diagnosed?

Become your own advocate. You have to take a very active role in your recovery, and though this can be overwhelming at times, it’s very empowering. But you shouldn’t do it all alone either. Find a doctor that resonates with you and believes you can recover. Remember that there are many paths to healing, so my path (even if we see the same doctors) may not be your path. I think it’s also important to consider what other factors are contributing to your health aside from Lyme disease (and the associated tick-borne diseases). What is your viral load like? What about your genetic makeup and ability to detox? What about environmental factors like mold and metal toxicity?

With the right assistance, and a lot of patience and endurance, I truly believe our bodies have the innate ability to heal themselves. Obviously, I’m not saying this means forgo treatment, I’m saying that treatment can work BECAUSE of this. Healing happens, and it is possible. I also HIGHLY recommend signing up for the Lyme Less Live More series! It’s one of the best resources I’ve found. http://lymelesslivemore.com.

Another really great resource is the Well Scent practitioner interviews! 🙂

 What’s been your biggest obstacle in your healing journey?

I think my obstacles change a lot depending on where I’m at in treatment. Lately my pain levels and POTS have been pretty big obstacles that keep me from doing some of the things I was doing just a couple months ago. The most obvious for everyone is that finances can be a real struggle. Finances do not equate to a cure but it certainly makes things easier in terms of accessibility. For me, it’s also living in places where I have to travel far distances to access treatment and supportive therapies. Almost all of my treatment has been paid for out of pocket and that is not an easy pill to swallow, especially since I started getting really sick out of college right when I started trying to pay back college loans. Lately, it is being cognizant of my surroundings and how people and places can affect my ability to stay in a healthy mindset.

 Do you have a spiritual practice? How does that help?

I do. I definitely believe in the power of prayer and for me, having God in my life makes it much easier to have faith amidst the chaos. Meditation, tapping (EFT), breathing exercises, affirmations, prayer, writing, and practicing gratitude are all instrumental to my well being. I think it’s really important to find ways to get outside of your own head. For me, one of my earliest symptoms was crippling panic attacks and having tools to re-set my body when I start going down rabbit holes has been so helpful.

 What has been your biggest victory in your healing journey, and how did you overcome that obstacle?

I think my biggest victory was letting go of some of the anger and fear that surrounds this illness. When I was first figuring out all the things that were wrong with me I was so afraid and angry. Don’t get me wrong, it’s STILL those things, but disconnecting myself from the politics of Lyme to some degree has helped me maintain a healthier relationship with the recovery process. When I was first starting on a treatment plan, I wanted to get back to my old life/ways, and get back to “contributing” to society. Now I’m realizing that since the moment I was diagnosed and became part of this community, I began contributing to society in ways that are sometimes bigger than when I was on a mainstream path. I think that going through this has helped me live more authentically, and will open doors for me to do inspiring things now and when I am well. I also realized that whatever you believe and say can become your truth. Being sick is not my truth.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

 I want to help others heal; I want to run again; I want to go on crazy long hikes in beautiful places; I want to travel; I want to eat without food intolerances; I want to see lots of live music and drink beer occasionally; I want to get married and have a family one day, and of course adopt more dogs. I also want to spend more time with friends.

What are some of the things you have learned as part of this experience?

I’ve learned to let go of a lot of things that were part of my ‘old life’ because they were not good for me, or maybe kept me from living authentically. This has been a very hard lesson, and one I’m still learning. It’s hard to not grieve the loss of your ‘old life’, but I’m starting to see this as more of a rebirth, and feel really grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to heal. “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy.” I think you have to constantly search out the light.

Stories of Hope With Amy B. Scher

 

amybscher-author-3

When did your journey with Lyme begin?

My journey with Lyme began long before I ever knew I was even on a journey with Lyme. I think in some ways, my whole life was leading up to it. But my first symptoms appeared in around 2001.

Was there a turning point in your journey?

My huge turning point was when I became aware that Lyme wasn’t my fault, but it was my responsibility. When I turned inward and became fully willing to make changes at a core level instead of searching externally for “the cure,” everything shifted and started moving in the right direction.

What are some of your favorite tools for healing?

A few of my favorite tools for healing are Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), grounding, having fun (we often stop doing “fun” or “extra” things when we become hyper-focused on illness), chanting, working with the chakras, and essential oils (Well Scent’s Pause for Peace is my favorite).

What’s one thing you wish you could tell individuals who have just been diagnosed?

This journey is about much, much, more than bacteria or disease. This experience is a vessel to becoming who you really are. It can be a hugely transformative blessing, and if you flow with it rather than fight it, you will heal a whole lot faster. You can learn to be in this seemingly horrible place (experiencing this disease) and still grow and learn to find peace anyway. We all have a part of us that we can connect to that just knows we are safe, loved, and all will be well.

What’s been your biggest obstacle in your healing journey?

My biggest obstacle was in “letting go.” It was so hard for me to stop trying to control every single step, researching each and every possible cure, and just trust that I could heal no matter what. But I eventually realized all the researching and obsessing was pushing me further away from my healing; not bringing me closer. We all can reach our healing and there are lots of different roads to take to do that. It’s important to understand that so you be lighter about each decision you make. Nothing is the be-all-end-all. You aren’t missing “the cure” by not being online looking for it all the time. The cure is already there, unfolding for you. You just need to keep showing up in the best way you know how and allow it.

Do you have a spiritual practice? How does that help?

I do. My spirituality is quite varied. I do anything and everything that connects me to myself and to the Universe as a whole. I love to lie in the grass, read, chant, visit Buddhist temples, practice Donna Eden energy techniques, listen to Smokey Robinson, use sage and incense to clear energy; anything that brings my mind and body to a calm, happy, or balanced place.

What has been your biggest victory in your healing journey, and how did you overcome that obstacle?

My biggest victory has been learning to love and accept myself just as I am. And it came through lots and lots of practice. But as I moved closer to being my true self, my healing came closer and faster, too. So it helped me keep it up even when it was hard. Loving and accepting oneself doesn’t mean everything is all love and light all the time. Ha! It’s more a process of accepting your humanness, even during the meltdowns and such. And then picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and being light with yourself about it all.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

I want to reach more people. I’ve written four books (the next one is the one I’m most exciting about – How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can – which is out in January 2016). But I hope to do more public speaking because I know that’s where I’m meant to go next. Now that I’m truly well, inside and out, I am proud to speak my truth loud and proud. And my truth is your truth, too – that you are good enough, that you can heal, and that the world needs your light exactly as it is.

What are some of the things you have learned as part of this experience?

That we have so much more power than we think we do, that our realities are often a reflection of our thoughts and feelings (for better of for worse), that it’s ok to just throw your hands up and surrender sometimes, that it’s totally fine to feel anything and everything because we’re human, and that life is more beautiful than scary.


Bio

Amy B. Scher is an author, energy therapist, and leading voice in the field of mind-body healing. She believes that our ultimate wellbeing is born not from self-help, but self-love.

With a history of chronic illness, Amy found herself on adventure to discover the foundation of healing. Why do some people heal from emotional or physical issues, while others don’t? Through extensive research and her own recovery experience, Amy found the most important piece for her own healing–the impact of unprocessed negative emotions on our physical bodies.

Amy has been featured in publications such as CNN, Curve magazine, Psych Central, Lyme Times, Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, the San Francisco Book Review and was named one of Advocate’s “40 Under 40” for 2013.

Most importantly, she lives by the self-created motto: “When life kicks your ass, kick back.”

She is the bestselling author of This Is How I Save My Life (January 2013). Her next book, How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can (Llewellyn Worldwide) is out in January of 2016.

 

Amy B. Scher

Author & Energy therapist

@amybscher (Twitter)

Stories of Hope with Kayla of Joy Rises

kayla


When did your journey with Lyme begin?

I have dealt with symptoms for as long as I can remember, since I was in elementary school, but it wasn’t until I went off to college that I began collecting experiencing illness to the extent that it disrupted my life.

What was the turning point for you in your journey, when you discovered that there is hope for healing?

When I was finally diagnose with Lyme in 2012, it was such affirmation that the crazy symptoms I experienced were in fact real and not just in my head, as I had been told so many times before. Getting a diagnosis was scary, but once I knew what was going on inside my body, it gave me hope to find a treatment that would work for me.

What has been the biggest healing tool you’ve utilized in your strive for health?

Without a doubt, the most important thing I’ve learned throughout this ordeal is that a positive mind set and a non-defeatist attitude can get you a long way. Don’t get me wrong, I still have days where I break down emotionally, but in general I try not to allow feelings of anger, frustration, and hopelessness linger for very long. I find that speaking positive affirmations during my day helps me to get through my days, moment by moment if needed.

In addition to this, I’ve learned that asking for help, being gentle with my ailing body, and living with a posture of gratitude are vital to me wellbeing.

What’s one thing you wish others knew about living with Lyme Disease?

I just want people to have more compassion for things they don’t understand in general. To be patient with one another and to offer understanding and an ear to listen.

What’s one thing you wish you could tell individuals who have just been diagnosed?

Research as much as you can (but for goodness sake, don’t drive yourself crazy!) Find a doctor who supports you both emotionally and physically. Don’t give up, true healing takes time.

What’s been your biggest obstacle in your healing, and how are you choosing to manage it now?

I’m still in the throes of healing from this illness. I believe that pain is the biggest obstacle I’ve had to deal with, although there have been many. For the past three years, I have had to use a wheelchair in various capacities. It’s a necessity for my life right now, and I don’t feel bad or embarrassed about needing to use it anymore. Some other ways that I manage pain are: detox baths twice per day, peppermint essential oil, and coffee enemas.

What are your hopes and dreams for your healthy future?

Oh there are so many. I want to marry my best friend (who has been an unimaginably patient, humble, and loving partner throughout my healing journey), travel lots, lay on the grass, climb mountains, swim in oceans, write poems, and live in as many places as possible.

Kayla Denny | Joy Rises

 

Stories of Hope with Gabriella of Beyond the Bite

unnamed-9


When did your journey with Lyme begin?

It is believed that my journey with Lyme began when I was very young, though we are not for certain when, as none of the tick bites I contracted gave me a rash. However, in my late middle school years, random, rotating symptoms began filing my days and taking me away from feeling like the healthy child I had been for years. With symptoms piling up on one another, my body finally collapsed the summer of my sophomore year, of which ultimately stemmed from the Lyme going untreated for some many years prior.

Was there a turning point in your journey?

I wouldn’t say there was necessarily a point in my journey with Lyme that I can pinpoint and say that I began getting “better.” All of the treatments and protocols I have done to heal have had their place, and without each and every one of them, I do not think that I would have made the progress that I have. My journey has always been one step forward, and two steps backwards, however, though progress is extremely slow, it is there.

What are some of your favorite tools for healing?

My all time, favorite tool for healing is real food. Because the Lyme settled in my GI tract and damaged my small nerves, issues  stemming from my gut have been a problem since day one. This caused me to start tweaking my diet even before I hit my “brick wall,” and is what has ultimately taken me to now follow an Autoimmune-Paleo/Ketogenic diet to not only keep certain symptoms in control, but also heal my body from the inside out.

What’s one thing you wish others knew about living with Lyme Disease?

One thing that I wish others understood about living with Lyme is that healing is a process, and not something that simply happens overnight. In knowing this, individuals, whether friends or family, are able to encourage and strengthen one another on a daily basis. While there may be many ups and downs, it is genuine support and care that can truly mean the most to those living with Lyme.

What’s one thing you wish you could tell individuals who have just been diagnosed?

To an individual recently diagnosed with Lyme, remember to stay strong and be your own advocate. Throughout the years of my illness, there have been many incidences where doctors have shot me down, told me I was a liar, that my illness was all in my head, and that there was simply nothing they could do for me. Of course, my family and I have never believed this to be the case, and have had to persistently stand up for ourselves, despite how doctors may treat us.

What’s been your biggest obstacle in your healing journey?

A large obstacle in my healing journey has been figuring out how to do all in my power to heal my body. This has lead me to research about the human body, science, food, and everything else that affects me on a daily basis. While it may seem overwhelming at first, I believe that getting to know one’s body from the inside out is one of the greatest ways to aid in finding true health once more.

Gabriella’s Recipes: http://bit.ly/1Gph3C2

Join Gabriella on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1EXL4DB

Stories of Hope with Kat from HopeHealCook

unnamed-61-300x236

 


When did your journey with Lyme begin?

I’m not entirely sure, but I think I first encountered the challenges of Lyme at 13 or 14 years old. What I do know is that by 15 I was living with chronic dis-ease. I became “medically retired” at age 22. It was only last year (at age 30) that I was finally correctly diagnosed as having Lyme Disease. So it’s been a long journey, and I’ve had the opportunity to explore a lot of ways to heal.

Was there a turning point in your journey?

There were two big ones for me. The first is when I decided I was going to love myself. So I learned to be gentle with myself, forgive myself, and to nourish myself with affirmations. This created a huge shift in how I went about healing. I went from trying to force health, to choosing health from a place of sincere self-love. The second turning point was when I adopted an Autoimmune Paleo diet, which I modified based on my food intolerance testing results. Thanks to this personalized healing diet, I no longer live with chronic inflammation, I have much more energy, and I sleep well at night. My food is medicine and one way I show myself love by preparing nourishing foods.

What are some of your favorite tools for healing?

Detox baths, meditation, Earthing, and spending time in nature, long hugs, raw juicing, gratitude lists.

What’s one thing you wish others knew about living with Lyme Disease?

Acts of kindness help me heal. Overcoming Lyme is difficult, it’s work, and at times I’m challenged to keep an open heart. When I receive a letter from a friend, a “just cuz” gift from my hubby, or an appreciative comment, I am revitalized. I believe that there is no other. Tell me a joke, make me laugh, and trust that my healing helps the whole world heal. Even small thoughtful acts are powerful. If you have the thought to do something kind, don’t hesitate.

What’s one thing you wish you could tell individuals who have just been diagnosed?

Do not give up. Healing from this is possible: you can do it. You are worth it, you are loved, and you are not alone.

What’s been your biggest obstacle in your healing journey?

The out of pocket costs of treatment. My financial reality dictates what healing modalities I use and how often, so that can be a challenge. However I believe in Abundance, so I’m trusting that slow and steady is a good path for me right now.

Do you have a spiritual practice? How does that help?

I am a very spiritual person and I have many practices including meditation (2-3 times a day) and frequent prayer. I experience the greatest peace, joy, and stability when I remain spiritually connected, so I make what I call “spiritual fitness” a priority.

What has been your biggest victory in your healing journey, and how did you overcome that obstacle?

I have had so many victories, and they are all worth celebrating. Ultimately my biggest victory is the health I have regained thus far. I nearly died. There was about a year in my mid-20s where I was on the brink and it was absolutely terrifying for me and my loved ones…Although it was a very dark time, it was also at this point that I received some of my most powerful spiritual insights; I learned that it was possible to move through fear to experience an all encompassing Love, and I saw my potential for radical selflessness. I learned to let go in extraordinary ways, and it’s thanks to having had that intimacy with the nature of suffering that I’m the person I am today.

Now I’m up and functioning, exercising, creating, and getting out into the world. After years of being bed ridden and critically ill, this to me is absolutely miraculous. I am living proof that you can heal from seemingly hopeless states. My whole life at this point is a victory, and if I can do this so can others. It’s taken a lot of work. But I made a commitment to not give up, for myself, my dreams, and for those who love me. It has been my truth that Love unlocks the potential for great victories.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

I dream of having vibrant health in my body, boundless gratitude in my heart, and a peaceful mind free from fear and aggression. I know it’s possible. I also dream of living a simple life in a Tiny House with my husband, writing cookbooks filled with healing foods, teaching yoga to foster kids, going hiking in the mountains, learning to fish, traveling to Japan and on and on. Dreams are so vital, so I have lots!

What are some of the things you have learned as part of this experience?

I can do anything. I can heal in profound ways. I’m am so strong. I have the power to help others by sharing my truths. I matter and my story matters. I am not my thoughts or my illness. I can honor whatever I’m feeling. Everything is connected. Love is limitless. Love heals.

Kat – HopeHealCook

Stories of Hope with Tori of Sorry, Having a Lyme Day

117666


When did your journey with Lyme begin?

My Journey with Lyme began in September 2012. I was two weeks into my senior year of college in Boston. I woke up one morning feeling dizzy, confused, and exhausted. I just knew what I was feeling wasn’t me and I didn’t know how to escape it. My dad picked me up from school and took me to my doctor’s office. She tested me for Lyme Disease and luckily it came back positive. I never heard of Lyme Disease and remember my friend telling me her dad had it a few times so never thought it would turn into a two year battle.

Was there a turning point in your journey?

I would say the turning point of my journey was when I was sitting in Dr. Raxlen’s office and knew I was finally in good hands. After going to five different doctors and them all telling me I was fine, Dr. Raxlen made me feel like I wasn’t crazy anymore. Before him I was getting to the point where I thought am I making this up? Finding the right doctor who believes in you is a key aspect in healing.

What are some of your favorite tools for healing?

When my body was going through all the detox I really had to care for my body. Listen to what my body needed. If my body was telling me I’m tired, then I didn’t push it. The first year I was sick I pushed it, acted like I didn’t have Lyme Disease and ended up in a downhill spiral. Through being sick I’ve become very in tune with my inner needs and I don’t ignore them anymore.

What’s one thing you wish others knew about living with Lyme Disease?

After my treatment everyone would say “so are you better now, are you healed”? As many people with Lyme Disease know it doesn’t just end when treatment is over. It’s hard explaining to people that your always gonna have some of your Lyme Disease symptoms. I’m about 98% better, but there are some days when I feel tired, but I just take it easy and the next day I’m able to bounce back. It’s hard for people to understand how one day you are fine and the next day you need to rest. But I realized I have to do what’s best for me.

What’s one thing you wish you could tell individuals who have just been diagnosed?

When I was first diagnosed with Lyme Disease I kept looking for the answer of when is this gonna be over? When is the exact date I’ll be healed? The problem is there is no clear answers. Everyone is different and treatment is challenging. I wish I could tell my old self that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I would say Lyme Disease has changed my life for the better. I take care of my body in ways I wouldn’t have before. I make sure I’m eating the right foods, getting rest and exercising. I’m now that healthy-nut of a person who’s walking around with grilled chicken in my bag.

What’s been your biggest obstacle in your healing journey?

One of my big symptoms when I was very sick was anxiety. When I first started detoxing from the infusion treatments my anxiety took over. I was scared of things I’ve been doing my whole life, taking the subway and being in cabs. It got so bad that I couldn’t even leave my house. But eventually I got over that and although I still sometimes struggle with the subway, I get on it every single day. I think the biggest obstacle I faced was taking control of my anxiety. It took over my life.

Do you have a spiritual practice? How does that help?

When I was going through my treatment I did a lot of meditating and writing. When you’re someone who constantly worries like me and stuck in bed all day, there was only one thing for my mind to do: Worry! I kept thinking about every possible thing that could go wrong. Mediating really calmed me done. When I was sick I had a lot of anger. Writing was a great way for me to express my feelings.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

I’ve always loved comedy and it’s always been an outlet for me. Even when I was sick I was determined to somehow make what I was going through funny. Since getting better I’ve been able to follow my dreams of doing comedy. I love making comedy videos, and now I’m focusing on stand up comedy. When I was sick I missed performing and now I’m doing it and couldn’t be happier.

What are some of the things you have learned as part of this experience?

I was always a very impatient person. Always wanted everything to get done as quickly as possible. With Lyme Disease it’s really about time. It takes time for the body heal. It doesn’t change over night. I was just thinking how this time last year I was at my sister’s wedding struggling to stand by her as her maid of honor and now I’m running around the city doing stand up comedy. Going through my own sickness has made me a very compassionate person towards others. When people tell me their sick I can understand what their going through on a much deeper level then before I got Lyme Disease.

Tori Piskin | Sorry, Having a Lyme Day

Tori’s Youtube Channel: http://bit.ly/1PUNqyp

Dr. Christine Schaffner Interview

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 2.29.54 PM
People with Lyme disease (alternatively named MSIDS or Multi Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome) frequently spend years researching before and after their diagnosis. When patients with chronic illness are tasked with the responsibility to forge a new and non-traditional path to save their own life, a path that is still unfortunately marginalized and often met with skepticism, many are led to take part in an ever-growing online community for learning and support. This campaign is dedicated to those still seeking health and the amazing and dedicated practitioners that refuse to give up on those patients. For my own part, I will dedicate this to the doctors at the Sophia Health Institute who saved my life.
  • Many respected practitioners now recognize noted environmental issues as a rising threat to our health, and correlate the large number of cases of Autism, Lyme, autoimmunity, food allergies, and chronic ailments to the increasingly toxic environment we are exposed to daily. Even otherwise “healthy” individuals are beginning to show signs of a burdened system with more mild symptoms, like fatigue, headaches and indigestion.
  • The people that show the stress first  are the ones that reveal where we have gone astray in our environment. An awareness is already emerging as we identify issues like pollution, mold, electromagnetic fields (EMFs), genetically modified organisms (GMOs), toxic dentistry practices and unaddressed infectious disease.
  • Join us as we explore these complex rising health concerns with our nations leading holistic physicians and healthcare practitioners.

PLEASE WELCOME THE FOURTH INTERVIEWEE:

Dr. Christine Schaffner

ChristineSchaffner213_200x300Dr. Christine Schaffner is a board certified Naturopathic physician who graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. She completed her undergraduate studies in Pre-medicine and Psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.Dr. Schaffner’s style of practice is strongly rooted in traditional Naturopathic principles. She believes in the importance of establishing a strong health foundation in order to achieve optimal health. Dr. Schaffner combines both Naturopathic and Conventional therapies to develop individualized treatment plans that focus on addressing the underlying cause of complex chronic illness.

Dr. Schaffner listens to her patient’s story and actively involves them in their health plan. She enjoys educating her patients so that they feel empowered in making decisions in their health journey. Dr. Schaffner has trained extensively with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD.  She has also completed Dr. Robert Rowen’s Oxidation Therapy Course, Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker’s Biotoxin Illness Course, Advanced Classes in Biotherapeutic Drainage, and recently attended Medicine Week in Baden-Baden, Germany.  She thoroughly enjoys staying current with the latest developments in chronic illness so she can better serve her patients.

IMPORTANT LINKS:
Sophia Health Institute
Bella Fiore Klinik
Thank you Stacy and Well Scent for inviting me to be part of this interview series.
I am grateful that you are such an informative resource for patients suffering from MSIDs.  It saddens me that so many patients are still struggling to find meaningful answers on why they are sick and steps on how to regain their health.

I am extremely passionate about the medicine we practice at Sophia Health Institute. We have an amazing team of physicians and practitioners led by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt.  I love this work, and it is such a joy to see patients finally find answers, renew their hope, to get well, and to transform through this process.
Resources being equal, why aren’t some people getting better?

I look at each patient’s health through the lens of chronic infections, environmental toxicity, genetic susceptibilities, diet and lifestyle, and emotional trauma.  At Sophia, we also identify interference fields that may present roadblocks to healing and may prevent a patient’s protocol from working effectively.  Interference fields are often in asymptomatic areas of the body and may include a surgical scar, an untreated dental infection, or a focal infection in the tonsils.  We rely on a thorough clinical history, panoramic dental x-ray, lab testing, and Autonomic Response Testing to identify potential interference fields in the body.  Dr. Louisa Williams does an excellent job explaining this philosophy of healing in her book Radical Medicine.  By identifying and treating these areas, patients typically are able to unlock an important key in their health and better respond to treatment.

Another consideration if someone is not getting better, despite good treatment, is to rule out current ongoing mold or electromagnetic field exposures.

To identify mold in your home or office, we recommend the ERMI or HERTSMI2 mold test through mycometrics.com.  Dr. Shoemaker has a wealth of information on his website survivingmold.com

A very important aspect of our treatment protocol is to educate and ensure each patient is following Dr. Klinghardt’s electromagnetic field precautions in their home.  These include eliminating wireless and cordless phones, turning off fuses at night, and taking necessary action to avoid having a smart meter on your home.  Take Back Your Power, http://www.takebackyourpower.net/, is a great resource to remove or opt out of having a smart meter on your home.

What is different about your protocol?

I feel extremely fortunate for the tools and skills Dr. Klinghardt has trained me and continues to train me in that make our medicine non-protocol and highly individualized.

Autonomic Response Testing and Neural Therapy are two unique and integral tools we use in our approach.

Autonomic Response Testing allows us to identify and prioritize treatment.  When treating patients suffering from complex chronic illnesses, it can be challenging to choose the appropriate therapy for the patient’s current state of health.  Autonomic Response Testing guides our ability to prescribe the right therapy at the right time.

Neural therapy is an injection technique not only for treating scar interference fields, but is also used to support and improve the functioning of an organ or gland.  It is an extremely effective tool that I use daily to support patients through their protocol.

Name your top three tips for detoxification.

First we must do our best to educate ourselves and try to minimize exposures to environmental toxins in your indoor air, water, food, cleaning supplies, and personal care products.

Colonics are an amazing therapy to not only cleanse the colon but also stimulate the release of bile from the liver.

Cilantro plus Ionic foot bath-Dr. Klinghardt’s colleague in Europe did a study that demonstrated the internal use of Cilantro tincture plus regular Ionic Foot Baths and showed a significant reduction in heavy metal excretion.

Lymph drainage using manual lymphatic drainage alone or in combination with Lymphapress pants can improve symptoms dramatically.  The lymphatic system is often overlooked in conventional medicine, and is extremely congested in our patient population.  Dry skin brushing at home can support the movement of the lymphatic system as well.

Detoxification strategies are part of the foundation of our treatment plans.  If patients are on  any “anti” strategies or mobilizing environmental toxins or biotoxins at a rate that is faster then the body’s ability to remove them then people can become more symptomatic.

Why do you feel that detoxification is crucial in the healing process?

Our bodies are miraculous in their ability to process and eliminate harmful substances.  Nevertheless, chronic toxic exposure in our modern world has become inevitable and overwhelming to our bodies.  Even as adaptable as our genetics are, our detoxification abilities have not caught up to the rate of harmful chemical and energy exposures that challenge us daily.  Many of these toxin exposures become cumulative, and severely compromise normal physiologic function.

These toxic burdens compromise immune function, and modern medical and agricultural practices have also increased the likelihood that chronic infections become harbored in our tissues. These infections themselves create a constant stream of biotoxins that the body must deal with.

Detoxification strategies are, therefore, foundational to our treatment plans.  Our goal is to get people “cleaner” from the inside out, and free up a huge burden from their bodies.  This often means reducing the heavy metal burden (e.g. lead, mercury, arsenic, etc.) in the body, and supporting the removal of glyphosates from the body – two major categories of toxins that our bodies really struggle with removing.

How important is diet in each individual’s treatment plan and is there one diet you recommend more than others?

Most people are now aware that diet is a foundational aspect to health.  Eating real, whole food in a peaceful environment is a basic necessity to a healthy life.  There is much to be said about the challenges of obtaining and affording real food that I can’t cover here, but a basic focus on eating real food is always a first step!

Beyond this foundational approach, diet is a complex subject.  The illness with which people present to us – particularly the state of their digestive tracks – necessitates specific dietary strategies that can be very unique to the individual.  Food allergies/intolerance, parasites, malabsorption, dysbiosis, leaky gut syndrome and many other issues necessitate practical strategies for the individual looking to heal.  Genetic and epigenetic differences including blood type, metabolic type, heritage, etc. are also very important to look at.  This is a constantly evolving aspect of medicine.  There truly isn’t one specific diet I recommend more than others, other than one that emphasizes real, fresh food.

Do you test for food allergies/sensitivities and if so, how? There seems to be a lot of controversy around blood testing for food allergies. Do you feel that these blood tests to detect food allergies are accurate? If so, why?

Food allergies and sensitivities are a reality for most of our patients.  Certain types of immune reactions, like Type 1 Hypersensitivities, are often immediate and severe.  However, this isn’t the only type of immunological food reaction.  Because many different immune mechanisms may be responsible for food reactions, specific blood tests aren’t always accurate or, moreover, all encompassing.  A person’s biochemistry is adaptable and always changing.  For example, the type of bacteria and parasites a person harbors can alter immune function.  Autonomic Response Testing is extremely helpful in distinguishing what food or substances a person should avoid in the given moment, so that this burden to their immune function can be avoided.

How much of an impact do you feel parasites have on overall health, the ability to heal? Do you feel parasites can be eradicated without medications?

Parasites have a huge impact on human health and are often a main obstacle to healing.  Moreover, they are an often over-looked issue that many other practitioners are not looking for, or have experience with.   They significantly affect the overall health of an individual and a wide array of symptoms and conditions are associated with, or worsened by, parasitic infection.  Dr. Simon Yu’s “Accidental Cure” is a wonderful introduction into how anti-parasitic medications benefit seemingly unrelated conditions like cancer.

Many parasitic issues can be resolved without medications since there are many wonderful herbals, homeopathics and other non-prescriptive agents to use.  Nevertheless, pharmaceutical medications are extremely helpful tools, and we often prescribe them depending on the type and strength of the infection.  Convenience and cost are also notable factors when choosing an anti-parasitic regime.  CD enemas are extremely cost effective, but not for everyone.

Do you feel that emotional healing has a valuable place in your health paradigm? If so, list your top three strategies/therapies for emotional healing.

Emotional healing is an inseparable reality from any other type of healing.  Healing the physical body affects the energetic, mental and intuitive bodies and healing on these levels likewise affects the physical body.  Dr. Klinghardt’s 5 Levels of Healing is a beautiful model to become familiar with.   PsychoKinesiolgy, Family Constellation work and Mental Field Techniques are all emotional healing techniques that Dr. Klinghardt has helped foster in practitioners and patient’s lives all over the country.  They are our top go-to strategies for supporting emotional healing in very profound, yet un-traditional ways.

Do you find that mold plays a role in neuro-immune illness? What are your top tips for addressing mold exposure and biotoxin illness?

Mold plays a definitive role in neuro-immune illness for so many individuals.  The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has highlighted for many East coasters the compromised health that mold-exposure brings.  Mold exposures are also insidious and happen all over the United States.  Anyone suspicious of current mold exposure should test their home and/or work environment: mycometrics.com provides these tests. This is a tough and heartbreaking aspect of our medicine.

Mold exposure is often the tipping point in a long line of health insults, and all of these health parameters should be addressed holistically.  Some individuals are more susceptible to mold related illness genetically, and avoiding further exposures and supporting the binding of mold toxins in the gut and body become foundational approaches.  Having a propolis vaporizer in the house as well as a hepa air filter are simple yet profound strategies.  Survivingmold.com is a fantastic resource for those wanting to learn more.

For your patients who are struggling financially and must be selective about where they spend their resources, what are the top three things that you recommend they do for their health?

Coming up with an individual plan that correctly identifies the roadblocks to healing is often the most financially responsible strategy long-term.  Most people can’t go wrong with coffee enemas, CD enemas, and other colon hydrotherapy techniques.  Castor oil packs are another simple cost effective strategy to support the liver and can be used over any other organ that needs gentle detoxification support.  Making Miso and Cilantro Soup a regular part of your diet is a wonderful food based heavy metal detoxification strategy as well.

Do you feel that chlorine dioxide plays an important role in healing?

Chlorine dioxide plays an important role in healing for many in our patient population.  While it isn’t for everyone, all of time, we get the most consistent results in helping people eliminate Rope Worm, biofilm and other parasitic material this way.

From Well Scent:
We are incredibly honored to share this opportunity with Dr. Christine Schaffner. We know this community will also appreciate her contribution.

Thank you Dr. Schaffner for sharing your wisdom with this community. We appreciate your work and generous contribution to this project.

With gratitude,
Stacy and The Well Scent Team

Stories of Hope with Chloe from More than Lyme

unnamed-7

When did your journey with Lyme begin?

I contracted Lyme Disease in 2001, but it wasn’t until a December morning in late 2011 when I woke up with tremor in my right hand that I realized maybe my Lyme had never really gone away. Over the next couple weeks the tremor began spreading across the upper half of my body, because of this I was forced to quit my job and drop out of school. I knew that I needed to make a change if there was any chance of getting better, but I was lost, scared, and fearful of not knowing which way to turn, this is when my journey with Lyme truly began.

Was there a turning point in your journey?

Absolutely. I had been living in Seattle for several years before I began to realize just how toxic city life had become for me. There were a few things keeping me there: my job, boyfriend, and apartment, but I needed to find a way out. My symptoms had come back before, and I knew that if I didn’t make a drastic change soon, they would come back again. With that notion, I took hold of the situation, gathered my belongings, said my goodbyes, and headed south towards Bend, Oregon.

What are some of your favorite tools for healing?

Little adventures, nature, and a nice long bath with epsom salts and lavender essential oils—paired with positive thoughts and a big glass of water.

What’s one thing you wish others knew about living with Lyme Disease?

How delicate it is. One minute you feel as if things may finally be turning around, only to come crashing down the next. Anxiety, stress, the wrong foods, an unhealthy relationship, and not enough sleep, these are just a few things that can cause your symptoms to flare up. That’s why when healing, it’s so important to turn every aspect of the process into not just a routine, but a way of life—otherwise Lyme will be the one in control, not you.

What’s one thing you wish you could tell individuals who have just been diagnosed?

Keep on keepin’ on. That phrase applies to all aspects of the Lyme journey. The initial ‘oh my gosh how am I going to do this,’ to the eye roll of every doctor you see, through the initial stages of your treatment, and eventually to the beginning of your long journey back to health–when your patience and perseverance will tested. So stay strong and push through, because in time, you will start feeling like yourself again.

What’s been your biggest obstacle in your healing journey?

Letting go. Letting go of everything that pushes me further away from where I want to be: healthy and living a life full of adventure. This can be anything from negative thoughts to actual physical objects that bring up certain memories or moments that no longer serve a purpose in my life. After leaving Seattle a year ago, I forced myself to let go; to dive into the unknown with my fingers crossed while hoping for the best, and it worked. Now I am in a place that pushes me to be my best self, while continually showing me that each and every day is a new adventure. Don’t be afraid to let go of the things that you no longer need, instead take the time to surround yourself with the things, places, and people that you love.

Do you have a spiritual practice? How does that help?

The people I love, nature, and writing are all things that I consider to be part of my day-to-day practice. Together, they complete me, motivate me, and care for me regardless of the situation. Anytime I feel like giving up, or turning back to my old habits, they are my reminder that moving forward is my only option.

What has been your biggest victory in your healing journey, and how did you overcome that obstacle?

My biggest victory would have to be More Than Lyme, and the community it has helped me become a part of. Before I realized that this was what I wanted to do, every day was a constant battle to not look down on myself for my lack of schooling and inability to keep a job because of my Lyme. I needed purpose in my day, a reason to keep on keepin’ on.

This community has given me just that, a reason to love myself in this very moment; a reminder that as long as you work hard and believe in yourself, it doesn’t matter what road you take, you will eventually get where you want to be.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

To travel far, have hope, find health, be happy, and to be at peace with myself; all while telling stories and spreading awareness through More Than Lyme, and hopefully inspiring others to do the same! Besides that, I have no idea what the future may hold, but as part of my practice to accept where I am right now, I want it to remain unknown.

What are some of the things you have learned as part of this experience?

You are your best teacher, doctor, and motivation. Only you know what’s best for you, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you think a certain treatment is right, don’t stop fighting until you get it. If you feel too tired to get out of bed, don’t be ashamed; accept how you feel knowing that tomorrow is a new day. For too long I let my fears and negative thoughts control me, never thinking for myself, always letting my doctor decide how I felt, and what was best for me. You are your own best advocate; show the world just how much more than Lyme your really are.

Chloe | Website: http://www.morethanlyme.org/ | IG: @morethanylyme

Stories of Hope with Bethany Currier

When did your journey with Lyme begin?

The majority of my health challenges started in August of 2010, although I have had more subtle challenges throughout my whole life, which leads me to believe I may have had Lyme all along, and my body was able to cope with it better in my youth.

Was there a turning point in your journey?

Like the flow of life that is constant, I am always experiencing turning points along my journey. I am always moving forward, and constantly making improvements along the way. I truly believe the future always leads to abundance, and therefore, is always improving.

There have been some major turning points along the way which led to drastic changes and improvements in my life and health. One of the most significant turning points thus far in my Journey was going to Seattle, WA to Sophia Health Institute, and having the honor of working with some of the world’s most prestigious healers. I feel like every turning point in my life, and all of the beautiful things that have entered it since then, stem from there.

What are some of your favorite tools for healing?

Some of my favorite tools for healing are on a more energetic and emotional level. I honor the physical level just as much, and I appreciate all of the modalities that support that level (herbs, supplements, etc.), but just like I believe I am so much more than just my body, I feel that healing on these other levels reaches me deeper and feels more meaningful. I have made some of the most powerful transformations by healing spiritually and emotionally. I believe that is where the healing begins.

My favorite tools that are more energetic in nature are the Biomat, Bemer, Tesla Lights, neural therapy, connecting with nature, having fun, living my passions- creating, being surrounded by amazing friends and family, dreaming, and meditation.

Physically, my favorite healing tools are coffee enemas (if you haven’t tried them you don’t know what you’re missing), homeopathy, IV therapy, detox baths, saunas, eating whole, healing and nutrient dense foods, and of course, sleeping.

What’s one thing you wish others knew about living with Lyme Disease?

One thing I wish others knew about living with Lyme Disease is that just because it is misunderstood and can be a complex thing to treat and understand, does not mean that it is incurable. We are surrounded by miracles. We are always becoming smarter, wiser, and stronger as a collective, and more than anything what this should make you realize, is that hope only grows.

People are becoming well, people are reversing their health conditions all the time with labels such as “chronic” or “incurable.” Lyme Disease is no different. Just because it seems on the surface like a rarity to get well, does not mean it is impossible.

Choose wisely where you put your focus. Will it be in the hopeless, dark, void of the known? Or will it be in the light, the hope, the promise of a better future?

Look to the people and healers who have reached a place where you want to be. Intend to meet them there, and ask for guidance along the way. I promise you will be taken on the same journey, as long as you believe.

What’s one thing you wish you could tell individuals who have just been diagnosed?

It is never just one thing.

What has made the strongest impact on Lyme patients getting well, is the understanding that Chronic Lyme is a manifestation of many different factors that are presenting challenges to your body, mind, and spirit. When you explore these potential factors holistically, extensively, and thoroughly- on all levels, you are in the truest state of healing.

Find the causes and heal those, rather than putting your focus on symptoms.

Know that just like all other areas of life, we are constantly learning and reaching higher levels of understanding. The healing path is synchronized with this as well; we learn as we follow.

Become an advocate for yourself. Step into your highest power. Learn how to heal, do research, open your heart and mind to being well.

You are transforming into something even more beautiful.

Lifestyle changes are the most important place to start. If you are living a healthy life to your fullest potential (diet, habits, mindset, etc.) you are setting the stage for healing.

Remember that everything is an opportunity to heal, grow, and create a beautiful life. This is an opportunity also. To heal your life in ways you could never have before imagined. When things feel bad that just means there is a ton of space being created to fill your world with better things- like love, hope, and beauty. There is no such thing as dark; it’s an illusion. It is only a lack of light.

Lastly, my favorite resources along this journey (that led me to finding and living my truth, and led me to healing and a whole bunch of unimaginably beautiful things), are:

Better Health Guy, betterhealthguy.com (shout out to Scot Forsgren who has inspired, educated, and changed the lives of many in the most beautiful way possible.)

Dietrich Klinghardt and the Sophia Health Institute Team, http://www.sophiahi.com (check out the blog!)

Dr. Mercola, mercola.com

What’s been your biggest obstacle in your healing journey?

One of my biggest obstacles in my healing journey (and I think this is the case for many which is why I choose this one) is finances. Over the years at times it has come as quite a challenge to meet my financial needs- mainly when it comes to healthcare. As most patients find, a lot of these investments come out of pocket, and it can be challenging to swing it.

However, I always somehow found a way, and unbelievably so at times. To me this is just a reflection of my determination, which is a powerful thing to discover within yourself. So again, like all of the other “bad or hard” things, there was a special teaching and discovery in this one as well.

Where we are in each moment is not permanent, which is a very powerful thing to realize! It means that you can attract and create opportunities to become in an even better place financially. I understand that it can be quite challenging to believe this when you don’t feel well. But as you start to feel better, it feels even more possible.

I had to start small. I started with just the basics, the most important areas to focus on. I found support externally from my family initially, and then once I started feeling better after treating some major factors that were causing me to feel unwell, I was more strong and more able to support myself. I gradually improved and got really creative and good at finding job opportunities that I could tolerate with the state of health I was in. Eventually it led me to a place where I could do it all on my own, not that we all have to. There are infinite possibilities, there are infinite ways to make it happen, and you will find a way if you believe you can. You just may be shocked at what comes your way ☺ I know I have been time and time again, in the best way possible. And I am so unbelievably grateful. Again, I have cultivated something beautiful from some of the most seemingly negative of circumstances.

Do you have a spiritual practice? How does that help?

Yes, absolutely! Healing is my spiritual practice!

Loving is my spiritual practice. Creating is my spiritual practice. Eating is my spiritual practice. Sleeping is. Nature is. Friendship is. Crying is. Writing is. Anything that brings me joy, hope, peace, awareness and higher understanding, and fills my heart with love, is my spiritual practice.

As mentioned earlier, some of my favorite aspects to spirituality are in healing on a more energetic and emotional layer. I do this mainly through writing, meditation, sleeping and dreaming, connecting with people and nature, solitude, art and music.

The most powerful aspect of my spiritual practice has been introspection (always in addition to interaction). It is my most sacred teacher to be with myself. My favorite way to do this is through meditation, while lying on a soft bed, lying on the earth or up against a tree, or on a bed of amethyst crystals. No I’m not a queen, but it’s still possible! Bet you didn’t think so though! Well, here’s the secret: that’s what the Biomat is!

There is a phrase I created which perfectly reflects my need for balance in my external and internal worlds:

“Immerse, retreat, reflect, repeat.”

What has been your biggest victory in your healing journey, and how did you overcome that obstacle?

My biggest victory in my healing journey is making it to the place I’m in right now, where I’m gradually feeling better and better. And I’m more than happy to be right where I am, even though there is still room for improvement, which I know is always right around the corner. Everything I have written so far in this interview is my greatest victory. And coming into this place where I’m able to share this all is my greatest victory.

My biggest victory in my healing journey has been gaining the insight and ability to inspire, teach, and heal others.

Just like you.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

My hopes and dreams for the future…

To continue on this beautiful path.
To continue teaching, inspiring, and healing others. To spread hope.
To continue to heal in my own life. To continue to create a beautiful life.
To continue to experience adventure, to travel, to be filled with more and more and more love.
To continue to show the world how much love I have for it and everything that inhabits it.

What are some of the things you have learned as part of this experience?

Everything I have written is everything I have learned, and so much more.

And at the top of it all:

How incredibly blessed we all are to be here, experiencing this beautiful life.
And to be experiencing it together.

-Bethany Currier, Well Scent’s Public Relations and Communications Manager

Stories of Hope with Candice

Candice

 

When did your journey with Lyme begin?

I like to call Lyme my “detour”; it showed up in my path at age 16. At the time, I didn’t quite understand what was happening to me or to my body. As a teenager, I was focused on trying to follow my peers down the set path we thought we were supposed to travel down. That involved schoolwork, sports, social events, PSATs, SATs, college planning…there wasn’t any room for a chronic illness in that picture, so I tried to ignore the signs and symptoms. My pediatrician hadn’t given me any concrete reason (yet) to do otherwise. But what I quickly learned was that when the Universe has provided you with a detour in your path, there is always a reason. We might not understand its purpose in that moment, but in hindsight, when you reach the other side, it makes sense. I also learned that if we try to ignore that detour, the Universe just provides another, perhaps larger, obstacle to redirect you to where you were always meant to be. So in hindsight, despite the harrowing tribulation that it eventually presented at the beginning of my journey, I have gratitude for Lyme. If it weren’t for my journey with the complex illness, I wouldn’t be where I am today, who I am today, know what I know today, and I wouldn’t be surrounded by the incredible individuals I’ve met along the way.

Was there a turning point in your journey?

I continued to try to walk down the path I chose for myself and attended University of California, Davis at age 18. I still had my head set on that particular road, but my heart and the Universe had a different route in mind for me. They kept offering signs that it wasn’t where I was meant to be, signs that eventually manifested as physical symptoms that I could no longer ignore. This isn’t what I would call the “turning point” in my journey just yet, but it was the moment that Lyme made itself clear that it was going to be my detour whether I gave it permission or not. I returned home, and that’s when I was diagnosed with Late Stage Lyme Disease. I then embarked on a rigorous pharmaceutical protocol to treat it. This provided me with new direction, but it still wasn’t my turning point. I like to think of the turning point in my journey as the moment that occurred a few challenging years later, the moment when I promised my body, my head, my heart and my spirit that from that day on I would honor its messages. It was the moment that I acknowledged the value and wisdom of my own intuition, and promised to listen to it. That’s when I allowed my head and my heart to guide me away from conventional and pharmaceutical treatment and lead me to the world of holistic medicine. That is the turning point where I not only discovered hope for healing, but it is where I discovered who I am and the world that was meant for me.

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” –Joseph Campbell

What are some of your favorite tools for healing?

Healing is my favorite thing to talk about. My wise and beautiful acupuncturist recently said to me, “the problems in this world are finite compared to the infinite possibilities that exist to heal them”. I’ve set the intention to stay open to any and all healing possibilities that show up in my path, so my holistic toolbox expands almost every day. I have such immense gratitude for how illuminating it has been. If you allow it to be, complex chronic illness can be a teacher, and your body can be a valuable tour guide on an adventure into a new world. Some of my favorite discoveries have been healing through food (going gluten free, discovering real food), homeopathy, meditation, bodywork, acupuncture, chiropractic neurology, grounding, earthing, bioenergetic testing (autonomic response testing and ZYTO), and energy medicine.

When all your energies are brought into harmony, your body flourishes. And when your body flourishes, your soul has a soil in which it can blossom in the world. These are the ultimate reasons for energy medicine—to prepare the soil and nurture the blossom.” –Donna Eden

What’s one thing you wish others knew about living with Lyme Disease?

I wish that others could understand that just because the journey in healing Lyme Disease is long, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t hope on the other side. Just because an individual’s steps forward are slow and steady, it doesn’t mean profound progress isn’t being made. So, if someone you love has Lyme Disease, celebrate each moment, no matter how big or small. It’s those small moments that eventually weave together to create a tapestry of change.

In the end, I think healing is an evolution, one where each step mattered. Because Lyme Disease typically goes undiagnosed for so long, a complex picture develops where each part of the picture requires addressing and each layer addressed peels away to reveal a new level of wellbeing. So, because healing Lyme Disease is a journey of evolution, the picture you began with likely won’t look the same at the end. It’ll be bigger, brighter, and full of opportunity and light. Welcome that newfound picture of health.

What’s one thing you wish you could tell individuals who have just been diagnosed?

Trust the process. Trust your body. Trust yourself. Living in a body with Lyme Disease can sometimes feel like a scary place to be, but trust that your body is working for you. It’s doing hard work, and it’s succeeding. Be present. Trust that in this moment, your body is utilizing your protocol to heal. The mind, body, spirit connection is powerful. Strengthening that connection by grounding yourself in your body, releasing fear and resentment, and sending it messages of love, appreciation, gratitude and support can build a solid foundation for healing. Think of your journey as a novel, and each trial, tribulation, mess or success is merely a chapter. Today might be tough, but tomorrow you get to turn the page.

And, never forget: you are the hero of this story.

Your biography becomes your biology” –Carolyn Myss, Anatomy of The Spirit

What’s been your biggest obstacle in your healing journey?

Because I traveled so far down a road that wasn’t meant for me and I didn’t have the awareness or the resources to address what was happening in my body, I’ve had to do a bit of extra “groundwork” on my body before it was ready to handle certain treatment modalities. Strengthening my organs, calming down autoimmunity and sensitivity, and stabilizing my autonomic nervous system have been my biggest obstacles, but also the experiences that have taught me the most. Each Lyme survivor’s big picture and health puzzle is different, and mine just came with a few extra pieces. I now understand why those pieces in my personal puzzle exist; they are what taught me to trust in our immeasurable capacity for endurance and strength.

Do you have a spiritual practice? How does that help?

I do! I believe that strengthening your connection to your spirit, as well as a higher power or our magical Universe, and inviting your spirit home, can often be the foundation for profound healing. For me, working with graduates of the Academy of Intuition Medicine in Sausalito and taking classes in energy medicine has impacted my healing the most, and was the catalyst in developing unwavering faith in not only myself and my ability to heal, but in the purpose that lays in my path. I believe that anything that grounds your spirit in your body, restores your faith, and allows you to release that which does not serve you or was not meant for you, is a spiritual practice. Perhaps when it comes down to it, that is what healing truly is: releasing what is not “us”, so our spirit can finally come home.

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you” –Jack Kornfield

As surely as there is a voyage away, there is a journey home.” –Jack Kornfield

What has been your biggest victory in your healing journey, and how did you overcome that obstacle?

In the middle of my journey, before my turning point, I developed a condition that affected by autonomic nervous system in such a way that I wasn’t always able to stand up or walk. One of my biggest victories is being able to say that not only did I “beat the odds” and progress to the point where I never have to rely on a wheelchair, I now leave my house and forge into the world on my own two legs without giving it a second thought. I’m so grateful for the holistic practitioners who play a role in the continued restoration of my physical strength, but I’m also grateful for the message that this experience has gifted me: physicians don’t possess a crystal ball. Your prognosis is not your destiny. Your prognosis is merely a suggestion. Anything is possible, and healing is probable, if you open yourself up to the infinite possibilities available to us.

I don’t believe in “magic bullets”, but I do believe in the magic of each story of hope that I hear; focus on those while you seek what’s going to be the catalyst in your own healing. Surround yourself with the magic of resilience and perseverance. Believe in the extraordinary possibilities of your own body and spirit.

In this moment, if you’re having trouble believing in your ability to heal, just know that I do. Until you’re ready, I’ll believe enough for the both of us.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

I can now say, with gratitude for this unique and unexpected path, that my journey has lead me to enroll in a Transpersonal Psychology degree program at Sofia University. It is my hope to obtain a Master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology and become a therapist for families and young individuals diagnosed with degenerative and terminal illnesses. I also have a special interest in empowering women with physical obstacles, autoimmunity and infertility. In the beginning of my journey, my future felt so uncertain. At one point, I wasn’t even sure if I would have one. Now, because my path has been illuminated by all that I’ve learned, I see that I would have never fulfilled my life’s purpose if I hadn’t experienced all that is entailed in healing Lyme. It wasn’t just my detour; it was my teacher, my guide, my guru, and even though at one point in my journey it looked like Lyme might take my life, it is what eventually saved it. Now, because of this journey, I can be who I was always meant to be.

Candice

Well Scent Social Media Manager

Self Care Sunday

10606429_826148464127170_3570934890876812658_n

Well Scent’s Six Ways Rejuvenate the Mind, Body and Soul on Sunday:

1. Take a Soul Bath

We’re all about Epsom Salt baths for detoxing the body and relieving pain, but sometimes our soul needs some pampering too. The cool thing about salt is that it not only promotes healing on a physical level, but in many models of energy medicine and ancient practices, it is known to energetically cleanses the auric field, the chakras and the body’s energetic system. Epsom salt and baking soda, accompanied by chakra balancing essential oils, is often just what the soul needs to release, reset and restore.

Our recipe for a Soul Bath: 1 Cup Epsom Salt + 1 Cup Baking Soda + 4 drops Pause for Peace (a Cardamom & Rose blend ) + Your Favorite Healing Crystal + a Natural Soy or Beeswax Candle + A Soul Nourishing Book. Peace.
Pause for Peace

2. Have a Spa Moment

Everyone deserves to feel beautiful, from the inside out. This Sunday, take a moment to remind your skin of its innate ability to glow. Draw your inner light out through your skin by nourishing it with a spirit-rejuvenating and skin balancing essential oil serum. We recommend a Lavender, Rose & Cocoa Creme blend (like our Glow serum) for hearts that need a confidence boost and skin that needs a little rejuvenating after winter. We recommend a Helichrysum, Neroli & Shea Butter blend for minds that need comforting and skin that needs clearing (like our Luminous serum). Let your soul shine.
Glow
Luminous

3. Greet Your Yoga Mat

Whether you use your yoga mat to stretch, meditate, or practice yoga, utilizing an intentional moment to re-align the mind, body and soul can set the stage for a beautiful, fluid, prosperous week. Adding aromatherapy to your physical-spiritual practice can not only create a soothing atmosphere for your work, but can deepen the spiritual aspect of your intention to re-align. We recommend dabbing a little bit of a blend with Lotus on your yoga mat, and doing some breathwork before you begin. Lotus encourages the body to ground and sprout roots in the present moment, while encouraging the spirit to blossom into the world.
Over The Moon (Lotus Blossom Blend)

4. Ground Your Body in Nature

“Earthing” is a practice essential to health and wellness. Our connection to the earth is what aids our body in maintaining homeostasis, and reminds the body of its innate ability to restore, rejuvenate and heal. Learn more about earthing here.
Getting grounded outside is one of the most powerful ways to do this, and can help mitigate inflammation, headaches, insomnia and anxiety. While outdoors, adding a dab of an essential oil blend with grounding and lung-expanding Frankincense to further the soul-nourishing nature experience. Ground your mind with the vibration of the earth, and fill your lungs with the natural scent of serenity.
Breathe

5. Start a Spring Cleanse

Spring is a time for new beginnings. It’s the perfect time to offer your body a fresh start after a long winter. Physically cleansing the body of acquired toxicity not only lays the foundation for physical health, but strengthens spiritual and emotional wellness as well. In many models of energy medicine and eastern traditional medicine, it is believed that the organs store emotions. Essential oils offer the unique ability to not only remove unwanted physical toxicity from organs but energetically allow the organs an opportunity to release emotional toxicity and stagnant energy. Utilize a blend of Peppermint and Ginger (like our Belly Bliss blend) to release from the abdominal organs, where we typically store grief. Utilize a blend of Cypress and Rosemary (like in our Release blend) to release from the kidneys, where we typically store fear. Utilize a blend of Chamomile and Blue Tansy (like in our Rejuvenate blend) to release from the liver, where we typically store anger and resentment. Be balanced, be well.
Belly Bliss
Release
Rejuvenate

6. Smile on Sunday
Remind the whole family to smile by diffusing a blend of neurotransmitter-balancing and uplifting Jasmine and Bergamot. Because after all, Sundays are always better when we’re smiling. 
Smile

Enjoy your rejuvenative day, 
The Well Scent Team

Bringing Nature into Your Medicine Cabinet

11006423_802932789782071_2104373512106902362_n

Here at Well Scent, we believe that true healing is rooted in nature. We believe in reducing the body’s toxic burden rather than adding to it with pharmaceuticals. We believe in focusing on releasing all that is not naturally a part of our being, in order to make space to welcome back our innate vitality. We are grateful for the advances in Western medicine and their ability to save a human body in acute times of trouble, but we find immense value in nature’s age-old, patient ability to heal it.

So today, we’d like to offer a little inspiration in revamping your medicine cabinet. Rather than masking the body’s symptoms with pharmaceutical symptom relief, we want to offer a way to naturally support the body in addressing the cause of the symptoms. We believe that utilizing natural ways to uproot the cause of an ailment or illness is the true definition of healing.

This Week’s Essential Oil Scoop

10945556_822166824525334_3632920406583087326_n
This week, Well Scent was blessed with multiple beautiful reviews by some of our community’s leading wellness warriors. Please visit their websites to read their kind words (and enter Kathy’s Well Scent giveaway!):

*Melissa of Reveling in Raw
Essential Oils for Chronic Health Challenges

“Energize (Adrenal & Energy Support): Stacy was wonderful to send me an adrenal support blend because I’d told her about my health challenges and she felt strongly that it would help. She was right! The instructions say to use 3-4 times a week, so I put it on every other day. What is unique about this oil is that I can apply it directly to my lower back, and it bypasses the gut and goes directly where it needs to go. I’ve noticed an obvious boost in my energy, especially on the days that I use it. I am so thankful that I have this healing tool in my arsenal. It’s proved indispensable for me and where I am right now. Thank you, Stacy and Well Scent!”

*Katie of Empowering Astrology
An Astrology-Inspired Holistic Self Care Toolbox

“When the astrology hints that we’ve crossed a major right of passage or that change is on the horizon, essential oils are a wonderful way to bring in support. I reached out to my friends at Well Scent, makers of organic essential oil blends, and they recommended Pause for Peace. It’s a custom mix of sandalwood and frankincense, two oils that help to ground and stabilize during chaotic astrology. I’m absolutely in love with the blend, by the way. It has rose, vetiver, ylang ylang, and cardamon in it as well.”

*Oly of TLV Birdie Blog
Natural Dental Care 101

“Watch Your Mouth is a dental formula created from organic, wildcrafted and therapeutic essential oils that acts as an extreme clean toothpaste replacement & mouthwash. Easy to use – just 2 drops on a dry toothbrush instead of toothpaste. Targeting inflammation, infection and bad breath, Watch Your Mouth provides effective support and significantly reduce bacteria. I am loving it’s very down-to-earth herbal scent and light feel. Definitely going to continue using these drops with a hope it will become my absolute habit.”

*Kathy of The Lunchbox Bunch
5 Ways Essential Oils Improved My Wellness (and a Giveaway!)

“My Digestion Feels Better Product: BellyBliss. Perfect digestion would be a glorious thing. But for me, certain foods, amounts of food, eating styles or stress levels can send my digestion into a tailspin. It acts up. Gets sluggish and unhappy and causes me to have to slow down my day and also be more careful about what I am eating. The result can be discomfort, a feeling of imbalance, bloating or just an overall feeling of misery.

Enter, BellyBliss. After ordering this product, I started taking 1-3 drops and rubbing a few drops on my stomach, after dinner to encourage healthy digestion. Within a minute I can feel this tingling sensation that sinks into my skin and just feels nice. I was happily surprised when BellyBliss really starting calming my stomach and making my digestion feel more efficient. I am not an expert on essential oils by any means, like Stacy is, but I do know when something is working for me.”

With gratitude and love for our new friends,
The Well Scent Team

Photo Cred: TLV Birdie

Your Astrology Inspired Essential Oil Self-Care Toolbox

essential oil Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Here at Well Scent, we’re motivated by empowerment. We believe in utilizing nature to empower the body to rediscover its natural ability to heal. We believe in honoring the present moment and empowering the mind to be unwaveringly connected with the “here and now”. We also believe in utilizing cosmic and spiritual tools to empower the spirit to own its innate power and shine its unique light in the world.

This is why we adore Katie of Empowering Astrology. We love her empowered perspective on utilizing astrology, as well as holistic healing techniques, to align the body, mind and spirit in an effort to live a connected, authentic, soul-nourishing life.

Check out Katie’s latest blog post on building your self care tool box with natural remedies and healing techniques you can easily utilize in the comfort of your very own healing home.

Thank you for sharing your insights Katie, and your thoughts on our essential oil blends!
The Well Scent Team

New Moon‬ Eclipse, The Energy of Transformation

1509945_813864595355557_3533588946408358310_n

Tomorrow night is a rare night, full of the energy of change, rejuvenation, restoration, and transformation. Under the gentle yet powerful light of the new moon eclipse, set the intention to emerge from your cocoon and begin to use your newfound wings. It’s time to recognize that you’re a butterfly.

For physical, emotional and spiritual support during this transitional time, dab on an essential oil blend with Lotus Blossom oil. It not only stabilizes neurotransmitters and hormones for clarity and mind/body alignment, but also energetically supports the body with the humble energy of the lotus flower- the flower that rises from the mud and radiates its breathtaking beauty into the world.

Over The Moon Essential Oil Blend

Crystals for Intentional New Moon Transformation: Tiger’s Eye, Labradorite, Citrine

More on using healing crystals during times of change

Additional Advice from our Astrology gurus Spheres of Essence

“The New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Pisces/Aries message is simple: Disperse the inspiration out into the world. Like a soft seed that empties from a flower and is carried wide and far in the wind. Have courage and confidence to brings dreams into reality now even if the path in front of you is a brand new one. Be open to the possibility of magical surprises when following the subtle nudges and intuitive guidance from Soul.”

Pam Younghans of North Point Astrology

“This is the week we’ve been talking about and building toward since the beginning of the year — arguably the most powerful week of 2015, in astrological terms…
We might call this a pivot point, a time of choosing new options and releasing the old. It is a time for breakthroughs and insights, when we can ride the energies of change into a new future.”

Elana Millman’s Sensual Living

“Friday is a rare and potent astrological event and the energy building up to it can, and probably is affecting your moods. Up above, there is a new super moon, equinox and a solar eclipse all within a 24 hour period. Wow, it’s big.

New moons are seen as a time of new beginnings. It is a great time to conquer fears and self-imposed limitations. I encourage you to do something bold and unexpected to utilize the power in the skies. It’s time to do it differently than ever before. Don’t hold yourself back. That is an old energy that simply won’t fit the new, evolving you.”

Kara Maria Ananda

“Get ready to BLOOM! This is an exciting week energetically! We are leading up to the Spring Equinox on Friday with a New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse the same day! A powerful opportunity to spring forward with new beginnings is opening for us. This week is ideal for journaling, visioning and planning with focus on your BIG ideas and goals – open yourself to new perspectives, and create space for NEW insights to come through on how to manifest what you desire.”

So Well Scent family, get out your journals, your crystals, your essential oils and your biggest dreams and begin to reach for the stars. We’re holding space for you for brighter days, new beginnings, and the newfound ability to blossom in the rays of your own innate bright light.

With love,
The Well Scent Team

This Spring, Blossom

 

10968406_791558674252816_8132880716101212074_n

Well Scent’s Spring newsletter is out! Inside, you’ll find a plethora of fun wellness tips and holistic tidbits to help you welcome in the sunshine, experience a little soulshine, and blossom.

Check it out here

And don’t forget to sign up for our seasonal newsletter here

Snippet from our seasonal shares:

“Here at Well Scent, we believe that true healing is rooted in nature. We believe in reducing the body’s toxic burden rather than adding to it with pharmaceuticals. We believe in focusing on releasing all that is not naturally a part of our being, in order to make space to welcome back our innate vitality. We are grateful for the advances in Western medicine and their ability to save a human body in acute times of trouble, but we find immense value in nature’s age-old, patient ability to heal it.

So today, we’d like to offer a little inspiration in revamping your medicine cabinet. Rather than masking the body’s symptoms with pharmaceutical symptom relief, we want to offer a way to naturally support the body in addressing the cause of the symptoms. We believe that utilizing natural ways to uproot the cause of an ailment or illness is the true definition of healing.”

Read more

Happy Spring,
The Well Scent Team

Yoga Aroma – A Well Scent & Yoga Vibes Post

essential oils for yoga

We partnered with online yoga mecca, Yoga Vibes, to talk about the profound healing potential of marrying your ‪#‎Yoga‬ practice with ‪#‎Aromatherapy‬ blends. Whether you place a dab of a blend with Rose oil on your sternum before meditation, or a few drops of a blend with Bergamot on your yoga mat before you begin, the healing properties of essential oils combined with the restorative practice of yoga can balance the nervous system, clear the fourth chakra, and lay the foundation for unwavering peace.

Head over to the Yoga Vibes blog to read more about how to utilize yoga & aromatherapy for anxiety, sadness, and healing the heart.

Aromatherapy blends for Yoga & Meditation

Smile Mood Support
Pause for Peace Relaxation Support
Over The Moon Endocrine Support
Breathe Lung Support

Namaste,
The Well Scent Team

Bringing Nature Into Your Medicine Cabinet

11006423_802932789782071_2104373512106902362_n

 

 

Here at Well Scent, we believe that true healing is rooted in nature. We believe in reducing the body’s toxic burden rather than adding to it with pharmaceuticals. We believe in focusing on releasing all that is not naturally a part of our being, in order to make space to welcome back our innate vitality. We are grateful for the advances in Western medicine and their ability to save a human body in acute times of trouble, but we find immense value in nature’s age-old, patient ability to heal it.

So today, we’d like to offer a little inspiration in revamping your medicine cabinet. Rather than masking the body’s symptoms with pharmaceutical symptom relief, we want to offer a way to naturally support the body in addressing the cause of the symptoms. We believe that utilizing natural ways to uproot the cause of an ailment or illness is the true definition of healing.

Natural Remedies for your Medicine Cabinet:

*Relief for HEADACHES: Lavender, Peppermint and Wintergreen
{Soothes tension, Reduces inflammation, Clears sinuses, Addresses allergens & triggers}

*Treatment for BLEMISHES: Tea Tree Oil, Lavender & Rosemary
{Antimicrobial, Cleansing, Purifying, Soothes inflammatory response and reactions}

*Natural Antihistamine for ALLERGIES: Lemon oil, Peppermint and Lavender
{Mitigates mast cell and histamine response, balances immune system, reduces inflammation in airways}

*Support for an UPSET STOMACH: Peppermint, Fennel and Ginger
{Antispasmodic, Digestive Aid, Natural tonic and acid stabilizer}

*Immune Supportive FLU RELIEF: Myrrh, Thyme and Clove
{Antimicrobial, Immune booster, Fever reduction}

*Nature’s “Flu Shot” and COLD PREVENTION: Hyssop, Frankincense and Myrrh
{Antibacterial, Antiviral, Circulatory and lymphatic supportive, White blood cell support}

*Energizing EXHAUSTION REMEDY: Cedarwood, Spruce and Peppermint
{Adrenal support, Adrenal hormone balancing, Stress and tension relief}

*Non-pharmaceutical PAIN RELIEF: Wintergreen, Chamomile and Marjoram
{Potent inflammation reduction, antispasmodic, natural muscle relaxer, tension soother}

*A little love from nature for ANXIETY: Jasmine, Geranium and Bergamot
{Neurotransmitter stabilizer, Seratonin support, spiritual connector, heart chakra healer, A smile in a bottle.}

With immense hope for healing,
The Well Scent Team

Recipe for a Soul Bath

10998011_800502530025097_1987816443525666997_n

 

 

“Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring
your soul.” -Alice Walker

Sundays are the perfect day to “pause for peace”, and create some soul space for restoration and rejuvenation. Sometimes, life’s challenges seem impossibly complicated, but finding peace amongst them can be simple. So take a quiet moment in a beautiful space this Sunday to remind yourself of your unwavering strength, and the unshakable peace that lays inside your soul.

Recipe for a Soul Bath:

-A bathtub full of warm water
-1 Cup of Epsom Salts
-1 Cup of Baking Soda
-4 drops of your favorite Essential Oil Blend
{For a meditative moment, Pause for Peace
To exhale the tension, Breathe
To “Let it Go”, Release}
-3 Organic Unscented Soy or Beeswax Candles
-Your Favorite Music
-Your Affirmation: All is well with my soul.

Wishing you beautiful moments, wellness and peace,
The Well Scent Team

Aromatherapy and Breathwork

Slow breathing is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional or bodily storm; it won’t make the storm go away, but it will hold you steady until it passes.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

Breathing is essential to life. Throughout our day, we’re faced with so many distracting tasks, obligations and emotions to get caught up in that we lose focus on the present moment. We fret over the past or project into the future, preventing our body, mind and spirit from exhaling and sprouting it’s roots here and now.

Re-remembering how to properly breathe can not only be nourishing to the mind and the spirit, but can be rejuvenative to the body too. Slowly filling the lungs and the belly with air, pausing, and exhaling can release the tension held in the torso. This allows your organs the freedom to begin to function naturally, without the inflammatory tension that often causes discomfort and pain.

We recommend Yoga Vibes videos with Sigrid Matthews on Meditation, Breathwork and Pranayama to begin your restorative practice.

In addition, we recommend beginning and ending your day with Aromatherapy. Inhaling a blend of essential oils that encourage deep breathing, mental relaxation and grounding can be a restorative way to start a new day, and a soothing way to end one.

~Inhale with Breathe~
Breathe Blend
*Marjoram and Chamomile relax and opens the lungs.
*Peppermint aids in clearing the airways
*Frankincense facilitates the relaxing of the diaphragm and encourages deep breathing, as well as the connect of mind, body and spirit.
*Hyssop is tonifying to the sympathetic nervous system, sending the body the message “you are here, you are balanced, and you are safe.”

~Exhale with Belly Bliss~
Belly Bliss Blend
*Marjoram and Peppermint work together to soothe and clear the lungs as well as the large intestine. Together they are powerfully antispasmodic and clarifying.
*Thyme balances both an over or underactive immune system. Also balancing to an overactive mind.
*Anise and Ginger are stabilizing to a triggered nervous system, and soothing to an inflamed gastrointestinal tract.
*Tarragon sends the body, the mind and the spirit the message: “Relax. Trust. All is well.”

Take a moment during this long weekend to breathe in, exhale, and smile.
The Well Scent Team

A Beautiful Physician Testimonial for Well Scent’s Organic Dental Blends

10993401_794703143938369_6589052976804529520_n

 

Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!

As a team of Lyme Survivors who value alternative medicine and innovative holistic physicians, we are so deeply honored to be supported by some of our country’s leading Lyme Literate holistic practitioners. Knowing that we are a small part of these practitioner’s protocols for patients with complex chronic illness gives us an immeasurable sense of purpose.

We have been most moved by the profound healing work that Klinghardt-trained and invaluably knowledgeable Dr. Katie Dahlgren has accomplished, who will soon be leaving her meaningful place at Sophia Health Institute to practice with leading forces in the Autism and Lyme community at Holistic Healing Arts.
Dr. Dahlgren
Holistic Healing Arts

Our hearts were touched when Dr. Dahlgren benevolently sent us her testimonial for Well Scent’s dental line. Her words about our place in her patients’ protocols meant the world, but so did the thought that we’ve made it into her own home. We are so honored to know that we play a trusted role in holistically maintaining the health of her children, and the dental health of all of the children who are now a part of our Well Scent family.

-Testimonial-

“In my clinical practice I have the honor and the challenge of working with brave individuals with complex, debilitating illnesses. Through my work with them, I have discovered the importance of addressing the direct relationship between the pathogenic flora and biofilms in the mouth and systemic infection. This is an area of the body that must be assessed and treated to achieve and maintain optimal wellness. I recommend Well Scent’s dental line as part of a comprehensive treatment and prevention approach for every patient regardless of their health goals. The feedback from both patients and dentists has been outstanding – Dentists are shocked by how much Well Scent’s products reduce plaque build-up, staining, biofilms and cavities in their patients. These products are so effective and well formulated that I choose to use them personally both for myself as well as for my young children.” -Dr. Katie Dahlgren

Photographed are Dr. Dahlgren’s sweet boys, using our “Watch Your Mouth for Kids” organic mouthwash and our “Sparkle” and “Shine” natural dental powder.

Just for Grins
Watch Your Mouth
Watch Your Mouth for Kids
Sparkle
Shine

Thank you Dr. Dahlgren, for inviting us into your practice and welcoming us into your home.

With love,
Candice, Well Scent Social Media Manager
and The Well Scent Team

 

 

The Scent of Love

11053294_812941948781155_1668823050149455309_n
Instead of gifting your loved one a bouquet of flowers this Valentine’s Day, give the timeless gift of Aromatherapy. While a single fresh rose may capture romance and last for a cherished moment, a bottle of rose essential oil has the ability to withstand time and act as a daily reminder of the gift givers’ expression of love.

It takes over 10,000 rose blossoms to create one bottle of rose essential oil. Each bottle not only contains the aroma of the romantic flower, but also contains the flower’s healing essence. Gifting your loved one an essential oil blend that contains rose essential oil allows for the soothing of the mind, the uplifting of the spirit, and the reconnection of the heart. Physically, it balances the neurotransmitters that are responsible for joy, and energetically it balances the 4th chakra, which is the energy center of the heart.

Rose essential oil can be used as a natural perfume dabbed on the wrists, neck or sternum, as a soothing addition to a peaceful bath, or part of a nighttime ritual dabbed on a pillow or sheets.

Our Floral Aromatherapy Blends for Valentine’s Day:

Pause for Peace
~Cardamom, Vanilla and Rose~

Over The Moon
~Lotus Blossom, Osmanthus and Rose~

Smile
~Geranium, Vanilla and Jasmine~

And our Floral Serums:

Luminous
~Lavender, Helichrysum and Rose~

Glow
~Lavender, Palmarosa and Rose~

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and those you love,
The Well Scent Team

Essential oil blends pictured, Belly Bliss and Breathe

Your Daily Reminder: You Already Glow

10978571_790557851019565_6690840276821584193_n

Here at Well Scent, we don’t believe in striving to achieve a “flawless” look. We don’t believe in “perfection”, or in concealer and cover-up. We believe in honoring scars, celebrating the “imperfections” that make us unique, and UNcovering innate and natural beauty.

That’s why we created our organic body & skin care line.

~Glow~

Our radiant serum, Glow, merely acts as your skin’s reminder that from the inside out, you already glow.

Lavender Oil: Soothes redness, allowing your skin’s natural illuminating sheen to shine through.

Grapefruit Oil: A gentle antimicrobial with the potential to eliminate bacteria and all that is not naturally you, restoring the true essence of your skin.

Rose Otto: A calming aromatic oil with invaluable healing and restorative properties, with the ability to restore skin’s natural resilience, elasticity, and glow. Also healing to the 4th chakra and the heart, allowing for your inner light to shine from the inside out.

Glow Serum

~Luminous~

Our new rejuvenative serum, Luminous, is perfect for both a body and a spirit that have been through a trial. Whether it be a chronic illness, an athletic endeavor, a harsh environment or an emotional event, Luminous rejuvenates a tired mind, replenishes a weary spirit, and restores the natural vitality of your skin, enabling you to continue shining your light with boundless ease and grace.

Helichrysum Oil: An oil regarded as “spiritual sutures”, Helichrysum reconnects and heals the ties between the mind, the body and the spirit. When realigned, this allows for a clear mind, a strong spirit, and a body with beauty that is illuminated from the inside out.

Neroli: A physical and emotional stress reliever, allowing the mind to ease and the body to release tension. Thus, neroli smooths skin and allows the space for the body to naturally soothe dilated capilaries and begin to regenerate skin cells, restoring the body and the skin’s true and authentic vitality.

Frankincense: The essential oil for the true warrior and the persevering survivor. Frankincense is a natural pain reliever, inflammation reducer and dermal purifier. The reduction of pain, the soothing of inflammation and detoxifying of the skin removes the blocks that prevent your innate light from shining through. Frankincense gifts the user brighter days, allowing for restored inner peace, illuminated outer beauty, and the foundation for a bright and joyful spirit.

Luminous Serum

And don’t forget, you already glow.
The Well Scent Team

A Love Letter to Our Survivors

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

To all of our warriors, survivors and thrivers, we’re sending you encouraging thoughts and positive vibes today. Wherever you may be on your healing path, trust that you are one step farther than you were yesterday. Keep moving forward, and know that each step you take is a successful effort to maintain balance and should be celebrated as a victory. Sometimes, the most important part of a journey isn’t the finish line. It’s what you discover on the way there.

This morning, we’re dabbing on our “Balance” blend, and reflecting in gratitude on all of the invaluable things that we’ve learned on our paths to wellness that help us stay in balance today.

If we hadn’t been gifted this journey, we wouldn’t have discovered nature’s gifts. We wouldn’t have discovered the magic of alternative medicine. We wouldn’t have discovered the healing power of food. We wouldn’t have discovered the profound impact our environment has on our health. We wouldn’t have discovered the impact of mindfulness and meditation. We wouldn’t have discovered our own intuition. But most importantly, we wouldn’t have discovered our innate indomitable strength.

Remember your strength, honor the balance, and keep walking toward the light.
The Well Scent Team

Our Immune Supportive Balance Blend
~Frankincense, Rosemary, Myrrh and a dash of hope~

Stacy’s Message of hope: “You Will Get Better

IMG_9941

 

Tools to Thrive

1782163_784489494959734_1535499900405178309_n

 

As a team of wellness warriors and Lyme Survivors, we’ve collectively tried a lot of things. We’ve found value in alternative medicine, plant-based medicine, energy medicine, committing to dietary changes, and living a nontoxic lifestyle. But the one thing that we’ve found to be most important is our environment. Assuring that you’re living in a low EMF, mold free and chemical free environment can be the sole foundation for whole-body healing.

We often like to say, expecting your body to heal in a toxic environment is like expecting a fish to thrive in a dirty tank. A healthy home creates the space for a healthy body.

We’re working on a resource page for those healing or striving for wellness and balance.
There, you will find resources on Mold Illness, EMFs, Diet, and referrals to enlightened and invaluable practitioners.

This morning, we’d like to introduce one of our tools for addressing indoor air quality and maintaining balance in a healthy home. Our “Mold Plus” essential oil blend purifies the air, and not only reduces airborne viruses and bacteria, but also potently addresses airborne fungus and mold. It also has the unique ability to reduce the mycotoxins produced by household mold, which are the fungal-byproducts that can contribute to many neurological, neuroimmune and autoimmune chronic illnesses. Our blend is our formula for the ancient remedy, “Thieves oil”, which is a blend of essential oils that dates back all the way to the 15th century when it was successfully used as protection from the plague. The uses for our Mold Plus blend are endless- whether you are diffusing it in the home, using it to clean your home, using it as an internal antifungal or an external immune support, we hope that our blend protects your vitality, enhances your health, and brings healing into your home.

Mold Plus Blend

Wishing you all of the tools you need to thrive,
Candice
Well Scent Social Media Manager

Other blends of interest:
Balance (Our #Lyme-Specific Immune Support)
Breathe (Our #Asthma and Lung Support)
Release (Our #Detox and Lymphatic Support)
Relieve (Our #Autoimmune#Arthritis & Joint Support)

 

 

 

 

 

A New Year’s Eve Essential Oil and Crystal Ritual

Happy New Year, Well Scent family!

Tonight, we’re getting out our crystals, diffusing our essential oil, dabbing on a little Lotus Blossom and opening up our journals to set our intentions for 2015.

We believe in setting intentions, not making resolutions. We believe in our innate power to manifest our heart’s greatest desires, and the Universe’s ability to hear our requests and respond in kindness to our wishes. You are powerful, you are capable, you are deserving, and The Universe is on your side.

We love the thought that across the country, individuals are getting out their prayer beads, their gratitude journals, crystals and essential oils in preparation for setting intentions tonight.

Energy Muse Jewelry’article on which crystals to use for manifesting and intention setting will help you choose which stones you set out today. We want to help you choose your empowering essential oil blend.

Essential Oils for Setting Intentions:

  • Choose CEDARWOOD If….you are setting the intention to find balance in the new year. If you hope to sprout your roots, settle down into a home or a relationship, maintain a sense of physical wellness or strike a happy medium between a flourishing career and blessed time with family and friends. Set the intention for maintaining a full life, and the ability to give the adequate attention to all areas you wish to flourish.
    *Essential Oil blend: Balance
    *Complimentary Crystals: Amethyst, Hematite, Malachite
  • Choose ROSE If…you hope to open your heart to new love in the new year. If you hope to overcome social anxiety, connect on a deeper level with those that you love, and spend time making more memories filled with joy, laughter and glee. Set the intention to release the fear and insecurity that prevents you from staying in the moment, being confident in your present self, and allowing another perfectly imperfect person to love you just as you are.
    *Essential Oil blend: Pause for Peace
    *Complimentary Crystals: Rose Quartz, Jade, Amazonite
  • Choose THYME If…you intend to find hope in healing. The new year is a new beginning; it is time to release what does not serve you, let go of your heavy burdens, and discover newfound fortitude and a physical and emotional zest for life. Set the intention to overcome physical obstacles, resolve dis-ease, heal emotional wounds, and connect with your authentic and healthy spirit. You have the power to overcome, and start anew.
    Essential Oil Blend: Renew
    *Complimentary Crystals: Turquoise, Quartz, Labradorite
  • Choose BLACK SPRUCE If …you hope to care for your body in new ways in the new year. If you intend to begin a new yoga practice, exercise routine, eat more plants, spend more time in nature or take trips to swim in the sea. If committing to new lifestyle choices and physical fitness to gain strength is your intention, use this empowering and energizing essential oil to draw the motivation to achieve your goals.
    Essential Oil Blend: Energize
    *Complimentary Crystals: Carnelian, Garnet, Red Jasper
  • Choose YLANG YLANG If…you intend to shine. If you intend to step into the light that is waiting for you, and radiate into the world. Set the intention to reconnect with your radiant essence, and remind yourself that from the inside out, you glow.
    Essential Oil Blend: Glow
    *Complimentary Crystals: Tiger’s Eye, Labradorite, Citrine
We’re with you this afternoon, and we’re wishing you a BRIGHT New Year!
The Well Scent Team

Using Aromatherapy to Empower & Shine

Just like the lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness 
and radiate into the world.
10801948_766606973414653_8103974208772939952_nSet the stage for a new year by reflecting with gratitude on the last one, and setting your intentions for the bright path ahead of you. 2015 is waiting for you to shine your light and step into your innate power and wisdom. We’re closing out this year by spending some time in meditation, and stepping into a restorative space to empower our body, mind and spirit. We’re using essential oils, of course, in the process.Using Aromatherapy to Empower & Shine:~Lotus Blossom Oil
The oil of the ever-inspiring Lotus flower has anciently been used in spiritual ritual, meditation and ceremonies. It is the perfect oil for empowering the spirit to overcome past obstacles and step into the light, carrying the wisdom that comes from overcoming and the quiet confidence that comes with finding peace.
Included in our Over The Moon blend.
*Dab on the sternum before yoga, meditation, prayer or before bed*
otmblack~Rose Oil
Rose is known as the oil of the heart. Physically, it stabilizes the neurotransmitters responsible for our ability to feel authentic joy. Energetically, it opens the heart to allow joy to come in. Using the energy medicine model, Rose oil opens the heart chakra and clears it of burdens, allowing the space for new blessings, joy, and unconditional love. All things that we hope and pray fill your new year.
Included in our Pause for Peace blend.
*Diffuse in the evening, use a few drops in the bath, or rub behind ears or into temples*
Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset~Geranium Oil
Sometimes, all we need is a moment to exhale. Geranium allows us the space not only to breathe for a moment, but to release the stress and tension that keeps us from staying in the present moment. Geranium stabilizes the neurotransmitters and hormones that cause anxiety, and aids in the ability to see the blessings and bliss in this time and place. Allow your spirit the chance to stop projecting into the future, and enjoy the beautiful path that’s taking you there. Geranium oil’s message? Exhale, notice, and smile. Everything is going to be wonderful.
Included in our Smile blend.
*Dab on in the morning, to rise, smile and shine*
Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset
We also offer a sample set of all three empowering oils.
We wish you a bright new year.
Take care of you, and Shine!
The Well Scent Team

Happy Winter Solstice and December NewMoon

May all your sorrow vanish and all your dreams come true and the light of the Winter Solstice always shine on you.”

otmblack

Tonight is the night of the last New Moon of the year and the day of Winter Solstice, the mark of the emergence of winter light. Today is magic. It’s the day of new beginnings, and the celebration of the strength of a light that is born in the quiet moments where it is least expected.

Just like your inner light.

Use the magical energy of today to embrace your inner light and illuminate your own path, and begin to manifest your greatest wishes for the new year. For empowering solstice and new moon inspiration, read Via Syma Kharal’s article on Elephant JournalWinter Solstice- A Bridge to New Beginnings“, mysticmamma.com‘s article on The New Moon in Capricorn and The AstroTwins‘s article “7 Winning Moves for the Capricorn New Moon“.

Us? We like to use essential oils.

#EssentialOils for Empowerment & New Moon Manifesting:

*Lotus Blossom Oil: A traditionally sacred oil anciently used in meditation, ritual and prayer. Its physical and spiritual effects mirror the lotus itself. “Just like the lotus, we have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of darkness and radiate into the world.”

*Rose Oil: Rose is the oil of the heart. On a physical level, it soothes and calms, and on a spiritual level it opens the heart and soul to love, new opportunities, abundance, joy, and invaluable connection.

*Geranium Oil: One of the most uplifting and empowering oils for the spirit. It encourages the user to shine their innate light, and act as a candle as they ignite the lights of those around them.

Our Over The Moon Blend

Wishing you a Winter Solstice full of light,
Candice Mitchell, Social Media Manager

Christmas Came Early; A Testimonial From Picnik Austin

10848054_762440377164646_7073363763700663206_n

Christmas came early a few days ago for Well Scent, when our fellow ATX small business buddy #Paleo Picnik Austin shared the most benevolent words about our organic dental line. Picnik Austin’s support has been one of our greatest gifts. We wanted to share their post with our Well Scent community not only because it so beautifully demonstrates the function and the essence of our blends, but it also demonstrates the beauty of supportive community, the value of authentic support, and the incredible hearts behind the business that so consistently feeds our community nourishing meals.

Thank you for always lifting us up, Picnik Austin, and shining a light on the work we are doing. As Austin’s first Paleo cafe, we can confidently say that you are on the forefront of changing the way our community interfaces with food and their health, and we so appreciate the invaluable hard work that you put in each and every day to educate the community on real food and life-changing nutrition. You’ve reached our hearts through our stomachs, and have illuminated the paths of so many who strive to make healthier choices and heal through food. Thank you for nourishing the mind, bodies and souls of our community!

Picnik Austin’s Post:

“I like to think of every dollar that I spend as a vote – and this time of year presents me with an opportunity to vote for some pretty amazing local businesses! Stacy, owner and founder of Well Scent, is a truly special person. She has supported us not only as a customer, a vendor, and a fellow#smallbusiness-owner – but also as a dear friend.

She has been a pillar of education and hope within the #Lyme community as she’s shared her #LymeDisease journey and the many ways that#essentialoils have supported her healing. Her line of essential oil blends and holistic healthcare products were created to help others heal from the inside out, as well. Stacy, her business, and her entire team are such an inspiration to all of us!

“Shine” and “Watch Your Mouth” are two of our favorite Well Scent products EVER – seriously we are never going back to regular toothpaste again after using these. Anyone can benefit from making the switch to cleaner tooth care products, but this set is absolutely perfect for those who are conscious of everything they put in their bodies, interested in holistic healthcare, or believers in the power of essential oils. http://bit.ly/1un1wMS

Just like the foods you eat, your tooth care products should promote HEALING. We especially love these products from Well Scent because they are anti-inflammatory, alkalizing, and detoxifying.

Thyme essential oil is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, so it kills off harmful bacteria and microbes without inhibiting healing. Sea Buckthorn is an incredible natural tooth whitener and is loaded with antioxidants. Green living clay not only provides minerals, but also binds to toxins and heavy metals and naturally removes them, which can make WORLDS of difference in your overall health.

I could go on and on about the unparalleled ingredients that make up this tooth care system. But what makes it truly special is that all the essential oils are organic and wildcrafted, and every product is lovingly handcrafted here in Austin by a truly incredible group of women.

Both of these products are available at Picnik – but we also highly recommend that you visit the Well Scent website and browse through their other products! Knock out some holiday shopping AND show some local business-love.http://bit.ly/1un1wMS

With love for our friends,
The Well Scent Team

Antihistamine Essential Oils and Mast Cell Stabilization

Recent research and medical developments have revealed that Mast Cell Activation Disorder and heightened histamine levels may be behind many chronic symptoms experienced by those diagnosed with complex chronic conditions like Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Food Sensitivities/Intolerance, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Dysautonomia, Autoimmune Disorders and Immune Dysfunction.

To learn more about mast cells and histamine visit: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Histamine

Recently, we’ve received a lot of inquiries about using our essential oil blends to stabilize mast cells and relieve the symptoms of high histamine. While this can be tricky due to varied sensitivities among patients with mast cell issues, we have some recommendations on how to use aromatherapy therapeutically to stabilize and support your system.

What’s challenging about Mast Cell Activation, is that every affected individual has a different set of triggers. It’s hard to know what your triggers are or would be without bioresonance testing or autonomic response testing for your specific sensitivities and needs. We typically recommend consulting with a naturopathic or holistic physician, or a chiropractor or practitioner that can guide you in that way on your supplement/remedy/blend choices. Klinghardt-trained practitioners are trained in autonomic response testing, so the Klinghardt Academy’s certified practitioner list is a good place to start.

While we aren’t practitioners ourselves and aren’t familiar with your unique sensitivities and needs, we are patients ourselves with first-hand experience as well as extensive education in the therapeutic use of essential oils, so we do have some recommendations! Generally, we recommend that those with Mast Cell and histamine issues initially avoid essential oils derived from flowers or trees. They are often cross-reactors for mast cell triggers. But that still leaves you with some great options to begin your journey in healing through aromatherapy. Peppermint Oil is typically the safest for those with Mast Cell because it is relatively benign in terms of mast cell triggering, and it is also a wonderful anti-histamine and system stabilizer/soother. Essential oils that are herbal in nature are also wonderful choices, like Rosemary, Fennel, Chamomile and Thyme. They tend to be detoxifying, gently assisting the liver in releasing toxicity that may be the underlying cause of mast cell activation.

So what I would recommend is to start out with either a single oil (Peppermint!) or blends with very few ingredients.

peppermint essential oil for histmamine intolerance

Peppermint Oil This single oil can be used in countless beneficial ways for those with histamine issues. Research has shown that it single-handedly has the ability to reduce a histamine burden, and works together with other anti-histamines to prevent further allergic reactions. Dab on the bottom of your feet, behind your ears, on your sternum or even under your nose to open airways and calm an itchy, rashy, allergic episode. It’s also great for mast cell-related GI upset or headaches. You can put a drop in your bellybutton or massage it into inflamed areas on the abdomen or head.

Rejuvenate product for mass cell disease

Rejuvenate

Because a toxic liver often releases inappropriate levels of histamine and holds toxicity that triggers mast cells, this is an incredibly important blend for those healing Mast Cell Activation Disorder. It does contain Geranium, but we find it to be non-triggering in most because of the many other ingredients that work together to prevent histamine release. Start with putting it on the bottom of your feet before bed, and cover your feet with socks. Work up to putting it over your liver before a detoxifying bath or shower.

mold plus oil for dysautonomia

Mold Plus

This blend is important for those of us who are triggered by mold in our home. Mold is often the #1 trigger and root cause of mast cell activation disorder. Even if you don’t suspect mold in your home, mold is naturally around us outside in our environment, so it’s a great idea to either diffuse or spritz  a blend with Clove and Rosemary while you’re out for the day to cleanse and purify the air while you’re gone. Then you get to come home, and breathe easy. I would start with merely putting a few drops on cotton or tissue or in jars and disperse them throughout a room before you leave. Then discard them when you come home and see how you do.

If you struggle with GI manifestations of histamine and mast cell overproduction, we also recommend introducing Belly Bliss for relief.

If you have questions about which blend might be best for you, please email our Social Media Manager and Health Consultant, Candice, at candice@well-scent.com.

We wish you hope for healing, brighter days, and unwavering inner peace.

Three Reasons to Love Watch Your Mouth + Three Testimonials

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

As the owner and founder of Well Scent, I have a strong connection to the blends that started this business. They not only supported my own healing from Lyme Disease but they also helped many others with their own challenges too. We have incredible testimonials from many of our customers about how Watch Your Mouth helped them heal dental infections, avoid surgery, overcome bad breath and reduce inflammation. When we first started receiving that feedback, we knew this blend was special.

Watch Your Mouth is the first blend I created for Well Scent. It is now our best-seller and routinely written into patient protocols nationwide. 

Here are are three reasons to check it out!

1| Seabuckthorn Berry -Over 190 bioactive compounds, including Omega-7’s packed into every potent seabuckthorn berry.  Omega 7 ‘s are a special nutrient that may protect and restore the skin and mucus membranes that line the digestive tract and urogenital tracts. 

  • Cell membrane nurturing
  • Skin, hair and nail health
  • Gastrointestinal and liver health
  • Dental and gum health
  • Supports a healthy response to inflammation

2| Clove Bud – Essential oil of clove has an impressive range of action against pathogens and illness of all kinds. It is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal and also acts as an analgesic. Research indicates its usefulness for a very wide range of illnesses some of which include Multiple Sclerosis, Hepatitis, Malaria, Colitis, amoebas, neuralgia, arthritis and Hodgkins Disease.

3| Thyme – Stimulates and support the Immune System and is a pleasant tonic for the nervous system. It aids the in the regeneration of liver cells and is a powerful antimicrobial and a most effective antibacterial agent. There are studies that support the anti-tumor activity of Thyme.


Here are Three of Our Favorite Practitioner Testimonials!

I am constantly searching for effective treatment methods to address bacteria, biofilms, and toxins from dental infections. I have been loving the combination of Watch Your Mouth and Shine Dental Powder personally. Both myself and my team recommend Well Scent for our patients. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, Klinghardt Academy

Much of chronic illness begins in the mouth.  A focus on improving dental health is a focus on improving overall health. I personally use Well Scent’s Watch Your Mouth essential oil blend instead of toothpaste.  It is an easy option that I incorporate into my daily routine to keep my health on a good path.  Thanks for these wonderful products! Scott Forsgren, Editor and Founder of BetterHealthGuy

I am really enjoying your products! I have some exciting feedback from our dental practice on your dental/ oral health blends. We used the phase microscope on all our patients in hygiene and all new patients on the doctors side.  I took a bacteria slide on my two assistants. On both slides we noted several different types of bacteria that could cause gingivitis or periodontal disease. For example, spirochetes, gliding rods, and spinning rods.  I had one assistant’s brush w/ just Watch your mouth and then retested. I then had the other assistant brush w/ the PrimTooth mixed w/ the Watch your mouth.  Both slides improved and noted less bacteria on the one that only used the Watch your mouth but the one that used both improved more, did not note any spirochetes. These are the form of bacteria that breaks down the bone around the teeth. I was impressed how it lowered the bacteria just by brushing the teeth. I will continue to monitor the products and let you know any new info. Please use this information in your education to support the science behind these formulations. Thanks you for sharing your line with us. Tabitha Long RDH |Stuart, Nunnally and Freeman | Healthy Smiles for Life

We’re honored to receive such glowing reviews from such innovate, respected practitioners. We’re equally as honored to be a part of your (I would put your in italics) journey to health and wellness. Many practitioners have voiced that health begins in the mouth, which is why we believe “Watch Your Mouth” has had such a profound impact on patients’ journeys to brighter days. But we also believe that true health is rooted in the soul. We invite you to nourish both with our health-elevating essential oil blends.

Be well!

Smiles, Stacy Shuman

 

 

Lyme Treatment Update: You will get better

10257942_10203938492615525_934212847300716247_n

Taking my son for his first driving lesson. Doing mommy things again! Lucky me!


I am getting there!

When sharing with others about my ongoing recovery from Lyme Disease, people often want to know “how” I am doing it, what treatments are most helpful and what advice I would offer others looking for help. Before answering these questions, however, and in the interest of full disclosure, I want to be clear that I don’t consider myself to be cured from Lyme Disease (M.S.I.D.S, etc.,).

Yet.

I am still actively treating Lyme and other related infections, as well as working within the holistic framework of healing which includes emotional and spiritual work, mitigating environmental triggers (EMF/ RF, mold, GMO’s, etc.,), supporting detoxification (movement, saunas, hydrotherapy, hydration, organ support) and supporting the nervous system (bodywork, grounding, nature, friends, meditation and prayer, singing, journals, crystals, fuzzy socks, etc.,).

Me + Husband @ Date Night. Yep, that’s happening!

My Lyme Treatment Update 

I am presently a little more than two years into treatment for “Lyme” and I have definitely reached that place in my journey where I have faith it will only get better from here. In the course of a few years, I now have access to treatment, tools that support the work both emotionally and physically, and a network of practitioners that can provide direction when I need help. I worked for this, it took a really long time, but I am here now and I want to share some of what I am learning with all of you. But I also want you to know something that I didn’t know back then.

Healing is possible. People do get better.

I don’t remember seeing stories of people that had recovered from Lyme so I am determined now to make sure I do my part to share what I have experienced firsthand. I am getting better. So is my daughter. And I also know people that are back to their lives again, working demanding full-time jobs, going to concerts and traveling internationally (and not for medical treatment either). But if you are researching online, you may not be seeing that, and it is the one thing you need to know more than anything.

Here are some things that may help you to get from here to there.

Find Tools that Support Your Ability to Cope. 

Choose carefully what imprint you are creating for your unconscious self by being really mindful of what you are focusing on, sources of information, how you are defining this challenge (victim or survivor), and how you are relating to this on a daily basis. I was a huge mess at times, I can still be now, but I get back quickly to what works, and I am sharing that with you now, not because I think my tools should be your tools, but because I want to share and encourage you to find your own inner strength.

My “little-bird”, fellow Lyme-Warrior, daughter and partner in treatment

Find Mentors that Inspire You

Who are your mentors? What about Angeli Vanlaaned, professional free-skier, who returned to the Olympics after Lyme Treatment? See, people do get better!

My list of mentors follows (I used first names only!): Kim: Grace. MaryEllen: Kindness. Scott: Dedication and Humility. Perseverance. Katie: Biggest heart on the planet. Superhuman. Wisdom. Humility. Keeping it real. Chay: Fierce. Brave. Funniest creature I know. Tenderhearted. Christine: Balance, Staying in the Flow of Life. Candice: Gentleness. Grace. Wisdom. Nancy: Altruistic and kind.

Trust the Process

I spent more than ten years researching before my “Lyme” diagnosis.  I learned so much! I mean, can you imagine? Of course you can. No doubt it is your story as well.

All of the research you did and continue to do can positively direct your healing and guide you to new treatments. But at some point it becomes helpful to relax, to the best of your ability, and trust the process. This is easier, in my opinion, when you have found a trusted Lyme-Literate doctor to manage your care.

Don’t Believe Everything You Read or Hear

I once had a massage therapist tell me that the scar tissue along my spine was permanent, irreversible. That seem like something that should scare me a little bit, right? It didn’t. Here is why.

I don’t believe her.

Here is the thing. Much as we know about the body and how it works, there is still a lot more that we don’t know. Miracles happen all the time in medicine, so don’t forget that.  And if you move outside of the allopathic model, there are so many more resources for healing!

But Laughter is the Best Medicine of All!

Laughter moves oxygen and lymph and resets the nervous system and wakes up your cells and it also tells your whole body that “it is okay“. So don’t forget that. I mean, it should probably be at the top of the list. So my first bit of advice is to find the humor and to seek out those people that also want to share that part of this experience too. And if you cannot find that in others, then be that person that brings levity and a smile to someone else that needs it.


Now let’s get to my list of resources, treatment, advice, etc.,

  1. Find a Lyme-Literate Doctor. (My personal preference has been to work with the doctors at The Sophia Health Institute because of the work of Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt.) It is not enough that your doctor or wellness practitioner accepts or diagnoses Lyme, you need the support of a clinic that specializes in Lyme and has a support staff that can provide access to tools to support your treatment for possible referrals, IV-Therapy, prescriptions, additional support staff to facilitate treatment when your doctor is busy or away from the clinic. See ILADS for additional resources for finding a doctor.
  2. When treatment is especially challenging, focus on detoxification and supporting your nervous system.  
  3. Be here now. Try not to anticipate or predict the future, or look back with regret. Get back to this moment and ask yourself “What do I need right now?” Do what you can to support yourself in this moment.
  4. How do people heal from Lyme Disease? How am I healing from Lyme Disease? Every time you treat an infection, your system is not exactly the same as it was the last time you treated for that infection. I am throwing this in there because it is easy for some of us to assume we cannot tolerate garlic because that one time we tried it, we got sick. Having said this, my protocol has changed a lot over the years and some things just never worked and other things did and then they didn’t the next time, and so on. My current protocol reflects what is presently working and will be noted with some details just so you know that I am not uniformly recommending anything to anyone. 1) Neural Therapy and ART (Autonomic Response Testing – biofeedback/ energetic testing). I don’t know where I would be without these two tools. I highly recommend you research the work of Dr. Klinghardt to learn more. 2) Cannabis (varying dosage and as tolerated, wonderfully neuro-protective; this has been very helpful with cognitive challenges), 3) Albenza, Ivermectin, Itinazole (as tolerated and when energetically tested; generally noticed a a decrease in most of symptoms but this protocol is hard), 4) Detoxification Support (see above), 5) Nervous System Support (see above), 6) Essential Oils (particularly Balance, Protect, Watch Your Mouth, Just for Grins, Shine, Over the MoonFrankincense and Vetiver), 7) Bolouke, 8) Binders (charcoal, chlorella, clay, Ecklonia Cava, Takesumi Supreme), 9) Plant-Based grain-free organic diet, 10) BioMat (pain management and stress and anxiety support).
  5. Do not ignore the elephant in the room. It is helpful to focus on Lyme Disease if that is your diagnosis, but don’t ignore other possibilities that may be causing or exacerbating your present challenges. I recommend considering possible dental infections (root canals, cavitations, etc.,), amalgam fillings, mold exposure and EMF/ RF stressors.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please share that here so that others may benefit form the communication we share! Thank you!


Love + light + healing | Stacy Shuman

For more information:

Well Scent Recommended Wellness Resources

Amethyst BioMat

BetterHealthGuy

Stacy’s Lyme Disease Treatment 

The Sophia Health Institute

The Klinghardt Academy

 

 

 

 

Holiday GIVEAWAY: Win a Gift, Give a Gift

IMG_2825.JPG

IMG_6269.JPG

That magical, wonderful, crisp time of year is finally here, and this year, we’re celebrating with a G I V E A W A Y. We love giving gifts here at Well-Scent, but more than that, we love giving gifts that will improve the recipient’s health and vitality.

This year, we are giving away three of our favorite blends- Liver, Watch Your Mouth, and Protect. Below are some details about each as well as a few ways to use them this holiday/cold-weather season.

IMG_6279-0.JPG

LIVER: For the morning after your company’s holiday party (i.e. a few too many sugary treats and/or that extra glass of wine). LIVER will have you feeling better in no time.

What It Does: Liver is a blend created specifically for stimulating detoxification in the liver, gallbladder, and digestive system. Essential oils such as Fennel, Blue Tansy, Geranium, and Roman Chamomile gently work to release toxins stored in vital organs while also giving your body the support that it needs. Whether you are healing from a serious illness, like Lyme Disease or Cancer, or are seeking to maintain the good health that you already have, LIVER is a great tool to have in your medicine cabinet.

How To Use: One of our favorite ways to use LIVER is to rub it on the bottoms of our feet at bedtime.

IMG_6200.JPG

PROTECT: For the nights you spend Christmas caroling and wake up in the morning with a sore throat. Okay, so unless you live on the North Pole, the more realistic scenario is that you stayed out late attending a holiday gathering or dinner with friends or coworkers. Maybe you woke up with a tickle in your throat, or maybe you are taking precautions to make sure you don’t catch a cold, either way, this blend is for you!

What It Does: PROTECT is Well-Scent’s answer to preventative care during flu and cold season. It strengthens the immune system while also fighting bacteria and viruses that lead to the cold and flu. PROTECT is healing, grounding, soothing, and nurturing, and also contributes to symptom reduction and a shortened recovery time.

How To Use: Apply to throat, upper back, and chest up to once per hour. Also safe for children and infants! For children and infants, rub on bottom of feet and on the back so as not to get the product on their hands or eyes.

IMG_6283.JPG

WATCH YOUR MOUTH: For that moment when you realize you have an event directly after work and won’t have enough time to freshen up before hand. Watch Your Mouth has you covered- just swallow a few drops and your breath will be as fresh as newly fallen snow. Also use WYM to keep your dental health in check after you’ve indulged in some sugary treats.

What It Does: Toothpaste replacement that kills harmful bacteria that leads to bad breath, cavities, and heart disease. It’s hundred of times stronger than toothpaste, yet gentle enough for even sensitive individuals to use without issue.

How To Use: Add 1-3 drops to a dry toothbrush, or dip in sea salt or baking powder. 1-3 drops throughout the day to freshen breath.

IMG_2625.JPG

And now what you’ve been waiting for- Here’s what to do to enter to win the prize pot! Each bullet point constitutes as one entry, and each individual may enter up to 3 times. And here is the best part- If you tag a friend on Facebook or Instagram and you win the prize, then your friend will ALSO be sent the same prize! It’s a win-win, so be sure to spread the word!

Entry Option 1: Like us on Facebook AND share the post for the giveaway with your friends.

Entry Option 2: Like us on Facebook AND tag a friend in the comments section of the giveaway post.

Entry Option 3: Follow us on Twitter AND retweet the giveaway with the hashtag, #WSHolidayGiveaway.

Entry Option 4: Follow us on Instagram AND tag a friend in the comments section of the giveaway photo.

Entry Option 5: Follow us on Instagram AND repost the giveaway photo on Instagram with the hashtag, #WSHolidayGiveaway.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

XX, #WellScentGirls

Well-Scent’s Holiday Gift Guide

Here at Well-Scent we believe that it is truly better to give than to receive, which is one of the many reasons that we love the holidays so much! Catching up with friends, eating good food, spending time with loved ones, and exchanging thoughtful gifts all make for good fun in our book.

But even though we adore the holidays, we will admit that all of the activity surrounding them can at times become a little overwhelming. That’s why this year we’ve created Well-Scent’s first-ever holiday gift-guide! We think our products make some seriously stellar stocking stuffers and small gifts for friends and family alike, and we’ve put together a few gift ideas for the moms, dads, siblings, and children in your life.

IMG_3706.JPG

For the Moms:

GLOW: Pamper the mom(s) in your life by gifting them GLOW, our healing skin serum that is as luxurious as it is effective. GLOW can be used as a healthful makeup remover, nutrient-rich facial moisturizer, or to treat dry or problematic areas of skin all over the body. Some of the qualities that we love about GLOW are that it soothes inflammation, supports cellular turnover, and delivers a high amount of vitamins (C, E, B, A) and omega fatty acids. GLOW also contains two very rare and medicinal essential oils, Rose Otto and Seabuckthorn. These oils contribute to resiliency, skin-tightening, and cell regeneration.

ENERGIZE: Moms have a lot on their plates during the holiday season- cooking, shopping, attending events, and making sure the holidays are extra special for her family. Support your mom this season by gifting them our secret weapon against symptoms of adrenal fatigue and low energy, ENERGIZE.

IMG_3711.JPG

For Your Best Gals:

SMILE: Whether your girlfriends are yoga-loving-vegan-health-nuts or cheeseburger-and-fries-eating-party-animals, we promise they will love this signature blend. SMILE is one of our most popular and aromatic blends, perfect for a perfume replacement, but so much more than a pretty smell. SMILE is an emotional blend, meaning it provides mood support against stress / anxiety / depression while also strengthening the body and mind. It contains precious oils like Jasmine, Geranium, Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Vetiver and has a delightful flowery smell.

LAVENDER: Every girl should have a bottle of lavender oil in her medicine cabinet. A highly antiseptic oil, lavender is good for anything from relaxation to creating your own DIY skincare products (lavender salt scrub, anyone?) to speeding up the recovery time for wound healing. Put a special touch on the gift by browsing through our DIY blogs and selecting a few recipes that lavender oil could be used in. Then hand-write the recipe on a card, wrap it up in a cute little package, and gift away.

IMG_3708.JPG

For Your Sister:

SHINE: Before you shake your head at the idea of gifting someone a toothpaste replacement, let me explain why your sister will love you for it. SHINE boasts an array of health benefits that is unmatched by conventional toothpastes and even most DIY ones. This blend is so powerful that it not only works to prevent cavities and bacteria that cause bad breath, but it supports the body systemically as well. This tooth polish, exfoliant, and tooth brightener will not only improve the look and feel of your pearly whites, but will also improve overall health.

PAUSE FOR PEACE: The holidays can be stressful, but luckily we have three wonderful emotional blends (Smile, Over the Moon, Pause for Peace) to help ward off negative feelings and shift the body to a state of greater rest. Pause for Peace is wonderful for centering, meditation, and prayer, and it makes the perfect counterpart to calming yoga sessions and relaxing detox baths.

For Your One and Only Girl:

OVER THE MOON: Gift the one you are ‘over the moon’ for this delightful blend. As we mentioned above, Over the Moon is the third of our emotional blends. Not only does it smell delightful (it’s a sacred perfume after all) , but it also helps to align the body, mind, and spirit and reduce anxiety, especially during periods of energetic chaos, such as during a full moon. If one oil doesn’t seem like it’s enough for your girl, then spring for our holiday gift set, which contains all three of our emotional blends / sacred perfumes – Smile, Pause for Peace, and Over the Moon.

IMG_3710.JPG

For the Man in Your Life (Dad / Brother / Boyfriend):

WATCH YOUR MOUTH: Essential oils aren’t just a girl thing, and we’re here to prove that guys can enjoy their benefits too. Watch Your Mouth is one of our top sellers, and for good reason. This potent toothpaste replacement is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. It has a punch of cinnamon spice taste and when added to a bit of water creates a wonderful mouthwash, meaning that fresh breath and improved dental health is always just a few drops away.

SANDALWOOD: This versatile oil has a number of uses, ranging from relieving respiratory congestion to clearing up skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. But it’s also a powerful oil for centering and stress relief, so it’s perfect to support your main man during long days at the office or other stressful life events.

PROTECT: Well-Scent’s first sacred cologne, Protect, is a strengthening oil that can be worn as a conventional cologne replacement. The best part of this blend, however, is that it’s antiviral and antibacterial properties help to prevent and heal from the common cold, flu, and respiratory infection. This blend is the perfect gift for your guy on-the-go, especially when he’s traveling by air, hiking in a cold climate, or braving the mall during gift-giving season!

IMG_6942.JPG

For The Mini-Me’s:

WATCH YOUR MOUTH for KIDS: Because the kids deserve special attention! Did you know that many of our blends are also safe to support your child’s health? Watch Your Mouth for Kids is a powerful yet gentle blend that is well-tolerated even among the most sensitive children. It also tastes great, improves health, and is guaranteed to make your child’s dentist happy.

Xx,
Kayla & the #WellScentGirls

11 Ways to Live Softly

Whether you’re busy with school, a career, being a parent, or healing from illness, life can be full, fast, and exhausting. My days are spent much differently now as opposed to my pre-Lyme diagnosis. Before I started feeling ill, I worked hard, played hard, and filled my life with constant social activities, meetings, quick meals, and late nights.
Healing is a full-time job, but I’ve learned that life isn’t always about going hard. Now my days consist of a lot of medicinal therapies; and though I’ve gotten pretty good at doing my daily detoxing, following my healthy medicinal diet, and taking all of my many supplements and medications, I was neglecting my spirit. I realized that taking care of my spirit is key to healing deeply, which is why paths to recovery are often called spiritual journeys. In order to heal your mind, body, and soul, sometimes “going hard” isn’t always best. Living softly, and treating yourself kindly is a valuable lesson – one I am learning to practice every day.
  1. Nurture yourself from the inside out. Treat your insides simply by starting your day with a big glass of lemon water, add daily fresh juices or green smoothies to your diet, and celebrate the end of the day with hot herbal tea. Treat your outsides by avoiding harsh chemicals, instead, opt for natural ingredients that will benefit your body holistically.
  2. Slow down. Wake up slowly, even if it means setting the alarm clock for a little earlier in the morning. Stretch, and have a wholesome breakfast before embarking on your day. Slow Down
  3. Breathe deeply. Oxygen is life! Sometimes all it takes is 10 deep breaths to bring me back to center. Deep breathing not only helps clear your mind and relieve tension, but your body functions more optimally when you “belly breathe”.
  4. Plant your bare feet in the dirt. Grounding happens when your bare feet come into contact with the earth’s surface by conducting negative electrons to your body. Emerging science is revealing that grounding may bring a wide range of health benefits including improvements in sleep, chronic pain and inflammation, cortisol, blood pressure, heart rate, and stress reduction.Grounded
  5. Simplify your surroundings. Let go of space-cluttering possessions that contribute to a stressful environment rather than a peaceful and productive space. Following basic Feng Shui techniques can harmonize your home and raise the overall vibration of your surroundings.
  6. Let go of the past, and don’t let anxiety rule your thoughts. Focus on learning to be present by practicing mindful meditation each day. Create a relaxing ritual to help ease worries: a night time bath with your favorite essential oils and bath salts, or drinking a cup of hot tea while reading an uplifting book. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha 
  7. Say yes to things that serve you. Say no to things that don’t. Follow your passions, and make deliberate choices. Learning how to say no actually gives your ‘yes’ more power. Let go of the many yeses, and consider each question before automatically tacking on another thing to your list of obligations. Is your heart in it? Learning how to say no not only helps you become a true decision maker, but also helps you to develop more trust with yourself. “A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, avoid trouble” – Gandhi 
  8. Listen to your intuition. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”  – Steve Jobs
  9. Laugh every day. “Laughter is the best medicine!” Humor can relieve stress, boost your immune system and flood your body with endorphins to help combat pain. Create space for laughter every day, whether it be playing with your pet, chatting with friends, or watching adorable YouTube videos of laughing babies.
  10. Repeat affirmations out loud. Every word you speak carries a vibration. When thinking and speaking positively, you are assisting your entire body’s ability to heal. Relieve worries and release disease by consciously repeating affirmations free of uncertainty or doubt. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha
  11. Forgive yourself, embrace your true self (flaws included), and learn that it’s okay if you can’t accomplish every goal right away. “Be gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best that you can.”

Love and Light,
Melissa Cox, Well Scent Contributor

Winter Newsletter

 

 

af3bf781-1697-41ad-a00b-4426476bc739


Winter Newsletter 2014

NEWS
Top Three Social Media Shares
Flu Support with Well Scent’s “Protect”
Well Scent Girls Gift-Picks
Meet Kayla; Well Scent’s Newest Contributor
Holiday Promotion
News from Our Venders


0f8062ca-010f-4b9e-9b00-870b136fd6ea

From Certified Aromatherapist and Well Scent Founder
One of the things I love most about about working with essential oils is that, for many, it resonates with an ancestral knowledge of plants, a time when we intimately knew the landscapes we walked and enjoyed gathering plants for our food and medicine. Cultivating that innate sensibility and checking-in with your intuition supports healing and wellness but getting there is a process. Use the product information on each page as a guide and check-in with your wellness practitioner for new ways of using aromatherapy to support your journey towards health of body, mind and spirit.
Smiles, Stacy Shuman

Did you know that the Well Scent Social Media Pages are managed by inspiring women healing from Lyme Disease?
Meet the Well Scent Girls. 

And, as we step into our own light and healing, we hope that Well Scent will encourage you to step into yours.
Below are some of our most popular posts shared recently. 


d614cc1b-e49e-40a7-8afe-8d72cdb573ae

 

Natural Remedies for Symptom Relief

Anxiety
Winter Blues
  • Boost your serotonin levels and balance your neurotransmitters with Jasmine.
Hormonal Headache
  • Balance your endocrine system to reduce estrogen dominance and related hormonal symptoms with Geranium.
Tension Headache
  • Release the tension in your neck and soothe the stress that caused it withLavender.
Sinus Headache
  • Reduce the inflammation in and clear inflamed sinuses with Eucalyptus.
Sore Throat Glands
  • Boost your immune system and stave off the infection that’s wearing out your glands with Myrrh.
Dry Cough and Wheezing
Fatigue
Acne
Gingivitis & Sensitivity
Thrush
  • Rebalance the immune system and fight off systemic yeast with Clove.
Winter Skin Woes
Contributor: Candice Mitchell
Photo Credit: Melissa Cox

 

Your Holiday Shine with Nature-Based Dental and Oral Health Care

Holistic dentists and many wellness practitioners believe that wellness begins in the mouth. Your gums and your teeth have a connection to major organs and systemic functions in your body, including (but not limited to) your cardiovascular system, your digestive organs, your lymph and even your brain. So, a simple way to support the health of not only your mouth, but your entire body today?f46a7ed1-0ce9-44c2-8f48-b7885e1753a8

Ditch your toxic toothpaste.Your new toothpaste rule: If you wouldn’t want to swallow its ingredients,
don’t use it on your teeth.Conventional toothpaste contains potent toxins linked to endocrine suppression, neurotoxicity and even cancer. Some of those harmful ingredients to look out for? Sodium fluoride, which can also be found in industrial pesticides. Triclosan, an anti-bacterial chemical carcinogen. Sodium Laurel Sulfate, a damaging detergent that causes the body to act like a sponge for nitrates and toxicity. DEA, an inflammatoryfoaming agent known to burden the kidneys and liver.We know that wellness advocates are equally concerned about keeping the mouth free of bacteria, cavities and gingivitis, so what’s the solution to the toxic toothpaste conundrum? Using plant-based antimicrobial and anti-flammatory ingredients derived straight from nature.
Here’s how:
Here’s to taking another step toward wellness, and assuring that from the inside out, you Shine!Contributor: Candice Mitchell
Photo Credit: Kayla Denny
Product Page: Shine

YOUR HOLIDAY GLOW 
a883f813-8e5c-4f7f-88c2-03746dbd73bb
Your true nature is l u m i n o u s!

Holiday Gift Pick: GLOW – Healing Serum. One of the special ingredients in this body and skin care formula is Rose Otto, the most healing and medicinal of all roses. It adds resiliency + elasticity to the skin + promotes rejuvenation of connective tissues. And what’s more- Rose Otto has been celebrated since ancient times as a source of joy, beauty, + happiness. Just a few reasons why we love GLOW.
Contributor: Melissa Cox
Photo Credit: Melissa Cox


Flu-Support with Well Scent “Protect”
final2_ws_protect

WHAT IT IS: Bolster the immune system with “Protect”, a natural sanitizer that is highly anti-infective against bacteria and viruses while also strengthening to the immune system for year round protection. It is also designed to support  respiratory infections, including sore throat, bronchitis, influenza, pneumonia and the common cold.

HOW TO USE IT: Apply to throat, upper back and chest up to once an hour while awake. For infants and children under six, apply to the bottom of feet and on the back to decrease likelihood of them getting onto their hands and then their eyes. Can also be used as a hand sanitizer.

BENEFITS: Reduce symptoms, shorten recovery time and may even be used preventatively.

EMOTIONAL ASPECT: Grounding, supportive, protecting, healing, soothing, stabilizing, nurturing.

INGREDIENTS: Thyme, Hyssop, Silver Fir, Laurel, Cypress, Clove, Frankincense, Benzoin, Myrrh, Vetiver.
Introductory Promotion 15% off while supplies last for Protect only, see website for promotional pricing.

Other New Well Scent Products:
Belly Bliss – Digestion, Liver Blend + Antimicrobial Support
Sparkle – Natural Teeth Whitening + Whole Mouth Detox


Smile, Glow, Pause for Peace & Shine!
Holiday Gift-Picks from the Well Scent Girls68027de3-1d8f-415e-b640-5101adb3073a

Well Scent Girl: Stacy Shuman, Certified Aromatherapist & Well Scent FounderHoliday Gift Pick: Smile – Mood Support Why: Because jasmine and rose are indulgent and geranium balances hormones, so I will be gifting my girlfriends a non-toxic perfume that supports neurotransmitter health and is utterly feminine.

PicMonkey Collage

Well Scent Girl: Candice Mitchell, Social Media Manager Holiday Gift Pick: Glow – Radiant Serum Why: I like to remind my loved ones of their innate beauty, so I’m planning to gift Well Scent’s radiant serum this season. Its tamanu and rose oil are nourishing to the skin in winter, and restore its natural vitality. With the help of essential oils show your loved ones that from the inside out, they glow.


candice

 

Well Scent Girl: Melissa Cox, Instagram Manager and Contributor Holiday Gift Pick: Pause for Peace – Relaxation SupporWhy: I’ll be gifting Pause for Peace to my loved ones so they will be able to create a space of reflection and joy by staying grounded during the Christmas season, and inspired by the approaching new year.

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 7.18.32 PM

Well Scent Girl: Kayla Denny, Photographer and Contributor Holiday Gift Pick:Shine  – Mineral Rich Dental Polish Why: I love gifting our dental blends to family & friends, firstly to influence them away from conventional toothpastes that are full of toxins and sugar, and secondly because I know that these blends will positively impact their overall health. Shine is hundreds of times more powerful than toothpaste, whitens teeth, and can even reverse cavities over time. Who wouldn’t want that?

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 7.18.39 PM


kayla

Say hello to our newest contributor, Kayla Denny, fellow Lyme-Fighter and blogger for the beautiful and inspiring Joy Rises. Kayla is sharing her photography skills with Well Scent. She is also contributing nutrient dense, hypoallergenic recipes to our Instagram page and on the Well Scent Blog, where you will find recent food shares: Seven Ingredient Gluten-Free Pancake Mix with Chocalate “Nutella” Spread and Flu-Fighting Chimichurri Sauce.  We are very excited to welcome Kayla to the Well Scent Team and Community!


Get your holiday gifts and stocking stuffers early!
Use “healthyholidays”  for 15% off your orders through December 1st. 


News from Well Scent friends:

  • Dr. Christine Schaffner, naturopathic physician and Clinic Director for Sophia Health Institute, has launched a new podcast series, Essential Medcast. “Essential Medcast was created to educate listeners about topics related to chronic illness, general health, and natural beauty. Our goal is to inspire you to live your best life through understanding and seeking the latest in holistic medical diagnostics and treatments, natural skin care techniques, as well as proper diet and lifestyle changes. We invite you to listen in and learn from some of the top pioneers in the health and beauty industries.” Christine Schaffner, ND – Most recent podcast, Scott Forsgren, author, blogger and health advocate, also known as BetterHealthGuy, shares the inspiring story of how he found healing from Lyme Disease.

RECENT TESTIMONIALS

68f09d76-e0f1-4b21-9df7-016aab4c9272

I have been using Balance for the past several months, personally, and also with my clients in my healing practice. Balance creates a palpable energetic shift almost immediately. It is tonifying and strengthening to the system, while creating an energetically unfavorable environment for pathogens. The effect is dramatic and it smells good, too. I have been using Stacy’s oils for years now and am so appreciate how clean and tolerable they are, even for the most sensitive. I’m lovin’ you Stacy, and am always in awe of your magical ways with the oils.
Tifphanie Turner, LMT

I have been using your oral health & Lyme treatment products including Shine, Watch Your Mouth, Balance and Renew for a few months. I appreciate so much the care you have taken in formulating these safe, effective and delightful products.
I recently had oral surgery to remove infections and a cavitation that have been poisoning my system for a long time.  The after-surgery recovery process was challenging, with a lot of lymph swelling and a Lyme rash that broke out all over my body and lasted for weeks!
Balance (recommended by my Sophia Clinic doctors) was so important to me during the acute phase of my recovery. I gently massaged Balance (and, later, Renew) twice a day across my forehead and sinuses, around my tender jaw line and down onto the swollen lymph glands in my neck to help disinfect the tissues and encourage lymph drainage.  I loved the smell and therapeutic effect it provided every time I used it. I appreciated even more the unexpected benefit of feeling a definite energetic imprint of “loving kindness” in your product.  At the time I had never seen your website or brochures – I had no idea about your company.  But the gentle “caring” invested in your products was obvious to me.
Thank you so very much for creating medicine that is natural and nurturing to the spirit as well as the body. Wow! Blessings to you and all of your team at Well-Scent.  Keep up the great work!
R. Martin

Support small business by sharing this newsletter!

Share
Tweet
Pin It
Forward to Friend

Live in The Magic of 11/22

Here at Well Scent, we believe that we can find the magic in any given day. But today? Today is extra magical. It’s 11/22, and it’s also a New Moon.

Between the energy of “new beginnings” that comes with each new moon, and the rare energy that the numbers 11 and 22 possess, this is the perfect day to manifest the next step on your journey.

In Numerology, 11 and 22 are said to be “master numbers” and signify empowerment, spiritual enlightenment and new opportunities. It’s said that when the numbers 11 and 22 show up, so do the angels, and they’re listening. Whether you look at the clock and it’s 11:22, you spend $11.22 at the grocery store, or the date happens to be 11/22, take a moment to stop and set some intentions. These numbers are a message that you have the power to manifest your heart’s greatest desires. It’s just like Glinda said to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz: “You’ve always had the power my dear, you had it all along.” Sometimes we just need a sign from an angel (or a “good witch” in a puffy pink dress) to remind us.

The New Moon is traditionally thought to have similar energy. While traditional Full Moon ceremonies are an opportunity to release and let go of what no longer serves you, the New Moon is an opportunity to plant new seeds and set new intentions to grow your greatest wishes into reality. To learn more about ways in which you can take part in the magic, watch Dina Manzo and The AstroTwins‘s video on Full Moon and New Moon Manifesting: bit.ly/13P3xHN

Essential Oils are the perfect addition to spiritual rituals, especially those that involve the moon. That’s why we crafted our “Over The Moon” blend; with the intention that it be used for spiritual connection, grounding, soul healing, empowerment, manifestation and growth. So as you set your intentions tonight, dab on your blend of Lotus Blossom, Geranium and Rose.

Over the Moon – Endocrine Support

May all of your wishes come true,
The Well Scent Team

Holiday Gift-Picks from the Well Scent Girls

Well Scent Girl: Stacy Shuman, Certified Aromatherapist & Well Scent FounderHoliday Gift Pick: Smile – Mood Support Why: Because jasmine and rose are indulgent and geranium balances hormones, so I will be gifting my girlfriends a non-toxic perfume that supports neurotransmitter health and is utterly feminine.

PicMonkey Collage

Well Scent Girl: Candice Mitchell, Social Media Manager Holiday Gift Pick: Glow – Radiant Serum Why: I like to remind my loved ones of their innate beauty, so I’m planning to gift Well Scent’s radiant serum this season. Its tamanu and rose oil are nourishing to the skin in winter, and restore its natural vitality. With the help of essential oils show your loved ones that from the inside out, they glow.

candice

Well Scent Girl: Melissa Cox, Instagram Manager and Contributor Holiday Gift Pick:Pause for Peace – Relaxation SupporWhy: I’ll be gifting Pause for Peace to my loved ones so they will be able to create a space of reflection and joy by staying grounded during the Christmas season, and inspired by the approaching new year.

Well Scent Girl: Kayla Denny, Photographer and Contributor Holiday Gift Pick:Shine  – Mineral Rich Dental Polish Why: I love gifting our dental blends to family & friends, firstly to influence them away from conventional toothpastes that are full of toxins and sugar, and secondly because I know that these blends will positively impact their overall health. Shine is hundreds of times more powerful than toothpaste, whitens teeth, and can even reverse cavities over time. Who wouldn’t want that?

~A Well Scent Love Letter~

10641007_750303455045005_7996312028497366619_n
We want to take a moment to thank our customers and our supporters. Thank you to the practitioners who have stood behind us, and shared our healing blends with their patients. Thank you for your faith and your benevolence. Thank you to the patients who have believed in the healing capabilities of our essential oils, and who continue to walk forward on their paths in such an inspiring way. Thank you to those who are partnering with Well Scent to share our products, but more importantly our message and our story. Thank you to the whole Well Scent family, as we strive to ignite a light and keep hope alive. Together, I think we shine.As Well Scent’s Social Media Manager, I also wanted to take a moment to thank Stacy. She’s Well Scent’s Founder and Apothecary Aromatherapist. She’s a Lyme survivor herself, and as she continues to walk down her path to wellness, she actively holds space for others as they walk down theirs. I am personally eternally grateful for the space she’s held for me, and the opportunity she gifted me to share my words on this page. I am so grateful to have the chance to connect with such an inspiring audience, and to consistently be on the receiving end of Stacy’s love and light.Stacy’s Story: http://bit.ly/1ygQ9q7


Stacy and I are also grateful for the rest of the Well Scent team, past and current. Well Scent has been touched by the hands of so many gifted individuals. Chay, Sarah, Maggie, Beth, Bethany, Jamie, Lauren, Scott, Melissa and Kayla…and so many more. We are so grateful for the hands and hearts that have lifted up Well Scent along the way. My life has been forever touched by each of you.
We’ll call this our Well Scent love letter, from our home-grown apothecary to your home. We hope that you have a lovely holiday with your family and friends.With gratitude and love,
Candice
Social Media ManagerCandice

And the Well Scent team,
Stacy, Melissa and Kayla

 

Essential Oils in The Practice of Oil Pulling

Supporting holistic ways to maintain health and elevate well-being is the foundation of our apothecary. That’s why we love sharing lifestyle shifts and wellness tactics that we’ve found to make a meaningful impact in our personal journey to health.

One important practice that has shifted not only the health of our mouth, but has supported immune, neurological and cardiovascular strength is oil pulling.

IMG_6355-0.JPG

What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that has traditionally been used for thousands of years to strengthen the immune system and the health of the teeth, gums, and jaw. In ancient Indian tradition, oil pulling is an irreplaceable preventative practice and respected remedy for decay, cavities, gingivitis, halitosis, bleeding gums and imbalances in the mouth and throat. Modern research has recently proven that the simple practice of swishing sesame or coconut oil in the mouth significantly reduces microbial burden and infection in ways that merely brushing or rinsing with mouthwash cannot. Oil pulling pulls the microorganisms from deep in the gums that cause gingivitis, and eliminates them, restoring the mouth’s terrain. Because our teeth and gums have an indirect connection to our organs, eliminating bacteria in the mouth systemically supports the health of our immune system, lymphatic system, cardiovascular system and our brain.

How do I practice oil pulling?

Oil pulling is simple: measure out 1/2 to 1 full tablespoon of either raw coconut or sesame oil, and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes. In the beginning, 20 minutes may be too difficult. That’s okay! We all need to start somewhere, right? Oil pulling with coconut oil for just 7 minutes can significantly reduce levels of Candida and Strep in the mouth. So start slow, and work your way up.

How can essential oils help my oil practice?

For those of you well-versed in the art of oil pulling, this may be old news. But we have a tactic that often goes unacknowledged. You can increase the antimicrobial benefit of your oil pulling practice by adding essential oils!

We find that not only does it increase the potential to restore proper balance in the mouth, but it also helps make the process more tolerable. Add a few drops of essential oil blends “Watch Your Mouth” or “Just For Grins” to your tablespoon of coconut oil to experience the immune restorative benefits of co-swishing with Peppermint, Cassia or Clove. This packs a detoxifying punch; not only are you protecting your teeth, but you’re now directly supporting the health of your tonsils, sinuses, and thymus gland.

Watch Your Mouth: http://bit.ly/1nB8WuI
Just for Grins: http://bit.ly/12l3KBy

Here’s to an elevated dental routine,
The Well Scent Team

 

Body Gratitude & Post-Holiday Detox

Here at Well Scent, we’re all about uninhibited celebration. We love celebrating family, friends, gratitude and blessings…and gluten-free pie!But post-celebration, it’s important to show our bodies some gratitude and love. Health is our greatest wealth! That’s why today, we’re sharing a simple remedy for your Turkey Day Detox.Our Detoxifying “Release” Blend.

final_ws_release
Detox Strategies:
-Apply “Release” to the bottom of your feet before bed Thanksgiving evening. As the Cypress and supportive oils absorb, your circulatory system will begin to do its job.-Thanksgiving weekend, unwind in an epsom salt + baking soda detox bath, with a few drops of “Release”. Breathe deeply, and allow the Eucalyptus to begin cleansing your lymph.-Going on a post-Thanksgiving run? Dab “Release” on your lymph nodes before you head out. Rosemary and Cypress will work together with the movement of your body and your perspiration to detox your lymphatic system and regenerate your system.Additional Blends to Consider During Holiday Detoxing:Our “Liver” Blend (for those of us whose primary detox organ needs a little extra love).

LIVER (RX)Our “Headache” Blend (for the morning after you overdid it on the beverages).
final_ws_headacheOur New “Belly Bliss” Blend (for when you’re slightly overstuffed with stuffing).
final_ws_bellyblissHave a happy, healthy holiday season!
The Well Scent Team

 

Six Reasons to Gift “Smile” This Season

smile fb post

“I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite!” -Buddy The Elf

~6 Reasons to Gift “Smile” This Season~

  1. It’s gently uplifting for those with the “winter blues”Our Smile essential oil blend is a favorite amongst our customers, but is especially popular during winter. It contains Geranium, a natural anti-depressant that research has shown to be supportive for those who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder and depression. It supports neurotransmitters in such a way that enables the user to move out of moments of sadness toward an authentic state of joy.
  2.  It naturally smells like a spring garden. Because it contains both Jasmine and Geranium, our Well Scent friends feel that its aroma makes it a great organic replacement for synthetic perfume. It’s a wonderful holiday gift for gardeners or flower lovers who miss the therapeutic aroma of their garden in spring. It’s also a wonderful gift for perfume lovers who wish to transition to a nontoxic, green, healthier lifestyle.
  3. It embodies the joy of the season. Just as Buddy expresses in the holiday classic, “Elf”, smiling is our favorite. “Smile” embodies the energy of joy, much like the energy of the holiday season, the “Season of Joy” itself. We energetically imprint our blends, which increases the therapeutic value of the essential oils in the bottle. Because Smile is comprised of oils that support healthy neurotransmitter function and the unburdening of the heart, we imprinted it with the energy of unconditional love and happiness.
  4. Children love it too. We love when an essential oil blend supports a unique array of individuals. Testimonials from our customers include moms of school age children and teens who struggle with school-related stress and anxiety. They report that their kids love the hint of Vanilla in our blends, and that they observe that their children wake up with less difficulty or anxiety when used on a pillow or stuffed animal at night, and that they focus better (without protest) on their homework when dabbed on after school. This is likely due to the grounding effects of Sandalwood, and uplifting yet focusing potential of Geranium oil.
  5. It supports more than just the mind and spirit.”Smile” contains Frankincense and Vetiver, two essential oils that are powerfully immune protective. This is important too during the holiday season! A dab on the sternum emotionally and energetically supports an individual and their heart, but also offers protection against viruses, flus and colds. While we’re celebrating that it’s the “Season of Giving”, it’s also flu season so we like to use essential oils to assure that the “bugs” going around aren’t something that we’re given.
  6. “Smile” is a gift for the whole family. When you wear Smile, you are not only uplifting your own spirit, but the spirit of those around you. Aromatherapy is much like smiling itself; the effects are infectious.

Celebrating infectious smiles this season, and wishing you bountiful joy.
The Well Scent Team

Wellness Wednesday, “Health Begins in the Mouth”

It’s #WellnessWednesday and we want to talk about the health of your mouth. That’s right, we want to talk about your teeth.
10704083_741644372577580_8807345502652224798_n
Holistic dentists and many wellness practitioners believe that wellness begins in the mouth. Your gums and your teeth have a connection to major organs and systemic functions in your body, including (but not limited to) your cardiovascular system, your digestive organs, your lymph and even your brain. So, a simple way to support the health of not only your mouth, but your entire body today? Ditch your toxic toothpaste.

Your new toothpaste rule: If you wouldn’t want to swallow its ingredients, don’t use it on your teeth.

Conventional toothpaste contains potent toxins linked to endocrine suppression, neurotoxicity and even cancer. Some of those harmful ingredients to look out for? Sodium fluoride, which can also be found in industrial pesticides. Triclosan, an anti-bacterial chemical carcinogen. Sodium Laurel Sulfate, a damaging detergent that causes the body to act like a sponge for nitrates and toxicity. DEA, an inflammatory foaming agent known to burden the kidneys and liver.

We know that wellness advocates are equally concerned about keeping the mouth free of bacteria, cavities and gingivitis, so what’s the solution to the toxic toothpaste conundrum? Using plant-based antimicrobial and anti-flammatory ingredients derived straight from nature. Here’s how:

Here’s to taking another step toward wellness, and assuring that from the inside out, you Shine.

The Well Scent Team



READ THIS:

 

Acorn Squash & Sweet Potato Soup (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

IMG_2656.JPG

What’s more synonymous with crisp fall weather than a warm bowl of squash soup? The answer is quite simply- nothing.

This sweet potato and acorn squash soup is delectably nutrient-dense while also balancing the perfect blend of sweet vs spicy flavors. I can promise that it will warm your heart, fill your belly, and leave you in better health along the way. And just in case you’re not sold on this recipe yet, I’ve listed a few fun facts about sweet potatoes below.

– Man has been known to cultivate and consume sweet potatoes since 750 BC, making sweet potatoes one of the oldest foods known to man.

– Christopher Columbus introduced the vegetable to Europe, and his explorers later brought them to Asia and Africa.

– November and December are the most optimal months to consume sweet potatoes.

– They come in several varieties and colors, ranging from tan to orange to pink to purple.

– Sweet potatoes and yams are not the same. Yams are native to Africa and Asia, are more starchy, and vary greatly in size and shape.

– Orange sweet potatoes are highly pigmented due to the high amounts of beta carotene they contain. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body, which is a natural anti-inflammatory.

– These tasty vegetables also contain vitamin C, B5, copper, potassium, iron, and niacin.

Acorn Squash & Sweet Potato Soup (adapted from ‘Tartelette Blog’)

IMG_2658.JPG

Ingredients:

1 acorn squash, peeled and cubed
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 1/3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1/4 Tsp curry powder (optional)
2 small- medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1-2 Tbsp Grade B maple syrup
1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme
Dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, coarse salt, and freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Cut acorn squash into two halves and remove seeds. Place on baking sheet, drizzle with one teaspoon olive oil and roast for 20-30 minutes. Peel the skin off once cool, and reserve the flesh (only if squash is organic).

Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large soup pot set over medium heat. Add the onion and curry powder, cook until the onion is almost translucent.

Add the sweet potatoes, stock, maple syrup, thyme, nutmeg, and the flesh from the acorn squash.
Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs. Let the soup cool a little.

Puree soup until smooth, we use a Vitamix, but any high powered-blender, immersion blender, or food processor will work perfectly.

Serve warm with a dash of cinnamon, salt, and pepper as desired.

Serves 3-4.

IMG_2655.JPG

Sweet potato facts source: http://articles.mercola.com/sweet-potato.aspx

xo,

Kayla Denny

Detox Your Skin With This DIY Charcoal Mask and Essential Oils

Activated charcoal is a popular natural remedy within both alternative and conventional medicine circles used for its adsorbent properties. It’s commonly used to help prevent the absorption of poisons in the gastrointestinal tract, serving as a very powerful (and natural) anti-poison remedy that can be kept in the home for emergency situations. The way it works is the toxic substances in your body attach to the surface of the charcoal, and because the charcoal is not digested, it is eventually expelled taking the toxins out with it!

Common ways to use activated charcoal include:
  • Taking orally to eliminate toxins and poisons
  • Taking orally to relieving digestive issues like nausea, flatulence, and gas pains
  • Creating a topical paste to alleviate itchy bug bites or stings
  • Adding to (toxin-free) toothpaste or atop a toothbrush to whiten teeth
  • Filtering water and air
  • Removing impurities from the skin
Which brings us to our DIY Charcoal Detox Mask! This is a very cost efficient and easy DIY that can be done in just a few steps.
charcoal capsules, aloe vera, and oil in bowls
Ingredients and supplies:
– 10 to 15 activated charcoal capsules
– 1 tbs of aloe vera gel
– 1 tsp of vitamin E oil (which is also a natural preservative)
– 5 drops of tea tree, frankincense, or lavender essential oil. You can grab yours here: Single Oils (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Chemical Free)
– A nonmetal spoon
– A small nonmetal container
I made enough mixture to last over a week so I can use it several times. I just keep mine in the fridge!

Directions:
Break apart the capsules into a small container. I prefer to do this over the sink or trashcan as it can get a bit messy. Add your aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, and drops of essential oil to the container, stirring to create a smooth paste.
charcoal face mask solution mixed into bowl
Apply with finger tips or makeup/paint brush to freshly washed, moistened skin. Be sure to avoid sensitive areas like your eyes and lips. Relax, and let dry for about 10 minutes.
After the mask dries, wash it off, gently drying with a clean towel.
I like to do this mask prior to getting in the shower to cut down on clean up time.
girl wearing charcoal face mask
What are your favorite ways to use activated charcoal? Let us know in the comments!
Love,
Melissa

Apple & Blueberry Crisp (Vegan, GF, Dairy- Free, Nut-Free)

IMG_2033.JPG

IMG_2221-0.JPG

If you know me then you know that I love apples, and I need no excuses to eat loads of them. However, now that it’s Fall, I am eating more than usual and have been adding them to all sorts of different meals- as a salad topping, cooked into gluten free porridge for natural sweetness, poached with cinnamon and served beside a mound of coconut milk ice cream, and the list goes on.

But nothing says ‘Fall’ more more than a warm and hearty apple crisp. This recipe is super simple to make and can be altered to fit almost any dietary restriction. If you’re vegan, then simply omit the butter and use more coconut oil. If you are grain-free, then try substituting almond flour for oats and oat flour. If you are gluten-free, dairy free, and nut-free, then the recipe below is perfect for you, as-is (just be sure to use certified gluten free oats!).

IMG_2215.JPG

IMG_2222.JPG

Wet Ingredients:

4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cubed
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/3 Cup coconut oil
1/3 Cup ghee
2/3 Cup maple syrup or agave
2 tsp vanilla

Dry Ingredients: 

1 Tbsp tapioca or arrowroot
1 Cup certified gluten free oat flour
2 Cups certified gluten free rolled oats
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 Pint fresh blueberries

Method: 

Preheat oven to 350F.

Place apples in a bowl. Drizzle 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice on top, and toss with hands until all surfaces of apples are coated with lemon juice. Set aside.

Combine remaining wet ingredients in a pot and use low setting to heat on stove top. Stir until well combined and remove from heat.

Add all dry ingredients except blueberries in a bowl, and mix well. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and mix well. Once all ingredients are well mixed, add blueberries by folding them gently into the mixture. Set to the side.

Mix tapioca flour with 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice until dissolved very well. Add lemon and tapioca flour mixture to apples and toss well. Place apples evenly in 9×13 pan. Then spoon contents of bowl over apples.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until top starts to brown. Serve warm or cold. Tip: I love to eat this cold for breakfast, or warm with a few spoonfuls of coconut milk ice cream.

Yum!

xx, Kayla Denny

kayla

 

Restore and Rejuvenate to Prevent the Flu

10704048_733598763382141_5209230614538003260_n

A #WellnessWednesday Post:

It’s “Flu Season”, but here at Well Scent we like to think of Autumn as the season of restoration and rejuvenation. The new immune challenges that come with “Back to School” and Fall are merely opportunities to boost your immune system, detox your lymphatic system and regenerate your body’s innate vitality.

For those of you who are on our page and would rather regenerate than vaccinate, we have some simple suggestions to incorporate into your daily routine to naturally protect yourself against the flu and boost your body’s defenses. In addition to vitamins, supplements and herbs- #essentialoils are an invaluable tool.

-“Balance” Your Immune System with Rosemary, Frankincense & Myrrh:http://bit.ly/1ruDoqv

In order for the immune system to stay strong, balance is key. While Myrrh boosts the immune system’s defenses and Rosemary eliminates infectious immune challenges, Frankincense calms autoimmunity and soothes any areas of overactivity. This creates the perfect terrain for immune strength. Just a dab on the sternum, behind the ear, or a drop in the bellybutton or on the bottom of the feet before you’re off to work, or before you head to bed.

-“Protect” Your Membranes and Airways with Clove, Myrrh and Thyme:http://bit.ly/1tNrYQL

The most prevalent ways to come in contact with immune challenges are through what we touch and the air that we breathe. The antimicrobial nature of Clove, Myrrh and Thyme make the essential oil blend a great hand sanitizer, or protective antiviral and antibacterial “purifier” for the air that enters your nose and lungs. Dab a little on the throat, sternum or back of the neck before your child heads off to school or you head to the office, and keep your bottle in your purse to use on your hands before you touch your packed lunch.

-“Release” the Toxicity Suppressing your Lymphatic System with Eucalyptus and Cypress: http://bit.ly/1u7SNj9

Detoxification is a crucial part of getting well and staying well. We come in contact each day with microbes and toxins that were not meant for us, so it’s important to release and rebalance upon returning home. Unwind in a detoxifying bath at the end of the day with Cypress, a lymphatic decongestant, and Eucalyptus, for lymphatic drainage. Wash away pathogens, toxicity and immune-suppressing stress with just a few drops.

-“Renew” an Overworked Body with Blood Orange, Cassia & Clove:http://bit.ly/1pgKev9

The Autumn-inspired aroma of cinnamon and orange is not only soothing to the soul, but is restorative to a weary body. While Blood Orange acts as a support for a suppressed nervous system and slowed circulatory system, Cassia and Clove reboot a “run down” immune system to assure renewed ability to thrive under all circumstances. You can use this restorative blend topically or internally, but we love the idea of diffusing it in the home so you can return from a trying day to a sanctuary to rest and restore.

Be well this season, naturally!
The Well Scent Team

7- Ingredient Gluten Free Pancakes & Coconut- Chocolate ‘Nutella’ Spread

IMG_0986.JPG

IMG_0989-1.JPG

When I was diagnosed with Lyme two years ago, one of the first things I did was change my diet. It was one of the only things that felt within my control, and I knew it would play an instrumental role in my overall wellness. ‘Let food be thy medicine’ and all that. 

I started on an anti-inflammation diet within a week of diagnosis and was soon feeling somewhat (read: totally) deprived. I have always eaten my vegetables and a few years before had eliminated gluten, peanuts, and pecans due to allergies, so I knew what it meant to be diligent about checking labels. Or so I thought. However, avoiding all dairy, processed sugar, gluten, nightshades (white potatoes tomatoes, eggplant, hot peppers), and nuts felt terribly restrictive. After numerous Pinterest and Google searches failed to yield any recipes that fit into my diet plan, I decided to work with a friend to create some unique recipes for foods that would feel more decadent than my standard meat and vegetables plate. 

One of the first recipes that was created was this recipe for gluten free pancakes. With only 7 ingredients (one of them being water), this recipe could not be easier to whip up. I promise that your taste buds will thank you, and the best of all- no guilt here. 

3

Gluten Free Pancakes

Ingredients:

1.5 Cups rice flour
1/2 Cup tapioca
1 Tbsp local honey
1/2 Tbsp baking powder
1 egg
1/3 cup coconut milk
2 Tbsp hot water

Method:

Mix dry ingredients together. Add milk, egg, water, and mix. If consistency seems too thick, add more milk until you have a somewhat lumpy but fluid texture. Cook on medium-high heat. Flip pancake when bubbles start to appear on the top. Take care not to over cook. 

Serve warm with ghee or grass fed butter and maple syrup (Grade B is the best!). I also love to top these with a sugar-free fruit preserve or a homemade coconut-chocolate spread (see picture and recipe below). 

IMG_1278.JPG

Coconut- Chocolate ‘Nutella’ Spread 

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp coconut butter
2 Tbsp cacao powder (feel free to adjust depending on how chocolate-y you like it)
5-10 drops liquid stevia in the raw
Dash of salt 

Method:

Heat stove on lowest setting. Combine coconut oil, coconut butter, cacao powder in pot and mix as the ingredients heat. Once ingredients are well mixed, turn off heat and add stevia and salt. Stir well. 

Serve warm or room temperature. Enjoy as you would Nutella – eat plain, with fruit, on gluten free bread, as a cupcake frosting, etc. The sky is the limit!

kayla

With Love, Kayla Denny, Well Scent Contributor

Essential Oils for your Astrological Sign

#TBT On today’s “Throwback Thursday”, we’re going to throw it back to Monday when we discovered that we made it into ELLE Magazine (US), thanks to the beautiful The AstroTwins including us in their Weekly Horoscope for Aquarius.

The AstroTwins suggested that due to Aquarius’ full plates right now, stress relief and rejuvenation will be key in staying balanced. They suggested utilizing our Well Scent #essentialoil blends for their restorative properties and to find peace amongst busy days.

So today, we decided to suggest a blend for all astrological signs, based on their AstroTwins horoscope!

 

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 12.02.00 PMScreen Shot 2014-10-20 at 12.02.16 PM

 

Essential Oil Blends for Each Astrological Sign:

  • Aquarius: “Pause for Peace“- Sandalwood will help ground you while you run through a busy day.
  • Pisces: “Over The Moon“- Osmanthus oil will help balance you and find clarity through the challenge of mercury retrograde.
  • Aries: “Mold Plus”– Because your focus is your domestic sector, it’s a great time to diffuse these autumn-inspired & air purifying scents to boost the air quality in your home.
  • Taurus: “Go Go“- Cypress oil will be the perfect addition to your detox protocol as you focus on wellness.
  • Gemini: “Balance“- A blend of physically balancing oils will be perfect as you currently strive to find your equilibrium.
  • Cancer: “Over The Moon“- Lotus Blossom oil will support you through this phase of your journey of self discovery, and assist you in sprouting the roots of your empowerment.
  • Leo: “Chill Out“- It sounds like you risk burnout! Support your adrenals to prevent exhaustion with this rejuvenative blend.
  • Virgo: “Smile”- Geranium oil will boost not only your mood, but the mood of those around you on your team at work!
  • Libra: “Over The Moon“- This blend of meditative oils will assist you in meditating on your goals and setting your intentions.
  • Scorpio: “Pause for Peace“- Rose Otto will help you real back in any energy that you’ve spread too thin, and restore your ability to shine and share.
  • Sagittarius: “Sandalwood Oil“- Sounds like you need some grounding, Sagittarius! Dab on the most grounding oil available, earthy Sandalwood.
  • Capricorn: “Renew“- Because your focus during mercury retrograde is everything “re”, rejuvenation, restore and release with our “Renew” blend.

Thank you, AstroTwins and Elle Magazine!

Candice

Candice Mitchell, Social Media Manager and The Well Scent Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile – It’s Friday!

bath oils

Take some time to take care of YOU this weekend.

6 Ways to Use Smile for Self Care

 

1. In a Detoxifying Bath

You likely have everything you need for a relaxing and rejuvenating detox bath if you have baking soda, epsom salt and a bottle of Smile. 1 cup of Baking Soda and 1 cup of Epsom Salt is all you need to draw unwanted toxicity out of your lymph through your skin, and a few drops of Smile is all you need to clear your mind and remind your heart of its innate ability to foster joy.

2. In a #DIY Hair Conditioning Treatment

Care for your hair and show your strands a little extra love by adding our Smile #essentialoil blend to our DIY Blogger Melissa’s homemade hair treatment recipe: http://bit.ly/ZxWPDj Smile’s Jasmine oil will not only contribute to the newfound softness of your hair, but will linger and act as an added mood booster and comfort as you move throughout your day.

3. On Your Favorite Fall Scarf

Head out on a walk to get grounded and keep your body, mind and soul moving and nourished this weekend. Soak in the gorgeous Autumn scenery, and while you’re out enjoying the crisp and refreshing air, wrap a scarf around your neck and add a few drops of Smile to the material so you’re breathing in peace-inducing Geranium and Sandalwood while you’re out.

4. In Yoga and Meditation

Take a moment to pause for peace this weekend and practice meditation, stretching, breath work or yoga. Add a drop of Smile to your yoga mat or rub it into your sternum to support the grounding and clearing of your 4th chakra, the chakra that governs your heart. To learn more about essential oils and chakra work, see our article: http://bit.ly/1oqaMd1

5. In a #Homemade Body Srub

Start your Saturday morning off on the right foot by elevating your shower with a simple homemade coconut oil & #aromatherapy body scrub. See Melissa’s “Smile Scrub” recipe on our blog: http://bit.ly/1tzRMjR

6. Inside Your Favorite Book

Curl up this weekend and get cozy with your favorite book, a comfy blanket, those notorious fuzzy socks and our Smile essential oil blend. Place a few drops of Smile on your bookmark or in the pages of your book to scent the pages, and allow yourself to get lost in the story and the magical aroma of Frankincense and Vanilla.

We’re wishing you a weekend full of Smiles,
The Well Scent Team

Written by: Candice
Photo Credit: Kayla
DIY Recipes: Melissa

Well Scent Girls Purse Dump

What we carry in our purses can give a unique insight into our habits, quirks, passions, and daily routines. It can also show what kind of lifestyle one has at that given moment. So what can you tell about the Well Scent girls? Well, we care about healing, travel and adventure, learning, food, and things that are pretty and make us sparkle.
 
While we are all much more than the contents of our bags, it’s a fun little experiment, and a way to showcase our varied personalities.
 
Join us by sharing your own #WellScentPurseDump on Twitter, Instagram, and on our Facebook wall!

Stacy Shuman, Founder & Certified Aromatherapist 
_MG_2684PHOTO 1 (2)
Contents: vitamins, rose hydrofoil, postcard, The Crystal Bible book, Body butter (vanilla and jasmine), Instant Kava from Square Root Kava, Chamomile tea, Bose noise canceling headphones, Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss, Well Scent essential oil blends: Just for Grins, Smile, and Pause for Peace, Beaded African Zulu Grass Bracelets, Seattle Magazine, Happy Hemp toasted hemp seeds, Portland Bee Balm, barrettes, reading glasses, Butter London nail polish (color Keen), “Gather” hazelnut bar (low sugar, vegan, gluten free, paleo), vanilla shake to add to water (superfood)

Melissa Cox, Instagram Manager & DIY Expert
MellisaPHOTO 2 (2)
Contents: FEED makeup bag full of essential oils, make-up, prescriptions, Well Scent essential oil blends: Smile, Breathe, Balance, Watch Your Mouth, and Over the Moon, Larenim make-up compact, Great Bean Functional Chocolate, Justin’s All-Natural Almond Butter, EPIC protein bar (gluten and dairy free), Mint Teas Reboot tea mints, Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar solid perfume, Juice Beauty organic lipstick,100% Pure mascara, giant pill holder (for on the go supplements), wallet, and sunglasses

Chaleigh Craft, Consultant & Contributor
10525746_10202523367391568_1597109885695496470_nPHOTO 3
Contents: Little Tree EMF blanket, passport and boarding passes, keys, Bucky eye mask, Dr. Hauschka concealer and mascara, Wheatsville Chapstick, CES monitor, Propolit nasal spray, Well Scent essential oil blends: Watch Your Mouth and Smile, iPad with keyboard folio, Crystal Works necklace, Earthlust water bottle, Sharpie pen, Chameleon Cold Brew, Búcha kombucha, Plum, real salt single packets, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (book), Crystal Works Pendulum, Crystals.

Lauren Bedal, Graphic Artist & Design Consultant
LaurenPHOTO 4 Contents: BART card for commuting in San Francisco, punch card for Sweet Bar Bakery, Hope in a Stick lip balm by Philosophy, Lip Tint, Well Scent essential oil blend: Balance, Organic Peppermints from Trader Joe’s, sunglasses, license, oil paint tube pen, keychain scan cards for the Public Library and Groove Yoga, and gold coins
We hope you’ll share your own with us! #WellScentPurseDump
– Melissa Cox

Healing Complex Illness; Dr. Dave Ou

October 2014

NEWS

  • WEGO Health Activist “Best Team Performance” Nomination
  • Well Scent Becomes a Butterfly
  • Introduction to Healing Complex Illness Series
  • Interview with Dr. Dave Ou
  • Giving Back
  • Do-it-Yourself Series with Melissa Cox
  • Recent Blog Posts
  • Dr. Dave Ou: Practitioner Interview Series

Welcome to the New Well Scent

We are proud to unveil a brand new website, complete with rebranding, new aesthetics, enhanced functions, a refined blog, expanded content and a brighter light. Through Well Scent’s public evolution and Stacy’s personal one, it is our hope to touch more hearts, enter more homes, share more wisdom, support more patients, uplift more underserved communities and empower more souls. As we step into our light, we hope that Well Scent and its health-promoting, energetically imprinted blends encourage you to step into yours.

d50c9b54-bc18-4327-8221-d5c259bd0647

We have news to share with you!

Well Sent has been nominated for a WEGO Health Award! Yay!

We have been nominated in the “Best Team Performance” category!

If you want to support the Well Scent team, please vote for us! 

Our team of contributors are unpaid Lyme survivors that choose to create content, education and resources for the community while still struggling in some capacity to find their own healing.These women lead with their hearts and are light-filled, empowering women that want to make a difference! And you know what?

They are doing it!

A special thank you to the Well Scent contributors and apothecary helpers:
Candice, Social Media Manger
Melissa Cox, Instagram Manager
Chaleigh Craft, Consultant
Betthany Currier, Packaging
Lauren Bedal, Graphic Design Consultant


Stacy-Shuman

Recent post from Social Media Manager – Candice Mitchell

This is Stacy, founder of Well Scent and the heart and soul of the apothecary.

The healing blends and the intentional energy contained in each Well Scent bottle are a manifestation of Stacy’s own path to health and wellness. After years of searching for solutions to her complex chronic health challenges, Stacy discovered the Sophia Health Institute, where she set out on a path of healing from Lyme Disease (and associated conditions) holistically and with natural medicine. Through this experience she not only discovered the depths of what it means to truly heal, but she also discovered her innate personal power, as well as a natural intuitive ability to integrate plant based medicine and soul-nourishing energy to create healing medicinal blends. Read More…


An Introduction tot the Practitioner Series on Healing Complex Illness

People with Lyme disease (alternatively named MSIDS or Multi Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome) frequently spend years researching before and after their diagnosis. When patients with chronic illness are tasked with the responsibility to forge a new and non-traditional path to save their own life, a path that is still unfortunately marginalized and often met with skepticism, many are led to take part in an ever-growing online community for learning and support. This campaign is dedicated to those still seeking health and the amazing and dedicated practitioners that refuse to give up on those patients. For my own part, I will dedicate this to the doctors at the Sophia Health Institute who saved my life.

Many respected practitioners now recognize noted environmental issues as a rising threat to our health, and correlate the large number of cases of Autism, Lyme, autoimmunity, food allergies, and chronic ailments to the increasingly toxic environment we are exposed to daily. Even otherwise “healthy” individuals are beginning to show signs of a burdened system with more mild symptoms, like fatigue, headaches and indigestion.

The people that show the stress first are the ones that reveal where we have gone astray in our environment. An awareness is already emerging as we identify issues like pollution, mold, electromagnetic fields (EMFs), genetically modified organisms (GMOs), toxic dentistry practices and unaddressed infectious disease.
Join us as we explore these complex rising health concerns with our nations leading holistic physicians and healthcare practitioners.


Welcome Dr. Dave Ou of
Bridges to Health

a1ca310e-f035-42a2-8404-dba28777f33fDave W. Ou, MD, graduated Cum Laude in Physics with Distinction in All Subjects from Cornell University. He received his M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.  He has been board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1999.
His training in integrative medicine is most influenced by Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D.  He is one of only 2 medical doctors in North America to be certified in Autonomic Response Testing (ART) by  the Klinghardt Academy.    He is also one of several physicians certified in the Shoemaker Protocol  for mold illnesses.   In addition,  he has also trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), International Lyme and Affiliated Diseases Society (ILADS), American College for the Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), and the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine.  He is also certified in several modalities of energetic medicine.  His office has served as a training site for medical students and residents of local medical schools.

He works with adults with chronic conditions such as fatigue, brain fog, trouble with short term memory and concentration, digestive disorders and hormone disorders (male, female, adrenal, thyroid, Hashimoto’s).  Most of his patients are complex with multiple medical problems and have seen many other conventional, alternative, and integrative doctors with limited success.

Dr. Ou has a limited number of openings for new adult patients for consultations.

Interested patients should review the new patient paperwork located on his website prior to contacting him for an appointment.

Dave Ou, MD, PC
1766 Century Blvd NE Ste B
Atlanta, GA 30345
404-418-6010

www.bridgestohealthatl.com

www.facebook.com/bridgestohealthatl

Of all the energetic tools you have used for patient evaluation, what are the ones you have found most helpful and why?

For many years, I have been wanting to master a form of bioenergetic or bioresonance testing to get a better understanding of how someone is functioning beyond the information available from laboratory and radiological tests. This type of testing is a form of biofeedback in which one measures the response of the body to various stimuli. It is similar in principle to how lie detectors work. Bioresonance testing has been used for thousands of years and I’ve witnessed many gifted healers use it to help people who have stumped other practitioners. One of the oldest systems is pulse diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Most of my main mentors, including Drs. Savely Yurkovsky, Simon Yu, Dietrich Klinghardt, and Robert Cass, all use some form of bioresonance testing to help understand their complex patients.

It has been a frustrating experience trying to find the right tool for me. Over the years, I have tried machine based tools, such as the Asyra and EAV, and manual tools such as leg length testing and arm length testing. While these tools may be invaluable for other practitioners, I did not find that the information made consistent sense to me. Ultimately, I have found that in my hands, Autonomic Response Testing (ART) by Dr. Klinghardt is the tool that works best for me. I have since been certified in ART by the Klinghardt Academy. ART was created by Drs. Klinghardt and Louisa Williams by taking classic kinesiology and making several improvements to improve the quality of information. Before ART, I had to rely on lab tests and symptoms to attempt to determine if a chronically ill person had Lyme, Lyme co-infections, mycotoxicity, heavy metals, parasites, etc. Patients have become so complex now that they often have all of these issues and it’s important to identify and address the top priorities. Labs for these issues can be expensive and have limitations such as false negatives. They also don’t tell you what are the most important issues. Without ART, I constantly needed to make educated guesses about what to address and in what order and hoped it would work without adverse effects.

In combination with the history, physical, and lab results, ART helps me to hone in on what are the most important issues to address and what treatments will be most efficacious with the fewest adverse effects. One of the challenges with working with the chronically ill is that the sicker ones can have paradoxical reactions to treatments. For example, using standard protocols to treat weak adrenal or thyroid function can make them feel worse. ART allows me to individualize treatment plans instead of following protocols. Since using ART, I’ve gotten much fewer phone calls about reactions to treatments. More importantly, my patients are reporting better and faster clinical results than I’ve ever seen in my practice.

Bryan Rosner’s book, Freedom from Lyme Disease, has an excellent discussion on how different layers emerge as one is treating chronic illnesses such as Chronic Lyme. As some symptoms start to clear, other symptoms may emerge. Patients often fear that they are getting worse or are adversely reacting to treatment, when they may actually have uncovered another layer to address. Bioenergetic tools, such as ART, are the only ways I know of to understand what is happening other than educated guesses. Rosner refers to the benefits of bioenergetic testing throughout his book.

It’s important to understand that no matter what bioresonance testing technique one uses, the knowledge base of the practitioner is key. For example, the world’s most accurate system is useless if the practitioner is not aware of mold toxicity when a mold toxic patient comes in. In other words, just being able to use a technique such as ART will not guarantee a successful outcome. ART is flexible enough to allow me to integrate the best of what I’ve learned from the countless conferences I’ve gone to and books I’ve read as well as what I will learn in the future.

What treatment options have you found to be most effective in treating parasites?

I have had the fortune of training with Simon Yu, MD, the author of the Accidental Cure. As the title of his book suggests, he accidently discovered that a wide variety of symptoms would greatly diminish with the use of prescription anti-parasitics. He uses a bioenergetic testing tool called Acupuncture Meridian Assessment (AMA) to measure the status of the acupuncture meridians. Most of his chronically ill patients have multiple acupuncture meridians that are out of balance. In the majority of difficult cases, he is able to help balance most of the abnormal meridians just by using prescription anti-parasitics. While herbals options do help, he has found that prescription anti-parasitics are more balancing.

Drs. Klinghardt, Yurkovsky, and others have also reported it is crucial to address parasites in the chronically ill. In my practice, I prefer to use a combination of prescriptions, herbs, and homeopathics. I use ART to determine what is most balancing. There are studies that suggest that parasites thrive and persist in the presence of toxicity such as heavy metals and pesticides. Therefore, it is important to also address the toxic burden for sustained improvement.

It’s important to note that parasite testing in the U.S is highly prone to false negatives. Dr. Klinghardt has reported in his conversations with parasitologists that in order to get accurate results, stool must be examined within minutes, otherwise parasites begin to self- destruct once they leave the body. By the time stool samples reach labs in the U.S., most of the evidence has vanished. Because parasite testing is so poor, most clinicians aren’t aware of the presence of parasites. There’s also a frequent misconception that one has to travel to exotic countries to develop a problem.

In addition to Dr. Yu’s book, there is information on the benefits of treating parasites on Dr. Yu’s website at http://www.preventionandhealth.com and Freedom From Lyme Disease by Bryan Rosner.

Have you seen major improvements in some patients after cavitations were addressed?

Definitely. Cavitations can occur in the jaw where teeth have been extracted, especially where wisdom teeth have been pulled without removing the periodontal ligaments. The standard of care is for dentists to leave the periodontal ligaments behind due to the increased difficulty of removing them and potential complications. The residual periodontal ligaments can promote poor blood flow which can lead to an infection which we call a cavitation. Each tooth is connected to an acupuncture meridian. Cavitations can contain amoeba and bacteria which can release toxins such as thioethers disturbing the meridians and weakening the immune system. The majority of patients have no symptoms in their mouth so they never suspect that their teeth are the source of their problems. Depending on which meridians are affected, they might have symptoms elsewhere in their body such as fatigue, palpitations, poor memory, digestive problems, pain, and much more.

Cavitations are reportedly discussed in dental textbooks but they are not discussed in dental schools. Only a few biological dentists are aware of cavitations and their effects. They do not show up on dental X-rays unless there is over 40% destruction of the bone. Even then, unless a dentist has special training, they won’t recognize it. With newer technology such as 3D cone beam scans, they are easier to see. I’ve been told that conventional dentists see cavitations on 3D scans frequently, but they don’t understand their significance. The highly skilled use of bioenergetic testing such as ART or AMA are good methods to determine if there is a cavitation disturbing acupuncture meridians. This has been confirmed by pathology reports after surgery. If that’s not available, 3D cone beam scans in the hands of a highly skilled biological dentist are the next best alternative.

I first became aware of cavitations when one of my patients had surgical treatment of her cavitations which led to dramatic improvement of her symptoms. Since then, I have seen many patients get good improvements in their health when their cavitations were effectively taken care of. I’d say that the majority of my very ill patients have cavitations as part of their overall toxic burden. The most common treatment options are ozone injections and surgery by a biological dentist. Ozone injections are less invasive but multiple injections are needed and may not be effective if the cavitations are too large. Surgery is more invasive, but tends to be covered better by insurance and can usually, but not always, resolve cavitations in a single sitting. There is continued debate on which is more effective in which patients.

It is also important to know that most root canals also disturb acupuncture meridians and affect the immune system. Research by Dr. Weston Price found that it is impossible to completely sterilize a tooth so there will always be some degree of infection. He did some interesting experiments such as taking a root canaled tooth from a rabbit with a chronic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis and implanting the tooth in a healthy rabbit. Soon, the healthy rabbit would develop the same illness as the sick rabbit.

I’ve heard that at the renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland, they send their patients to biological dentists first to address their dental issues such as cavitations or root canals before starting any medical treatments. Dr. Simon Yu says that when he sees a new patient who hasn’t been helped by multiple practitioners, he finds that addressing parasites and dental issues helps most of them significantly.

There isn’t a lot written about how dental issues affect the body. Radical Medicine by Dr. Louisa Williams is one of the better sources. The Root Canal Cover-Up by George Meinig, The Accidental Cure by Dr. Simon Yu, and Saved By My Dentist by Dr. Douglas Cook are also good resources. Dr. Weston Price’s research is also available.

What role do colonics and coffee enemas play in a patient’s recovery journey?

I first learned about colonics through taking a course from Dr. Walter Crinnion, author of Clean, Lean, and Green and former Chairman of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. In his book, he described a study years ago showing that most of his patients with autoimmune disease reported clinical improvements after a series of colonics. His hypothesis was that autoimmunity is a consequence of an excessive body burden of toxins and that lowering the load with colonics would be helpful.

The mechanism of action of colonics and coffee enemas was actually reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association decades ago. They basically trigger the liver and gallbladder to dump bile. This is important because the liver pulls out toxins from the blood and puts them in bile. Anything that is done to facilitate the movement of bile into the toilet such as colonics, coffee enemas, or the use of binders, accelerates the excretion of toxins. Conversely, anything that slows the exit of bile such as constipation, slows the excretion of toxins.

Anecdotally, many patients report feeling better with colonics and coffee enemas and are often listed as a favorite tool among those recovering from Lyme. They are generally safe, but I recommend that patients be supervised by a qualified health care provider.

Do you find that mold plays a role in neuro immune illness?

Absolutely. I was first introduced to mold illness though the work of Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, author of Surviving Mold. I have since completed his physician certification program. Most people don’t know that in a water damaged building (WDB), there is more than just mold. There are also amoeba, bacteria, and Actinomycetes growing along with mold. This complex ecosystem releases numerous compounds into the air. According to Dr. Shoemaker, mycotoxins comprise only a small proportion of all of the toxic substances released. Other substances released include beta glucans, hemolysins, proteinases, mannans, c-type lectins, spirocyclic drimanes, and volatile organic compounds (VOC).

Together, these compounds cause neuroinflammation and greatly disturb normal physiology in the genetically susceptible. Dr. Shoemaker found that certain variations in one gene, called HLA DR/DQ, predisposes about 25% of the population to chronic inflammation when exposed to a WDB. The genetically susceptible appear not to be able to clear out the toxins from a WDB as efficiently as the non-susceptible. This is why in a sick building, only some people feel ill and the rest feel fine. Because most people feel fine, they often conclude that the sickened minority are “crazy.” Curiously, in my practice, I have found that 98% of my patients have the genes that predispose them to CIRS.

In the genetically susceptible, inhaling air from a WDB causes inflammation which causes the immune system to dump a variety of chemicals into the bloodstream with numerous consequences. Dr. Shoemaker calls this Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). One of the consequences of CIRS is decreased blood flow to the brain. This can be demonstrated by SPECT Scans or MR Spectroscopy. This can cause fatigue, brain fog, memory problems, depression, and anxiety. Another consequence is dysregulation of the hypothalamus which can cause a deficiency of anti-inflammatory neuropeptides. One common deficiency in those with CIRS is a relative ADH deficiency. ADH, or antidiuretic hormone, tells the kidneys to conserve water. When ADH is low, people will have thirst and frequent urination. Many of these people worry that they have diabetes. Many of them have been diagnosed with a “spastic bladder.” Others will say they like to drink a lot of water. It’s not uncommon for many of my mold toxic patients to run to the bathroom frequently during their appointments with me.

Other important neuropeptides that are frequently deficient are MSH (Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone) and VIP (Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide). They, along with ADH, act as brakes on inflammation. If they are low, inflammation becomes a runaway train. Low VIP can also lead to abnormal flow of blood to the lungs causing some people to have “air hunger.” Low MSH can lead to dysregulation of melatonin affecting sleep and dysregulation of adrenal function.

Dr. Shoemaker has found that the inflammation caused by water damaged buildings is the same as that caused by the neurotoxins released by Lyme. Because of that, the symptoms of mold and Lyme are often indistinguishable from each other. I have observed that Lyme patients with the worst symptoms often have a simultaneous mold exposure. I have seen a number of Lyme patients who have gone through years of antibiotic treatment with little improvements. In most of these cases, we found that they were living in a building with water damage. In my experience, those with Lyme respond poorly to most treatments if they have a current mold exposure. I’ve seen a number of patients who carry a diagnosis of Lyme, but get tremendous relief from their symptoms by resolving their mold exposure.

Dr. Klinghardt has said that just because someone has a Lyme infection does not mean it is the cause of their symptoms. He has found that a high percentage of his patients who carry a diagnosis of Lyme get relief of many or most of their symptoms by addressing other infections, parasites, mold, heavy metals, or dental issues.

What are you top tips for addressing mold exposure and biotoxin illness?

I recommend that all of my chronically ill patients determine if they have a mold exposure where they spend significant time at, especially home and work. I recommend running a HERTSMI-2 from Mycometrics in New Jersey. There is a formula for interpreting the results athttp://www.survivingmold.com/diagnosis/hertsmi-2 . The formula was developed by Dr. Shoemaker by analyzing how the test results correlate with his patients’ markers of inflammation on bloodwork. With a score of 10 or less, it is uncommon for his patients to develop symptoms in the building and uncommon for inflammatory markers to rise. The formula is specific to the methodology used by Mycometrics so it does not work with other labs.

The bigger question is what to do if the levels are high in the home. One can attempt to hire a contractor to remediate the home. The problem is that the majority of the remediations I’ve seen have failed. I’ve had a number of patients who spent over $70,000 on remediation, but their homes continued to make them ill. I believe this was due to failure to identify all sources of water intrusion into the home and inadequate decontamination of the home. Much of this is because of the current industry standard use of air testing.

Air testing measures mold spores, which are 3 microns and larger. The problem is that 99% of the particles carrying toxins from a water damaged building are smaller than 3 microns and therefore not detectable by air testing. When a mold inspector says air testing is normal, he is saying that he searched for 1% of the problem and couldn’t find it. Remember from the above that there are also bacteria and amoeba which release many other compounds into the air which are not tested with air testing.

There was a study in Germany in which they looked at homes in which mold was eventually discovered. When they reviewed the air testing results, only 25% were positive. In other words, air testing will usually miss a mold problem. Dr. Shoemaker jokes that the main reason for air testing is for a landlord to protect themselves with “normal” results. These facts are unfortunately not part of the education of the vast majority of mold professionals.

I’ve talked to many practitioners who say the best solution is to move out of the house. Statistically, my patients who have moved to safer environments get the best results. According to Dr. Shoemaker, the odds of a safe environment are improved by finding a home built on a slab with no history of water damage. It is important to test a home with a HERTSMI-2 prior to moving into it.

At the same time, many people are unable to move from their homes. There are a few strategies that can help lower, but not eliminate, the toxic burden of a water damaged building. One common strategy is the use of HEPA filters. One limitation is that they don’t do a good job of pulling out compounds called VOCs, which water damaged buildings can generate. Dr. Klinghardt recommends Propolis vaporizers available from www.beehealthyfarms.com. I’ve had a number of patients who have been happy with them. He also recommends spraying the air with EM-1 Microbial Inoculant available from http://www.teraganix.com/. I have less experience with this product but my initial impressions have been positive. It is basically an environmental probiotic which can “eat” mold and mycotoxins. I believe it can play a role in decontaminating dry surfaces and clothing.

Another important tip is to realize that the toxic compounds released by water damaged buildings are already dead so focusing on killing mold will not end the problem. Many people, including “mold professionals” try to spray chemicals or use fancy devices to kill mold. This just leaves behind all of the toxic compounds, such as mycotoxins, which still need to be physically removed. Another common mistake is using bleach. Bleach is actually quite ineffective.

There are two sources of information that can lead to a successful remediation. One is written by Greg Weatherman who has worked frequently with Dr. Shoemaker. It can be found athttp://www.survivingmold.com/legal-resources/environmental/condensed-remediation-plan-for-small-microbial-particles. I’ve had a difficult time finding contractors who are willing to follow Weatherman’s protocol because it goes beyond industry standards. Another resource is written by May Dooley at www.mold-control-on-a-budget.com and http://www.create-your-healthy-home.com/ Remember that success depends on whether ALL sources of water damage have been resolved and thorough decontamination. Mold contractors define success as negative air testing but this is not good enough for the genetically susceptible. Dr. Shoemaker recommends running a HERTSMI-2 after remediation to confirm success or not. Curiously, I find that many patients appear to be very resistant to running this post-remediation test. As I mentioned before, most remediations I’ve seen have failed.

Do you use urinary mycotoxin testing and do you find it useful?

I do run them occasionally. It is quite expensive and has a number of limitations. One is that there are numerous compounds released by water damaged buildings of which mycotoxins are a small part, according to Dr. Shoemaker. On top of that, there are hundreds of mycotoxins and only 3 can be commercially tested. The next limitation is that some of the sickest people are those who do not excrete mycotoxins well. That means their urine tests will look normal. In summary, if a mold patient doesn’t excrete mycotoxins well or they don’t have one of the 3 mycotoxins tested, their test will look normal. Some clinicians have used methods such as sauna therapy or glutathione prior to testing to improve the yield of testing.

If the test is positive, it doesn’t tell me if the mycotoxins are coming from the environment or from colonization in the body. It also doesn’t tell me if there is current or past exposure. At the same time, it is good to have positive confirmation in black and white that mold exposure has occurred. I still like to have HERTMI-2 testing to evaluate the current environment. If the HERTSMI is normal, then I still have to decide if it is related to fungal colonization or an exposure from the past or another location.

Do you feel that detoxification is crucial in the healing process? If yes, why?

One way to answer this is with an analogy. Imagine a house that is littered with trash all over the floor in every room. This house is infested with roaches and mice. What if you just called in an exterminator? Would killing the pests resolve the problem completely? No. The environment that led to the infestation must be corrected otherwise the pests will return.

All of my mentors agree that clearing the internal milieu is critical to clearing chronic illness. According to the Klinghardt Axiom, the degree of infections in a person is proportional to their toxic load. Similarly, there is a naturopathic principle which says that to treat illness, one only needs to do two things: 1) add in what is missing 2) remove what doesn’t belong. In our culture, there is too much emphasis on taking supplements and vitamins which can lead to an even higher toxic load.

Some of the major toxins that often need to be addressed are mercury, lead, aluminum, inflammagens from water damaged buildings, and thioethers from root canals and cavitations. There are of course numerous other chemicals from the environment which need to be considered, such as pesticides and petrochemicals.

There are many strategies for facilitating the removal of toxins. A good strategy will also help minimize Herxheimer’s or die-off reactions. I like to use binders such as chlorella, Zeobind from BioPure, or Takesumi Supreme. I also like the drainage remedies from Physica Energetics, Soluna and Pekana. Optimizing good bile flow to carry toxins from the liver out of the body through good gut health is very important. Components of a good program would include avoiding food allergens and managing dysbiosis. Drs. Crinnion and Klinghardt likes colonics and sauna therapy. If one is very ill or very constipated, be very careful with saunas, as in some people, toxins will be released into the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body because they can’t exit properly.

There seems to be a lot of controversy around blood testing for food allergies. Do you feel that these blood tests to detect food allergies are accurate? Why or why not?

There are a number of different food allergy tests available commercially. I think that they all provide useful information but none of them are 100% perfect. Many clinicians have observed that if you take the same sample of blood and send it to different companies, you’ll get different results. Part of the reason is that there are many ways food can harm the body and each lab can only test some of those ways.

Testing for gluten sensitivity is especially tricky. It has been discovered that there can be dozens of different antibodies against gluten and wheat. Almost all labs are only able to test a few of the different possibilities. If a person has a gluten antibody that isn’t tested at a particular lab, he/she will get a false sense of security from his/her “normal” tests. Currently, Cyrex Labs, is the only company to test 2 dozen different gluten and gluten related antibodies. In my experience, it’s rare that a chronically ill person doesn’t have a sensitivity to gluten.

Another situation which I’ve seen frequently is someone who says they’ve been told they do not have celiac disease so they mistakenly believe gluten is safe for them. Celiac disease only represents a tiny percentage of what can happen with gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease specifically refers to damage to the small intestine from gluten. However, gluten is known to damage many other tissues including the brain, skin, muscles, and more. These cases aren’t classified as celiac, but can be equally disabling.

The “gold standard” is an elimination diet, in which all possible sensitive foods are avoided for at least a few weeks. The main limitation is that unless all sensitive foods are eliminated, one might not notice a change. For example, if a person who is gluten and dairy sensitive just avoids gluten, he may see no difference because he’s still drinking milk.

In my practice, I find that combining information from antibody based testing, ART, and an elimination diet provides the best information for my patients.

What is your strategy for hormone imbalance?

I recently read Safe Uses of Cortisol by William Jefferies and Hypothyroidism Type 2 by Mark Starr, MD upon recommendations by Dr. Klinghardt. I realized that many of my fatigued patients needed more proactive support of their immunity through adrenal and thyroid support. I’ve tried various adrenal and thyroid protocols from multiple eloquent teachers and best-selling authors in the past, but never saw consistent results until I started to use Dr. Klinghardt’s strategies.

Through reading those books and guidance from ART, I learned that while blood work and saliva tests for hormones are useful, there are sometimes false negatives. I have seen dramatic changes with therapeutic trials of hydrocortisone and/or thyroid replacement despite “normal” conventional or holistic labs. TSH is the standard blood test that conventional doctors use and Dr. Starr’s book has a lot of valuable information on the limitations of using that test to assess thyroid function. Dr. Starr says that looking at free T3 and reverse T3 can give important insight into thyroid status.There is a lot of controversy over synthetic versus porcine thyroid replacement. Most people don’t realize that “synthetic” thyroid hormones are bio-identical. Many of the problems for which “synthetic” thyroid hormones are blamed revolve around the fillers and dyes that they often contain. The porcine based replacements such as Armour, Westhroid, and Nature-Throid contain lactose and corn based fillers, which some people react to. In addition, Dr. Starr says that people who have anti-thyroid hormone antibodies often do not tolerate any porcine based products. I recently discovered WP Thyroid which contains no gluten, dairy (except a trace amount of lactose), corn, soy, or dyes. However those with anti-thyroid antibodies can still react to it. For those people, I frequently use compounded T4 and sustained release T3. There is no simple answer as to whether synthetic or porcine based thyroid replacement is best. It’s highly individual and most of my patients have been happy with what ART has suggested as the most balancing.

I have also seen a number of people with low thyroid labs who benefit more from cortisol replacement than thyroid replacement. There are many people with low thyroid labs who feel worse with thyroid replacement. The most common reasons include reactions to the fillers, low cortisol levels, mold exposure, and iodine and iron deficiencies. When those issues have been resolved, they later do well with thyroid replacement.

Similarly, there are people with low cortisol levels who feel worse with adrenal glandulars, herbs, and hydrocortisone. In Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome by Michael Lam, MD, he describes this as being not uncommon in sicker patients.

I find ART to be a very valuable tool in navigating all of the confounding factors associated with adrenal and thyroid replacement. I try to steer away from pharmaceutical solutions whenever possible. Many people do well with herbs, glandulars, homeopathics, and nutrient replacement. At the same time, hydrocortisone and thyroid replacement can be life changing and therefore necessary in some patients.

As a side note, I’ve had many women come to me who believe they have hormonal problems based on their symptoms of hot flashes or symptoms that get worse with their periods. Many of them had no success with hormone treatments from other practitioners. In most of these cases, I found that their symptoms were caused by chronic infections and toxicity. These causes are especially important to consider if they aren’t at the typical age for menopause or if it’s been a number of years since they became menopausal.

We are incredibly honored to share this opportunity with Dr. Ou. We know our readers will be similarly appreciative of Dr. Ou’s commitment to supporting this community. Thank you Dr. Ou for sharing your wisdom with us. We appreciate your work and generous contribution to this project.

With gratitude, Stacy and The Well Scent Team


Well Scent is Giving Back!

Say hello to one of our favorite Lyme-warriors, Zachary!

Zachary is truly an inspiration for his determination as well as his positive and caring attitude! See what his mom, Tonya, shared with us recently below!

832ff3d1-b79a-49c7-a36c-ccf502dbf73b-1

Read more on our Giving Back Page
I cannot thank Well Scent enough!  When I hosted fundraisers to help pay for my son’s treatment, Well Scent made donations for our silent auction.  Not only did they send me these donations to help raise money, they sent additional products for me to use for Zachary and his sister Zoie. Zach’s Lyme Disease has truly taken its toll  on his sister, we appreciate that Stacy thought of Zoie too!
 
The information and the support that Well Scent provides to us truly is invaluable. The products are amazing and I recommend them to everyone.

Tonya Mostow


72c3c5ac-2746-494a-9645-e3fa77ded344-1
Our Newest Contributor!
Meet Melissa!
Melissa Cox is the Well Scent in-house DIY expert. Her first DIY Blog was a huge success! She also manages the Well Scent Instagram Page. She is the owner of the Etsy store Le Lapin Boutique on Etsy (creator of Lyme Don’t Kill My Vibe) and writes for her blog Lipstick Warpaint. She is sunshine and sweetness and we love her!

Well Scent is sharing resources for holistic wellness and green living! Here is one of our most popular blog posts below! 
ws_chakrasINTRODUCTION TO THE SEVEN CHAKRAS & ESSENTIAL OILS
– Candice MitchellWe’d like to take a moment to shine a spotlight on your chakra system in hope to shed some light on energy medicine and the health of your body’s energetic meridians and the energy centers of your body. We’d also like to introduce some essential oil blends that may help balance each of your chakras for a greater sense of wellness and profound peace.
Just like your body’s organs make up your body’s physical system, your chakras are… (Read More!)

RECENT TESTIMONIALS
d1182c39-145d-4057-ba8e-ca31fad712e4

Ophira and I just wanted to send a big thank you for sending over the beautiful blends. We really love the mission and story behind your company (and the beautiful design). I am going to bring them with me for my honeymoon trip to Burning Man tomorrow. I know each one of them will be so useful there.

I tweeted them @WellScent and will put in a horoscope for October when I get back to writing mode in September. We love supporting amazing women in business so this just makes sense. And I’m sure our readers will totally dig what you’re doing too!

Thank you again and much love and gratitude to you all!

Tali Edut
The Astro Twins

389fb882-f987-41dc-a9a1-f505461bc790I have to share with you what happened during my dentist visit. You will LOVE this story. I’m bringing in samples on my next visit of the Well Scent dental lines to see if they want to carry it an I think they will definitely be calling you! Basically in a nutshell, they were flipping out because I did not bleed at all during my cleaning. They said my teeth had ZERO decay, tartar and said honestly in 20 years…they had only one other patient that didn’t bleed. She said my gums were SO healthy and wanted to know what I was using. Awesome, right? I got an A+ from the dental hygienist!

 

Christina Sanford
Sophia Nutrition

Making Chimichurri Sauce & the Health Benefits of Garlic, Parsley & Oregano

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

While juicing is my go-to method for getting high doses of green vegetables and herbs into my diet, I have recently become a bit obsessed with another method for absorbing mass quantities of healing greens. Chimichurri sauce. 

This chimichurri sauce is a lot like a green salsa, except instead of being packed with hot peppers, which can sometimes be pro-inflammatory, it’s packed with tons of fresh parsley, oregano, garlic, and ginger. It’s the perfect complement to grilled fish, roasted pork, steamed vegetables, salads, lettuce wraps, et cetera. I literally eat it on everything and love the punch of flavor that it adds to an otherwise ordinary meal.

As a Lyme patient, I believe that one of the most important aspects of healing is proper diet. It has been said that nutrition is the cornerstone of health, which is why I stick to a clean diet that is high in nutrient-dense foods. Let’s take a look at the benefits of three of the most healthy ingredients in this recipe: garlic, parsley, and oregano.

Garlic: Touted as one of the most powerful cancer preventatives, garlic is one of the healthiest foods that you can eat. It’s high sulfur content makes it ideal for warding off the common cold and flu, and in extremely high/potent doses, garlic is even used to fight virulent infections like Lyme (for instance, Allicin, the powerful herb created by Dr. Zhang to fight Lyme and co-infections). Garlic is also a great anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, making it a helpful component to fighting off Candida or parasitic infections. Garlic is packed with healing vitamins and minerals, reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, and is a wonderful anti-aging remedy. In order to reap the full benefits of garlic, be sure to purchase fresh, organic garlic cloves and stay away from the canned, jarred, or powdered forms.

Parsley: If you think that spinach delivers loads of iron and oranges carry gobs of vitamin C, then you are absolutely right. But this herb has even these vitamin-rich foods beat. Parsley also carries more vitamin K than virtually any other source, making it a wonderful combatant against degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. As far as detoxification goes, parsley is wonderful at cleansing the blood of mercury and other toxins and also promotes intestinal health, due to its high fiber content. One of my favorite healing teas to sip on throughout the day is a fresh parsley, it’s another great way to get a bit more parsley into the diet while soothing the intestinal tract and gently detoxing.

Oregano: If your immune system needs a boost, then adding some extra oregano to your diet could be just what you need. Oregano is rich in Vitamin A, which contributes to a healthy immune system and vision. It’s also loaded with Vitamins C, E, and K, and contains a fair amount of folate, magnesium, calcium, B6, and potassium. All of these vitamins and minerals contribute to oregano’s health benefits and anti-oxidant power, which help to fight cancer. In addition this this, oregano is a super powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial. And there’s more good news- oregano is one of the easiest herbs to grow on your own! Our backyard is currently boasting an enormously healthy bush of pesticide-free oregano, making it a cheap and accessible addition to any meal or juice.

Now let’s dig into this recipe.

The below recipe has been adapted from a recipe that my uncle found several years ago on The Food Network (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/pork-tenderloin-with-chimichurri-recipe.html). I’ve made a few changes to fit my diet and food tolerances, and in my next batch I plan on experimenting by adding a tsp or two of fresh ginger. The sky is the limit, so feel free to make any changes you see fit for your diet.

Ingredients: 
6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced (add an extra if you are up for a super hot kick)
1/4 Cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 Cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 Cup finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
1 Cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
1 tsp black pepper

Method:
Combine garlic, jalapeño, and lemon juice in a bowl. Stir in parsley and oregano. Whisk in olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper into mixture. Mix well and let it sit for an hour or two before refrigerating so that the flavors marry.

Kayla Denny

DIY Face Mask & Hair Treatment

shutterstock_80935390 (1) (1)

 

Now that fall is finally here, I thought it would be a good time to do a quick DIY post for two healing recipes for your skin and hair after months of heat, sun, and chlorine.

 

I’m all about spa days, but let’s be honest, we can’t all run off to the spa every week, so creating easy treatment masks at home (with safe ingredients) is the far more affordable option. I like to switch up my face masks, but I typically to do them twice per week: one super hydrating, and one super detoxing.

 

Since we’re talking healing our skin from summer-fun, I’ll be introducing the ultra-hydrating at-home facial.

 

 Recipe:
1/2 a banana
1/2 an avocado
1 tbs of honey
5 drops of lemon essential oil
1 tsp of vitamin E oil (you can purchase the actual liquid or you can just break open the pill gels)

 

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and use a spoon or fingertips to spread over face. I personally like to use a clean paintbrush. Relax for 20 minutes (or longer!), then rinse.
I have to admit, I’m very low maintenance with my hair. That’s why I love this sea salt beach hair spray. But like a good haircut, there is something to be said for an awesome treatment mask. This one is very nourishing and helps repair damage and breakage.

 

Recipe:
1 tbs of coconut oil
1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
1/2 tsp of  jojoba
1/2 tsp of almond oil
1 tsp of honey
1 egg (packed with protein for stronger hair!)

 

Mix together in small bowl, apply to hair while focusing on the ends. Leave in for about 15-20 minutes, and then rinse.

 

20 minutes is the perfect amount of time to do some de-stress grounding and meditation, so grab your Pause for Peace, and relax!

 

– Melissa Cox

Introduction to the Seven Chakras & Essential Oils

Have you heard the word chakra, but haven’t quite figured out what it means?

We’d like to take a moment to shine a spotlight on your chakra system this morning, in hope to shed some light on energy medicine and the health of your body’s energetic meridians and the energy centers of your body. We’d also like to introduce some essential oil blends that may help balance each of your chakras for a greater sense of wellness and profound peace.

Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 5.13.54 PMScreen Shot 2014-12-26 at 5.08.52 PMScreen Shot 2014-12-26 at 5.09.03 PM

Just like your body’s organs make up your body’s physical system, your chakras are what comprise your body’s energetic system. Both are incredibly important in whole-body and whole-person wellness. This is why we like essential oils so much; they support both the physical and energetic picture of health.

We love Zen Lama World’s explanation of chakras and the the responsibilities of each of the 7 chakras that make up your energetic system: http://bit.ly/1fKOpvZ

We also think Gaiam’s article on the “7 Chakra Sisters” is an adorable introduction to your body’s energy centers: http://bit.ly/1DnpjzM

We feel that this knowledge is incredibly empowering, and we feel that empowerment is a key part of healing. That’s why we love essential oils; they give us the power to shift both energetic and physical obstacles in a gentle and soul-nourishing way.

Here are some of our blends that we feel support chakra health:

1st Chakra:
Intention- “I am grounded.”
Associated organs- Adrenals, Spine, Sacrum, Lower Intestinal Tract
Blend- Pause for Peace http://bit.ly/1trbxpu

2nd Chakra:
Intention- “I own my creative (or feminine) power.”
Associated organs- Endocrine system, Uterus, Ovaries
Blend- Over The Moon http://bit.ly/1nO3D4e

3rd Chakra:
Intention- “I am capable. I can do this.”
Associated organs- Lungs, Stomach, Spleen
Blend- Breathe http://bit.ly/1ASgfP9

4th Chakra:
Intention- “Let love in. Let the rest go.”
Associated organs- Heart
Blend- Smile http://bit.ly/Ukwvdl

5th Chakra:
Intention- “I speak my truth.”
Associated organs- Throat, Esophagus, Vocal Chords, Tonsils, Gums, Teeth
Blend- Watch Your Mouth http://bit.ly/1pBaFO8

6th Chakra:
Intention- “I trust my intuition.”
Associated organs- Eyes, Ears, Brain, Pituitary Gland, Limbic System
Blend: Frankincense http://bit.ly/1uMf445

7th Chakra:
Intention- “My mind is clear. I am open to new wisdom.”
Associated organs- Brain, Central Nervous System
Blend- Headache(Rx)

Have a beautiful, and healing weekend!
Candice
Well Scent Director of Communications

DIY End of Summer Recipes: Naturally Treat Your Feet, Skin & Hair

While I realize almost everyone else is diving head first into fall, I’m spending the month of September on the Texas coast, soaking up every last drop of summer. I’ve been sitting on the beach, grounding my feet in the sand, going on short walks with my dogs along the sea, and getting free doses of Vitamin D. These are all very simple things, but my spirit has been thriving. The sea, sand, and sun are truly so healing, and I’ve been feeling at peace and full of joy.

download

I thought I would share some of my favorite beach-themed DIYs as a farewell to summer time. Here are three recipes to treat your feet, skin, and hair.

download-1Beach Sand Foot Scrub

Ingredients

1 cup of clean, dry sand

2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (give or take depending on how coarse you like your scrub)

5-10 drops of lemon essential oil

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl, and transfer to a mason jar for keeping.

Is there anything better than using the sand as a natural exfoliant? This is seriously the easiest scrub to make if you’re visiting or live near a beach. You can always substitute salts or sugar, but I opted for the sand to connect completely with Mother Earth 🙂

Post-Sun Healing Spray:

Ingredients 

1/2 a spray bottle of Aloe Vera Gel (I LOVE this brand)

10-15 drops of lavender essential oil

Pour the aloe vera gel into a spray bottle while adding in drops of lavender essential oil. Shake, refrigerate, and spray on skin after coming in from the sun. I prefer this aloe vera gel because it’s not too gel-like and can be easily used in a spray bottle without getting clogged. There are no additives – just pure, organic aloe. The lavender essential oil is especially great for burns, and is often used on the skin for its many healing properties.

Sometimes sunburns can be inevitable when spending a lot of time outside. While there are probably many great DIY sunscreens out there, I have been using an organic sunscre