Archive for August, 2013

Oil of the month – Lemon

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Lemon is an oil that I use more at home than the office.  Its fresh smell and antiseptic properties makes it a great choice to have in the kitchen and bathroom.

EXTRACTION METHOD/ORIGIN -Steam distilled from flowering top – France, Idaho and Utah.

PROPERTIES – Antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, invigorating, refreshing and tonic.

MY FAVORITE USES –

  • Add 2 – 3 drops of Lemon oil to water and spray counter tops to sterilize them.
  • Add a drop or two of lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle
  • Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of lemon oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures.

Using essential oils that have been grown, harvested and distilled in a manner to ensure the integrity the oils  chemical constituents is key.

Lemon oil in particular as with the other citrus oils is cold pressed from the rind so it is even more important that the source be organic – otherwise whatever chemical was sprayed on the fruit will be processed into the oil at the time that it is cold pressed.  For more information on the purity of essential oils please visit www.youngliving.com/mymassage  – click on the “about Young Living” for a wealth of information.

Any questions let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

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Advantages of Labor Support

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

“Women supporting other women through labor is an ageless tradition common to all cultures”

I wanted to post some information on the benefits of having labor support when the big day arrives !  A knowledgable woman there with you both – because don’t forget dad is expecting a baby too –  the emotional support, practical suggestions for working with contractions and pain are some of the many benefits of having someone in your court for the duration – it is worth its weight in gold.

Nurses are in and out of the labor room checking your stats and progress, as their work shifts end a new nurse arrives making it hard to form a connection with one person.

I was lucky enough to have my husband, dear friend and a midwife as we went into the hospital with the goal of a successful VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section).

The never-ending support for myself and husband from both Lauren and Nancy enabled our sons birth to go  smoothly without any hitches, and exactly 12 hours after my water broke he arrived safely into the world, un-medicated.

It was the hardest thing I have ever done and many times I doubted my ability to breathe through those intense contractions and focus on the goal!  But both women were there talking me through those doubtful moments with the holding of a hand or a cold glass of water.

Having already had a c-section  I knew that if I went down the road of chemical inductions and epidurals it probably would have lead to another c-section.

ALACE – The Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to supporting woman-centered childbirth – they recently published these amazing facts;

Controlled trials involving over 1000 women demonstrate that the presence of a Labor Assistant results in:

  • 50% decrease in cesarean sections
  • 25%decrease in length of labor
  • 30% decrease in the use of forceps
  • 40% decrease in the use of oxytocin
  • 60% decrease in the use of epidurals
  • 30% decrease in use of pain medications (narcotics)

To find a labor assistant or doula in your area check out ALACE

 

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Pregnancy support

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Proud to be a member of the American Pregnancy Association (APA) – promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness

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This is a wonderful resource to have, for couples trying to conceive, expecting parents and prenatal Massage Therapists,  please visit their site.

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