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April 17, 2018

If you are new to the essential oils world or ready to learn more and be better prepared to address anything that comes into your life on a daily basis, you need to equip yourself with the Modern Essentials Book.  This book comes in a book form, which I LOVE because I am old fashioned and like to have physical pages to turn as I read.  However, for those of you who like your apps, you can also get this book in app form for $6.99 from Google Play for Androids or the Apple App Store for...

February 1, 2018

Essential oils are aromatic compounds found in plants.  They are extracted from various plant parts such as flowers, stems, leaves, bark, roots, sap, and fruit.  These compounds are the plant's immune system that helps to protect it from disease and predators.  Through scientific research and history, we have discovered that these oils have value for us as well.

Essential oils are powerful.  They have powerful properties that help support the body's immune system, response to pain...

November 1, 2017

Essential Oils are NOT created equally, and there are many different brands and classes of essential oils.

Essential Oil Classes

  • Synthetic - artificial - found in shampoos, body lotions, candles, etc.

  • Food Grade - deemed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe by FDA) - in foods such as Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing, chewing gum, etc.

  • Therapuetic Grade - have therapeutic value and can evoke a physical or emotional response - found in specialty Spas, Natural Healthfood stores, etc.

  • C...

February 10, 2017

If you have chosen to breastfeed your newborn, you have chosen an excellent way to get your baby off to a healthy start in life.  Nursing can be exhausting.  At first you feel as if all you do is nurse your baby.  By the time you finish nursing, you feel as if you have a few minutes to either get a fast shower, take a short nap, eat a quick meal, and then your baby is hungry again!  Hang in there!  It gets better as your baby learns to nurse faster, and as the baby gets older, he/she will b...

February 9, 2017

Congratulations on the birth of your precious baby!  Right now you may be feeling a mixture of elation, exhaustion, excessive and fluctuating emotions, and new-found love and awe.  If things didn't go as expected, you may be feeling discouragement, sadness, or are blaming yourself for what you feel are failures on your part.  The raging hormones in your body make everything you feel an extreme.  Everyone experiences these extreme feelings, so don't be alarmed.  Ensure to surround yourself w...

February 8, 2017

Congratulations on the birth of your precious bundle of joy!  If you think Labor is over, you are mistaken, but the worst is behind you, so relax and enjoy that precious baby scent and the feel of your baby in your arms!

Many people don't realize there is a Stage 3 in Labor.  Did you know there is even a Stage 4?

Stage 3 Labor: Delivery of the Placenta

What is happening - You will experience a few more contractions as your body expels the placenta.  You may feel a warm gush of fluid/tissue as...

February 7, 2017

If you have been following my blog series on Labor and Delivery, you have already read about the 3 different phases of Stage 1 Labor: Latent, Active, Transition).  Now I will discuss the happiest stage of Labor - Stage 2 - Delivery!!!!!

What is happening - your contractions have brought you to 10 cm dilation - hooray, it's finally time to push!  You may have already been experiencing the urge to push before reaching 10 cm.  Some doctors allow you to gently bear down when you feel this to hel...

February 6, 2017

Stage 1 Labor has 3 different phases: Latent Stage, Active Stage, and Transition.  I have broken each phase down in its own blog post.  Click on the links to learn about Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Phase 3 - Transition

What is happening - Strong to very strong contractions 2-3 minutes apart are dilating you to 8-10 cm.  This often lasts only 20-40 minutes.  You are almost there - Labor won't last too much longer!

What you can do - Utilize breathing and relaxation techniques between contract...