Have you ever had the exasperating experience of going to a doctor for aches and pains? After a long wait in the examining room you hear a knock and the doctor finally enters. . . and goes directly over to his computer and starts typing. What’s he typing? He didn’t even say hello! When he finally looks up, he asks you what brings you in? You take a deep breath and you begin to explain what you are feeling. Does the doctor ask what you are doing? Or what you are eating? Usually not. After you describe your aches and pains, he goes for his pad and writes out a prescription for a drug that he thinks will help with the pain. When you ask about possible side effects, he says, “well it might give you headaches.”
“But I already HAVE headaches!”
“Well, it might also cause muscle aches or cramps.”
“I already have those, too!”
“Try it and if it bothers you, I will give you another kind of prescription.”
And the cycle continues. High costs, maybe no results, and possibly bad side effects.
Alternative medicine and holistic care addresses your entire being: your emotions, your physical conditions, and your spiritual self – how you feel on the inside and your higher awareness that lifts you and inspires you to feel and act.
Today, we can choose alternative care that meets our needs without risking the side effects from drugs. Many call it the “New Age” approach, but many of these healing modalities are far from new. They have been with us for thousands of years and are used by people all around the world who get positive results without further side effects that can hurt them.
I offer non-invasive care that takes care of you in every way. One of these modalities is aromatherapy. These are pure essential oils that support many of the conditions you are experiencing. As part of my massage treatments, I would apply oils to treat certain conditions that you bring to my attention. If there are issues that I can’t help you with, I recommend you see a physician to explore the specific problem. Your emotional state, such as stress, is often the cause of pain. Stress is accumulative and can cause havoc on our bodies.
Aromatherapy is the use of plant-based medicine that is in the form of oils or hydrosols. It uses different parts of plants that are beneficial for specific conditions. I only use essential oils that are safe – oils that are organic, pure, therapeutic, and have been tested by outside certified chemists. (Oils that are mixed with synthetics can cause rashes and allergic reactions.) These oils can be used in many different ways. They can be inhaled, applied on the body, taken internally, used inside capsules to protect the intestinal tract, and infused into the air with diffusers. They can also be breathed through inhalers, where specific oils are placed on a cotton wick and put into an inhaler. There are no side effects and inhalers can produce immediate results. For example, I have used inhalers myself, to help calm me down and focus when I have deadlines to meet. They have also helped me relieve headaches and sinus congestion.
For example, Lavender can be used to treat burns. One day, my plumber burned himself badly while replacing my water heater. I ran for the lavender oil, applying it right on the 3-inch huge welt he had on his arm. Immediately, before our eyes, the elevated welt flattened and the redness disappeared, and he proclaimed,”the pain is gone!” He could not believe it, and neither could I! Then he asked me, “Are you a witch?’
Lavender is a wonderful oil that takes care of burns, sun burn,helps relieve stress and anxiety, helps with sleep, relieves headaches and migraines, and supports blood pressure.
I have clients who have used the oils and gotten relief from neck and shoulder pain, and were able to get their range of motion back. It has been beneficial in supporting sciatica, carpal tunnel, headaches, seizures, insomnia, and the list goes on.
So why do I write this? It is to give you the ability to choose different options for your health care that may be very beneficial to you without harmful side effects. Essential oils may seem pricey, but it pays for all the care and the distilling process that brings us pure natural oils from plants that were put on this earth to keep us well. But, in the long run, they are very affordable when you compare them with the cost of meds that may be harmful. The choice is yours. So, let me know what you think and ask any questions you may have about their use.
The items discussed in this blog are intended to support health and healing, NOT to replace medical treatment. This should not be interpreted as medical advice. I am not a doctor. This is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition, or to be a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care providers.
11/22/2017 02:24:55 pm
Thank you Rachelle for this post! I love that holistic approach and I appreciate that taking care of both our inner world, our emotions, and also our physical body that essential oils provide.
11/22/2017 11:10:58 pm
Thank you Mai for reaching out. I try to eduacte to help people understand massage work is more that touching the soft tissue of the body, butit deals with the whole person in everyway. And the oils complement the wrok on a deeper level. Ever try them? I am a distributor of essetial oils and have used them on my self for many problems, and helped oodles of people. So if you have any questions or need assistance with some ailments , i can guide you in the ight direction. Thanks again for commenting.
11/22/2017 08:59:23 pm
Rachelle, your post is well-written and informative. I am in the process of learning more about aromatherapy so I can use it more effectively in my practice as well. So, I with you on the fact that complimentary therapies can offer people the chance to use less invasive and/or more natural remedies to cure what ails them. Thanks for sharing!
11/22/2017 11:07:11 pm
Hi Bisa, Than you so much for your thoughts. I am a distributor of essential oils, plus as a massage therapist I use them carefully and with precision intent to help clients relieve their pain on a long term. If you need any assitance, and want to know what to do in certain cases, feel free to get in touch with me, and I will be happy to guide tyou through some blends that are awesome to help with conditions llike frozen shoulder, migraines, sciatica etc. Racelle
11/23/2017 10:03:52 am
Excellent post Rachelle. I definitely agree with you that a natural, non-side-effects approach is the way to go before going down the route of drugs that probably haven't been tested effectively and likely have adverse side-effects. I also love your lavender example with the plumber. I have used essential oils quite a bit due to my wife who is really into them and I love they way they make me feel and their incredible healing effects. Keep up the great work xox
11/23/2017 12:56:03 pm
Hi Michael, So glad you made contact! I wish more people would be open to tying the oils to see how it changes their lives. So natural and healing in so many ways.What oils have you tried so far? Does your wife work with them? You are in singapore, does she happen to know Frances Fuller? She is an amazing massage therapist ,healer and distributor of the essential oils by Young Living. You might want to seek her out. I am so thankful the oils came into my life. Its really God's gift to us. Take care my friend, and thanks so much for your comment.
11/25/2017 10:42:31 am
All oils used are so much better and refreshing than any RX you may use. All natural,no horrible side effects!! My husband and I use them topically and some orally religiously.Rachelle will teach you the correct usage.
11/28/2017 09:49:04 am
Thank you Mara for responding. I am so gla you both are benefiting from the oils. Its the plants blood nourishing and healing our bodies, mind and spirit! What more would you ask for? Have a wonderful holiday!
11/27/2017 05:06:57 pm
Hi Rachelle! Fantastic post on a really interesting topic. The use of medicines nowadays is exaggerated and the body just tends to get used to them, making them loose their effectiveness. Your approach is so complete with different techniques adapting to each person and complementing the massage with essential oils is just sublime!
11/28/2017 09:46:26 am
Thank you Janu for a very special response. I wish you were here to ex[experience it! Be in touch soon. Rachelle
12/1/2017 04:02:19 pm
Hi Rachelle this is awesome! I have been in the realm of Wholistic medicine and healing ever since graduating high school and have found InnerG work as well as Herbs, Oils, Etc to be phenomenal! In fact, all medicines originate from the Herbs anyway. It's ironic because it's taken from its most powerful and natural state then put in a less effective or efficient State which is actually a poison. Not that it has absolutely no benefit but why would you not go straight to the source? I Love the story about the plumber and the burn using lavender oil, that's phenomenal that it happened so apparently in the moment, I love it! Thanks for sharing your medicine! Peace & Love
12/1/2017 07:01:41 pm
Thank you Anthony for such a well expressed review I really appreciate your knowledge about the med world and the natural world. I hope I will live to see the eastern medicine and western medicine finally come to some sense, and make our health care incredible instead of maintaining "sick care". With gratitude,
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