When I found out I had breast cancer I felt like a fraud or imposter. I owned a wellness centre and taught others how to be well and heal, but here I was battling cancer. So many of my clients were supportive and thought I was insane to think this way, but this is how we bash ourselves up don’t we?
I decided to discard this imposter mindset and adopt a resilient mindset, and continued using natural health products, like essential oils, during my treatments because I know how powerful they can be when used aromatically and topically.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are in the plant and are extracted by distillation (steam, steam/water and water) or expression (also known as cold pressing). However, essential oils are constantly changing their chemical composition in the plant and helping the plant to adapt to the ever-changing internal and external environment. They are also known as the life force of the plant. Research has shown that plants produce essential oils for a variety of purposes:
Attract pollinators and dispersal agents.
To serve as defense compounds against insects and other animals.
To protect the plant by their antifungal and antibacterial nature.
Watch this interview with Dr. Alishia Alibhai where she explains very simply what essential oils are and how they help:
History of Essential Oils
“The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day,” advised Hippocrates around 400 BC. He was referring to the value of aromatic plants in health and wellbeing.
The use of aromatic plants is the oldest form of medicine, but they were also used for overall health, beauty, and for spiritual practice. These products became the basis for ointments and healing balms in herbal medicinal traditions, as well as fragrant perfumes and incense.
I remember when I’d get a cold or cough, my mother would give me cloves or clove water. When I’d have an ear ache she’d add garlic oil inside my ear. When I got married, I had to sit in a room where I was pampered as if I was royalty in a Turkish bath infused with fragrant oils.
What I Used and When?
If you or someone you know is going through surgery or cancer, consult with your doctor because I’m neither a doctor nor a certified aromatherapist. I consulted with a certified aromatherapist who gave me instructions on what to use. I was so impressed with the healing properties that my husband and I decided to create our line of aromatherapy products called SHANTI. This includes essential oils, natural skin care for problem skin, and natural hair care.
I decided to have a lumpectomy (partial mastectomy), but I ended up going under the blade twice because they didn’t get the whole tumor out the first time. At my follow-up appointment with my surgeon, she was so impressed with the healing and asked what I had been doing!
I used Lavender essential oil on my wound every day after I showered.
LAVENDER is calming, pain relieving and anti-spasmodic. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antifungal, and antibacterial. It’s widely known for use on sunburns, scrapes, cuts and insect bites.
HELICHRYSUM oil has a powerful, rich, floral, tea-like scent that comforts, lessens the effect of shock, phobias and improves the flow of energy through the body. It helps promote
cell growth, heal scars and skin tissue.
Either of these work for healing wounds.
It’s normal to get anxious or nervous before chemotherapy. I used positive self-talk, law of attraction principles, talked to my supporters, but I also used an anxiety release blend to calm me down. I rolled the blend on my temples, my neck - fron and back, top of my forehead and wrists.
As I rolled the oil in these areas, I’d say the following affirmations:
I’m going to be fine during chemotherapy and will feel nothing as the medication enters through an IV.
I’ll have very minimal side effects, if any, and I’ll be able to deal with it.
After ChemotherapyI had four chemotherapy treatments every three weeks, and my symptoms were worst after the first one. I explain what symptoms I went through and what I did about them in this video:
The most common symptoms for anyone going through chemotherapy is nausea, fatigue and lack of appetite. I quickly learned after my first chemotherapy that I had to plan ahead to ensure the symptoms don’t get worse. I was grateful that after my second, third and fourth chemotherapy treatment, I only suffered lack of appetite, fatigue and loose bowels for 3-5 days.
I used the following essential oils in a diffuser to help build my immune system.
FRANKINCENSE is considered a “holy” oil, this ritual oil is often used during religious ceremonies and very effective at clearing up mucous and regulating its secretion. It’s known to be a great oil for use during labour and in cases of post-natal depression.
MEDIEVAL THYMES is legendary blend and considered to be antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic because it has a combination of oils:
Clove Bud - A strong, spicy and penetrating aroma. It has a positive and stimulating effect on the mind, alleviating depression. It also helps with sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis.
Lemon - A familiar fresh, clean fragrance used for calming the emotions. Stimulates mental activity, increasing concentration and memory. Excellent antibacterial/disinfectant properties that can be used to soothe throat infections.
Cinnamon - This familiar warm aroma is a great mind and body revitaliser, helping to alleviate exhaustion, depression and weakness. Assists in digestive issues.
Eucalyptus - A strong medicinal fragrance that aids concentration. Used in a number of respiratory remedies. Its antiviral properties help fight colds, flu and ease breathing, headaches, muscular aches and pains. Do not use if you have high blood pressure or are taking homeopathic medication.
Rosemary - This fragrance provides mental awareness and clarity. It strengthens the nervous system, stabilizes emotions and minimizes mood swings.
Thyme - The supportive and fortifying nature of Thyme is gently empowering, helping you overcome physical, emotional and mental exhaustion by improving clarity and memory. It clears the respiratory system of catarrh and helps digestion.
Myrrh - An ancient spiritual oil used in purification processes that was said to deepen one’s connection to the universe. Provides a sense of strength, stability and courage. This oil has a “grounding” effect on the psyche, easing fear.
My radiation oncologist suggested I use Glaxo Base after every radiation treatment, but I asked her if I could use organic creams and essential oils instead. At first, she was hesitant but after showing her my breast two weeks into treatment she was happy with the results.
I had a treatment daily for sixteen days, not including weekends. After each treatment, I’d use Eminence Organic Skin Care Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator.
My skin was fine until the last five treatments where it turned red. It didn’t hurt or feel burned, but it was tender. During this time, we had ordered a new product for our wellness centre, from our aromatherapy supplier, called Holy Grail. This blend includes Frankincense, Myrrh and Turmeric in Hemp Seed oil. The therapeutic oils in this ancient recipe have been used to help support health and wellness in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4000 years.
I decided to use the body oil on my breast daily and noticed a huge difference just within two weeks. I’m so impressed with this product that we’ve decided to bring it on-line soon!
Life will throw us curveballs, but it is our job to find the resources to cope so we can stay resilient. When my surgeon told me that breast cancer is 80 to 90% curable, I hung on to those words like a person being thrown a line when they feel like they’re drowning. I’m not sure why, but I reminded myself of those words every time someone told me how sorry they were that I had breast cancer. I reminded them that its 90% curable and I wasn’t going anywhere.
Being resilient is not only about coping, but its about building your inner strength so you can keep functioning when the tide is high and the current is sweeping you in another direction. I found the use of essential oils an important resource during my journey and it helped me cope tremendously.
Aromatherapy A Guide for The Use of Therapeutic Essential Oils by Colour Energy and Ashbury’s Aromatherapy The Beginner’s book of Essential Oils by Christine J Dalziel
Sometimes I feel helpless when my child is sick and there's not much I can do to help alleviate her discomfort or pain.
Have you felt that way?
This spring, our daughter, may have been going through hormonal changes (she is a tween!) because she started suffering from migraines.
Her symptoms would start with blurry vision, but then get progressively worse with each episode.
One morning her symptoms got unbearable where she couldn't even walk or remember her own name! After visiting the local ER, I was told to keep her hydrated and make sure she naps when this happens again.
"What? That's all!" I thought to myself.
Next day, she suffered another episode and couldn't sleep because her head hurt so much. I felt helpless!
"How can I comfort her?" I asked myself. Then I remembered my practice in reflexology and recalled some important acupressure points.
As I applied pressure to each point (see in the diagram), my daughter felt relaxed and fell asleep immediately. A few weeks later she had another episode and I applied the same acupressure points, and again, she immediately fell asleep.
Sometimes we forget that we have choices and alternatives, and tend to focus only on Western medicine as the answer. I'm guilty of that too! However, as a mother, I was trying to figure out that her symptoms were not related to anything else and it's always best to take that extra precaution.
If you or your child suffers from migraines, test out these points and let us know!
As an authorized centre featuring Ideal Protein weight loss method, many potential clients are worried about deprivation because it is a low carb program. On the contrary, we have had clients join the program and comment on how they do not feel deprived and we believe it is for the following reasons:
· Ideal protein’s goal is for the client to have a pleasurable and effective experience, and they do that by providing foods that give pleasure like the bars that contain, peanut butter, milk chocolate, lemon poppy, chocolate mint and caramel nut that satisfies the sweet tooth. They also provide chips to satisfy those with a ‘salty tooth’!
· There are amazing recipes on the internet where clients on this program, from all over the world, have created unique waffles, breads, cookies and more from Ideal Protein foods.
· Once the blood sugar stabilizes in your body, cravings disappear.
· During social events, proactive clients make phenomenal recipes out of Ideal Protein foods or vegetables and feed it to their friends – sense of deprivation doesn’t even exist.
No diet is easy and a person is only ready when they are fully committed and are willing to make a lifestyle change rather than looking it at it as a quick fix. This method also teaches you how to eat better during the maintenance phase and we have made this a mandatory part of the program at Shanti Wellness Centre.
People who are tired of shaving, tweezing, and waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal has become the preferred option—and a beautiful solution. Hair removal continues to be the #1 requested energy-based aesthetic treatment. While hair removal is most popular among women, laser hair removal for men is an ever-increasing group, as men seek treatment for areas such as their chests and backs! Darren, one of our male clients, had a lot of hair growth (more than the average man) on his shoulders and back. He was tired of it, especially when going on warm holidays or swimming.
He saw one of our technicians and he couldn’t believe the results just after 2 treatments. He also couldn’t believe the great price point he was getting from us compared to going to Edmonton. After 5 treatments, he is so happy and feels confident about himself. We will be posting a video on his treatment soon!
We carry Cynosure Laser system and it is the leading company in laser technologies. View before and after pictures on laser hair removal here:
Salt lamps release negatively charged ions. These negative ions neutralize positively charged ions given out by computers, televisions, power grids etc. Negatively charged ions create an environment that is similar to being near the sea or a waterfall and are what give the air in these areas that fresh feeling. The salt lamps should be lit at all times as they give off more negative ions that way.
By using Salt Crystal lamps, we can easily improve our environment, not only thorough the ionizing effects of the lamp but through the beautiful light they cast in a room! It is highly recommended to use them near a TV or computer, in a designated smoking room and an air-conditioned room.
Where do Salt Lamps come from?
Salt crystal lamps are made from salt crystal rocks. This salt crystal comes from the ancient seas and is now available in the foothills of the Himalayas in Pakistan. Salt crystals of this quality are rare.
How are Salt Lamps made?
Explosives and standard mining methods cannot be used when mining salt crystal rock; they must be hand crafted to retain their original structure. This means that every salt lamp is different in size, shape, colour and intensity. Each salt lamp is unique.
Where should I put my salt lamp?
Near a television or computer
Child's bedroom - it also acts as a great nightlight!
At the office
Designated smoking room
Exercise studio such as yoga or Pilates studios
This blog is courtesy of our salt lamp supplier: Nature's Pur Element
Check out this list of over 20 (and counting!) functions the T-Zone Vibration machine can perform for you.
Every single one of these functions are worth owning a machine just on their own, but in combination - there is absolutely nobody in the world who wouldn't benefit from whole body vibration.
Do you want to lose weight? T-Zone Vibration is a cardio machine.
T-Zone Vibration has the only vibration machine that has aerobic capabilities. Use your magic mat, included with all new machines, and perform stutter steps, high knees, or any number of aerobic exercises shown on our youtube site to get your heart rate up.
Do you want to work out to get stronger? T-Zone vibration is a strength training machine.
The classic use of vibration is for Low Impact strength training. Keep your speed low and follow along the routines programmed into your aerobic or golf machines, our Vibration exercise DVD, or any other set of exercises designed to work your core, upper and lower body.
Are you low on time? T-Zone Vibration is a time-saving machine.
With a T-Zone Vibration machine, 10 minutes = 1 hour. How? Because with T-Zone you are working your whole body out at once, instead of one muscle group at a time. A workout on a whole body vibration takes less time with more dramatic results than conventional exercise.
Do you spend a lot of time sitting? T-Zone Vibration is an antidote to sitting disease.
Did you know sitting has been found to be on par with smoking as a cause of disease? Thankfully T-Zone vibration is all you need to get relief. Sitting is like a lower-gravity environment while vibration ramps up the g-force by a factor of 3, 4, or 5 times - so T-Zone vibration not offers only the movement needed to counteract too much sitting, it offers an increased g-force (or gravity) - which is exactly what is missing when in a chair or bed for hours at a time.
Do you play sports? T-Zone vibration is a warm up and cool down machine.
Warm up is essential for high level performance as well as injury prevention. Some people use their vibration machine exclusively as a warm up machine before golfing, running, or other sport performance. Use a higher speed and move through the range of motion you are warming up for. Cooling down after exercise can be just as beneficial. Again, a high speed is best - work through a counter motion for the muscles you have been using.
Do you want to try interval training? T-Zone Vibration is an interval training machine.
T-Zone Vibration's newest models actually come with interval training programming built right in - just press a button and you're ready to go.
Do you want to get faster? T-Zone vibration is a muscle speed machine.
Due to increased flexibility as well as the muscle growth from your body's reactions to the destabilizing motion of the machine, your muscles will grow and perform faster than they would without vibration.
Have you had an injury? T-Zone is a therapy machine.
Because of it's low impact and gentle but effective nature, a huge segment of vibration users come to vibration after an injury. They use it to work the strength back up and deal with discomfort. Vibration can also be used in partnership with your health practitioner by working through a set of prescribed exercises at home. Of course, check with your health practitioner first to ensure you are ready for vibration training.
Do you go to a Chiropractor? T-Zone Vibration is a chiropractic machine.
Chiropractors love whole body vibration for restoring physical function, and allowing their patients to treat themselves at home between visits.
Do you love massage and to feel good? T-Zone Vibration is a massage machine.
Just lying on your machine at high speeds feels great and can get things moving in the body, giving you that all-over good feeling.
Do you have a bad back, hip, knee, or other joint issues? T-Zone vibration works to restore joint function.
Many people have found vibration to be the only thing to help them with back, hip, shoulder, knee, even wrist discomfort! After trying everything else, vibration has even helped people walk who were previously confined to a a walker or wheelchair. Talk to your health practitioner and local vibration expert about how to get moving again.
Do you use or think you might need to use a walker, or generally have an issue with stability? T-Zone vibration is a stability machine.
Vibration helps to 'retrain' the body and regain some lost stability for those with ongoing stability issues. It also helps add stability for those who want to improve sport performance or just feel great. Low speeds are best here while performing some mobility stretches such as the broomstick or angry cat.
Do you want to work on those trouble spots? T-Zone vibration decreases cellulite visibility.
Just using your vibration machine regularly has been proven to decrease cellulite visibility! In 6 weeks you are likely to enjoy a smoother, slimmer appearance.
Do you want to look younger? T-Zone Vibration is a facial machine.
Stand on your machine at a high speed, and using your palms and fingers gently 'brush' the skin on your face and neck, always going in the direction of your heart. In 3 minutes you'll notice a brighter more youthful appearance!
Are you worried about toxin buildup in the body? T-Zone vibration is a toxin removal machine.
Using your vibration machine at a low or high speed will help your body work through and eliminate harmful toxins from the body. Natural health practitioners love it for it's drug-free, natural way of helping the body improve function.
Do you want better coordination for sports or for improved daily function? T-Zone vibration is a coordination machine.
The see-saw motion of the oscillating vibration machine helps your body improve coordination. By adding strength exercises you will further enhance the effect.
Do you want to increase your flexibility for injury recuperation, sports, or daily comfort? T-Zone Vibration is a flexibility machine.
This is one of the benefits of vibration that can be demonstrated the fastest. Try rotating your body at the hip and see how far you can turn. Now try after being on a vibration machine for just a few minutes - you will see a huge increase in your range of motion, usually in under 3 minutes. Range of motion is a major factor in managing mobility issues as well as improving sports performance.
Do you want to improve your golf or other sport game? T-Zone is an explosive power machine.
Explosive power is one of the most studied effects of vibration training. Studies show that when doing the same exercises on the ground as on a vibration machine, the vibration machine group will show much higher gains in explosive power as well as other strength criteria.
Do you want to feel more energized? T-Zone Vibration is an energy machine.
For those who just want to feel better and get through their day with ease, vibration is the best tool for increasing your energy and vigour. Just using vibration regularly will help you see a difference.
Do you want to look better overall? T-Zone Vibration is a tighten and tone machine.
Want to look a little better, in and out of your jeans? Vibration works faster than conventional exercise at getting to your fitness goals.
Do you want the best athletic performance? T-Zone Vibration is a Dynamic vs. Static stretching machine.
If you want to get the best sports performance, you probably already know that static stretching has been shown to actually decrease strength. Vibration offers dynamic stretching, which is warm muscle stretching, widely considered to be the best type of stretching.
Dr. Bruce Hoffman is one of my co-authors in the book, Unlock the Power of You – 12 Keys to Health, Happiness and Success. In his chapter he explains there is a difference when he sees patients who just want to manage their symptoms versus patients who want to completely eliminate symptoms, achieve a positive state of well-being and reveal a desire to be whole. However, this usually happens when there is a conflict around the midpoint of their lives. Dr. Hoffman goes on to explain that symptoms arise as a result of a discrepancy between what our ego wants (first-half of life endeavours) and what our deepest unconscious self-desires (aspirations of second-half of life).
Our deepest self-desires are usually clouded by life’s demands and our vague value system, but a time comes when our soul is seeking to be heard and it is at this point symptoms often start appearing. These symptoms serve as feedback from our core self, drawing attention to what we are neglecting most within us. The author suggests that actively listening to our bodies or listening to the whisperings from our unconscious are symbolic ways of seeing issues that we cannot see or understand with our ego minds.
I can relate to what Dr. Hoffman is explaining. I have seen many clients who have digestion issues and these are exacerbated when they are under immense stress. I have also noticed, my shoulders and neck start hurting when the week starts out slow at our wellness centre. Early this year I suffered an eye infection- my second one - and our spiritual detox coach, Amanda Dietrich, stated that I was refusing to see something. She was right! In March, I broke down and cried (which I hardly do – it takes a lot for me to cry) because I was mentally and physically exhausted. I also felt like I wasn’t giving attention to my speaking career, which brings me happiness, and I was being pulled in different directions. I wasn’t listening to my body and my needs. I believe my symptoms were trying to tell me to slow down and see within. It was then I made some decisions to eliminate, delegate and change some of things I was doing so I could have more me time and give time to that which brings me happiness.
Since then, my energy has returned full swing, our wellness centre is picking up in areas that started out slow this year and I feel great about the decisions I made rather than feeling guilty! It’s amazing that once we decide to make changes, our mind starts to feel better and our bodies heal so much more quickly.
When clients come to us seeking for some help in shedding some pounds, we are going to alter their diet – that’s a given. However, eating more healthy doesn’t mean you can’t eat out anymore! One aspect of enjoying your food comes from being social and if you give up being social and being with your friends then dieting is no fun. All you have to do is be prepared and plan in advance. How?
· Pick a restaurant that will have the foods you can eat.
· Tell the server you are sensitive to gluten and dairy and you will be able to substitute or they may even suggest gluten-free items.
Oregano has a very ancient medical reputation. The Egyptians and Babylonians used oregano as far back as 3000 BC. The Greek physicians Hippocrates and Dioscorides both prescribed the use of oregano for a myriad of conditions. Hippocrates used it for respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders, wounds and insect bites. Dioscorides recommended oregano for cough and lung congestion, earache, inflamed tonsils, skin conditions and sprains. Throughout the middle ages, the medicinal properties of oregano and its essential oil spread quickly. Every living plant contains phytochemicals, or plant-based chemicals and they all have different effects in our body. One of the compounds found in Oregano is Carvacrol, and it is responsible for fighting infections.
Our daughter, Arissa, has been fighting cold and cough infections since February this year and one of her infections lasted 4 weeks. As soon as she felt better another infection would start! We were at our wits end. One of our distributors who supplies us with homeopathic products recommended oregano oil from a company called, Joy of the Mountains. Just a few weeks ago, Arissa was suffering from another cold and cough when we decided to add 1 to 3 drops of oregano oil to a glass of juice and got her to drink it at least twice a day. In 3 days her cough disappeared! WOW! Usually it would last 2 weeks!
We were convinced and we now have it available at Shanti Wellness Centre! Remember, it has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties so it can be used for a variety of symptoms. With each purchase of oregano oil, you will also receive Tracy Gibbs, Ph.D. book: Your Guide to Oil of Oregano – Better Health for People & Pets.
We are so used to stepping on the scale to see how much weight we have lost and when we drop the pounds we are ecstatic! However, our body weight is primarily made up of body fat, lean mass (muscle) and hydration levels – so how does one know whether we have lost all three or just lean mass or just fat? In any weight loss program we want to primarily lose fat, not lean mass. At Shanti Wellness Centre, we use the Body Composition Analysis (BCA) at our weekly consultations with our clients because it reveals where the pounds come from and where they are being lost. For example, last week one of our clients stepped on the weighing scale and noticed that she lost 4.5 lbs, which was great! However, as we looked at her food journal we noticed she wasn’t having enough calories from protein. We advised her to eat more and thought nothing of it until we completed the BCA scan on her. Here is what we found:
She lost 4.5lbs total body weight of which none were fat! All 4.5 pounds were lean mass - Wow! If we did not have the BCA, we would not have known this because the weighing scale doesn’t tell us whether we lose fat or lean mass. In our weight loss program, we want to maintain lean mass and lose the fat. How did the BCA scan help our client? She realized that what the scale says is not necessarily the truth and eating as per the menu plan will enable her to lose fat.
6500 Canadians will be diagnosed with Skin Cancer this year and 1050 will die from this form of Cancer - reported by Global News May 28, 2014
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More Statistics from the Canadian Cancer Society:
Incidence and mortality
Incidence is the total number of new cases of cancer. Mortality is the number of deaths due to cancer.
It is estimated that in 2014:
6,500 Canadians will be diagnosed with melanoma. 1,050 Canadians will die from melanoma. 3,500 men will be diagnosed with melanoma and 660 will die from it. 3,000 women will be diagnosed with melanoma and 400 will die from it.
Chances (probability) of developing or dying from melanoma
Based on 2009 estimates:
About 1 in 59 Canadian men is expected to develop melanoma during his lifetime and 1 in 240 will die from it. About 1 in 73 Canadian women is expected to develop melanoma during her lifetime and 1 in 395 will die from it.
While I was at a conference on marketing for authors, I learned about an Eastern Mythology figure called 'Preta' aka 'Hungry Ghost'. Now this had nothing to do with marketing, but an author who writes horror was talking about his book cover and I got intrigued about hungry ghosts.
Preta's are found in Indian and Buddhist scriptures and are ghosts that suffer in the afterlife because they are always hungry and thirsty. They have an insatiable appetite and eat everything because they are never satisfied.
This got me thinking because it sounded very similar to what my clients would say to me:
"I'm always hungry" "I just ate and I'm full but if I'm offered anything else, I can still eat" "I'm not satisfied" "I don't know when I'm hungry"
Now I'm not trying to scare you - I'm not saying you are Preta or have a Preta within you. I'm comparing the subtle meaning behind our struggles with weight with this mythological figure. You will agree that most times we have a poor relationship with food and we self sabotage our efforts because of we are not satisfied within ourselves. Most of it comes down to self-love and self-worth and I know you have heard this from many gurus and you may think, "What a bunch of crap, I love myself!"
My question to you is: "If you love yourself and respect your self-worth, then what's holding you back?"
Don't let your inner fears make you behave like a Preta. Unlike a Preta, you have a heart, you have soul. Nourish it with love and respect and learn how to satisfy that part of you by embracing yourself instead of battling with yourself.
Use Ideal Protein’s rotini as an add on to a salad to get your protein intake if you are tired of soups and drinks. Boil your pasta in the morning or the night before and take it in your lunch bag to add onto your salad. Then top it off with a Walden Farms calorie free, gluten free dressing!