Essential oils have been used for many, many years, centuries even. They have a myriad number of uses from aromatherapy, medicinal treatment to house cleaning products. Distilling or extracting the different parts of plants such as the bark, leaves, flowers, roots or peels produce these essential oils. Essential oils are claimed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Some have soothing and relaxing effects. They can also be used as natural medicine, without the side effects. Nowadays, more and more people are turning to natural products; natural soaps, natural foodstuff, natural medicine, etc. The list can go on. Essential oils are a big part of going natural. Knowing the many benefits of essential oils, you can now choose the ones you need or essential in your life. Here is a list of essential oils from Botanic Universe that you may find useful in your day-to-day undertakings.
I’ve been sick for the past couple of days, what sucks is that I’m not feeling well but I don’t know the cause. I don’t have cough, nor colds…not even fever, just the feeling of being unwell. I told Jeff maybe I just need a massage, but he thinks I should start working out again. That makes sense because last year, when I was going to the gym regularly, I never got sick. This year, working out took a backseat because of the house construction, moving houses, searching for Gwen’s school, etc. I gained weight because I’m stress-eating and too much Starbucks :p
So you know what Jeff did the next morning? He arranged my fitness stuff in our office/study area, hahaha… a very subtle way of saying, “Hoy, mag-workout ka na, tumataba ka na!”
Gwen was 9 months old when we brought her to the doctor not because of her scheduled vaccination but due to fever and cough. It was that bad that warranted a visit to the doctor. We were given medicines but what surprised me was when the pediatrician asked us if we have a nebulizer at home. I said we don’t own one… and I proudly said that, “wala naman pong may hika sa amin.”
I was wrong, I learned that a nebulizer is a must in every household especially if you have kids. You can use it not only for asthma but also for bronchitis and allergies. So after the hospital visit, we immediately bought an Omron Nebulizer for Gwen.
Since I was young, I was shy and totally embarrassed of my sweaty hands. During mass at church or at school, when it would be the time to sing “Our Father”, I would refrain from holding my seatmate’s hand in fear that he or she would touch my sweaty palms. Whenever I would get nervous, both my hands and feet would work up a sweat. Even now, I seldom wear high heels because my feet would get sweaty and I would slip off my shoes and walking would be harder as it already is because of the heels. So I prefer sneakers or sandals, and would never forget to put foot powder first to avoid sweaty (and smelly! Eww!) feet. My sweat problems hinder me from most physical activities because of my failure to do tasks without my hands or feet sweating up a bucket.
Upon further research on my problem, I discovered it’s called hyperhidrosis, a condition characterized by abnormally increased sweating. It can affect one’s physical, emotional and social life, and this condition is called by some as “the silent handicap”. Possible medications are the use of anti-perspirants and anticholinergics, but these oral medications have lots of side effects so that’s not a very good option for me.
Stress urinary incontinence is a medical condition that mothers may experience but choose not to discuss or even consult with a doctor, for fear of embarrassment or shame. It consists of a series of temporary, fast, but very palpable urinary leaks that are triggered by ordinary things like laughter, sneezing or coughing. The lady may be in the middle of a conversation with friends or having a laughing interaction with teachers at a PTA meeting, then suddenly, she gets an involuntary spasm in their muscle down under, followed by a familiar wetness that comes with a pee. It is a very awkward and uncomfortable moment.
Stress urinary incontinence happens when the vaginal muscle becomes lax and is unable to prevent those sporadic involuntary leaks. Several factors that cause this laxity in mothers could be natural ageing, childbirth, or a very active sexual life. One or all of these factors can strain the orifice’s tightness and loosen it up.
I often experience this when I’m at the gym and I’m doing my box jumps or squats. I have no idea that this is a medical condition. I thought that it’s something that I have to deal with after giving birth.