Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Where The Heck Have I Been?

People ask me all the time why I haven’t been blogging for a while. The truth is that our political climate is such that every time I have something to say about it, it’s completely hateful and unkind. I’m still studying and researching the things in life that are important to me, and writing a couple of cool new massage therapy programs for continuing education for MT’s.

So, I’m well, still here, and still enjoying my happy, loving family. Here’s a clue as to what I’m writing about.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy Holidays Everybody!

For instructions on how to built this beautiful wreath, go to Click on "Tips and Tutorials." There are two different designs. I love this wreath!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Athlete's Choice Sports Massage Oil By Zen Planet Herbs

Take a peek! I haven't even had a chance to have the bottle professionally photographed yet. This is my new sports massage blend that I've been working on for many years. The blend of Arnica, Olive, and a variety of specially selected essential oils is absolutely perfect for athletes and those with sore and heavily challenged muscles.

The combination of incredible aromas contains herbs that are known to be relaxing, anti-spasmotic, and anti-inflammatory.

Having performed thousands of massages in an almost 40 year career, I've used many combinations of oils and I am positive that this is the one! I've gotten input from many therapists and athletes, and at last, I'm ready to commit!

Like wine, or even an orchestra, essential oils have specific"notes." This blend contains a balanced blend of top, middle, and bass notes. According to our focus groups, this blend not only smells incredible, but relieves pain, brings relaxation, and with it's anti-inflammatory ingredients, helps with stiffness. Watch for more about the launch in September!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Claiming Your Age

Oh, God, what a subject. It seems like only yesterday that I was a cool 18 year old dating cool 18 year old guys. 21 wasn’t so bad, even 40 for that matter!

Once I passed 50, I denied being related in any way to the bald and fat crowd. When I went to my last high school reunion, I followed the signs in the nice hotel to the ballroom with a big sign that said “Class of 1970 Reunion.” That seemed like my group until I looked in the door. “No way, Jose” was that MY group I said to myself, but indeed, it was.

Last year when I went to the doctor for my Autumn checkup, I had planned on getting
a flu shot for the first time. I see the commercials on TV about Shingles, Pneumonia, and all of the other older person shots, but I settled on a flu shot for now. After all, I’m healthy and much younger than everybody else my age. I told the doc that I wanted to get a flu shot in addition to the other checkup stuff on my list, but we both forgot.

In mid February, I came down with the flu that everybody else had. It was an upper respiratory flu with a severe cough. No problem. It would clear up in a few days. The problem was that it didn’t. The cough went on until mid March with an accompanying wheeze and whistle. I went to the doc to get it checked out and was told that it was Bronchitis which is a virus often coming on at the end of the flu. No meds, just get some rest.

At the beginning of April, I was exhausted. I had been coughing for almost two months, my chest was so sore that I had to wrap myself in an ACE bandage in order to accommodate the coughing, and it wasn’t going away! Sleep? How can one sleep when their chest is making a whistling and moaning sound?  The worry about dragging an oxygen tank around for the rest of my life was really giving me anxiety. When I laid down in bed at night I had a tough time breathing. For several nights I was on the verge of the E.R.

When I went back to the Doc, he said that Bronchitis is a virus and to give it more time. There was the possibility of spring allergies getting involved, possibly asthma, try an inhaler …

I started using a steamer with eucalyptus essential oils at night, started seeing the acupuncturist, drank tons of water, stopped eating dairy products, and did everything that every book and article said to do for Bronchitis, Allergies, Asthma, and the like.

Hooray! It’s April 23. The cough is gone, the wheezing is gone, and I’m back to health! My lesson is learned. I spent so many nights laying awake picturing myself with an oxygen tank for the rest of my life because I ended up with chronic Bronchitis or Asthma because I couldn’t recover from the flu.

I will no longer deny that I’m not 18 and that I AM 65. I AM healthy, I don’t smoke, hell, I don’t even drink coffee anymore, but I won’t deny that I need to do those extra things to prevent health problems overall. My advice is that if you are over 60, GET A FLU SHOT. Do everything possible to be strong and healthy. Something as routine as the respiratory flu can take you down permanently. Take it from me.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Compensatory Pains And Herbal Pain Relief

Compensatory pains? What that means is that you might wake up with a sore neck for no apparent reason. Maybe you injured your shoulder, or maybe you hurt your back. Your body is consistently working to find homeostasis. This means that you have a balance that your body is consistently trying to find.

If, for example, you injured your spine and are walking with a bit of a tilt, your body will work to find the horizon. While your eyes are looking for that horizon, if you’re having to tilt your head to find it’s normal balance, your neck will become sore.

I can’t advocate enough for massage therapy. If you’ve never had a full body massage, may I suggest that you get one? I can’t imagine carrying my injured body around without a periodic massage.

When talking about compensatory pains, they can become chronic ailments if you don’t work to correct the reason for the compensation.  In the mean time, I am in the process of creating a natural and enjoyable solution to pain relief.

For many years I’ve used pain relieving herbs in my massage oils and I am so happy to report that I have finally come to a place where I have created a sports massage oil blend that I am in the process of patenting.

My Sports Massage Blend smells SO good and is laden with ingredients that are relaxing, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, nourishing to skin, and down-right euphoric!

Stay tuned for the release of the “Athlete’s Choice” Sports Massage blend.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cancer Rates Up In Younger People

News reports came out yesterday claiming that colon and rectal cancer rates are up in younger people but no explanation is available. These are reports that always make me angry because of the way that research is done.

For example, “studies” show that genetically modified foods are safe. The truth is that genetically modified food research has not been done long term on humans. What happens to the lab rats AFTER four months? They grow large tumors all over their bodies! There is clear evidence that studies are consistently concluded before the danger deadlines have been reached.

To make me even angrier, laws are being passed all over the country that do not require products containing GMO’s to be labeled. Of course young people are having more cancers and nobody knows why!

As family managers it is our responsibility to buy and prepare food for our families in the safest way. I can’t say enough how easy and affordable it is to grow small amounts of vegetables on your own porch. If you grow lettuce and spinach in pots on your own front porch, you can assure that the vegetables used in your salads and on sandwiches are organic and pesticide free.

People think that organic and GMO free foods are more expensive than regular packaged foods, but that’s not always true. Some grocery stores now have store brand organic foods that are the same price as regular products.
To have suspicion about our foods and government regulation is valid. Without labeling, items that you don’t suspect are laced with dangerous ingredients. We must DEMAND that our food and water sources are deemed to be safe for consumption. The government MUST budget for food and water safety. If there is enough money in the budget to increase military spending, there should be enough money to protect the people of Flint, Michigan who are still not receiving clean and safe water.

Young people should not be burdened with potentially life threatening diseases caused by the food and water that they consume. We must STOP the delivery of tainted foods to our children.

I encourage you to buy and grow organic foods, read labels, and know that foods labeled with the green USDA Organic label have passed Governmental requirements to wear such label.

WRITE to your representatives. DEMAND that they continue to protect our families against contaminated food, water, air or they will be exposed and held accountable. Scrutinize our new Environmental Protection Agency leader, Scott Pruitt, who openly plans to threaten our air and water by lifting regulations that will in turn, affect our food.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

You Don’t Need A Handyman To Have GREAT Planter Boxes

In 5 bookshelves from the local thrift store I can grow enough vegetables to feed a family of 4 and then some!

Most bookshelves are at least 9 inches deep to accommodate books with a few additional inches in the front. Most vegetable roots don’t need much more than that. Bookshelves with the shelves in or out make perfect vegetable, flower, and herb planters!

If you go to your local hardware store looking for large planters to plant veggies in, they run pretty expensive. I mean, you can spend a couple of hundred bucks on deep pots that are far more depth than you need.

Your local thrift store has old wood bookshelves for $10 - $20 each. The reason that I started buying them was because our ground was so hard and packed I would have had to hire a commercial excavator to get through it. Now, I have vegetables growing all over the place!

When you get the shelf home, you can leave the back on, or soften the ground under it, and lay the frame down with no back for deeper veggies like carrots.

Here’s a cheap and simple project. Go to the thrift store and buy a bookshelf that is sized to a nice area of your yard. Go to the hardware store and buy enough soil to fill the shelf, and some organic seeds. Voila! You have an organic garden. Flowers, herbs, or lettuce are great choices if you’re just starting out.  

I give a lot of organic vegetables away during the summer months which means that ours and our neighbors vegetables are not trucked in from anywhere and are not pesticide riddled. Try it!

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