A Few of My Favorite Things
A Few of My Favorite Things
In my 6-plus years as a Massage Therapist I have discovered some really great essential oils, books and self-care products that I use in my practice and at home and I often find myself sharing them with my friends and clients. So, I have decided to put together a page where I can share some of "my favorite things" all in one place.
First up, Edens Garden Essential Oils - I have been a Young Living EO user for over 15 years, but I have been searching for a lower cost, non-MLM alternative that I would feel confident using and recommending. I discovered Edens Garden and have been using them for over a year now. I use the following oils, posted below, frequently in my practice and at home and I love them!
"Explore our line of 100% pure essential oils while having a little fun. Discover extraordinary aromas while finding an array of all-natural uses for everything from Lavender to Patchouli. Our hope is that you feel inspired and ditch the chemicals stockpiled by many brands and instead select fresh harvests from Edens Garden."
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Edens Garden Lavender Oil
100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden
Edens Garden Relaxation
Synergy Blend Essential Oil by Edens Garden (Lavender, Marjoram, Patchouli, Mandarin, Geranium & Chamomile)
Edens Garden Good Night
Synergy Blend Essential Oil by Edens Garden (Comparable to DoTerra’s Serenity & Young Living’s Peace & Calming Blend) Chamomile, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Lavender, Peru Balsam, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram and Ylang Ylang
Edens Garden Head Ease
Synergy Blend Essential Oil by Edens Garden (Comparable to DoTerra’s PastTense & Young Living’s M-Grain Blend) Basil, Chamomile, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram and Wintergreen
Edens Garden Peppermint
Peppermint can help alleviate headaches and muscle aches, promote a healthy digestive system and clear the respiratory system.
Edens Garden Align
Synergy Blend Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 10 ml (Comparable to DoTerra's Balance & Young Living's Valor Blend) Frankincense, Rosewood, Spruce and Blue Tansy
Edens Garden 12 Synergy Blend Set
Anxiety Ease, Breathe Easier, Cleaning, Fighting Five (previously known as Four Thieves), Good Night, Hope, Meditation, Purify, Relaxation, Stress Relief, Sunshine Spice, Uplift
Edens Garden Eucalyptus
Edens Garden Purify
Synergy Blend Essential Oil (previously known as Purification) Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass and Lime
Edens Garden Sunshine Spice
Synergy Blend Essential Oil with Balsam, Camphor, Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Leaf, Eucalyptus and Sweet Orange
Edens Garden Uplift
Uplift Synergy Blend with Bergamot, Lemon, Melissa, Orange, Peppermint, Tangerine and Ylang Ylang
Edens Garden Love
I love to combine this oil with Uplift or Meditation in the diffuser.
Edens Garden Breathe Easier
Breathe Easier is a healing mixture of Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary.
Edens Garden Fighting Five
Fighting Five Synergy Blend Essential Oil by Edens Garden (Comparable to Young Living's Thieves & DoTerra's ON GUARD blend)
Banyan Botanicals Mahanarayan oil
An Ayurvedic herbal oil specially formulated to soothe sore muscles and tendons. This oil deeply warms and nourishes the tissues. Supports comfortable joint movement and can be applied directly to areas of stiffness or physical discomfort.
I rub this into my neck and wrists at the end of the day. It does have a scent, but I find it subtle and pleasant.
Edens Garden Jojoba Oil
Jojoba 100% Pure Carrier/ Base Oil
Sacred Earth Botanicals Massage Oil
Sacred Earth Botanicals organic massage oils are handcrafted with only the finest USDA Certified Organic oils. This the oil I use on my clients and have for over 6 years.
Sacred Earth Botanicals Foot Cream
formulated to bring relief to sore, cracked and achy feet and legs by increasing blood flow and promoting healing using a custom blend of organic essential oils and extracts.
I have used CBD oil in capsule form for over a year and decided to try an oil. I gave Hempworx a try and I love it! So much that I decided to become an Affiliate and share it... with anyone and everyone! It is safe, organic, legal. Derived from Hemp (think hemp seeds, hemp milk, hemp rope). I really can't say enough good things, so take a look for yourself....
Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief by Katy Bowman MS
With updated material and new visuals that illustrate exactly how to strengthen and mobilize your feet, Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief will show you how to change the way you move your body to prevent pain, heal your feet, and halt damage to the rest of your body. Bowman’s simple, accessible, innovative program will help you naturally address lower-leg and foot issues such as:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Poor posture and alignment
The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo opens a new season of freedom and joy--an escape from deadening, asleep-at-the wheel sameness--that is both profound and clarifying. His spiritual daybook is a summons to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and to savor the beauty offered by life's unfolding.
HoMedics Sound Spa
This is the sound machine I use in my studio for the soothing ocean waves that play under the music.
Choose from six soothing sounds, including White Noise, Thunder, Ocean, Rain, Summer Night and Brook
Connecting Through Touch: The Couples' Massage Book
If you are looking for something more about connection, this is a nice text. Peggy Horan has been a mentor in the massage field for many years.
Be.You.tiful Vinyl Sticker
I love this vinyl wall sticker and have it up on a mirror at home. And I love to give it as a gift!
Ocean Waves CD
This is the Ocean Waves CD I used to play when I had a cd player in my studio. Wonderful and relaxing!
By Sounds of the Earth
I confess, I am swept up in the craze of Adult Coloring, for relaxation, as an artistic outlet, as a form of meditation.... (I'm especially a fan of Mandalas, Flowers and Elephants!) These are some of my favorite items for coloring....
Adult Coloring Book Designs: Garden Designs, Mandalas, Animals, and Paisley Patterns
48 Unique Designs to Color
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 48-Count
My favorite colored pencils!
Prismacolor Premier Colorless Blender Pencils, 2-Count
Soften and blend your colored pencil artwork with ease using this pair of Prismacolor Premier Colorless Blender Pencils
My wonderful clients and friends often share great books and self-care products with me as well and I'd like to share them with you also. If you decide to give them a try, I'd really love to hear your feedback! And if you have a product you love that would benefit others, I'd love to hear about that too!
Nature's Way CalmAid
Advanced lavender oil supplement clinically proven to help you reduce feelings of tension and stress.
Relief-Mart Snuggle-pedic pillow
I am frequently asked if I have found a good pillow... this one has rave reviews from a client! Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow Combination With Kool-Flow Micro-Vented Covering, Made in USA
Bausch & Lomb Therapearl Eye Mask
Perfect for dry eyes/allergies, headaches/sinuses, puffy eyes and more
The Cellulite Myth by Ashley Black
The science behind the FasciaBlaster!
You Don't Look Sick!
The authors address such practical aspects as hiring a doctor, managing chronic pain, coping with grief and loss of function, winning battles with health and disability insurers, countering the social bias against the chronically ill, and recognizing the limitations of chronic illness care and charting a path for change and more. This warmhearted resource helps you focus on building a meaningful life as opposed to a life of frustration and fear.
The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies
Based on the ancient healing tradition from India that dates back thousands of years, The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies offers natural alternatives to conventional medicines and treatments with practical advice and easy-to-follow instructions.
Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility with Ashley Turner
Stress relief and flexibility programs are natural compliments in yoga. When you release mental pressure, you simultaneously relieve tightness in your muscles and joints. Similarly, when you focus on reducing stiffness in the body, you automatically release tension held in the mind. These two rejuvenating yoga programs, filmed in a tranquil garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean, can help undo the physical and mental effects of tension.
The MELT Method
In The MELT Method, therapist Sue Hitzmann offers a breakthrough self-treatment system to combat chronic pain and erase the effects of aging and active living—in as little as ten minutes a day.
With a focus on the body's connective tissues and the role they play in pain, stress, weight gain, and overall health, Hitzmann's life-changing program features techniques that can be done in your own home.
My Pillow (as seen on TV)
I have not tried this pillow, but I have a client who is a self proclaimed "pillow queen" that has used this pillow for a year and loves it!
HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven
Recommended to me by a friend who owns a personal mobile grooming service, this thing rocks! At home or at the office, pop your leftovers into a glass dish and have a hot meal ready whenever you are.
And my son says it makes a great Christmas gift too! ;-)
Soothe-A-Ciser Cervical Traction Cushion by Core Products
I first came across this cushion from Core Products in a Gaiam catalog several years ago. I love this neck traction cushion! I had a whip lash injury 25 years ago and this cushion helps bring relief and release tension while supporting the natural cervical curve.
Shift Happens: How to Live an Inspired Life...Starting Right Now! by Robert Holden Ph.D.
Shift Happens! is about personal alchemy and inner transformation. Some people “go” through life; and other people “grow” through life. Shift Happens! celebrates your unlimited potential to grow, blossom, and evolve—in spite of everything. It is a book of hope.
Music...Music...Music! Some favorite relaxing cds I have in my music playlist. I love a variety of music, including flutes, piano, cello, Native American, world beat, hang drum, Spanish guitar...
Call of the Mystic by Karunesh
Relaxing Indian Fusion
Porcelain by Helen Jane Long
Passion & Grace by Govi
Spanish & Andalusion electric & acoustic guitar
One World by Jesse Cook
Nouveau flamenco rhumba guitar... exotic, magic!
Sanctuary by Gandalf
In my opinion, you really can't go wrong with Gandalf!
Namaste II by various artists
Zen by Daniel May
Relaxation, Meditation, Eastern, Asian
Songs from a Secret Garden by Secret Garden
Celtic & Scandinavian - beautiful!
Buddha Garden by Parijat
On a Gentle Shore by Palash
Soft, joyful and harmonious melodies
Canyon Trilogy by R. Carlos Nakai
Beautiful Native American flute musiic
Dream Spiral by Hilary Stagg
Beautiful... floating, uplifting harp
Zen Breakfast by Karunesh
Much different than Call of the Mystic, this is even mellower, more meditative.
Earth Spirit by R. Carlos Nakai
Native American flute
Sacred World by various artists
World flavors from India to Native America
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