I'm super excited to share with you this simple technique for relaxation, which blends the soothing aroma of an essential oil blend with a brief guided meditation. I'd like to introduce you to my good friend and partner, Dr. Ken Pfeiffer --
Hi there, I am Doctor Ken Pfeiffer, a psychologist. If you suffer from stress or anxiety, or any associated health problems such as headaches, backaches, insomnia, or digestive problems, I have a simple meditation technique that uses the soothing aroma of a natural essential oil that can help you.
Stress is an increasingly common problem in our modern society. Too much to do in too little time is a recipe for stress, anxiety, and anger. Chronic stress harms the body in many ways by increasing stress hormones and muscle tension, and changing normal blood flow and body functions.
To alleviate stress, it is important to put things into perspective and take some time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate. I have three things today to help you:
1) Essential Oils: The sense of smell is intimately connected with the emotional part of your brain. Smells have the ability to create emotions, or to recall emotions associated with the smells. For example, the ingredients and soothing aroma of "Stress Away" essential oil blend are naturally calming. And the more the smell of this oil is associated with actually being calm and relaxed, the more effective the smell is in eliciting calm.
2) Meditation: Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and to relax. There are many forms of meditation, and you can choose whatever technique works well for you. Simple forms such as focusing on the breath or counting the breath work well. I will give you a demonstration of a guided meditation that relies on letting go of body tension, and imagining cooling the head and warming the extremities that I have found very effective. This specific technique counters the "fight or flight" reaction, or the "defensive reflex" that is the opposite of relaxation and calm.
3) Combining Essential Oils with Meditation in "classical conditioning": When events are paired together over time, the occurrence of one event can elicit the other. For example, suppose you usually come home after work, pour your favorite beverage, turn on the TV, and watch your favorite show and relax. Repeatedly pairing the beverage and TV with relaxation causes the beverage and TV to be a cue for relaxation, and can actually cause you to relax in the future.
So what we will do is to pair the unique smell of a relaxing essential oil with the relaxation of meditation to enhance the relaxing effect. The oil will become a cue for relaxation and can be used in the future to help de-stress. It is important that the smell of the oil is unique, and at first you only smell it when you are already relaxed from meditation. Then in the future you can use it to de-stress when needed.
To illustrate this, we are going to do a brief guided meditation of about 8 minutes. To help you relax there will be some background sounds of waves at the beach. Toward the end of the session you can open your little package that contains a stone saturated with the calming aroma of Stress-Away essential oil.
Practice once a day, and soon you will have a special "relaxation" stone you can use to de-stress anytime you need.
You can order Stress Away oil at AromaThrive.com, purchase a single bottle or, get a 'premium starter kit' including the Stress Away oil and ten other oils, along with an electric cold air diffuser.
Today I'm sharing with you one of my all-time favorite Young Living products, Genesis body lotion. Whatever you rub onto your skin is absorbed into your body and bloodstream - so when you use lotions and other products that contain synthetic fragrances or toxic ingredients you are putting your health at risk.
Just because a product is on a store shelf doesn't mean it's safe. There are several ingredients used in common products in the United States that are banned in other countries. The products I am recommending in this 12 Days of Wellness podcast series are free of formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and other toxic ingredients.
You'll also learn how you can earn essential oils and other Young Living products through their loyalty program. I am such a big fan of these products that I switched out my department store beauty products and drug store cleaning products for these essential oils infused products.
For more information and to get started with essential oils, go to AromaThrive.com. If you shop on the Young Living website, please use my member ID #1734225 as your sponsor and enroller. Thanks!
Wouldn't you rather put your energy into staying well rather than battling illness or disease? That's why I have switched out chemical-laden and synthetic personal care, supplements and cleaning products for similar products infused with pure essential oils.
Essential oils support every system in your body including bones, brain, muscles, respiratory, digestion, healthy weight, hormones and more. In this episode, find out what to look for in choosing an essential oil brand (not all are created equal!). And, why you would want to eliminate toxins and chemicals from your living environment.
Begin your essential oils-infused lifestyle at AromaThrive.com. Or, if you shop the Young Living website, please be sure to use my member ID #1734225 as sponsor & enroller when ordering. Thanks!
Essential oils have been used to support wellness and kill germs and bacteria throughout history. This was demonstrated powerfully in the 1300s, when millions of people were dying from The Plague, one of the worst pandemics in human history.
During this time, a band of innovative robbers used a blend of clove, lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary and cinnamon bark essential oils to anoint themselves before stealing jewelry off of the dead and dying.
As the story goes, when the robbers were ultimately caught, the King demanded to know how they were able to come into contact with those dying of the highly-contagious disease without getting sick. The thieves shared their recipe - which was passed on to the community.
That's how the Thieves blend of essential oil got its name. Consider how this germ-fighting essence could be used to keep you and your family well during flu season, and all year long. You may already know that clove oil was used in early dentistry as a numbing agent. A drop of Thieves oil can ease the discomfort of a sore tooth. And, using Thieves toothpaste and mouthwash can promote good dental hygiene.
In this podcast, I will introduce you to the entire line of Thieves-infused household and cleaning products, including Thieves toothpaste and mouthwash, household cleaner, sanitizing spray and more.
Ready to infuse your home and family with the power of Thieves? Check out the Thieves Starter Kit at AromaThrive.com. If you shop at the Young Living website, please use my Member ID#1734225 when ordering.
In the 1300s, millions of people died from the Plague.
Breathing, we all do it - and, at times, we may have a harder time than others keeping our lungs, throat and sinuses in optimum health. Essential oils, whether applied directly to skin, inhaled, or diffused with a cold air diffuser, can be very effective in supporting respiratory health.
I'm in Santa Barbara, where several homes have burned down in one of the largest wildfires in California history. Residents here are encouraged to wear N-95 masks, and not sweep up or come into contact with soot and ash that's fallen like snow across sidewalks and yards.
Like many others, I had a sore throat, itchy eyes and was fatigued. Here are some of the essential oils that I've been using to keep from being overcome by soot and smoke in the air:
R.C. This blend which includes eucalyptus, pine, marjoram, lavender and peppermint will make you want to breathe deeper. I apply one drop in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, tent over my nose and inhale.... really soothing on the lungs and sinuses (and R.C. comes in your Premium Starter Kit available at AromaThrive.com)
Peppermint is a very versatile essential oil - it can remind you of holidays past, candy canes, or peppermint cocoa. It can also clear a stuffy nose. I always have peppermint in my purse, and will lick one drop after meals to freshen breath. Peppermint is another oil that comes in the Premium Starter Kit available at AromaThrive.com
Raven Blends wintergreen, peppermint and Ravintsara, lemon and eucalyptus for a more powerful support for upper respiratory problems or viral infections. Super strong
Ravintsara is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-infectious oil which may help open and strengthen the respiratory system. Its fresh scent reminds me of yoga!
You can support wellness and a strong respiratory system regardless of which oil you choose. Diffusing these nature's essences in your living space is a gentle way to kill bacteria and germs while promoting calm and wellness.
Vitamins and supplements, along with eating right, exercise and rest, play a big part in a wellness routine. And, not all supplements are created equal!
That's why I shop at AromaThrive.com for my vitamins and wellness products. Young Living oversees all steps of production of their quality vitamins and supplements to Super B, Super C, MultiGreens, as well as OmegaGize (omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3 and coQ10), as well as immune supporting products such as Inner Defense and Longevity softgels.
The bonus of using this brand of products is that the supplements are infused with pure essential oils, which offer added support of anti-aging, immune support and more.
The vitamins and supplements I take daily include Longevity (love it for my radiant skin and anti-aging benefits!), Multi Greens, Super B, Super C, as well as the Life 9 probiotic in the evening. Oh, and a shot of Ningxia Red each morning gets my day going in the right way!
Shop at AromaThrive.com, where I'm also happy to answer your questions. Thanks for listening!
Essential oils have been used to support health since ancient times. Young Living has made a science out of essential oils, in developing a pain cream, and a sunscreen - free of toxins and harmful chemicals.
The Cool Azul Pain Cream and Minerals Sunscreen Lotion were introduced at this year's Grand Convention. They are FDA approved (that's why they can use the descriptive words 'pain cream' and 'sunscreen').
I don't know about you - but, I hesitated to slather on chemical based sunscreens because I didn't want the yuck soaking into my skin. Now, I don't have to worry.
Order yours at AromaThrive.com, or, use my member ID# 1734225 as sponsor/enroller at Young Living.
Add some extra cheer to your mornings, with a shot of Ningxia Red! This sweet and tangy juice drink contains a blend of juices and extracts, such as pomegranate, plum and blueberry, along with exotic wolfberries, which are known for their antioxidant properties.
This fun-to-drink supplement can support cellular function, eye health and energy levels. And, adding a drop or two of your favorite Young Living essential oils can make for a unique health cocktail.
If you order direct from the Young Living website, please use my member ID #1734225 as your sponsor and enroller ID.
When I first started using essential oils, I loved the fragrance but had no idea how powerful they could be for digestive support. I was happy to learn about the Digize essential oil blend, taking a drop on my tongue, or rubbing two drops on my belly soothed that bloated feeling. Now, this is one oil that I always have on hand.
Once I started combining the Digize with Young Living's other digestive support supplements - my tummy felt a lot better - and, today I wouldn't be without them. Here are my top recommendations for digestive support:
If you have questions or would like to order - go to AromaThrive.com. If you order direct from the Young Living website, please use my member ID #1734225 as your sponsor and enroller ID.
Discover the power of essential oils in skincare. Frankincense, sandalwood, geranium, patchouli and other essential oils are powerful ingredients in anti-aging skincare products. Young Living, the leader in essential oils, has a line of skincare products including face creams, moisturizers, serum and even a Wolfberry eye cream.
In this episode I share some of my favorite YL skincare products. I used to shop at department stores, now I shop Young Living because their essential oils infused creams and serums are superior. They contain no synthetics or fillers, super important when it comes to optimum health.
Plus, with their loyalty program, Essential Rewards, I earn points to exchange for free products. Department stores were never so generous!
'Tis the season - for getting your home to smell fresh and cozy and, perhaps, for starting a new wellness regime. In this podcast find out about the benefits of incorporating pure essential oils into your life, from AromaThrive.com.
I've been using Young Living essential oils and essential oils-infused supplements, cleaning and beauty products for years. In this episode of 12 Days of AromaThrive.com, I'll introduce you to the world of essential oils with this Premium Starter Kit, which comes with 11 oils, an electric cold air diffuser and more, all at a value price.
Shop at AromaThrive.com, and subscribe to this podcast so you will receive all 12 episodes of the 12 Days of Christmas AromaThrive podcast!
Your Premium Starter Kit comes with eleven oils including peppermint, lemon, frankincense, Digize, PanAway, Thieves, R.C, Stress Away and more. If you shop directly at Young Living, please be sure to use my ID #1734225 as your sponsor and enroller.
Destiny Cards, Cardology, Magi Cards, each of these names is used to describe an ancient science that blends astrology, numbers and the deck of 52 'playing' cards. It's been around since ancient times, but only now becoming more well-known.
Gina Jones, a 'cardologer' with TheCardsofLife.com offered a peek into how this system works at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles.
She used Rhonda Byrne, the author of "The Secret," the book based on the ancient law of attraction which topped best-seller lists a decade ago. Jones explains that Byrne had the 7 of Diamonds, also known as the 'millionaire's card,' in her cards the year she sold millions of books.
"It's the beauty of the cards," said Jones. "It shows you what's coming and when, so you can be.. in the universal flow."
Everyone has a card, known as their 'birth card,' which represents them for life. And, each year, will have a different set of cards which influence your life from one birthday to the next.
Jones founded Cardology.org, an association to bring those who study this ancient science together. In October, the public is invited to learn more about how the system works at the Cardology Conference at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Millions of people read Susan Miller's Astrology Zone horoscopes each month to gain insight into what's ahead for them. She's been publishing on the Internet since the birth of the World Wide Web in the 1990's.
In my conversation with Susan, she explains how the powerful eclipses taking place in February could impact your life. She offers insight into how the planets are impacting the birth charts of President Donald Trump and the United States of America (yes, countries have astrology charts, too!).
Susan also offers insights into what it's like to run one of the most widely-read astrology sites in the world, and how her site was one of many (including Google and Yahoo!) recently attached by Russian hackers.
I caught up with Susan at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles, where she spoke to a crowded ballroom about what's in the stars in the year ahead for each horoscope sign. Susan devotes her life to helping her readers and clients, and her dedication shows in the way that she takes time to speak one-on-one with her readers.
You can read Susan's monthly horoscopes at AstrologyZone.com
(cover art by Ken Pfeiffer Photography)
Welcome to the Year of the Fire Rooster! The Lunar New Year is a powerful time to set goals to revolutionize your good health.
In this podcast I share two health supplements that I use daily, and recommend for good health.
Life 9, a probiotic from Young Living, promotes a healthy digestive system. Remember the old saying "I have a Gut Feeling"? There's truth to this. Science reveals a strong connection between our brain and our belly! So, keep your belly feeling good with Life 9 from Young Living.
NingXia Red juice drink from Young Living is another thing I use every day to keep feeling healthy. Just 2-4 ounces a day can support good health. Google "Wolfberry" to find out about the super-ingredient in NingXia Red.
Click here to order the products mentioned in this podcast, and discover Young Living products for yourself.
(photo credit: George T Bundy)
Essential oils, the most pure form of plants and flowers, have been used since ancient times. From medicinal remedies to religious rituals, oils such as Frankincense, Myrrh and Sandalwood were considered more valuable than gold.
In this podcast, learn more about an essential oil blend called 3 Wise Men, from Young Living. And, find out how you can begin to eliminate toxic chemicals from your living space with health, beauty and cleaning products from Young Living.
For more information and other essential oils podcasts, go to AromaThrive.com
I came across a fascinating fact the other day - that inhaling the scent of rose oil can eliminate stress in under 30 seconds! Our sense of smell is very powerful, and I am a fan of pure essential oils including rose oil, so it makes sense to me.
In this podcast I share with you the power of using pure essential oils from Young Living to freshen up your living environment. And, also warn of the potential dangers lurking in over the counter room fresheners and other synthetic fragrances.
Find out more about Young Living Pure Essential Oils, including the Premium Starter Kit which contains at least 11 different oils and an electric diffuser at AromaThrive.com - or go to YoungLiving.com and be sure to use my Young Living Member ID #1734225 when placing an order. (Signing up at Young Living - use my ID #1734225 as both 'sponsor ID' and 'enroller ID', thanks!)
It's barely Autumn, and it sure seems as if cold & flu season arrived early this year. I've been using Young Living Essential Oils products to keep from getting the bugs that have been going around the radio station where I work.
In this podcast, I share with you how to use two Young Living essential oils blends, "Thieves" and "Purification," to support good health and eliminate germs year-round.
Essential Oils from Young Living can not only help to kill germs that might make you sick. They can also keep your home and living environment smell fresh and clean. A few drops of Purification essential oil in a diffuser or blended with water in a spray bottle is great for eliminating pet and cooking odors.
Young Living essential oils and home and beauty products contain no synthetics or chemical ingredients, promoting good health and a clean living environment.
To find out more about Young Living products, and to order your premium starter kit featuring at least 11 different essential oils and an electric diffuser, to to AromaThrive.com - and be sure to use my Young Living Member ID #1734225.
A recent story in the New York Times suggested that abrupt changes in personality may be early warning signs for Alzheimer's disease. These changes in behavior can range from - agitation - to depression - to suddenly developing an overactive sexual appetite. It can set in even before the person starts to lose their memory.
To find out more - I spoke with Dr. Kenneth Kosik, co-director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Kosik is the author of Outsmarting Alzheimer's, What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk.
At age 85, Dr. Walter Bortz still runs half marathons, writes books and a weekly blog and is showing no signs of slowing down.
The clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University and author of “DARE to be 100” and several other books talks to me about the importance of “Attitude” and “Renewal” in living a long and happy life.
In this podcast you’ll also find out why ‘Engagement’ is his magic word to aging gracefully, and why he’s embarrassed by his (medical) profession.
Dr. Bortz will be presenting a class, "DARE to be 10 - Science-Based Secrets of Long Life," in Santa Barbara at SBCC's Center for Lifelong Learning, beginning September 19th. Click here for details.
Ground, Release and Refill with this three-step process created by intuitive counselor Lexa Finley, to help you be more 'in the now.' Lexa will walk you through this mindfulness meditation, which can help to release blocks and increase intuition. This podcast is a throwback episode - from 2009
Is it time to stop being so hard on yourself! So many of us can often be - hard on ourselves.
My guest in this podcast, Lalli Dana Drobny invites you to befriend your own goodness through practicing mindfulness.
Drobny, who has been teaching mindfulness classes in Santa Barbara for many years, suggests that practicing 'embodied mindfulness'- listening to your body (mind, heart and gut) - to determine what you are feeling.
Then, if you are able to allow yourself to feel - and stay with - the uncomfortable emotion for 90 seconds, it will dissolve.
Drobny shares a few simple mindfulness exercises, including a 'metta' meditation, in which you repeat to yourself, calmly, while inhaling and exhaling:
Autism - it's an all-to-common diagnosis for children on the Central Coast and across the country. But, treatment for the disease has come a long way in the past 50 years.
One of the most effective modern therapies for Autism was developed at the UC Santa Barbara Koegel Autism Center. I spoke with one of the center's founders, Dr. Lynn Koegel, to find out more about the Pivotal Response Treatment therapy she and her husband, Dr. Robert Koegel, developed during their 30 years of working in the field.
We're living in stressful times. A nasty political battle is underway in the U.S. presidential election race, and violent attacks at venues which were once considered safe places to relax seem to be becoming more common. How can you maintain your equilibrium and keep your family feeling safe amid all of the turmoil and uncertainty?
I spoke with Los Angeles-based psychotherapist, John Tsilimparis, MFT, for tips on how to reduce stress in tense times, as well as how to spot warning signs of depression, suicidal thoughts and anxiety.
Holding a grudge only hurts yourself. But, how can you let go of old anger, or fear? Hypnotherapist Nancy Segal shares tips for how to release old wounds and live a happier life.
More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes. This number is expected to rise, and many more people aren't even aware that they have the disease.
In this episode of Lisa.FM Thrive, author Michael Bedar explains the dramatic rise in diabetes, obesity and other health problems in America is linked to "the 20 year rule." That's the amount of time that has passed since highly-processed foods arrived on store shelves.
Bedar talks about how to 'eat intuitively,' by choosing and preparing foods in a way that retains their natural colors. The clothes we wear (cotton clothing can be drenched in toxic pesticides) and the water we bathe in also impact our health.
Bedar's novel, "Sweet Healing: A Whole Health Journey," has been described as a whole-life healing-themed "Way of the Peaceful Warrior"-type adventure. It tells the story of how a man on the brink of of retirement learns he has type 2 diabetes. It describes how his family comes together to offer support. The story also features seven touchstones, or inspirational gems, for living a well-balanced, healthy life.