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Aromatic Wellness Classes

One of the results of the Pandemic (COVID19) has been to draw our attention to our sense of smell in a big way. This has caused an onslaught of articles and discussions about aromatherapy and the benefits of using our sense of smell. The medical community has even brought the methods of using aromatic methods to their patients. And the beauty community has a newfound interest in the benefits we can gain from exploring the plant world where we can find therapeutic benefits from including them in our well-being program.

In this post, I am featuring Amy Anthony, (website NYCAromatica) and her classes, which are among the best. I am a NAHA certified aromatherapist who has taken many classes in order to learn about the best and most safe methods for using essential oils and integrative medicinal methods as part of my wellness regimen. Some years ago, I had the pleasure to have Amy Anthony as one of my teachers at the New York Institute of Aromatherapy (closed now due to the Pandemic).

Amy has a website filled with aromatherapy solutions, potions, and a “poetic” method of providing this service to you. Take a look at her website to enjoy the many facets of aromatic wellness techniques and ideas to include them in your wellness regimen for therapeutic benefits.


Amy Anthony is modest in her explanation “About” herself. These are a few thoughts about what I think she offers in her training and consultations.
1) An aficionada’s grasp of the subject matter.
2) Clarity and ease of communicating – even in the more complex materials.
3) A certain generosity of spirit in her communication.


You can learn more about what she has to offer and sign yourself up for a class at the link below.
https://nycaromatica.com/online-classes/

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Read more about Amy at: https://nycaromatica.com/about/


All the best in Wellness!

Recent Reports about Hair Straighteners & Uterine Cancer

Disconcerting information about uterine cancer – a rare type of cancer, has resurfaced in the news recently. A study from the National Institutes of Health revealed that women who use hair straightening products at least 4 times a year are twice as likely to develop uterine cancer.

And, Black Women are at a higher risk. Below are some key points listed in the article. Use the source links in this post to get a detailed description of the study.

Key Points

  • Uterine cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in women around the world.
  • A new study from the National Institutes of Health has found that women who use hair straightening products are twice as likely to develop uterine cancer than those who do not.
  • Researchers believe Black women may be at increased risk due to a higher usage rate of hair straightening products.
    Source: Uterine cancer: Chemical hair straighteners double risk (medicalnewstoday.com)

The information is both important and disturbing. After reading the articles, you may want to consult your care providers for more information and recommendations specific to your personal circumstances. One question, which comes to mind is does the study indicate that other types of cancer may also be attributed to hair straighteners?

Additional Source:
WEBMD HEALTH NEWS,  Article written by Lisa O’Mary
https://www.webmd.com/beauty/news/20221018/hair-straightening-products-linked-uterine-cancer-risk-study

The harmful ingredients in hair straightening products are:

  • Ammonium thioglycolate (found in relaxer/straightener products that do not use lye)
  • Guanidine hydroxide (found in relaxer/straightener products that do not use lye)
  • Mineral oil
  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Sodium hydroxide (found in relaxer/straightener products that use lye)
    Source: medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002706.htm

All the best in Wellness!

SKIN TALK

Does your skin change with the seasons? What do dermatologists say about skin challenges?

Use these links in this post to learn more.

https://www.buttahskin.com/blogs/news/5-fall-skincare-tips-for-african-american-skin

https://www.allure.com/story/fall-skin-tips

Suggestions from the Cancer Foundation
https://www.skincancer.org/blog/layering-is-the-key/

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Sources with skin information https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/derm-treat

https://www.dermalogica.com/blogs/living-skin/seasonal-transition-skincare

https://www.healthline.com/health/largest-organs-in-the-body

More info from HairBlues.me
https://hairblues.me/2014/10/18/whats-your-fall-beauty-regimen/

All the best in Wellness!


How to Read Sunscreen Labels

As some of you already know, sunscreen should be worn all year long and even on cloudy days.

In my neck of the woods most of us are paying attention to sunscreen when beach weather is upon us. However, it is important to know the guidelines for purchasing sunscreen in order to protect your skin properly.

Below is a link to a video that the Cancer Foundation has provided for your assistance.

For environmentally safe sunscreens take a look at this link:
https://www.wellandgood.com/ocean-friendly-sunscreens/

All the best in Wellness!

An Essential Oil Dilution Lesson

Hello Everyone,

I have often posted here that in order to get the most therapeutic benefit from essential oils, it is important/necessary to “dilute” them with a “carrier oil”.

Below is a video that Amy Galper prepared to explain how to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil, or other option. What is 5% dilution? Amy gives you guidelines on how to understand what to do.

Take a look at Amy’s Youtube video – and then subscribe to her channel to learn more about essential oils and other well-being topics.

All the best in Wellness,
Judith

Sunburn Remedies: Aloe Vera, Hydrosols & Essential Oils

What are some of the SPF guidelines when using sunscreen? Why should we be interested and concerned? What are the methods we can use to soothe and alleviate the effects of sunburn, if we find ourselves in this unfortunate situation?

Listen to my recent podcast on this topic and then use the links in this post for detailed information about sunscreen, spf, and remedies for sunburn.

This podcast is available on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. 
Just click this link to select:

https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7.

Aloe Vera, for example, has been used for sunburn remedies. Apple cider vinegar and other remedies with recipes can also be found at the link below.

What are the signs you may recognize when you have sunburn? And, what should you do to alleviate the symptoms?
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sunburn/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355928

Continue reading Sunburn Remedies: Aloe Vera, Hydrosols & Essential Oils

Living With the Book

Recently my thoughts and talk are focused toward living with a more informed knowledge base about essential oils, which is different from looking at the bottle and sniffing the scent. There is so much more to know about these gifts to us from the planet. Sustainability awareness is also important when we use these gifts for enhancing our Well-being and Wellness regimen.

In upcoming segments on my Wellness Connections Podcast, as well as, in this blog I will share new ideas that I am exploring in learning about the safe and best methods to use essential oils. This includes websites, blogs, and books. For this month’s contribution, I’d like to introduce you to the recent book by Jade Shutes, “The Carrier Oil Palette”. I like to describe her as a Wellness polymath.

Listen to a brief description on my podcast why this carrier oils book is important for essential oil users.

This podcast is available on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. 
Just click this link to select:

https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7.

Do you know where Carrier Oils come from?

As a Level 1 NAHA Certified Aromatherapist/Trainer, I have come to understand that what I contribute is a knowledge base providing methods, which can be used to enhance the proper use of essential oils.

Learn more about Jade Shutes at her website:
Aromatic Studies. com

The Carrier Oil PaletteTable of Contents PDF – Click the link below
https://aromaticdownloads.s3.amazonaws.com/TOC+The+Carrier+Oil+Palette.pdf

All the best in Wellness,
Judith

Thanks for the Feedback

Hello everyone, I want to take a moment to let you know that I appreciate getting your feedback when you click a ‘like’ button, or click a ‘follow’ button to receive emails from the blog posts that I create.

I have been blogging for about 10 years. Currently, I post on 4 blogs. Recently, I started doing a Podcast. I am an essential oil enthusiast. My intention is to provide interesting and useful information for your Well-being journey, and Wellness regimen.

If you would like to learn more about the topics I post, please visit my website, JudithGuerra.com

All the best for your well-being,

Judith