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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

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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

FYI – Latest Cruelty-Free List

Has it ever occurred to you that purchasing cruelty-free products is good for our planet? You can learn more at the link below.

https://biofriendlyplanet.com/eco-awareness/7-ways-cruelty-free-products-help-save-the-planet/

Find out more about the latest cruelty-free brands by clicking the link below. The list is available in this free pdf document from Cruelty-Free Kitty:
https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/exclusive/2022-March-CF-guide.pdf

Happy Earth Day!

The Hair Loss Conversation

I am struck so much by the unfortunate display of sadness about the alopecia conversation. I started the HairBlues.me blog 10 years ago, and still, after all this time, women, and I might add, men, and children continue to be troubled by this condition. That’s why the Alopecia industry is such a big industry: wigs, solutions, and potions that promise delivery of new locks.
When you find a moment, listen to my brief podcast about this challenge.

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.

We can get to the moon, but we have not solved this problem yet – unless we accept that “beauty” comes in all forms. The sooner we get in touch with that the sooner we will not find ourselves witnessing painful incidents of what is pre-determined as “beauty” by how one’s hair grows and looks.

By the way, does anyone remember the beautiful Black women in the Black Panther film who are bald?

Following is a post that I wrote on this blog March 2013 about hair loss.

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