Sunday, July 31, 2016

20 uses for Thieves

  1. Rub 1 drop onto the bottoms of your feet before heading out for the day.
  2. Diffuse to bring a spicy, welcoming fragrance to any room of your house.
  3. Add a drop or two of Thieves to mop water to add extra cleaning power and a fresh scent.
  4. Make a deep-cleaning scrub by combining baking soda, Thieves Household Cleaner, and 2 drops of Thieves to form a thick paste.
  5. Add a drop or two of Thieves to Thieves Laundry Soap for an extra boost of freshness for clean clothes that smell great!
  6. After washing your clothes with Thieves Laundry Soap, add 4–5 drops of Thieves onto a washcloth and tumble with the laundry in the dryer for extra Thieves aroma.
  7. Make your own deodorant? Give your DIY deodorant an aromatic boost with a few drops of Thieves.
  8. Diffuse Thieves with a few drops of OrangeTangerine, or Nutmeg essential oil for a delicious spicy-citrus aroma.
  9. Add a few drops of Thieves to a basin or bowl of hot water, tent a towel over your head and the basin, and breathe deeply for a rejuvenating home spa experience.
  10. Refresh musty carpets by adding 5 drops of Thieves to a cup of baking soda; combine well and let sit overnight until the oil is absorbed. Sprinkle over carpets and vacuum thoroughly.
  11. Use to remove sticky labels on glasses. Remove as much of the label as you can, add a drop of Thieves, let sit for several minutes, then rub clean.
  12. Make a deodorizing room and linen spray by combining 4 drops of Thieves with water in a spray bottle and spraying around the house.
  13. Clean your dishwasher by running an empty cycle with white vinegar and 2 drops of Thieves in the detergent dispenser.
  14. Add a drop to the cardboard inside of your toilet paper rolls for a hint of Thieves freshness throughout the bathroom.
  15. Use a drop of Thieves on a tissue to remove stains from whiteboards.
  16. Put a drop on your hands, rub them together, then cup your hands loosely over your nose and mouth while inhaling.
  17. Add a drop to a cotton ball and stash it in your air vents to circulate the spicy scent of Thieves throughout your home.
  18. Scrub your sink with a few drops of Thieves after washing dishes to dispel any lingering odors.
  19. Drop Thieves onto a cloth and keep it in your gym bag to keep it and its contents smelling fresher.
  20. Combine 10 drops of Thieves with a cup of Epsom salt and add to a bath for a nice, relaxing soak.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Staff & new Essential Oils in stock

Saying good-bye is hard, and as many of you know Debbie is joining her family up north.  While we'll miss her, I'm so grateful for our talented staff this summer and look forward to Debbie's eventual return.  
   Our skilled summer staff includes  Amanda, Jennifer, Jessica, Kayla, Kim, May, Noelle, Surah, and Dhalyn for facials.   Melissa will be returning in August.  While some of you enjoy staying with the same therapist I like to switch it up at times for various reasons and sense of touch.  If it's deep tissue, pain or stress relief, energy work or some other specific issue, let Mary or Krista know when booking your appointment for an appropriate match.  You can find bios here to help you decide who may be best for you..  
   If you're a golfer, Jennifer offers a "golfers massage" that helps your game or recuperation from your event.   Hot, steamy towels, aromatherapy, energy work...  let our front staff know and we'll do our best to accomodate.  Time on the table seems to soothe everything else out.  Almost like a "reset" button :)  
   Add essential oils to your massage session this summer @ no additional charge.  We've some great new scents in stock as well as a good selection of Young Living oils and diffusers. Here's a rundown on some new additions - and all are available for purchase as well:
   Oils to use during your massage include our standard favorites:  French Lavender, California Orange, Citrus, and Rosemary/Mint.  We've now added Relaxing offering a sweet blend of lightness and peace and helps exude feelings of happiness and bliss.  Great for stress relief...add 10 drops to your bath water, diffuse, or use during your massage.  Relaxing includes essential oils of Cedarwood, Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang.  Or try our Inspiration blend for an uplifting, refreshing and inspirational aroma with scents of Orange, Lemon, Bergamot, Tangerine, Lime, Lemongrass and Fir Needle.
   For your home use we now have in stock: 
Bergamot is a fruity citrus oil with a spicy-floral freshness.  It helps to balance & regenerate the mind as well as eliminating emotional confusion.  It is said to increase ones sense of humor and well being.  Diffuse, or inhale directly and keep away from heat and direct sunlight in a tightly closed container.  Keep this oil in fridge for best longevity.
Frankincense 10% is blended with Jojoba and has a rich, sweet, dry quality that is resinous and incense-like.  Good for visualizing, spiritually connecting & centering, introspective  It helps to balance extremes of emotion and restores inner tranquility.  It's clearing, purifying, warming, uplifting and revitalizing qualities help create a meditative environment.
Inspiration blend is wonderful for diffusion creating a fresh, clean atmosphere.  Uplifting, refreshing and inspirational with the scents of Orange, Lemon, Bergamot, Tangerine, Lime, Lemongrass and Fir Needle.
Love is a perfect oil for diffusing for a romantic evening and includes oils of Rosewood, Patchouli, Geranium, Orange, Muhuhu (African Sandlewood), Petitgrain, and Ylang Ylang.
Myrrh 10% is blended with Jojoba to help thin out, as Myrrh is intristically very thick.  Uplifting, purifying, restorative and revitalizing it helps soothe nervous tension.
Prana inspires with scents of fresh energy for mind clearing.  Menthol and Peppermint combined with Eucalyptus and Cajeput (Melaleuca) offers a sweet, refreshing cooling sensation.  Helpful to your respiratory system it can be inhaled over a bowl of steaming water, used in bath or diffuser.  
Tea Tree has a strong, medicinal, spicy-camphorous, warm scent.  Useful applied to skin for fungal infections, especially nail fungus, acne, athlete's foot, lice, scabies and ringworm. 
Vetiver has a rich, woody, earthy/mysterious, sweet smell.  It is masculine, warm, relaxing, comforting and grounding.  A thicker oil, it is said to help find peace of mind and accept life's challenges.  It's a great masking agent for unpleasant aromas.  Use in very small amounts because it is strong and long-lasting.  
Of course, if you have any questions on any Essential Oils stop by and ask.   We have lots of goodies in stock for you.   Looking forward to seeing you soon!  
Lisa, Mary, Krista & the staff @ Jupiter Farms Massage & Yoga

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Essential Oils 101 - What they are, why they work, some popular favorites

Essential Oils
What they are ~ Why they work ~ Some popular favorites

Essential oils are natural oils typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.  They have been used for thousands of years for their cosmetic, spiritual and emotional properties.  They are extracted primarily through steam distillation or cold pressing.  They are nature’s pure essence.

Essential oils can help us physically, mentally and emotionally by triggering and strengthening our own bodies’ natural processes.  Topically, they are absorbed through the skin and dispersed via the circulatory system.  Inhaled, the brain senses properties via the olfactory organ.

Diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage and taken internally are various ways to use these oils.  Always check your labels to be sure you have 100% Essential Oil.  They should contain no chemicals or additives, just pure essential oil(s) unadulterated.  Know your source.  Pure essential oils do not go rancid but may degrade through the process of oxidation.  Store in dark colored glass in cool, dark place.  No dropper – pure essential oils can turn rubber into gum and ruin the oil. 

An essential oil used directly is called ‘neat’.  Sometimes an oil is added to a “carrier oil” which can be a vegetable oil (coconut, olive, jojoba oil, etc.).  Hot oils (cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, oregano, thyme, peppermint) may need a carrier oil to avoid negative skin reactions.  If a hot or burning sensation develops from a hot oil applied neat, adding a carrier oil to the affected area will help calm it down.  Water will not work (water does not mix with oils).

Essential oils are quite powerful, so start low and go slow (1-2 drops).  Excessive use may increase risk for adverse reactions.  It is recommended to consult with a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced with essential oil usage.

Some essential oils (especially citrus oils) contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV rays) and may cause a sensitivity reaction.  It is recommended to avoid sun/UV for 12-48 hours after applying these oils.

Diffusing:  There are various types of diffusers that effectively distribute essential oil molecules into the air.  
  • Air diffuser:  blows cool air through a pad on which your essential oil has been added.  This releases the beneficial essential oil molecules into the air.
  • Ultrasonic diffusers combines humidifiers, air purifier, atomizer and aromatherapy into one by breaking a mixture of essential oils and water into millions of microparticles and dispersing them into the air. 
  • Atomizing diffusers transforms essential oils into a vapor with no water added. 

Direct Inhalation:  Inhale directly from bottle or put a few drops of oil on the palm of your hand, rub together, cup your hands over nose & mouth and inhale.  You can also add a few drops of oil to a bowl of hot water and inhale the released vapor. 

Cooking with Essential Oils:  Lime for fresh salsa, lemon for grilled fish, peppermint to hot cocoa, basil and oregano to pasta sauce… these are just a few suggestions.  Moderate use (2-3 drops per person)  as a flavoring is delicious. 

Cleaning with essential oils:  Laundry, countertops, freshening laundry, removing stains are a few cleaning suggestions for some of these popular oils: Lavender, lemon, pine, cinnamon.  Be careful using:  for example, lemon may take off furniture finishes.

Pets:  They can’t lie.  A drop of lavender on the bottom of a dog’s paw may help keep them calm during a storm.  A nearby bird may pick up this scent and become calmer as well.  Fleas hate eucalyptus… a drop or two on your dog’s bedding will not only freshen up the whole room, but will also repel this pest.  It’s efficacy is unproven, it is said that the eucalyptus plant is one natural home remedy for ridding your pet, home and yard of fleas.  Do not apply eucalyptus oil directly on your pet. 

Essential Oil uses:

  • Fresh, floral, clean and calming scent that helps uplift emotions
  • Use in perfume, soap, freshener, skin care
  • Add 4 drops to 1 cup Epsom salt for use in hot bath
  • Rub on bottom of feet before bed or spritz on pillow (mix in glass spray bottle with distilled water and shake well before using)
  • Homemade body scrub: coconut oil, sugar and a few drops of EO
  • Cleanse cuts, bruises, burns and skin irritations
  • Put a drop of lavender essential oil on bee sting or insect bite to help stop itching and help to reduce swelling
  • Mix a few drops with a nut or vegetable oil to use topically on eczema and dermatitis
  • Place a drop on end of tongue, behind ears or around navel to help alleviate symptoms of motion sickness
  • Rub a drop between palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate symptoms of certain types of hay fever
  • Put a drop on a cold sore to help heal
  • Add to water or tea or use in baking. 

  • Cleanses toxins from body, stimulates lymph drainage
  • Helps digestion – clams stomach and relieves ausea
  • Thirst quencher
  • Helps relief coughs
  • Promotes weight loss – add 2 drops lemon oil in water 3x daily
  • Rejuvenates energy
  • Bug repellant
  • Can be used as teeth whitener, laundry freshener, cellulite cream, face wash, household cleaner (fights grease)
  • DIY Natural Disinfectant:  Add 40 drops Lemon and 20 drops Tea Tree to 16 oz spray bottle filled with pure water & a little white vinegar. 
  • Mix with baking soda and honey for a natural acne free face wash
  • Un-stick goo with lemon essential oil
  • Diffuse to lift mood and fight depression

  • Diffuse:  sweet, playful scent
  • Sweet, peaceful aroma giving a sense of peace, harmony and creativity.
  • Combine with Lime, lemon or tangerine for a light, warm-weather scent
  • Combine with cinnamon and clove for a warmer, holiday scent
  • Combine 8-10 drops with distilled water or witch hazel in small spray (glass) bottle and spritz over linens to keep them smelling great.
  • Avoid applying to exposed skin before spending time in the sun.

  • Well known for the digestive system, peppermint’s cooling and soothing properties are anti-inflammatory and help reduce flatulence, cool ulcers and provide heartburn relief
  • Invigorates the mind and senses, helps to provide a boost of positivity
  • Inspires a sense of peace.
  • Creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin
  • Diffuse on own or mix with lavender, rosemary, spearmint or sage
  • Peppermint, lavender and rosemary diffused together gives a fresh aroma that helps uplift the spirit
  • Add peppermint and eucalyptus to hot bath water for a relaxing invigorating scent

  • Historically was used as a cure for digestive ailments, skin conditions, and respiratory diseases.
  • Considered to be anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-allergenic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and anti-microbial inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi. 
  • Apply one drop each morning and night using a Q-tip to shrink warts and eliminate skin tags
  • Mix with carrier oil and apply topically to help relief psoriasis
  • Some say drinking a glass of water twice daily with 2-6 drops oregano oil helped with symptoms of psoriasis
  • Repels insects
  • Dilute and apply to insect bite or skin rash to relieve itching
  • Enhances flavor of food
  • Dip Q-tip into oil and apply directly to acne twice a day after washing face.  Kills bacteria and reduces inflammation
  • Considered a ‘hot oil’ – may burn or cause skin irritation when used undiluted.  When used ‘neat’ (undiluted) apply carefully with Q-tip and do not spread beyond affected area. 
  • Avoid use if pregnant, nursing, infants, children
Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
  • Topical antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibiotic
  • Helps aid against skin infections, rashes, burns, dandruff
  • Helps heal skin infections, soothe sunburns
  • Relieves itchiness & helps to reduce rashes
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons to a glass spray bottle filled with water to use as an all-purpose cleaner
  • Treats Acne, prevents lice, heals nail fungus and Athlete’s foot
  • Removes ticks
  • Helps to remove skin tags
  • Naturally cure bad breath by swishing tea tree oil and water in your mouth
  • Treats warts
  • Soothes insect bites
  • Treats ringworm
  • Freshens laundry (scent wool dryer balls with tea tree oil)
  • Do not ingest. 
  • Do not use on babies younger than 6 months

The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Time for a microbreak?

  It's great to come in and relax for a while... 60 minutes, 90 minutes... but at times there's not enough time, so a mini-break can help a lot to help reduce strain, increase productivity and more.  
   Taking small breaks - anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes can be taken as frequently as needed and has been shown to reduce muscle fatigue, stiffness, carpal tunnel syndrome and ward off other repetitive motion dysfunctions.  
   Getting up to drink a glass of water every hour is a great way to schedule in these little breaks.  Getting up to do various tasks, standing while talking on the phone, anything you can do to give yourself a small break and involve movement helps to keep you feeling good.  
   If you find yourself with eye strain (staring at your computer screen for too long?), stop to exercise your eyes.  Slowly move them in a circular motion without moving your head.  Close them tight and then open them wide.  And try focusing on something far away and then something else much closer.
   Your neck and shoulders can come under strain.  Shoulder circles, shrugs, pinching your shoulder blades together, and slowly turning your head from side to side and then tilting it from side to side can help release built up tension.   
   We see many clients suffering from hand and wrist issues from repetitive motion and 'holding patterns' too tight.  Try clenching a fist then releasing and spreading out your fingers - holding for a few seconds.  Stretching out your hands and wrists feels so good and helps ward off tightness that can settle in.    And let's not forget your lower back and legs.  Stretch these out as well during your little breaks throughout the day.  Multiple causes and multiple solutions can help you feel better.  Proper movement, being active - even if it's only for short times throughout the day - will help keep your circulation circulating and elasticity in your muscles to help you avoid stiffness and pain.
  And then when you do have the time, visit us for a great massage where we can help work out any tension and guide the way for dysfunctions to go back into function... keeping you pain free and happy.
   We thank you again for allowing us to do what we love and look forward to seeing you soon.
XOXOXO Lisa, Mary, Krista & the staff @ Jupiter Farms Massage & Yoga

Diffuse your way into lovely Springtime with Essential Oils and Natural Air Fresheners

We have so many wonderful essential oils in stock ~  perfect for diffusing... Orange, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon... to name a few.
   Many of us enjoy natural air fresheners, and they are so easy to make.  In a 4-ounce glass or metal spray bottle with a fine mister, combine the following essential oils:  6 drops Eucalyptus, 5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Orange and 2 drops Tea Tree with 1.5 ounces of distilled water & 1.5 ounces of Vodka, or omit the Vodka and just use 3 ounces of distilled water.  Vodka helps to prolong the scent.  Shake vigorously before using and spritz anywhere that needs a fresh scent :)   
   Another good combination to try is 10 drops Orange, 6 drops Lavender and 4 drops Lemon.  And Eucalyptus is a wonderful scent to use alone or mix with Orange & Grapefruit.  To learn more about aromatherapy and effects of various scents, visit our website here.   
   We thank you again for allowing us to do what we love and look forward to seeing you soon.
XOXOXO Lisa, Mary, Krista & the staff @ Jupiter Farms Massage 

Daily Skin Care

   We should care for our skin on a daily basis for many reasons, but to most of us, we just want to look good... bringing us to facials.  Have you had one and do you know what to expect?  They're not just for women ~ many of our manly clients schedule them on a regular basis as well.  Ideally once a month, but realistically a few times a year is a huge benefit.  
   An esthetician will analyze your skin prior to starting and can deal with blackheads, clogged pores & more once she sees what's going on. Not everyone has acne or clogged pores, but if you do your esthetician can help reduce the risk of scarring and irritation.  In addition she can help with masks and exfoliation to help prevent future outbreaks giving you clearer skin longer.  This also applies to your back should you have issues there.
   Moisturizing is a daily essential routine.  During your facial you will experience intense hydration catered to your skin type with the exact attention it requires to nourish your skin with moisture while balancing other issues (such as oil content) so your result will be your best possible complexion.
  Exfoliation removes a layer of dead cell from your face leaving you looking refreshed and younger.  Peels are recommended for some skin types, but not for everyone... it depends on your skin and the condition it is in.
   And let's not forget the massage to your face and neck... it feels so nice & helps to increase blood flow to the area, clearing our toxins and toning your skin & facial muscles.  
   If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ask...your esthetician can teach you what to do so you can follow up at home with your daily skin regimen.  
   After lying comfortably with your eyes closed for about an hour while your skin is gently worked you'll leave looking great and feeling relaxed.  What can be better?  
   We thank you again for allowing us to do what we love and look forward to seeing you soon.
XOXOXO Lisa, Mary, Krista & the staff @ Jupiter Farms Massage & Yoga

Stress... combat and feel better

   We all hear how stress is bad for you ~ for both your mind & body.   Biologically, stress is meant to be a short term condition to help us out of a threatening or dangerous situation, but with our lifestyles it often turns into longer term chronic stress causing us a host of problems.  Things such as short term memory loss, mental performance, weight gain, sleep issues, hair loss, loss of sexual desire and/or performance, and a weakened immune system which can lead to more health problems can all be stress related.  High levels of stress hormones even make it more difficult for your body to recover from exercise or a good workout resulting in low energy, fatigue and soreness.
   There are many ways to combat stress and finding what works for you is essential.  Learning how to manage your stress by identifying the causes and then developing healthy coping strategies is important.  Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga help some people.  Getting out in nature...going to the beach, watching the sunset, or listening to the birds sing can help.  Massage is an excellent way to release stress, both emotional and physical, and the gift of massage is perfect for those you love.
   We are here for you to help with massage, yoga, aromatherapy, salt lamps & more.  Visit us soon.  We look forward to seeing you.  
Lisa @ Jupiter Farms Massage & Yoga