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    Essential Oils for Neuropathic Pain.

    Neuropathic Pain. Neuropathic pain or nerve pain can be cause by many different things; like a spinal cord injury, pinched nerve, or some diseases such as diabetes, just to name a few. Nerve pain can be very painful but it also manifests itself as numbness, tingling, and hypersensitivity. I have a spinal cord injury with nerve damage which causes pain, numbness, and tingling. You can read my story here. I have worked with patients for over 10 years and many of them have neuropathy. I have to say that before experiencing it myself I always brushed it off, like maybe they were over reacting. Well I can tell you now…

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    How to Use Essential Oils to Manage Pain.

    Pain is never pleasant whether it is chronic, fleeting, mild, or severe. After my Spinal surgery in 2016, I have had chronic pain in the form of daily headaches/migraines, and neck pain that radiates to my shoulder, and nerve pain in my feet from the spinal cord injury I received during surgery. If you would like to read more about my story click here.  I have used narcotics and over the counter medicine for my pain, but I realized that i am just doing more damage to my body. So what can you do if you have pain but dont want to use, or over use, pain killers? Essential Oils.…

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    Discharge Time!

    “Its okay to be scared. Being scared means your about to do something really, really brave.” -Unknown- As my second week of rehab rolled around I was really starting to enjoy my therapies. I was seeing progress, little as it was, it was still there. But there was always something to remind me of the work I still had ahead of me. One afternoon as I was working with my new physical therapist and she asked if I ever sit on the ground to play with my kids. Well i do so I answered yes. She then pulls out a mat and tells me to sit on the ground. One…

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    DIY Simple Organic Lip Balm

    If you are like me you NEED lip balm! I live in a desert so it is very dry and my lips feel it every day. But here’s the thing I hate buying lip balm. Its expensive and not all brands are created equally. My friend Julrie has made her own lip balm for a long time and I finally jumped on the wagon. I was expecting it to be complicated and time consuming but really you can keep the process very simple. The best part is you control what goes in your lip balm so you can make it from all organic products! Oh and you have lip balm…

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    Baby Steps!

    Moving If you haven’t ever had the pleasure of visiting an In Patient Rehab facility let me explain what they are. It is a unit inside of the hospital where patients are re-taught how to live and cope with their new disabilities. In my case I was relearning how to walk and function as a mom and wife. They are very similar to Nursing homes in the fact that everyone has their own home like room and is encouraged to go to the communal dinning room for all meals. It is mostly elderly people in these units but there is the odd case like myself that end up there. When…

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    DIY Bath Salt for Relaxation and Rejuvenation.

    Baths are one of my favorite things! Its a time when I can just relax and let go of the stresses of my day. What makes a bath even better is when it is filled with naturally relaxing and rejuvenating essential oils and herbs. Making your own bath salts with essential oils and herbs is a snap. Below I will give you one of my favorite recipes so you too can enjoy this amazing bath salt soak. What You Will Need. Epsom Salt, 1 Cup Dried Lavender, 2 Tbs Dried Chamomile, 2 Tbs Lavender Essential Oil, 6 Drops Douglas Fir Essential Oil, 6 Drops Air Tight Glass Jar Bowl and…

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    Second Times a Charm.

    Endurance (noun) – The Power to withstand pain or hardship; the ability or strength to continue despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions. Now my first experience with anesthesia was.’t all that bad. I woke up, was a little goofy, then was fine. This time around was a whole different story… When I opened my eyes I immediately felt a searing pain in and on the left side of my head. I moved a hand to my head and noticed my face was sticky. Turning my head every so slightly to try and figure out what was happening. It was blood, and not just a little blood it was everywhere! The…

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    Happiness Jar!

    “Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect. It means You’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” Happiness is something people have strived for since the beginning of time. There are many differing opinions on how to become happy, but I have found personally that keeping it simple just works better. I came across a post about a Happiness Jar a few months ago. I though it was a cool idea but I already write in my positivity journal and thought, im doing good! And I was doing good, but in the last week I have felt more pain than normal and it started to bring my positivity level down. Then I…

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    Why You Need a Neck Wedge Today!

    Chronic Neck pain If you have read my ongoing blog series Fight of the Syrinx you know that I had pretty traumatic Spinal surgery in late 2016. If not check out that blog series Here. From this surgery I have near constant pain in my neck. And if we want to get even more specific it is at the base of my skull and where the neck intersects the back (see photo). In the past I have used heavy duty pain killers and muscle relaxers. But these are addictive, bad for your overall health, and left me feeling foggy.  I then switched to mass amounts of ibuprofen and Tylenol. Both also…

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    Awakening

    The Hazy Beginning Have you ever had surgery and been under anesthesia? It doesn’t matter if its a major surgery or a minor surgery, because when you wake up its all the same. I had never really had surgery before so when I woke up I felt really out of it. Michael and Julrie were the first to come back to the recovery room when I woke up. I kept asking them the same 3 or 4 questions over and over again. It got to the point that Michael actually started counting how many times I went through my loop. My mom and dad came back next and were so…