Traveling with Essential Oils

Don’t Leave Your Oils Behind this Summer

TravelEssentialOils (1)Is your summer vacation pack list together?  If essential oils are a part of your daily health and wellness routine, don’t leave them behind.  Consider what you need to pack to maintain your physical, emotional and mental well-being on the road.

We always take essential oils with us when we travel.  We’ve even been known to stow a diffuser in a suitcase, although this is not always practical.  Here are some ideas on what we take and how to take them with you safely.

What to pack.

1. Include a bottle of something to purify and cleanse the air.  doTERRA’s Breathe is a good choice.  Or, take along an introductory kit, which includes conveniently sized smaller bottles of lemon, lavender, and peppermint.  Diffuse the oils by simply putting a few drops on sheets in your room.  Here are a few other ideas.  

2. Don’t forget your calming oils.   We love doTERRA Balance to keep us calm and grounded.  The 15 ml bottle is small enough to carry on a place.  We typically stash it in a carry on or purse.

3.  Beat the bugs.  doTERRA TerraShield Spray also comes in a bottle that you can pack in a carry-on bag.  Or make a super TerraShield mix by adding lemongrass and eucalyptus to TerraShield in a spray bottle.  We have tried this spray on mix already this summer and it works great.

4.  You’ve probably read the stories about the horror of germs on airplane surfaces.  To cleanse and purify surfaces in public transportation areas, make a simple DIY spray. Combine 2 fluid ounces water and 24 drops tea tree essential oil in an approved travel mist bottle, which can be found at most drug stores.  Lavender oil can also work well for this.  To use, shake bottle, spray surfaces and wipe down with a paper towel or napkin.

5.  Last but not least, don’t forget your Deep Blue Rub, for any aches or pains while you travel.  We have small sample sizes in the office and would be happy to give you one for your upcoming trip.

How to Pack Essential Oils for Travel

1. Wrap anything breakable in a cushioned sleeve, but not so securely that you can’t easily access it.  A small piece of bubble wrap or tissues can work for a small bottle.

2. When packing in luggage, we double pack liquid items in sturdy resealable plastic bags and place it in a protected area of the luggage or car.

3. You can purchase small drams on Amazon, and make mini size bottles for your trip.  If you have repackaged something, make sure you label it.

Use these ideas to make a list of what you would like to take with you.  Prepare anything that you need in advance of your trip, and you’ll be good to go!

Wishing you safe and happy travels this summer!

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Try dōTERRA with an Introductory Kit

intro-kitredIf you have been curious or are new to essential oils, The doTerra Introductory Kit is a great starting point.  The Kit includes 5 ml bottle of dōTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® LavenderLemon, and Peppermint essential oils.

Lavender helps to calm and relax.

Lemon is for cleansing and also helps to uplift.

Peppermint can be used for a variety of aches and pains from stomach upset to muscle tensions.

Trios are available for purchase in the office or online here. 

 

Athletes and Chiropractic

Swimmer (1)Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, and Usain Bolt – these are just a few names of professional athletes who have used chiropractic to enhance their athletic performance.

Chiropractic can help both the professional and amateur athlete.

Dr. Sciullo has treated many different types of athletes, such as swimmers, football players, competitive weight lifters, wrestlers and gymnasts.

Here are some ways that an athlete can benefit from chiropractic.

  • Prevent wear and tear on the body. Strenuous activity can lead to spinal misalignment. Reduce the effect with adjustments.
  • Treat injuries naturally, without drugs. Avoid treatment that could lead to a risk of dependency or side effects.
  • Improve performance with preventative treatment. By keeping your body in alignment, you can avoid some minor injuries that could hamper your performance.
  • Reduce joint pain and muscle soreness post-activity. Spinal adjustments can increase your flexibility, which also helps to reduce injury.

Whether you’re competing at a professional level or a weekend warrior, chiropractic may be a positive addition to your sports performance strategy.

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Office Happenings. Welcome, doTERRA!

Our family learned about doTERRA products about five years ago.  If you’re not familiar with them, they are  CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and essential oil products.

When we first started using them, we thought we would experiment with some cheaper brands as well.  How much difference could there be?  After much trial and error, we found the doTERRA line to be superior in many ways and we are back to using them on a regular basis.

Because we love them so much, we decided to make them available through the office.  You will soon notice some new displays the next time you are in the office and some blog posts here about how we use them.  We will be rotating different samples for you to try as well.  If you don’t see something, but would like information or try a sample, just ask!

 

 

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Beat the Winter Doldrums

Does the winter weather have you down?  Here in Western Pennsylvania, we’ve run the gamut from extreme frigid temperatures to snow days and rain storms over the past few weeks.  It’s normal to start feeling a little depressed this time of year.

One way to combat a bad mood is with exercise.  Even so, the gym can get tedious day after day.  At our house, we like to be able to get out and take walks on a regular basis.  If you feel like you can’t get outside though, due to poor walkway conditions or temperatures, consider visiting an indoor attraction to boost your spirits.

We spent one of the extremely cold days of January at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  Not only did we get to stretch our legs, but we basked in some sunshine as well.  While it was a very cold (19 degrees!) day, it didn’t feel like it under the glass.  The sun was shining through and everything looked beautiful.  It was a big mood booster, as we felt like we’d escaped to the tropics!

The Pittsburgh area is full of museums and indoor venues, so try stepping outside of your normal gym routine to give yourself a little boost through the rest of the winter.

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on a frigid January Day

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Inside it’s warm and sunny.

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Art mixed with lush greenery.

Workplace Injuries

workplaceinjury (1)If you have are hurt on the job, seek care as soon as possible.   Ignoring pain can lengthen your recovery time and possibly lead to permanent damage.  There are some rules that you must follow if making a work injury claim with your employer.

  1. You must fill out an incident report with a human resources representative.

  2. Your human resources department should provide you with a list of providers you can see for your injury.  You must see one of the providers on this panel for the first sixty days.  After sixty days, you are free to see a provider of your choice.  Companies are required to have chiropractor providers on their panel.  If Dr. Sciullo is not currently on the panel, you can request your human resources department add him.

  3.  While company policies vary, generally the first five days of missed work will be taken as vacation or sick days.   After that, most policies will cover employees for missed pay.

  4. More companies are requiring drug/alcohol testing with every work comp claim.  Drug/Alcohol positive testing may result in job termination and claim denial.

The paperwork for a work injury can be very daunting.  We will handle all of the paperwork and authorizations for your treatment in our office so that you can concentrate on recovery. 

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Exercise Your Way Through the Holidays

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The holiday season is often packed with the hustle and bustle of planning events, shopping for gifts and travel.  During this time, you can find yourself stressed out and lacking energy.   Be proactive in taking care of yourself during this busy time.  One great way to do this is through exercise.

An easy way to reduce stress and improve health is to get moving.  You can do this maintaining your active exercise routine or incorporating spurts of activity into your day.  This could include taking a walk or cleaning the house.   Make a point to do something every day.

I know it seems like a busy time, and exercise might not be a top priority but try to work it into your daily activity for a healthier holiday season this year.