One of my favorite essential oils to use when I’m giving a massage is eucalyptus, as it is warming and very soothing for muscle soreness.   I like to use it with pure, organic coconut oil.  It has a strong, powerful scent and is excellent for any breathing or respiratory issues.

When I was living in Carmel Valley, California we had about 8 tall, beautiful eucalyptus trees lining the entrance road to our house and their fragrance filled the air especially after it rained.  It was lovely!

Some of the other uses for eucalyptus oil are that it repels biting insects such as mosquitos and flies and heals skin infections as it’s antibacterial.

Eucalyptus is also great to use in any dental hygiene products such as toothpaste or mouthwash.  It kills bacteria that causes bad breath and keeps the mouth healthy by reducing plaque.

It’s wonderful for helping the respiratory system.  If I’m feeling like my sinuses are bothering me, I’ll put some in the palms of my hands and breathe a few deep breaths in really deeply.  This is one of my remedies to feel better immediately as it wipes out bacteria and strengthens the immune system by helping the body produce its own protective mechanism.

Do you ever use eucalyptus oil?  If so, I’d love to hear any other uses for it you may know of.

Here’s to your health and well being!  If you’d like a personalized daily “feeling good” routine or are interested in any of my other services please contact me.

Until next time,

Helen Marie

Massage: How to Receive the Best One for Your Needs

First of all, there are numerous benefits from massage such as relaxation, increased circulation, sense of touch ( a basic human need ), loosens tight muscles, reduces blood pressure……the list goes on and on.

I’ve been a massage therapist since 2007 and have given numerous massages. Before that I received as many as I could, you could say that I’m a massage junkie 😉 And a firm believer in the healing, both mental and physical, benefits of a great massage.

If you have never experienced one, I highly recommend trying it out for at least 30 minutes, a nice relaxation  massage would be a great introduction for you.

If you get them sporadically, say only when you go on vacation, I would suggest getting one the first day you arrive at your destination or as soon as possible after that.  It sets the tone for a great, relaxing trip.

If you workout on a regular basis and want to take the utmost care of your body, receiving a massage at least once every 2 weeks to once a month does a body good.

For those who have chronic pain or other issues I would suggest once a week until the pain or issue has calmed down and then maintain by getting a massage once a month.

Now, as a therapist, I can tell you when you can receive the best massages from us.  As a rule, no matter who it is giving you your massage, the first one of the day is going to be much better than the last one of the day.  We are masters of strength and endurance but depending on how long and busy we’ve been your best bet is to receive one when we are fresh and energized, it just makes sense, doesn’t it?

We appreciate your feedback as far as pressure, where you love to be massaged on certain areas, for example some people love their scalp being done, others don’t.  And where you might not like to be touched, for example, some people are ticklish in certain areas, such as their feet, etc.  we like to know what you like.  Most of us are nurturers and we want you to enjoy and be stress free and relaxed during and after your massage.

I will be posting information about the different types of massages and their benefits in future Blogs so please be on the lookout for that!

Would you like to share any of your thoughts or experiences?  I’d love to hear from you!

Here’s to your health and well being!  If you’d like a personalized daily “feeling good” routine or are interested in any other services I offer please contact me.

Until next time,

Helen Marie


Goodbye Commercial Toothpaste, Hello Coconut Toothpaste!

In a previous article I mentioned the benefits of “oil pulling” and I mentioned that coconut oil had many more uses, remember that? Well, now I’d like to tell you how to use coconut oil to make your own “natural toothpaste” like me!

Here are a few of the reasons I choose to use coconut oil instead of commercial toothpastes to brush my teeth:

  • To eliminate harmful chemicals such as “Tricloson”,  which can cause various illnesses such as Endocrine malfunctions and many cancers that primarily effect the breast and sexual organs and various other hormonal abnormalities.
  • “Fluoride” is  another common chemical which is a toxic industrial waste product that is poison to our bodies that commercial toothpaste is full of.  (They’ve been trying to sell us this one for years as being beneficial to our health!) Ha! So not true!
  • Coconut oil is highly effective in reducing tooth decay causing “Streptococcus mutants” as well as “plaque” which is a major cause of tooth decay.
  • Commercial Toothpaste can cause canker sores. If you have “canker sores” it might be your commercial toothpaste causing them by using an additive called SLS ( sodium laureate sulfate) or SLES ( sodium laurel ether sulfate).  Sound delightful and healthy don’t they?  These chemicals are the cause of the foaming action of the toothpaste and are harmful.

My Natural Toothpaste formula is a popular one and so easy and inexpensive to make.  Once you start using it you’ll wonder why you ever used commercial toothpaste in the first place! This formula can be used by anyone including babies and pets.

So here it is, Helen Marie’s Natural Toothpaste Formula:

Take equal amounts of organic, unrefined coconut oil and baking soda.  Mix them together.  (I usually use 1/2 cup of each and his will last me about 6 weeks to 2 months brushing my teeth 2x a day.  You don’t need a lot especially if you are oil pulling prior to brushing (which is what I do).  Then I add about 16 to 18 drops of essential oil such as peppermint or I also like DoTerra’s On Guard which fights cold and flus.

So, to recap – making your own toothpaste is chemical free, much, much cheaper and so much better for your health overall!

Here’s to your health and well being! If you’d like a personalized daily “Feeling Good” routine or are interested in any of the other services I offer please contact me.

Helen Marie