Three Strategies to Avoid the Flu

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this flu season is turning out to be one of the most deadly in 20 years. Every day, more deaths are reported on the news. What are you doing to avoid getting the flu?

Can you imagine going through the entire winter free of the flu? Good! Here are some helpful suggestions.

Number 1: Think about self-talk. The first strategy is to understand that being sick or well begins with your thinking or your attitude. How many times have you heard “It’s going around at the office, the kids bring it home from school, and I catch everything that’s going around,” or “Everyone at home is already feeling sick.“ When we hear this over and over, we may feel there’s no avoiding an encounter with a cold or flu. Change your thoughts; avoid the flu bug.

Words, emotions, and state of mind work together to attract those things we wish to avoid. Mike Dooley, Wayne Dyer, and others have said “thoughts become things” and “what you think about, you bring about.” To change the things that come into our lives, it makes sense to change our thoughts. But how can we do that? It’s simpler that you might think. Change your words until they become your thoughts. I used this strategy at my last 2 jobs. While others were talking about their illnesses, or what’s going around, I would simply say “I don’t get sick,” or “I don’t get the flu,” or “I never worry about it.” Some didn
’t believe me – one fellow accused me of having a “super immune system,” so I didn’t get sick. Changing my words changed my feelings – and it worked. It still does.

Number 2: Hand washing. It’s as simple as washing our hands after touching what others have touched. We know we should, but do we? This is especially true in public restrooms, and it’s an effective method of preventing infection from contact.


Number 3: Natural antivirals and immune-boosting foods and supplements. I saw a very short bit of news that said, “While it cannot be recommended, some people use oil of oregano on the soles of their feet to prevent colds and flu.” Although I’ve known and used oil of oregano for years, I was amazed to see it on the news. Oregano – Origanum vulgare, essential oil from Italy has the properties needed to fight viruses and bacteria. Oregano is anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, and immune boosting.

The Journal of Medicinal Food published an analysis of oregano oil’s efficacy against three Gram-negative (Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and two Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis) bacteria. Medicinal, true oregano (Origanum vulgare) harvested at various growth stages were tested, and all three were effective against all five bacterial strains. Similar findings were published two years prior to the Journal’s article, when researchers in Pakistan found oregano oil to be effective against parasites and even cancer cells!

Finally, if you do get the first symptoms of the flu, we recommend you get with your doctor immediately and strongly request antiviral treatment. There are three FDA-approved influenza antiviral drugs recommended by the CDC this season to treat influenza:

• Oseltamivir (available as a generic version or under the trade name Tamiflu®),
• Zanamivir (trade name Relenza®), and
• Peramivir (trade name Rapivab®).

There you have it – three great ways to avoid the flu this season! Again, we all know this year’s flu is the worst we’ve seen in several decades. If you have symptoms of the flu, we urge you to contact your doctor immediately.

Debbie and I are Certified Aromatherapists and are here to help you stay healthy. We have a very effective product called Stop the Flu. It’s a combination of pure essential oils in a roll-on, and it’s only $20.

You apply it to the soles of your feet morning and evening to boost your immune system’s response to the flu. One roll-on should last the entire flu season. Debbie and I use this product on a regular basis, and it works!
For more information and to purchase your Stop the Flu roll-on, please contact us through our website or by eMail or phone.

Do you use oils?

Essential Oils are becoming easier to find. They are sold in supermarkets, pharmacies, at Target and Walmart.

One one hand, it’s nice to see more in the marketplace, and great to see people turning to essentials as part of natural wellness.

On the other hand, do you know what you’re getting?

In most cases, I do. As a certified Aromatherapist, I’ve studied Essential Oils and their benefits. I provide the necessary instructions on proper usage. When you purchase an Essential Oil blend, or single oil, do you consult with an Aromatherapist?

If the answer is no, you should. You know you won’t get much help in a grocery store or specialty shop, tho sometimes you do. Also, there are partially trained and untrained people selling oils and making all sorts of claims. 

Even worse, some people are advising others to use Essential Oils in ways that are dangerous.

If you want good information, and want to stay safe, consult with a certified Aromatherapist. 


Five Simple ways to keep colds and flu away

Five Simple ways to keep colds and flu away

  1. They’ve said it for years, frequent hand washing is the best first defense. Washing your hands with soap and water is effective. Be wary of anti-bacterial soaps as many contain chemicals. These chemicals are not dangerous to us because of the tiny amounts, but they do help in the co-creation of super bugs that overcome our natural resistance.
  2. Are others coughing and sneezing? Viruses that cause colds and flu are airborne. If you happen to be in the “blast zone” of someone’s sneeze or couch, you take on those viruses. The best defense is awareness of those around you and to position yourself as best as possible out of the way.
  3. It’s best to avoid preparations with antibiotics whenever possible. Little cuts and scrapes don’t need antibiotic creams. While they help wounds heal quickly, overuse of them leads to resistant strains of some very aggressive microbes.
  4. In the home, be careful not to share towels and drinking glasses.
  5. Flu shots may or may not be helpful. If you’ve had them over the years and don’t get the flu, they’re working for you. However, if you’ve had a bad reaction from them, continue to avoid. The makers of flu vaccines freely admit they take educated guesses when developing the vaccine because they need to manufacture before the virus reveals itself.

    One final cautionary note: Use caution with bleach. The makers of bleach advertise using it to cleanup anything and everything that might contain “germs.” Bleach will damage lungs if you breathe it in. An entertaining TV commercial show a boy “helping” his mother by mopping the bathroom. Mom smiles until she see him using water from the commode to mop with. This is followed by the image of the bleach bottle. There are better, safer products to use to clean and sanitize other than bleach.








September Events

There are a few upcoming events I am sharing with you today.The first is my “Make Your Own” mini workshop. It’s a short, 1-hour mini workshop on Thursday, September 7th and it’s only $10. This is the first of several mini workshops to help get ready for late fall and winter. In this mini workshop you will learn:

  • A brief background on your instructors
  • Basic Safety when working with essential Oils
  • Choosing great ingredients
  • How to measure and blend

You will:

  • Make Your Own Healing Skin Cream using essential oils and an Aloe based cream.
  • Take your finished product home, it’s your to keep and use.
  • Take home the list of ingredients and where to purchase them.
    You can RSVP for this mini-workshop here: Space is limited, so register soon if you want to attend.

A few days later, on Saturday, the 9th,The Gathering of Holistic Healers, Psychics and Friends is being held at the Southern Ohio Holistic and Wellness Center, 10501 Success Lane, in Centerville .Stop by and enjoy a wonderful time with old and new friends. Come and experience conversation with like minded individuals.Who might be there? Meet the vendors who are sharing their knowledge and gifts. Holistic Practitioners, Psychics, Mediums, and more. Perhaps a Tarot Reader or Massage therapist too.Are you going to join us?  

RSVP here:

Thursday, September 21, 2017,  6:00 PM to 9:00 PM the Teach the Teacher workshop will be held at the Southern Ohio Holistic and Wellness Center, 10501 Success Lane, in Centerville.

This is a paid class.  The cost-$195.00. Attendees must register in advance. The last day to register is Monday, September 4th, before 6:00 PM.Teach the Teacher is a three hour seminar. It’s an excellent class for anyone who desires to learn therapeutic Aromatherapy. It also provides you with the knowledge to teach introductory classes on Aromatherapy. It covers 39 Essential Oils with information about the conditions the oil can help, how to use it to achieve those outcomes, and the precautions and contraindications. The seminar carries 3 CE (Continuing Education Hours) from NCBTMB.

This seminar is a must for all practitioners. *Attendees Receive $225.00 in Materials (Includes 17 Essential Oils, ABC Massage Cream, Feather Light Massage Oil, 1 lb. Sea Salt, Natural Options Guide Book (contains all material from class, an additional 4 hours of material, & formulas), access to Natural Options Aromatherapy newsletters which include new clinical trials, new case studies, new formulas and usages, etc.),

AND the ongoing ability to purchase Natural Options Aromatherapy products at 40% off of retail. Note: This is NOT an MLM, you may purchase at wholesale and it’s very reasonable.Spaces in this workshop are limited, RSVP now. RSVP at Eventbrite

Dave and Debbie Mahen are professional Aromatherapists, certified by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

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You all know I am a holistic practitioner, and that I practice Aromatherapy, Energy Healing, and hypnotherapy. And I am sure you’ve seen my tagline “Get Your Balance Back.” 

Balance is more than health. When we consider our whole being, there is our physical, metal, emotional, and spiritual selves to consider. 

I use this diagram to keep the concept straight in my own thoughts. 

I break down each are into subcategories as I feel it’s most important to work on th e”weaker links,” to support that which is out of balance. We can work very hard to improve our physical state, but if we are out of balance in other areas, such as out  mental or emotional states, then balanced health is out of reach. 

I go to a conventional doctor several times a year. This doctor focuses only on health, and only uses tools that are conventional available to licensed doctors. That means standard tests and approved medications. The sad thing is, never does he ask about the mental, emotional, or spiritual states. Perhaps he feels he does when he ask “How are you doing?”

As a holistic practitioner, I don’t judge what he or other doctor’s do. They have our best interests at heart, they were never trained to add the other areas of balance to their practice.

Fortunately, people like you have become more aware of the need to balance all of our being, not just the physical part.

Have you taken a self check on your state of balance? I’m here to help if you need it.