Outlining my Massage School Courses!

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  • 17 Apr, 2017

AROMATHERAPY, Spa Treatments, Anatomy/Physiology/Kinesiolgy, and AYURVEDA!

By:  Lahela Hekekia, 
April 17, 2017

My intent is not JUST to help start a student's "tool box" of massage skills (to get hired at a Spa or start their own practice), it's ALSO to provide that foundation of building a successful practice -- to generate clients, understand some business basics (like record keeping, tax write-offs, business filings with the State), and more importantly, what MARKETING and BRANDING yourself is really about.  

Hint:  Marketing is not about making sales, distributing your business cards, or selling yourself short with cheap prices.     What people might not realize when they try to undercut the competition with super cheap prices is that it's a sure fire way to burnout, frustration, and maybe even put yourself out of business.   What are you branding yourself as ?  I'm not worth anything?  Don't you want them to come to you because you're knowledgeable, skilled, caring, and worth it ?  

Clearly, the type of person who goes into a massage career is a GIVER.  Therein lies another issue to tackle, and it took some time to figure this out:     Givers devote their heart and soul to their practice.  Yet often have a really hard time asking to be paid.  It creates a feeling of ickiness, and internal conflict.  And meanwhile -- they're overlooking all the people who would love to give them business.  So I'd like to de-mystify that process.  And empower the students to realize that they can build their business and not create an internal conflict.

Ah, now the massage courses!  I'm so excited!  The tool set!  While the minimum number of education hours is 570, the Workshop is going to offer more than that.  And besides the required information in Anatomy and Swedish Massage, we are planning to offer many specialty courses.  Mine of course will include AYURVEDA and AROMATHERAPY .

These are intro courses, you could study Ayurveda for years and read books upon books.  I certainly did.  And had amazing teachers, who are Ayurvedic Physicians from Pune, India -- some of whom are published authors, and all of whom have been afiliated with the Ayurveda Institute of America.  The Ayurveda course will be a short intro that will hopefully  leave you hungry for more.  It will also explain what is NOT Ayurvedic about treatments that you may find at Spas.  And what the scope of practice should be for a Licensed Massage Therapist.   I have in front of me, a 30 page paper that I wrote as a final project on Ayurvedic Bodywork from school, as well as a Pancha Karma Handbook that my teachers allowed me to compile after following them around at their clinic that they operated in Kapa'a, Kauai for several years before moving to California and opening a huge Clinic and Academy.  And I have volumes of info, but I already know what I'd like to say.  I will include some useful things into the Course Outline.

As for Aromatherapy , it will be very fun, easy to follow, and easy to incorporate.  You don't have to be a guru in Aromatherapy, you will have a bunch of tools to make your massages and spa treatments memorable.  

In fact, I've been doing a bit more blogging lately, on essential oils.  Partly, as research, as to what other people are saying about Aromatherapy. It's also for discussional purposes, such as my personal experiences and experiments.  And it's pretty evident that ingestion of essential oils is a controversial practice -- you can find all kinds of articles saying to do it, and to avoid it altogether, and another one which adamantly claims that it's safe and provides federal links.  I find that fascinating.  To be clear, none of those Aromatherapy blog entries are intended as medical or "healing" advice, and none of the claims are evaluated by the FDA.  

At any rate, for massage therapy school, the practices would be kept to bodywork techniques and things like diffusing, and naturally smelling the oils that are being massaged in.   I've come up with some fun ideas after taking a few workshops on Oahu.  This should be very entertaining!

It may sound initially scary to think about science, but  Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology can be fun.  Plus, the more you know, the more helpful you'll be to your clients.  I intend to make the class presentations engaging and not just looking at some pictures of muscles in a book.  

Hooray!  While the start date is tentative, depending on enrollment, I am really looking forward to this.  Very much looking forward to my colleage Kapono Aluli Souza teaching LOMILOMI and other classes.   He's fantastic. He's worked on me several times.  Everyone who has taken his workshops have had a great time.  And it's more than massage, it's a deep spiritual practice.

Would you like to attend this school?   We'd love to hear from you.  Please feel free to shoot me a message through my website, www.lahelafit.com .

Lahela Fit Blog

By 7045002825 01 Jun, 2017
Summer break season has officially begun -- and with that, beach season (regattas, surfing, sailing, tourists getting tans), hikes, outdoor games, sitting by the pool grilling, and all of that fun stuff.


Oh, and hey, I just figured out this stuff is also working great on MUSCLES.

We're talking about SANDALWOOD ( Santalum Album).  I've been doing massages with this essential oil, just this and a bit of coconut oil.  After a day at the beach in the sun and salt water, the skin really dries out.  The coconut and Sandalwood combination has been just been absorbing right into the skin, leaving no greasy residue, and making the skin smooth and silky.  

This goes along with what Dr. Mercola says: "This essential oil is well-regarded in skincare, as it tones and relieves itching, inflammation and dehydrated skin. Rashes, scar tissue, eczema, psoriasis, acne and dandruff are just some of the issues it can assist with."   http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/sandalwood-oil.aspx    I have yet to try it on those particular skin issues, but I can attest personally, that my skin feel great.

What's more:  I worked on my Dearest, who did a 10 mile canoe race after barely any preparation with the team.  Even if you're well conditioned for sports in general, canoe paddling really works your whole body -- and sports-specific training is the most ideal way to train for a competition, obviously.  And in particular, paddlers (even the teens) tend to have complaints about the low back -- which points then to "Lats" in the shoulder, and believe it or not -- "Glutes" in the hip.  I did a Sports Massage routine after the race, and he woke up with no soreness.  Overjoyed.

This goes along with what Dr. Axe says about Sandalwood oil being "antispasmodic" -- great for nerves and muscles, and also being "anti-inflammatory."  He mentions a host of other uses, although I have not tried them for those purposes.  You can read his entire article here:   https://draxe.com/sandalwood-essential-oil/

DISCLAIMER:  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  This Blog is not intended for Medical or "Healing" advice.  Please do not use this product if you have a known allergy to Sandalwood or its constituents.

What else can I say about this marvelous essential oil?  Sandalwood has been prized for millenia, being used as far back as Egypt 4000 years ago.  It was so coveted in the early 19th century, that my ancestral China and Kamehameha II helped to deplete my ancestral Hawai'i of its precious ' Iliahi  almost to extinction.  We used to have forests of it, particularly on Kaho'olawe (which later got heavily damaged by miltary bombing exercises in the 20th century), and also in the Tantalus area (which in the 20th century got developed for housing).  Sandalwood has long been held sacred in our traditional Native Hawaiian healing practices, and we still use it.  So in 2017, members of the community are trying to save forests that are getting overrun by invasive species like the strawberry-guava tree.   The tree needs room to grow more babies, and other trees creeping in have root systems that prevent that.  Fortunately, there are companies which state that they are using RENEWABLE sources of Sandalwood, including a farm in Kona, on the Big Island, Hawai'i (I've seen the video).  So that makes me feel better about using this oil.

You only need a few drops of this oil, so an 80-drop bottle will last for a long time.  The essential oil is thick, so you will need a bit of patience to drop it out of its originally packaged bottle.  If you put it in a tiny dram bottle, you can tap and shake it out more quickly.  

If you're now curious to try this marvelous stuff, and also happy to find a company which says that its resources are renewable, then come take a look at my website:   www.mydoterra.com/lahelafit   

Malama Pono (take good care of yourself),


By 7045002825 21 May, 2017
[Photo by Shaiann Cottrell (2016).  This is what a wa'a (canoe) looks like from one angle, showing the Ama and Iako (outrigger)].

What a fun morning!

The 22nd Annual George Perry Memorial Keiki o Na Wa'a is a celebrated regatta exclusively for the children and teens.  It's sponsored by the Lanikai Canoe Club, which has deep and storied roots in Hawaii.   An estimated 700 kids showed up today (flanked by exuberant family members, coaches, and friends), from a number of different Canoe Clubs.  The featured photo is from a talented member of the Hui Nalu Canoe Club (whose founders included the world-famous icon of surfing, Duke Kahanamoku).

It was fun to meet some of the central people running the show so to speak -- including "Aunty Mauli" who founded the regatta and who has been been paddling for 61 years.   It was truly a family affair, with her loved ones running about making sure everything was going on smoothly, from feeding the kids to coaches meetings.  And I got to sit in a nice shady spot with other family members who set up a tent for KUPU and Sustainable Coastlines, who do great community projects for the environment.  Sustainable Coastlines is working with our high school class for a service project, and KUPU was there informing parents and kids about opportunities for students. 

It was inspiring to hear the adults encouraging the kids to "paddle to win," BUT "have FUN," and to cherish the friendships they make within their clubs and with the kids who compete against them.  People who paddle definitely form long-lasting friendships -- for decades.  

AND it was great to see Kupuna (elders) who had been consistently paddling for up to 70 years.  It's definitely a sport that one can continue for life -- although there still are plenty of opportunities to help even the youngsters prevent injury and be really limber before the race!

I was thrilled that the Lanikai Canoe Club (host of the regatta) allowed me to lead the teen girls in pre-race stretches.   They made a great showing -- a very close second place!  And it was so amazing that some of the girls came up afterward and said "Thank you for the stretches, they really worked!"  My goal was to help them feel limber from hand, to foot and from foot to head.  particularly in the hip/low back/shoulder area, of course!   With just a few minutes, I selected my three favorite myofascial stretches that would do the trick both pre-and post-race.

Especially meaningful was the traditional Hawaiian blessing and history lesson from my Kumu Gerald Nalikolauokalani Lam.  He told the story of the original settling of the Hawaiian archipelago, where they first landed (where we all were), how this related to our Hawaiian Navigation practices, and how the waters are still sacred.  Kailua Beach has always been sacred to me, well before I heard these oral histories.

Malama Pono,


By 7045002825 12 May, 2017
Ayurveda invokes the idea of something exotic, sacred, spiritual, even.  Yet, a lot of misconceptions have invaded the Spa industry.  Imagine a set spa menu of treatments, taken out of context of the entire health treatment, and not taking into account the client's individual health needs (physical, emotional, energetic), and potentially causing dis-comfort and dis-ease -- rather than a pleasant Spa experience.  I've seen more often than not, practices done without even a consultation to understand the client.  This is the exact OPPOSITE of Ayurveda.

My course teaches what Ayurveda actually IS, how it is said to WORK, and how it can apply to a massage therapy career.

Ayurveda is a health system, and a discipline, and a sister-science of Yoga.   It's NOT a one-time treatment or kitschy spa experience.  However, there are useful applications for the licensed massage therapist, when done correctly.

The practice requires knowing yourself and the person you're treating.  You have to know what will benefit them, and what will set off the disease process.

Ayurveda requires for optimum health, strong adherence to living in harmony with Nature, not against it.  Knowing what activities, what seasons/weather, what emotions, and what diet is best for you.  And what will set you off balance.
It requires specialized knowlegdge of things such as:

FIVE (metaphysical) ELEMENTS ( Panchamahabhuta ):   They are not themselves physical, but which manifest in physical things.  These are components of everything in the Universe on a subtle, energetic level.

THREE DOSHA (subtle energies):   Expressions of these metaphysical elements.  Again, they are not physical in and of themselves.  They manifest in physical characteristics.

PRAKRITI (Constitution):  Essentially it's the sum total of the individual body/mind, which is unique.  It's how all the various combinations of Doshas can combine in a person to affect their physical appearance, mental and emotional characteristics, tendencies towards certain disease states when out of balance.

And, there are pretty good ways of telling what someone is, by looking at their appearance (hair, skin, nails, build), speaking to them (personality traits, emotional expressions, body language), engaging in questions (wellness goals, their career, hobbies, sports).  You cannot adequately treat someone if you don't do that first.  

How do you treat someone you don't know?  Ayurveda is meant for every-day use in the home, with the family.  These are people you know extremely well -- and thus, you will have both learned and intuitive knowledge about what will help them improve health, and then remain so.  Particularly when it comes to diet and everyday self-care.  The more invasive Pancha Karma treatments (which require enemas)  I DO NOT do or teach -- because of state laws placing it in a legal  grey area -- and ignorance of the law is no excuse, even for non-lawyers.  

My practices and educational program are limited to that which can be done via a valid state massage license.

UPDATE:  May 18, 2017:  Ohhh, man! I just completed the course outline, for massage school. As brief as possible, an explanation of what Ayurveda IS, how it is said to WORK, a sample massage routine, and many yummy recipes that I have worked on for years and also learned from Ayurvedic Physicians from India.  

If you're interested in this massage school curriculum, and wanting to get qualified to take the Hawaii state licensing exam, shoot me a message through my website:   www.lahelafit.com  

Aloha, and Namaste.

LMT (MAT#6286) and Board Certified (NCBTMB 307766-00), both since 2001
Diploma in Ayurvedic Sciences, 2005 (Aloha Ayurveda Academy, afiliated with Ayurveda Institute of America)
By 7045002825 08 May, 2017
Well, May 6th was International Pilates Day!

Who Knew?

To celebrate, I donated a door prize at Harmony Pilates and Physical Therapy, at our Manoa Marketplace location in Honolulu, Hawaii.   We had demonstrations, yummy food, even one of the teachers brought in her own clothing line.  

Really, it was a celebration of our CLIENTS.  Because they allow us to do what we love (teaching), and they keep bringing in more awesome clients to fill classes.  We are so grateful to them.

I wasn't able to attend, being at the Haase Myotherapy workshop, but eager to know who won the door prize that I donated!  I will talk more about it later and supplement this Blog entry when I find out.

Update:  May 18, 2017:  

AHA!  I just found out who won -- it's one of my favorite studio clients, who has brought many people to us.  How awesome to give back!   

Here's to your Health!


By 7045002825 08 May, 2017
This is an apt pictorial representation of the workshop.  An advanced and thorough understanding of Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology for massage therapists.

Aloha!  I have been state licensed as a massage therapist and also certified through NCBTMB (National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) since 2001.  As part of this awesome organization, we are required to keep updated with our training with continuing education courses.  This one called Haase Myotherapy kept beckoning to me via a Facebook video ad, and I took a look by the second time.  

Oh My Goodness.    Sign me UP.

So glad I did.  Not only did Robert Haase and his lovely and talented daughter Sara teach us a number of wonderful routines for Plantar Fasciitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Whiplash, "TMJ" problems, and more -- they also taught us valuable information in marketing and business.

Robert Haase has a very advanced and thorough understanding of Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology, and taught us that a number of things we have been taught to do in regular massage school was actually injurious.  And I could tell he was the real deal, when he touched on things also talked about by Thomas Myers (the author of Anatomy Trains) and Eric Franklin.

So far, I have done his hip and feet routines on several people, and they have all remarked that they feel better in the and can walk more comfortably.  It feels really good to help so much in just a few minutes.

And my personal testimonial after the workshop:  My body never felt so good, from the feet up even into the jaw.  The jaw!  That had been a challenge for a few years after I got knocked in the jaw during a martial arts class and then it slipped out of joint.  Now THAT was the most nauseating pain ever.  False migraines.  Felt sick every time I spoke a syllable.  Each syllable.  I couldn't eat.  I got help with realignment (non surgical), but oy it had slipped out of joint one other time, not as badly as the first time.  Well -- I am completely convinced of the effectiveness of his work in a short time after experiencing this workshop.  

I'm very much looking forward to seeing how I can integrate these practices in my professional field, and growing my business.

Here's to your Health in 2017!



By 7045002825 06 May, 2017

Why are we teaching Pilates on theories that are 15 years old and either Disputed or Disproven?

Originally Posted on  September 26, 2011  and Updated on May 5, 2017 by  Lahela Hekekia

Okay, hopefully I got your attention from that title!  I found some interesting food for thought, after a colleague mentioned her frustation at exercises systems (including Pilates) becoming closed systems and limiting growth.

You're right -- this isn't exactly a Pilates photo, but this is how I felt about being compelled to teach something that was outdated and not resonating with me.  It was a struggle in futility.  So I simply moved to another studio which allowed me to teach as I wanted, rather than be required to teach exactly as everyone else taught, when I was disagreeing with the concepts/cues taught about Anatomy, Alignment, even Breathing.   A few years later, that Brand caught up with the times, and changed many things -- and I'm so very thankful for that.  

A.  The original Pilates came from an older understanding of the human body; and one cannot dispute that in almost 100 years, modern science has embraced far more advanced concepts about Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology.  

 1.  We used to have this view just 20 years ago, that muscles connected only to tendons, and that bones connected to bones through ligaments.  Well, that is just not accurate.  We now understand that ligaments also connect to muscle.   

 2.  We also used to think that ligaments could not regenerate when they were damaged (as compared to tendons and muscle).  That is also incorrect today (look up Prolotherapy).  

 3.  We also never even thought about Fascia 20 years ago, and now it's the rage in the fitness and wellness industry.  

  a.  We used to teach that muscles pull, that they shorten and lengthen.  

  b.  Now, we are understanding that muscles may not shorten and lengthen all that much, and that it's the Fascia that's changing.  That instead of looking at the human body as having several hundred muscles, that we should instead view the human body as one continuous piece with multiple compartments.  (Look up Thomas Myers).  

Everything is changing.  Rapidly .

B.  Moreover, when Joseph Pilates first started teaching, people for the most part led more active lifestyles, with far different lifestyle habits (no cell phones or laptop computers, no drive-thru fast food establishments, and so forth).  Moreover, if you look at Joseph Pilates's old videos, you'll see some which leave you questioning whether everyone was moving safely.  I'm thinking of one in which he was actively pulling a man's head.  Ouch.  At any rate, their daily habits were different from ours nearly 100 years later.  Our bodies have changed, and so have our needs.  

C.  As the years went on, Pilates changed from men's fitness, and became synonymous with dance, because it helped dancers heal their bodies from injurious training (which isn't the most sound idea in the first place, but it is a beautiful art).  

 1.  For decades, the field was dominated by dancers who became teachers, and they taught for their own niche market.

 2.  Nowadays, Pilates is embraced by a much larger community.  With the aging populations; surgeries for major joints like knees and hips (requiring more physical therapy); sedentary lifestyles leading to back pain; and of course emerging scientific discoveries, it became advantageous to modernize Pilates and take another look at whether we are doing truly healthy exercise in this country.  And to suggest injury-preventive training, as well as rehabilitative, corrective work.

D.  An unfortunate development in Pilates was that the discipline became littered with dysfunctional cues based on dysfunctional dance aesthetics.  (For example, pressing down the shoulder blades, sucking in the belly at all times, not letting the ribs "pop" when you lift the arms, get taller as you twist the spine, and so forth).  Let's take some of these dysfunctional cues and look at them:

 1.  Keeping the belly sucked in at all times.  There are so many things to challenge here:

  a.  Breathing.  Functional, healthy breathing requires that we use our Diaphragm properly, in a way that allows our organs to move the way they're supposed to.  That means, letting the belly pooch out, so that the organs move.  If you don't do that, then you don't let the Diaphragm go all the way down and fill the lungs properly.  This is an easy test.

  *  Breathe in and let the belly button pooch out.  Feel how much you can fill the lungs.  Take an exhale, and notice how you feel.

  *  Now KEEP THAT BELLY BUTTON SUCKED IN.  Try to take an inhale.  You can't fill the lungs so well, can you?  How do you feel mentally?  I rest my case.

  b.  Keeping the belly sucked in at all times was thought to help support the low back.  HOWEVER, this will make a person constantly "grip" their abdominal muscles, and produce a weak Psoas Major .   A, muscle which directly touches all of the lumbar vertebrae and disks (uh oh, that's the low back), connects to the Pelvis, and also the leg.  A muscle which is critical for walking, sitting, standing, and all manner of movement.  Oh yes, time to toss out that cue altogether.  

 2.   "Knitting in the ribs at all times, don't let them pop."  

  a.  This is especially dysfunctional when you do spine extension.  In an ordinary, non-dancer type person, this will make back-bending a physical impossibility.  At best you might go a little bit past vertical.  The ribs change when the spine changes, and vice-versa.  If you don't let the ribs change, then the spine won't change.  It's just common sense.  If you want to test me on this, try it out.

  b.  This cue will also limit range of motion in the shoulder.  At the end-range of arm-reaching up into the air, the human skeleton does a little spine extension.  So go back to what I said in (2)(a), above.  Then try this little experiment.

  *  Reach your arms up in the air and let the ribs "pop."  See how far back you go.

  *  Now  KNIT IN THOSE RIBS AND DON'T LET THEM MOVE.  Now try raising your arms and see how far they go.

 3.   "As you twist the spine, get taller and taller."  Well this is just anatomically inaccurate.  And it could cause an injury.

  a.  If you actually did lengthen the spine as you twisted it, you would damage the spine and the spinal cord, which is part of your Central Nervous System.

  b.  Thankfully you cannot do that.  It just isn't how your Facet Joints work in the spine.  And, it's a mathematical impossibility, based on the curved shape of the spine.  

 4.  "Slide the shoulders down and back."  While this may be intended to tell people not to "shrug" their shoulders, this is a potentially injurious cue.

  a.   Just try this experiment to see how this cue tends to reduce range of motion with arm-reaching:

  *  Reach your arm up in the air, without thinking of anything else.  Note how high you went.

  *  Now, SLIDE THAT SHOULDER BLADE DOWN AND BACK.  DON'T LET IT BUDGE.  And now try reaching the arm up in the air.  That's possibly worse than knitting in the ribs.  How did your neck feel doing it that way?  Ugh.

  b.  I see a lot of people who misconstrue that well-intentioned cue and "fix" their shoulders, and contract muscles that need to stretch.

  c.  And if you need further convincing, both Pilates and Yoga are questioning this dangerous cue:   http://www.yogajournal.com/teach/alignment-cues-decoded-draw-shoulders-down    https://robbwolf.com/2015/09/09/better-posture-why-shoulders-down-and-back-isnt-the-best /http://www.pilatestreemagazine.com/the-dark-side-of-scapular-positioning-cues/

Thanks, Eric Franklin, for bringing ALL of this to the forefront years ago!   He really opened my eyes, starting in 2010.  We were learning about really up to date scientific research, as well as some classic research from the early 1900s that had gone mostly ignored.  And a lot of this research raised serious questions about whether Pilates as an industry will need to undergo another dramatic paradigm shift.  Including the rehab side.

E. Modern Pilates was not perfect, either.  I had long been aware from my days as a Pilates teacher-in-training that what we learned was debated.  

 1.  We didn't hear that in regular teacher training -- although I questioned from time to time, the information I had been hearing in basic teacher training.  It conflicted with what I understood in the human body from massage school and from massaging people.   I ended up hearing about the debate from their leading physiotherapist at the time, booking private lessons from her, and taking a specialty course that she had been teaching.   A year later, a leading Physical Therapist took over the course and came up with a new manual, explaining in more detail what was really going on in the human body.  Yet, basic teacher training was still teaching the wrong information!  At least at that time, that was the case.  

 2.  So this led me, out of curiosity, to do some research.  Apparently, all this modern approach to Pilates started in the late 1990s, after a pair of researchers named Hodges and Richardson published studies about the role of certain muscles in the abdomen and trunk area, and relieving back pain.  From there, Core Stabilization/ Core Training exploded within the Health and Wellness industry everything from weight lifting to physical therapy focused on a little abdominal muscle called the Transversus Abdominis .

 3.  While I still have yet to find a definitive retraction, I did find an intriguing article by Hodges in 2008 admitting that its not as simplisitic as once thought.  Now thats quite notable, considering that so many people are still acting as if its Absolute Truth.  I also found some other articles that are either pro- or against- the ideas we preach about core stability.  One asks if its pure stupidity.  Yikes!  And one article in particular punches holes in all the muscle testing. . .







http://e http://www.alexanderschool.edu.au/the-alexander-technique/articles/76-core-stability?catid=25%3Asports rikdalton.com/media/published-articles/dont-get-married/

I'm not looking at this as if all my previous study of Pilates was a waste (certainly not).  I don't need to throw away several years of study.  In fact, I'm more than happy to entertain multiple approaches and use the ones that work.  Who knows what the scientific research will uncover in the next 20 years?  I change with the times and bend like the green bamboo.  Or the palm tree in the breeze.




By 7045002825 06 May, 2017

Successful Weight Management for Life: Change your Thinking. Ditch the quick loss plans.

Originally Posted on September 28, 2011  and Updated on May 5, 2017 by Lahela Hekekia

Every few months, it seems that some new weight loss plan, pill, or shake arrives in the market, and perhaps millions of people are moved to try it.  Especially when someone triumphantly reports losing a significant amount of weight and going down several pants sizes in a short time, with no exercise!

Is this health ?

Some are even marketed as network marketing.  I was once curious about an MLM in 2000 but didnt think much of it after a few meetings.  How many times can someone hear eat all the pizza, fries and ice cream you like; take the fat blocker pills, and energy pills; and still lose weight.?  Yuck.  It just didnt resonate.   Well, and then there was a widely publicized news report of the founder dying a month later, from a drug overdose.  It just sent me running.  And as well, the energy pills had Ephedra, which became a banned substance.  I remember looking at boxes of unopened product and threw them all away.  Blah.

I was later, in 2012, drawn to another MLM mainly because of a great friend who had an amazing idea about doing fitness videos with other friends in the fitness industry.  Now that MLM did stress the importance of balanced eating and exercise, which was great.  However -- ummm -- I just really didn't like the product, it didn't taste good to me.  And after a couple of months, I couldn't lie to myself.  I went back and looked at the things that I wrote back several months earlier and nodded.

So, I am not at all for weight loss shakes.  Here's why:

A. The things that always raise personal red flags are artificial sweeteners, Sucralose,and Stevia in the ingredients. I realize its in there because most people looking to lose weight crave the very sweet taste, but they dont want the calories or simple carbs. However, they all have negative health effects.

1.  Sucralose is literally sugar combined with chlorine, which I've known for the past 18 months, thanks to a local Naturopath. Heres an article on it, as well as Aspartame.   http://www.wnho.net/splenda_chlorocarbon.htm

2.  Views are mixed with Stevia.   http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2011/09/22/a-sweet-sweet-summer-what-are-the-facts-on-stevia/ .   I just really cant stand the flavor of it.  Two of my friends felt sick and got headaches after having a drink with it.  And so did I.

B. I believe whole-heartedly in a real food diet which retrains unhealthy thinking and teaches people to be independently successful. Weight management is hard work. Keeping it off for life involves a change of life to make it work. My metabolism is better now than it was in my 20s. 

C.  Diet clubs and plans have some initial success. But the long term success is grim. I'm sorry, but it just is.   http://www.bigfatfacts.com/   And who hasn't seen those TV shows which pit people in a battle to see who could lose the most weight in a relatively short time?  Unfortunately, a lot of them regain weight and/or apprently suffer negative health effects as a result of their ordeal.   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2927207/We-fat-Former-Biggest-Loser-contestants-admit-cont...

C. The other thing is:   I have a hard time believing that one can lose fat with a weight loss program, without exercise.  And by that I mean, body fat percentage.  Because fat percentage and activity level are pretty good indicators of health and potential risks. http://www.kellicalabrese.com/Articles/combining-diet-with-exercise.html

The following have been well-recognized for decades now...

1. Most diets without exercise end up with loss of lean muscle, water, even organ tissue; and their body fat percentage can grow higher, even if the weight goes down.

2. As a result of weight loss by calorie restriction,  the metabolism ends up compromised and holds onto body fat even more tightly. So, if someone falls off the wagon so to speak and gains weight, they gain back a lot more fat.  One need only look at well publicized figures to recognize how easy it is to fall into the yo-yo cycle.  This fat storage is apparently built into our DNA.  Our ancestors faced periods of famine and also trekked by land and sea to populate new areas, so they had to be efficient to survive.  Can I do this with even less effort, less energy expenditure?  Sure, I'll lower the metabolism so I don't have to eat as much.  Sorted.

3. When people are claiming to lose fat, are they talking about measurable, documented fat percentage loss?  Or are they just looking at a change in the scale, or the loss of pants sizes and assuming that its all fat?  The most reliable measurement of fat percentage is the hydostatic tests. The next most reliable are calipers if done correctly. Those hand held biomechanical impedence things are wildly variable. Like by 4-5 percentage points.

And related material:

Pardon me for getting really steamed, but it really irks me to see advertisements that promise that you'll get "fit" in only 30 days, whether its a pill or a workout.

What a load of . . . well I'm going to use my internal editor to not use the words I'd like to use right now.  In this case, Im steaming about a health club advertising a 30 day, 7 days a week Boot Camp.  Sounds like a perfect opportunity to get a stress fracture, inflexible joints (including spine), and perhaps a knee injury. Especially for those folks 30 and over.

Fit in what way?

Perhaps someone who goes all out for 30 days will lose a few pounds.  But there is no way that the body can maintain such a punishing regime.    It's a recipe for an overuse injury, which could manifest within the 30 days or after.

And when (not if) that injury hits, it will sideline you and cause the usual collateral damage:  (1) Weight gain often happens, (2) Frustration, depression, lowered self-esteem, (3) Some people give up; (4) Others may develop eating disorders, particularly women; (5) Still others return to exercise before they have finished healing and set up a chronic injury/pain situation.

7 days a week is never recommended for us normal folks, unless its some kind of flexibility training.  (Now that would fall within the guidelines of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America).  The people who might fall outside of that are ELITE and YOUNG athletes.  But even then, I've seen Cirque du Soleil/Shanghai Circus acrobats hobbling about with ice packs strapped on to this and that body part, getting right to work.  And I have also seen elite dancers in some constant state of pain.  (Which is why Im so enamored with the Franklin Method®, especially for these folks!)

Well then, we normal folks ought to be taking at least one day of rest per week AT THE LEAST.  If you find yourself feeling stiff or developing pain, your body is giving a clear signal to slow down, and figure out whats going on.

Fitness is a lifestyle, its not something you can obtain quickly.  There are many facets to physical fitness including core strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and control.  Then, there is overall health which includes your energy level; blood work (HDLs, blood sugar, all that good stuff); emotional and mental health; diet (yeah, we cant make up for the pizza, fries and beer with a big workout and nothing but broccoli the next day.  Dont laugh, I knew plenty of friends in college who did that every weekend).

And if you are new to exercise, or took a long hiatus because of life circumstances, you deserve to treat yourself well.  Start with a doctor checkup to rule out any cautionary measures and jump joyfully into some brisk walking, swimming, or other low-impact exercise.  Grab a friend.  Take in an appropriate level Pilates or Yoga class.  Learn proper body mechanics to prevent injury.

Whenever I see people hobbling about and saying how great their workouts have been, I want to cringe. Want some Ibuprofen with that?

Wouldnt you like to experience instead, that workout in a more joyous, elastic, energetic way and go back to feeling as if you were a kid again?  If so, call me; and if Im too far away I can most likely find someone in your area.

Anyway, thats my rant for today.  Im totally against get-thin-fast and get-fit-fast regimes.  Do it the old-fashioned way:  with patience, and focus -- and retraining the brain to think healthy for life.  Your body and brain will love you for it.



By 7045002825 06 May, 2017

Originally Posted on December 19, 2011  and Updated on May 5, 2017 by Lahela Hekekia

Hello there!  In late 2011, I delved into juicing vegetable, and have been doing so ever since.  It's now been over six years.  I have never felt more vibrant, and long-time friends have also pointed this out.  My skin has improved, hair has gotten softer, and energy shooting through the roof.   It actually moved me to plant some garden vegetables, particularly lettuce, beets, carrots, kale, and spinach.  

And how fun is that to grow your own organic produce, and know that all your good intentions are going right back into your body!

I have been reading, and re-reading the book by Norman Walker, the inventor of the Norwalk juicer.  (ISBN 0-89019006704).  Its been in print since 1936.  Source:  Walker, N.W. (D. Sc.), Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices:  What's Missing In Your Body?  (Prescott, AZ:  Norwalk Press, 1970).


Boy, one of the first things that came to mind was:  This book was written before most of our modern vaccinations and pharmaceuticals.  Remedies seemed to come from food.  And back then, everything was organic.  That part definintely resonates with me.  Well, I'm not going to completely poo-poo modern medicine, however -- as I do believe science has achieved fantastic things on the one hand.  On the other hand, I personally will avoid taking pharmaceuticals and undergoing surgery for injuries/conditions, unless it's necessary.  But I also know when it's prudent to go get a diagnosis, go to the ER, etc.

Dr. Walker has some really valuable information on the benefits of several vegetables, including the idea that you will rapidly assimilate the nutrients and can cleanse your digestive tract,  This is all from his book, by the way:

Carrots :  You may already know that they are rich in Vitamin A they also supply us with vitamins B, C, D, E, G, and K and is an aid to digestion. (page 33).  Moreover, Dr. Walker writes that the carrot juice molecule is exactly analogous to that of the blood molecule, (page 39), which goes along with the traditional thought in India (Ayurveda), that carrots build the blood.  (Oh, by the way, Im an Ayurvedic practitioner as well).

Celery :  Its high in organic sodium, an important electrolyte.  (page 41)  In fact, Im rather fond of apple and celery juice with a squeeze of lemon.  Its quite refreshing in the summer.  Id like to add here that a traditional Ayurvedic electrolyte drink contains lemon, salt, and raw sugar or honey in warm water.  Why do we need electrolytes?  For proper muscle function, among many other things.  If youve ever gotten dehydrated with muscle cramping from exercise (say hot yoga or exercise or a day out in the desert), its quite likely that you need electrolytes.  An overload of water isnt going to balance you out in fact, it could cause other illness like hyponatremia.

Cucumber :  Probably the best natural diuretic known, secreting and promoting the flow of urine.  (page 43).  Its also a rich source of minerals including potassium (another electrolyte).

Dandelion Juice is apparently a valuable tonic to counteract hyperacidity, in his opinion, and is also high in magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, and sodium.  (page 44).

Lettuce is said to benefit the blood, muscular tissues, brain, and nerves (page 51).  Romaine lettuce in particular is said to maintain healthy amounts of adrenaline in the system (page 52).

Parsley :  This herb, it seems, should be combined with other juices rather than be taken alone.  Apparently, the combination of parsley with beet, carrot, and cucumber is supposed to relieve menstrual cramps, but he doesnt give a recipe in this book (p. 55).  Id be curious to know if any of you out there have tried this and what your experience is?  I dont get cramps, but Id probably take this tonic mix for nutritional reasons.

Sorrel :  It looks like a type of spinach, Im growing some.  The juice is supposed to re-establish normal function of the intestines.  (page 59).  Spinach in general benefits the entire digestive tract.  And I might add, in this writers opinion, its quite delicious mixed with carrot juice.

Source:  Walker, N.W. (D. Sc.), Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices:  What's Missing In Your Body?  (Prescott, AZ:  Norwalk Press, 1970).

That said, I'd caution you wonderful readers from going overboard and juicing many pints a day, at least not without consulting a trusted health professional.  One of my teachers strongly cautioned that you could send yourself into a " healing crisis " by rapidly de-toxifying the body.  If you're a decently healthy eater who exercises, you probably have less to worry about than a sedentary person who has subsisted on junk-food for years and then suddenly decides to do a juice fast (yikes).  

When I started, I only took  about 12 ounces of juice daily.  I did notice in the first few days that a big pimple appeared after the first intake of juice.  It did not stay long.  Now I would average more like 32 oz. of vegetable juice daily, more in the summer (Ohhh, I love cucumber juice to cool myself down, and also enjoyed making watermelon-cherry juice and bringing it to cheer on my boyfriend and his family at the canoe regattas in the summer of 2016).  And I have been known to down up to 64 oz. of vegetable juice on occasion.  Personally, I have found it amazingly beneficial for my own sense of well-being.

DISCLAIMER :  I also want to add that this should not be taken as medical or "healing" advice, and this Blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  None of the statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  And -- I'm not a dietician -- merely quoting Dr. Walker's book and providing an educational resource.

Now then, if you feel so moved to buy a juicer, you might balk at the cost of a Norwalk, even a used one. And I'm not a salesperson for any juicer company.  If you're just starting out, or concerned about cost, then you'll likely be happiest with the inexpensive models that are easily found at the store.  But once you're serious, or once you try a friend's Norwalk, you will find that their juicer lasts for a very long time.     

A word about juice bars:  Generally, I have found that they leave a bit of fiber left in the juice -- which is fine if you like the fiber.  For my purposes, I only want the juice, it's part of my training.    I also don't want my carrot-cucumber-celery-parsley juice to have the taste of pineapple and garlic -- which is what usually happens at juice bars unless they have the time to clean the juicer in between customers.  I've got a sharp sense of taste and smell, so even if it's just a trace, yeah I can tell.   Sometimes staff will have time to do this, and they are awesome for that.   When they can do thta, then yes they produce a wonderful juice.  But it's also a lot more expensive than making my own at home.  

If you are an avid juicer, Id love to hear from you!

With Aloha,



By 7045002825 06 May, 2017
Aloha!  I've been using Essential Oils professionally as a Licensed Massage Thererapist for about 17 years, and in the Spa Industry, from 2001-2010.  I love essential oils and what they do for clients, and also for myself.  I find that when I use essential oils, my hands do not get tired.  

I have a number of constant go-to oils for personal wellness, including warding off colds (diffusing lavender, peppermint, melaleuca, and eucalyptus, for example); for sore muscles (lemongrass and wintergreen, most certainly); for house cleaning (love orange, melaleuca, and lemon); and even as perfume (for example, lavender, rose, and jasmine).

Speaking of perfume:  I just got reminded that Ylang-Ylang (Cananga Odorata) is "one of the key ingredients usesd in the legendary perfume Chanel No. 5!"   https://draxe.com/ylang-ylang/
I am still getting acquainted with Ylang-Ylang.  The oil, which comes from the petals of the Ylang Ylang flower, has a super-sweet fragrance, and I'm going to guess that a person either loves it or passes on it.  This plant grows in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Polynesian islands.  

Doing some research into what others have to say on the essential oil:  Since I don't have personal experience, I'm going to leave out references to some of the more specific uses listed, but feel free to go to these sources to read the entire article!    What seems to be well-talked about is that Ylang-Ylang has been widely used for hair and skin care . https://draxe.com/ylang-ylang/

Apparently, Ylang-Ylang has also been used historically to decorate the beds of newlyweds.   https://draxe.com/ylang-ylang/ .  Perhaps it is because of the plant's reputation.   According to Dr. Mercola: “Ylang ylang oil helps relax the body and soul and may be helpful for people suffering from insomnia , fatigue and frigidity.”   http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/ylang-ylang-oil.aspx .

Another well-talked about use for Ylang-Ylang seems to be as a mood-lifter.  You can find all sorts of articles on this, including Dr. Axe:  https://draxe.com/ylang-ylang/ .

Are there any side effects?    From Dr. Mercola :  “There are no severe cases that highlight the negative effects of ylang ylang oil, however, when taken in excessive amounts, it can potentially cause sensitivity, nausea and headache. The oil can cause skin irritation in some individuals, so I suggest diluting it with milder carrier oils and doing a skin patch test before using it topically.”  He also does not recommend taking it internally "without expert supervision" and also recommends consulting with a physician first, if one is pregnant.   http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/ylang-ylang-oil.aspx .   You'll find from reading his articles, that Dr. Mercola is not a fan of internal use for essential oils without supervision.  


Ayurveda is India's traditional health practice, which is said to be over 5,000 years old.  It is talked about in an ancient Sanskrit text called the Atharva-Veda.  It is also said to be a sister-science of Yoga. Those two disciplines basically guide people to live healthfully through natural means, and understanding the plants around them, and their general effects. But they do not prescribe:  take plant x for disease y.  The thinking is much different.  Likewise, traditional Hawaiian health practices also do not ascribe to that system of choosing a plant to treat a specific disease.  

Because of background and training in other disciplines, I also do not view essential oils as a prescriptive remedy for disease.   I look at books and articles as hypothesis  and interesting ideas.   And when enough people report similar effects, or have a wonderful personal story, then I look at it with more interest.  So, while I develop my own personal story, the reader can also view my Ayurvedic perspective as a hypothesis... 

I've studied Ayurvedic Sciences for some time, with amazing teachers who are Ayurvedic Physicians, associated with the Ayurveda Institute of America.  I was able to follow them around and compile a handbook, and also wrote a lengthy term paper on Ayurvedic Bodywork.  Then I was sought out by a high-end Resort on the North Shore of Oahu as an Ayurvedic Therapist.  Although I kept my practice solely to what could be done with a massage license (the bodywork).  

My understanding of Ayurvedic principles would guide me in further understanding Ylang-Ylang, although it isn't a traditional plant in Ayurveda.   Basically, flowers tend to treat Pitta (damp heat), and thus I could see how such a sweet-smelling flower may help boost the mood and produce feelings of happiness.  Again though, I'll look at this some more with my own experiences and update this Blog entry as time goes by.

DISCLAIMER :   None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  This Blog is not intended as medical or "healing" advice.  


I just made some fun essential oil blends, in a handy little roller ball.  One definitely had Ylang-Ylang in it, and I look forward to using it, and seeing what this blend does for me.  The recipe was intriguing. And I look forward to doing some blending for massage school -- only for topical and aromatic use, folks!  That is the realm for a professional massage session.

Well!  If this article has piqued your curiosity, feel free to browse for some Ylang-Ylang or other oils, perhaps a diffuser, or a nice carrier oil like fractionated coconut, at:   www.mydoterra.com/lahelafit .




By 7045002825 04 May, 2017
I have to admit that I have not used Geranium so far, except diffusing into the air.  I do love the way that some brands of Geranium smell, and it does make me feel calm.  So I will try it some more and supplement this Blog entry, with thoughts and personal experiences.  


"Geranium oil is extracted through steam distillation of stems and leaves of the geranium plant. The main components of this oil include alpha pinene, myrcene, limonene, menthone, linalool, geranyl acetate, citronellol, geraniol and geranyl butyrate. "   https://draxe.com/10-geranium-oils-benefits-healthy-skin-much/


Well I would just have to defer to books on this subject.  Author Julia Lawless states:    “Each essential oil has an individual combination of constitutents that interacts with the body’s chemistry in a direct manner , which then in turn affects certain organs or systems as a whole.”   When applied to the skin , they are “easily absorbed” and “transported throughout the body” via the blood stream – you can illustrate this by rubbing a clove of garlic on your feet, and notice garlic breath.   Lawless, Julia. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (UK, USA, AUS: Element Books, 1995), pp. 22-23.

I like to see what others have to say on Aromatherapy, especially if it's rather new to me.   While none of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA :  Here are some of the "most common essential oil benefits" of geranium, according to Dr. Axe:  

a.       "Balances hormones"

b.     "Relieves stress "

c.       "Reduces depression "

d.     "Minimizes inflammation"

e.       "Improves circulation"

f.       "Alleviates the effects of menopause"

g.       "Improves dental health"

h.     "Reduces blood pressure "

i.         "Benefits the health of your skin"

j.         "Improves dental health"

Source: https://draxe.com/10-geranium-oils-benefits-healthy-skin-much/ .

This was an interesting tidbit -- I have not had personal experience using Geranium oil this way, but I might try.   Dr. Axe says that geranium oil may be used to tone muscles and reduce the appearance of wrinkles (heyyyy), and he indicates:  "Add two drops of geranium oil to your face lotion and apply it twice daily," and also:  "Create a massage oil by mixing five drops of geranium oil with one tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage it into your skin, focusing on your muscles."  You can see his article here:   https://draxe.com/10-geranium-oils-benefits-healthy-skin-much/

According to Dr. Mercola : “Geranium oil is often compared to the rose essential oil because they share almost the same therapeutic traits. In fact, geranium is considered the "poor man's rose" and its oil is often the alternative to the more expensive rose oil.”   http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/geranium-oil.aspx .  So then, you might want to cross-reference my Blog entry on Rose essential oil, as it cites a number of sources:   http://www.lahelafit.com/feeling-that-rosy-glow .  Interestingly, Dr. Mercola agrees on a lot of the same uses as listed by Dr. Axe.  Again, no personal experience there, but I will try a spa experiment on myself, when my shipment of Geranium arrives.  Hee hee!

Dr. Mercola   also says something that I can agree in my own experience from diffusing, that:   "The essential oil can also aid in uplifting mood, lessening fatigue and promoting emotional wellness."   http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/geranium-oil.aspx .   That said:  I have a client who is sensitive/allergic to a lot of things.  For example, fresh flowers and pine (like Christmas decorations) in the studio can cause respiratory distress.  I constantly have a bit of peppermint on me for every session because it generally will clear her up, and every time we enter the studio I scan the rooms to see if there are any flowers to put away.  (See another blog entry on peppermint: http://www.lahelafit.com/delicious-peppermint ).   BUT she is not affected that way from geranium essential oil being diffused by the studio owner.  Hooray!

Essential oils are used in 3 ways :

1) Aromatically -- for example, diffused or sprayed into the air.  You'd also be smelling the essential oils applied to your skin, as in a massage.

2)   Topically -- applied onto the skin or hair perhaps.  But not to be applied to mucous membranes.  Definitely keep away from the eyes and sensitive body parts.   When applied to the skin , they are “easily absorbed” and “transported throughout the body” via the blood stream – you can illustrate this by rubbing a clove of garlic on your feet, and notice garlic breath.   Lawless, Julia. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (UK, USA, AUS: Element Books, 1995), pp. 22-23.

3)   Internally .  This is a somewhat controversial subject -- and  I don't actually know anyone who ingests Geranium oil, specifically.  At any rate, I added a discussion below.  


I support external use as long as someone doesn't have a known allergy to any particular essential oil.  As for internal use, essential oils are super-concentrated, so it's a controversial subject.  While you can find all sorts of blogs either for or against, I found this notable quote from Dr. Eric Z.:  

'I regularly get questions from people asking me about internal use and I now understand why there's so much confusion. One myth breeds more myths. Innocent uncertainty breeds more uncertainty. And the vicious cycle continues.

The fact remains that there are no scientific, evidence-based, anatomical, physiological or logical reasons to say that essentials oils are unsafe for human consumption. Paradoxically, aromatherapists are still at odds with each other on this point, which confuses the casual essential oil user all the more. With that said, rest assured that large professional organizations like National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) support safe, internal use.

In the words of NAHA, “Essential oils may be applied on the skin (dermal application), inhaled, diffused or taken internally. Each of these methods have safety issues which need to be considered.” ( 1 ) And this makes complete sense to me. Like anything we can easily overdo it, and we must remember a little goes a long way with regard to essential oils – especially internal use! We can also find several local and online schools that will certify you as an aromatherapist and learn how to practice safe, internal use.

The Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy  is one organization in particular that I have strongly aligned myself with as it is the oldest aromatherapy school continually run by a practicing aromatherapist. Their founder, Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, has over 40 years of client-based experience, and has been teaching classes in aromatherapy since 1985. The bottom line is that when an organization like this includes together internal use guidelines in their curriculum – with hundreds of case studies to support their recommendations – people should stop for a second a listen, don't you agree?

And let's not forget what the universally acclaimed text, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals , repeatedly refers to “maximum oral dose” in relation to consuming essential oils safely and effectively.

The thing that really throws me through a loop regarding people who speak out against internal use is that they are in direct opposition of the several human studies in the scientific literature and completely disregard the Food and Drug Administration. Yes, you read that correctly! According to the FDA, essential oils are safe for human consumption. "   http://drericz.com/are-essential-oils-safe-for-internal-use/ .

And Dr. Eric Z provides this link:   https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=182 .   He goes on to list the essential oils "Generally Regarded As Safe"  (GRAS):  

"Essential oils, oleoresins (solvent-free), and natural extractives (including distillates) that are generally recognized as safe for their intended use, within the meaning of section 409 of the Act, are as follows:

Common name Botanical name of plant source
Alfalfa Medicago sativa L.
Allspice Pimenta officinalis Lindl.
Almond, bitter (free from prussic acid) Prunus amygdalus Batsch, Prunus armeniaca L., or Prunus persica (L.) Batsch.
Ambrette (seed) Hibiscus moschatus Moench.
Angelica root Angelica archangelica L.
Angelica seed Do.
Angelica stem Do.
Angostura (cusparia bark) Galipea officinalis Hancock.
Anise Pimpinella anisum L.
Asafetida Ferula assa-foetida L. and related spp. of Ferula.
Balm (lemon balm) Melissa officinalis L.
Balsam of Peru Myroxylon pereirae Klotzsch.
Basil Ocimum basilicum L.
Bay leaves Laurus nobilis L.
Bay (myrcia oil) Pimenta racemosa (Mill.) J. W. Moore.
Bergamot (bergamot orange) Citrus aurantium L. subsp. bergamia Wright et Arn.
Bitter almond (free from prussic acid) Prunus amygdalus Batsch, Prunus armeniaca L., or Prunus persica (L.) Batsch.
Bois de rose Aniba rosaeodora Ducke.
Cacao Theobroma cacao L.
Camomile (chamomile) flowers, Hungarian Matricaria chamomilla L.
Camomile (chamomile) flowers, Roman or English Anthemis nobilis L.
Cananga Cananga odorata Hook. f. and Thoms.
Capsicum Capsicum frutescens L. and Capsicum annuum L.
Caraway Carum carvi L.
Cardamom seed (cardamon) Elettaria cardamomum Maton.
Carob bean Ceratonia siliqua L.
Carrot Daucus carota L.
Cascarilla bark Croton eluteria Benn.
Cassia bark, Chinese Cinnamomum cassia Blume.
Cassia bark, Padang or Batavia Cinnamomum burmanni Blume.
Cassia bark, Saigon Cinnamomum loureirii Nees.
Celery seed Apium graveolens L.
Cherry, wild, bark Prunus serotina Ehrh.
Chervil Anthriscus cerefolium (L.) Hoffm.
Chicory Cichorium intybus L.
Cinnamon bark, Ceylon Cinnamomum zeylanicum Nees.
Cinnamon bark, Chinese Cinnamomum cassia Blume.
Cinnamon bark, Saigon Cinnamomum loureirii Nees.
Cinnamon leaf, Ceylon Cinnamomum zeylanicum Nees.
Cinnamon leaf, Chinese Cinnamomum cassia Blume.
Cinnamon leaf, Saigon Cinnamomum loureirii Nees.
Citronella Cymbopogon nardus Rendle.
Citrus peels Citrus spp.
Clary (clary sage) Salvia sclarea L.
Clover Trifolium spp.
Coca (decocainized) Erythroxylum coca Lam. and other spp. of Erythroxylum.
Coffee Coffea spp.
Cola nut Cola acuminata Schott and Endl., and other spp. of Cola.
Coriander Coriandrum sativum L.
Cumin (cummin) Cuminum cyminum L.
Curacao orange peel (orange, bitter peel) Citrus aurantium L.
Cusparia bark Galipea officinalis Hancock.
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale Weber and T. laevigatum DC.
Dandelion root Do.
Dog grass (quackgrass, triticum) Agropyron repens (L.) Beauv.
Elder flowers Sambucus canadensis L. and S. nigra I.
Estragole (esdragol, esdragon, tarragon) Artemisia dracunculus L.
Estragon (tarragon) Do.
Fennel, sweet Foeniculum vulgare Mill.
Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum L.
Galanga (galangal) Alpinia officinarum Hance.
Geranium Pelargonium spp.
Geranium, East Indian Cymbopogon martini Stapf.
Geranium, rose Pelargonium graveolens L'Her.
Ginger Zingiber officinale Rosc.
Grapefruit Citrus paradisi Macf.
Guava Psidium spp.
Hickory bark Carya spp.
Horehound (hoarhound) Marrubium vulgare L.
Hops Humulus lupulus L.
Horsemint Monarda punctata L.
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis L.
Immortelle Helichrysum augustifolium DC.
Jasmine Jasminum officinale L. and other spp. of Jasminum.
Juniper (berries) Juniperus communis L.
Kola nut Cola acuminata Schott and Endl., and other spp. of Cola.
Laurel berries Laurus nobilis L.
Laurel leaves Laurus spp.
Lavender Lavandula officinalis Chaix.
Lavender, spike Lavandula latifolia Vill.
Lavandin Hybrids between Lavandula officinalis Chaix and Lavandula latifolin Vill.
Lemon Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.
Lemon balm (see balm)  
Lemon grass Cymbopogon citratus DC. and Cymbopogon lexuosus Stapf.
Lemon peel Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.
Lime Citrus aurantifolia Swingle.
Linden flowers Tilia spp.
Locust bean Ceratonia siliqua L,
Lupulin Humulus lupulus L.
Mace Myristica fragrans Houtt.
Mandarin Citrus reticulata Blanco.
Marjoram, sweet Majorana hortensis Moench.
Mate Ilex paraguariensis St. Hil.
Melissa (see balm)  
Menthol Mentha spp.
Menthyl acetate Do.
Molasses (extract) Saccarum officinarum L.
Mustard Brassica spp.
Naringin Citrus paradisi Macf.
Neroli, bigarade Citrus aurantium L.
Nutmeg Myristica fragrans Houtt.
Onion Allium cepa L.
Orange, bitter, flowers Citrus aurantium L.
Orange, bitter, peel Do.
Orange leaf Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck.
Orange, sweet Do.
Orange, sweet, flowers Do.
Orange, sweet, peel Do.
Origanum Origanum spp.
Palmarosa Cymbopogon martini Stapf.
Paprika Capsicum annuum L.
Parsley Petroselinum crispum (Mill.) Mansf.
Pepper, black Piper nigrum L.
Pepper, white Do.
Peppermint Mentha piperita L.
Peruvian balsam Myroxylon pereirae Klotzsch.
Petitgrain Citrus aurantium L.
Petitgrain lemon Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.
Petitgrain mandarin or tangerine Citrus reticulata Blanco.
Pimenta Pimenta officinalis Lindl.
Pimenta leaf Pimenta officinalis Lindl.
Pipsissewa leaves Chimaphila umbellata Nutt.
Pomegranate Punica granatum L.
Prickly ash bark Xanthoxylum (or Zanthoxylum) Americanum Mill. or Xanthoxylum clava-herculis L.
Rose absolute Rosa alba L., Rosa centifolia L., Rosa damascena Mill., Rosa gallica L., and vars. of these spp.
Rose (otto of roses, attar of roses) Do.
Rose buds Do.
Rose flowers Do.
Rose fruit (hips) Do.
Rose geranium Pelargonium graveolens L'Her.
Rose leaves Rosa spp.
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis L.
Saffron Crocus sativus L.
Sage Salvia officinalis L.
Sage, Greek Salvia triloba L.
Sage, Spanish Salvia lavandulaefolia Vahl.
St. John's bread Ceratonia siliqua L.
Savory, summer Satureia hortensis L.
Savory, winter Satureia montana L.
Schinus molle Schinus molle L.
Sloe berries (blackthorn berries) Prunus spinosa L.
Spearmint Mentha spicata L.
Spike lavender Lavandula latifolia Vill.
Tamarind Tamarindus indica L.
Tangerine Citrus reticulata Blanco.
Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus L.
Tea Thea sinensis L.
Thyme Thymus vulgaris L. and Thymus zygis var. gracilis Boiss.
Thyme, white Do.
Thyme, wild or creeping Thymus serpyllum L.
Triticum (see dog grass)  
Tuberose Polianthes tuberosa L.
Turmeric Curcuma longa L.
Vanilla Vanilla planifolia Andr. or Vanilla tahitensis J. W. Moore.
Violet flowers Viola odorata L.
Violet leaves Do.
Violet leaves absolute Do.
Wild cherry bark Prunus serotina Ehrh.
Ylang-ylang Cananga odorata Hook. f. and Thoms.
Zedoary bark Curcuma zedoaria Rosc.

[42 FR 14640, Mar. 15, 1977, as amended at 44 FR 3963, Jan. 19, 1979; 47 FR 29953, July 9, 1982; 48 FR 51613, Nov. 10, 1983; 50 FR 21043 and 21044, May 22, 1985]"

You can read the entire article here:   http://drericz.com/are-essential-oils-safe-for-internal-use/ .

Update:  5/5/17.  Well, I just made a number of fun essential oil blends with a friend/mentor, and one was a "Love" mixture which included Geranium.  I do love the combined scent and mixed it in a cute little applicator for perfume.  Looking forward to trying it out and seeing what that particular blend does for me.  The awesome thing is that you really don't need a whole lot to make a perfume, so a few 5ml bottles last quite a while. 

One thing I always look for in essential oils is a company that is not afraid to get tested by independent third parties and certified for purity. This makes me feel confident in using their product.    Essential Oils are not regulated by the FDA.  It is important to note that fact.  The concern is that a lot of synthetics are lurking in the essential oils industry.   While that is not a designation by the FDA,  some companies take the time and expense to prove that nothing foreign is in their bottles.  I would rather pay extra for something that is certified pure -- how about you?  

I also notice that some companies' geranium doesn't have as nice of an aroma as others.  I'm not sure if it's a matter of purity, or just the sourcing.  But I do love the scent of geranium bydōTERRA® .  One of several reasons I love this company is because of their Cō-Impact Sourcing®. dōTERRA® sources its oils from all over the world so that each oil is derived from its indigenous environment.  I like the fact that the plants are grown and harvested in the proper altitude, climate, seasons, and soil, for them to thrive.  

DI SCLAIMER  :  None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA.  None of this is intended as medical or "healing" advice.  Nor is this intended as a substitute for medical care.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  

If you're now curious about Geranium essential oil, want to find a diffuser, or perhaps some fractionated coconut oil to help you apply your essential oils on the skin, have fun browsing around at:   www.mydoterra/lahelafit .  Feel free to shoot me a message as well, through my website:   www.lahelafit.com .  


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