Essential Oils to Use for a Cold

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Essential Oils

A certified reiki master teacher, Rosanne (Roseanne) Bostonian, PhD, is committed to fostering health and well-being in her clients. In addition to her energy work, Dr. Rosanne Bostonian is an independent wholesaler of Young Living Essential Oils, and she helps educate people about the properties of essential oils can impact their health.

Some essential oils can help alleviate the head cold symptoms, such as fever, headache, and stuffy nose. Tea tree essential oil, for instance, is said to attack congestion and help open up air passages. It’s best to dissolve this oil in a hot bath or breathe it in with an inhaler. Thyme oil can also be mixed with tea tree oil for enhanced benefits.

Peppermint essential oil is said to fight against viruses and help alleviate chest coughs. The preferred vehicle for this oil is also through an inhaler. It is always best to consult with someone who is knowledgeable of essential oils, particularly if you are new to using them.

Disclaimer: The FDA has not evaluated the curative properties of essential oils.

How Does Reiki Work?

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Since 2014, Rosanne (Roseanne) Bostonian, PhD, has served as an adjunct faculty member at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, New Jersey. In addition to her work in academia, Dr. Rosanne Bostonian is a certified reiki master teacher who provides energy-based healing to clients.

Each person has a current of universal life energy within them. This energy, often referred to as chi, is connected to important energy centers in the body known as the seven chakras. Chi also is present in an ambient energy field around the body, typically referred to as the aura. Whenever the flows of this energy become obstructed, negative effects can begin to manifest themselves physically in the body.

A reiki practitioner addresses the energy blocks by acting as a channel, directing positive energy from the universe into the individual. By raising the vibration levels and focusing energy work on the affected areas, reiki can help restore the balance of positive energy in the body and alleviate the effects of energy blocks that are inhibiting the flow of chi.

3 Essential oils that do (almost) everything

When it comes to using one product to complete multiple tasks on our conquer-the-world list, we count on a few essential oils. Like a Swiss Army Knife, these oils—Lemon essential oil, Lemon Vitality™, Peppermint essential oil, Peppermint Vitality™, Thieves® essential oil, and Thieves® Vitality™—have an application that’s right for the situation at hand.

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An Introduction to Reflexology

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As a healing professional, Ms. Rosanne (Roseanne) Bostonian, PhD, draws on a variety of wellness methodologies to support each individual patient. Ms. Rosanne Bostonian, PhD, finds that many of her patients respond well to the technique of foot reflexology.

Reflexology operates on the belief that different points on the extremities, including the feet and hands, correspond to the body’s organs and systems. A reflexologist will use these connections to affect internal functioning by applying pressure to specified distal points.

The reflexologist typically refers to a special foot chart that identifies which points affect which organs. By selecting the points likely to address a patient’s concern, the reflexologist helps the body to fall back into its natural balance. Many patients report feeling more relaxed and sleeping better after reflexology treatment.

The reflexology treatment typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. The reflexologist typically uses his or her own thumb and finger to press on the specified spot, though some may also incorporate rubber balls or other tools to facilitate results. The process is non-invasive and considered generally safe for most clients, including the very young and the very old.

Pollyanna was Right

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A recent NY Times article discusses the connection between brain and body and several studies have demonstrated that having a positive view of aging can have a beneficial influence on health outcomes and longevity.  

Judith T. Moskowitz, a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, developed a set of eight skills to help foster positive emotions.

The eight skills are:

  • Recognize a positive event each day.

  • Savor that event and log it in a journal or tell someone about it.

  • Start a daily gratitude journal.

  • List a personal strength and note how you used it.

  • Set an attainable goal and note your progress.

  • Report a relatively minor stress and list ways to reappraise the event positively.

  • Recognize and practice small acts of kindness daily.

  • Practice mindfulness, focusing on the here and now rather than the past or future.

Becca Levy and Avni Bavishi, at the Yale School of Public Health, demonstrated that having a positive view of aging can have a beneficial influence on health outcomes and longevity. Dr. Levy said that a positive view can enhance belief in one’s abilities, decrease perceived stress and foster healthful behaviors. Physiologically, people with positive views of aging had lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of stress-related inflammation associated with heart disease and other illnesses, even after accounting for possible influences like age, health status, sex, race and education than those with a negative outlook. They also lived significantly longer.

Young Living Cinnamon Apple Crisps

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  • 3 apples

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality™


  1. Preheat oven to 225⁰ F.

  2. Use Thieves® Fruit & Veggie Spray to clean the fruit.

  3. With a mandolin or knife, thinly slice apples from top to bottom.

  4. In a small bowl, combine honey and Cinnamon Bark Vitality.

  5. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and place apple slices on top. Drizzle honey mixture over apple slices.

  6. Cook in the oven for 90 minutes.

  7. Remove cookies sheets from heat and place apple slices on cooling rack.

  8. For best results, store apple chips in an airtight container and eat them within 24 hours.


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Leave it to Western medicine!  We are finding the causes of diseases and aging.

Apparently our chromosomes are like shoelaces.  Each one has sort of a cap (a telomere) on the ends that keep the chromosome from unraveling or mistakenly connecting to its neighbors.  The more intact your telomeres are, the greater your chance of remaining healthy and vital.  This is because and intact chromosome is more able to accurately restore cells that wear out in the process of living and aging.

Nobel Laureate, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn’s research in the field of aging is mind-blowing.  She’s written a book, The Telomere Effect, with her psychologist colleague, Dr. Elissa Epel.  The book isolates the effects of stress, nutrition and toxins on those sweet little telomeres and offers strategies on how to preserve them.

What we find is that many of the practices in the East that have centered on restoring peace in our consciousness, also have properties that preserve the telomeres.

Use your Facebook, texting and random time to check this out… I believe it’s the beginning of an area of research that will revolutionize our health and wellness practices.

With love,