Neck Pain & Headaches

On Monday I was driving my children to their orthodontist appointment and was attempting to navigate the treacherous subdivision roads that are ice covered.  When rounding a corner and heading down a hill the back end of my van caught some ice and began to fish tail.  The end result was a quick trip into a snow bank.  Thankfully we were all OK and the van can be repaired.

But with this accident came tension.  I carry my stress in my neck and shoulders.  Last night I was suffering.  I had resolved myself to the fact that I would be making a trip to my chiropractor this morning for relief.  The pain originated at the base of my skull and moved up and over the top of my head to reside in the front of my forehead.  When I would bend over the pain would shoot up and over.

I do not like using drugs so I began to walk through – in my mind – the Young Living Essential Oils I had.   What were my symptoms.  I finally arrived on the following oils – Aroma Siez (tension / muscle cramping) and Valor (neck misalignment and nervous system imbalance).

The following is what I did.  I am happy to report that when I woke up this morning I had no headache, no tension in my neck and no pain anywhere.  I love my oils.  They are truly therapeutic grade.  They continue to amaze me even though I have been using them successfully since 2011.  I guess I am a slow learner.

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Neck Pain

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Teenage Acne




Acne is part of the normal teenage experience.  Right? It is has been linked to hormones, oily skin and even chocolate.  But did you know that it can actually be related to a deficiency in zinc as well as a low levels of other nutrients?   It breaks my heart to see teens suffering with skin issues at one of the most critical times of their lives.  Their bodies are changing, hormones raging and everything is beginning to be very different as they move from childhood into adulthood.  Fortunately, this issue can be addressed relatively easily.

Zinc - This nutrient is critical in alleviating the inflammation and scarring commonly associated with acne.  Zinc can assist with existing acne by reducing the amount of natural oil (sebum) that is produced by the skin.  It can also work to kill acne causing bacteria P.  It may also heal damaged skin around the acne.  Some research is indicating that acne formation can result in part from a lack of zinc.  Zinc is also critical in thyroid hormone creation which helps to balance all of the hormones of the body.  So a deficiency in zinc can create a cascade of hormone imbalances that can effect your skin.

Some food sources of zinc include seafood, poultry, nuts, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, fortified cereals, and legumes.

It can be difficult to get enough zinc in your diet.  My children and I use Pure Encapsulations Zinc Liquid.  Many liquid zinc products are almost impossible to ingest due to the repulsive taste.  But Pure Encapsulations has done a great job of masking the zinc with a cranberry base.

PE Zinc

Vitamin D – Have you noticed that your acne seems to be worse in the winter than it is in the summer?  This could be due to the lack of Vitamin D.  We receive Vitamin D from the sun during the summer.  If you live in the Midwest as I do, the sunny days are hard to find until about April.  Vitamin D levels drop significantly during this time.  Vitamin D is a critical nutrient for immune health.  For acne issues, Vitamin D may impact sebocytes (cells that excrete oil) by producing cathelicidin and defensins. These proteins have antibacterial properties.

Vitamin A –  This vitamin is important in the development of the epithelial cells which is one of the four main tissue types in the human body.  They line the surfaces of the cells throughout the body.  Popular products for acne like Accutane are derived from a form of retinoic acid.  Accutane however, has several side effects that naturally derived retinoic acid does not.  Retinoic acid works by reducing the size and secretion of the sebaceous glands in the skin.  It also works to reduce the amount of bacteria in the glands which reduces inflammation.

There are many foods high in retinoids but sadly, most teens do not consume foods such as beef liver, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and spinach.  For a more detailed list please look here.

Here are some products that could help your body to overcome issues of acne.  Order from this page for your convenience.

Pure Encapsulations Zinc Liquid 15 ml
Pure Encapsulations Zinc Liquid 15 ml
Zinc Liquid 15 mg Hypo-allergenic Dietary Supplement Supplement Facts Serving Size: 4 ml (0.13 fl oz) (two full droppers) Servings per Container: 30 Amount per Serving: Zinc (gluconate) 15 mg Other Ingredients: purified water, apple juice concentrate, cranberry juice concentrate, purified stevia extract potassium sorbate, citric acid. Recommendations: Adults take 4 ml (2 full droppers), with a meal. Children ages 4 and up take 2 ml (1 full dropper), with a meal. Warning: If pregnant, consult your physician before taking this or any other product. This product contains no hidden coatings, excipients, binders, fillers, shellacs, artificial colors or fragrance. Contains no dairy, wheat, yeast, gluten, corn, sugar, starch, soy or hydrogenated oils.

Carlson A  & D
Carlson A & D
Vitamin A & D 100 gels Dietary Supplement Supplement Facts Serving Size: 1 soft gel Servings Per Container: 100 Amount Per Soft Gel: Vitamin A (palmitate) 10,000 IU Vitamin D3 (from fish liver oil) 400 IU Other ingredients: Safflower oil, gelatin, glycerin, water. Directions: Adults take one soft gel daily at mealtime. Do not take if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Natural-source. Preservative-free. Milk-free. Natural Color. Yeast-free. Sugar-free. Salt-free. Corn-free. Wheat-free.

(These items cannot be combined with any other item on this site.)



Introduction to Essential Oils Podcast

I am excited to announce that I have my first podcast.  If you follow the link to TalkShoe, you will find a 30 min presentation on an Introduction to Essential Oils.  Please check it out.  I think you will be amazed at the many benefits of they offer.  They don’t just smell good!


Introduction to Essential Oils with Stephanie Buist, ND HC


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