Posts tagged ‘manuka honey’

September 12, 2013

Reflexology Case Study…Treatment 1

by lrmetcalfe

Treatment Plan

We started today’s treatment in the usual way, by discussing our last meeting. We reviewed the changes she has made to her diet; Client A has reduced her diet coke intake to 1 glass a day, however she is still not drinking enough water. She has been eating more vegetables and making sure her meals are well-balanced.

We then went through the client’s expectations for today’s treatment and how she was feeling. She wanted to try and relax; today she was particularly agitated due to issues with work. She felt angry and wanted to let off steam.

She also has the beginnings of a cold- a sore throat and is feeling ‘under-the-weather’. She also felt cold.

I made sure she had a blanket, was warm and asked her to put her work phone  on silent and out of her eye-line, so she could have no diversions to relaxation.

The Treatment

I cleansed her feet and used warm-up foot manipulations and breathing techniques to aid initial relaxation. Her feet were very cold, a sign of poor circulation; apart from this the client has very healthy looking feet- a good sign.

During a reflexology treatment, a reflexologist looks for signs which can tell us more about our client. These signs include, dry skin, corns, calluses, a feeling of ‘popping’ when certain reflexes are pressed- all of these can tell a reflexologist about health problems or ‘imbalances’ in certain areas of the body.

I pressed all reflexes and paid particular attention to the reflexes for the adrenal and hypothalamus glands, lymphatic areas, head, solar plexus, face, eyes and sinuses.

When I pressed Client A’s head, shoulder, thyroid and small intestine reflexes, I felt popping. This shows me that there are imbalances in these areas.

After I pressed the client’s reflexes, she said her feet were feeling a little warmer. I then massaged her feet using grapeseed foot butter.

Feedback

At the end of the treatment the client said she felt much calmer and had forgotten her work troubles.

Changes/ Areas to focus on for the next treatment

At the next treatment I will use a blend of warming oils such as ginger and black pepper to massage the feet, to try and warm the client’s feet and improve circulation.

Aftercare

I have asked the client to try and increase how much water she drinks.

Her multivitamin and mineral supplement should help to support her immune system during her cold, so I’ve told her to ensure she takes this and to try taking a teaspoon of manuka honey to soothe her sore throat.

September 27, 2012

Cold and Flu Season Survival!

by lrmetcalfe

The dark cold nights and frosty mornings are starting to draw in on us and the season of colds and flu is nearly upon us. So don’t be unprepared, fight back- get your immune system and medicine cupboard in the best condition to wage war with the season’s germs and nasties!

I cannot live without the following five items during the cold season:

1. Vitamin C 1000mg

Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin and is essential for the healthy functioning of the immune system.

Vitamin C is anti-viral and studies show that it can shorten the severity and duration of most colds and flu viruses. Look for a timed release formula and avoid chewable and effervescent vitamin C tablets, as they are often packed with sugar and sweeteners to make them tastier.

Take a 1000mg tablet with a meal daily throughout the cold season.

2. Manuka Honey

One of the most revolutionary health products of recent years, manuka honey is anti-bacterial and has been shown in studies to be an effective antimicrobial agent against forms of MRSA.

A great remedy for sore throats, take a teaspoon morning and night and let the honey slowly trickle down the throat. Don’t stir into your tea or spread on your toast, as heat can deactivate the effects of this powerful honey.

Make sure you buy ‘Active’ Manuka Honey, it should also state the ‘UMF (unique manuka factor)’ number. UMF is a measure of the honeys antibacterial properties, the higher the number, the stronger the effect; for sore throats, colds and flu an ‘Active Manuka Honey UMF 10+’ is an ideal choice.

3. A.Vogel PoHo Oil

One of my favourite products, I am never without a bottle of Po Ho Oil. It contains a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, juniper, caraway and fennel oils.

If your nose and sinuses are blocked during a cold, sprinkle a few drops on a hankerchief, your pillow or in a hot bath. Try steam inhalation or make a rub to loosen mucus on the chest by mixing a drop with some petroleum jelly.

4. Bio-Strath Elixir

Another medicine cupboard staple, this Swiss yeast and herb tonic, although not very pleasant in taste, really keeps you going in the winter!

Take 1 teaspoons 3 times a day at the onset of a cold or if you start to feel tired or run down.

5.  Echinacea

A herbal remedy which in studies has been shown to shorten the length of a cold. Look for a licensed, standardised supplement, such as ‘A.Vogel Echinaforce’ tablets. Take daily for a month, then take a break for a week, continue in this way throughout the winter to enhance immune function.

Echinacea is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. It’s anti-viral properties make Echinacea a great choice for those who suffer from cold sores when their immune function is lowered.

There are also many lifestyle and dietary changes we can make to keep our immune systems in top condition.

Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates; instead opt for brown rice and wholemeal varieties of bread and pasta. A teaspoon of sugar weakens the immune system for 5 minutes! Alcohol and caffeine have a similar effect.

I realise this is hard advice to follow; especially when  all you want to do on dark, chilly night is drink warming mugs of hot chocolate and as the party season starts our alcohol intake increases, not to mention our intake of tins of chocolates!  However if you try avoid these naughty treats the majority of the time and eat a balanced diet full of lean sources of protein, wholegrain and wholemeal carbohydrates and fresh fruit and vegetables, your immune system will thank you.

To fight off infections, you could also try making your own anti-microbial hand gel, mix 2 drops of tea tree oil with 300ml aloe vera gel and use as needed.