Last night Michael Phelps earned his 19th gold medal and gained everyone’s attention with the purple circular bruises that adorned his body. These marks are from a healing technique called cupping. Other athletes like Alex Naddour and former Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin are using this technique as well to heal their ailments.
What is Cupping?
Cupping therapy is considered a form of alternative medicine which dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern Cultures. Cupping therapy can remove harmful substances and toxins from the body to encourage healing. It can reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body as well as promote mental and physical relaxation and well-being.
How does it Work?
Cups made of materials such as glass, bamboo or earthenware are placed on the skin to create suction. It works by stimulating the flow of new blood, lymph, and Qi to the applied area and throughout the body.
Types of Cupping Therapy
Dry cupping (suction only)
Wet cupping (suction combined with controlled medicinal bleeding)
The cup is placed upside down on the patient’s skin creating a suction effect. A vacuum is created causing the skin to rise and become red as the blood vessels expand. The cup stays on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes.
During wet cupping the practitioner will remove the cup and use a small needle to pierce the skin. Then a second suction is performed to release a small amount of blood. After the procedure, care includes antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. Within 10 days the appearance of the skin generally returns to normal.
Side Effects of Cupping Therapy
When performed by trained health professionals cupping is consider to be rather safe.
Potential side effects include:
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What’s on your summertime hit list this year? Relaxing beach days, check. Fierce hiking trails, check. Loads of swimming, check. Unfortunately, the very outdoor activities that make your summer amazing (and you healthy!), also ravage your skin throughout the season. Salt water dries the skin, UV rays attack your face and body, and the wind chaps your complexion. You better be ready for summer – because this season truly makes your face, body – even your hair – a complete wreck.
Introducing our new Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm – your new weapon in the fight against the elements and a part of our Repair & Protect Collection. This all-season “miracle” balm has a buttery texture that sinks moisture deep into the skin. Ultra-rich, the cream relieves all the essential spots that are especially rough and dry from environmental exposure this summer. Soothe your skin and let this super balm repair your dry complexion.
Need some inspiration for using this miracle product? These are the top 6 spots on your body that can be treated by the Repair Balm:
1. POST-SUN DRY SKIN
Enjoyed a little too much sun? Soothe your dry, after-sun skin at the end of the day.
2. DULL HAIR ENDS
Not just for skin, we find that the Repair Balm also moisturizes dry hair ends.
3. RAGGED, DRY CUTICLES
We may not be able to save the cute manicure destroyed by the beach but the Repair Balm fully restores dry cuticles.
4. ROUGH ELBOWS
Spot treatment with the Repair Balm beautifies those rough, dry elbows – just in time for your arm-baring summer wardrobe.
5. DRY KNEES
Show off sleek, polished legs. Soften dry knees by rubbing in a layer of the Repair Balm regularly throughout the summer.
6. DRY, FLAKY HEELS
Don’t let your summer sandals reveal dry, flaky heels! Pretty up your feet by applying a generous dab of Repair Balm.
Where do you need to use the Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm this summer? Let us know in the comments below.
This post was written by Karen Young Chester from Eminence Organics.
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When it comes to outdoor protection, no defense is better than Mother Nature’s offerings. Among these are essential oils which provide a vapor barrier for plants, protecting them from potential threats in their environment. TerraShield Outdoor Blend contains powerful essential oils and other plant oils known to provide outdoor protection in a natural, safe way. This newly updated formula contains a select blend of essential oils including Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae, Nootka, and Vanilla Bean Absolute—all of which possess specific chemical compounds known to protect against environmental annoyances. The addition of Tamanu oil provides added support and through doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing®, the harvesting of Tamanu oil is positively affecting the livelihood of harvesters in Madagascar. TerraShield Outdoor Blend is a powerful yet safe formula that can be used by every member of the family, outdoors and throughout the home.
• 1/4 cup vodka
• 1/4 cup water
• 20 drops TerraShield
• Scent of choice
Add additional oils to your desired scent and benefits. Combine all in spray bottle and shake before each use. Spray over exposed skin. It will generally last about 5 hours.
• Apply TerraShield to the legs, arms, and neck before going outdoor.
• Diffuse on your patio.
• Take TerraShield on camping trips or to outdoor events.
• Spray TerraShield around your door, window seals, and tent.
Oils that mosquitoes dislike:
• TerraShield (repellent blend)
• Melaleuca (AKA tea tree oil)
• Cedarwood (5 drops)
• Citronella (5 drops)
• Lemon/Orange (5 drops)
• Clove (1-3 drops – use sparingly — it’s very strong!)
• Peppermint (avoid if nursing) (3 drops)
• Lavender (5 drops)
• Eucalyptus (5 drops)
This information was found on doTERRA.com
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