Monthly Archives: December 2013

Aromatherapy for the air and health benefits

Freshen the air without using harmful chemical sprays by soaking a cotton ball or using an aromatherapy diffuser to disperse the scent. It is best to use therapeutic grade essential oils because they contain medicinal properties. Aromatherapy offers many therapeutic effects including calming the central nervous system, combating insomnia, metabolic benefits, enhancing memory, and more.

White willow bark herb

White willow bark herb has benefits similar to aspirin, reducing pain and inflammation, but without the potential irritation to the stomach. It also has healthy tannins. White Willow bark is often called the original aspirin and aspirin is made from a synthetic derivative of this herb.


Magnesium helps keep bones strong, blood pressure normal, and improves muscle function. It also prevents osteoporosis, insomnia, constipation, heart attacks, hypertension, constipation, kidney stones, and gallstones. Sources of magnesium include nuts (especially almonds), dried figs, whole grains fish and green leafy vegetables. Epsom Salt baths are also a relaxing way to get more magnesium.

Find Flower Essence products and practitioners

Alternatives for Healing is a directory and an easy way to find local Flower Essence Practitioners. Our Practitioner search is by city, county, statewide or nationwide. Our Products directory section is for online shopping. Our Stores section is for local walk-in purchasing.

Flower Essences

Flower Essences are a form of vibrational treatment. Each flower has a unique vibration, which is transferred to a remedy by steeping in water. These subtle liquid extracts are generally taken in oral form or used as aura sprays. This energy works subtly on our energy bodies to dramatically affect us emotionally, mentally and physically. Flower essences can also be used to help plants and animals.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is an astringent produced from the leaves and bark of the Witch Hazel shrub. It has healing properties that include healing cuts & bruises, reducing skin inflammation, soothing razor burns & sunburn, anti-itch remedy for insect bites & rashes, helps tighten up the skin and reduce bagginess – such as under the eyes, and reduces pain and swelling from varicose veins. Use externally.

Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds are very good source of calcium, manganese, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. They have been shown to help lower cholesterol and also protect the liver from oxidative damage. Grinding the seeds makes it easier for the body to absorb the precious calcium.

Bilberry herb

Bilberry herb is a powerful antioxidant and is most often used to help the eyes combat night blindness, cataracts and other vision problems. Bilberry improves the circulation in the eyes and also helps the capillaries. You can find herb stores in our Stores or Products sections. Herb classes can be found in our Classes section.

Degrees, Certifications, CEUs

Get a degree, certification, or continuing education in a holistic therapy. Local campuses or distance learning options. Check out our classes section which has school listings by therapy you are interested in. To check out some of these schools visit


Acupuncture is effective for treating chronic pain, allergies, respiratory problems, digestion, skin disorders, hormonal problems and more. Energy or “Qi” flows along specific pathways in our bodies called “meridians” and are associated with particular physiological systems and internal organs. Visit to find an Acupuncture practitioner in your area.