#PiperWai @PiperWai: Natural Deodorant Discovered thru @ABCSharkTank

When I was a young girl my mother insisted that I use a deodorant and not an antiperspirant. I was quite young, 10 years old, when I first needed to start using deodorant. We tried more natural solutions like milk of magnesia and baking soda with some lemon juice. But none of these worked. I tried regular over-the-counter deodorants and still did not find satisfaction with those products. 
When I went to college I sought out antiperspirants. To my surprise they worked! I refused to accept the fact that antiperspirants actually had aluminum in them and that aluminum could actually cause any long term side effects. At that time, I cared that I didn’t smell.*

Fast forward to a few years ago. I had gone to an acupuncturist who recommended that I stop using antiperspirant as it was causing toxicity within my body. Although I had benefited from not being odorous, my body was not detoxifying itself and there in my armpit area was where I sweat the most. We have a set of lymph nodes there. The lymph system is where we take out our garbage, so to speak. We eliminate our toxins emotionally and physically through the lymph system. I had tried a couple years back prior to this appointment to use deodorant only, but found that living in hot, steamy Florida and constantly sweating created rashes and so I returned to antiperspirants to my dismay. When I shared this information with the practitioner, she calmly said, “Your body needs to detoxify.” I reluctantly switched. I started my search once again for a perfect deodorant. I thought I found one finally that was a roll-on of a salt rock crystal deodorant. It worked…mostly. I still encountered days that I sweat more and on those days I knew it wasn’t as effective as I needed. 

I sweat during sessions as I run energy. I notice I get rather warm and often sweat under my arms, profusely. I had a client ask me for a hug in the middle of a session and I immediately apologized for my sweatiness as I hugged her. It displeased me that I couldn’t feel confident at that particular moment to feel perfectly comfortable as I was helping her to be more comfortable. 

Then, within the last several months my husband and I were watching Shark Tank and saw a presentation on PiperWai an all natural deodorant that claimed to help with the absorption of sweat and also to be more than effective in fighting odor. With nothing to lose, I bought 2 jars.

I had tried other deodorants that had essential oils before, but didn’t seem to help with the absorption of sweat. 

This deodorant is all natural, without any aluminum. I opened the jar and liked the smell which is neither masculine or feminine in scent. When I applied it to my underarms, I felt an immense cooling sensation. I have to say, it works. I notice it worked well in the cooler months with the sweat absorption but over the summer when it got warmer, the absorption factor isn’t as strong as I would like. The other thing I don’t like is that it is a paste. Closer to the end of the bottle, the paste gets rather flaky and becomes a task of trying to get the deodorant to go on smoothly without flaking all over the bathroom sink or floor. I recently viewed their Facebook page where they suggest a drop of witch hazel to regain original consistency.

I took a couple months off from using this product. Simply because I had run out of it and had other deodorants still in stock in my cabinet. After going back to my crystal salt deodorant it worked for two weeks. I was excited because I thought maybe my body had changed. But after those two weeks when I was excessively sweating, there was nothing at the end of the day leaving me confident Needless to say, I reordered my PiperWai deodorant and have now been using it again for a month and I’m quite pleased.

I know they are considering making it into a roll-on.  I don’t mind the paste. Unlike most pastes it does not have a sticky residue feel to it. Instead, it feels clean and smooth. At first glance the price seems steep, but depending on your usage a single jar should last anywhere from 2-4months. I  highly recommend this product to anyone, male or female with similar problems or looking for a healthier alternative. 
*I have chosen to include various resources pro and against claims of aluminum causing breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Please use your own judgement.

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/antiperspirant-facts-safety

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/16/aluminum-lurks-in-crystal-deodorants.aspx#!

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/antiperspirants-and-breast-cancer-risk

New Research Indicates Aluminum in Deodorant Linked To Breast Cancer

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Sleeping with the Harmonic Energetic Balancing Program, an Adjunct to Biofeedback

Sleep. All of us need it. We die if we do not have it. It is necessary for repairing our body systems. It helps us stay emotionally balanced and without it it makes us irritable. 
For almost 3 years, my family has been sleep deprived because our son has continually awakened in the night. At first we attributed it to the fact that our son had 3 recurring ear infections which kept prompting him to awaken in the middle of the night. Then we thought that maybe it was school related as he had started in a pre-k program. Then we assumed that it was due to our neighbors coming home in the late hours of the night.

We tried everything: talking to the pediatrician and getting a sleep study to assess sleep apnea which is typical of children with Down syndrome. We tried all sorts of alternative medicine, from melatonin, color puncture, body talk, biofeedback, aura clearings, Sacred Geometries, even essential oils. Sometimes Jack would sleep through the night, but typically no more than two nights in a row. I had tried doing my own energy work on Jack; sometimes it would help, other times it wouldn’t.  

I recently visited Integrity Biofeedback to find out more about their H.E.B. (Harmonic Energetic Balancing) Program.

“The H.E.B. balances the disharmonious energies of the body due to stress, thus strengthening the immune system and protecting it against the onslaught of accumulated and daily stressors.” 1

After seeing it in person and then reading about it on their website, I wanted it! It resonated with everything I wanted for my family. So, three weeks ago I put myself, my husband and my son on it. Jack slept through the night the first night from 8p.m. until 6 a.m. We were delighted. But just as quickly, it stopped and so the following week I put our condominium on the H.E.B. He slept for almost a week uninterrupted. On the night he awoke he went back to sleep easily and on his own and that day I added his room onto the H.E.B. and sleep resumed. Now after 2 weeks, Jack has slept through the night all but 2 nights. 
What was most notable were the minute simplicities we benefited from.

Each time I changed the affirmation, I noticed Jack awoke happier. The first morning after I put him on the H.E.B. he greeted us with, “Good Morning!” And hugged both Doug and I with amazing loving hugs. When I changed the affirmation a few days later, he awoke and said, “Merry Christmas!” (Which happens to be one of his favorite holidays and ours too.) The last time I changed it he greeted Doug saying, “It’s a great day!” Not once did I share with Jack that I had put him on this system, but the effects were simply undeniable.

These were not the only noticeable changes. Jack seems calmer. Where there were things that previously would have frustrated him and caused him to moan and groan, like doing a certain app on the iPad, he calmly stopped that behavior and instead has walked out of his room and asked either of us for assistance. Reasoning with him has gotten easier again. First this, then that, whatever that is for him that he wants. 

The most noticeable change is in the last week. I have struggled getting Jack to allow me to help him with handwriting skills. It has been a major bone of contention and became something I avoided because it had become so difficult to get him to want to color, draw, play play dough or anything having to do with occupational therapy and developing those fine motor skills. Now, he can sit attend and will do it with little to no argumentation.Yesterday his occupational therapist made the same observation.
Just two days ago I noticed something else I hadn’t noticed before. We had to get Jack’s prescription lenses replaced. This typically would take a minimum of 15 minutes and would entail him wanting to leave the store or grabbing everything in sight. Yesterday, he entered calmly, sat down and for the entire time waited patiently. When he started getting a little restless, I reminded him that we were going to do a fun activity and to remember to “belly breathe.” That’s all it took and he sat and waited. 

For myself, I have noticed that my body is able to handle more when working out. I have started running again just a few times a week as I used to run 2-4 a day. I notice I need fewer chiropractic adjustments even after running, something that would have aggravated my body before. I handle certain stressors better.

For Doug, he is calmer and is less stressed.

Nothing is perfect. But our life has definitely improved in the last three weeks. Jack still has his moments, like any child, though they are less intense. Even better, we all find ourselves calmer and able to take a moment and adjust ourselves and our responses to each given situation.

1. Harmonic Energetic Balancing Program
2. Cynthia Sharpe

Basil Combats Cold and Flu Symptoms

It’s flu season, and we all have to do all we can to remain healthy. My husband and I choose not to get vaccinated or to vaccinate our son. It’s our choice, and choose that because by the time that the flu vaccine is administered to us, it may or may not be made of the strain that is affecting the U.S. and is made with thimerosal, a Mercury based derivative.
When I first heard of Basil essential oil I didn’t quite understand the attraction anyonewould have to using it. Every time I thought of it all I associated it with was a good Italian sauce, marinara etc.

“There are many benefits of basil essential oil (including the improvement in the following conditions): (1)

  1.  acne                       5. colds                                   9. increase alertness                       13. indigestion
  2.  anxiety                   6. improve digestion               10. fatigue                                        14. sinusitus
  3.  enhance mood       7. coughs                                11. gout
  4. bronchitis colds       8. depression                         12.   soothe muscle aches 

Within the last two weeks both my son and I have needed basil essential oils for different reasons. I happen to be quite sensitive around this time of year due to red tide. It doesn’t matter if it is not directly in our county, it matters that it is around us and I go into respiratory distress, especially at night. I had the most difficult time breathing the other night and needed help. I asked my lovely husband to rub carrier oil with a couple drops of basil essential oil on my back in the lung area and within minutes we both noticed a difference. I was breathing clearer and he even commented on how the scent forces you to breathe! I was able to fall asleep and breathe easily through the night.

Our son came home from school run down and ended up going to bed early. He awoke in the middle of the night and after hearing his raspy voice and raspy breathing, I immediately grabbed the basil essential oil. I rubbed it on his throat that was hurting, his back, chest and feet. Because he was having difficulty falling asleep again I rubbed Frankincense essential oil down his spine(think central nervous system) and within minutes not only was he breathing easily, he had fallen asleep. When he awoke in the morning, no one would have known that he had respiratory distress just 4 hours earlier! When asked, he said his throat no longer hurt. I happened to speak with his teacher the next day, who was so impressed on commented how much work he got out of Jack due to his alertness and calmness.
A year and a half ago, Jack was suffering from recurrent ear infections, three almost back to back. It was recommended to us, by someone selling essential oils, to put basil and melaleuca (tea tree oil) on a cotton ball and insert into our son’s ear. At that time, I didn’t have basil essential oil readily available and fortunately, and since then, Jack has not had another ear infection so we have not had the need to try the effectiveness of this solution.

As impressive and effective as basil essential oil proved to be in alleviating our respiratory symptoms, we did use another oil in conjunction: oregano oil. (That will be its own post on its benefits.) The dual combination definitely knocked out all that we were going through. 

Please note, that just like any medicine, more is not better when using any essential oil. Although essential oils are homeopathic they are extremely powerful and concentrated. They are potent and definitely need to be diluted with a carrier oil like jojoba, grapeseed, etc. when used. Not all essential oils are made equally, so please select your oils carefully. If you happen to have a reaction, which may occur depending on your sensitivity and oil being used, please do not rinse with soap and water, instead dilute area with more carrier oil. Doug, Jack nor I take any prescription medications. If you do, please speak with your healthcare professional and discuss any possible interactions and possible side effects of mixing the two.

  1. http://altmedicine.about.com/od/aromatherapy/a/Basil-Essential-Oil.htm
  2. http://www.livestrong.com/article/109036-aromatherapy-sinuses/
  3. https://www.naha.org/assets/uploads/The_Quality_of_Essential_Oils_Journal.pdf