I recently completed additional training from the Intl Institute of Reflex Therapy on working with mouth issues using Reflex Therapy. As a believer in natural body care (& making it myself if I can), I wanted to share with you some simple & natural mouth care ideas to support your quest to improve your mouth. I suggest only using natural and ideally organic mouth care ingredients. Why? Because the skin DOES absorb what you put on it to a certain degree. My understanding is that the thinner the skin, the more absorbable it is - this means your lips and gums!
The basic mouth care routine includes brushing your teeth & flossing regularly. Okay, boring, you all know that but what kind of toothpaste, what kind of toothbrush and let’s add a few other ideas to consider and hopefully add to your mouth beauty routine.
You don’t need fancy toothpaste and no longer do you have to worry about putting the cap back on the tube or rolling up the tube! Instead, using a homemade or store bought tooth powder is the answer. A bonus is that tooth powders travel well. Here are some recipes for you to try;
1. Sea salt. That’s it. Just sprinkle some sea salt onto your brush and away you go.
2. Baking soda with a drop of an essential oil.
3. Mineralizing recipe: 1 tablespoon each of turmeric, activated charcoal, sea salt and finely ground eggshells or calcium carbonate.
4. Herbal tooth powder recipe: 3 parts oak bark, horsetail and peppermint, 6 parts comfrey, 1 part cloves.
Brushing with a soft toothbrush that you replace regularly (monthly is best) is the way to go. You may want to dip your brush in a tea tree/water solution or hydrogen peroxide to keep it clean.
If you use a mouthwash, try a simple sea salt water solution or just filtered water with an essential oil like tea tree oil. Aloe vera juice is another good choice.
MASSAGE YOUR GUMS
Gum disease would benefit from massaging your gums. Add 6 drops of an essential oil to 1 tablespoon of oil (coconut, sesame, olive, almond, etc). Consider any of these oils; clove oil, myrrh, frankincense, chamomile, silver fir, bitter orange or basil.
Have bad breath? While bad breath has a deeper cause, using tongue scraper can help.
Whiten teeth over time by applying an activated charcoal paste or baking soda paste to your teeth. Let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing and rinsing. Do this weekly.
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically sesame, coconut or olive oil) in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. The theory behind oil pulling is that the oil breaks through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.
How to do: Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out. It will also double in volume during this time due to saliva. At first, it can be difficult to make it the full 20 minutes. When done, spit oil in the trash can (not the sink as it may clog pipes). Do not swallow either as it likely contains bacteria & toxins (we hope). Rinse and brush.
TOOTH ACHE REMEDIES
OUCH! Mouth pain may be reduced by shining a red heat lamp on the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes several times a day. Hold a tablespoon of colloidal silver in your mouth by the tooth until it is mostly absorbed, spit out any excess. Topical herbs to apply on the tooth; Echinacea, ground cloves (or oil), goldenseal, oregano oil.
Last but not least is to use reflex therapy regularly. I'd be happy to design a protocol for your main concerns.
Oh, my aching tooth! Cavities, root canals, inflamed gums, pulled teeth are obviously related to your teeth. But did you know that joint troubles, emotional issues, etc may also be due to tooth problems?
According to Traditional Chinese medicine, each tooth is related to a meridian, cranial & facial nerves. If you have a problem with your health whether physical or mental, it can impact your teeth.
T was my case study for the Teeth Reflex Therapy course from The International Institute of Reflex Therapy. He had several teeth that had probable cavities and areas where his gums were receding along with some tightness in his jaw.
In T's case, 2 of the 3 problem teeth were in the same meridian so I used that information when setting up his tailored plan. Working over 10 weeks on both his face and feet yielded positive results. T not only enjoyed the work done especially the release of tension he felt in his face but noticed less tooth sensitivity and he felt that the receding gum areas actually improved.
Move it! That's what your lymph needs you to do in order for it to do it's job. Our lovely lymph is responsible for removing toxins & protecting against harmful invaders. But it does not have a pump so it's up to YOU to move.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. The lymphatic system primarily consists of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the circulatory system's veins and capillaries. The vessels are connected to lymph nodes, where the lymph is filtered. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system. (from Live Science website: www.livescience.com)
Good ways to move your lymph is walking, rebounding, drinking sufficient water, dry skin brushing, massage and of course, REFLEX THERAPY! I recently enrolled in a online course from Lone Sorensen's International Reflex Therapy school on performing lymphatic drainage on your face.
Using face lymphatic drainage is ideal for those on a weight loss program, while undergoing a cleanse, if you have an infection or are on medication, have cancer, edema, sinus problems and so much more. The special technique uses a light pumping action and is very relaxing as it invokes our rest & repair response (aka the parasympathetic system).
MOVE IT...and schedule your appointment today!
Have you thought about what your goals are for 2017? Whatever your goals may be, I'd like to support you with REFLEX THERAPY.
WEIGHT LOSS: While you need to do your part by paying attention to diet and exercise, face reflex therapy can jump start the shedding of pounds. How? Sign up for a few weekly face reflex therapy sessions which includes a few simple face techniques you do yourself at home and see what happens.
DETOX/CLEANSE: Are you planning on doing a juice cleanse or some other detoxification protocol? Then try TCM foot reflex therapy to improve your circulation and thereby enhance your cleanse/detox.
STRESS CONTROL: It's important to care for yourself and use various methods to keep stress under control. What better way than to schedule regular appointments with your reflex therapist!
OVERALL IMPROVED WELL-BEING: You guessed it...regular reflex therapy can play a part in this goal too.
MAKING A MILLION $: Okay, I can't help you make a million but a relaxing hour session on your feet or face might just make you feel like a million $.
LOOKING FORWARD TO HELPING YOU in 2017. Happy New Year!
FK, male, over 60 yrs old, has Raynaud’s disease, had left knee replacement surgery 2 yrs ago, high blood pressure (medication), various muscle/joint complaints particularly the left side of his body. FK concerns are his continued inflammation/pain in the left knee, weight issues & allergies. He has also noticed some inflammation/throbbing in his toes recently.
FK had the following to say about changes he noticed at the end of 10 weekly session: There is relief in my calves, especially in my left leg with the knee replacement. I don’t wake up with the weird toe sensation anymore. I look forward to these sessions as I know they will alter my mood.
FK used to visit me when I followed the Ingham method of reflexology based on an Egyptian model. Here's what he said about the differences: Working from foot to foot on same areas felt more balanced. Previously, one foot was done, as the other “waited.” There was a balance of positive sensation not previously felt with the other method. Quite effective.
BN, 62, requires reading glasses to read books or computer use. He tends to tilt head back to read up-close. He also frequently gets eye tics due to the stress on his eyes.
The distance he can read comfortably (w/o squinting or tilting head) with glasses at the start of therapy was 19.5 inches.
After the first session, BN commented that his eyes felt refreshed & bright. After the 3rd session, he noticed he is having less eye tics and at the end of the 10 session, the eye tics have not returned. Again, I measured the distance and he improved from 19.5 inches to 23 inches with glasses.
This was a case study for my ocular therapy course. Consider using Face Reflex therapy SORENSENSISTEM for near or far sightedness, astigmatism, diabetic eye related diseases, macular degeneration, cataracts, crossed eyes, poor night vision and more.
NP, age 42, is overweight, deals with depression (medicated), has high blood pressure (medicated) and recently was diagnosed as borderline diabetic. She is now changing her diet and has lost 10#s and is exercising regularly.
NP was one of my Traditional Chinese Medicine based foot reflexology case studies. NP didn’t notice much changes in her health until midway through the 10 sessions. At that point, she realized that her digestion had improved (no longer constipated) and that her overall mental attitude was better. On several visits she had neck pain that resolved itself by the end of the session.
Since this was a case study for my TCM based foot reflexology class, I only worked on her feet. If you have weight issues or diabetes, you would be better served to do a combination of Face and Foot Reflex therapy. I bring this up to show that the most effective way to use Reflex Therapy SORENSENSISTEM is to have me set up an individualized plan for you & your health complaints.
K, age 6, is considered a slow learner; she was slow to crawl, walk and talk. According to her speech therapist, her speech level was of a 2 year old. K also has sensory processing & behavior issues.
K was my case study for the Special Needs for Children course. Over the span of 10 home sessions, I worked on K with the individual protocol I created. In addition, I trained her mom to be able to take over doing the work as K would need ½ hour sessions several times per week.
K’s sensory issues meant she did not always like her face to be touched for any length of time. To accommodate her sensitivity, creativity was needed to perform some of the face work. Even with not being able to always do the full session, K’s mom did notice some positive changes, such as; “she has more to say and at times strings 2 or 3 words together”, “usually going to the store with K is difficult, but the other day she behaved very well and listened to me” and “she played nicely for 2 hours at the park”. Mom looks forward to more positive changes in K as she continues doing the face reflex therapy.
Contact me if you would like to use Reflex Therapy SORENSENSISTEM for your child with special needs. Various options are possible and dependent on you and your child needs.
M,male age 9 had attention and focus issues at school. M was a very bright young boy but constantly needed to be reminded to pay attention to the current task. It did not take much for M to think of other things or talk to his neighbor and forget what the teacher had asked them to do. An evaluation prior to our 10 sessions stated that he could not follow many instructions if they were only given orally – M needed both visual and oral in order to achieve success with following directions.
From the onset, M’s teacher noticed an improvement in his attention span. Instead of reminding M to get back to the task every minute, it was about every 10 minutes. After 10 sessions of Facial Reflexology, M’s teacher offered her observations below;
“I saw a lot of changes in how he approached the work in class. Where he often would get stuck with page layout and writing in his main lesson book, during the time he was doing the facial reflexology, he not only was getting his main lesson book work done regularly and with a much better sense of organizing his work on the page, but was even on one occasion, going above and beyond, wanting to write a rough draft of a long story all himself with no help.
During singing and morning speech work, for the three plus years prior to the facial reflexology work, he would often be dreaming away when the group was singing or speaking, only chiming in sporadically and at times seemingly unaware he was not doing what the rest of the group was doing. Since doing the reflexology work, I noticed a dramatic change in his participation in this respect, singing entire songs, and loudly enough that I could actually hear his voice (which I could hear at times was not on key - being more a speaking low monotone - but nonetheless trying to do the melody). He was even able to hold a part in a round when he did not have any other one near him singing the same thing - something that would have been unthinkable previous to the Facial reflexology work.
On the purely physical side, I noticed improvement in his usual slack jaw, slightly open mouth expression to one that was more toned with mouth close and a smile on his face.
It was definitely a noticeable and dramatic change from this work (and that is saying a lot since he has had other work and support that did not seem to make any drastic difference) - this work did.
The only thing I would add, is that since the therapy ended, he has slowly begun to revert back to some of the previous seen issues (tuning in and out of singing and speech work) yet he has not lost all his gains he made.”
Note: I worked on this boy while I spent 2 months in Tuscon AZ in 2014 & was unable to continue his treatment.
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