Monday, June 3, 2013
Ease Painful Joints with this Natural Remedy
It's raining today on the East End of Long Island where I live. This type of weather can really aggravate chronic pain conditions. My dachshund Holmes, who has four calcified discs in his back takes dog pain medicine everyday but on a day like today he may need it earlier than usual. Ever since I was injured in a grocery store 3 years ago, and sustained damage to the second trigeminal nerve in my face, I have chronic pain and this weather doesn't help.
People who have osteoarthritis can also suffer under wet and rainy conditions. OA is the most common form of arthritis and manifests when the cartilage that cushions your joints degenerates over time. But you don’t have to be old to get it. Knee OA is a common ailment for thirty- and forty-year-olds. One of the first symptoms is stiffness in the morning, usually in the hips and knees, but you can feel OA almost anywhere.
Here’s a topical pain relief blend that you can try if you have chronic pain. It's from my friend, Jade Schutes, director of education at the East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies and is featured in my new book SCENT to KILL: A Natural Remedies Mystery:
1 oz vegetable oil (apricot kernel or sunflower)
7 drops of black-pepper essential oil
4 drops lemongrass essential oil
4 drops helichrysum (everlasting) essential oil
Massage on painful joints as needed. Feel better! :D
Here’s the scoop on Scent to Kill: A Natural Remedies Mystery
“A well-crafted mystery…Devotees of natural medicine and aromatherapy will enjoy the tips that appear at the beginning of each chapter and scattered throughout the text.” Publisher’s Weekly
Willow McQuade, naturopathic doctor, along with her hunky ex-cop boyfriend Jackson Spade, attend a party for a psychic TV show that is filming on Long Island’s idyllic East End. However, Willow is much more interested in visiting the estate’s lavender farm, seeking inspiration for the new aromatherapy workshops she'll be holding at her store, Nature’s Way Market & Café.
Before the party is over, Roger Bixby one of the producers is dead and the police suspect murder. Roger was working on the show, MJ’s Mind, with Carly Bixby, his ex-wife and the new girlfriend of Willow's ex from L.A., TV writer/producer Simon Lewis.
After Willow leaves the party, she gets a frantic text from Simon asking for her help. Since Simon had a fight with Roger earlier in the evening, and because of his death is now the primary shareholder in Galaxy films, Willow's ex becomes the prime suspect. Simon begs her to crack the case and clear him of the murder. MJ McClellan, the psychic and star of the show also asks Willow for help. She hires Willow to provide natural remedies, including aromatherapy, massage, acupuncture and yoga to soothe the agitated crew of her show.
To find the killer, Willow has to deal with ghosts in a haunted mansion, a truly dysfunctional family, death threats and “accidents,” while trying to untangle a homicide identical to one committed during prohibition. Thankfully, Jackson has been hired to provide security and is there to watch her back and help Willow solve this spooky mystery. For more info please visit: www.chrystlefiedler.com