Essential Oil Lip Balm

This is the first full week of February and it kicks off Doctor with a Heart month at the practice.  So what are we doing that is different?  We are trying to do little things that show we care- care for the world, care for our patients and care for ourselves and families.

What are we doing that is special?

On February 1st I cut off all of my hair – ok well around 13 inches anyways – in order to donate to a charity that makes wigs for kids with cancer.  More on this later – I think we have chosen the charity we are just waiting to hear back on how to go about making the donation.

February also marks our patient appreciation month.  I have give aways for every patient who comes in in February – I have made (yes MADE) essential oil lip balm for everyone in this shortest, coldest, lip chappy-est month of the year. You can make your own too in case you miss it but just come in and get one from me to avoid the hassle.

Actually this lip balm was given to me by my friend Sjoukje Remark – she is an RMT and my essential oil guru.  She made it for me and later gave me the recipe.  I loved it so much I made it for all of you.  It has to be the cleanest, safest, chemical free-est and loveliest lip balm I have ever used.  I had to make some.

And of course I labeled it “Badass Chiropractic Lavender/Peppermint Lip Balm” so that is awesome.


Come on in and get one this February, your lips with thank you (lavender is amazing for the skin and peppermint feels tingly and fresh).

Here is the recipe:

1/4 cup Cocoa butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup beeswax

2 tsp calendula oil

2 drops vitamin E oil

60 drops of essential oil (I used 15-20 lavender and 30-40 peppermint)

Melt all ingredients over a double boiler and add essential oil. Pour into tubes and allow to cool. Cap and Label that Badass stuff.


Make your own Essential Oil Body Butter

I decided to make body butter this year as some of the Christmas Gifts I am giving out – The one pictured is using Young Living’s Gentle Baby Essential Oil which is terrific for new moms and babies and helps with Mother/Baby bonding, is good for cracked nipples from nursing and is great for skin recovery (stretch marks) but also makes a great hand cream for dry skin.  I decided to give this one to people who handle lots of babies (and Moms) – Midwives and Pediatricians that I know.

You can make any ‘flavour’ body butter and it is surprisingly easy.  The hardest part was ordering ingredients (which I got online in bulk from a company called New Directions Aromatics here in Mississauga – I now have enough for several batches and will definitely make more!)

This is surprisingly easy to do yourself at home and makes a beautiful fluffy cream that smells great.  Best of all you know exactly what the ingredients are and they are all super healthy and natural.

Here is how:

Body Butter Recipe:

1/2 cup Shea Butter

1/2 cup Cocoa Butter

1 cup Coconut Oil (I had this in the cupboard from the health food store)

1/8 cup Calendula Oil

1/8 cup Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil (no nuts in mine or in my house so…)

1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil

20-40 drops Essential oil of your choice (depends how strong you wish it to smell)

Melt Shea , Cocoa Butter in a double boiler and add Coconut Oil.  Stir until melted.  Add liquid oils and essential oil and stir.  Pour into mixing bowl and refrigerate a few hours until it is a  soft solid.  Take out and beat with a hand blender until it is light and fluffy.  Put in to containers for use.


That is it!

some really nice oils to use are Peppermint and PanAway for pain or Lavender for relaxation.


So I hear there is a Gastrointestinal bug around – Your Grandmother was right, you should listen to her.

So a Gastrointestinal bug generally takes us unaware and can hit with nausea, vomiting and for added fun…. diarrhea. (I can never spell that word, I had to spell check – think its my mind blocking it out… fair enough).

People confuse with the flu or call it the ‘stomach flu’ but really it has nothing to do with the flu (which is cause by one of the many influenza viruses) while a GI or Gastrointestinal bug can have varied causes…. mostly the ones that go through us fast (like in 24 to 48 hours) are viral.  So basically you have to keep hydrated and wait it out while trying to be as comfortable as possible.  If it lasts longer than a day or you are worried you aren’t keeping hydrated please seek medical care – dehydration is very dangerous – and it can happen fast, especially with children.

I generally suggest water or flat ginger ale or chicken soup.  Stay away from Gatoraide as a general rule as the loads of sugar wont do you any favours and it really isn’t formulated for this kind of illness.  Pedialyte or Gastrolyte work too . Research has actually been done on chicken soup and illness and people who consume home made chicken soup actually do fair better on recovery from illness.  (Seriously, Grandma is always right so just give in).

While you are nauseated something you can do to help the nausea is smell Peppermint Essential Oil .  It works remarkably fast, is safe as you are just smelling it, and totally non-invasive.  Good for kids and pregnant women too.  One caveat.  The oils you can buy off the shelf are not all equal.  There is no laws governing what companies put on their bottles or in them.  For this reason you may thing you have a pure essential oil that is not.  I use Young Living Essential Oils in my practice and at home as I am happy with their process of standardizing what is in every bottle and they have outside labs cross check the contents.  It is a great product.

Ok, so now you are in recovery mode and your tummy is tender.  What do you go back to eating right away so as to not freak out your system?

Back to grandma and her advice: B.R.A.T.

Eat only B.R.A.T. for 24 hours then you should be good to reintroduce other foods slowly.  Take your time re-introducing meats (especially red meat – this may take a week or so) and dairy (can take even longer). Sometimes your normal flora in the gut is off after one of these bouts with a bug and especially diary and meet can trigger another bout of diarrhea.  Happened with my son not long ago… sigh, poor kid (He is all good now though thanks!).  Also – a good probiotic can really help – really we should all take one daily but especially in this situation.  If is your kids who are sick there are also really good chewable probiotics formulated for children.

Wait – what is BRAT?

B- bananas

R- rice

A – apple sauce

T- toast

These things tend to be binding and easy on the GI system and have a bonus of generally being around the house.  If you don’t have apple sauce on hand here is a quick recipe for apple sauce that can be easily whipped up:

Apple Sauce

3 apples




seriously that’s it – peel and core apples and chop – throw in a pot and cover with water.  Boil this adding water periodically as it evaporates until the apples lose their form and you can smush them.  Add honey for sweetness and cinnamon (but be careful with this on a tender tummy not all will like it).  The honey has the added bonus of being anti-microbial and has been used since antiquity for healing.  Certainly can’t hurt here.

Also, almost goes without saying… wash your hands lots. Best way to prevent the spread of illness.  Be serious about it.  I make my son sing the alphabet song as he is soaping up – that’s about how long you need to do it. Then let the soap and water flow ‘downhill’ as you rinse it off so as to carry the virus or bacteria away from you and down the drain (I mean angle hands down and let water flow from wrists to fingertips and off).

Something Grandma may not have known is that chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the white blood cell count – if you are feeling sick you shouldn’t cancel you appointment you should go to see the chiropractor -or book an appointment at the start of the cold – we can boost your immune system! Stay healthy this cold and flu season – one of the ways to do that is regular chiropractic care.  If you have more questions about this please contact Dr. Karen.

Hope all this helps.  And remember, just listen to your Grandmother.  She was right all along.

Take a walk on the wild side – Earthing… why not?

So one of my friends really really really wanted to try earthing but didn’t want to go alone.

What is earthing might you ask?  It is the practice of walking around outside barefoot. Not just on the beach.  On sidewalks, streets, grass, in stores, rocky trails and in all kinds of weather.  Apparently it is huge right now in New York City.  No idea.

He asked me to go with him why? Well generally because I am up for new experiences that aren’t harmful – and who knows, could be fun.  I generally shed the shoes and socks at home so why not.

I did end up going earthing a few times with said friend – we went places like parks, beaches and…. IKEA for some reason.  We also walked into ice cream stores (that was my addition – I’m generally in it for the ice cream).

What I liked about earthing was that we both noticed that we felt a sense of calm after going.  Maybe it was the company but there is a theory out there that there is an exchange of ions through the bottom of the feet and the earth as you are walking barefoot.  I don’t know for sure, but I do think it feels good.

I have a dream.  An earthing dream… I dream about walking on moss trails.  Can you imagine how that may feel on the bottom of your feet and how relaxing it could be? Apparently there are some of these trails in The United Kingdom somewhere. I have decided that I need to make a friend with a jet so they can take me there to find out.

Acutally, recently on a weekend retreat while walking though the woods I found a huge patch of amazing moss.  Naturally I had to get barefoot and walk through it – it wasn’t quite a moss pathway but it was quite awesome – to see the video click on Moss Earthing below (and don’t judge me on the outfit, it was a girls weekend and I was comfy – and Yes those are Wonder Woman leggings).

Moss Earthing