November Newsletter 2014

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Fall is that “in between ” season where we mourn the warm balmy days of Summer, yet are excited about the change in the air , the beautiful clothes the trees adorn themselves with, and the smell and crunch of falling leaves beneath our feet. Nature begins to go into its hibernation for the upcoming colder months. The birds change their plumage, the flowers have now become seed heads.
TIP: While finishing yard cleanup, you can help nature and wildlife by leaving dead seedheads on flowers for
the birds to feast on during the winter. And
rake your leaves under shrubs to act as
mulch. They’ll harbor insects for ground dwelling
birds to eat. And, come spring,
those dead leaves, grasses and plant stems
will be a treasure trove for birds searching for
nest material.Thursday Yoga Class is now available with Elizabeth Gresher!
In our annex at 2100 Manchester Road Suite 940, Wheaton IL 60187. a NEW Thursday Restorative yoga Class is available. All levels of Yoga practitioners are welcome. we have some props available; bring our own if you have them. call Elizabeth Gresher at 630.450.0181  with any questions.  You may also let us know you are coming by signing up on line here under Thursday Yoga Class  .New Days with Susan Francis available:

Now Three Great Ways/Days to see Psychic Susan, Two New Specials with One as a Contest!:
Heart Centered Tuesdays and Spiritual Sundays:
Susan will offer readings and intuitive counseling for 30, 60 or 90 minutes on these days for deeper topics such as relationship direction and advice, career support, spiritual direction and more.  Please schedule appointments online.
Short Tip Thursdays:
Susan will offer 15, 20 or 30 minute readings for those wanting a quicker check in, or prep for the weekend!  Please still schedule online, but you can also just stop by to see if she will be free.

New Special:

Anyone who schedules a 60 or 90 minute massage or yoga session can get a 30 or 60 minute reading with Susan for a dollar a minute!  Redeemable on Tuesdays only, take advantage of this great rate today!

And Upcoming Contest:
Susan will be offering a Random Acts of Kindness contest starting on Thanksgiving weekend.  Stay tuned for more details, and chances for free sessions that can be used as holiday presents!

Sage Honey

A Remedy you can make yourself for Cold and Flu Season!

A spoonful of this in hot water will soothe sore throats, quell coughs, and conquer colds.
This is a Honey Infusion, combining the properties of Honey and those of  Sage. This is  an “extra” recipe that can be put together just in time to have it ready for cold and flu season. It’s even better if made with your own home-grown Sage, but don’t let that stop you from trying this quick easy recipe. Procure some from a friend or buy some in your local store. You will want  to have this ready for your cold-season medicine chest. Use local pure raw honey for the best home-made  remedy!
  • Cut back your sage (or rosemary, or lavender, or thyme) plant now; winter is on the way.
  • Cut up your pruned off pieces of sage and fill a glass jar with the pieces.
  • Add honey.
  • Stir well with a chopstick.
  • Repeat the above two steps until the jar is really, really full of honey and herb.
  • Label with date; ready to use in 3-6 weeks.


When you blame others, you give up your power to change.

Dr. Robert Anthony

Featured Services and EVENTS

Hot Stone Massage

With Helen or Cindy
This is 60 or 90 minute  massage session  using heated basalt stones 

for massage of the tissue and as a “stone layout” on the spine and abdominal area. This is a VERY grounding and
meditative massage, The energy of the stones helps to center and balance the client mentally and emotionally, and the heat of the stones  penetrates deeply into the tissue.

60 min 95.00, 90 min 125.00  ( We recommend 90 Minutes)

You may also Book your appointment  online here: online scheduler

Tuesdays and Thursdays with Susan Francis

Susan is available on Tuesdays , and part of Sundays for special readings at Essential Healing and Massage.Seek guidance on overcoming obstacles, energy/health, love/relationships, money/career. You may book Tuesday Specials or Green Goddess readings with Susan on our online scheduler

Try our Far infra-Red Sauna

As the weather gets cooler, A toasty session in our Far Infrared Sauna sounds really great doesn’t it?  Add one on to your Massage, Thai bodywork or Yoga appointment.  You may also book them as stand alone sauna only  appointments.
FIR Sauna benefits

You may also Book your Sauna online here: online scheduler

On-going Yoga Classes

Tuesday Class at 6:30 PM  every week.
*NEW*  Thursday Class at 6:30 PM  every week.

Located at: 2100 Manchester Road Suite 940
Wheaton IL 60187.
call 630 450 0181 with questions.

see details here: Yoga Class

You may book private Yoga and Thai Bodywork online with Liz here on our  online scheduler

November  Recipe           
Homemade Apple Chips  ( AND they are Gluten free!)A recipe to use those wonderful  apples from this years crop!This makes about 25 chipsIngredients:1 large Granny Smith apple
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamonInstructions:

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a mandoline, slice the apples as thinly as you can.  Mix the sugar and the cinnamon in a shallow bowl and dip the apple slices lightly in the mixture, just lightly coating them.  Lay the slices on the baking sheets, about 12 slices per sheet.  Bake for 1 hour.  Remove one pan at a time and flip the apple slices over with tongs.  When you return pans to oven, also rotate them – put the one that was on the top rack on the bottom.  Bake for one more hour.  Remove pans from oven. Apple slices will start to harden up pretty quickly.  Remove with tongs.  

Green Tea Supplements Prevent Flu Better Than VaccinationThese excerpts taken from Natural News and Science Daily, By authors Ethan Evers Phd , second article reprinted from materials provided by Mayo Clinic.Flu season is now in full swing and seasonal vaccinations are being pushed from every corner. Nonetheless, a recent clinical trial showed that green tea-based supplements reduced the risk of flu by 75%. This is far better than the 60% risk reduction recently reported in the Lancet for vaccinations. Given that green tea provides a host of other health benefits and none of the risks of injections, it would appear to be a far superior alternative to vaccination.See the entire article in Natural News: ->

Green Tea Extract Appears to Keep Cancer in Check in Majority of CLL Patients       

ScienceDaily (June 7, 2010) — An extract of green tea appears to have clinical activity with low toxicity in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients who used it in a phase II clinical trial, say researchers at Mayo Clinic.
** Read the full article at Science Daily->

Did you know about the LOCAL independent Tea shop in Wheaton- Serene Teaz?
She has a variety of green teas to choose from and can  help you make your choice. Gift certificates too!

For your Health:
(adapted from an article from Ancient Minerals Magnesium)  Read entire article here
Magnesium Levels and Premenstrual Syndrome

Studies have revealed that women who suffer from premenstrual symptoms have significantly lower magnesium levels by comparison. This is a pretty significant discovery given the sheer amount of women suffering through PMS on a monthly basis.

If we take a step back and consider how critical magnesium is to virtually every process in the human body, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that deficiency can lead to such a painful and exhausting outcome for those who aren’t getting sufficient amounts.

In fact, magnesium deficiency has been linked to an impressive number of women’s health issues including preeclampsia, bone disorders, depression, cramping, low energy, migraines, and mood swings. Not surprisingly, magnesium has also been tied to hormone secretion and balance, which  can severely impact our entire fertility cycle, including menstruation.

And to solidify magnesium’s place as the ultimate female essential, it’s also been proven to help with:

  • Migraine
  • Fluid retention
  • Fatigue & low energy
  • Muscle weakness
  • Brain fog
  • Cravings (deficiency-related)

Losing Your Magnesium

Women, I would say, statistically have the cards stacked against them when it comes to maintaining sufficient magnesium levels. Fluctuations in hormones, increased irritability and stress, pain, and the entire circus of symptoms that accompany our cycle are all factors that exacerbate already low levels of this crucial mineral.

Of course, as females, we also have to contend with  those additional hurdles such as hormone-based birth control methods, calcium supplements for “strong bones,” and pregnancy & breastfeeding ̶  all of which cause an excessive loss of magnesium from the body.

But more than that, we as a society are having more and more difficulty achieving adequate magnesium levels as a whole. Low magnesium in our soil translates to low magnesium in our food… which adds a hurdle for even the most conscientious eaters. Then of course, processing further reduces magnesium levels.

And these are only a few of numerous components that may cause magnesium deficiency.

Did you also know , – that  chocolate is a great source of magnesium, as well ?


About Helen Floyd

Helen Floyd is owner of Essential Healing and Massage. After a couple of decades in the Corporate world, she finalized training in Massage Therapy, is Licensed in the State of Illinois, nationally certified and has including specific training on a professional level in areas of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Myofascial Release techniques, Reiki and Jin SHjin Do Accuparessure. She is also a Reiki Master Teacher and is the originator of the Seasonal Reiki Healing Attunement Event.