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The May Edition | May 10, 2018
Katherine Peters
President & CEO

Message from the President

Greetings friend, and welcome to the May Comfort Connection!   
I never realized how great essential oils were until I got sick. I rarely get sick, like once every 3 years or so. But last month I was working too late and not eating enough; I could feel whatever I had was pretty serious. I sensed a deep infection in my chest that was more or less trapped. Breathing was difficult and coughing didn’t seem to be an option. I lay in bed, racked with pain and fatigue. 

I don’t believe in taking antibiotics anymore. They don’t just kill all the bad bacteria, they kill all the friendly bacteria in my gut that I need! I have more good bacteria in my gut than cells in my body. I need those! So going to the doctor to get an antibiotic wasn’t really an option for me.

I’ve been dabbling with essential oils, and have a small collection. I researched which ones were good for cough and chest infections. According to Dr. Axe, the following are good for cough: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon, and Oregano. I had 4 out of the 6. I mixed those 4 with fractionated coconut oil that I got from Melaleuca in a little bottle with a rolly top.
This concoction became my best friend. I rolled it all over my check, my neck, my forehead, and the back of my neck. INSTANT RELIEF! Within minutes, I could calm my frenzied body. My hair was a bit of an oily mess, but, well worth it!

I used a diffuser beside my bed at night. My favourite mixture was Lavender, Lemon, and Rosemary. Once I turned on the diffuser and lay in my bed, I noticed an instant change in my breathing. Instead of being afraid to breathe in case it turned into an unproductive coughing fit, I could relax and breathe deeply. I could literally feel the healing oils seep into my lungs and HEAL ME as I slept. What an incredible feeling. In fact, I slept through every night for 2 weeks. Once I thought I was better, I took a break from turning on the diffuser. This was a mistake: that night I woke up coughing for the first time in the middle of the night! I guess I wasn’t quite better.

We are also fortunate enough to have a steam shower in our home. With a few drops of Peppermint and Rosemary on the steam head, my daily shower was transformed into instant relief and energy boost for the day! 

I used to think essential oils were just something refreshing and nice that also had some healing properties. In speaking with a naturopath last week, she said essential oils are very potent and could be dangerous if used incorrectly. Essential oils are to be taken seriously. My thoughts on essential oils have been radically changed. Essential oils are radical healing aids. 

If you are a caregiver or not, it's important to take care of yourself. Maybe me sharing my experience will help you to see how you can make essential oils work for you. If you are interested in learning more, Dr. Eric Zielinski is who I got a lot of my information from.

Be in health!

Katherine Peters
President & CEO

Comforts of Home – Care 

Temporary Caregiving Until You're Back on Your Feet

Olivia was having a tough time: with three children (one of who had asthma and braces on his legs) to look after, plus dealing with a disability herself that made it difficult to move around, as well as a husband that worked long hours with extensive travel, she knew she needed some kind of support system in place.
In particular, Olivia needed a little extra help with managing daily tasks: meal prep, running errands, and light housekeeping. She wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when her new Comforts of Home – Care caregiver arrived that first day...

Read the full story on our blog

Recipe of the Month: Farmer's Healthy Breakfast

This hearty breakfast recipe is loaded with good-for-you protein, fat, and fibre. 
Why load up on these at breakfast time? They reduce the chance of sugar dips and help sustain you throughout the day (and can help you break a sugar habit!).
This flavourful recipe will keep you fueled and energized for hours to come. Enjoy!

Click here for the recipe

Video: 57 Years Apart, Boy & Man Talk About Life

This touching video is both adorable and insightful!
Intergenerational relationships are so important and can bring to light valuable perspectives.
We'd love to hear your stories of conversations with people who are in a different age bracket than yourself. Click on the link below to leave a comment on our Facebook post about something you learned or something you shared during an intergenerational conversation!
"Do the things you like to do, and that make you feel good... because when you're happy yourself, everybody else is happy. "

Click here to watch the video & share your thoughts now

How to Reduce Caregiver Stress

If you are a caregiver, you are likely experiencing higher than the normal level of stress. Caregiver spouses have a 23% increased risk for stroke compared to non-caregiving spouses. Stress is a factor in higher blood pressure, heart disease, and death.
Other signs and symptoms of stress include depression, exhaustion, anxiety, guilt, and health issues.
Caregivers experience these symptoms more frequently than the general public. It’s important for caregivers to understand the impact of stress on their bodies, their relationships, and their emotions.
Once a caregiver understands they are at risk for negative impact to stress, they can actively work towards understanding and managing their stress!

10 Symptoms of Caregiver Stress: 
  1. Denial about what is happening to their loved one.
  2. Anger at the person they are caring for (expecting more and rising frustration).
  3. Social withdrawal from friends and activities they used to enjoy.
  4. Anxiety and worry about what will happen in the future.
  5. Depression that feels like a dark heavy curtain that keeps persisting.
  6. Exhaustion that makes it hard to get through the day, completing even the minimum of tasks.
  7. Sleeplessness caused by worry, concerns, and constant anxiety.
  8. Irritability that leads to mood swings, angry outbursts, or negative relationships.
  9. Lack of concentration that results in forgetting appointments, tasks, or lack of focus.
  10. Health problems that persist both physically and mentally.
Not sure if you're experiencing above-normal stress levels?
Wondering what you can do to reduce stress as a caregiver?

Learn more about caregiver stress (plus tips for managing it)

Joke of the Month

An elderly shopper at our supermarket used a cheque to buy such items as cotton balls, cotton swabs, powder, and cold cream.
...On the memo line, she'd written "Repairs."

Source: https://www.rd.com/jokes/old-age/
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