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Healthy Travel: 5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Hotel

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Travel brings power and love back into your life. ― Rumi

Traveling brings a mix of adventure, invigoration, relaxation, and appreciation to our lives – I love it. However, more often than I care to admit, I return home feeling bloated, tired, and in need of a long overdue sweat session.

Can you relate to missed workouts, consuming way less fruits and veggies than normal, eating unhealthy foods in general (it’s not like you can cook your own meals), maybe having a few extra cocktails (or desserts, or both), and only getting so-so sleep? These are the not-so-fun parts of traveling that most of us don’t think about before the trip (afterwards our bodies won’t let us stop thinking about it).

The great news is that the hotel industry finally realized that many travelers want to maintain their healthy habits while on the road, and some hotels are now giving the whole guest experience a healthy makeover (thank you, thank you, thank you!). We thank you hotel gods.

Below are 5 things to look for in a healthy hotel:     

1.       Healthy Food Availability: Make sure the hotel offers healthy food options such as fresh fruit and vegetable juices, a variety of fruit options, fresh smoothies, or gluten-free and vegan meal options. Also, check to see if the hotel rooms have mini-fridges – it’s the perfect place to store healthy snacks you can bring with you our buy locally.

2.       Fitness Options: Many hotels are ramping up their guests’ fitness experiences by creating larger and better-equipped gyms, offering group classes, providing in-room yoga mats, or showing free on-demand fitness TV programs. They’re giving you everything you need to get your sweat on while away from home.

3.       Eco-Friendly Cleaning: Toxic cleaning products (still commonly used) can create a host of problems for our health. Health and wellness focused hotels understand this and choose to use eco-friendly cleaning products – to keep your room both clean and toxic-free.

4.       Hypoallergenic Bedding: We all need a good night’s rest (it’s not just for toddlers and kids), and being away from home often makes it more difficult. With hypoallergenic bedding, you don’t have to worry about itchy skin or any allergic reactions to the detergent or softener and can just focus on getting your beauty sleep.

5.       Healthy Extras: Some hotels provide some cool, healthy extras such as Vitamin C showers, aromatherapy, air filtration systems, and lighting designed to maintain your natural circadian rhythm even when you stay up late (you are on vacation, after all).

Next time you’re planning a vacation, check the hotel website or read customer reviews to find out which hotels keep your health and wellness in mind – and are worth your money. Then sit back and make the most of your well-deserved vacation.

Where are you planning or would like to travel next? Share in the comments below.  


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The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.


5 Ways Aromatherapy is Revolutionizing Hotel Room Stays

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How would you like if your next hotel room stay felt more comfortable, more like home? As a frequent traveler myself, I know I would love it. The good news is that some hotels are finally realizing that travelers value a “lifestyle” experience and they are willing to give it to us (without sky-high rates). One way that’s gaining popularity is the use of aromatherapy in hotel rooms to promote better relaxation, rejuvenation, and rest – so we can hit the town (or the meeting room) energized and ready to take on the day.

In practice for over 6,000 years, aromatherapy is a holistic approach to wellness that utilizes the aroma from essential oils (oils taken from plants, flowers, herbs, or trees) to improve physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. These benefits occur as the chemical compounds in the fragrance bind to receptors in the emotional center of our brains. While still considered an alternative therapy in the West, many individuals and organizations, including the National Institute for Cancer, recognize aromatherapy benefits such as mood improvement and stress reduction.

Luckily, some hotels are finally catching on (we thank you!) and utilizing the benefits of aromatherapy to help their guests relax, energize, focus, and have a better night’s sleep. Below are 5 ways hotels are using aromatherapy and popular essential oils to create the ultimate guest experience.

  1. Relaxing Bath Accessories:  Baths alone can be relaxing and rejuvenating for your mind, body, and soul. This is especially true after a long day of site-seeing or out-of-town business meetings. Not only can soaking help you renew and restore, but using hotel provided bath salts or bath milk will help increase your relaxation as you inhale fragrances like rose, lavender, jasmine, and sage.
  2. Aromatherapy Décor: I’m all for killing two birds with one stone, and with aromatherapy décor, hotels create an aesthetically pleasing environment that also helps promote relaxation, focus, and well-being. Types of décor include scented candles by the bed, a bouquet of flowers, or a plant or herb container on the desk.
  3. Enhanced Sleep: Lavender and jasmine are two well-known fragrances that promote healthy sleep. Scented candles, lotions, massage oil, and bedding help you relax and feel comfortable so you can fall asleep and stay asleep.
  4. Invigorating and Energizing Shower Products: While sometimes all you want to do is sleep late (6am, no thank you), sometimes you just have to drag yourself out of bed. Aromatherapy body washes, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions in scents like orange, ginger, lemongrass, and tea tree have energizing properties that help you wake up and tackle your day.
  5. Quick Refreshers: When you head back to your room to change your clothes or freshen up before dinner, aromatherapy can help give you a little extra oomph to finish the night strong. Mint mouthwash provides a burst of energy (and fresh breath), and aromatherapy scented foot wipes help soothe your tired feet after a long day of walking or wearing uncomfortable shoes.

Next time you’re planning a vacation, business trip, or quick weekend getaway, pick a hotel that offers some of these aromatherapy benefits – you won’t regret it!


18154748891333272199Are you ready for a healthy Vegas vacation?

The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.


Top 10 Calming Scents For The Holiday Season

Let’s face it. Even those of us who are ready to put up Christmas trees immediately following Halloween can succumb to the pressures of the holiday season. There are relatives to contend with, children who have to have this season’s hot gift, parking nightmares, and budgets to juggle, just to name a few of the stresses associated with the holidays. At some point during the festivities, you may find yourself wanting to crawl into bed and not emerge until January 2nd. To ward off the winter blues, why not stock up now on some calming scents? Aromatherapy has numerous benefits including tension reduction and relief of symptoms of depression. Here are the top 10 scents that will make your season brighter, or, at least, calmer:

1      Lavender– Lavender is used relieve stress and to create a generally inviting aura of relaxation. Lavender is available numerous forms, from candles, burning oils, and sachets to eye-masks and heating pads. Try placing some in your bedroom and bathroom.




2.      Vanilla– For many of us, the scent of vanilla is reminiscent of pleasant family times, evoking fond memories of cookies and home. Vanilla is also one of the ingredients commonly found in best-selling women’s perfumes, as men seem to be attracted to its (and your!) sweet scent.


3.      Chamomile– Chamomile is the name for several plants that resemble daisies. Its flowers are commonly used as an herbal tea but it can also be found in candles, burning oils, and potpourri. Chamomile has long been used to relieve insomnia. Try pairing it with lavender for a wonderful, relaxing scent.

4.     Sandalwood–   If you have spent the day traversing crowded malls and waiting in long lines, sandalwood might be just the thing you need to unwind. Sandalwood, with its warm and woody scent, is said to assist in meditation. It may help you re-connect with the true meaning of the season.


5.      Ginger– With its lively-yet-warm tones, ginger is known to reduce tension and relax you, both mentally and physically.  Ginger is even available as a lozenge. You might want to pocket a few for that wait in line for Santa!

6.      Bergamont–  Bergamont oil is extracted from citrus trees (citrus begarnia). Bergamont oil evokes feelings of well-being and happiness with its warm, sweet, and spicy aroma.

7.      Lemon– After the family has gone home and the children are nestled all snug in their beds, you might feel a need for the cleansing, stress-relieving powers of lemon. Some oil in a burner or simply a candle might be just what you need to finish that last-minute gift-wrapping.

8.      Ylang-ylang– Ylang-ylang has a light, floral scent and is said to restore balance and calm. Pair it with bergamont for an especially lovely aroma.


9.      Clary Sage– this herbal oil comes from Russia. Clary sage stimulates the body’s natural endorphins and produces feelings of pleasure…so you can thank grandma for the appliqué sweater and mean it!

10.  Neroli– After a long day of shopping and holiday preparations, consider adding a few drops of neroli oil to your bath. Neroli has been used for generations in France, Morocco, and Egypt as an anti-depressant and stress-releaser. Happy holidays!

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Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Cream – One Whiff and I Was Hooked

Angie here wishing everyone a WONDERFUL Groundhog’s day!  Silly holiday I know but I’ve always loved that Bill Murray movie and often think… what kind of day would I like to live over and over again?  It’s easy… this past Saturday with my sweetie.

For those of you who live in a cave in Sac town (and those of you who just plain don’t live here) we have a small but infamous burger joint known as the "Squeeze Inn". For over 30 years now residents near and far have been making the trek to this tiny little haven of burger perfection to "squeeze in" to one of their 12… you heard me… 12 stools that line the counter of this itty-bitty-booty-committee eatery. Big or little booty… that’s all the real estate you get to belly up to the best burger around.

Featured on the Food Network, in Guy Fieri’s new Diner book and in many issues of Sacramento’s "Best of" the Squeeze Inn is an institution that is being squeezed OUT of their current small and not easily handicapped accessible location to move to a larger place in just one week. Knowing this we took the jaunt from West Roseville to South Sac (no easy drive I’ll say) so I could experience “The Squeeze” in all of its original glory.  We got there early to avoid the crowd and I’m glad we did because within minutes of me ordering my first "Squeeze with Cheese" people began descending en masse and the wait for the perfect cheese busting burger was building to its frenzied finale.

There is was before me… a 1/3 pound all beef patty covered in just about as much cheese melted and fried to a crispy cheese ring (or cheese skirt as they call it) all around my burger! I had to break off sheets of the cheese, fold them in half and eat like a quesadilla with no tortilla just to get to my burger.  Then the BURGER! Oh good LORD the burger.  It couldn’t get any better than this. But I was in for one more surprise.

We sat enjoying our burgers and defending our place at the bar against the throngs of hungry Squeeze-heads waiting when the coolest thing happened. Some kids who had been there for quite a while to get three stools together suddenly rose and gave their hard earned spots to a few Army soldiers who had just arrived for lunch. They did so without hesitation and with obvious love and pride in their hearts. It was a truly beautiful act of selflessness and honor to those who fight for our country and I was deeply touched to have witnessed it. To those bitter adults who think the youth of our nation has no sense of good manners, patriotism or respect I say look again. Maybe it was just seats at a burger joint but these kids have shown me our American spirit is alive and well… in ALL generations. Keep it up kids… I believe in you!

We topped off our CRAZY good burger fest with a showing of Avatar 3-D (which I LOVED but won’t bother you about… we KNOW, we KNOW… its a great film) some light shopping for a new mattress (spent flopping around on various beds like an out of water tuna) culminating in a toasty fire and a cuddle down on the couch with my latest and greatest body cream from Meg’s to pamper myself. All and all pretty much a perfect day to relive ala’ Groundhog’s Day. Punxsutawney Phil would be pea green with envy!

Aura Cacia’s Aromatherapy Ginger/Mint Body Cream has been my scent obsession every night since I received it. Perfect for my scent-sibilities it’s just heaven to me. The Ginger is aromatic and soothing, the mint invigorating and delicious. I just LOVE it and more than even applying it I find myself opening the generous sized jar just to take a huge whiff. I guess that’s the point of aromatherapy right? It’s available in lavender and patchouli/sweet orange as well so we’ll have to hear from other reviewers to see how they liked them. I for one, am nuts for the scent and the consistency of this cream. Sometimes I like a SUPER heavy and thick cream, like the one’s I use on my feet to go to bed in and in that case I like a heady and deep scent. But this light and non-greasy cream, that I’m keeping downstairs for application whenever my little heart desires, does the trick for every day because I can apply and go about my day without having slippery hands to work with.  It’s just SO refreshing and energizing!

I’ve reviewed Aura Cacia’s Sweet Almond Oil before so I’m obviously already a fan because that stuff is just ALL around wonderful in so many ways. This product simply adds to my love of Aura Cacia’s quality ingredients and quality company philosophies. Using only the highest caliber of 100% pure essential oils, sustainable sources, ingredients that are natural and organic and that avoid synthetics to the highest extent possible, you can be sure to get what you pay for and know what it is you really are getting. Aura Cacia has full ingredients disclosure, strives for strict environmental practices and never, ever tests on animals!

Enjoying a good cream is like enjoying a good wine. Find one that tickles your senses, promotes the perfect mood, and of course leaves you feeling just a little bit decadent and you’ve got a winner. Aura Cacia’s Ginger/Mint had me at first whiff and like that glass of wine was just the perfect ending to my perfect almost Groundhog Day! GLAM ON!!

Massage Therapy Supports your Immune System

Regular therapeutic massage sessions offer significant benefits beyond the instant relaxation we enjoy. People who experience high levels of stress are likely to get sick more than others. Mix stress with lack of sleep and poor diet, and our body’s ability to naturally defend itself against bacteria and infection is seriously reduced.

Stress management is a key factor for anyone striving to reach a balanced lifestyle. Massage therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective ways for achieving stress relief. Research studies show massage therapy in fact boosts the body’s immune system, which can become compromised from prolonged periods of stress.

Jitka Frajbisova, LMT




Feel Better in 8 Ways Through the Power of Aromatherapy

Having just sprayed my room with Lavender Floral Water, I can attest to the healing powers of aromatherapy.  I am calm, relaxed and ready to happily float through the second half of my day.  And a bonus: Aromatherapy can help melt the pounds away. 

Breathe Deep, Calm Down, Lighten Up
Aromatherapy may not miraculously melt away the pounds, but there are heaps of evidence that aroma effects mood. And we all know how mood effects our eating!

What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy means "treatment through senses." It is based on the ancient ritual of using essential oils to heal by "therapeutically" stimulating the nasal/olfactory senses through fragrance.

Aromatherapy can fight stress, soothe the mind and lighten your mood. The association between smell and emotion are closely linked, and breathing in pleasurable scents can elicit positive responses in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being.

Aromatherapy can also lessen our food cravings! A recent study at the St. George’s Hospital in London showed that vanilla might aid in weight loss. Overweight people who wore vanilla-scented skin patches reported that they ingested smaller amounts of sweets. Catherine Collins, a state registered dietician, concluded (although not proven in a clinical setting) that strongly scented sweet vanilla candles or essence may have a similar effect. (My home smells like a Vanilla Factory!)

And – by massaging the appropriate essential oils into the skin – physically, aromatherapy can ease aches and pains, heal burns and even – some say – diminish cellulite! (What?? Did you say diminish cellulite?)

Here are a few aromatherapy suggestions from OLofWL that you can either add to your bath, massage into your skin, inhale directly (put a few drops on a handerchief) or diffuse the scent into an entire room. Ahhhh….

  • To combat Sweet Cravings try vanilla.
  • Good Stress Beaters are jasmine, ylang ylang, grapefruit, lavendar, rose and mandarin.
  • Need a Spirit Kick? Breathe in jasmine.
  • Lift Depression with lemon, grapefruit, jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange, helichrysum.
  • For greater Self-Acceptance try jasmine, vetiver, frankincense, sandalwood, bergamot.
  • To reach the Heights of Happiness indulge in grapefruit, orange, rose, lemon, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood.
  • AND … last but not least – drum roll please!
  • The Cellulite Essentials are Geranium, Juniper, Lemon, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, and Fennel.

If you’ve been orally fixated for decades, like me, then It’s time for a change!

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Quieting a Chaotic Mind

Recently, I received the following pointed inquiry from a pal: I need some advice on how to relax a mind that over-thinks.

Hmmm. Let’s see . . . Have you thought about illegal substances? How about gratuitous sex with strangers? Perhaps you might try copious amounts of good, old-fashioned alcohol. Too potent? What about vats of Chunky Monkey ice cream?

Plenty of people seem to find these mind-numbing methods to be highly effective.

[Insert dramatic clap of thunder, floods, fires, and the sound of a Tibetan gong awakening us all back to reality].

Sorry, friends; despite the mainstream popularity of the aforementioned options, there’s really only one way to authentically quiet an anxious mind: Go directly to the source, and meet your mind on common ground.  Distract it or impair it with outside influences, and the issues never really go away.  They simply abate a little, then return as agitated as ever, perhaps even more so.  Thus, here’s my best shot at a holistic, productive, and accessible antidote to quelling the kookiness in all our heads . . . Whether it’s racing thoughts before bedtime or an inability to relax without being hit by a tranquilizer dart, there is hope. Like anything, the ability to "still the fluctuations of the mind" gets easier with practice, and it also happens to be the fundamental purpose of yoga and meditation, as cited in the Yoga Sutras.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, my stillness-seeking friend is a former professional baseball player who knows a thing or two about practicing a skill until the point of proficiency. I like to remind athletes (and non-athletes) that they already know how to meditate.  We all do! If you’ve ever had the feeling of being completely absorbed in a particular activity, from throwing a fastball to watching the steady flicker of a campfire, you intrinsically possess the skills needed to slow down your thoughts. Meditation, when done regularly, trains your brain to become quiet. I should mention that you won’t stop thinking altogether; however, you will, eventually, find long spaces between your thoughts. In these spaces, you will discover previously unimagined levels of restfulness, peace, and balance.

Here’s how: Sit comfortably; crossed-legged on the floor or upright in a chair are easy options to start. Set an alarm, egg timer, or stopwatch for 5 minutes (you can increase the duration as your focus improves). Close your eyes. Rest your hands in your lap, touching all ten fingertips together; your hands will form a tepee shape. You might also try yoga mudra (thumb and pointer finger touch, rest the backs of your hands on your knees, palms face upward).

Whenever you get distracted, antsy, bored, irritated, or tired, return to the steady flow of your breath. A helpful tip is to count your breaths, one at a time, without breaking focus or sequence. Be sure to sit up tall, and let your hands anchor your attention in your mind’s eye. For another meditation exercise, with more heart-opening properties, click here.

Another trick of the trade that I find very helpful is my own, on-the-go version of aromatherapy. This method of achieving stillness or, at the very least, a brief reprieve from your hectic head games is incredibly simple. In short, invest in a few essential oils that prompt you to breathe deeply, smile, or hearken back to a childhood spent running through grassy meadows, filled with rainbows and fluffy bunny rabbits . . . You get the idea- an aroma that calls forth pleasant images and feelings.  I recommend lavender, in particular, or if that seems too feminine, try rosemary or sandalwood. I love peppermint as well, but bear in mind, peppermint is a lively scent that is certainly calming but has more awakening properties than the others. Feel free to use it, although it might be better suited for the daytime, when you need an energy boost. Simply open the tiny jar or vile in your car, and leave it uncapped in the cupholder en route to a big meeting, or place a few drops in one palm and rub your hands together. Before bed, try dabbing one drop on each temple. The sense of scent is powerful, capable of transporting us to other places and times. Pick a few fragrances that trigger an instant unwinding in your brain- the way fresh cut grass does or the smell of the ocean. Use as needed.

Finally, I am a huge advocate of bodywork as a way to release the pressure valve in your dome. If you don’t have a stellar massage therapist, find one. Never tried acupuncture? Give it a whirl; it can’t hurt. (Seriously, the needles are like wisps of hay; you barely feel them). Plus, insurance companies often offer stipends to help cover treatments. Also, certain places, particularly in today’s economy, have sliding-scale pay structures, so peace of mind can be a financially-blind benefit.

There, now, don’t you feel better already?



The Near Death Experience of TingTu


The Story of TingTu 
Spoken communication sometimes becomes boring and then important details are missed. So, for all who are interested in the outcome of TingTu’s near death experience, here it is!
As some of you know, when I took TingTu, my Siamese kitten, for a routine neutering, he died on the operating table. His heart stopped beating and he stopped breathing when the anesthesia was turned off. In prolonged efforts to revive TingTu via CPR, it appeared his little lungs might have been damaged as well, evidenced by blood coming from his nostrils. 
The veterinarian and his assistant kept an oxygen cone over TingTu’s face for hours, and had delivered some IV liquids and two steroid shots but by the time I came to pick him up, he had still not recovered any movement or any signs of consciousness. He was breathing so rapidly and shallowly it seemed certain he would die soon. I was advised that my best option was to have him euthanized, partly because he might have brain damage even if he did recover consciousness.
Though I also felt he wouldn’t be with me much longer, I decided to take his little, limp body home, wrapped in towels, and see if I could help him make his transition in a warm home rather than on a cold operating table. It did occur to me that he had only lost one or two of his legendary nine lives and that maybe he would indeed return to life.
At home, he occasionally seemed to be trying to lift his head but it always drifted backward, followed by terrible yowls and straightened limbs, as if he had just been thrown from a balcony. His eyes were rolled back and his head was shaking and he was clearly unconscious. These seizure-type episodes happened with some regularity, maybe once every 20 minutes or so. I could only watch helplessly and keep him covered with towels.
(In retrospect, I now believe that these horrifying seizures were symptoms of vertigo. Firstly, because I myself have had extreme vertigo, in which I felt I was falling in spirals, out of control, just that awful feeling of falling in circles endlessly. It would make sense that if a cat had such a feeling he would put his head back and stick out his limbs to right himself. And secondly, one of the anesthetics used, Ketamine, does affect humans with vertigo, so why not an animal?)
My son owns a device known in Russia as “Diadens” which delivers electric shocks to nerves and muscles at varying intervals and frequencies. He brought it over and used it on TingTu, moistening his fur to be sure the current reached his body.   He placed the Diadens on his neck, head, and back for about five or ten minutes in each area. Though TingTu was still unconscious, he visibly relaxed following this treatment, and did not have another seizure for over an hour and a half. His breathing also slowed down and relatively became more regular.
I got out my essential oils books and discovered that the scent of Lavender essential oil can be used under an animal’s nose to help it to calm down. When TingTu began to put his head back, I held a Q-tip saturated with Lavender oil near his nose and this considerably shortened the yowling periods. In addition, I saturated another Q-tip with oil of Peppermint, which helps to alleviate dizziness, as well as opening up the lungs. I also had a Young Living blend called “White Angelica” which contained a few of the oils recommended for emotional, physical and psychological trauma, such as Melissa, Sandalwood, Geranium, Myrrh, Hyssop and Bergamot. I noticed that TingTu, still unconscious and unable to move his body, would put his nose as close to the Q-tips as he could when he put his head down.
A few times I attempted to put drops of water in his mouth but he did not seem able to swallow, though after several hours, he did swallow a few drops.
On Friday, the morning following the operation, the veterinarian office called to see if TingTu was still alive. Again, I was urged to bring him in to be euthanized. I was torn between not wanting him to suffer in the long run, and not wanting him to suffer the immediate trauma of another long car ride to the office, only to be put to sleep! So, I thanked them and continued to give him water and whiffs of essential oils. He was not “screaming” very often, maybe once every three hours or so. But his body was stiff like a corpse. I changed his towels and turned him over a few times, and his entire body moved as one. The only sign of life was his breathing and his occasional head movements. His eyes were still closed. Despite the dire symptoms, I continued to drip water through the side of his mouth and he surprised me by swallowing more and more often.
My son came over on Friday night and again treated TingTu with the Diadens. He did not seem to mind the treatment, though still seemed unconscious. My son did not have much hope for the cat.  He tuned the Diadens to top frequency, theorizing that the current had to pass through his fur. When he left that night, I made mental plans where I would bury TingTu if he died during the night.
On Saturday morning, I woke up from sleeping next to him on the floor to see he was holding his head up and looking at me with his blue crossed-eyes opened! I juiced some wheat grass and mixed it with his water. He took quite a bit of liquid that morning through the dropper, though he could not lap it, and then he attempted to pull himself up. His front legs were functioning but his entire hind end was immobilized. This caused him to meow frantically and I calmed him down with more Lavender. This worked, by the way, almost instantly!
I picked him up with the towels around him and held him. It was then that I noticed that when I touched him with my hands, his body began to vibrate rhythmically, exactly as if I was touching him with the Diadens! If I touched his hind end or rear paws, his hind end vibrated. If I touched his head or upper body, his upper body vibrated. He clearly relaxed and enjoyed this experience. I was amazed but continued to hold my hands on him in different areas, and each time, I could feel and see his muscles tense, shake, and relax, over and over!
A friend brought him some salmon broth, which TingTu seemed to enjoy. Mind you, he had not eaten since Wednesday afternoon, and he did not seem at all interested in food, chewing, or even lapping liquids yet.
Also, upon recommendation from an essential oil practitioner, I placed a scant drop of Frankincense on my fingers and touched them just inside TingTu’s ears. This, I was told, would help his brain to retain oxygen. He certainly smelled wonderful!
By Saturday evening, TingTu began purring when I held him. I was ecstatic!
On Sunday, I continued with the oils, the diluted wheat grass water, and the salmon broth. And, for what it is worth, for three days I had been continually chanting a Buddhist chant for lungs and limbs, said to invoke sunlight inside the body, “Om Suryaya, Namaha.”
He tried to walk but his hind end just flopped sideways, causing him to fall down over and over. I held him a lot, to keep him calm, using the oils, the chanting, and my hands, seemingly miraculously, continued to cause his body to vibrate wherever I placed them!
He was beginning to lap water and broth from a bowl held near his mouth, though he occasionally blew bubbles into the liquid with his nose.
On Sunday night I propped his hind end so he could sit in front of his bowl. He ate ravenously on his own. I had mixed some Cod Liver Oil in his dry cat food.
After he ate, I put him in his litter box but he did not seem to be ready for that. He could lie normally, holding his head up, and purring. He seemed very happy after eating, and was very interested in the small lamp near him, peacefully watching it and blinking.
On Monday, he continued to try to walk, but his hind legs did not support him well. He would shake his head and fall over. These were, to me, clear signs of dizziness. In humans, you can tell someone is dizzy because their “hind legs” do not walk straight. TingTu walked as if he was on a ship in rough seas! His front legs were fine, his rear legs were not. 
By Tuesday, TingTu began to use the litter box and also, finally had a bowel movement. This had concerned me because I knew he needed to get the poison from the anesthetics out of his body, and the longer he retained feces, it would be reabsorbed into his system. I was hoping the Cod Liver Oil would help with this. His feces were very dry and had a bluish caste to them.
For several more days, TingTu seemed to have tunnel vision, also an effect of Ketamine-type drugs. He repeatedly wanted to go into the small space between the refrigerator and the wall, which was impossible. Also, he could not see anything unless it was about three feet directly in front of him. I dangled his toys in various places to see where his vision was strongest, and it was always about three or four feet in front, not on either side or closer to his eyes. (He still smells around for his food and does not seem able to see close up.)
He began to get his balance back (and yes, I did continue the peppermint, as a remedy for dizziness, though careful to not get it on his nose), and he started to chase his sister and play without bumping into furniture or walls much.
About two weeks after the operation, TingTu was functioning very well. It has now been nearly a month and he is running and playing, and seemingly grateful to be alive! His peripheral vision continues to improve, he grooms himself very well, and he grooms his sister well also! His appetite is normal, he meows, purrs, pounces, loves to be petted, and seems just fine!
I continue to make big bowls of wheat grass water, which TingTu still loves (and his sister also laps it up). Oddly, both cats also seem to love munching on the sprouted wheat berries I use to grow the wheat grass! Do they think the wheat berries are bugs? 
I wrote this in hopes that it might help some other creature, or person, when all else has failed!

Om Suryaya Namaha!

The Natural Road to a Clear and Oil-Free Complexion By Way of France!

Angie Provost here to bring you the best natural and organic personal beauty products our Mother Earth has to offer us!

I went with two of my best gal pals to make the trek across the pond in our late-twenties. I had just begun a two month relationship with a guy that I was fighting my true feelings about when we took off for Europe. I’m a ‘rules’ girl and was refusing to admit this was the guy I was going to marry. I was desperately trying to be aloof and act like I didn’t care that we were continents apart. Paris, however…had other plans. Strolling down the rue Saint – Honore’ and trying my darndest NOT to look like a gawking American I came across a beautiful Parisian salon with it’s name emblazoned across the front of the building. There it was…the name of my new guy back in California…Franck Provost…elegantly scripted in basic black. Shedding my temporarily adopted European cool I raced across the street and immediately demanded the girls take my picture under the sign (can you say TOURISTE!?!). I took it as a sign and told him I loved him the SECOND the plane landed back in the States. We were married a year later and I still love my Franko to this day.
Enter in one of the most elegantly French of all things beautiful and Parisian…Decleor Skin Care products. I, in particular love the Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang oil treatment. This is the antidote to oily skin. Its blend of essential oils has both purifying and regulating properties. It’s a potent treatment which helps rebalance sebaceous secretion and deep cleanses and brightens congested complexions. I tend to run oily so let me tell you I was VERY skeptical about putting additional OIL on my already GREASE slick of a complexion. Seems like overkill to me. However, I did the research, read the reviews and decided to trust in the French. And I was SO glad I did. Not only are the aromatherapy properties soothing and a remarkably luxurious way to end my day but it actually DID get my oil production under control! I have NEVER been able to go several hours without reapplying powder until I began using this gorgeous product. I only use it at night and just a little goes a long way but I will not be without this for as long as my skin remains OHH-LA-LA clear, soft, and ultra luminous!
Check it out at DECLEOR
For all of you other skin-type girls out there…there is a Decleor natural Aromessence Oil for you too! The Visage Angelique is perfect for dry or dehydrated skin, Neroli compliments regular skin to combination, Rose de Orient pampers sensitive skin, and Aromessence Iris energizes and redefines mature skin.
Well, I’m taking my gorgeous-looking French inspired skin off to a boulevard cafe for some fine French champagne with my distantly French husband. It doesn’t get any better than that!


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