Essential Oil Blending class

There are so many things one can do with essential oils.  Once you have discovered essential oils and diffused them usually you want to find out what else you can do with these wonderful scents. 

These precious essences from plants can also be very powerful medicines.  They can also be blended to make a delightful scent to wear.  In this class we are going to investigate these two areas.  How to effectively blend oils for therapeutic use and how to blend them as your identifying scent.

This class is designed to be informative ( a little technical info on the oils), fun (there will be some making going on) and easy to understand.  You will walk away with enough information & tools to use at home.

I bring balance to using essential oils.  There is so much information out there by the MLM companies and their disciples.  A lot of the information that is incorrect and misleading.  I bring an approach to using essential oils that utilizes them where they shine and have no problem saying things like, “multivitamins should NOT be made up of essential oils”.  You will learn when to use them and when not to use them.

Barbara Myers brings these essential oils to life and demonstrates how easy it is to work with them.  Read more about Barbara.

There is a $40 fee for this class.
You must register to attend this class. 
To register call 215-997-2838 or email barb@willowhealthfood.com
View our calendar of events to see when this class is offered.

What Reflexology can do for you

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology has been around for centuries; however there are several theories of origination for this healing therapy.  China is the most common, although Egypt reflects the oldest documentation from 2500 – 2330 B.C.  Within all the cultures, they all agreed one important note: It is very important to take care of ones’ feet for physical, mental and spiritual balance.  

Reflexology is a gentle healing therapy that uses the physical act of applying pressure to specific locations on the feet, which directly corresponds to different part of the body/organs/glands. 

What are some health benefits of Foot Reflexology treatments?

Reflexology helps balance ALL of your body systems, stimulating the under-active and calming the over-active.  It promotes relaxation of body and mind, improves circulation, boosts an immune system by up to 25%, calms a nervous system, alleviates stress, and improves digestion.  UNLIMITED BENEFITS!!!

Who can benefit from Reflexology?

EVERYONE can benefit….For all ages from newborns to elderly.

How will you feel after a session?

Each person is different & reactions vary.  Generally speaking, people comment on feeling very relaxed after a session; yet some mention they have tons of energy for the rest of the day.

Did you know that Reflexology can help your body with MOST health challenges, just to list a few:

Diabetes        Allergies        Fibromyalgia            Digestive Issues       Depression
Epilepsy        Sleep Apnea   Skin Challenges        Migraines                Vertigo         

Georgeen M. Harris
Reflexology Practitioner/Certified & Insured
Chalfont & Horsham, PA
215-694-8928

Wellness Wednesday at Willow Health

Wednesday afternoons at Willow Health Food & Wellness Center are busy with making wellness fun,  informative and yours for the taking.   

This is what we are doing:

  • Ion Cleanse
  • Ear candling
  • Zyto Compass Nutritional testing
  • Bach flower assessment
  • Aromatherapy talks
  • Reflexology specials
  • Make and take sessions
  • In store specials for the day

Make & Take Sessions

There is nothing as rewarding and satisfying than being able to make most of the products you love to use and design them to be exactly the way you like them in texture and scent.   As many of you know I do a lot of classes teaching people how to make soaps, lotions, deodorant, herbal preparations and essential oil use.  On Wellness Wednesday you can have your own personalized class to learn exactly what you want to learn and bring some friends with you as well if you like. 

Here are some of the things we will teach you how to make:

  • Personal care products
  • Herbal preparations
  • Essential oil uses
  • Candles
  • Natural cleaning supplies

Email us or call us at 215-997-2838 and let us know what you want to make.  The charge is $20 + $5 material charge or $25.  We will walk you through making the item and you will also be provided with printed material with instructions.  At the end of it you will take home the finished product and instructions you can use yourself at home.  Willow Health also will sell all of the ingredients you would need to make each product at home.

We can also do parties for groups & friends who want to have a fun experience together.
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How to Make Beeswax Candles

During this class you will learn how to:

•    Work with beeswax
•    All the wonderful qualities of beeswax
•    How to make tealights
•    How to make tapers
•    The topic of what wick is the best for this wax
•    I will share the important conclusions that I have come to over many years when it comes to making and burning beeswax candles.When I make a candle I want it to burn cleanly, burn all the way down without dripping and have no left over wax NOR a crater down the middle of the candle as paraffin pillars tend to do.
•    Everyone will get a pair of tealights & a pair of 6” tapers
•    A list of tried resources, local and on the internet will be provided

We will be making tealights & tapers during this class.

Barbara Myers has been using beeswax for many purposes for years and LOVES the wax and how glorious it burns in a taper. She will give you a thorough appreciation of this golden treasure.  Read more about Barbara.

There is a $40 fee for this class.
You must register to attend this class.  NO DROP INS!!
To register call 215-997-2838 or email barb@willowhealthfood.com

View our calendar of events to see when this class is offered.

Herbal Medicine Cabinet

Learn about:

  • Over 20 herbs that you can use for emergencies and the day to day bumps, cuts and bruises
  • How to use these herbs & essential oils
  • Which ones to use and how to use them with your pets
  • The value of herbs as medicine
  • Where to purchase herbs and how to collect your own herbs

Preview this class

A copy of the Herbal Medicine Cabinet presentation will be emailed to you after the class.  Favorite herbal recipes will be included in the class.

Barbara Myers brings these herbs to life in a meaningful way for us in everyday life.  Read more about Barbara.

There is a $35 fee for this class.
You must register to attend this class. 
To register call 215-997-2838 or email barb@willowhealthfood.com

View our calendar of events to see when this class is offered.

Essential Oil class

View our calendar of events to see when this class is offered.

Essential oils and the possibility of all that you can do with them is very popular today.  There are a lot of questions that people have about the oils and how to use them.  I have a lot of people who come into the store and ask about essential oils and they tell me the love the oils but they do not know what to do with them.  Thus this class was created starting with 9 of the most popular and used oils.  This is a fun and informational class about these 9 essential oils and how to use them effectively.  There is much discussion and any questions are welcomed. 

Learn about essential oils:

  • What are essential oils and where do they come from
  • How to use them
  • When to use them
  • Learn about essential oil “notes”…what that mean and how to apply that to essential oil use.
  • Essential oil & pets tip
  • 9 of the most used Essential oils

You go home with:

  • Everything you learned
  • The power point presentation used in the class will be emailed to you upon request.
  • Recipes & blends
  • Lots of great ideas

Barbara Myers brings these essential oils to life and demonstrates how to work with them.  Read more about Barbara.

Preview the class

There is a $40 fee for this class.
You must register to attend this class.  NO DROP INS!!
To register call 215-997-2838 or email barb@willowhealthfood.com

View our calendar of events to see when this class is offered.

How to Make Herbal Salves & Oils

View our calendar of events to see when this class is offered.

In this class we will:

  • Discuss making an herbal oil.  A herbal oil will already be prepared so we can make the salve using the oil because an herbal oil should be infused for 2-4 weeks.  We will set up another herbal oil for future use so everyone will have the experience on making an herbal oil.
  • Make the salve/ointment from the herbal oil
  • Discuss making a salve that can be used for makeup.
  • Discuss using essential oils in salves.
  • Everyone will receive a 2 oz tin of the herbal salve we make.
  • This class includes printed handouts of everything that is discussed.

Barbara Myers brings these herbs to life and demonstrates how easy it is to work with them.  Read more about Barbara.

There is a $40 fee for this class.
You must register to attend this class.  NO DROP INS!!
To register call 215-997-2838 or email barb@willowhealthfood.com

View our calendar of events to see when this class is offered.

Basic soap recipe

 Ingredients     Ounces

Olive oil                 5 oz
Coconut oil             5 oz
Palm oil                   2.5 oz
Castor oil                 1.25 oz
Palm kernel              2.5 oz
Distilled water         5 oz
Lye                           2.38 oz
Superfat                   1 oz
Essential oil or fragrance oil as desired

This is a cold process soap recipe which makes 1 pound of soap or (4) 4 oz bars.  If you have never make cold process soap I would strongly suggest you take a class first before you start making it yourself.  Handling lye is a dangerous and you should always be extremely careful handling lye.  I recommend rubber gloves, an apron and protective glasses while handling lye. 

Willow Health has HOW TO MAKE SOAP classes every month.  Check out our calendar of events.

Tart Cherry

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant – protects against cancer
  • Helps with sleep
  • Prevents & cures gout
  • Protects against heart disease
  • Joint relief
  • Muscle recovery

Anti-Inflammatory

Cherries are packed with unique anthocyanins and other compounds that naturally reduce inflammation.  These compounds deliver comparable anti-inflammatory activity to ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) without the significant side effects!  These powerhouse nutrients are responsible for the deep colors in some berries, fruits, and vegetables.

Antioxidant – AntiCancer

Naturally, like other anthocyanin-rich foods, tart cherries also provide strong antioxidant activity.  Tart cherries are superior because they provide high levels of some novel anthocyanins that are not present in other anthocyanin-rich foods, such as blueberries or bilberries! 

Studies have shown that the anthocyanins, found in tart cherries, can switch off genes involved in the multiple pathways of cancer.  Anthocyanins can also trigger apoptosis, the programmed cell death that causes pre-cancerous cells to self-destruct. 

Sleep

Tart cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle.  Studies have shown that drinking tart cherry juice twice a day helped to increase sleep time.

Gout

Gout is an incredibly painful form of arthritis caused by a build up of uric acid crystals in the bloodstream. It usually effects the big toe, but can cause pain in other joints as well.  Uric acid is naturally found in our bloodstreams, but when too much of it builds up, it forms into crystals.

What causes gout can simply be blamed on too much sugar, alcohol and meat in the diet.  Not everyone who over indulges in these items will have gout, so genetics are involved as some are more disposed to gout than others. 

The bioflavonoids and anthocyanins in tart cherry fight inflammation and lessen uric acid levels in the blood. Less uric acid in the blood means less work your kidneys have to do, keeping the buildup of uric acid down and eliminating those harsh, sharp crystals.

Heart disease

The compounds found in cherries modulate numerous pathways to protect against other conditions associated with inflammation — including cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease.  A study published in the 2009 Journal of Medical Food concluded that tart cherries decrease the risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Tart cherry juice contains one of the most powerful antioxidants that exists, quercetin. Among other functions, quercetin prevents oxidative damage caused by free radicals from damaging low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol), according to a study published in European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Science in 2013. When LDL cholesterol is oxidized, it is more likely to adhere to artery walls, forming plaque which contributes to heart attack and stroke.

Joint Relief

The anthocyanins in tart cherries have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Of all the cherries, tart cherries contain the highest level of this potent red pigment, thus have the strongest healing potential. The anti-inflammatory power of tart cherry it is very effective at relieving joint pain. 

Muscle recovery

Running and exercise can induce muscle damage that generates inflammation and with that, burning, stiffness and pain.  The anthocyanins in tart cherry is effective in protecting against this type of injury by inhibiting the pain and inflammatory effects. 

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