Enjoy Lindy Francoise, certified aromatherapist,  of Escentials4Health.com explain the use of lavender oil in this 10 minute video.  Linda is a local Wake Forest, N.C. business owner with a delightful day spa. 

  Gemstones and Reiki, as well as Chakra,  are forms of alternative health practices as Vickie Penninger shows how she helps her patients using gemstones and Reiki.  This is a live video from Herbfest, 2009 held to benefit the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment - GJCAE.org.

   Hope you enjoy and be sure to visit our blog with your comments. 


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      Historically the drug with the trade name Accutane has been a prescription medication given to teens to help control the outbreak of acne.  Especially for teens, where appearance takes on a much stronger theme in their lives, there is concern on how one looks. Unfortunately some of the side effects of the prescribed medications can cause adverse reactions such as:

  •    signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Accutane and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
  •    depressed mood, trouble concentrating, sleep problems, crying spells, aggression or agitation, changes in behavior, hallucinations, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
  •    sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
  •    blurred vision, sudden and severe headache or pain behind your eyes, sometimes with vomiting;
  •    hearing problems, hearing loss, or ringing in your ears;
  •    seizure (convulsions);
  •    severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate;
  •    loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  •    severe diarrhea, rectal bleeding, black, bloody, or tarry stools;
  •    fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, purple spots under your skin, easy bruising or bleeding; or
  •    joint stiffness, bone pain or fracture.

Less serious Accutane side effects may include:
  •    discomfort with contact lenses;
  •    joint pain, back pain;
  •    feeling dizzy, drowsy, or nervous;
  •    dryness of the lips, mouth, nose, or skin; or
  •    cracking or peeling skin, itching, rash, changes in your fingernails or toenails.

   Note that all of these are the recorded potential adverse reactions.

   One natural product to use for the teen, and less expensive with few adverse side effects is Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia). Tea Tree was originally used in Australia by the Aborigines as a topical antiseptic for the treatment of cuts, abrasions, athlete's foot, burns and insect bites.  It was obtained by steaming the leaves of the tree which resulted in the release of the terpenes which are responsible for it's antiseptic properties.

   Over the last two decades it has become a recommended treatment for acne vulgaris and continues to expand world wide as an effective, natural low cost medication for acne treatments, without the use of harmful pharmaceuticals and their associated high costs.

Sunday, April 19 @ HerbFest 2009


1:00 pm to 2:00 pm     Healing with Reiki and Gemstones - Marilyn Grolitzer, Ph.D. and Vickie Penninger

  Energy healing has been practiced for thousands of years.  Marilyn and Vickie will speak on Reiki, a form of laying-on of hands, which has been performed by cultures throughout the world and is best known in the west by mention in the Bible. Today, this energy from the universe is routinely utilized to assist in healing through therapeutic touch and other hands-on techniques.

Video from HerbFest 2009 On Use of Reiki, Chakra and Gemstones As Alternative When Traditional Medicine Has Failed The Patient

The natural properties of gemstones have been employed throughout history. Each has a unique vibration that has been known to affect the mental, emotional and physical body as well as the surrounding environment.

Marilyn Grolitzer, Ph.D.

   Marilyn Grolitzer worked for over 20 years as a research scientist leading research and development organizations at Monsanto, Solutia and Dow Reichhold. She was known worldwide for her scientific research on specialty chemical additives and has numerous patents and publications.  After leaving Solutia she focused her attention on helping start-up companies on medical products including medical devices and drug delivery systems and alternative health care for women. Marilyn is currently CEO of Reiki Creations, Inc, a company focused on producing products for healing of body, mind and spirit with Reiki and gemstones. www.reikicreations.com


Marilyn began her work using hands-on healing in 2005 and went on to study Reiki with Vicki Penninger, 2006-2007, receiving Master’s certification in May 2007. She continued her studies to specialize in working with gemstones and crystal energy therapy. This practice of healing of body, mind and spirit with nature’s energy has been known and used by healers throughout history as each gemstone has a unique vibration that may affect the mental, emotional and physical body as well as the surrounding environment.


Marilyn is also actively involved in clean water advocacy.  She is a Master Gardener for Wake County and contributes many articles on aquatic plants and environmental conservation.


Vickie Penninger

  Vickie is a healing facilitator offering Quantum Clearing, Reiki, Arcing Radial Light and Crystal Energy Therapy. She is a Healing Touch practitioner, has completed Medical Intuitive Training and is a certified practitioner of ThetaHealing.   Vickie utilizes many modalities in her work including flower essences, aromatherapy, chakra balancing and repair, cord cuttings, past life regression, spirit release work, & energetic clearing of property.  Vickie performs Illuminations, Extractions, death rites and soul retrieval in the tradition of Inkan shamanism.

Vickie offers classes in Reiki, Arcing Radial Light, Munay-Ki Rites, Past Life Regression and Crystal Energy Therapy.  www.thereikichannel.com

Carol Randuci Introduces HerbFest Attendees to Oriental Medicine and Feng Shui Garden Design With Her Two Free Classes


    Have you heard of Oriental Medicine, but not sure what it is?  Are you wondering if Acupuncture needles hurt? Are you curious about all those teas you hear about?
And how does this health care system mix with other health care systems?

    Here is an opportunity for your questions to be answered. Carol Wentz Randaci has her degree in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture and has been involved with alternative medicine for 25 years, and she is excited to share her knowledge and experience.

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