Guardian Angel, Service Dog

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Before I met Nicole and Angel I had seen people with service animals BUT I had no idea how much they could change someones life. Nicole and I met at Art Awakenings a program that promotes empowerment and recovery through the power of creative expression with adults and youth who face behavioral health challenges. I love painting with Nicole and cracking jokes! Nicole is a very amazing, sweet and strong person she is also the owner of a very amazing service animal named Angel. Angel is a very fitting name for this sweet dog! Not only does she support Nicole at the studio she supports everyone! She is very obedient and lays right next to Nicole at the studio, with Nicoles permission she will go give hugs and kisses.
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Angel is very smart and aware of not only Nicole’s needs for support but others in the studio. There are some days I come in feeling a little down and Angel will sit next to Nicole and wait for permission to come give me hugs. She always cheers me up!
Before Angel, Nicole told me she would isolate for days sometimes weeks at a time. She would stop taking her medication and would be hospitalized repeatedly. Angel makes sure Nicole takes her meds everyday. Nicole says that Angels unconditional love for her does what all the the doctors and medications in the world could NEVER do!
Nicole shared the following information with me, hoping to help others learn how to get their dogs trained as service animals too.

Nicole told me that there is really no time frame to get your service animal certified through the Americans with Disabilities Act. The service animal has to be specifically trained to do something that aids their owner with their disability. Service animals must have basic obedience training, and training on how to act in public places.

Power Paws http://www.azpowerpaws.org/, ADA, and AZ Assistive Dog Association helped Nicole with guidlines on how to get Angel trained. Legally the owner must have full control of the animal at all times. Trained service animals can go anywhere their owner goes such as public transportation, restaurants, theaters etc. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americans_with_Disabilities_Act_of_1990 businesses must make reasonable accommodations to assist individuals with disabilities.
Unfortunately there are people who abuse these rights, they claim their pets as service animals to get into public places and to get their pets on an airplane for free.

I watched this 20/20 report a few weeks ago on a Friday evening and it really upset me.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/pet-owners-game-emotional-support-animal-system-fly/story?id=30064532  I worry that if people continue to do this will the people who actually have true certification and licensing such as Nicole be permitted to bring Angel on an airplane? Not too long ago there was a man at Sky Harbor airport that brought his pit bull (not registered as a service animal) to the airport to board with him. They were waiting to board and the dog snapped and bit a man with no provocation. People who take advantage of the rights of the disabled, make it hard for people with service animals. They are the ones getting attention from the media, not Angel and others animals who are saving lives. Nicole hopes that in the future there will be some sort of central registry or other guidlines in place to ensure that these animals are properly trained before working in public. Until then is its up to dogs like Angel and the people they support to be a positive example and educate the public.
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College Ready With The Health and Wellness Kit

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Get your kiddo’s college ready with the Health&Wellness kit.  With the Health and Wellness kit your student will be well equipped to address both physical and emotional needs.  The kit is our most complete kit containing single oils and blends. 

The kit contains 7 oils and 3 blends 

Frankincense, Lemon, Oregano, Melaleuca, Rosemary, Lavender, Amend(soothing blend), Respire, Shield and Peppermint

I’ve put together a few suggestions to get your student started.

FRANKINCENSE

Immune Support

Warts:Apply 1 drop oregano and 1 drop frankincense to the wart(with a cotton swab) 2-3x a day. Apply til the wart is gone and for one week afterwards.

Blend with Melaleuca for minor cuts and abrasions.

Fades scars.

Calming,diffuse or inhale from the bottle

LEMON

Use it to flavor water.

Add it to water and use as a gargle to help with cold sores

Diffuse with Rosemary to help with cognitive function.

Add it to a water filled glass spray bottle and use it for general cleaning.

Add it to water with raw honey to ease sore throats.

Use it to scrub away permanent marker.

Blend it with lavender and peppermint to make LLP (natural antihistamine). You can blend equal amounts and apply to the bottom of your feet or add 3 drops each and put them in a gel/veg cap.

OREGANO

Nature’s antibiotic.

It can be used as an expectorant,apply to chest with a carrier oil.

Apply to the belly with a carrier oil if you’ve become ill after eating questionable food.

Use it to treat toenail fungus.

MELALEUCA

Combine with lavender and witch hazel in a glass spray bottle to treat acne.

Combine with peppermint and purified water and use as a mouth wash for gum disease.

Combine with Oregano and Shield to make cold and flu bombs. (3 drops of each oil applied to the bottom of your feet or added to a gel/veg cap) Take the cold and flu bombs 3x a day.

Dilute with coconut oil and apply to a new tattoo.

Dab on acne breakouts.

Add a drop to your shampoo to help with dandruff

ROSEMARY

Helpful for mental clarity and memory.

Diffuse for respiratory issues or inhale from the bottle.

Add a few drops to your shampoo to stimulate hair growth.

Promotes circulation,use it in a foot massage.

Great pain relief for workout recovery

LAVENDER

Sleep aid.

Add a few drops to the mattress to freshen it when changing sheets.

Great for insect bites and stings.

Good for burns.

AMEND-SOOTHING BLEND

May help soothe sore joints,muscles,psoriasis and eczema.

RESPIRE

Diffuse for allergy congestion.

Can help fight the common cold and flu.

SHIELD

Add a couple drops to a splinter, it will swell and fall out.

Add 6 drops each Shield,Oregano and Frankincense to a gel/veg cap and take 3x a day for a bladder infection.

Protects against germs. Add 20 drops to a 2 ounce glass spray bottle, fill remainder of the bottle with alcohol free witch hazel. Use as a natural hand sanitizer.

Apply to the bottom of your feet to boost immunity.

Diffuse when coming down with the flu.

PEPPERMINT

Energizing (Improves alertness and concentration).

Add 3 drops each of peppermint,lemon,melaleuca and oregano in a steamy cup of water for a sinus infection.

Can be used as a local anesthetic.

Add 4-5 drops to a cup of water for hiccups.

Blend 2 drops with a carrier oil to the abdomen for IBS

Use it with oil pulling.

Use it as an expectorant,2 drops with a carrier oil applied to chest and back.

Dab on temples, neck and sinuses for headaches.

Use it to repel mice and spiders.

Consider adding our Aroma Mist diffuser (it also comes in white) it’s a great style and size for a dorm room. Carrier oil and veg or gel caps will also complete the use of the kit. The Aroma Mist Diffuser and Almond Oil is on sale during the month of May and when using coupon code: jeanne you will save an additional 10%.

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