The Neti Pot nasal wash

The Neti Pot This teapot-looking device is certainly not what it looks like.  It’s a Neti Pot used for nasal washing, a practice that has been around more than 5,000 years as a means to ultimate health and better breathing.

What is it? The Neti Pot is a device used to clean out the nasal passageway to counteract pollution, allergies, colds and sinus problem.

Why does it work? The nose is the barrier between the atmosphere and our bodies. The mucus in our nose filters the air from dust, dirt and other particles.  Without cleaning the mucus out often, the particles can end up in the stomach. The Neti Pot cleans the mucus out of the nose allowing it to regenerate fresh mucus and keep the body healthy.

How does it work? You fill the Neti Pot with a saline mixture of pure non-iodized salt with two cups warm water. Then lean over a sink with your nose slightly higher than your lips and leaning toward one side. Breathe through your mouth, insert the spout of the pot in your upper nostril until it forms a comfortable seal. Raise the Neti Pot to allow the solution to flow through the upper nostril and out the lower nostril.  After you are done, be sure to exhale vigorously through both nostrils, simultaneously, to clear the nasal passages. Repeat with the other nostril.

Can I buy it at ilumina? Of course! It’s $20.50 for the Neti Pot and $3.50 for a bag of Neti salt with over 160 scoops of salt.


Fertility and Flame Retardent Chemicals

Scientists have been learning more about environmental hazards and chemicals that can affect fertility, and now they’ve added another potential threat to the list: polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), used as a flame retardant. A recent study of 223 pregnant women, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that those women who had the highest concentration of the chemicals in their blood took longer to become pregnant.PBDEs are surprisingly common, used in foam furniture, electronics, fabrics, carpets, and plastics. Because of safety concerns, most manufacturers have been phasing out their use, but they are still readily found in products made before 2004. PBDEs are also present in some foods, particularly dairy products and higher-fat meat and fish. An earlier study found detectable levels of PBDEs in the blood of 97 percent of Americans.For more information on environmental hazards and fertility, download the free brochure, “Toxic Matters,” by the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) at the University of California, San Francisco, at by Conceive EditorsTuesday, 22 June 2010

Upcoming Events

Our events are warm and informative and fill up fast so call sooner than later  to reserve a spot.  They are all held at ilumina.7520 E. Camelback RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85251(602)957-2602Women’s Circle led by Marion Light M.Ed.1st Monday of the MonthFor women looking to connect with other women in an environment that encourages inner growth and healing.  This meeting encompasses setting the space, clearing negative or stagnant energies, a guided meditation and sharing.  In our society, many women have become overstressed and overburdened with family, work and their own high expectations of themselves.  The age-old tradition of sitting in a circle and sharing has been replaced by hectic, isolated lives that lead to distraction from our deeper selves.  These groups allow a space for community, inner discovery and healing.  This renewed energy then goes forward with each woman and touches al those they encounter.Fertility Circle led by Marion Light M.Ed.3rd Monday of the MonthFor women on the journey to motherhood who are seeking connection with other women on the same path. This circle includes guided visualizations and will remain small to ensure personal attention.FREE LECTURE SERIESMarch 8, 2010  (Monday) 6-7:30pmHealing through the Emotions with Marion Light M.Ed.Our emotions, both conscious and unconscious play an important role in our learning. It is through the emotions that we gain deeper access to who we really are and what is important to us in our lives.  Living an inner guided life does not ensure an absence of difficulty in your life.  Leaving your emotions and tapping into your intuition will however allow you to move through these transitions with ease and grace without becoming unbalanced.  Come for an evening to learn about the emotional aspects of your physical, financial and relationship issues.April 26, 2010 (Monday) 6-7:30pmYoga for Fertility with Suzanne Gaynor L.Ac., RYTCome learn about the benefits of how yoga can reduce stress, increase blood flow and enhance fertility. Yoga philosophy, breathing techniques and simple poses will be explored. Fertility based private yoga sessions, books and DVDs will be available for purchase.  No specialty equipment or clothing needed.May 10, 2010 (Monday) 6-7:30pmTreating PCOS with Traditional Chinese Medicine with Dana Price L.Ac.Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a common cause of infertility. Come learn how taking the integrative approach to this complex syndrome can heal the ovaries and promote ovulation, aid in weight loss, and balance the hormones thus reducing symptoms and promoting fertility. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary therapy, massage, and emotional wellbeing will be addressed.

Eastern Nutrition&Detoxfication Program

Eastern Nutrition ProgramThis is a program that involves the energetics of food to create balance in the body. Learn the Taoist system of the 5 elements and the 5 tastes of food to balance your overall diet. Circumstances that influence dietary choices and habits such as convenience and emotions around eating will be discussed. Food choices, places to shop, and recipes are recommended as well. This program is an overall wellness program that includes nutrition supplements, exercise recommendations and stress management techniques. Three appoints are necessary to receive all of these facets to the program.Detox ProgramThis program is customized for the individual depending on their medical history and their energetic diagnosis. The detox diet includes a clean, balanced combination of foods based on Eastern nutritional principles. Along with the diet includes detox therapies to practice at home, supplements, and tea. The duration of this program is 10-14 days.The detox program includes two different detox plans. Both programs are a whole body detox which cleanses the liver, large intestine, blood, lymph, lungs, skin, and kidneys. One program is more specific to candida that includes a yeast free diet and supplements to clear the body of candida.For more information or to schedule an appointment please call.In Health,Dana Price DOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM, FABORMilumina Healing Sanctuary7520 E. Camelback RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85251(602)957-2602

New Years Detoxification Program at ilumina

Start your new year feeling fresh and vibrant. Join Sherri Taylor L.Ac. on January 12, 2009 for a health enhancing detox workshop. Sherri will educate the group on the importance and benefits of detoxing. Each participant will receive a folder containing juicing recipes, menu ideas, and a list of foods to eat during the special detox diet. Sherri will also provide guidelines for proper exercise, rest, and other activities and treatments that will support your detox. A regimen of supplements will be available to purchase to enhance the purification process. Space is limited, so call now to reserve your place.  ilumina (602)957-2602The Importance of DetoxingTo maintain health and strengthen immunity, detoxing the body once or twice per year is an important part of your wellness program. Today, most of us live in a polluted environment, dealing daily with traffic, crowds and increasing stress. We consume packaged, processed and fast food and suffer from over stimulation and lack of rest. Over time, our compromised environment and unhealthy habits lead to physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic toxicity. As this internal imbalance of energies grows, it can result in physical and emotional ailments. To maintain balance and harmony with our natural state of well being, the first step is ridding the body of toxic accumulations.Every individual manifests different signs and symptoms when the body has become toxic. Physically, we might experience fatigue, aches and pains, muscular tightness, constipation, body odor, hypertension, headaches, allergies, hair loss, sinusitis or other symptoms. Mentally, we may have problems with concentration, memory or dizziness. Emotionally, we may feel anxiety, depression, irritability, restlessness or an inability to find joy in life. Spiritually, we may have unconsciously closed ourselves off and forgotten what makes our spirit flourish. Energetically, we can become exhausted and unable to function at optimum capacity. Behind all these symptoms is the fact that as our cells become toxic, they cannot communicate well with each other, and their functioning is impaired. Metabolism is slowed, excretory organs become sluggish, and the body's systems become more and more imbalanced.If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is time to support your body in detoxifying and rebalancing itself. Take the first step in reclaiming your natural state of wellness and joy and reserve your place at our January detox workshop. ilumina Healing Sanctuary (602)957-2602.