The Challenge of Change

Hello 2019!


It was just a few short weeks ago that I was publicizing re-opening my massage practice, Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy, at a new location!  I was set up to rebuild after spending four years at JMZ Salon and Spa on State Street, and my plan was to start offering monthly ‘Serious Self-Care’ seminars, bring Simply Earth essential oils into Idaho (love these because they are high-quality oils at an affordable price and NO MLM! Plus they donate 13% to non-profits whose mission is to end human and sex trafficking!)

But God must have other plans for me!

I am all set to enter back into Boise State University for the third time in my life to complete those 29 more credits to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Multi-Disciplinary studies.  People often ask me, ‘what’s that going to get you?’  You know what?  I have absolutely NO idea what it will ‘get’ me on top of the simple satisfaction of accomplishing a lifelong goal!

I am going to serve an internship for NAMI Treasure Valley while I am serving on the Board as Program Director.  This is a huge blessing to me, as anyone who has read my book ‘Borderline – Swan Song of an Unfinished Life’ and knows the journey I have taken to get to this point has been, shall I say, an interesting one!

If you love to read and enjoy Kindle, during the month of January, Amazon is offering TWO Kindle books for free.  Imagine that!  January is also the month of my Helen Louise (Persons) Edwards birth.

Do you prefer paperback?  I do, too!  You can also purchase at Amazon for just $14.95 plus tax and shipping.

As for me, I have a glorious life to live and another chapter to write!






Join Me at Santa’s ‘Serious Self-Care’ Workshop!

Looking for gifts for those special individuals in your life?  Have some on your list who you love to pamper with exquisite artisan gifts?

Join me at the Holiday Bazaar at Tree City Church tomorrow, December 15th, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 3852 N. Eagle Road in Boise, Idaho 83713!  I will be there offering special package prices, my Idaho Soak Salts, stocking stuffers, and more!

I will also be introducing Simply Earth essential oils to the Treasure Valley, and will have lovely cool weather essential oils for you to experience!

Livewell Natural Health will be offering COMPLIMENTARY Ion Cleanse Detox Footbaths along with my $10 OFF coupon on massage!  Plus beautiful diffusers for your home or office!

Stocking stuffers – $10 – $25!!

Diffusers – $35!!

Simply Earth Essential Oils – $20 Gift Card for all who purchase the Monthly Box – which includes four essential oils and tons of recipes and ideas!

Christmas Cards – $1.50/each

We will be offering a FREE DRAWING for a ‘Serious Self-Care’ stocking, which includes:

1 – 60 Minute Himalayan Pink Salt Stone/Aromatherapy massage, 1 – Complimentary Ion Cleanse Detox Foot Bath, 1 – 10% off Livewell nutritional, 1 – 4 oz bag of Idaho Soak Salts, and 1 – Simply Earth Cedarwood Essential Oil with a copy of my book, ‘Borderline – Swan Song of an Unfinished Life’!

Everyone who enters the drawing will be eligible for the 2018 ‘Serious Self-Care’ Membership prices!


Santa says; “Give the gift of Health for 2019!  If you’ve got your health, you’ve got EVERYTHING!!”





Whatever Your Reason for the Season is…

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Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings happiness, may it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Body Blessings has an incredible variety of gift-giving ideas for your loved ones this year with everything from Head 2 Toe Stretch at $10 OFF, to a combination package of a complimentary Ion Foot Cleanse from LiveWell Natural Health  with a $39 – 60 minute massage*, to our very popular Buy 4, get the 5th FreeA Gift of Gratitude packages, Full-Year packages, and our brand new ‘Serious Self-Care’ memberships that are all on sale until December 31st!

We also have some lovely ‘hand tinkered and home-wrought’ Idaho Soak Salts in four different varieties for your soaking pleasure!  CereSmiles, Lavendula Native Dance, Perseverance, and Sweet Babu!  Idaho Soak Salts are available in 16 oz decorated jars for $25 as well as $5 – 4 oz ‘stocking stuffer’ sizes!

The product is available at LiveWell Natural Health, however, I am not always in the office, so please simply text me or email me at for product information.

diffuserI also am introducing a new line of essential oils into my practice called ‘Simply Earth’.  These are the oils I hand blend and mix my products with, and one of the reasons I chose them is that they donate 13% of their profit to organizations that are fighting to end human trafficking!  If you are interested in stopping by and being introduced to these wonderful oils, this month is a great time, with my introductory rate being just $39/60 minute massage*!  Here is a link that you can use well if you would like to give them a try!

*Remember, LiveWell Natural Health is offering a complimentary half-hour Ion Foot bath in combination with Body Blessings‘ 60-minute introductory rate of just $39!  This offer is valid until December 31st, and expires January 31st, 2019!  Be sure to contact Penny at 208-392-8383 to book your Ion Foot Cleanse first!

I will be at the Crossbridge Holiday Bazaar at Tree City Church on December 15th if you would like to stop by and sample Simply Earth essential oils, purchase a jar of Idaho Soak Salts, or just say ‘hi’!  I am sure I will have some other Holiday goodies as well!

Idaho Soak Salts

Give the gift of health this year – to your loved ones, your self, or that cranky boss or irritating neighbor of yours!  After all, isn’t good health the greatest gift of all?

I look forward to seeing you soon, and until then…

Take Care of You!

#ShopSmall – Small Business Saturday

It’s almost that time again!  American Express’ Small Business Saturday!  The day devoted to encouraging people to buy local from small businesses for your Christmas gift giving!

This year, Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy will be debuting our Idaho Soak Salts, a delightful blend of Himalayan Pink salt, Dead Sea salts, and Epsom salts orchestrated with different essential oils from Simply Earth essential oils, all carefully mixed the ‘hand-wrought and home tinkered way’ by local L.M.T. and owner of Body Blessings, Elizabeth Edwards.

unnamedIdaho Soak Salts are just one product in the trio that will be available in 2019, and will be available for purchasing at the LiveWell Natural Healthcare Small Business Saturday Open House from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Denise Bahadar, MSN, FNP, owner of LiveWell Natural Healthcare will be present to meet the public and answer questions about naturopathic care and the services that LiveWell Natural Healthcare has to offer!

Idaho Soak Salts are just one item that will be available for sale.  Only 24 jars will be available, however, orders can be taken for Santa’s list!  Remember, 10% of all sales from Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy is donated to the Wyakin Foundation –

LiveWell Natural Healthcare not only offers naturopathic care, but you can now get your naturopathic, primary care and massage therapy under ONE ROOF!

We hope you will join us for this year’s #ShopSmall – Small Business Saturday both online and in ‘brick and mortar’!

Please visit the Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy Facebook page for more details!

Merry Christmas from Boise, Idaho!

Why #MentalHealthMatters Today


Today is World #MentalHealthMatters Day.

As I compose my thoughts at my kitchen table, watching children going home from the elementary school I live close to and pondering what I can say that will invite the masses to look at the subject of mental health issues in a different way, I thank God that I have lived through my own challenges and have arrived at a point to where I can help others who may have a loved one who is having mental health issues or they may, in fact, be having trouble themselves.

I had taken the time to listen to and view a webinar that was offered by Ruth Buzcynski, PhD and the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) as I am always interested in learning how to deal with my own diagnosis and how to help people in the best way that I can when they come in for massage.  Often times when people get massage, they open up to their therapist, and when this happens, it can sometimes be overpowering, as even though I have learned volumes going through my own journey to mental health wellness, I am not a psychologist, and I personally don’t like to cross the line into the area of advising clients.  So I tuned in to see what I could learn, and thought I would write my blog on the latest information from the top experts, but my mind keeps drifting back to the children who were just recently walking by, and there goes one more!

Those of us who love Idaho LOVE our way of life, and now, we have been ‘found out’ by the rest of the Country for our quality of life.  Idaho has always been known to be a great place to raise a family, and it still is.  As more and more people from the ‘outside’ are drawn to us, we are going to have to embrace where our mental health system (or lack of) truly stands, and with the 6th highest suicide rate in the nation, I personally believe that this State can either stand up and take the lead on creating a model mental health care ‘system’, or we can some how try to explain and justify being 6th in the nation for highest suicide rates.


In the Nation.

So how can we make simple yet effective changes?  We’ve got to start having ‘the talk’.  Not the stigmatized talk, not the ‘Guns vs Mental Health’ dialogue, but the honest talk – from those who have the experience – those who are in the ‘front lines’, so to speak.  Open, honest communication – heart to heart, soul to soul.

So that our children can continue to walk home from school in safety.

So that our children can go to school safely.

So that our children can be children first, before becoming responsible citizens in our community.

Talk to your children today after school about mental health.  Simply ask them what they think mental health is, and you may be surprised.  Will this change the world over night?


Of course not.

But it will give you insight into what your child perceives in their experience, and it will provide you an opportunity to talk about the importance of taking care of one’s mental health just as much as their physical health or their spiritual health.  Answer their questions as best as you can, and if you don’t know, make a project to take some time to do some research together and find out facts – not myths and fables.  Talk to them about effective ways of dealing with the stress that they face in their young lives.

The 20% will be thankful that you did, and so will your child.


The Mind/Body/Spirit Connection – A Three-legged Stool


41598584_254221698464505_2987942381992542208_nGood morning Treasure Valley!

Where are you at right now, this very moment in time, when you ready this post?

At work, taking a break to read my words?

At home, taking care of little ones?

On the road?  If you are on the road, STOP reading while you are driving, your life is important!  The information will be here for you to read during your leisure time.

Leisure time – do we even have that anymore?

In this ever changing, quickly growing, rapidly expanding world we live in, we cannot afford to lose our health.

To live a fully integrated ‘healthy’ lifestyle, you truly need to attend to all three components of overall health ;

  • Physical health.
  • Mental health.
  • Spiritual health.

These three areas are like a three-legged stool, if you neglect one, and it becomes weak, the other two cannot support YOU!

Our minds are bombarded with so much negativity and fear during the day – fake news, information coming to us faster than we can think of it by the touch of a button, all that is required to live a ‘successful’ life. This leaves our brains and our system on overload much of the time, and we need to allow our brains time to ‘flow’ in the realm of pondering and creativity. Do you take time out of your day to just close your eyes for one minute, disregard your thoughts, and relax?

Our bodies take the toll of what our daily existence requires – get up at 6 a.m. to hit the gym, showered and dressed and on the road by 7:00 – 7:15, fighting traffic to get to work, then we put in our eight hours of paying our rent here on this beautiful planet Earth. We now have social media to keep up with along with our other duties, and if we have young children, we must navigate attending their many activities that we have filled their little lives with, and then scramble home for dinner, homework, bedtime for the kiddos, and find a wee bit of time to relax and prepare for the next day before we get up to do it all over again. Are you finding time in your week to take care of your body with some physical activity? Perhaps biking, hiking, walking for just 15 minutes to a half hour a day will help your body maintain it’s many duties. There is a Buddhist belief that if you have a problem, and you take a walk for 20 minutes, your problem will be solved.  Are you taking care of your physical body?

Our spirits – Our greatest gift that we came into this world with, our very souls. So many people who come through my doors are doing so much to take care of the ‘outer’ world, that they have totally neglected their ‘inner’ world. There are many ways to nurture your spirit, my favorite is to take time each morning and evening to pray & meditate, read scripture, remember to thank God for allowing me another day on this Earth, and to remind me that I am here to do His work. Painting, sculpting, writing poetry or music, playing a musical instrument, knitting, etc. all help your spirit to slip into that realm of existence where our thoughts run free and we remember our dreams.  Do you allow time for your spirit to express and manifest itself in this world?

Taking care of all three of the legs of your ‘stool’ will help you to balance yourself in this very demanding and hectice life we now live, and restore your soul. Why not challenge yourself this week to do some self-care and act on each of these three areas? After all, you are the only one who can truly take the best care of you, and aren’t you worth it?

How do You get People to Talk about Mental Health?

Mental Health.

Not an easy subject to openly talk about as it conjures up words such as:

  • Suicide
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar
  • P.T.S.D.
  • Schizophrenia

and images such as:






All images of beings filled with unhappiness, discontent, fear, and more.

Yet depression can strike anyone.

Poor mental health can come from surviving traumatic incidents in life – from losing a loved one, going through divorce, being in an accident – there are numerous events in life that can create long lasting depression and anxiety.

Although we all may experience depression, some of us may feel its effects longer than others, and it just might not shake itself away, and we become consumed with it.  Our thoughts are generally dark, we see no hope in the future, and we feel as though we are a burden to our families, our friends and this world.  A terrible way to feel.

But still we keep silent, as more and more of our teenagers try taking their lives, or are so unhappy with their worlds that they reach out in anger by hurting others.

How do we come to discuss depression and all that comes with it, and tackle the ‘elephant in the room’?

After losing my own mother to suicide at a very early age, and watching what happened to my family after her untimely death, and going through my own ‘dance’ with the mental health system of the State of California, I decided to write about how I got to that point, as I have never had a substance abuse problem, was a ‘good’ Christian girl, and yet, it still happened to me.

I wrote this book to help others understand what the mental health system is all about, how a person is changed by the ‘ride’ in hopes of bringing the subject to light, as I believe it will be those who go through a system and survive that may be able to enlighten for others what this subject of mental health is all about.

It is my sincere hope that my little story will help others in a big way, and encourage others who may be fighting depression and considering suicide to think again.  My life may not look exactly like I thought it would, but I am very thankful that I survived my own attempt at suicide.  If my book helps someone hold on, change their mind about getting help, and continue living, even if it is just one person, sharing my story is worth the risk I take every time I talk about mental health.

Recovery is possible.  It can be very hard and humiliating work, but it is possible.

Please consider purchasing my book, ‘Borderline – Swan Song of an Unfinished Life’ during this week of National Suicide Awareness.  Available at,, and at

Other ways you can help?  Attend the NAMITreasure Valley 1st Annual 5K Walk/Resource event on September 29th, 2018 and learn more.  I would love to see you there!