Using Essential Oils to Improve Exercise & Fitness

James Lawrence YLEO










James Lawrence, Guiness World Record holder, Ironman and Triathlete has a regimen of keeping himself healthy and well for his races.

“I train my body hard. With big goals on the horizon, I can’t afford to be sidelined with injury or fatigue. My muscles love the relief they get from PanAway…this oil keeps me on track to achieving my goals. I’ve used R.C. blend since 1995 and it’s a staple oil I use while racing, recovery and with my kids. Life would be different without it. Nothing opens my lungs quite like R.C.”

Sundala’s oily “two cents”: PanAway blend of oils contains two powerhouse anti-inflammatory oils: Helichrysum and Wintergreen. Think Mother Nature’s original Icy Hot. A natural corticosteroid, topical anti-histamine and pro-circulatory oil. When you work out hard and you have caused micro-trauma to your tissue, it is imperative that you use something to support the bodies natural healing process.

James also uses R.C. to “open his lungs”. This particular blend does that by way of using 4 types of Eucalyptus oils which dilate the airways of the lungs combined with Peppermint oil to increase oxygen consumption and dilate the blood vessels of the muscle tissue of the lungs.

Sundala is located on the corner of Cedar Hill and 9W in Palisades, NY….where triathletes and cyclists take their multiple mile trek from Manhattan to Rockland.  If any of our Gothamists have made their way out of the city via two wheels, we are sure they have passed our new residence.

If you are in our neighborhood, come on in to try out these oils. We guarantee, you will feel a difference. If you want to learn more about these oils or which oils can specifically work for your training and recovery, send us a shout! Fill out the contact form with your questions and we will get back to you with specific recommendations for you because we understand that each sport varies and there are oils for them all.

From triathletes to dancers to crossfitters, these oils need to be a staple during your training, racing and recovery protocol. Ditch the toxic over the counter muscle rubs, the only benefit they have is NOTHING.


Acupuncture for Knee Pain

CBS NY Knee Pain Dr. Max Gomez

Experts: Look to Acupuncture As a Treatment for Knee Pain

 Experts: Look to Acupuncture as a Treatment for Knee Pain with Dr. Gomez CBS New York

Thanks Dr.Gomez for this! We’ve been treating knee pain successfully with Acupuncture for many years. It’s nice to see it being broadcasted in such a positive way these days!

How does Acupuncture work? A few ways!
1. It helps with increasing circulation to the local tissue. Think of it this way: damns in a river…too many damns, not enough flow. Blood and lymph need to move. Stagnation causes lack of movement and lack of flow. Break the damns and flow begins! Aaaahhhhhh!
2. Slight microtrauma will stimulate the repair system of the body. When I insert a needle, I stimulate the lymph system to come in and flood the area with lymph fluid so it can act like a change agent…move the bad, bathe the tissue in good and encourage repair. Healthy tissue re-emerges!!!!!
3. Dampers pain. How? Through our superficial nerve receptors. Think of this: you get out of bed in the dark and bump your shin. Your first reaction?? To rub the area vigorously! Why? Because rubbing tricks the brain signals into thinking the original hit is no longer there! We all instinctively know how to treat our bumps and bruises. Acupuncture stimulation is a different stimulus that the brain is receiving beyond the pain stimulus. Why not replace one for the other and get some relief??

Acupuncture has no side effects and it’s been used for 5,000 years…


How to Stoke Your Internal Thermostat in Frigid Temps

Whatever meteorologists are calling this weather: “polar vortex”, “polar cyclone” or “circumpolar whirl” (sounds like a very cool dance), there is one common theme….FRIGID TEMPS that are causing us to shiver not sashay!

Here are some suggestions to stoke your inner flame and light it up from the inside:

1. Eat foods that are “warming”. In Chinese medical dietary theory, there is a belief that foods have specific temperatures which have direct effects on the body. Some foods can cause dampness (cysts, fibroids), heat (rashes, inflammation), dryness (brittle hair, nails) and cold (poor circulation, stagnation of healing). So, when it’s cold outside, one of the best ways to increase your internal thermostat is to try to get some of these ingredients into your daily intake: anise, basil, cumin, chives, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, ginger, ginseng, scallions, black pepper, leeks, yams, turnips. HINT: sip on some ginger tea throughout the day!

2. Do NOT eat foods or drinks directly from the refrigerator or freezer. Yup, that means no ice cream, ice cubes or frozen fruit in the winter months. Room temp or hot liquids will keep you warm on the inside.

3. Work your core! Your abdominal area is the meeting and crossing point of all major meridian, circulatory and lymphatic highways in the body. If you keep the infrastructure of this roadway strong and congestion free, the flow of qi, blood and fluids to the extremities will stay moving.

4. Don’t walk barefoot on cold floors! In Chinese medicine, the first point on the “kidney” meridian is located on the base of the bottom of both feet. It is said that there is an energy that swirls between both kidneys and this energy is fed by the channels that start at the feet. If your pipes are cold then your house will be cold…get it?

Keep it warm!


5 Things to Do for Natural Pain Relief

PAIN!  Nobody likes it but we happen to specialize in it.  So, here are Sundala’s  5 most common answers to:

“How to Manage Pain Naturally”:

1. Play with FIRE and you’re gonna get burned! What does this have to do with pain? Think of it this way…you tell your child not to put its hand on the stove because you know it could cause a horrible outcome. If we told you that eating sugar, processed goods and fried foods would have the same effect on you (yes, a horrible outcome), would you keep putting your hand on that stove, or uh-hum, into the cookie jar? Sugar creates internal heat which causes inflammation. Keep eating bad things and your poor body will stay in a chronic state of 5 Alarm Fire status. Burns are no fun on the outside…they certainly aren’t peachy on the inside!

2. Drown your sorrows. Ok, not with alcohol like most Hollywood dramas but with good quality, water. Keeping hydrated keeps you from drying out! You know, #1 up top talks about heat, well a daily intake of water will keep the inflammation down! Drink up!




3. Gut instincts. Did you know that 90% of the happy hormone called seratonin is made in your gut? A good gut is a happy gut and a happy gut can cut back on the way we perceive pain by stimulating the production of said “happy” hormone. There’s lots of happy going on here….if you want in on the fun, then grab a probiotic and make your tummy and the rest of you smile!





4. Snooze. Get yourself into a dark room and turn off all electronic devices because the only thing that should be plugged in for recharging is YOU! Sleep allows your body to enter a state of unconscious calm. This time allows your body to heal. If you forgo the few precious hours then you are slowing down your rate of healing




5. Pet your Frenchie!

Frankie Christmas Tie 2012

Oops, sorry, more like, pet your animal(s)! Or get yourself pet by getting some bodywork done! Petting, touching, squeezing and holding all help to increase our body’s natural relaxation response. This is the opposite from the over-production of cortisol aka “stress hormone”. When we can mitigate the bodies stress response our pain perception decreases and that yummy feel good hormone takes over! Who doesn’t want to feel yummy?

So…Throw some water on the fire! Trust your gut! Get some ZZZZ’s and stroke the back of your fur babies!

That’s all folks!