By Kari Kounkel
Belde Chiropractic and Body Shop has served the community of Monticello since 2006.
Today their shop is a wellness center offering chiropractic care, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, custom-fitted orthotics, and retail products.
Acupuncture is a popular additional offering by newest staff chiropractor, Dr., Julie Ejerk. Another new product, Young Living Essential Oils, is proving popular as well.
Janey said she discovered essential oils when a former staff member used the oils with her patients. She initially introduced lavender and peppermint.
After trying several different products, Janey found customers were consistently asking for Thieves essential oil blend, a trademark product of Young Living Essential Oils.
When she came into contact with Jess Wenz, they started a partnership allowing the Beldes to offer the oils in their shop.
“Chiropractic is thought of as a more natural way to treat your body. Essential oils go along with that more natural approach. Using them is just a way of getting our bodies to heal using the natural essences of a plant to assist that process rather than chemical products,” Janey said.
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant components used in alternative medicines. Users claim efficacy for physical and mental ailments. They can be ingested, inhaled, or applied directly on the skin.
Though the medical establishment offers differing opinions, there is agreement that oils are safe for human use when a high quality therapeutic oil is chosen.
“Make and Take” classes offer attendees the opportunity to mix various oils with other natural ingredients to use as bath powders, fatigue and sleep remedies, or cleaning solvents.
Attendees also have the opportunity to taste a variety of oils in water and foods, including guacamole, bread, and delicious treats.
Belde said she’s started to convert both her household and her business to chemical-free environments using the products.
The most common essential oils used to start that process include peppermint, lemon, lavender, thieves, and grapefruit.
Belde also offers something new and unique in the world of essential oil use. She has created trendy necklaces wearers can use to diffuse oils during the course of the day.
Those interested in attending one of the classes can obtain more information by calling Belde Chiropractic and Body Shop at (763) 295-4105 or visiting their Facebook page, Belde Chiropractic and Body Shop.
Classes take place once a month, typically on Wednesdays, and the cost ranges from $15 to $20, depending on the Make and Take products used.
Kari Kounkel is a freelance feature writer for the Monticello Times.