How I Broke The Rules for a Green Smoothie At Sea

How I Broke The Rules for a Green Smoothie At Sea

When I first started working on a cruise ship the most challenging thing for me was having available vegetarian and vegan options. I would have to sneak items from the salad bar in the Lido to my room so I can make a green smoothie in the morning. (Highly illegal for any crew member BTW)

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What If The Body is a Mirror of How You are Living Your Life

What if the body is a Mirror of how you are living your life? What would your reflection look like?

What if the body is a Mirror of how you are living your life? What would your reflection look like?

What if I told you that caring for your body is the least important thing about your health? 

What if I told you that Western medicine has it all backwards?

If the body doesn't shape how we live our lives, what if it were the mirror of how we live our life?

The body speaks to us in small voices. Many people are ignoring those voices. People who are suffering are fatigued and not sleeping at night.

I want to tell you a story about a Dr. who's life changed when she stopped being a western doctor and started practicing like a eastern medicine doctor.  

Dr. Lisa Rankin, she had everything. The home, the boat, the retirement account. She was also twice divorced, taking three medications to control her high blood pressure, diagnosed with precancerous cells in her cervix and need surgery. She felt so disconnected, spiritually tapped out that she didn't even know who she was.

Suddenly the perfect storm hit. Her brother suffered liver failure, her dog died, her father died and her husband cut two fingers off with a table saw all within two weeks of each other.

"When life grows apart you either grow or your grow a tumor"

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'When life grows apart you either grow or you grow a tumor' Lisa Rankin

For Dr. Lisa she decided to grow. 

People lose their libido, suffering from aches and pains.

Doctors are running test and find nothing but something is clearly wrong but nobody can figure out what it is. 

It's time to stop the madness and stop doing what you should and start doing what you feel. 

What really makes the body sick?

What is real medicine?

It matters that we eat well, that you see the doctor but what really matters is healthy relationships.

Being spiritually connected, expressing your self creatively, having a healthy sex life, living in a health environment. Being mentally healthy and all the things that nurture the body. 

This is data coming out of Harvard University, Yale and John Hopkins.  

Tap into your inner pilot lite, Dr. Rakin says. That's the divine spark that always knows about the truth of your body. Your biggest fan, its the biggest healer better than any doctor.

The new wellness model is taking all the things that make you whole. It's what Chinese medicine has been doing all a long. Everything that makes you whole is love and gratitude and pleasure. They are the glue that holds everything together.

If you have a challenging system ask yourself what is out of balance.

What's the real diagnosis?

What can you do about it?

how can you open your self to more possibility?

When we let our true self be seen we generate love, increase oxytocin. In return this generates love and intimacy. We heal from the inside out. 

What does your body need to get healthy? 

What needs to be tweaked in your life?

We need to treat the root cause. What really makes the body sick are unhealthy relationships, unhealthy environments, poor mental health.  

If you are suffering from what plagues your world you can write the perception for your self. Its a recipe that comes from one of the five branches of Chinese Medicine. That prescription is in the application of essential oils daily. 

Essential oils assist us in taking an honest look within ourself.  The create the environment for healing.  They prepare our emotional soul so the yuck an muck can be removed with ease.  When we combine the oils with emotional work we reap the fruits of our labor. 

For example, Birch is a tree that is tall, therefore it is the oil of support.

It helps us feel supported when we feel unsupported by friends and family.  

It helps us feel rooted, helps individuals face trials so they can stand strong like a tall tree.

Birch teaches us that there is more to life than pain and with the right support, one can be held up and sustained. 

Though out my time on ships, I saw past the physical pain that often landed on my table. In addition to the healing practice of Acupuncture. Essential oils facilitated that emotional support that resulted in chronic pain. 

Your body needs the essence of nature to strip off that mask that that is keeping you from living your authentic self. 

If you are just discovering essential oils, just curious or really wanting to take control of your health in a way that western medicine is only beginning to understand book a complementary 1 on 1 session with me. I will teach you exactly what you need to know according to your health goals.

If you don't believe me, I've attached Dr. Lisa's TED talk to give you an even more deeper understanding of how important our emotional health truly is. 

I have what you need to help you find lasting peace of mind about the pain people are living with. 

Take care of your body, its the only place you have to live
— Jim Rohn

Take charge of Chronic Muscle Discomfort TCM style

approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain. 

approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain


I love being in practice at sea. It's such a grand opportunity to tell the world how Chinese Medicine is changing lives, how I am changing lives every day using this medicine that make's westerners scratch their head. I kinda feel like a little Einstein, especially when my patients come down the corridor with a big smile and no feeling of discomfort after the first treatment. 

The number one chief complaint I get on board is muscle discomfort, chronic body discomfort associated with activity or in activity. Chinese Medicine (TCM)  Utilizes a different language to describe imbalance in the body and mind. Then TCM apply's the treatment protocol for each individual symptom.  

Effectively TCM addresses the root cause of an issue using five branches. Herbology is one of those branches. I get the best results when I use essential oils and when I use essential oils on my patients. Essential oils provide an effective tool in between acupuncture visits. 

Soothing Rub and Soothing essential oils is the best solution for muscle discomfort right off the bat. However a more individualized consultation is recommended.  To use this soothing rub you would

  • Apply on feet and knees before and after exercise
  • Perfect for a soothing massage after a long day of house work
  • Apply to hands and feet after gardening
  • Connect with your partner by giving them a massage with the soothing rub
  • Rub the soothing blend on lower back muscles after a day of heavy lifting at work or during a move
  • Massage this soothing blend with a few drops of carrier oil legs before bedtime
  • After long hours on the computer, try rubbing soothing essential oil blend on your fingers, wrists, shoulders, and neck
  • A few drops of Soothing Blend diluted in Fractionated Coconut Oil can be a part of a cooling and comforting massage after a workout
  • Soothing blend is also perfect after any workout

Apply oil to the point between the thumb and index finger. This is an important point that suppresses pain we call it LI4. 

LI4 suppresses pain. One mandatory point for most patients with chronic discomfort

LI4 suppresses pain. One mandatory point for most patients with chronic discomfort

If you like to have a customized protocol for your personal concerns and like to get my recommendations contact me by email or lets get social.  

If you want to learn more about how to use essential oils for you and your family's health let's get started. 

The TCM way to handle Drama


I hope you never have to experience drama. It’s stressful right? Unnecessary, it sucks up your time and it makes you flat out tired!  

I’ve had my fair share of drama.  

These days I CUT it before it escalates, I crush it and confront it face to face with soft spoken words, a smile and compassion.....

Puff......In a dream world.

I had to learn quite a few lessons before I actually figured out how to successfully handle S*%?.  

When drama is about to happen ask yourself these questions: 

How did I create it? 

What can I do differently? 

What will I do next? 

10% of life is what happens to us 90% is how we react. 

When drama perpetuates close your eyes and visualize what you want life to looks like after the fact.  

Focus on That. 

The more we allow anger, sadness and resentment to build up, the body harbors this negative energy in the organs and makes our immune system deficient. The internal workings of our body like the stomach for example, manifest gut issues that we aquire later on down the road.

So lets say we cut the crap. 

When drama starts to arise, grab your Frankincense oil and get it on your body asap.  

Frankincense clears negative energy, brings back feelings of calmness. Its your go to oil for everything and anything.  

Then take every citrus oil you can find, lemon, lime, joyful blend, invigorating blend and get it on your body. 

Cirtus oils raise the body’s vibration, they make you happy, lift up your mood and used to clean up and clean out that yuck and muck.  

When drama gets too much well its time we get nitty gritty and get to the source the TCM way.  

That’s short for The Chinese Medicine Chic way!  

I invite you to book a complementary call to get laser focused and specific details on your personal concerns. We will also get you emotionally balanced with oils TCM style. Click the link and book your time now. 

If you found this blog helpful or know someone who needs to see this please share.

Connect with me on social and stay drama free.

Love Light and Oils,

Antonika Chanel



How do you soar when limiting beliefs weight you down?

Photo courtesy of Micheline Edwards

Photo courtesy of Micheline Edwards

While I visited Sarasota for the first time, my mind had been shifting through thoughts and emotions.  

I have been in between several thoughts of how to move forward in life. I'm am preparing for an adventure, that will take me back on a journey into far away places. 

Yet, I struggle  letting go of things that don't serve me. Have you ever been there before? 

There is growth in letting go. Letting go of a relationship, stagnate feelings, negative thoughts about money.


The gift is in the freedom of knowing that what serves you is your ability to not let your emotions rule you and releasing what's holding you back from what you are meant to be.

Honestly, negative beliefs has shut me down.  

Using the "Decoding Your Beliefs" make a list of your personal negative beliefs. You can carry on adding any negative beliefs to your list as they come to you at a later stage. To see how those limiting beliefs have unnecessarily hampered your success, you could choose to write an example of when any such belief has prevented you from doing or achieving something you wanted. For example a belief like "I am bad with money" or "I am a spendthrift" is likely to have left you with a rather unhealthy bank balance.

Take this statement, turn it around and make it a possitive. 

"I have an abundance of financial wealth". "Money is energy that flows freely" . 'My bank account is healthy, and 'The service I provide is valuable'. 'Others need me and need my services.'

I believe in you and the being you are created to be in service to this world.

I believe in you and the being you are created to be in service to this world.

Fire Your Doctor and Hire an Eastern Medicine Practitioner


Are you tired of being sick?

Medical bills on your mind?

Insurance premiums at an all time high?

I'm not a doctor but there are more qualities to treating a patient when it come to working with an Eastern Medicine Practitioner than you think. 

Most of my patients come from around the world. The are lifetime cruisers who live to see the world from their treatment room table.  Every moment that I get to spend with my patients is magical. 

Life at sea is such an interesting life. It's been almost ten months since I started this journey. 

 I knew that I would one day I would have to hire a business strategist to share my talent with the world on a different level, and I did.

To kick off our first session I was instructed to take a personality test and was very surprised by what I found out about myself. 

I'm don't often look too deep into what test say about me, however the results of this test was interesting. This personality test was an eye opener.

I'm an Advocate. Oh, What's that mean? 

An Advocate share a unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – Advocates will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance.

Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to Advocates, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.

I Advocate Chinese Medicine and how it's interecate details are shaping the lives we want to live needle by needle. 


Soften the hearts of tyrants

Soften the hearts of tyrants

Why do everything it takes to protect The Liver

So you are probably like, Antonika I know you keep on talking about this liver inside of me. I know I need to eat better and all this stuff, but I really don't understand why.

I get it you want to know what about your liver is so important? So I'm going to tell you what your doctor didn't tell you. 

From a western point of view the liver has a lot of responsibility. It's really important to our system in a number of ways. Keeping it health by eating the right foods and doing regular cleans will keep your liver strong. 

From a Eastern point of view the liver is the storage house for blood. The Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi and blood in your body. It controls the volume and smooth flow of blood in your vessels and also stores the blood.

Other organs are affected by the smooth flow of Liver energy. Acupro explains it perfectly in this short video.

Both explanations are important to understand. In fact the more you know about this part of your body the easier it is to understand why I love using essential oils as apart of my daily routine. 

Vegan Condoms...what?

Im schrolling through my facebook one morning and I come across this post. Vegan condoms, vegan tampons and vegan lube. 

I had no idea that condoms were made of toxic chemicals. Infact I never really thought about how they were made.  

The toxic load on our bodies is insane. The solutions to beat the toxic heat are genius.  

Created in Holland, sexual health is going vegan. 

here’s the link to the video 



And now the Super Bowl condom comercial that was banned.