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Diffuser Blends on a Budget — AromaTools™ Blog

 

I am delighted to share this post with you!  ‘Can’t wait to try out my doTERRA stash!

We know essential oils are often expensive, and diffusing them may use up more oil than you would like. So we have come up with a list of diffuser blends using 5 of the least expensive essential oils, as well as 4 of the most common essential oils that most people have on hand and that are […]

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Why do Yoga?

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The origins of yoga stretch back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India‘s ascetic and śramaṇa movements. Yoga – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • One of my favorites is Child Pose, so I checked what some of the benefits are when using the pose, and this is what I found out: It’s super calming, great for digestion, and opens the hips.
  • Another one of my favorite positions is Downward Facing Dog, which is a little harder for me to do, but it has some great benefits also: It brings blood flow to the brain, builds stronger bones, relieves stress.  The blood flow to your face and brain is good for your complexion. This pose is also good for back pain and a mind-body connection.


I know that your time is precious, so why should you spend it doing yoga? You could be doing Zumba or spinning or Tae Kwan Do. Taking a nap, taking a walk, taking a swim. Actually, those things are all great and you should definitely do them. But you should also do yoga. Check out the article below to find out which poses might help you with your daily stress and physical issues.  In future posts I will bring you more information about how to include Yoga in your ‘healthstyle’.

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1. YOU ARE STRESSED

Unfortunately, stress and its friends worry and anxiety are problems for many people and have been shown to have an adverse effect on health. Yoga is great for relieving the physical symptoms of stress (even during an anxiety attack) and for introducing the idea of quieting the mind. I have often seen yoga act as a gateway to removing stressful personal or workplace situations from peoples’ lives. Yoga can help you get off the hamster wheel and gain perspective on what’s really important. See the details at: http://yoga.about.com/od/beginningyoga/tp/Why-Yoga.htm


last_pic for downward postClick the link below for a demonstration on how to do

Downward Facing Dog


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Skincare News for 2016

canstockphoto19653570I don’t know about you but I have spent a ‘pretty penny’ trying to find the best skin care products to use.  It’s an expensive dent in my budget.  That’s why when I read this article in the March 2016 Real Simple Magazine, I could not wait to share it with you. Of course we all have our ‘favorites’ when it comes to skin care, and so do our faces :).  However, one should experiment occasionally when adding a new product to our skin care regimen.  Here are some of the highlights of what the dermatologists had to say.

♦ According to Heather Rodgers, M.D.  washing your face twice a day is not required because your skin protects it. For example, once you’ve cleaned your face in the evening, the next morning you only need to rinse it with water. Dr. Rodgers recommends Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ($6.00) – Eucerin Products

♦ Elizabeth Hale, M.D. advises that it’s very important to use Sunscreen every single day.  Foundation, which has sunscreen does not protect your skin. She recommends L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition SPF 30 Day Lotion *$20.00)  –L’Oreal Products

♦ Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($23.00) shows beneficial change. –Roc Retinol Products

These are just a few  of the suggestions in the magazine article. There is a wealth of information worth purchasing the magazine for.canstockphoto14043393

In addition, you can go to the website for more information by clicking the link below.

♦ Best BB Creams for Every Skin Concern  – BB creams quickly went from trend to staple after women learned that using them could slash a few steps from their daily beauty routine. Somewhere between a foundation and a tinted moisturizer, BB creams provide light coverage to help hide imperfections, but are also laced with antioxidants and sunscreen. Source: Skincare | Real Simple

 


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Blackhead Misery & Solutions

blackheadsMost of us have experienced a Blackhead or two.  I once ‘popped’ one and the next day I had a huge red bump on the top of my nose.  Needless to say, I was not happy.  It took almost a week before the sore spot healed.  I did not do that again. Below are suggestions for getting rid of blackheads without damaging your skin.

  • In order to prevent the appearance of blackheads you should follow a strict skin care regime. Daily skin cleansing is essential. Wash your face at least twice a day using oil and alcohol-free formulas. Exfoliate three times per week apply the exfoliator in circular motions to all affected areas, normally the nose, forehead and chin. The exfoliation encourages a newer, smoother skin surface by helping to unclog pores, prevent further breakouts and diminish blemishes and pigmentation spots.Source: How To Get Rid Of Blackheads | The Beauty Book
  •  Most people have them and no one wants them. Check out this link for natural remedies.  Source: How to Banish Blackheads


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The Beauty of Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegarWith all the fancy (and expensive) beauty and health remedies available to us these days, I am wondering how many of us know about Apple Cider Vinegar.

Did you know it is a fantastic remedy for an itchy scalp?  Or, that it helps to unclog your hair follicles? It can be used to give your hair shine and much more?  What have you purchased lately to help you with these issues? If you are suffering from Hairblues/Hairloss you most certainly want to try some of the recipes given at this website: Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair Health

The next time you are considering  a pharmaceutical solution for a health issue pick up a bottle of apple cider vinegar then  take a moment to check out some of the remedies available.

13+ Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

While the uses for white vinegar are plentiful, apple cider vinegar has arguably even more applications. Its wide-ranging benefits (rivaling the number of uses for tea tree oil and other nifty natural helpers) include everything from curing hiccups to alleviating cold symptoms, and some people have turned to apple cider vinegar to help with health concerns including diabetes, cancer, heart problems, high cholesterol, and weight issues. Read on for more reasons to keep apple cider vinegar handy in your pantry. Source: Apple Cider Vinegar: 13+ Health Benefits | Reader’s Digestcanstockphoto9808096

Check out this vinegar rinse for your hair. The rinse will leave your scalp feeling refreshed and ‘squeaky’ clean.
Just Natural’s Vinegar Rinse Cleanser in conjunction with a sulfate-free shampoo is an ideal method for cleaning the hair and scalp without robbing them of vital nutrients and moisture, while ensuring that the hair is freed from product build-up, residue and excess oils. Source: The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar | Just Natural Hair & Skin Care

 


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2016 Resolutions

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Happy New Year!  It’s that time again.  Yes, the time when we vow to lose weight, eat healthfully, and generally put ourselves ‘on the spot’ to clean up our eating and exercise habits.  Well, don’t despair on how you will get that done.  Give yourself a little help and get ‘Fooducated’ by visiting the Fooducate.com website.

Here’s a little preview on how they encourage us:

Don’t give up. There is a way to tame the beast, just read on. In order to succeed, your weight loss resolution has to be quantifiable, feasible, and piecemeal.

We’ll explain:

1. Quantifiable. Don’t generalize about weight loss, define a specific goal – “I want to lose 25 pounds” or “I’ll weight 155 by July 4th”. Being specific forces you to be more accountable to yourself.

2. Feasible. Let’s face it, not all of us have the body type of a Victoria’s Secret model or a Quarterback. Set a goal that is achievable for you. Err to the easier side. You can always add another goal if your first one was easily achieved.

3. Piecemeal. Losing 25 pounds is quite a hefty goal. It will take a long time to get there. During that time, there will be moments of doubt, days where the scale moves in the wrong direction, and other unpleasant surprises.

Breaking down your goal into 5 pound increments can be extremely motivating. Instead of waiting 6 months for success, within a matter of weeks you can attain your first milestone. Each small victory will act as a huge motivator for you to keep pushing.

How will you succeed in 2016?

Source: Lose weight & improve your health with a real food diet | Fooducate


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Holiday Makeup Tutorials

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I searched the www and found a beauty blog, which has great ideas and product suggestions for making up your eyes. In addition, you can find videos which guide you through how to apply your makeup.  It’s definitely worth visiting and learning some new techniques to help you get to the holiday party with your makeup looking its best!

  • The two sets here are called Light of the Party ($59) and Greatest Glitz ($49), and they’re both very well balanced, with a good mix of mattes and shimmers, cool and warm tones, and shades for everyday makeup and evenings on the town. If you like traditionally pretty looks of the kind that celebs like to wear on the red carpet, I think you’ll really like them both. Source: Tarte Holiday 2015 Collection Highlights – Makeup and Beauty Blog

Happy Holidays!


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Holiday Stress Relief

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We’re about to enter the busiest season of the year. Are you ready? In the weeks ahead, many of us will be shopping, cooking, entertaining and creating memories to last a lifetime. But for some people, this time of year can also be stressful. Holiday stress may be related to family, travel and so on. As we head into this busy time, here are our six tips for a stress-free holiday season. Click the link below for details.

Source: 6 Tips for a Stress Free Holiday Season


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Looking for Hair Loss Solutions

canstockphoto14539757Anyone dealing with hair loss knows that it is a continuing conversation.  Sufferers of alopecia, who have no remedies for lost eyebrows, lost eyelashes, and balding are always open to suggestions and remedies for this condition.  It is a welcoming fact that now women (and men) feel comfortable enough to wear their heads bald as ‘beauty’ statements.  However, many other alopecia victims remain uncomfortable.

I am often on the www looking for and researching topics I find useful and interesting. Recently, I was told about a product called neuHAIR.  This NEUHAIR2product promises to: 1) provide nutrients to the hair and scalp, 2) deliver thicker hair, 3) give the hair volume.  The cost: $150.00 .  The company stands by their product and gives you a 90 day guarantee return policy.  neuHAIR also has products for eyebrows and eyelashes.You can read more about it  by clicking this link – neuHAIR

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To learn more about how to manage/prevent hairloss Dr. Oz had guests on his show, who discussed this issue.  Here’s what they had to say:

  • As much as 30 percent of women will experience some sort of hair thinning, usually first noticed with age as a skinnier ponytail or a little more visible scalp peeking out. Thick hair screams “youth,” which makes thinning a tough pill to swallow. But there are many ways you can help slow down thinning and hair loss, from eating the right foods to cutting back on stress, even strategically styling your locks. Here, seven ways to stave off hair loss and keep your ‘do’ looking young and healthy for longer.
    Source: 7 Hair Loss Solutions | The Dr. Oz Show

I hope this is helpful 🙂


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Fooducate | eat a bit better

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There is every reason to read on a regular basis the information from the Fooducate APP.  The report listed below was found on their site. http://www.fooducate.com/.  Join in and learn about the  nutrition details of the groceries you buy regularly.  In the meanwhile, here is the latest information on processed meat that hit the news headlines recently.

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You may have already heard the news. The World Health Organization (WHO), published the findings of a massive meta-study, correlating the consumption of processed meats with colorectal cancer.

Over 800 studies from the last decades were reviewed by a team 22 of scientists working for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a WHO subsidiary.

The findings:

* Each 1.5 ounce portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.

* People who consumed the most processed meats – bacon, ham, hot dogs, and sausages – had a 17% higher risk of colorectal cancer compared to people who consumed the least.

* The absolute risk can be explained as follows: in the UK, 61 out of 1000 people will contract colorectal cancer in their lifetime. 66 out of 1000 habitual processed meat eaters will get ill vs. just 56 of the light eaters.

* Inconclusive evidence has tied consumption of processed meat with stomach cancer.

* Limited evidence found that increased consumption of red meat – beef, lamb, pork –  probably causes cancer.

* The preparation technique of the meat was not found to be a major factor in determining the risk level.  However, preparing meat at high temperatures or in direct contact with a flame or a hot surface, does produce more carcinogenic chemicals than other methods of cooking.

What does all this mean for the average American? It’s simple – if you are a meat eater, try to limit your consumption of red meats and processed meats. You don’t necessarily need to abstain. However, you should eat more vegetables and fruits. Same advice as always.

— Source: Boulevard et al, on behalf of IARC – Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat – The Lancet Oncology, Oct 2014