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Stop the Insanity: The Scientific Case for Ingesting Essential Oils

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The essential oil space has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years. This growth generated hundreds of thousands of new essential oils users that are forced to wade through the conflicting ocean of essential oil information that plagues the internet. One of the most hotly contested subjects is the ingestion of essential oils, with traditional aromatherapists bellowing the “dangers” and progressive essential oil experts championing the benefits.

One side largely relies on customary practices, whereas the progressives seek to find the answer to this divisive discussion through science. When you cut through all the rhetoric and objectively analyze the evidence, this dispute can be encapsulated in to four elements: 1) empowerment versus control, 2) potential, 3) knowledge, and 4) comfort level. Continue reading

5 Ways Aromatherapy is Revolutionizing Hotel Room Stays

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How would you like if your next hotel room stay felt more comfortable, more like home? As a frequent traveler myself, I know I would love it. The good news is that some hotels are finally realizing that travelers value a “lifestyle” experience and they are willing to give it to us (without sky-high rates). One way that’s gaining popularity is the use of aromatherapy in hotel rooms to promote better relaxation, rejuvenation, and rest – so we can hit the town (or the meeting room) energized and ready to take on the day.

In practice for over 6,000 years, aromatherapy is a holistic approach to wellness that utilizes the aroma from essential oils (oils taken from plants, flowers, herbs, or trees) to improve physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. These benefits occur as the chemical compounds in the fragrance bind to receptors in the emotional center of our brains. While still considered an alternative therapy in the West, many individuals and organizations, including the National Institute for Cancer, recognize aromatherapy benefits such as mood improvement and stress reduction.

Luckily, some hotels are finally catching on (we thank you!) and utilizing the benefits of aromatherapy to help their guests relax, energize, focus, and have a better night’s sleep. Below are 5 ways hotels are using aromatherapy and popular essential oils to create the ultimate guest experience.

  1. Relaxing Bath Accessories:  Baths alone can be relaxing and rejuvenating for your mind, body, and soul. This is especially true after a long day of site-seeing or out-of-town business meetings. Not only can soaking help you renew and restore, but using hotel provided bath salts or bath milk will help increase your relaxation as you inhale fragrances like rose, lavender, jasmine, and sage.
  2. Aromatherapy Décor: I’m all for killing two birds with one stone, and with aromatherapy décor, hotels create an aesthetically pleasing environment that also helps promote relaxation, focus, and well-being. Types of décor include scented candles by the bed, a bouquet of flowers, or a plant or herb container on the desk.
  3. Enhanced Sleep: Lavender and jasmine are two well-known fragrances that promote healthy sleep. Scented candles, lotions, massage oil, and bedding help you relax and feel comfortable so you can fall asleep and stay asleep.
  4. Invigorating and Energizing Shower Products: While sometimes all you want to do is sleep late (6am, no thank you), sometimes you just have to drag yourself out of bed. Aromatherapy body washes, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions in scents like orange, ginger, lemongrass, and tea tree have energizing properties that help you wake up and tackle your day.
  5. Quick Refreshers: When you head back to your room to change your clothes or freshen up before dinner, aromatherapy can help give you a little extra oomph to finish the night strong. Mint mouthwash provides a burst of energy (and fresh breath), and aromatherapy scented foot wipes help soothe your tired feet after a long day of walking or wearing uncomfortable shoes.

Next time you’re planning a vacation, business trip, or quick weekend getaway, pick a hotel that offers some of these aromatherapy benefits – you won’t regret it!

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Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Cream – One Whiff and I Was Hooked

Angie here wishing everyone a WONDERFUL Groundhog’s day!  Silly holiday I know but I’ve always loved that Bill Murray movie and often think… what kind of day would I like to live over and over again?  It’s easy… this past Saturday with my sweetie.

For those of you who live in a cave in Sac town (and those of you who just plain don’t live here) we have a small but infamous burger joint known as the "Squeeze Inn". For over 30 years now residents near and far have been making the trek to this tiny little haven of burger perfection to "squeeze in" to one of their 12… you heard me… 12 stools that line the counter of this itty-bitty-booty-committee eatery. Big or little booty… that’s all the real estate you get to belly up to the best burger around.

Featured on the Food Network, in Guy Fieri’s new Diner book and in many issues of Sacramento’s "Best of" the Squeeze Inn is an institution that is being squeezed OUT of their current small and not easily handicapped accessible location to move to a larger place in just one week. Knowing this we took the jaunt from West Roseville to South Sac (no easy drive I’ll say) so I could experience “The Squeeze” in all of its original glory.  We got there early to avoid the crowd and I’m glad we did because within minutes of me ordering my first "Squeeze with Cheese" people began descending en masse and the wait for the perfect cheese busting burger was building to its frenzied finale.

There is was before me… a 1/3 pound all beef patty covered in just about as much cheese melted and fried to a crispy cheese ring (or cheese skirt as they call it) all around my burger! I had to break off sheets of the cheese, fold them in half and eat like a quesadilla with no tortilla just to get to my burger.  Then the BURGER! Oh good LORD the burger.  It couldn’t get any better than this. But I was in for one more surprise.

We sat enjoying our burgers and defending our place at the bar against the throngs of hungry Squeeze-heads waiting when the coolest thing happened. Some kids who had been there for quite a while to get three stools together suddenly rose and gave their hard earned spots to a few Army soldiers who had just arrived for lunch. They did so without hesitation and with obvious love and pride in their hearts. It was a truly beautiful act of selflessness and honor to those who fight for our country and I was deeply touched to have witnessed it. To those bitter adults who think the youth of our nation has no sense of good manners, patriotism or respect I say look again. Maybe it was just seats at a burger joint but these kids have shown me our American spirit is alive and well… in ALL generations. Keep it up kids… I believe in you!

We topped off our CRAZY good burger fest with a showing of Avatar 3-D (which I LOVED but won’t bother you about… we KNOW, we KNOW… its a great film) some light shopping for a new mattress (spent flopping around on various beds like an out of water tuna) culminating in a toasty fire and a cuddle down on the couch with my latest and greatest body cream from Meg’s to pamper myself. All and all pretty much a perfect day to relive ala’ Groundhog’s Day. Punxsutawney Phil would be pea green with envy!

Aura Cacia’s Aromatherapy Ginger/Mint Body Cream has been my scent obsession every night since I received it. Perfect for my scent-sibilities it’s just heaven to me. The Ginger is aromatic and soothing, the mint invigorating and delicious. I just LOVE it and more than even applying it I find myself opening the generous sized jar just to take a huge whiff. I guess that’s the point of aromatherapy right? It’s available in lavender and patchouli/sweet orange as well so we’ll have to hear from other reviewers to see how they liked them. I for one, am nuts for the scent and the consistency of this cream. Sometimes I like a SUPER heavy and thick cream, like the one’s I use on my feet to go to bed in and in that case I like a heady and deep scent. But this light and non-greasy cream, that I’m keeping downstairs for application whenever my little heart desires, does the trick for every day because I can apply and go about my day without having slippery hands to work with.  It’s just SO refreshing and energizing!

I’ve reviewed Aura Cacia’s Sweet Almond Oil before so I’m obviously already a fan because that stuff is just ALL around wonderful in so many ways. This product simply adds to my love of Aura Cacia’s quality ingredients and quality company philosophies. Using only the highest caliber of 100% pure essential oils, sustainable sources, ingredients that are natural and organic and that avoid synthetics to the highest extent possible, you can be sure to get what you pay for and know what it is you really are getting. Aura Cacia has full ingredients disclosure, strives for strict environmental practices and never, ever tests on animals!

Enjoying a good cream is like enjoying a good wine. Find one that tickles your senses, promotes the perfect mood, and of course leaves you feeling just a little bit decadent and you’ve got a winner. Aura Cacia’s Ginger/Mint had me at first whiff and like that glass of wine was just the perfect ending to my perfect almost Groundhog Day! GLAM ON!!

Feel Better in 8 Ways Through the Power of Aromatherapy

Having just sprayed my room with Lavender Floral Water, I can attest to the healing powers of aromatherapy.  I am calm, relaxed and ready to happily float through the second half of my day.  And a bonus: Aromatherapy can help melt the pounds away. 

Breathe Deep, Calm Down, Lighten Up
Aromatherapy may not miraculously melt away the pounds, but there are heaps of evidence that aroma effects mood. And we all know how mood effects our eating!

What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy means "treatment through senses." It is based on the ancient ritual of using essential oils to heal by "therapeutically" stimulating the nasal/olfactory senses through fragrance.

Aromatherapy can fight stress, soothe the mind and lighten your mood. The association between smell and emotion are closely linked, and breathing in pleasurable scents can elicit positive responses in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being.

Aromatherapy can also lessen our food cravings! A recent study at the St. George’s Hospital in London showed that vanilla might aid in weight loss. Overweight people who wore vanilla-scented skin patches reported that they ingested smaller amounts of sweets. Catherine Collins, a state registered dietician, concluded (although not proven in a clinical setting) that strongly scented sweet vanilla candles or essence may have a similar effect. (My home smells like a Vanilla Factory!)

And – by massaging the appropriate essential oils into the skin – physically, aromatherapy can ease aches and pains, heal burns and even – some say – diminish cellulite! (What?? Did you say diminish cellulite?)

Here are a few aromatherapy suggestions from OLofWL that you can either add to your bath, massage into your skin, inhale directly (put a few drops on a handerchief) or diffuse the scent into an entire room. Ahhhh….

  • To combat Sweet Cravings try vanilla.
  • Good Stress Beaters are jasmine, ylang ylang, grapefruit, lavendar, rose and mandarin.
  • Need a Spirit Kick? Breathe in jasmine.
  • Lift Depression with lemon, grapefruit, jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange, helichrysum.
  • For greater Self-Acceptance try jasmine, vetiver, frankincense, sandalwood, bergamot.
  • To reach the Heights of Happiness indulge in grapefruit, orange, rose, lemon, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood.
  • AND … last but not least – drum roll please!
  • The Cellulite Essentials are Geranium, Juniper, Lemon, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, and Fennel.

If you’ve been orally fixated for decades, like me, then It’s time for a change!

Spread the word … NOT the icing!

Janice

 

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9 Ways to Let Nature Help You Be Healthy

 For centuries we have survived and thrived on this planet as a population without the high levels of illness and disease that we currently have.

Cancer rates have gone from approximately 1 in 50 in the early 1900’s to almost 1 in 2 present day. It is safe to say that despite our modern technologies that we have only become more and more unhealthy.

Below you will find 9 Ways to Let Nature Help You Be Healthy:

1. Eat a whole-food diet

I think it’s obvious to most people on this planet that the food that you eat plays an important role in your health. However there are so many different types of diet out there that its sometimes difficult to know which one to follow. What is universally acknowledged by most of the different diet plans is that you should eat real, whole, natural foods. Ideally your foods should be organic so that they don’t contain all of the industrial chemicals that commercial foods are sprayed with.

2. Stay hydrated and use water as your primary source of fluid

Before soft-drinks, pasteurised and processed juices, pasteurised and homogenised dairy, and chemical concoctions passing themselves off as beverages, we survived solely on water. Water should be your main source of fluid, drinking your body-weight in kilograms multiplied by 0.033 in litres every day. If you should then indulge in another drink (tea, coffee, fruit juice, alcohol) then add the same amount that you just drank in water on top to rehydrate.

3. Get some fresh air

I guess this one is actually more important than your food and water. Consider that you only eat 3-5 times a day, but you breathe 20-30,000 times a day! It’s important that the quality of the air you breath is high. Try to get yourself out in the air for at least an hour a day. Our furniture and indoor environments are so toxic and filled with chemicals that you need to get away from this as often as possible to minimise any chemical stress to your body.

4. Get some Sunlight

One of the biggest vitamin deficiencies that we see nowadays is vitamin D. This can be obtained directly from sunlight. At the same time that you go out to get your fresh air, try to get some Sun as well. A lack of sunlight is associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder where people become more and more depressed in the winter months as they spend more time indoors. However, it has been shown even in the winter and even if it is cloudy outside, you can still get a good dose of vitamin D. Just wear gloves and a hat come winter-time!

5. Rise with the Sun

Before we had alarm clocks that would wake us up abruptly, and even before we had dawn simulating alarm clocks that wake us up slightly less obnoxiously we simply woke up with the Sun or when we had enough rest. Aim to have eight hours sleep a night, winding down as the Sun begins to set and then sleeping through until Sunrise.

6. Get grounded with the Earth

Modern science has determined that standing barefoot on the earth can connect us with an unlimited supply of free electrons on the surface of the earth. Several studies have shown it to have nearly instantaneous effects on the brain, muscles, blood pressure, and respiratory rhythms. Clinical studies using medical thermal imaging demonstrate dramatic and rapid improvement of inflammation, pain and range of motion. Try getting your bare feet onto real grass for 20 minutes a day.

7. Move

If you watch nature, whether it is animals, trees or the Earth itself, it all moves, all the time. I suggest to my clients that they don’t think of “movement” as exercise but think of their exercise programme as movement. Try to get some movement in for 30-40 minutes each and every day.

8. Use essential oils

Essential oils are known as nature’s living energy and are the natural, aromatic liquids found in shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. The distinctive components in essential oils defend plants against insects, environmental conditions, and disease. They can also provide these benefits for you and your health. Learn more about Essential Oils byclicking here.

9. Be present with nature

It’s amazing what you can learn just by being still and watching nature. “The calm after the storm” is not just a saying, but also an observation of nature and an expression of the two types of energies that we harness in our bodies. The intense movements of exercise, followed by the calm of rest, relaxation and meditation. Try to sit with nature around you every single day and learn all you can.

Point 9 highlights all of the other 8 points and really drives home the conclusion that nature needs to be observed, learnt from, and followed if we desire to be healthy. Technology is fantastic and has brought us some amazing advantages in the year 2009, but sometimes if we want to be healthy we need to go back to simpler times.

What other ways do you follow nature to be healthier?

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