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Aromatherapy Book Review: The Fragrant Mind

Title: The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood & Emotion Author: Valeria Ann Worwood “Written in an accessible style and aimed at aromatherapists, practitioners of alternative medicine, and anyone wishing to use aromatherapy to maintain a peaceful equilibrium or bring about positive change, this book concentrates on the mood-changing effects of natural oils.” - Library Journal I could not agree more with the summary provided by Library Journal. If you have looked for or purchased aromatherapy books you will notice that most books have very dated information. A majority of the books offer nothing more than the standard information on the origins of Aromatherapy and the core information about a select group of essential oils. This book is much different. The...

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Time to make the switch - All Natural Deodorant

  Whether you’re training to run marathons or marathoning a show on Netflix, working out hard or at the office, hard at work, your body is going to sweat! Of course, intense exercise is bound to get your glands going, but sitting in front of the computer? Somehow the perspiration still comes. It’s almost impossible to avoid, yet everyone does it. It may seem undesirable, especially when accompanied by body odor, but perspiring is an important aspect to keeping your body healthy and functioning well. And while it would be great to skip the visible and odorous parts, many antiperspirants are filled with aluminum and other chemicals you may not want to put into your body. But don’t sweat it! Here&Now has...

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What is in your products? Phthalates

Phthalates - Everyone in the general population is exposed to phthalates from one source or another. They are found in many products from soft plastics and air fresheners to shampoos and nail polish. Tests done by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found phthalates in ¾ of the 72 products they tested, including deodorants, fragrances, hair gels, mousses, hairsprays and hand and body lotions. Phthalates are used to enhance fragrances to make them last longer and to denature alcohol. Research has shown that phthalates disrupt the hormonal system and interfere with reproduction. In a 2002 study in in Environmental Health Perspectives journal found that one common type of phthalate, diethyl phthalate (DEP) is damaging to the DNA of sperm in adult...

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Self-Care: Meditation Part 1

Self-care is a big focus of mine going into the New Year. Self-care does not have to be something grandiose or take up a large portion of your day; rather, self-care should be something that can easily be worked into your daily routine. An easy way to start is through meditation.  Regular meditation promotes physiological changes such as: decreased cortisol (the major stress hormone), decreased muscle tension, normalization of blood pressure, and increased autonomic stability. These documented physiological changes indicate decreased stress levels in conditions like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Source If you are like me and try to incorporate essential oils into your daily life, try meditating over an oil. Simply choose an oil, pick the first one your...

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