The Guide to Essential Oils

Get the scoop on the most popular essential oils.

Essential oils are highly concentrated plants and herbs that have been mixed with something called a carrier oil -- like jojoba oil or coconut oil -- that make them safe to apply to your skin. Essential oils have healing properties that can relieve anxiety, soothe a stressful mind, clear skin, prevent wrinkles, reduce allergy symptoms, and more. While there is a pretty large list of the essential oils that are out there, this beginner's guide should help you become familiar with a few of the more popular ones and the benefits that they have. Test out one or two as a way to potentially help ease the problems you are experiencing; you may be pleasantly surprised by the results. Be wary when buying these oils though, as not all stores that carry them and brands are reputable. Follow these guidelines when shopping for essential oils.   


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Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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