12 Things to Throw Away in 2016

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A vital part of our well being is the “things” we surround ourselves with.  In 2015, I learned that in my cluttered home, I needed to make room for abundance and in doing so, great things have started to happen!  Following is a list of 12 things to throw away as we start the new year, including;

  1. Clothes you haven’t worn in the past year
  2. Books and magazines that you have already read or don’t plan to read
  3. Lazy habits – too much time on social media
  4. Old calendars – no need for reminders of the past
  5. Expired medicine and vitamins
  6. Any type of chachki that’s collecting dust
  7. Grudges
  8. Old electronics and accessories (cords and chargers)
  9. Unhealthy habits – consider giving up drinking soda
  10. Expired foods and holiday leftovers – all unopened candy accumulated over the holidays
  11. Junk mail and old receipts
  12. People who bring you down

As you move into the new year, consider picking up healthier habits and doing something everyday that makes you happy.  All of these ideas are self care items that should also be brought into your life on a regular basis.

keep calm and be zen

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Turmeric – Wellness Gold

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If you love Indian food, you recognize the rich, deep-yellow color found in any modern Indian curry dish.  Tumeric has been a go-to item for thousands of years in India, China and Indonesia, not only as a food and a dye, but also as a curative herb.  While the use of Tumeric dates back to the 7th century, the herb’s natural healing ability continues to gather attention as modern sientific research validates its potency and popularity among modern wellness advocates in Asia, Europe and North America.

Found primarily in Soutern Asia, turmeric is a perennial plant and member of the ginger family.  Fully grown, it reaches heights of five to six feet and boasts deep, dark yellow trumpet shaped flowers.  However, it’s the root of the plant that boiled, dried and ground into that familiar yellow powder.

Historically, holistic medicine dictated the use of turmeric for a long list of health issues, including intestinal support to respiratory distress.  It’s used to help deal with parasites and bacterial and viral infections as well as surface bites and bruises.  Natural healers relied on the plant to treat kidneys and bladder inflammation and even used the root to treat leprosy.

tumeric root

The wide variety of medicinal uses can be attributed to turmeric’s inherent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties.  Scientists have discovered the plant to contain the following important compounds:

  • Polyphenols and phytochemicals
  • Vitamins A, C, E and several Bs
  • Iron, manganese, potassium, magnesium and other minerals
  • Immunity-boosting carotenoids and carotenes
  • COX-2 enzyme inhibitors to alleviate pain

With more than 90 active constituents in its bilogical makeup, it’s no wonder that healers have relied on turmeric since ancient times.

Although there is currently no official system governing the use of herbal medicine in the U.S. studies on the the practice continue here in and medical science communities around the globe.  Recent research has shown:

  • The American Cancer Society reports that turmeric has been found in laboratory studies to slow the development of several forms of cancer and to shrink tumors (in animals) – particularly those that occur in colon and rectal cancers.
  • In a 2010 Italian study, subjects with osteoarthritis took a turmeric formulation for 90 days and experienced a 58 percent decrease in overall pain compared to a control group.  They also experienced a 16 fold decrease in their blood serum levels of C-reactive protein, the inflammation marker.  Subjects were able to decrease their use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) by 63 percent with use of turmeric formulation.
  • A 2014 German study found turmeric promising for treating neaurological disorders and events, such as Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. The study was performed on rats, but researchers found that subjects given a turmeric compound exhibited an increase in the same type of brain stem cells that are found in adult humans.  This indicates that cells might be able to self-repair and recover brain function in instances of neurodegenerative disease.
  • A 2011 study an Chiang Mai University in Thailand, the use of turmeric following coronoary bypass surgery decreased the incidence of heart attack.  Researchers say that phenols in the turmeric root were responsible for reducing the risk of heart attack in subjects by 56 percent.  They concluded that by lowering inflammation, oxygen toxicity and damage from free radicals, turmeric acts in a cardio protective capacity.

For centuries, Turmeric has been used to heal and enhance skin.  When ingested, its antimicrobial, antiviral and antiseptic benefits can ease acne and other skin conditions.

All in all, turmeric has a range of health benefits from its use.  Anyone interested in the use of herbs to support their health are encouraged to research more and seek advice of a holistic healthcare professional.   As always, the content of this article is not intended to give professional medical advice, treatment or diagnosis, the content of this blog is for informational purposes only!

Source:  Day Spa Magazine – Jan. 2015

A Gift Fit for a King

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The Bible documents the use of Frankincense as early as 3000 B.C.  Considered a “holy” oil in the Middle East, frankincense has been part of religious ceremonies for thousands of years.  It’s reported that wisemen brought the precious gift as they sought the newborn Christ child on that first Christmas.

Considered to be more valuable than gold, frankincense was sometimes referred to as “liquid gold”. Even today, the rarety of frankincense makes it one of the most expensive essential oils.

Much of the world’s frankincense comes from the gum resin tears extracted from trees in Oman, India, Somalia, Yemen and other areas of North Africa, which is then steam distilled into oil.  However, the best oil comes from Oman.

Like all essential oils, frankincense brings a complexity and synergy, through its many beneficial compounds and structures.  Researchers have discovered that compounds, identified as sesquiterpenes, stimulate the limbic system, the emotional center of the brain,   as well as key glands.

No wonder the rich aromatic scent of this unique essential oil is calming to the senses, emotional state and overall sense of well-being.

As you consider gift giving this season and if you’re wanting to give the priceless gift of health and vitality, consider giving this valuable gift to loved ones this holiday season – after all, it’s a gift fit for a king.

New Product: Digestive Blend Soft Gel Caps

Last week was so exciting to see all of the new products roll out. One that I’m most excited about is the Digestive Blend Softgels.

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Digestive Blend Softgels are a convenient and easy way to obtain the benefits of the proprietary Digestive Blend essential oil blend. Each vegetarian softgel contains 120 mg of Digestive Blend, the oil blend you know and trust for overall digestive health.

Digestive Blend contains a unique combination of Ginger, Peppermint, Tarragon, Fennel, Caraway, Anise, and Coriander to aid in digestion and ease stomach discomfort in a soothing, natural way—all in a vegetarian softgel that dissolves easily. Digestive Blend Softgels are perfect for on-the-go or for those wanting an easy way to consume Digestive Blend essential oil blend.

The Digestive Blend aids in the digestion of foods, soothes occasional stomach upset and maintains a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

Try it out today!

Bad Year for Bugs

Is it me or has it been a really bad mosquito year?  It seems like everytime I go outside, I get attacked.  What’s more, they are getting into my house and biting us all while we sleep.  There’s nothing worse than laying in bed at night and hearing the annoying little buzz of a mosquito hovering above your bed.  Recently, I have received notices from my kids’ school that the fields and playgrounds are infested with mosquitos and that they are doing abatement as fast and frequently as possible.  Still, I decided not to take any chances.

all natural

I’m always reluctant to use any repellant that has deet so I only used bug spray when it was absolutely necessary.  However, I have found that the Repellent Blend is a terrific natural, herbal bug repellant and it smells good to use.  What’s more, it’s a blend of essential oils for the skin.  Diluted with some fractionated coconut oil, it can be put in a spray bottle and really goes a long way.  It’s safe, it’s affordable and it is a very valid alternative to store bought, deet infused bug repellant.  Ask me about it today!

Protective Blend Beadlets Available

 

Get your protective blend beadlets on here. On sale now and available through an LRP account. The beadlets are filled with 100% Certified Pure grade essential oil. The oils in this blend support healthy immune function. This blend can be diffused into the air as well as to clean and purify household surfaces. Now, the beadlets offer an efficient method of taking the Protective Blend internally.

The oils contained in this blend include Wild Orange, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. Buy some today!

The Spring Clean – Naturally

It’s that time of year to do a good spring clean.  Why not use agents that are not only natural and pure but also safe to use?

These essential oils have such versatile uses and one of them is cleaning.  Cleansing, deodorizing shining and polishing – all great uses for these pure oils.


The newest product is the Protective Blend cleaner, this is an amazing agent to use on granite countertops.  What’s more, the oils will make you feel good while you work.