Five Amazing Essential Oils to Get You Motivated

January 09, 2018

Brain fogginess is a terrible plague on productivity. You know that feeling that not all your circuits are firing? Thoughts feel vague, the right words are elusive, reaction times slow and your motivation levels slump into the doldrums.

What’s the solution for mental fatigue? More coffee...maybe. But there are more sustainable, natural substances that won’t leave you with that jittery buzz, caffeine withdrawal or an energetic nosedive.

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The Heartmanity Year in Review

December 28, 2017

2017 was a whirlwind year. As the retrospectives start rolling in, it doesn’t take much to floor me. Did all that really happen in 2017? Has it only been one year?

Author José Saramago wrote this about Time: “You never know beforehand what people are capable of, you have to wait, give it time, it's time that rules, time is our gambling partner on the other side of the table and it holds all the cards of the deck in its hand, we have to guess the winning cards of life, our lives.”

You never know what a year is capable of.

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A Simple Way to Stay Sane During the Holidays

December 01, 2017

You know that whirring-through-space feeling the holidays tends to bring? Everything tumbling around, moving overly fast, twisted out of the normal routine and amplified by familial turbulence. It’s enough to make you wish for some powerful, calming potion you serve your family (and yourself).

Not wine.

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How to Jumpstart Your Mood and Mind with Scents

September 23, 2017

You’ve probably heard that smell is a powerful conduit of memory. Recently, I read a travel blogger’s advice to wear one perfume on each vacation—when you smell the scent, you’ll be transported back to that place, she explained.

For good or ill, scent can directly affect your mind.

For anyone familiar with essential oils, this might seem obvious. Understanding why is well worth it, though. The science behind essential oils’ affect on the brain is both an intriguing lesson in neuroscience and it might inspire you to use essential oils in new ways.

Scents are full of potential when it comes [...]

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The Best Essential Oils to Spice Up Your Autumn Recipes

September 05, 2017
Fall meant Apple Hill where I grew up. Like clockwork, the air would turn crisper and seemingly everyone would trek to the Hill for apple everything—donuts, cider, apples in caramel and apple-picking. Applesauce and apple pies everywhere.

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Back to School Essential Oils to Support Your Kid's Health

August 25, 2017

Back to school season is not just a mammoth shift for kids and their families; the traffic, germs and schedule changes affect everyone. Just try breezing past a K-8 at pick up time. Even more notorious are back-to-school illnesses, and just like traffic jams, they spread far beyond the classroom.

If you aren’t already using essential oils to ease stress, clean and disinfect, try incorporating some or all of these easy applications, even before the first day. Oils can help naturally keep everyone well through the transition into a new school year.

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Use Essential Oils to Fight Stress and Anxiety

August 10, 2017

“I was a little excited but mostly blorft. 'Blorft' is an adjective I just made up that means 'Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.' I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.”    ~Tina Fey, Bossypants

Stress has become the new status quo for many people and even entire populations.

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