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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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 Covid-19 guidelines and adjusted schedule changes affect everyone dramatically. Just try breezing past a K-8 at pick up time or by a high school. Even more notorious are back-to-school illnesses at all ages, and now with COVID hanging over us, the effects spread far beyond the home and classroom.

If you aren’t already using essential oils to ease stress, clean and disinfect, try incorporating some or all of these easy applications. Oils can help naturally keep everyone well through big transition into a new [...]

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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.

Handling daily fatigue is naturally a huge concern. The skyrocketing number of prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications like Xanax is a strong indicator; so is the massive spike in cases of anti-anxiety prescription [...]

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Easy Yoga Stretches to Do Right at Your Desk

July 10, 2017

Shoulder and neck tension are the top concerns I hear from my students. Many of us get tense in the shoulders, neck and jaw—nine-to-fivers and mom entrepreneurs alike. Whether you are in an office at a desk or running errands, everyday activities like texting, driving, using a computer, even sleeping can contribute to tension. Even the hands can get overworked and cramp. When was the last time you really stretched your fingers and forearms?

These yoga exercises are made to practice at work, a desk, at home or any time your notice tension creeping into your shoulders. Practicing these [...]

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Yoga Poses for Grounding and Relaxation

April 25, 2017

The way we move our bodies has a profound impact on our brains—our moods, sleep, interpersonal communication and emotional intelligence. MRI scans show that yoga in particular can make your brain more calm and self-aware. Out of the hundreds of yoga poses, some are more naturally calming for parasympathetic nervous system, taking the body from fight-or-flight mode into rest-and-digest. Especially in the wake a tax season and during the busy time of spring, grounding feels vital and these poses can help.

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How to Make a Change Successfully Using the Eight Keys

September 05, 2016

Change can be challenging whether you're trying to break the habit of being a people pleaser or you simply want to lose a little weight and exercise more. Positive change boils down to 8 Keys for Breaking Bad Habits as previously discussed. Making a change in your life and becoming our best self depends on consistency and making giant changes can be difficult to sustain consistently. Habits are hard to break, so it’s best to take a crack at them in small doses, for the best chance of success. 

Let’s take a real-life example: Sally is overweight, sits at a computer all day, working through [...]

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