The Heartmanity Year in Review

December 19, 2019

Last year was a whirlwind year. As the retrospectives start rolling in, it doesn’t take much to floor me. Did all that really happen in 2019? 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.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, Habits for Health

Lavender Essential Oil: 10 Practical Uses and Benefits

November 16, 2019

I’ve been using essential oils for forty years, long before essential oils became widespread. Despite the variety of essential oils available on the market these days, I always come back to one: lavender essential oil.

Lavender is both my favorite oil and my favorite fragrance. I’ve used lavender essential oil for everything from treating bee stings to bringing down fevers when my kids were young to clearing the air of doggie smells!

That’s precisely why I love lavender essential oil so much: it’s so versatile! To showcase its benefits to you, here are ten uses for lavender oil that are [...]

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Summer Guide to Essential Oils

June 05, 2018

Summer is finally here in Montana! With warmer weather, it's a great time to pull out the essential oils. There's nothing better than Mother Earth to guide you to health and wellness.

Enjoy this simple guide to utilize your favorite fragrances this summer for pleasure, health, or to eliminate pesky bugs. Essential oils are a safe way to better comfort and health with many benefits.

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Know the Difference between Healthy vs Chronic Stress

May 22, 2018

When stress hits, the human body responds. The reaction is fast—we adapt without even making a conscious decision most of the time. We humans are hard-wired for survival. Knowing when chronic stress has taken hold of you is critical.

Think about coping with stressors in your daily life, especially with the most recent threat to our health with Covid-19. Children at home, work deadlines, getting dinner done, taxes! Most of us are probably more stressed about getting enough sleep and making enough money than any human in other eras were.

Posted in Habits for Health, Emotional Intelligence

Make Mother's Day Special with Essential Oils

May 08, 2018

Have you ever been stumped when it came to finding your mother something special for Mother's Day?

Mother's Day is a day when we remember our mothers and their impact in our lives. Each year, a tradition unfolds as we dedicate a day to our mothers. Yet, the flower industry is the one that gets the most attention. If you want to give a different and unique gift this year, try essential oils.

One of my great loves for the past 30 years has been essential oils because they are natural and healthy while also filling a room with nature's most magnificent fragrances. Mothers are very important [...]

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Eliminate Clutter and Tackle that Spring Clean-Up for Good

April 12, 2018

A clean house or office, free from clutter and perfectly organized—isn’t that the dream?

There are thousands of resources out there with techniques for organizing, tips for decluttering, or a process for cleaning your closet. The list runs the gamut from “150+ Things to Throw Away Today” to “30 Ways to Instantly Declutter” and “The 4-Pile Strategy for Simplifying Your Closet.”

I have another idea: clutter is a mindset.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, Habits for Health

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.

Posted in Habits for Health

Feeling Down? Jumpstart Your Mood with Essential Oils

September 23, 2017

You may have heard that smell is a powerful conduit for memory. However, did you know that when you're feeling down, you can uplift your mood with essential oils? It's true. And it's not just hear-say; there are scientific studies that support the positive effects of using scent to alter emotional states. 

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

For anyone familiar with essential oils, it may seem obvious, but regardless of your experience, understanding why scents are so powerful is well worth it. The science behind essential oils’ effect on the brain is both an [...]

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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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