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Introducing Solgar U-Cubes

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
U-CubesSolgar has taken the world of children’s multivitamins and minerals gummies to a whole new level and Lucky Vitamin has these fantastic products for you. We are happy to introduce Solgar U-Cubes, a new line of children’s nutritional supplements.

Solgar U-Cubes Children’s are available in two top-quality products: multi-vitamin and mineral gummies and calcium with vitamin D3 gummies.

Solgar U-Cubes Children’s Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Gummies is a unique product developed with all the science and knowledge behind Solgar’s name. These tapioca and pectin-based gummies provide 100% DV (400 IU) of vitamin D3 for children 4 years and older, and 50% DV (200 IU) for children 2 and 3 years of age. Best of all, U-Cubes are 100% natural, non-GMO, contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, and are manufactured in small batches ensuring the highest quality product.  Every single product is gluten, wheat, yeast, and dairy free, and rigorously tested for safety and potency, but never animal tested. A delicious way to give your children the nutrients they need for proper development, Solgar U-Cubes are available in three great flavors: grape, orange, and cherry, and two sizes: 60 and 120 gummies. A great tasting multivitamin that U can be sure is great for your children.

Additionally, Solgar is introducing the new U-Cubes Children’s Calcium with D3. These beneficial gummies can be taken alone or in combination with the multivitamin gummies. Each serving of tapioca-based U-Cubes Calcium with D3 provides the pediatrician-recommended dosage of Vitamin D3, 600 IU (per 4 gummies), offers 150% DV of Vitamin D3 for children 4 years and up, and 75% DV (300 IU, per 2 gummies) for children 2 and 3 years of age. Vitamin D3 assists in the absorption of calcium to promote healthy bones and teeth, and supports immune-system health.

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New Brand Spotlight: Dr. Lip Bang’s

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
22 Dr. Lip BangsLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another cool brand of lip balm products to our customers: Dr. Lip Bang’s.

Doctor Lip Bang’s offers a 100% natural and 100% cool line of lip balm products created with super healthy moisturizing ingredients that will leave your lips soft and highly irresistible. The company uses only the best and healthiest ingredients because Dr. Lip Bang’s believes that what you put in and on your body should be good for you.

Dr. Lip Bang’s products are powerful, genuinely work and are good for your body. This new, cool brand believes that no matter what your shape, size, or hair color is today, you should rock it. Tattoos? Cool. Glasses and braces? Right on. If you want to wear a suit and tie, sports jersey, or festive holiday sweater? Dr. Lip Bang’s just want to say, “Hey, we like your style!”

Dr. Lip Bang’s lip balms are 100% natural and made with essential oils and the result is an excellent moisturizer product that feels electrifying. The company also wants to be a good human and do something good in the world as a portion of all the proceeds from Doctor Lip Bang’s goes to charity. When you buy Doctor Lip Bang’s products, every customer is making the world a better place. Every little bit helps!

You can save even more when you shop Doctor Lip Bang’s products at Just enter the promotional code NOV15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



How To Eat Well This Holiday Season

Filed Under: Ask The ND,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Nutrition at 10:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
iStock_000076793023_SmallI can’t believe the holiday season is just around the corner. Before we know it, we’ll be dusting off the decoration boxes, preparing our shopping lists, wrapping gifts and spending time with family, friends and loved ones.

The stretch from Halloween to New Year’s is a difficult one. It offers a lot of temptations when it comes to eating and drinking. Even the most disciplined individuals can struggle to stay on track. There seems to be a stigma that it’s “ok” to overeat and overindulge throughout the holidays. Remember healthy eating isn’t necessarily about avoidance, it’s ok to enjoy your favorite dish, snack or dessert but moderation is the name of the game. And be mindful! This busy time of year can also lead to a significant decrease in our physical activity levels. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some tips on how to have a healthy holiday season.

Tips For Healthy Eating

  • Know your numbers! In order to maintain a healthy weight you need a balance between the amount of calories you consume and the amount of energy/calories you burn off.
  • When you arrive at a holiday party, check out all the options for food and make a plan on what you are going to enjoy.
  • Eat mindfully. Use all your senses and be in the moment. Pay attention to the food you’re eating. Minimizing distractions allows us to notice our body’s cues like satiety, and may help to reduce overeating.
  • Try wearing tighter fitting clothes to keep you more mindful of how your stomach is feeling.
  • Don’t skip meals. Individuals who skip meals to save calories for a larger dinner are more likely to overeat.
  • Offer to bring a healthy dish to the holiday party or dinner.
  • Cut back on unnecessary calories such as gravy, butter, cheese, sauces, whip cream and other toppings.
  • Alcoholic beverages like wine, eggnog and beer are full of calories. Reduce the number of alcoholic beverages you drink by switching between alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.
  • Bring your own plate. This may sound strange but there are many dishes on the market right now that can help you control your portion size and prevent overeating.
  • Try eating off a different color plate then your food. Research has shown that the high contrast between food and the color of the plate used causes individuals to put less food on their plates.

Health Consequences Of Overeating

  • Simple sugars found in sodas, candies, cookies and other processed treats can do harm to our body. An example of this is the link between sugar and the immune system. The immunosuppressant effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.
  • Even short term overeating can have lasting effects. Research has shown that short term overeating (such as a 4-week period) coupled with a decrease in physical activity can lead to an increase in body weight as well as fat mass that lasts long after the short binge.
  • Long term overeating can lead to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic effects.
  • Short term effects of overeating may include nausea, feeling winded, bloated or gassy, drowsiness or heaviness in your stomach. Lastly, because overeating pushes blood toward the digestive tract, your heart may have to work harder.


What To Do If Your Plans Fail

We all know exercise is important to maintaining health, but did you know that it may also help after you have overeaten. One research article found that 15 minutes of walking about a half hour after a meal may help to control blood sugar levels. To really see the benefits of walking, one must do this after every meal. Another study found that a brisk walk for 30 minutes right after a meal was more effective for weight loss than waiting one hour after eating. Make sure you’re comfortable and aren’t experiencing any discomfort from overeating before you go out for a walk.

So you read this “How To” and had a whole plan on how to prevent overeating. You scoped out the party, ate foods in the right proportion and tried to eat mindfully, but something with your plan went awry and now you have overeaten. Well that’s ok, in fact I wouldn’t worry. No, really, don’t worry. Researchers out of Canterbury have found that individuals that feel guilty after overeating are more likely to gain weight than those who don’t feel guilty. So for one night, if you eat a little more then you intended, don’t fret! Every day is a fresh start!

Happy Holidays!


The Magical Kombucha

Filed Under: Supplements,Teas at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
KombuchaIf you haven’t heard about Kombucha, you are missing out on the endless debate. Does it really work? Is all the hype really necessary? Is it worth trying this exotic, exquisite drink?

Kombucha popularity continues to grow as this live, raw fermented black tea contains naturally occurring probiotics, enzymes and beneficial acids. Sold as energy boosters, teas, and supplements, it offers many health benefits but what exacltly is Kombucha?

Originated in China and later spread to Russia, Germany, Europe and the rest of the world, the kombucha culture is actually a symbiotic colony of bacteria and one or more yeasts. Kombucha contains multiple species of yeast and bacteria along with the organic acids, active enzymes, amino acids, and polyphenols produced by these microbes.

This ancient product contains antimicrobial and antioxidants and is known to help detoxify the body and energize the mind. As a result, large quantities of energy products have added kombucha as an ingredient. Plus, kombucha energy shots have rapidly gained new customers as users are satisfied with the results and the great tasting of this new healthy, natural energy booster. These shots contain a mix of kombucha and other natural energy enhancers such as guarana, ginseng, vitamins B5, B6 and B12. Even better, some products are made with live, raw and organic kombucha but, just like live probiotics, refrigeration is recommended to maintain maximum potency of the product. Kombucha supplements are generally recognized as safe conventional food products and can be a nice alterative to kick some energy in your busy lifestyle.


Yurrku Brand: 3 Great Products to Give It a Try!

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

One of our latest additions, Yurrku is a unique brand of personal care products inspired by the ancient knowledge of indigenous Australians. The Jingulu Aboriginal word for nectar, Yurrku offers a premium line of products created with the amazing properties of wild-harvested Australian super fruits and native nectars to help you rejuvenate and celebrate your natural beauty. Now, we are happy to present you 3 amazing products from this new brand.

1. Yurrku Utopia Night Cream

This unique night cream contains three incredible ingredients: banksia, jacaranda, and wild rosella. Banksia is traditionally used as a bush food by Australian Aborigines as is made of hundreds of individual flowers and contains an abundance of nectar. Jacaranda is a violet colored trumpet shaped flower rich in antioxidant and anthocyanins. Utopia Night is a rich and emollient cream that is easily absorbed due to its high unrefined shea butter and cocoa butter content. A great option for cooler weather, it can be used as a day and night cream in winter, particularly in very cold and dry climates.

2. Yurrku Tamborine Cleanser

Tamborine is a gel foaming cleanser that is rich in vitamin C and helps with skin brightening. This top quality cleanser has a very unusual ingredient: caviar lime. Also known as finger lime, caviar lime is native to the sub-tropical rainforest regions of the eastern seaboard of Australia and is considered a highly prized bush food. Naturally occurring citric acids gently exfoliate the skin for a smoother complexion and the high Vitamin C content helps to reduce dark spots and pigmentation.

3. Yurrku Kakadu Day Cream

Another best-seller from Yurrku, Kakadu Day Cream contains three very special ingredients: kakadu plum, davidson plum, and illawarra flame tree. Kakadu Plum contains the world’s highest concentration of Vitamin C from a natural plant source and helps reduce dark spots and pigmentation.

You can earn 20 times the LuckyReward Points on all items of this brand when you purchase Yurrku products at Click here for more information about the LuckyReward program from


Want Something Sweet? Pick up Dark Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
17 Holiday ChocolatesWith the holidays coming up, chocolate will be around you. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, at least one time (but possibly many times), you will just have to eat a piece of chocolate, or two, or three. The good news is that not all chocolates are the same and we are here to talk about the health benefits of dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and contains vitamins and high concentrations of minerals, such as potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron, which can be beneficial for your heart. Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate three times a week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate can also help improve blood flow, reduce the formation of blood clots, and prevent arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. Plus, the copper and potassium in dark chocolate may help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular ailments.

Moreover, dark chocolate helps control blood sugar as the flavonoids can keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. Dark chocolate is also known to reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate has a low glycemic index which will not create huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

Lastly, can chocolate be good for your teeth? If it is dark chocolate, the answer is yes. Unlike most other sweets, dark chocolate contains theobromine which has been shown to harden tooth enamel and lower your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.

It is important to remember that while eating dark chocolate can lead to all these health benefits, chocolate is also high in fat and should be eaten with moderation, particularly if you are on a weight-loss diet.


5 Healthy Holiday Swaps

Filed Under: Nutrition,Recipes at 2:15 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Family celebrationTis the season for…weight gain? It’s no secret that this time of year brings out the most delicious food with the most dreadful nutritional content. If you’re trying to stave off the seemingly inevitable consumption of excessive calories, it’s time to reevaluate what you’re eating. Bump up the nutrition and lower the calories this season with these 5 healthy swaps that will still make you look forward to your holiday meals!

1. Swap Candied Yams For Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Instead of having a serving (or two) of candied yams, offer to bring a healthier alternative. Roasted sweet potatoes with a little salt, pepper and olive oil is only around 100 calories per serving and you’ll also get the healthy vitamins and nutrients from the potatoes. Want to add a little sweetness? Sprinkle some cinnamon on them!

2. Swap The Casserole For Fresh Green Beans. The casserole may be delicious, but it has a high amount of fat and calories. Skip the cream of mushroom soup and French-fried onions and have fresh green beans instead. Roast them with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and you won’t even think about what you’re missing. Yes, they’re that good.

3. Swap Eggnog For Apple Cider. Just one glass of eggnog can have up to 250 calories and a lot of saturated fat. By having apple cider, you will have instantly saved 100 or more calories and all the fat. Eggnog is definitely a seasonal favorite, so if you’re going to indulge, think moderation!

4. Swap Chocolate Chip Cookies For Meringues. Opt for a lighter sweet treat after a big meal with meringues. They don’t have to be boring. Try this recipe (my personal favorite) – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. With an electric mixer, beat 2 large room temperature egg whites until foamy. Add 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar and beat until fluffy. Add 2/3 cup of granulated sugar gradually (about 3 tablespoons at a time). Then add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract when half of the sugar has been added. Continue beating and adding remaining sugar until it is all dissolved. Fold in 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips and then put a teaspoonful of meringue onto baking sheets, leaving 1-inch of space between. Place baking sheets in the preheated oven and turn the oven off. Leave the cookies undisturbed overnight!

5. Swap Alcohol For Spritzers. Did you know a full glass of wine can add on an extra 120 calories to your meal? Cut that number almost in half by replacing 2 oz of a 5 oz pour with club soda. You’ll still be festive, but with a lot less calories!


New Brand Spotlight: Cocokind

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CocokindLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a new line of top quality personal care products to our customers: Cocokind.

Cocokind has developed an organic skincare line centered on virgin coconut oil. All products use only the most pure ingredients and are dedicated to providing long lasting moisture that is free from chemicals. In fact, each and every ingredient stands alone as powerful nutrient sources for the skin without the addition of any preservatives or chemicals. Cocokind doesn’t even add any water.

Most commercial skincare moisturizers contain a long list of chemicals, parabens, and are water-based. Those buffer ingredients suck your skin in and actually dry you out but the process at Cocokind is completely different. The company’s base ingredient is the amazing organic virgin coconut oil which not only provides deep and long lasting moisture but also delivers key antioxidants. Coconut oil is well known for its health benefits not only for skin nutrition but for your whole body.

Cocokind believes in delivering a skincare line that is not only effective and good for you, but also good for the world. As a socially conscious company, Cocokind donates proceeds to give clean water, meals, and books to children in need all over the world.

In addition, you can save even more when you shop these incredible Cocokind products at Just enter the promotional code NOV15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.


Kids: Turn Off the TV

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
TVA new report says kids are seeing more “unhealthy snack ads” on television. The research from the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity ranked how often children ages 6 to 11 saw snack ads in 2014 based on Nielsen syndicated data, and the results are hardly surprising.

The products children saw advertised most often were chips, fruit snacks, cookies, and other junk foods, with the data collected showing that kids saw these ads an average of 97.1 times in 2014. Additionally, the reports states that about 40% of all the food and beverage ads young people see on TV are for snacks. The author and the researchers of the study hope these results will bring awareness and hope parents will start protesting advertising practices.

Food companies have been increasing their advertising to children for junk food and sometimes even marketing it as healthy snacks. Plus, there’s a growing amount of snack advertising on social media and mobile phone apps. Although snacks ads online were much less prevalent than on TV, big food companies placed millions of ads on Facebook and YouTube in 2014.

Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, the particular report compared how many snack ads young people typically saw in 2010 and 2014, and how many promoted products such as chips or healthier options, such as yogurt, fruit and nuts. Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 saw an average of 582 snack ads on TV in 2014, an increase of 18% since 2010. Children ages 6 to 11 saw 629 snack ads, an increase of 10%, and teen’s ages 12 to 17 saw 635 snack ads, an increase of 29%.

Perhaps a better solution to this problem is just turn off the TV and find another activity for your kids.  Playing sports, playground, roller skating, dancing are just a few examples of fun activities away from TV and their unhealthy snacks ads.


4 Tips For Healthy Hair

Filed Under: Beauty,Nutrition,Personal Care,Supplements at 3:45 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
iStock_000045748732_SmallHair coloring is supremely popular, especially for women. A study done by Clairol in 2008 revealed that 75% of American women dye their hair and that 88% of women feel their hair has an effect on their confidence. Although this study was done a number of years ago, just imagine what those numbers must be like now. Four years ago I started coloring my hair…well bleaching it to be exact. Three years of that was enough to do some serious damage to my hair. Now it’s been almost a year without coloring and the process of growing out the overprocessed, unhealthy leftovers is still underway. The only way it will ever be permanently gone will be for me to be patient and let it grow until I can cut every last dyed piece off.

This process is what started my research into what makes hair grow. I wanted to know what I could possibly do to grow my hair out as quickly as possible and I was willing to try anything. So I looked around, watched videos, read articles, and experimented. Here’s what I learned over the better part of a year trying to get back naturally healthy hair.

1. Conditioning is Key. Since bleach dries out hair and everyday styling can be harsh, it was really important for me to moisturize and condition my hair. One of my favorite products to use for this is coconut oil. Not only does coconut oil moisturize hair, but it helps strengthen and protect hair as well. To use, melt the coconut oil and massage into hair, leaving on as long as possible as the benefits only increase with time. Shampoo to remove the oil and you’ll instantly feel the benefits!

2. Eat a Healthy Diet. A diet rich in protein, vitamins and minerals is essential to healthy hair growth. Make sure to include foods high in vitamins A, B, C, and E, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium and even omega-3 fatty acids. Adding in a variety of foods like milk, poultry, eggs, fish, whole grains, spinach, broccoli, carrots, avocado, oranges, and nuts are great to help nourish your hair and scalp. Overall, eating a healthy diet matters. Make sure to feed your body healthy and nutrient foods.

3. Use Natural Hair Care Products. Look for products that are free from parabens, pthalates, preservatives, and SLS as these potentially dangerous chemicals have been associated with negative health impacts. The best thing you can do? Keep them off your hair. There are many great natural shampoos, conditioners, and styling products that work just as well as the standard products!

4. Supplement If You Need To. Trying everything but still not seeing a significant difference? Maybe a supplement can help. I started taking biotin (part of the B-complex vitamins) to help support my healthy hair growth since it’s water soluble (we excrete what we don’t need) and hasn’t been shown to have side effects. Other recommended supplements to support healthy hair growth – vitamins A, C, D, E, and zinc. Don’t forget to talk to your doctor if you’re thinking about starting a new regimen of supplements! Remember, you can’t replace a bad diet with supplements so it’s best to use a combo approach.


New Brand Spotlight: Mediterra

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MEDLucky Vitamin is proud to present another top quality brand of delicious nutritional bars to our customers: Mediterra.

Mediterra offers all-natural nutrition bars inspired by the Mediterranean diet and made to enjoy on the go. As healthy as they are appetizing, these unique bars are excellent sources of sustained energy and overall wellness. Loaded with fiber, nutrients and vitamins instead of complex sugars, and saturated fats, Mediterra bars will fundamentally change your idea of the snack bar.

The company was inspired by the time-tested Mediterranean Diet creating nutritional bars that contain its all-natural ingredients, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, fiber-packed grains and seeds. Mediterra serves up convenient-to-consume bars packed with gourmet flavor and is a healthy option to complement the nonstop pace of modern life, whether you’re meeting or messaging, enjoying a run or running around. Mediterra serves up the nutrition your body craves, the gourmet taste you love, and the convenience your life demands.

Based on the foundation of the Mediterranean Diet, Mediterra bars contain whole grains, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and olive oil. Made with only natural ingredients, each and every bar was designed with a balanced offering of all natural, nutrient-rich non-GMO ingredients and are gluten-free. These delicious bars feature a low caloric profile to sustain activity, energy and promote good nutrition. All Mediterra bars are sourced responsibly with non GMO suppliers.

You can save even more when you shop Mediterra products at Just enter the promotional code NOV15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.


A Better Alternative to Salon Hair Color

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
hair dyeIf you are considering making the switch from traditional hair dye products to natural, organic dye products, understanding the difference is the first step. For many years, natural hair dye products had the reputation of being less effective and many people often complained about the results. These days are long gone as the natural hair industry has vastly improved the quality and efficiency of its products.

With similar results regarding the final look of your hair, the main difference, and perhaps the most important one, is the advantages of using natural products instead of conventional ones. Standard, non-organic hair dye contains many chemicals such as ammonia, sodium laurel sulphates, parabens and other potentially dangerous ingredients. Shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and other personal care products often contain these ingredients as well and with many people switching to natural formulas, why not doing the same for hair dye products?

Traditional hair dye products tend to dry your hair particularly if you dye it hair several times a year. On the other hand, natural, organic products have a much softer impact on the quality of your hair as the majority of these products contain mostly ingredients that are naturally derived such as aloe vera leaf, grapefruit seed extract, orange peel extract and many others. Additionally, the absence of synthetic ingredients often result in a lighter, soft, more vibrant hair, without the headache-inducing effects of the harsh smelling ammonia dyes you always smell at hair salons’.

If you are still not fully convinced the natural, ammonia-free products can be just as efficient, talk to people that have tried or have made the switch. Every day, more and more people are changing to natural dye products not only because it’s a healthier, chemical-free option, but also because of its great results.


5 Aromatherapy Blends & Their Benefits

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Herbs at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
AromatherapyAromatherapy can be fun in so many different ways. Essential oils have the ability to provide health benefits as well as creating special scents for your home. Mixing and matching essential oils is another great other way to have some fun with aromatherapy and we present you 5 aromatheraphy blends and their health benefits.

1. Eucalyptus + Peppermint = Clear Sinuses

Pretty simple method. If you are congested, just add a few drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oils to a tub with hot water. Get in, and make sure you breathe the vapors, which help open up the sinuses. A simple and relaxing way to treat chronic sinus problems.

2. Lavender + Bergamot = Relaxation

Lavender essential oils have been known to promote relaxation but if you are looking for an extra, add bergamot oil as well. This citrus oil not contain a wonderful smell but can also help relax your body and you mind.

3. Lemon + Rosemary = Clear Your Mind

A common combination used by many aromatherapy lovers, lemon and rosemary may be helpful to clear your mind. Rosemary has a stimulating effect on the central nerve system and along with lemon oil can help clear your mind as well as increase focus and attention.

4. Geranium + Lavender + Rose = Calming

The combination of geranium, lavender, and rose can be found in some personal care products such as shampoos and skin lotions. Plus, this combo is often used for a relaxing bath.

5. Cedarwood + Lemon = Stress Relief

Another great pair of essential oils, cedarwood and lemon are useful for purposes of relaxation and some people believe they work together to promote stress relief.


Grapefruit Seed Extract vs. Grape Seed Extract

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Supplements at 7:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GSE VS GFSEThe names are similar and some people may confuse them but grapefruit seed extract and grape seed extract are two different things. What they do have in common, however, is that both products offer many health benefits. Keeping things apart, let’s do a quick breakdown between the grapefruit and grape.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit is a fruit that provide multiple health benefits. This citrus fruit is a great source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, pectin, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Grapefruit juice is used to battle high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, as well as skin issues, weight loss and obesity.

However, grapefruit seed extract has been used as medicine for many years as this incredible product can efficiently treat bacterial, viral, and fungal infections including yeast infections. Additionally, grapefruit seed extract is often used as an ear or nasal rinse for preventing and treating infections. Grapefruit seed extract is generally considered safe.

Grape Seed Extract

Grapes are known as a healthy fruit but its seeds offer some pretty special benefits. Grape seed extract is derived from seeds of red wine grapes and can be used to treat a number of diseases, particularly cardiovascular conditions, due to its high level of antioxidants.

Grape seed extract may help regulate poor blood circulation, reduce high cholesterol, minimize swelling caused by injury, and speed up wound healing. Grape seed extract is also generally considered safe.


Uses For Peppermint Oil

Filed Under: Flower Essences,Health Aids at 3:48 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
frisches Minzöl in einer Flasche / fresh mint oil in a bottle

When I think of peppermint, I think of the small red and white mints you get when leaving a restaurant. But did you know that using peppermint oil can do more than just give you minty fresh breath? As I’m reading more into the use of peppermint essential oil, I’m thinking it’s a necessity in the medicine cabinet. Why? Read on to find out the best and most beneficial uses for this healing oil.

  1. Colds and Congestion. The menthol in the peppermint plant provides a cooling sensation and eases discomfort which makes this oil particularly helpful in providing relief from the common cold. It’s often included in natural chest rubs to help with congestion, but can also be easily made at home. To make an at-home chest rub, mix a carrier oil (i.e. almond oil) and peppermint oil, since peppermint oil can be too intense on its own.
  1. Digestion & Upset Stomach. Of all the things peppermint oil is known for, digestion help is probably the most well-known. Help curb feelings of nausea, upset stomach or motion sickness with this herb. It can be massaged onto problem areas such as the abdomen, but it’s also easy to digest with peppermint tea.
  1. Headache. If you are prone to headaches, this is a great addition to keep at your desk or in your purse. Use a small amount of carrier oil (i.e. almond oil) with a drop of peppermint oil and rub on temples, forehead and the back of the neck. The cooling sensation of menthol can work wonders!
  1. Energy. Peppermint oil can help improve mental clarity and energy levels which is perfect for those mid-afternoon slumps. Instead of reaching for the coffee, trying rubbing a drop of peppermint oil under the nose for alertness, applying to the back of the neck and shoulders for energy levels, or diffuse into a room to improve concentration.
  1. Sore Muscles. Peppermint oil has been found to be a natural painkiller and muscle relaxant, especially for sore backs, muscles, and cramps. It’s a great ingredient to include in natural massage oil or even in the bath to decrease stiffness and promote relaxation.