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24
FEB

Can You Kick Seasonal Allergies Naturally? Our ND Explains

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Health Concerns & Ailments,Homeopathy,Supplements at 12:48 pm | By: Madeline Reiss

What’s the telltale sign of spring for you? Is it the weather finally breaking and the trees starting to bloom? Or is it relentless itchy eyes and a runny nose that has you reaching for the antihistamines?

To put it simply, allergies are an immune system overreaction to allergens. This triggers the annoying puffy eyes, sneezing, and congestion that can leave you stuck inside on gorgeous spring days. While conventional drugs may relieve allergy symptoms, they don’t address the root cause and often come with side effects—like heavy drowsiness that can leave you nodding off at your desk.

So what’s the solution? We talked to our ND, Dr. Jeremy Wolf, about a few natural remedies to help keep you from sniffling through an entire season!

Treating allergies through diet

When it comes to diet, Dr. Wolf says, “natural substances such as quercetin, stinging nettles, bromelain, vitamin-C, and omega 3 fatty acids may help kick the allergy symptoms. You can find many of these ingredients in every day foods such as onions and berries for quercetin, salmon and fatty fish for omega 3’s, citrus fruits for vitamin c and pineapple for bromelain.” Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods can help keep your immune system strong so it can help fight off common allergies.

Try homeopathic formulas

“There are some homeopathic remedies that are more commonly used for allergies than others,” says Dr. Wolf. “One of these is Allium Cepa, a formula made from onions. If you think about the symptoms you experience when chopping an onion (burning and watery discharge from the eyes and nose) it makes sense that this may be used to combat allergies.” This follows the homeopathic principle of “like cures like.”

You can also try combination remedies “which include a variety of single remedies that are commonly used to treat allergies. The idea is if you take a variety of different remedies, your body is likely to react to one of them.”

An important note from Dr. Wolf: “there isn’t one homeopathic remedy for allergies that trumps others, as it depends on the individual and the symptoms a person is experiencing.” This is why you should always talk to your physician before starting a new supplement or treatment.

Can eating local honey prevent allergies?

A common practice touted in the wellness world is taking a tablespoon of local raw honey every day in the weeks prior to allergy season. When asked about this, Dr. Wolf replied “The thought process behind that treatment is if you eat local honey, you might be ingesting local pollen, and over time you may become less sensitive to pollen which could result in fewer allergy symptoms. This is similar to using allergy shots or sublingual drops to desensitize the body to the allergens.”

He continues to say “It’s hard to know exactly how much pollen you’re actually ingesting. I don’t recommend this to my patients as I don’t think there is any research that currently proves the honey trick to have actually worked.”

You don’t have to stay stuck indoors this spring! Talk with your doctor about your options, and consider taking a natural route to allergy prevention this season.



22
FEB

7 Ways to Replenish Your Electrolytes Naturally

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Health Foods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Electrolytes are essential nutrients that help maintain fluid balance and conduct electrical activity. Directly responsible for muscle contractions and neural activity, electrolyte imbalance may happen when you lose an excessive amount of body fluids through sweat, vomiting, diarrhea, or a high fever. Most common symptoms include feeling woozy or experiencing muscles cramps. You can easily get your body back in balance by eating or drinking foods that contain these essential nutrients and avoiding highly processed foods loaded with sodium but lacking important electrolytes such as potassium or magnesium. So, let’s check out 7 ways to replenish your electrolytes naturally.

1. Coconut water

One of the richest natural sources of electrolytes, coconut water is high in potassium as one cup contains about 600mg of potassium as well as 250mg of sodium. Coconut water is also lower in carbohydrates compared to other sports drinks, making it a great electrolyte replacement during or after a workout.

2. Bananas

Need potassium? Go bananas.  Known as the best source of this impotent mineral among fruits and vegetables, one single banana provides over 400mg of potassium which helps control muscles and blood pressure. It’s the perfect snack for pre and post workout.

3. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are also a great way to naturally replace electrolytes. This amazing superfood is loaded with vital nutrients such as omega-3 essential fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, vitamins, and lots of minerals like calcium, iron, and potassium.

4. Nuts and Seeds

Almonds, cashews, peanuts, and pumpkin seeds are great sources of magnesium and snacking them helps to replenish levels of this important mineral.

5. Salt

It might sound weird, but adding a pinch of salt to a glass of water helps with rehydration by replacing sodium and chloride. Some salty foods, such as broth or vegetable juice, are also good for replenishing sodium levels.

6. Yogurt

Including calcium-rich foods are also important to prevent dehydration and restore electrolytes lost during sweaty workout sessions. Yogurt is an excellent choice not only for the amount of calcium provided but also for the beneficial probiotics.

7. Water

The amount of water you need to drink on a daily basis depends on your age, how often and how intense you exercise, the climate you live in, and even your body size. One thing is for certain: drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.



20
FEB

5 Tips For Growing Your Hair Long & Strong

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 2:36 pm | By: Guest Blogger

Feeling like your hair is as healthy as it should be is not always easy. People are born with different hair types and some are more prone to damage than others. On top of this, growing out your hair can often be a very lengthy process for some. Getting your hair to a healthy, long, and strong place can seem like a difficult journey but there are some simple options worth your consideration.

Focus on Health

Hosting a head full of strong follicles is not always about speed. While you might want your hair to grow to a desired length in the fastest way possible, it can also prove counterintuitive to your goals. No matter how fast your hair grows out, you still want to ensure its strength. Damaged hair often gives off an unhealthy appearance and can even make your locks look shorter than they already are. One simple way of fighting off split ends and other problematic hair conditions is by getting regular trims at the salon.

The more you cut away split ends, the longer your hair is going to appear. Your hair is not going to grow any faster from this service but it definitely will aid in maintaining a strong and healthy mane.

Orange is Your Color

Eating the right foods will also help you along your way to healthier hair. Vitamin A is a nutrient responsible for assisting with a variety of important processes in the body. One way it helps is by keeping the production of sebum on the scalp consistent. Sebum is an oily secretion put off by the scalp to preserve hair follicles and keep them from drying out. This means you can benefit greatly by making sure that you are receiving an ample amount of Vitamin A in your daily diet.

A simple way of finding the best sources of Vitamin A is by looking at the color of the fruits and veggies in the supermarket. Produce with a dark orange appearance tend to contain a large amount of beta-carotene, which is said to be one of the easiest ways for the body to obtain Vitamin A. When you need Vitamin A in your diet, grab options like carrots, oranges, and even peaches. Supplements can also be a wonderful way to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin A to keep your hair in a healthy state.

Common Deficiencies 

According to a number of recent surveys, many Americans are living with serious vitamin deficiencies of which they were mostly unaware. Surprisingly, a number of people seemed to be deficient when it came to magnesium. On a biological level, magnesium is responsible for activating more than 300 different enzymes in the body. When there is not enough magnesium to keep all of these processes going strong, several areas suffer. For many, a lack of magnesium can lead to slowed hair growth and even a thinning or loss of follicles.

Without magnesium, your hair is far less strong than it should be. Luckily, it is easy to get this nutrient back into your diet. Seeds and nuts are usually the best sources of magnesium, so you are going to benefit from grabbing a few bags of pumpkin seeds the next time you’re looking for a snack. Almonds, cashews, and peanuts can also be great options. Those with nut allergies can turn to options like spinach or supplements to receive the correct daily dose.

Skin Deep

It is not always easy to tell how healthy your hair is by looking at it in the mirror. There is, however, a simple way of gauging things. Your skin is usually a good reflection of the health of your hair. When your skin seems to be dry or excessively greasy, then you might need to adjust your diet or habits to balance chemical productions.

A cup of green tea might serve you well when you are looking to improve the condition of your hair and skin. The detoxifying nature of green tea will help to cleanse your follicles of any toxins that might have collected. Dark chocolate, eggs, spinach, and sweet potato are also great options for improving the overall health of your skin and hair.

Stop Processing 

Finally, your hair will benefit greatly when you decide to take a break from coloring and other salon processes. Intense chemicals and temperatures are typically involved with coloring or straightening hair. This can damage your hair to extreme degrees and prevent it from growing in the way you’d like. Take a year away from treating your follicles with any of these services and see the difference yourself.

There are a number of fantastic options for you to think over when it comes to the health of your hair. Find the method that works best for you and watch your locks flow.

 

Article written by Joe Palinsky

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.



15
FEB

3 Reasons Your Pet Needs Probiotics

Filed Under: Pet Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Probiotics are considered one of the best supplements for your health, and it’s no different for your pets! They offer many health benefits to dogs and cats and are a great addition to their diet. If you are not sure if your pet really needs it, let’s review 3 reasons your pet needs probiotics.

Intestinal Health

Many pets have chronic intestinal disorders such as IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), colitis, and bacterial gastroenteritis. The intestinal tract normally contains billions of “healthy” bacteria but, during times of stress, disease, or use of antibiotics, the amount of bacteria can change leading to an unhealthy or depleted microflora. The most common symptoms of unhealthy bacteria in the gut are diarrhea and vomiting. Probiotics can provide “good” bacteria to the gut leading to improved intestinal health.

Probiotics reduce gas, bloating, diarrhea, and loose stools as it helps remove harmful bacteria inside the digestive system. Plus, probiotics help reduce constipation, making it easier for your pets to expel all of the toxins inside their digestive tract and thus expelling the harmful bacteria as well.

Immune System

Probiotic supplements can help enhance your pet’s immune system. Probiotics help in the production of vitamin K, vitamin B, and short chain fatty acids which are essential to protect against pathogenic (bad) bacteria. Probiotics are known to improve intestinal immune system which has been shown to decrease the incidence of allergies, chronic respiratory disorders, and other illnesses.

Reduce Side Effects of Antibiotics

Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria but, just like it happens in humans, when your pet takes an antibiotic, it also kills off the “good” bacteria in the gut and this is a common cause of diarrhea and other gastrointestinal side effects of antibiotics. It’s highly suggested that if your pet start taking antibiotics, start giving a probiotic right away and you may be able to prevent a variety of side effects. Be sure to check with your veterinarian first prior to starting probiotics with your pet.



13
FEB

Can’t Stop Eating Potato Chips? Try These 5 Healthier Alternatives

Filed Under: Health Foods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Potato chips can be addictive. These “too-easy-to-eat snacks” are often very unhealthy but some people just seem unable to stop having them. However, you do have better options as some alternative choices for chips are much healthier and less addictive to you. Let’s check out 5 healthier alternatives if you can’t stop eating regular potato chips.

1. Beet Chips

Beet chips have become a popular items in recent years as these chips are crispy and salty like potato chips, but made from a very healthy vegetable. Considered by many experts as the perfect blend of taste and nutrition, beet chips are dense with nutrients, including potassium, betaine, magnesium, folate, and vitamin C and a good dose of nitrates.

2. Kale Chips

Another top-selling item in recent years, kale chips have become the healthy staple of the “chips world”. A nutrient-packed snack, these chips are often made with organic kale under low heat and flavored with a delectable blend of spices, creating a delicious and much healthier product while providing important nutrients. In average, one serving provides 55 percent of the daily requirements for vitamin A.

3. Protein Chips

The so-called protein chips can be made of a variety of different ingredients including pea, corn and even potatoes. The difference here is that these chips are created to be an on-the-go protein supplement instead of just a snack.

4. Banana Chips

Easy-to-make and deliciously sweet, baked banana chips are the perfect snack to replace conventional potato chips. It generally contains no other ingredient that just banana and you can easily make them at home too. Just slice ripe bananas as thin as you can, lay them on a greased baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees F until golden.

5. Lentil Chips

If you really want to eat chips with health benefits, lentil chips is the way to go. Lentil has been one of the best sources of plant-based protein and is a staple in diets throughout the world. Lentil chips are vegan, crunchy, high-protein, and a great gluten-free substitute to conventional potato chips.



8
FEB

What Exactly Are Parabens & Why Should You Avoid Them?

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 3:59 pm | By: Guest Blogger

Maintaining one’s hygiene is a top daily priority for most people. The shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste you rely on all play a big part in helping you meet your cleanliness goals. Of course, you might also be surprised to learn some of these products contain some questionable chemicals. Since items like deodorant come in contact with bacteria regularly, manufacturers have taken to using specific preservatives to neutralize any potential health hazards.

One of the chemicals that has seen widespread use is paraben. Though parabens have been found in various toiletries for a long while, health advocates are now pointing out some worrisome results from studies conducted over recent years. To know whether or not you should be avoiding parabens, it can be useful to examine some key points.

Hormone Problems

Parabens have not been viewed as a threat until now because the short-term impact of exposure is considered minimal. In fact, parabens seem only harmful outright if a person decides to eat his or her deodorant or toothpaste. Since this is not likely for an adult to do, it might not seem like parabens are that much of a problem. In truth, studies have shown that the body is often absorbing parabens through the skin and storing them away in fat cells. This keeps the parabens in your body for long durations and can lead to health complications.

One common problem people with long-term exposure to parabens exhibit is an imbalance with hormone production. Parabens have been shown in various studies to disrupt hormone production in some serious ways. When left untreated, this imbalance has led to breast cancer and other risks in some individuals. This is attributed to parabens increasing the level of estrogen in a person’s body, making them more susceptible to tumor growth.

The Flip Side

While the above information might be enough for some to turn away from products that contain paraben, there are some who are skeptical. Some critics have stated that the studies released surrounding parabens and breast cancer do not take many additional factors into consideration. Though there have been several other studies conducted over the years, there is not enough conclusive evidence to suggest that parabens directly lead to cancer. Still, there have been many strides forward in recent years to reduce and remove parabens from most products.

Back in 2012, the European Union decided to ban the use of several parabens in health and beauty products outright. In America, it has been left to individual companies to make the decision. There are a number of large and small companies taking progressive steps towards finding a solution to parabens. Instead of relying on an outright ban to force their hands, these manufacturers are turning to alternate sources for their preservative needs. While this has resulted in a shorter shelf-life for some products, the precaution may prove to be a wise decision in the long run.

Ultimate Decision

Making the choice on whether or not to use products containing parabens can be tricky. Steering clear of them might be more sensible until more studies are released. Still, using your best judgment can help you to find safe options to keep you feeling fresh.

 

Article written by Joe Palinsky

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.



6
FEB

Simple, 5-Ingredient Chia Seed Pudding

Filed Under: Recipes at 5:28 pm | By: Madeline Reiss

Ever tried chia pudding? This is an amazing, dairy-free alternative to yogurt is a yummy way to get your healthy fats. Start with this basic recipe and then experiment with your own variations to enjoy for breakfast, as a snack or dessert. Vegan, gluten-free, paleo and keto-friendly.

Ingredients

6 Tablespoons chia seeds
2 cups unsweetened coconut, almond or cashew milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice (optional)
blueberries and strawberries, for topping

Instructions

  1. In a bowl or mason jar, mix together chia seeds, milk, maple syrup and vanilla. If you’re using a mason jar, you can put the lid on and shake the mixture to combine everything.
  2. Once the chia pudding mixture is well combined, let it sit for 5 minutes, give it another stir/shake to break up any clumps of chia seeds, cover and put the mixture in the fridge to “set-up” for 1-2 hours.
  3. You can also prep your pudding the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight if that’s easier. When ready to serve, divide the mixture between two bowls, top the pudding with berries and enjoy.

 

Recipe source: eatingbirdfood.com



6
FEB

MCT Oil vs. Coconut Oil: Is There A Difference?

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 11:09 am | By: Guest Blogger

Recently, there seems to have been a huge spike in the popularity of coconut oil. Though this oil has been used for a variety of purposes for a considerable amount of time, it is important for consumers to understand a few basic points in order to make informed purchases. By learning a few basic facts, you are more likely to understand which oils are more likely to offer you the most health benefits.

Long Chains

Coconut oil is said to be beneficial because it is comprised of medium-chain triglycerides. Known commonly as MCTs, these chemical compounds can provide a number of benefits to the body including safe weight-loss and increased energy. Unfortunately, pure coconut oil also contains long-chain triglycerides. These compounds can have a negative impact on your body, slowing down digestion and making it easier for the body to store fat cells. The presence of long-chain triglycerides in coconut oil has led to the development of MCT oil.

MCT oil is a synthetic oil created out of pure coconut oil. Palm oil is often involved in the process, as it allows the finished product to contain higher levels of MCT. By taking the long-chain triglycerides out of the equation, the MCT oil is able to highlight the best benefits coconut oil can bring without the same drawbacks.

Interesting Discoveries

Since MCT oil was first developed, a number of studies have shown some interesting benefits. While the oil had already been known to help improve digestion, further research has suggested it can help to lower a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease. Another study points to MCT as a way to help with patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. While the oil is not a way to prevent dementia, the studies suggest it can prove helpful in easing the symptoms in individuals already suffering from it.

What is very important to keep in mind is that coconut oil does not produce the same results. When the long-chain triglycerides are present in the oil, it prevents a great deal of the health benefits from emerging. This means anyone looking to try involving coconut oil in their daily routines might want to weigh out whether or not MCT oil might be a more practical fit.

A Variety of Uses

MCT oil is not used in all of the same ways as coconut oil, though there is a bit of overlap. Many people love to bake or cook with coconut oil but this is not possible with MCT oil, due to its composition. Instead, MCT oil is perfect as a nutritional boost in a smoothie or protein drink. By using the oil to enhance your current diet, you are likely to see a number of the metabolic effects in no time.

When it comes to cooking, you may still want to consider coconut oil. Though MCT might offer a few more advantages in some departments, coconut oil seems to have far more health benefits than other cooking options like olive oil. Coconut oil can even be swapped out for butter if you are considering vegan recipes. While coconut oil offers some benefits, remember to use it sparingly as the fat content is still quite high.

Final Thoughts

Both coconut oil and MCT oil offer advantages depending on the situation. When you are simply looking to add some extra nutrients to your daily intake that can help to improve your energy, digestion, and cardiovascular health, MCT oil is the way to go. For cooking and baking, coconut oil is still a safe bet.

 

Article written by Joe Palinsky

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.



2
FEB

3 Ways To Boost Collagen Naturally

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Health Foods,Supplements at 4:26 pm | By: Guest Blogger

When it comes to the health of your skin and bones, collagen is incredibly important. If you would like to maintain a fresh and vibrant appearance at all times, your body needs to continuously produce the correct amount of collagen. Sadly, factors like being out in the sun for too long or smoking cigarettes can have negative impacts on your body’s ability to produce the right level of this useful protein.

If you believe your skin could use a bit of a boost in regards to collagen production, now is a wonderful time to consider a few useful tips. Taking the right supplements and engaging in healthy daily practices can do wonders for enhancing your body’s natural ability to produce collagen. Consider these ideas and see what tactics might be the most useful for your goals.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a vitamin with a lot to offer the body, assisting with the functions of the immune and digestive systems. On top of this, Vitamin C has also been shown to have a huge effect on repairing and restoring specific tissues. When your body does not seem to be producing collagen at the rate you require, then you might find it useful to consider Vitamin C supplements.

Not only does Vitamin C aid in the process of repairing sensitive skin tissue, it can also provide an improved level of protection against certain environmental elements. Sun damage is one of the larger concerns to stay mindful of when it comes to the health of your skin. Though you should always use sunblock to protect your skin from conditions like melanoma, taking Vitamin C supplements can be the extra line of defense your skin requires.

Snooze Away

Most people understand how important sleep is to health and wellness. As you drift off into slumber, your body begins a restorative process to counteract the damage done throughout the day.  When you do not get enough sleep, it dramatically decreases your body’s ability to tackle this goal. Those who do not get a full night’s rest of about eight hours are likely to see an increase in inflammation from increased stress hormone production. These hormones are produced when the body is struggling to stay awake and can stand in the way of your body generating or repairing collagen.

The answer here is clear: get consistent and appropriate sleep. Your body will produce collagen naturally but you definitely need to do some of the work yourself. While you might feel like you have too many obligations and responsibilities to hit the hay at a normal hour, you will find that it is far more beneficial to your health to make the time to get a full night’s rest.

Balanced Diet

This might seem a bit obvious but what you eat is also going to hold sway over your body’s ability to generate collagen. In order for you to see the glowing skin you desire, you are going to need to make sure that you are getting the right nutrients in your daily meals. Lycopene is an antioxidant that has been shown to counteract some of the damage done to the skin by environmental factors like pollution. Often, the skin takes on damage simply by being exposed to polluted air.

Eating foods rich in lycopene can help to keep your skin fresh, so be sure to stock your cart with tomatoes the next time you hit the grocery store. You can also explore lycopene supplements if you don’t think you’ll be able to swing extra fruit in your daily diet. It might also be a good idea to focus on foods containing Vitamin A. This vitamin is responsible for keeping organs functioning properly and your skin is considered the largest organ of your body. Sweet potatoes are a delicious and effective source of Vitamin A.

 

Article written by Joe Palinsky

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.



2
FEB

Quinoa Patties With Zucchini And Feta Cheese

Filed Under: Recipes at 11:11 am | By: Madeline Reiss

These Quinoa Patties with Zucchini and Feta Cheese make the perfect meatless meal that is full of healthy goodness!

Ingredients

For the Patties:
6 oz uncooked quinoa
2 medium zucchini, peeled and shredded
1 cup crumbled Feta cheese
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
2 tablespoons dill, finely chopped
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1 clove garlic, minced
salt, pepper
olive oil for cooking

For a simple sauce:
4 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 baby dill pickle, finely chopped
1 tablespoon dill
1 clove garlic, finely minced
salt, pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine quinoa with 1.5 cups water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until quinoa is tender (about 15 minutes).
  3. Using a paper towel, dredge the liquid out of shredded zucchini.
  4. In a big bowl, combine cooked quinoa, zucchini, cheese, garlic, dill, sun-dried tomatoes, eggs, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Form the mixture into small patties. If they start to fall apart, add more breadcrumbs one tablespoon at a time.
  6. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Working in batches, cook the patties for 5 minutes on each side.
  7. Transfer to a plate and let them cool.
  8. To make a simple sauce, combine all ingredients and serve!

Recipe source: lavendarandmacarons.com



29
JAN

LuckyAromas Essential Oils Launch at LuckyVitamin

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Flower Essences at 10:32 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor

Introducing LuckyVitamin’s newest addition — LuckyAromas 100% pure essential oils!

Essential oils are quintessential ingredients for aromatherapy and the handcrafting of personal care items and home sprays. Unlike other brands, LuckyAromas Essential Oils are extracted from superior quality plants and are highly concentrated and pure, not diluted with alcohol or water. Plus, all LuckyAromas Essential Oils are packaged in premium amber glass bottles which provide protection from UV light so the essential oils remain stable, pure, and fresh. They are all also Certified Cruelty Free by Leaping Bunny.

Lavender

Lavender Oil is a top priority item on every essential oil user’s list. Its aroma is fresh, clean, and gentle, imparting a soothing calm that promotes relaxation and sleep. In addition to its amazing scent, Lavender Oil provides antiseptic, expectorant, and analgesic properties.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Oil is one of the most powerful plant remedies that has been used therapeutically and medicinally for centuries. It has a strong, fresh, outdoorsy, evergreen scent that is popular for its ability to clear nasal congestion. Eucalyptus Essential Oil is potent enough to help treat and relieve many conditions such as colds, coughs, sinus problems, cold sores, muscle and arthritis pain, acne, foot fungus, and an itchy scalp. It’s also able to aid in minor wound healing, decrease inflammation, and act as an insect repellent, among many other uses and benefits. Plus, Eucalyptus Oil is the perfect addition for homemade cleaning solutions due to its many properties including antiseptic, antibacterial, disinfectant, and deodorizing.

Lemon

Lemon Oil is a well-loved scent by essential oil users. It can be used simply for its bright, fresh scent and in body care products, plus for home cleaning. Its aroma is as versatile as the oil itself – ranging from uplifting, cheerful, and energizing to calming and soothing. Lemon oil promotes relaxed concentration and can boost low energy. In addition to its refreshing scent, Lemon Oil provides astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and disinfectant properties.

Rosemary

Rosemary Oil is a versatile and potent item for every essential oil user. Its aroma is energizing and herbaceous, with the ability to promote mental clarity. In addition to its amazing woody, evergreen scent, Rosemary Oil provides antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and analgesic properties.

Peppermint

Peppermint Oil is a versatile item for every essential oil user. It’s one of the most powerful plant remedies available and it’s been used therapeutically for centuries. Its aroma is refreshing and stimulating while also having the ability to impart a nostalgic calm. In addition to its amazing scent, Peppermint Oil provides antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and analgesic properties.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a well-known seasoning in Thai cooking, but it’s also a versatile item for every essential oil user. It can relieve muscular aches and pains, reduce depression, kill bacteria, and aid skin healing. Its aroma is fresh and stimulating. In addition to its amazing scent, Lemongrass Oil provides antimicrobial, deodorant, anti-fungal, and analgesic properties.

 

 

Shop all LuckyAromas Essential Oils.



23
JAN

Is Birch Water Worth A Try? Here’s What You Need To Know

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Vitamins and Minerals at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Welcome to the latest nature-given health drink: birch water. The latest “hot item” in health food stores, birch water is still a stranger to a many consumers. Let’s do a quick overview on this amazing natural drink.

What is “Birch Water”?

Popular in the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania as well as the Scandinavian countries, birch water is a mildly sweet beverage can be considered an electrolyte as this thin syrup-like beverage offers lots of benefits to your health. Birch water nutrients include vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, sodium, zinc, and iron. Its smooth, silky sap that tastes similar to maple syrup, though much lighter, has been drunk as a health tonic for hundreds for years for medicinal purposes as well as a nutritional supplement, thanks to its detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties.

How is it made?

Just like making maple syrup, the trees are tapped in the spring after all the frost is gone. A simple process is performed to extract the tree’s liquid. A hole is drilled with an upward angle approximately three feet from the base of the tree. The sap will begin to flow out almost immediately and is normally collected in a container or large bottle, creating fresh birch water.

What are the Health Benefits?

Birch water is loaded with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and amino acids and is known to provide a variety of health benefits. Research suggests that this nutritious beverage can help regulate cholesterol levels, promote clearer and brighter skin, support liver health, reduce joint pain, support weight-loss, and reduce cavities.



22
JAN

Homemade, Nontoxic Deodorant Recipe For Sensitive Skin

Filed Under: Personal Care,Recipes at 2:28 pm | By: Madeline Reiss

If you’re hip on nontoxic, DIY beauty, you’ve probably attempted to make your own deodorant before. Many people swear by how easy and beneficial it is to whip up an effective natural deodorant using baking soda, essential oils and a handful of other ingredients found in your kitchen. However, one of the major drawbacks of using baking soda as a primary ingredient is skin irritation.

If your pits are prone to those painful, unsightly bumps—try this recipe that dramatically reduces the amount of baking soda, while adding in soothing and nourishing shea butter to help keep you smooth and chafe-free naturally!

Ingredients

1/3 cup coconut oil
3 Tbs. beeswax, grated or pellets
2 Tbs. shea butter
1/3 cup arrowroot powder
2 Tbs. baking soda (reduce to 1 Tbs if still to harsh for your skin)
10 – 15 drops essential oils

This recipe fills two deodorant containers. You can reuse empty containers or order empty ones online! I’ve even used jars when I didn’t have a deodorant container on hand.

Directions

1. Melt coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until melted.

2. Once completely melted remove off heat and whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda. Then add essential oils. Mix thoroughly, but quickly as mixture will start to thicken.

3. Pour into two empty deodorant containers (like these) and let your homemade deodorant sit until completely set (give it a couple hours for good measure). Place lid on and use as you would any other deodorant.

Recipe Source: Thankyourbody.com



19
JAN

Going Vegan? Make Sure You’re Not Lacking These Nutrients

Filed Under: Nutrition,Supplements at 4:39 pm | By: Guest Blogger

Switching to a vegan diet can have a number of positive impacts on your body. For some, the idea of eating meat and animal byproducts can be an off-putting proposal. If you are the type of person who would rather consume plants and grains than once-living flesh, now is a great time to think about the pros and cons of the lifestyle. Veganism is said to have a number of scientifically-based advantages, though it is imperative you go about the switch in the correct manner to actually see these benefits.

While going vegan might seem like a healthier option on the surface, this is not always the case. When you are used to eating meat and animal byproducts, your body is used to receiving certain nutrients. Switching to a vegan diet can take away some of those important vitamins. Luckily, you can ensure that your body is getting everything it needs by paying attention to a few key supplements.

B12

Though consuming large amounts of meat can have an adverse impact on your body, there are a number of essential vitamins and minerals found in most animal products. One of the more important vitamins you receive through meat is B12. This amazing vitamin can be found in everything from beef to fish to cheese to eggs and helps the body in a number of crucial ways. Consuming foods rich in B12 can help to improve your body’s production of blood, mental capacities, and nerve function.

Switching to a vegan way of eating means you are no longer going to be receiving the amount of B12 your body has become accustomed to. One way to get the B12 your body requires on a vegan diet is by exploring your options with milk alternatives like soy or almond milk. Still, this might not be an adequate daily amount for your body. Anyone looking to make the change to a vegan diet should look into the importance of B12 supplements.

Iron Challenge

Meat also tends to contain high amounts of iron. As most people know, iron is an essential mineral needed for oxygenated blood to be evenly transported around the body. Iron deficiencies can lead to anemia and other serious blood disorders. All people have different iron requirements, with adults often needing somewhere between 19 and 27 milligrams per day depending on other dietary considerations. While meat might be rich in iron, there are a number of alternative sources to consider for your diet.

Greens like spinach and broccoli should be found in your daily meals to keep your iron levels in a good place. Lentils, potatoes, black beans, and raisins are also worth adding to your daily diet. Getting enough iron is incredibly important, so be sure to think about adding an iron supplement to your routine should you discover your body requires a bit more of this nutrient to stay functional.

Calcium Deposit

Finally, going vegan means you need to think about how your body will receive a daily dose of calcium. For many, a glass of milk is an excellent source of calcium. When you remove animal milk from your diet, finding an easy source of calcium can become a bit of a challenge. Almonds are a great snack when you need to give your body an energy boost and many studies show that this nut can keep your body supplied with the calcium it requires. Other foods worth considering for calcium include oranges, kale, and tofu.

To safely make the switch to a vegan lifestyle, you need to know which vitamins and minerals your body will be lacking. Discover which supplements will be the most useful for your new way of eating and see the greatest odds of success on your new path.

 

Article written by Joe Palinsky

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.



17
JAN

Purely Elizabeth Vegan & Gluten-Free Blueberry Crisp

Filed Under: Recipes at 12:50 pm | By: Madeline Reiss

This vegan & gluten-free, warm, ooey-gooey crisp recipe is the perfect, after-dinner (or anytime) indulgence! This version works well with blueberries and peaches, but it’s fun to experiment by switching up the fruit.

Ingredients

3 cups peaches
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 lemon, juiced
3 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp arrowroot powder

Topping:

2 cups Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola
2 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, toss peaches and berries with the sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and arrowroot then spread in a baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the granola with the coconut oil or vegan butter. Sprinkle on the topping and bake for 20 minutes or until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbling. Serve with ice cream.