Most of us know cinnamon best as the star ingredient for so many of our most beloved breakfasts and baked goods. From french toast to coffee cake to snickerdoodles, none of them would be possible without the familiar cinnamon stick.
But what about cinnamon oil? Yes, there is such a thing!
Cinnamon oil has been used around the globe to treat numerous medical issues — everything from diabetes to immune support. Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties and is versatile enough to be ingested (yum!) or applied topically.
Diabetes – If you know someone with high blood sugar levels, then we definitely recommend cinnamon. Researchers at the Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center found that cinnamon has a polyphenol compound called MHCP which synergizes with insulin to help those suffering with type 2 diabetes.
Bad Breath – Instead of masking bad breath with one of the many offshoots of the mint family tree, try using cinnamon. Why? Because cinnamon’s properties don’t just hide olor-causing bacteria lurking in your month, it kills it. Try making your own mouthwash using one cup of water and one teaspoon of cinnamon, baking soda and honey. Add the juice of two lemons and store in a mason jar. Way better than the scary “antiseptic”, mouth-burning blue stuff.
Digestion – Cinnamon can eliminate excess gas from the intestines and creates a more alkaline environment in your digestive organs making it a great natural remedy for an upset stomach or morning sickness.
Room Freshener – The aroma of cinnamon ignites nostalgic thoughts of home-baked goods, fall and warmth. Now is the time to fill your home with these scents. Try a lovely room diffuser or candle.
Mosquito Repellent – We all know bug spray is loaded with toxic chemicals. Deter those skeeters the natural way withcinnamon. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, cinnamon is a great source of cinnamaldehyde, which contains an active compound that kills mosquitos dead.
If you are interested in learning more about aromatherapy try blending several healing oils to create your very own scent and enhance their effectiveness. Some of our favorite blending oils with cinnamon are lavender, lemon, rosemary and geranium. Remember to always use a carrier oil when blending and do a test spot to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction.
The holiday season is right around the corner and it’s that time of the year when sticking to your fitness program and eating a well-balanced diet becomes so much more difficult.
Many people are likely to start thinking that it’s better just to take break now and star over January 1st. However, a pre-holiday workout program can be an excellent alternative to relieve stress and make the restart a lot easier come January 1st.
Planning a pre-holiday workout program can be challenging but a few tips can be helpful. First, splitting up your game-plan may be a great start. The first stage can be the week before Thanksgiving. Set up between 3-5 activities based on your schedule and try to reach that before turkey day.
Next, post-Thanksgiving workout. Set up a 2-week program that should get you anywhere between 6-10 activities from the Monday after the holiday to mid-December. Then, round up the exercise program with another one week, 3-5 workouts for the 10 days before Christmas and New Year.
Trainers often suggest a workout program divided in blocks to make it easier to reach your goals. The same principle can be applied on a pre-holiday workout program as you can anticipate busy days for party planning and shopping as well as some overeating at holiday parties and end of year celebrations. Finding time may be an issue as people tend to get busier during the two last months of the year but remember that your workout doesn’t have to be an hour long. A short session of 15-30 minutes can still keep you active instead of going into “holiday hibernation” until the first week of January.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing PEScience supplements to our customers. This revolutionary brand is determined to produce sports nutrition products that don’t just work but provide astounding real world results.
PEScience (Physique Enhancing Science) offers a sensational line of sport supplements designed and produced with top quality control. Having proper quality control staff and procedures in place is an extremely expensive cost to a company, and many companies avoid following true GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). All of the facilities in which PEScience products are manufactured must be audited by selected professionals or third party firm, and then qualified before the next step of business. Having a true GMP facility manufacturing products is only step 1 of a proper quality control program, but unfortunately it is the last step that most companies take. Just because the manufacturer is operating under GMP does not mean that the road ends there. Every supplement brand who has finished products being stored in and distributed from a warehouse must operate those facilities under true GMP regulations, with full quality control systems and experienced, qualified staff in place.
Additionally, PEScience take research and development very seriously. Each product is very carefully researched prior release, developed into the best final formula, and geared towards giving the best results for customers. The company prefers to slowly and properly formulate each product and rather sacrifice time to make the perfect product with the best taste than rush something out just to have it out.
The holidays are almost here and gift giving time is quickly approaching. Luckily, we have thousands of unique gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. Give a gift that inspires health, and Spread the Wellness along with some holiday cheer this year.
Cod Liver oil has been one of the most beneficial supplements in recent years. Known to offer numerous health-promoting effects, this omega-3 supplement is made from the Gadus fish, popular known as cod, and has been a traditional health food in Nordic countries. The most common species of cod are the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), most supplements are made from this fish which lives in the colder waters and deeper sea regions throughout the North Atlantic, and the Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus), found in the northern Pacific.
People have known the benefits from cod fish in northern Europe for centuries as this unique oil can help enhance immunity and provide natural relief for joint pain and stiff muscles. Cod Liver oil contains anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and it is also a nutrient-dense source of essential vitamin such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Each teaspoon of cod liver oil has about 41 calories and 4.5 grams of fat according to the USDA, split between monounsaturated, saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Cod Liver oil supplementation can help reduce levels of pain and swelling due to inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis, and decrease morning stiffness and pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, Cod Liver oil can help decrease risk of heart disease, prevent blood clotting, lower high cholesterol and high triglycerides, prevent and treat diabetes, lower high blood pressure, support brain health, and reduce the risk for eye disorders such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
With so many potential health benefits, Cod Liver oil is a highly recommended supplement to improve overall health, particularly for those who are lacking omega-3 in their diets.
Try to relax and reduce anxiety with some of these stress reducing tips!
Meditation – Research published din the JAMA Internal Medicine found meditation can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain. It’s easy and free. We suggest beginning with a morning meditation for ten minutes daily. To get started find a quiet space and sit comfortable. Start to focus on the breath and close your eyes. If your mind begins to wander, stop yourself and bring your focis back to your breathing.
Coloring – Once associate with an activity for children, coloring is now trending as a therapeutic creative way to combat stress. The e American Art Therapy Association views the process for creating art as an outlet to resolve emotional conflict, explore feelings and relieve anxiety. When we color we focus on the activity itself and not our problems.
Ecotherapy – this relative new form pf psychology also known as green therapy or nature therapy, believes idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment. A growing body of research highlights the positive benefits of connecting with nature.
Supplements – There are a variety of supplements out there to relieve stress but the one we’re going to focus on is magnesium. In today modern diet, our body is depleted in various vitamins and minerals due to poor soil and polluted waters which causes our food to be void of these vital nutrients. One important mineral is magnesium because it plays an important role in many biochemical reactions. It’s basically natural chill pill that has been shown to enable muscle relaxation.
Essential Oils – The beautiful aroma of plants can be a natural solution for stress relief. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to quiet the mind and promote overall well-being. Essential oils are created using an extraction method utilizing different parts of a plant including flowers, bark, leaves and roots. It’s always best to look for pure grade essential oils that don’t have chemical additives. Our favorites for calling your nerves are lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang and bergamot.
Learn about the layers of the skin and the different types of collagen within the body as well as the intricate structure of collagen. You will discover specific supplements targeted towards skin health that contain collagen and vitamins, and their effect on the skin.
Join us for a journey into proteins, what they do for us, and why they are necessary for human health. Discover the differences between animal-sourced proteins and plant-sourced. Learn about the bonus benefits of plant proteins, especially when they are truly clean, dual certified, and traceable to the seed.
This Webinar focuses on the human microbiome and the functional problems that arise when our microbiome becomes unhealthy. Great webinar for anyone wanting to know more about probiotics and their role and importance in our health.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing Shoosha, a pure and organic line of skin care products.
Shoosha offers a 100% certified organic skin care line created for your baby’s sensitive skin. None of the products contain ingredients like parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, fragrance/perfumes, DEA’s, preservatives or any other toxic or harmful ingredient. Additionally, all Shoosha baby products carry the USDA seal because the compnay believes that only pure truly organic products are best for you and your baby. All Shoosha products are also free of GMO’s, gluten, dairy, soy or corn ingredients and made with minimal ingredients.
Every Shoosha product is created with the gentlest, nourishing botanical ingredients like calendula, coconut, sunflower oil and lavender to help nourish, calm and protect your baby’s precious skin. Both the farmland growing Shoosha’s organic plants and the manufacturing are certified organic by the USDA. This certifies that each product can only use surfactants from organic sources and no petrochemicals. Ingredients processed via hydrogenation or sulfation, or synthetic preservatives are all entirely prohibited.
Shoosha believes babies need the very best care. Their skin is ten times thinner than an adult’s, and can accumulate up to 50% of their lifetime risk to cancer by their second birthday due to chemical and toxic exposure. Chemicals and toxins, the very things most companies are putting in your baby’s skin and hair products. That’s the reason Shoosha chooses to follow USDA, the gold international food standard for all personal care products. Shoosha truly organic believes nothing less is good enough for you or your children.
Biotin is a wonderful component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others. Also known as vitamin B-7, Biotin provides multiple health benefits and can be helpful to prevent and treat several health issues. Found only in small amount in food, biotin supplements can be helpful to you. So, let’s look at 5 reasons to take a biotin supplement.
Research suggests that 50% of women with normal pregnancy are biotin deficient, particularly at the end of pregnancy. Pregnant and nursing mothers are especially prone to biotin deficiency due to increased demand for the vitamin in the body.
Biotin supplements may help to decrease insulin resistance and improve glucose tolerance. Taking biotin supplements may help to improve glucose metabolism and its utilization in people with type 2 diabetes.
4. Brittle nails
Brittle nails are the result of dryness and dehydration of a protein called keratin, which is what nails are made of. Biotin supplements can be helpful to treat this issue, providing essential nutrients needed to maintain healthy and beautiful nails.
5. Healthy Skin
Also known as the “beauty vitamin”, Biotin plays a very important metabolic function to maintain healthy skin. The water-soluble vitamin is essential for breakdown of fatty acids. Proper breakdown and distribution of these fatty acids translates to healthy skin, creating a gloss on skin, which protects against water loss and damage from harmful sunrays. Plus, healthy skin cells play a major role in the health of hair follicles and unhealthy hair follicles may result in the inability to retain hair, leading to hair loss (see 1- Hair Loss).
Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a revolutionary drink to our customers: Just Chill.
Just Chill offers a new beverage product that is like meditation in a can. Just Chill is the world’s first drink designed to help reduce stress and improve focus. Powered by a unique amino acid called sun-theanine that helps to enhance cognitive function, Just Chill products are nature’s secret weapon on stress.
Sun-theanine is the only clinically studied and patented form of L-theanine you can get your hands on. This unique amino acid is found in green tea and has been shown to help improve performance by reducing stress and increasing focus without causing drowsiness. One can of Just Chill has 15X the amount of L-theanine found in a single cup of green tea.
On top of that, sun-theanine contains vitamin B, which helps regulate the nervous system andimprove mood, Vitamin C, which promotes a healthy response to stress, magnesium, which helps relax the nervous system and relieve tension, and zinc, which helps strengthen the immune system.
Teas have been used medicinally for hundreds of years and it is quite easy to understand the reasons people continue to drink tea around the world. Just look into some of the popular tea ingredients and you will find out how many can be used for treatment and prevention of various health issues. Plus, teas are a great source of vitamin and minerals. So, let’s look at 4 teas and which ailment it can be helpful to.
Known as a wonderful digestive aid, ginger tea can also help to curb nausea, vomiting and minimize motion sickness. A good number of teas labeled to support digestion contain ginger as a main ingredient. You can also make fresh ginger tea by simmering ginger root on the stove for about 15 minutes.
Elderberry contains antioxidant-rich flavonoids and it’s known to provide relief for cold and flu. It can also be helpful to soothe sore throat and coughing as well as help treat bacterial sinusitis, an infection more commonly known as a sinus infection. Elderberry and other herbs combined with a decongestant and antibiotic may help clear up sinus infections more quickly than decongestant and antibiotic treatments alone.
Known to gently stimulate the liver and supports healthy digestion, dandelion tea supports the body’s natural detoxification process. Dandelion root tea has shown choleretic effects as it can stimulate the liver to increase bile flow which, once released by the liver, can carry away waste and break down fats during digestion.
The relaxing and calming chamomile is known to improve sleep and can be helpful for insomnia. It can also improve digestion as well as help treating cold and fever, minimize cough and bronchitis, and be used as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth.
Pumpkin seeds are as nutritious as they are delicious. Cholesterol-free, which makes them heart healthy, pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, phosphorus and magnesium – that’s a lot of good stuff. Their signature crunch also helps lend an enjoyable snap to salads, soups and side dishes.
Here’s some additional health benefits:
– These small but mighty seeds contain L-tryptophan which may combat depression and help resolve restless sleep issues.
– A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc and osteoporosis of the hip and spine. Pumpkin seeds are zinc superstars which make them a great weapon against osteoporosis.
– A great source of Vitamin E, pumpkin seeds contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol per 100 g.
The great thing about pumpkin seeds at this time of year is that there is definitely no shortage of them to be found. Instead of tossing out all of those post-carving innards, set them aside in a small bowl or mason jar and try this simple recipe on for size.
Preheat your oven to 300° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the seeds out in an even layer on the baking sheet to guarantee a nice, even roasting. The ideal way to roast the seeds is at a low temperature – to help ensure that they crunch up nicely without burning – for about 20 minutes.
Once you have these bad boys all toasty, you can try some of these delish, sweet and savory flavor combos below.