Archive for November, 2014

4 Essential Oils to Help Manage Stress

November 25th, 2014

With the holidays in full swing, our stress levels tend to become elevated due to crowded shopping malls, in-laws, end-of-the-year deadlines and more. We’ve put together a list of 4 essential oils that can help you make it through the season.

 

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Whether you’re in need of tranquility or just simply want to calm your nerves, these essential oils will help you ease many of the common issues associated with stress during the holidays. They help combat nervous tension, while restoring balance to the body during times when you need to relax and slow down.

Looking for a simple, portable solution? Try our De-Stress blend.

Spiced Wine for the Holiday Season

November 21st, 2014

If you’re looking for a fun festive way to warm up this holiday season, try this quick and simple recipe for spiced/mulled wine. It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser at any holiday party!

 

 

Directions

Combine the wine, cider, honey, zest, orange juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise in a crock pot or large saucepan. If you’re using a crock pot, heat on high until wine is hot, then adjust your setting to keep warm for serving. If you’re using a saucepan, bring your ingredients to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour the spiced wine into heat-resistant drinking glasses, add an orange peel to each and serve!

 

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The Importance of Safety and Education for Essential Oils

November 13th, 2014

Today, the use of essential oils has increased in popularity and gained momentum among people of all ages, but do people that are using essential oils really know what they are and how to use them safely? While you don’t need to be a chemist to use essential oils, you should educate yourself on the why’s & how’s to use them safely.

 

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Here are 3 quick tips when using essential oils:

1. You shouldn’t use essential oils neat on the skin that are undiluted, as this could cause skin irritations. Some oils that are known to commonly cause irritation are Lemongrass and Cinnamon.

2. Certain essential oils, such as Bergamot and Opopanax, may cause your skin to burn in the sun.

3. The quality of essential oils can vary, therefore it’s important to do the research and make sure you are buying unadulterated oils. A great way to determine whether or not there are any additives or impurities is to ensure that the oils have been GC/MS tested at a third party testing facility.

 

If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of essential oils and live in the South Florida area, our founder, Cary Caster, will be teaching an essential oil therapy workshop for the Scents of the Season!

For more info on the workshop or to purchase a ticket Click Here!

 

Connected Warriors

November 11th, 2014

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we would like to recognize Connected Warriors, a community-based volunteer organization that offers free yoga therapy for veterans and service members and their families.

 

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The practice of yoga is a natural and effective therapeutic tool that helps our veterans overcome mental trauma and physical injuries associated with military service. Yoga practices that focus on relaxation, combined with methods of meditation, serve as a great tool for veterans who struggle with PTSD and other psychological traumas. Connected Warrior’s participants re-learn how to deal with daily stresses and situations in a calm manner through techniques that provide focus and clarity for the mind. These practices help boost positivity to improve self-acceptance.

 

Let’s Support Our Troops: Click here to donate

 

Simple Endive Salad for Fall

November 6th, 2014

Buying vegetables that are in-season are great for your dress size and your budget. Endive, which is closely related to the chicory family, is a tasty fall vegetable that you can prepare raw or cooked. These leafy greens are packed with vitamins A, C, and beta-carotene. Endive has a crisp, clean taste that complements both savory and sweet dishes.

Going into the holiday season, we are always seeking healthy snacks to satisfy that persistent sweet tooth. This simple endive salad is the perfect, light sweet treat that promises to be forgiving on that dress size you’ve worked so hard to maintain.

 

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Ingredients:

1 Belgium Endive
1 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp Goat Cheese or Blue Cheese Crumbles
1/3 cup Unsalted Walnuts

 

Directions:

Clean endive, separate the leaves and place on plate. Crumble the unsalted walnuts into the leafy cups. Then crumble the blue cheese or goat cheese over the walnuts. Finally sprinkle each individual leaf with your desired amount of honey, and enjoy!

 

 

4 Essential Oils that Help You Digest

November 4th, 2014

It’s that time of year again… too much Halloween candy, too much turkey, too much dessert.  We’ve put together a list of 4 essential oils that may help you ease the negative symptoms of digestion during the holiday season.

 
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Whether you’re in need nausea relief or just simply want to get rid of tummy ache, these essential oils will help you ease many of the common digestive issues associated with holiday food. They help reduce stomach distress while calming the agitations that are associated with digestion.

Looking for a simple, portable solution? Try our Digest blend.