Archive for March, 2015

5 Benefits of Myrrh Essential Oil

March 31st, 2015

Myrrh is not only one of the oldest essential oils, but for centuries it was literally worth its weight in gold. The ancient Egyptians used it in the embalming of mummies, while the ancient Greeks burned it as incense to cure virtually every known illness.

Essential oils are great tools for improving our health and overall well-being. Let’s explore some ways Myrrh essential oil can help you both physically and emotionally.

 

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Here are 5 benefits of Myrrh essential oil:

1. It has the ability to calm the mind and promote tranquility and peace, which is why it is commonly used in meditation.

2 It helps support respiratory health by suppressing coughs, relieving congestion and fighting against colds and flu.

3. It is great for certain skin issues such as prevention of wrinkles, fungus, eczema and athlete’s foot.

4. It has antibacterial, pain relieving, sterilizing and disinfecting properties.

5. It works effectively for bedsores, slow-healing wounds and hemorrhoids.

 

For additional questions on how to use Myrhh essential oil, ask our founder.

DIY Antibacterial Home Spray

March 26th, 2015

Instead of using Lysol or other disinfectants, try making your own natural antimicrobial mist with essential oils. It’s a simple, easy and effective all-natural solution that will help keep your home germ-free and clean.

 

 

Supplies:

· 2 oz spray bottle

· Distilled water or vinegar

· Black Pine, White Pine or Ponderosa Pine essential oil (20-25 drops)

· Lemon essential oil (20-25 drops)

 

How To: 

1. Fill a 2 oz spray bottle with distilled water or vinegar.

2. Add about 20-25 drops of lemon essential oil and 20-25 drops of pine essential oil to your water or vinegar. You want the essential oils to make up about 5-10 percent of your spray.

3. Shake well and mist the air when needed.

 

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Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil:

· Disinfectant for cleaning

· Helps defend against infection

· Helpful for flu, bronchitis and colds

 

Benefits of Pine Essential Oil:

· Has powerful cleaning properties

· Immune system support

· Anti-fungal/Antibacterial

Why We Love Ravintsara for Allergy Relief!

March 24th, 2015

Essential oils are a great, natural way to combat seasonal allergies. Cinnamomun Camphora, more commonly known as Ravintsara, is recognized for its curative, strengthening and clarifying properties.

 

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Here are 5 reasons why this essential oil is great for allergies.

1. It gives your immune system a boost to fight against allergy build up and sinus infections.

2. Ravintsara helps to remove excess mucus from the respiratory system.

3. This oil is both antibacterial and anti-infectious. These attributes make it great to use in a diffuser because it will help kill and prevent the spread of germs in the air.

4. It is a decongestant that has anti-inflammatory properties also making it effective in clearing the sinuses.

5. Many claim it’s one of the best essential oils for healing chronic long-term allergies.

 

5 Easy Ways to Equalize your Life

March 19th, 2015

The Spring Equinox is one of two times a year when the sun’s rays shine directly on the equator, causing a nearly equal length of night and day. This natural phenomenon is a great metaphor to remind us to create an equal balance in our own lives.

 

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Here are 5 simple suggestions to help you equalize mind, body and soul.

1. Follow the 8/8/8 Rule:

· 8 hours of work

· 8 hours of sleep

· 8 hours of play/personal time

2. Try to start and end your day with 10 minutes of meditation. This will help create a balance throughout your day and clear your mind for a peaceful night’s sleep.

3. Stop making excuses and make the TIME to…

· Exercise regularly

· Spend time with family and friends

· Take a vacation

· Cook dinner at home

· Get outside

4. Everything in moderation. Don’t deprive yourself of small indulgences from time to time… life is too short. Moderate your time, spending habits and food & alcohol intake.

5. Remember to drink more water and eat more greens.

 

 

If you’re looking for a quick easy solution try our Equalize Essential Oil Blend.

Eat Green this St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17th, 2015

St. Patrick’s day is normally associated with hardy stews, lots of beer and corned beef & cabbage. Let’s break tradition this year and literally go green. Here are some guilt-free green munchies to keep you feeling healthy and happy during this festive holiday.

 

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Snacks:

– Heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers with artichoke garlic yogurt dressing.

– Sliced granny smith apples go great with almond butter or cheese.

– Kiwi is a refreshing tropical treat, one of Mother Nature’s best sweets.

– Avocado is a naturally creamy and delicious. They taste great in just about everything… smoothies, salads, sauces and dips to name a few.

– Get down on some Kale and Chia Chips with a light dusting of chili lime spices. These scrumptious chips are high in antioxidants, vitamin A & C and gluten free. Not to mention, they are amazing with fresh avocado!

– Get your protein fix with an Almond Butter Perfect Bar. They’re non-gmo, gluten free and loaded with super foods. This yummy nutty nutrition bar is a perfect compliment to the tart taste of granny smith apples!

 

 

 

Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day’s festivities with lime and fresh mint infused water.

 

 

Allergy Fighting Benefits of Bee Pollen

March 12th, 2015

There are millions of people who suffer from plant allergies each spring. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a natural and effective way to alleviate those itchy eyes and runny noses? Bee pollen could be a game-changer, helping you take control of your allergy symptoms without the use of pharmaceuticals.

 

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Facts:

– Bee pollen is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals and healthy fats.

– It’s made up of about 40% protein, making it a natural superfood.

– It cannot be synthesized/replicated in a laboratory.

– Bee pollen is safe to ingest in small doses.

– Pollen can be extracted from a hive without harming the bees.

 

Ingesting and Investing:

1. Ingesting small amounts of bee pollen can help drastically reduce the histamine directly caused by allergen build-ups in the body. This will result in a decrease in allergy-related symptoms, such as runny noses, swollen itchy eyes or throat.

2. When treating allergies start by taking about 1/2 teaspoon daily, and after about a month, slowly up your daily dose to about 1-3 tablespoons. Adding bee pollen to a smoothie (check out our anti-allergy cleansing smoothie recipe) or yogurt is a great and easy way to transition bee pollen into your diet.

3. When purchasing bee pollen, it’s important to buy local to ensure that you’re building an immunity to local pollen and plants in your community/region. Also, it’s recommended to select pollen with a wide range of different colors because it contains more plant varieties.

4. Be sure to keep refrigerated, and your supply can last up to a year.

 

Safety: 

To ensure that you don’t have any negative reactions from the bee pollen, it’s advised to test a few pieces on your tongue for a couple of minutes. If you remain symptom-free after that time has passed, chew slowly and swallow the pollen. Be sure to wait at least a day before consuming larger quantities.

If you are highly allergic to bees stings, pregnant, breasting feeding or are taking any type of blood thinners, consult with your physician before using bee pollen.

 

 

 

 

Anti-Allergy Cleansing Smoothie

March 10th, 2015

Did you know that an estimated 50 million americans suffer from allergy symptoms? With warmer weather around the corner, we want to spend more time outside to enjoy the fresh air and wonderful aromas of spring. The last thing we want to worry about are stuffy noses and itchy & inflammed eyes and skin.  If you’re looking for a natural way to combat your pesky allergies, try this delightfully sweet and refreshing anti-allergy cleansing smoothie.

Adding ingredients to your smoothie that have antioxidant, hydrating and flushing properties will help to reduce the build-up of allergens in your body that cause symptoms associated with allergies. By regularly cleansing and detoxifying, the body’s immune system will strengthen, therefore you’ll be less likely to develop these symptoms.

 

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Ingredients:

Makes 24oz smoothie

1 cup papaya

1/2 of a lime

A handful of dandelion greens

1/2 cucumber

1/4 cup raspberries

1/2 pear (bosc)

1/4 cup blueberries

1 teaspoon bee pollen

16oz coconut water

 

Benefits:

– Papaya is packed with enzymes that promote a healthy breakdown of food that help with the digestive process.

– Lime is a great antioxidant, as well as a tasty natural flavor enhancer for food or drink.

– Dandelion Greens help to cleanse the liver and are high in the anti-aging Vitamin A.

– Cucumbers are wonderful for keeping the body hydrated. They are loaded with silica and help maintain clear skin, healthy hair and joints.

– Raspberries are loaded with antioxidants and contain ketones that promote weight loss.

– Pears have proven respiratory benefits.

– Blueberries will give you your daily dose of antioxidants.

– Bee pollen is an awesome allergy fighter. It has been known to reduce the existence of histamine (inflammation or irritations) caused by allergies.

– Coconut water contains electrolytes, helps hydrate the body and is beneficial for weight loss.

 

 

5 Best Salad Recipes on Instagram this Week!

March 5th, 2015

We are always looking for different ways to brighten up a boring salad… Instagram is filled with helpful tips and great healthy salad recipes to appease any palate. Adding flavor and excitement to healthy foods is a great way to keep your diet on track and to help avoid veering off to the dark side of desserts. Here are our top 5 favorite salad recipes featured on Instagram for this week. Enjoy and bon appétit!

 

 

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Sweet Potato Quinoa and Kale Salad

Get the full recipe on Kate’s amazing food blog: cookieandkate.com

 

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Chicken Salad with Strawberries

Look out for this delicious salad recipe in a future issue of Cooking Light.

 

 

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Kale Caesar with Tempeh & Avocado

This tantalizingly healthy salad can be enjoyed at the Jivamuktea Cafe in NYC.

 

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Spinach Salad with Roasted Fennel & Grapefruit

Get the full recipe from Chef Marco Canora at tastingtable.com.

 

 

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Salad with Radish, Spring Onions, Avocado, Chickpeas and Anchovies

This yummy salad was created by Mind Body Green food editor Christina Liva.

5 Easy Ways to Fight Congestion Naturally

March 3rd, 2015

Whether you’re overcome by spring allergies or stuffed up from the flu, we’ve got you covered! We have put together some easy and simple ways to help fight congestion naturally.

 

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1. Remove dairy from your diet to minimize mucus build-up.

2. Next time you’re making a pot of tea on the stove, why not try adding a few slices of garlic and ginger to the kettle in order to open up the sinuses.

3. Add a few drops of eucalyptus or pine essential oil in a bowl of boiling water- place a towel over your head and the bowl; inhale the steam to help clear the nasal passages.

4. Using a Neti Pot is a great way to irrigate your nasal cavity and may help ease heavy congestion without the use of medication.

5. Walking outside in the fresh air and lots of rest will help keep your body’s immune system strong and let you breathe easy!