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DIY Romantic Massage Oil

February 5th, 2016

What better way to get your partner in the mood than a romantic massage in the comfort of your own home? Essential oils, known for their relaxing, aphrodisiac effects not only smell amazing but have therapeutic benefits for the mind, body and soul. Here is a great recipe for a DIY massage oil just in time for Valentine’s Day!

 

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Ingredients: 

– 1 oz of Jojoba essential oil

Jojoba is the carrier oil, it’s extremely similar to the natural oils on your skin, therefore, it’s non-irritant and very gentle.

– 3 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil

Ylang Ylang is considered to have aphrodisiac properties along with being a great moisturizer for the skin.

– 3 drops of Sandalwood essential oil

Sandalwood is excellent for promoting relaxation and quieting the mind, which compliments the aphrodisiac effects of the Ylang Ylang.

 

Directions: 

In a resealable bottle, add 1 oz of jojoba essential oil. With a dropper add 3 drops of Ylang Ylang and 3 drops of Sandalwood, seal bottle and shake well to blend all of the oils together.

 

 

Best Foods to Eat Before & After Yoga

January 26th, 2016

While partaking in any type of exercise, it’s important to fuel and refuel your body in order to maximize your performance. Yoga is no exception to this concept. Here are some great suggestions on what to eat before and after your yoga class to feel your best.

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Before:

A small meal with veggies, fruits, whole grains and nuts about 2-4 hours before your yoga practice. For example, have a slice of Ezekiel toast with almond butter and sliced carrots and celery (dip in almond butter). About 30 minutes before your workout have and a glass of water. It’s so important to remember to hydrate properly, so always drink water throughout the day and with every meal.

During:

WATER, WATER, WATER! Staying hydrated throughout your practice will prevent cramping, nausea and fatigue caused by dehydration.

After:

About 15-60 minutes after your yoga practice, it’s recommended to eat a meal or snack incorporating carbohydrates and protein to refuel while rebuilding damaged muscle tissue to aid in the formation of new muscle tissue.  Some great examples of what to eat— Hummus and veggies, grilled fish or chicken with whole grain rice and steamed seasonal veggies or with a kale/spinach salad.

Motivating Essential Oil Mist

January 19th, 2016

We’re more than halfway through January and staying motivated can get a bit challenging, especially with the gloomy winter weather. Essential oils are a great way to help you stay alert, invigorated and focused naturally. We’ve created a super-simple recipe for a motivating mist you can use whenever you need a boost of will power.

 

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Ingredients:

10 drops of Cedarwood- helps increase strength, endurance

10 drops of Ginger- lights the fire, encourages resolve

10 drops of Geranium- fosters a sense of stability

1 oz of Aloe Vera Gel

2 oz of Distilled Water

 

Directions:

In a 3-ounce spray bottle, mix together distilled water and aloe vera gel, then add 10 drops of each essential oil and shake well.

 

 

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Top Trending Workouts of 2016

January 14th, 2016

The holidays are over and everybody’s ready to hit the gym and get fit for 2016! If you’re looking for a few new fun workouts to liven up your typical get-in-shape routine, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few of our favorite workout trends that will make getting fit a bit more fun.

 

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High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

This muscle-building and fat-burning workout will keep you burning calories even after you leave the gym. It combines weights and body exercising in 1, 2 or 3 minutes intervals throughout the entirety of the workout.

 

Boxing

This high-intensity, high-impact workout is sure to leave you dripping in sweat and feeling good. It’s also a great way to learn self-defense, while getting in the best shape of your life.

 

Team-Based Workouts

These workouts combined comradery and healthy competition, creating a fun environment to take your mind off of the actual workout. Some examples would be capture the flag, dodgeball and team-based spin classes.

 

Barre Cardio Fusion Classes

This full-body, high-intensity workout helps you sculpt lean muscles, lose weight and increase your heart rate. It’s far from your typical barre class, but is sure to take your fitness to the next level.

 

Rowing

This exercise, which can be imitated on indoor rowing machines, works out 85 percent of your muscles. It’s a low-intensity, high-impact workout that is sure to help you get that killer bod!

 

Groove (free-form dancing)

Founded and created by dancer Misty Tripoli, Groove encourages participants to create their own movements and flow to the beat freely, unlike your typical choreographed dance classes.

6 Ways to Achieve Your Goals

January 7th, 2016

The key to success in 2016 is setting attainable goals, following through and achieving them through hard work, perseverance and focus. Here are 6 tips to help you accomplish all that you set out for this year.

 

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1. Positive mindset/ positive thinking

Positivity is one of the greatest tools you can use to achieve your goals, no matter how big or small.

2. Make your goals reachable

Creating goals that are reachable will help you develop and grow so that you can work towards larger goals that may have at one point seemed impossible to reach.

 

3. Make a plan and stick to it

Don’t veer off the path to success. Follow through with every goal you set. It may not be the easiest or smoothest path, but the end game always helps to make the commitment worth it!

4. Build a solid foundation

Whether your 2016 goals are physical or emotional, planning and building upon your goals will help carry you along the journey to reach higher than you thought would be possible.

 

5. Keep yourself organized

Organization and proper planning can help to maintain your momentum, focus and clarity that will greatly help you achieve your goals.

6. Break down larger goals into smaller goals (step-by-step)

Tackling your goals step-by-step is a great way to avoid being overwhelmed or feel defeated. See the big picture and breakdown your goals in mini goals.

10 Ways to Relax & Reflect

December 29th, 2015

Now is the perfect time to reflect on your 2015 accomplishments and start focusing on your 2016 goals. You’ve worked hard this year and deserve a little R & R! Here are a few easy ways to clear your mind and rejuvenate the soul.

 

Relax and Reflect

 

Meditate:

Whether you meditate for 5 minutes or 50 minutes, meditation is a great way to reflect, restore and renew.

 

Journaling:

Writing about your day, your goals or just positive thoughts or ideas is an excellent way to stayed centered and focused on the journey ahead.

 

Exercise:

Working out is awesome for the body and mind, helping you release negative energy and toxins while boosting endorphins and clearing the mind.

 

Arts & Crafts:

Whether you’re creating a masterpiece, coloring, knitting or making awesome DIY creations, crafting is a phenomenal outlet for stress and a wonderful way to relax.

 

Reading:

Getting lost in your favorite book is the perfect way to take your mind on a mini vacation from reality. So grab a couple of new books and cuddle up in your favorite spot around the house over the holidays.

 

Spending Time with Loved Ones:

Surrounding yourself with positive people is so important in life. Take some time to laugh and enjoy the company of your loved ones. Remember to let loose and appreciate the time you spend together.

 

Cooking or Baking:

Like arts & crafts, cooking and baking can be therapeutic, fun and relaxing. Whether you’re experimenting with a new recipe or baking your favorite batch of cookies, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious treat made by yours truly.

 

Taking a Bath:

Light a few candles, pour in your favorite bubble bath and put on your favorite playlist while soaking in a hot bath. This is definitely a great way to unwind and relax.

 

Taking a Vacation or Stay-cation:

Whether you’re planning a mini trip or just staying home, taking a few days off of work can help refresh your mind and give your body a rest.

 

Treat Yourself:

With all the after-Christmas and New Year’s sales in full swing, treat yourself to a little something special, you deserve it!

 

 

5 Ways to Spread the Holiday Spirit

December 24th, 2015

The holidays are always a time to spread joy, love and positive vibes all around. Here are some easy ways to embody and encompass the holiday spirit this year!

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Exuding positive energy:

Being positive and upbeat is just, if not more, contagious than being negative. Spread good vibes and joy to create a ripple effect of positive energy throughout your daily routine.

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Donating presents to kids, winter clothing or food are great ways to spread a little joy and make someone’s holiday extra special. Also, remember your time is just as valuable if not more than material goods, so volunteer at your local soup kitchen or help to organize a local toy drive this holiday season.

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Show people how much you appreciate them:

Write a special holiday thank you to a hardworking co-worker or friend who goes above and beyond the call of duty to show them that you recognize and appreciate them. Handwritten cards are super thoughtful and pretty scarce these days in our tech-driven world.

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Do something nice for a stranger:

Kindness from a total stranger is always unexpected and appreciated.

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Make time for family and friends:

Take charge and plan a holiday get-together for your family and friends. Everyone will appreciate the time and effort you put forth to get everyone together for some quality time to celebrate and catch up.

DIY Holiday Essential Oil Blends to Diffuse

December 15th, 2015

We all love our homes to smell like the holidays during this time of year. Why not give your health a boost while enjoying all the scents of the season through diffusing essential oils. Our founder and clinically certified aromatherapist, Cary Caster, has put together 2 amazing holiday blends that are super easy to make at home!

 

 

Essential Oil Holiday Blends (for diffuser use only):

Directions:

These blends are NOT for topical use. When using essential oils to put in a diffuser, only the pure oils are blended without diluting them in a carrier. You can mix blends to your preference of smell in a 1oz glass bottle that has a secure cap. Store in room temperature and keep out of reach from children or pets.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

 

Pine, Fur & Spruce

This blend can help to ground and strengthen emotions through the holiday season. It emulates the smell of a freshly-cut Christmas tree and is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.

Ginger, Allspice & Cinnamon

This blend has antibacterial properties and creates a warming & spicy aroma, which is inviting and nourishing to the spirit.

 

Healthier Alternatives for Holiday Snacks and Drinks

December 10th, 2015

The holiday season is always a time where people come together to celebrate, eat and drink with family and friends. It’s also a time where our normally healthy diet tends to take a backseat to comfort food, sweet treats and cocktails. Here is a take on healthier versions of holiday favorites.

 

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Almond Milk Egg Nog:

Califia Farms makes a 50-calorie, delicious alternative to traditional egg nog. We highly recommend mixing this with your favorite bourbon or spiced rum and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Ginger and Pear Puree Mimosa:

Add about a teaspoon of ginger and pear puree to your favorite champagne to make the perfect holiday spiced mimosa.

Spiced Wine:

This is a warm treat full of fresh citrus and spices, it’s guaranteed to warm the body and soul. Click here for our favorite recipe!

 

Snacks:

Winter Fruit Salad:

Use fruit that’s in season like pomegranate, pears, mandarin oranges, grapes, passion fruit and kiwi. Slice fruit and toss together for a light, healthy winter snack everyone will enjoy.

Holiday-Spiced Roasted Nuts:

We loved Ina Garten’s Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts Recipe, using walnuts, pecans, and almonds. This is a definite crowd pleaser! Click here for directions and full recipe.

 

10 Mindful Holiday Gifts Under $50

December 8th, 2015

Shopping for gifts for friends and family can always be a bit stressful, especially when you have no idea what to get them. You can never go wrong with a mindful gift focused on spiritual goodness and positive meaning. We put together a list of a few mindful gift ideas that won’t break the bank!

 

 

 

Manduka

Manduka Eko Super Light Travel Mat $40

For your traveling yogi, this is the perfect mat that won’t weigh down their luggage!

 

 

Yoga Journal

1 Year Subscription to Yoga Journal Magazine $13.95

This is a great gift for anyone obsessed with yoga and great to read anywhere, anytime!

 

 

YogaGlo

YogaGlo One-Month Membership $18

For someone on the go with a crazy work schedule or someone who enjoys practicing yoga from the comfort of their own home, YogaGlo’s unique online classes allow you to do yoga on your own time.

 

 

Wild Medicine Soap

Wild Medicine Soaps $22

Through the use of soap, WILD MEDICINE can create a useful combination of powerful healing ingredients. These soaps encapsulate cleansing crystals and stones along with a combination of beneficial essential oils and exfoliates. The crystals and stones are cleansed and ready to share their healing properties and absorb your individual energy.

 

 

Blooming Lotus

Blooming Lotus, Lucky Elephant Wrist Mala $36

This bracelet represents new beginnings and purity of the heart and mind. It’s a great gift for entering a new year and a new you!

 

 

Thich Nhat Hanh

Moments of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh $16.95

This a great little book full of awesome daily mantras and positive words of wisdom about life.

 

 

Conscious Coconut

Conscious Coconut Organic Coconut Oil $15

Conscious Coconut Organic Coconut Oil is 100% USDA Organic, Fair Trade Certified™, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil in a easy-to-use tube. As an added bonus, for every purchase, a child is given a meal through a partnership with Feeding America.

 

 

Raw Elements

Raw Elements Winter Pack $28.97

For your outdoor adventure seekers, this all natural sunscreen gift pack makes for a great and useful gift. This kit comes with 3 brand new products:

• Facial Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer (skin tone tinted) *plastic free package

• Herbal Rescue Lip Balm * All Certified Organic Ingredients

• Outdoor Rescue Lip SPF 30

 

 

Waterlust

Waterlust Olive Ridley Clutch $40

By purchasing this super cool clutch made out of plastic bags, you can help to promote sea turtle conservation by removing plastic from the ocean. Also, the Nicaraguan women who make them used to collect sea turtle eggs, but turned their business into a conservation-based model to help protect the sea turtles. They supplement the money they used to get from harvesting eggs by making and selling these awesome bags.

 

 

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Something for everyone! Are you having a hard time finding the perfect gift for friends, family or even co-workers? Get something for everyone with these amazing mini 21 drops Trios of our most popular blends. Each kit features 3 mini rollerballs of your favorite essential oil blends.