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It Just Makes Scents

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By Dr. Mercola

Your sense of smell is your most primal sense and exerts surprising influence over your thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviors. Scents are experienced long before words.

This is why it’s nearly impossible to describe them with language. Olfaction is different from your other senses, processed through different pathways in your brain.

For other sensations such as sounds and visual images, sensory input is delivered straight to your thalamus, which you can think of as “the big switchboard” in your head. From there, data goes out to your primary sensory cortices.

But smells are different. Before reaching your thalamus, they first wind their way through other regions of your brain, including areas controlling memory and emotion. So with scents, you have all this extra processing even before you have conscious awareness of the scent.

For this reason, scents can have a powerful influence over how you think, feel, and behave. Aromatherapy allows you to harness the olfactory power of plants for healing, or simply to enhance your state of well-being.

Essential Oils carry biologically active volatile compounds in a highly concentrated form that can provide therapeutic benefits in very small amounts. Please understand that I am referring to pure, therapeutic grade essential oils from plants, NOT synthetic fragrances and perfumes, which can be toxic and are typically loaded with allergenic compounds.

source:   http://articles.mercola.com/

More than just calories…

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This post is from Haley Stewart of Carrots for Michaelmas

The Drive to Do It Faster

As I scroll through Pinterest, so many images are about what’s on the dinner table. How to make healthy mealsHow to make quick and easy meals. How to make 20 meals in one afternoon.

And I find my eyes drawn to all of them, because life is busy! Who wouldn’t want to prepare food more quickly and get dinner on the table faster? My to-do list is full. Actually, it’s overflowing.

And during seasons of survival mode, if I can get anything healthy on the table at all, I feel like I deserve a medal. But as we’re crawling out of survival mode I’m remembering what was lost when we rushed our life around the table. We live in a fast food world of microwaveable meals. Stopping to “waste” not just one hour for a meal, but three or four hours prepping, cooking, and savoring is difficult as we try to keep up with the speed of life.

But dinnertime is about much more than cramming wholesome calories into our families (although that’s a worthy goal!). It’s not just about consuming the “right” things, it’s about savoring the ingredients, process, and connections. It’s about slowing down to treat food and relationships with joy.

What We Lose in the Scramble

One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. And not because I like the food more than everyday fare. In fact, many of the traditional foods are not my favorite. But I love what Thanksgiving traditions bring to our family culture. I love revisiting the memories of making pies and all the laughter in the kitchen. It’s the process that’s fun, not just the consumption it reminds me why life around the table is […]

Back to School with Essential Oil 10 am Saturday August 9th

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Is your child having difficulty staying focused in school?

Difficulty staying focused in school can greatly impact your child’s potential to learn and achieve good grades. There are many possible reasons why your child may have difficulty concentrating in school. They could be bored, have a short attention span or just aren’t including enough of the right food in their diets. Helping your child get the most out of school can be difficult.

Therapeutic grade essential oils can help with thinking, focus, and the ability to retain knowledge. Containing molecules that are small enough to pass the blood-brain barrier they naturally provide the vehicle with which oxygen and nutrients can benefit the brain.

Note: Essential oil must always be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba for children under age 12.

Frankincense & Cedarwood

Consider including Frankincense & Cedarwood on your back to school list this year. They are high in sesquiterpenes, the chemical compound which stimulates brain function and mental synergy and helps the body rewrite old genetic patterns into healthy new ones. This oil can be applied on the forehead and neck, massaged on the brain stem at the base of the skull or inhaled.

Peppermint

Help your teenager stay focused during those long lectures; simply have them apply one drop of peppermint oil on their forehead.

Vetiver

Vetiver has an almost magical ability to ground and calm over energized children, helping them connect to their intelligence. Apply the oil on the base of their neck before leaving for school in the morning and doing homework in the evening. Note: This oil can also be helpful for ADD adults or anyone who suffers from depression.

On Guard

Known for its anti-microbial […]

3 Natural Ways to Clean Indoor Air

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Take a Breath of Fresh Air

Source: WellnessMama.com

Turns out that indoor air can often contain more toxins and chemicals than outdoor air. Everything from mattresses to pots/pans to your children’s PJs can contain harmful chemicals in indoor air.

It’s best to reduce chemical exposure in any way possible, but in today’s chemical laden world, it is practically impossible to completely avoid harmful toxins. For the remaining chemicals in indoor air, there are some natural ways to help reduce your family’s exposure.

Indoor Plants 

Here is a short list of plants that are good at filtering indoor air, are resilient and are considered non-toxic for children :

  • Aloe Vera (also great for burns)
  • Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) – Very resilient and it produces runners (smaller plants) that can be transplanted.
  • Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) Also called “Mother in Law’s Tongue” – “This plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.”
  • Dracena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’) – Also known as Corn Plant , this plant can reach a potential height of 12 feet. “Best for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, which can be introduced to indoor air through lacquers, varnishes and gasoline.”
  • Christmas Cactus- Great at cleaning the air, and colorful too.
  • Boston Fern- Easy to grow, good at filtering the air, and resilient.
  • Bromeliads – Tropical looking and colorful – great at filtering the air
  • Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii) “Also known as the reed palm, this small palm thrives in shady indoor spaces […]

10 Back to School Lunch Ideas That Will Knock Your Socks Off!!

Some of you may have already sent your kiddos back to school. I have just one more week left until I put them in their first day of school outfits, pack their backpacks, and tearfully (and yes also joyfully) send them off to school for another year of learning.

One of my goals this school year is to pack more creative and fun lunches.

There are so many wonderful, wonderful ideas out there. I decided in celebration of back-to-school I would put together a list of 10 of my favorite lunch ideas floating out in blog land.

I hope they inspire you as they have inspired me. These ladies are RIDICULOUSLY talented and unbelievably ingenious. I bow down to their lunch box mastery.

In no particular order-

1.  Lego Lunch by Another Lunch

This box is AWESOME!

2. Submarine Sub Lunch by Lisa Storms

Dying over the straw scope

3. Perry, Perry the Platypus by Susan Yuen

My boys would LOVE seeing Perry in their lunch boxes

4. Science Experiment by This Lunch Rox 

Perfect for the older elementary student

5. Swimming with the Dolphins by Lisa Storms 

That jello ocean is insane

6. Ribbit by This Lunch Rox

Hahaha, the frog is catching a “fly”

7. Two Ferbs are better than One by Susan Yuen 

This lady has TONS of Phinneas and Ferb lunch ideas

8. Dinos by Lisa Storms 

ROAAAR

9. […]

Amazing Tune-Up Tuesdays!!

Tune-Up Tuesday at Victory Energy Wellness

want to hear one of life’s best kept secrets?

Victory Energy Wellness is offering

twenty minute tune-ups every Tuesday to all returning clients. That’s right after you have booked a regular session with Jolene for energy work you can schedule a twenty minute tune-up session for only $40.  So if you are feeling:

  • tired
  • emotionally off
  • having no motivation to move forward

simply call 480-422-7022 and tune-up!!

OH YEAH…

Weight Loss at Victory Energy Wellness

pass over those fries sister!!

Ever wonder what’s behind those salty cravings?

Stress

Ever wonder why French fries, potato chips and Cheetos are so appealing when you’re feeling stressed? A new study suggests that elevated levels of salt in the body lower stress hormones and raise levels of oxytocin, a hormone involved in love and other social connections.The research, which was conducted in rats, was published in the Journal of Neuroscience. It found that rats’ response to a stressful situation — being tied down — depended on how much salt they had in their bodies. When restrained, rats with high salt levels showed less activity in their brain’s stress systems, compared with rats with normal salt levels. (More on Time.com: See what a worldwide’s day worth of food looks like)

So step away from those salty fries and treat yourself to a beautiful salad instead.
Today’s Affirmation: “I’m worthy and deserving of other’s time, attention, and love.” 

Women have issues

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when it comes to weight loss.

 

Men vs Women

Men and women typically lose weight at different rates because of physiological disparities. Men’s bodies are usually bigger and contain more muscle, and they build muscle easier than women due to natural male hormones, such as testosterone. Although a woman cannot change her body enough to burn calories equal to those burned by a man, she can encourage her metabolism by increasing muscle mass. Muscle naturally burns more calories than fat, even while at rest. As woman you can increase the size of your muscles and change the fat-to-muscle ratio of your body via diet, exercise and strength training for a leaner look. With more muscle mass throughout your body, you can more easily lose weight.

Muscle Building

If you want to build muscle, you can include any variety of strength training in your regular workout routines. These include exercises using your own body weight such as sit-ups and push-ups, free-weight lifting or machine-weight training. As you build muscle, you tend to start losing weight faster since muscles burn more calories. You can also build certain muscle groups with aerobic exercise, especially lower-body muscles.

Burning Calories

Performing regular cardio, or aerobic, exercise will naturally help you burn calories. You tend to build more lower-body muscle strength with aerobics, such as jogging, hiking, swimming and aerobic dance, but you also use up more energy, which converts to calories burned, while performing aerobics. However, with the right exercise program, women can build sufficient strength and endurance, and they can regularly burn calories to lose weight and keep it off.
source: http://www.livestrong.com/

Natural Lotion Bars Infused With Essential Oils

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Lotion Bar Recipe

Found on wellnessmama.com

These are solid at room temperature like a bar of soap, but when rubbed on the skin, a tiny amount melts and is transferred to the skin, leaving a highly moisturizing and very thin layer.

There are endless variations on this lotion bar recipe too. You could add any mixture of essential oils.

Lotion Bar Ingredients

  • 1 part coconut oil
  • 1 part shea buttercocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part)
  • 1 part beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)
  • Optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve. I added 1 tsp vitamin E oil for  this recipe made with 1 cup of each ingredient)

ingredients How to Make Lotion Bars

This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity that you’d like. I made with 1 part=1 cup so I used 1 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup beeswax and 1/3 cup each of shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter (though I could have used 1 cup of any of the individual ones). I also added about 50 drops of lavender essential oil. I set them in silicon baking cups though any mold or shape would work. The recipe I used made exactly 12 lotion bars.

Lotion Bar Instructions

Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this […]

Lab results reveal this truly superior source of probiotics

 

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by: Derek Henry

(NaturalNews) People are catching on to the fact that probiotics are an essential requirement for living a healthy life. With over 100 trillion bacteria in the body, the proper balance of these bacteria is paramount to good health. But what is the most superior source of probiotics, and how much better is it than the most popular form of probiotics taken today?

Sauerkraut: the probiotic king

This planet has been graced with a bounty that can help heal all kinds of diseases that are created due to toxins and malnourishment. Understanding how to use these foods properly is a vitally important piece in an overall lifestyle plan, as well as which ones to use in order to solve the most concerning health problems evident today.

If there were one health concern that requires serious attention right now, it would be a damaged digestive system. The “gateway to health” has been seriously abused through antibiotics, prescription drugs, heavy metal intake, processed foods and a lack of fresh, organic produce containing beneficial enzymes and probiotics.

This is where sauerkraut, the probiotic king, reigns supreme. Due to its nutrient- and digestive-friendly content, it is quite possibly the single most important thing one can do for their health on a daily basis.

Some of the nutritive benefits of sauerkraut include:

• Vitamin B1, B6, B9, C and K
• Manganese, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron
• A great source of dietary fiber
• An excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients
• Rich in indole-3-carbinol (a known cancer fighter and toxin remover)

Most importantly, sauerkraut is the superior source of LIVE probiotics and enzymes, and due to its pre-digested state […]

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