Lemongrass is so much more than a beautiful decorative grass in your landscaping. This beauty packs a powerful punch in the “Stuff that’s good for you” category. Outside of contemporary garden spaces, lemongrass is a signature ingredient in Thai and Chinese cuisines, as an herb, with the intense flavor of, you guessed it….lemons.
Essential oils have been used for centuries to relieve the aches, pains and inflammation we experience on a day to day basis. Many essential oils have similar, and sometimes even more effective, pain-relieving properties than many synthetic pharmaceutical pain relievers. Not only do essential oils have fewer side effects than many pharmaceuticals, but they can also help to alleviate stress and help you to feel more relaxed.
Having a baby and raising children is one of the most rewarding things you can experience. It can also be one of the most exhausting and trying times of your life. Recovering from childbirth, 3 AM feedings, diaper changes, sleepless nights, colds & coughs, upset tummies…the list goes on and on. Add on to that the sheer emotional toll a toddler or teenager can have on a busy parent and it can make your head spin.
Sleep is important. Sleep insufficiency is linked to motor vehicle crashes and workplace injuries. But the most concerning part is this: People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity. Lack of sleep can also lead to increased mortality, reduced quality of life and decreased productivity. It is estimated that 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders and 39% of Americans eighteen and over, unintentionally fell asleep during the day, at least once. These statistics are alarming! Why are we not sleeping? The reasons are different for each of us and could include a medical condition, depression, anxiety, food intake or an overall unhealthy lifestyle.
We work hard to live a life of health and wellness. We eat our fruits and veggies, drink lots of water and get in some sort of physical activity each day. Some of us hit the gym hard; lifting weights and running on that treadmill for 2 hours. Some of us take a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood. The key to living a healthier lifestyle isn’t necessarily being in the gym 20 hours a week or only eating salads. It is balance. It is taking that first step, sometimes literally, and sticking with it. Step it up! Work harder than you have before (challenge yourself). Cut out one thing from your diet. Keep it simple. Essential oils, just like certain foods, can help get you pumped up and ready for your workout. They can keep you going with an energy or focus boost and offer many post-exercise benefits. Whether you are continuing on or just beginning your wellness journey essential oils are a beneficial addition to your fitness routine. Who doesn’t want to reap the benefits of optimized workouts, improved energy, endurance and stamina and reduced muscle aches?
Oh, those four legged family members. We love them so very much and we want only the best for them. Much like their human counterparts, our pets may need support for full body wellness. Essential oils offer just the support our furry friends need. Dr. Richard Palmquist, a well-respected Doctor of Veterinary Medicine stated, “Oils have been shown to have many possible desirable effects such as reducing anxiety and inflammation, fighting oxidative processes, battling toxins and fighting infections by inhibiting bacteria, fungi and viruses.” He goes on to say, “Oil odors can also be used to affect metal states and memory.”
There is nothing like gathering around the table with loved ones and enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal. I love adding flavor to nutritious foods with spices and herbs. The flowers and herbs that grow right in our own gardens are a solid choice! When an herb or fruit isn’t in season (or you simply can’t grow it where you live) it can be a real challenge substituting ingredients in that recipe you are so excited to prepare for the ones you love. The solution is adding essential oils to replace those hard to find, out of season ingredients or to just try your hand at this facet of the essential oil world.
Ahhhh….summertime. Sunshine, warm breezes and bugs. Creeping, crawling, flying, biting bugs. What was meant to be a relaxing evening in your backyard is now an all out battle against the little pests. Not only do they bite, sting and generally annoy us, but according to the website ScienceDaily.com ”Human diseases caused by blood-feeding ticks and […]
Laundry. It is a necessary evil in our homes. The average family does around 80 pounds of laundry each week. That is over 4,000 pounds of laundry every year! The laundry comes out of the dryer seemingly crisp and clean and smelling great. Only it isn’t truly “clean”. Sure, the dirt and grime may be gone, but the toxic chemicals are there in full force. The detergents, fabric softeners and scent boosters we use create a cocktail of dangerous toxins that could, long term, result in your family living below the wellness line.