Gardening for Stress Relief

gardeningDid you know that gardening could improve mental and physical health, boost quality of life, cost next to nothing, and actually be fun, too? And the only downside… maybe a little dirt under the fingernails. (If you don’t like dirty fingernails, wear gloves!) The great thing about gardening is its accessibility. Gardening in some form is available to us all. Whether it’s a small planter on your patio with herbs and tomatoes or a flower garden, or both,  a garden delivers on so many levels. Being out of doors in the company of plants might be just what the doctor ordered! Consider these advantages.
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Sustainability and Health

sustainabilitySince the pandemic began in March, many of us have been impacted both physically with illness, and emotionally, as rapid change, uncertainty and isolation have eclipsed our normal routines. Perhaps you have noticed yourself feeling overwhelmed, unusually fatigued, or are experiencing flare-ups of stress-related sensitivities to food or environmental triggers. As we know, stress can wear thin our buffers against toxins both in our food supply and environment, causing ruptures in all the likely places: our immune system, in our gut and in our energetic field. A word to describe the current climate? Imbalanced. Continue reading “Sustainability and Health”

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Relaxing With Essential Oils

essential oilsEssential oils are a form of plants, herbs, flowers, etc., that have undergone an extraction process by steam or water distillation, cold pressing, use of solvents, or other means, to remove the highly concentrated oil.  Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically and emotionally. They can provide relief from depression, anxiety and nervousness. They can support sleep and calm or relax your body. Essential oils that are used for stress work by interacting with your limbic system. Your limbic system is the part of your brain that regulates your nervous system and emotions. Continue reading “Relaxing With Essential Oils”

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Have a Great Holiday Weekend!

holiday-weekendThe first official weekend of summer is approaching and this year it is unlike any other Memorial Day weekend we have experienced. Still, many of us will be enjoying the nice weather and the long holiday weekend with barbecues and being outdoors. To help get you prepared for the 3-day weekend, I have rounded up some recipes that are delicious, as well as blogs about protecting you from everything under the sun… like bugs and, well, the sun! And for this year, don’t forget about social distancing and other safety precautions to keep you, your family, and your friends healthy. Continue reading “Have a Great Holiday Weekend!”

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Effective Stress Management Tips

stress-managementDuring this uncertain and challenging time, it is natural and appropriate to experience greater stress and anxiety. However, when stress becomes overwhelming and ongoing, it is important to take steps to calm the body and mind, so that it does not wreak havoc on your health. Chronic stress can have a profound impact on the body. In fact, 95% of all illness is caused or worsened by stress. Chronic stress can damage your immune response, disrupt sleep, increase your risk of insulin resistance, stroke, heart attack and heart disease, impact hormone balance, hinder memory and concentration, contribute to weight gain and digestive disorders, increase pain, hurt skin, hair, and teeth, enhance the aging process, cause inflammation, and is linked to chronic disease. Continue reading “Effective Stress Management Tips”

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