Did 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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During 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”
We all know that sleep is one of the most important things our bodies need to stay healthy and charged – yet lack of sleep is one of the most common complaints we have. So, what is causing this trouble with sleep?
Medical conditions that can contribute to sleep disorders include sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, restless leg syndrome, and even acid reflux. But, sleep can also be affected by medications, caffeine, snacking and alcohol.
Another important aspect for good sleep is the environment where you sleep. Continue reading “Having Trouble With Sleep? Here Are Some Tips to Help”
Stress, whether physical, mental or emotional in nature, can have a negative impact on your health. Ongoing stress can weaken your immune system, increase the likelihood of illness, and slow the healing process. Researchers believe that stress and anxiety contribute to as much as 80% of all major illnesses. Eating a well-balanced diet, sleeping restfully, getting regular cardiovascular exercise, incorporating nutritional supplements, as well as introducing relaxation practices such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing into your daily life, can help buffer the effects of negative stress on your body.
Here are 10 tips for reducing your stress level. Continue reading “10 Ways to Help With Stress and Anxiety Now”
My journey with essential oils and aromatherapy started over 20 years ago when I started having sleep issues. I used a balm that had calming essential oils. I noticed the benefits immediately and since then, I have continued to use essential oils for many purposes. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. Scent is a key component in the use of essential oils, but they can also be applied to the skin in a massage for other direct health benefits.
Not all scents are created equally. Pure essential oils are derived from natural sources, like flowers or herbs, and have no chemical additives. Continue reading “Essential Oils 101”