Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that are best used either inhaled or applied to the skin. The use of aromatherapy in religious ceremonies, perfumes and beauty care, and to treat illness, goes back about 3500 years. Ancient civilizations, including the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Greeks and the Romans all used plants and the oils extracted from them for medicinal purposes.

Aromatherapy, inhaling essential oils, seems to work by stimulating the limbic system which is the part of the brain having to do with emotion. Today, essential oils are being marketed as weight loss aids, pain relievers and sleep aids but don’t believe everything you read or hear! Research has been on the skimpy side, but there have been a few studies that show some benefit for some particular conditions, such as anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, congestion, skin problems, and headaches.

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Frugal Transportation

According to the American Automobile Association, the average price for a gallon of gas in the US today is $2.86, and a recent article in the New York Times reported that carbon dioxide emissions from the use of coal, oil and natural gas increased 1.4% globally in 2017 after remaining steady since 2014. That’s like putting 170 million new cars on the road worldwide! But here’s the thing: making a few changes can save you money and help the environment. So let’s get started…

Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. Replacing your fuel filter at least every 50,000 miles improves your gas mileage and helps protect your car’s engine.

Experts recommend replacing your vehicle’s air filter every 15,000 – 30,000 miles but you may want to change it more often if you drive on dirt roads or notice sluggish acceleration or rough idling.

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Slowing Down

Most of us live hectic lives, trying to cram into a day all the things we feel we have to do and a lot of what we want to do. It is a formula for stressful living that starts in school where we are expected to achieve, and continues when we go to work where we are urged to do more, more, more! In trying to do more, stress becomes an everyday presence in our lives, leading to health issues and relationship problems.

But what would happen if we just slowed things down? What if we didn’t check off everything on the to-do list? What if we were able to just focus on what really matters and let go of the rest? It’s not about slacking off, it’s really about being realistic about what your can do, and at the same time taking care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s about spending your time in a way that is most meaningful to you and those you love.

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Greener Gardens

Americans use millions of pounds of chemicals each year to keep weeds out of their lawns and pests out of their gardens. And weed killers and pesticides work really well, but we pay a tremendous price for that effectiveness in terms of health and environmental problems. Of course, the manufacturers of weed and insect killers insist that their products are safe, but studies show otherwise…

Studies have linked household use of herbicides and pesticides with cancer, birth defects, and organ damage, as well as damage to muscular, nervous, and digestive systems. Children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticides. The American Cancer Society has reported that children whose homes and yards have been treated with pesticides are more likely to develop leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. And pets suffer too—a study by the National Cancer Institute found a link between pesticides and herbicides and dogs diagnosed with canine malignant lymphoma.

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