Many of the cycles in nature – like bears hibernating or deciduous trees losing their leaves – are often calibrated by the light of the sun. Its daily appearance and disappearance over weeks and months is like a slow-rocking cradle for our systems, balancing between periods of activity and rest. Sleep is a crucial part of maintaining this balance for humans.
Yoga’s wisdom goes back 5,000 years when it began in India. The gradual movements of yoga combine challenging exercise with deep empathy – the understanding that people of all athletic abilities should be able to benefit from the mindfulness and stretching that form the core of the practice. Because it is so adaptable to individual needs, yoga supports the perfect union of mind and body in adults as well as in children. Adults who have grown their inner and outer strength through yoga are often eager to share this practice with their kids.
As we enter cold and flu season, it’s time to strengthen our immune systems to face the onslaught of sniffles, coughs and sneezes. Research shows that tea possesses compounds which can enhance the immune system and offer added defense against illnesses that tend to occur more often this time of year. These compounds include catechins (a chemical found in plants, especially green tea), amino acids (important in building proteins that help the immune system) and polyphenols (an antioxidant).
Everyday life can be hectic, and it is easy to forget to take time out for ourselves. More and more of us are suffering from headaches due to stress and related lifestyle factors. With the holidays fast upon us, instead of letting headaches taking over our time meant to be spent with family and friends, we’d like to introduce you to some revitalizing smells and tastes around us that can help alleviate this common nuisance.
In today’s world, more and more is demanded of us every day. Many of us work one or two jobs, some take classes, are moms and dads, doing chores, and just trying to squeeze in time to take that spinning class. It’s no wonder there are so many drinks and supplements that promise to boost energy levels!
With springtime, comes the dreaded ‘allergy season’ and sometimes we need a little help from our favorite essential oils to help us to combat the sniffles, headaches and dry skin. With a health conscious routine, you can be proactive about these common feelings of congestion and respiratory irritation that come along with the months of March, April and May. We can also help prepare our bodies for the summer, so we can enter beach season happy and healthy. We’ve put together a list of oils that will help to put a little “spring” literally into your step.
Nearly 7% of the adult population has experienced depression. Additionally, anxiety affects even more Americans, with 18% reporting they have experienced a prevalence of symptoms in the past year. According to the latest data, depression and anxiety in the U.S. costs society roughly $210 billion on a yearly basis. While we can tangibly quantify the costs of these conditions with dollars and cents, it is no secret that there are many other costs associated with these ailments. So, what can we do at home to mitigate the symptoms and hopefully see these numbers decrease?