Unconditional Wellness and Athletic Newsletter
Week of August 19, 2018
Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants. These oils are “essential” in the sense that they contain the essence of the plant’s fragrance, the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Here are some commonly used oils and their main benefits. There are many more that aren’t listed below. If you are interested in essential oils, let me know and I can help you find the right one for you.
- Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender one of the most calming oils. It has a wonderful floral smell and is liked by most people. It has both physiological as well as psychological benefits. Add a few drops to a carrier oil like olive oil and apply it on your body to repel mosquitoes. Put a few drops in a humidifier to get relief from a stuffy nose or chest congestion.
- Lemon Essential Oil – Lemon has a refreshing and soothing aroma nearly identical to the freshly peeled fruit. It comes from cold-press processing of the lemon peel, not the inner fruit. This essential oil has a myriad of uses to enhance your beauty, health and mood. It is a common ingredient in perfumes, scented candles, soaps, face washes and body lotions.
- Rosemary Essential Oil – This essential oil has strong, fresh scent. You can use it as a part of aromatherapy to give a boost to your memory and treat mood swings and other psychological problems. Note: Avoid this essential oil during pregnancy and if suffering from epilepsy and hypertension. Also, do not use it if taking homeopathic medicines.
- Chamomile Essential Oil – Chamomile essential oil has a warm, fruity aroma that is relaxing and calming for both the mind and body. You can use this oil topically in either diluted or undiluted. When used in diffused form, it helps alleviate insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression and irritability, especially when associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or menopause.
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Fun Holidays this Week:
August 19: National Potato Day – Try one of these great potato recipes. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/potato-recipes
August 21: Senior Citizen’s Day – Recognize a senior today.
August 25: Kiss and Make Up Day – A great day to end any spats.
Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:
Cinnamon Pear Ginger Water
2 medium pears, sliced
1-6 cinnamon stick(s)
Fresh grated ginger to taste
Add pears, cinnamon and ginger to a pitcher of water. Refrigerate for 4-6 ours to infuse the flavors.