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5 Essential Oils and Their Amazing Health Benefits

Essential Oils are a natural, chemical-free alternative to treating many every day issues including stress, acne, and nausea. The oils come straight from plants and have recently become popular with aromatherapy. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Peppermint- Used to soothe stomach aches and sore muscles, as well as help with PMS and headaches. Put a drop of peppermint oil into a pot of boiling water and breathe in the steam (careful not to get too close!).

2. Lavender- Calms the nervous system, and helps improve sleep and joint pain. Lavender is also known to help with acne, respiratory problems, and urinary disorders.

3. Sesame- A natural moisturizer, great for hair and skin treatments. It’s also believed to help lower stress levels and high blood pressure.

4. Lemon Balm- Aids in anxiety and depression, as well as insomnia and headaches.

5. Clove- A natural antiseptic, used to help treat minor bug bites, cuts, and scrapes.

What are your favorite essential oils?

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6 Easy Mood Boosters

1. Make a gratitude list.

“The most effective way I know of to shake a bad mood is to brainstorm everything possible that you’re grateful for and write it down,” says Amy Wood, PsyD, author of Life Your Way. She suggests starting with broad strokes, like being thankful the sun is shining or that you’re breathing. “You’ll find that once you get the ball rolling, more and more ideas will come to you. Studies actually show that it’s impossible to feel gratitude and unhappiness simultaneously. That’s why this strategy works so well, and so quickly!”

2. Practice mindfulness.

“If you’re in a slump, you may also be stuck ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Both of these thoughts are nonproductive,” says Simon Rego, PsyD, director of Psychology Training at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Instead, he suggests practicing mindfulness, which involves being present in the moment without judgment. “Try taking five minutes and eating your meal in a mindful way, paying attention to how it looks, smells and tastes with each bite, before swallowing it. Or take a quick mindful walk, considering the sights, smells, sounds and temperature with each step.” By focusing on the present, you’re less likely to dwell on the outside circumstances that are making you unhappy.

3. Practice a random act of kindness.

According to Dr. Rego, doing nice things for other people will make you feel good about yourself. Try holding a door open for someone else, offering a compliment or smiling at a stranger. These acts of kindness lead to positive thinking about yourself, and usually garner a positive response, like “thank you,” which can easily put a smile on your face, he says.

4. Have A Laugh

“Set up a YouTube channel with your favorite comedy sketches and comedians,” suggests Cory Bank, PhD, founder of StompStressAway.com. “Have it saved so that if you’re in a bad mood you can take a three-minute break and infuse some humor into your day.” Belly laughter will make your endorphins kick in within minutes. Plus, he notes, “you’ll feel better when you take a short break from your day-to-day reality.”

5. Eat An Orange

According to celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, foods packed with vitamin C, like citrus fruits, green peppers and broccoli, are proven to cheer you up. In fact, a study published in a 2010 edition of Nutrition found that vitamin C therapy can help improve the moods of patients who are hospitalized for long-term or critical care. Dr. Sams also stresses the importance of vitamin C (as well as other antioxidants, like vitamins A and E) when it comes to boosting your mood because it helps stabilize free radicals in the body, which are known to accelerate aging and increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. When these highly reactive atoms are neutralized, it prevents them from also damaging brain cells, resulting in better health and improved mood.

6. Just Breathe

Sure, we do this all day long, but breathing in a certain way has the power to relax us as well as lift us out of a slump. Dr. Sams is an advocate of diaphragmatic breathing. “Take a five-count breath in, and a five-count breath out. The goal is to manage your breath, instead of having your breath manage you.” When you breathe into your diaphragm as opposed to just your chest, which many of us do when we’re feeling stressed, you will absorb a lot more oxygen into your system. “Our brains thrive on oxygen—it’s very powerful in boosting your mood.”

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Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy doesn’t just smell good, it can also benefit you in many ways. Some common aromatherapy benefits include:

  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Mood enhancement, balance and well being
  • Boosting the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems
  • Relief of minor discomforts

Aromatherapy is a great, natural compliment or alternative to other health treatment options such as certain prescribed medications. However, aromatherapy doesn’t “cure” major illnesses but it is effective at alleviating many of the discomforts associated with them. Essential oilsare the heart of aromatherapy. They have been used to:

  • Heal wounds
  • Improve skin tone
  • Regulate hormones
  • Relieve menstrual cramps
  • Decrease congestion
  • Relieve tension headaches
  • Energize
  • Relax muscles
  • Improve sleep
  • Kill fungal & bacterial infections

Reduced Stress = Reduced Weight

A recent study has found another reason why regular massages are a good idea: weight loss. According to the study, reduced stress levels may also reduce one’s waistline.

A new Kaiser Permanente study found that those trying to lose 10 pounds or more were actually more likely to reach that goal if they had lower stress levels and slept on average 6-8 hours a night.

A number of other studies have shown many massage therapy benefits including: increased relaxation, reduced pain and stress, and improved sleep patterns.

According to Charles Elder, an investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon, “This study suggests that when people are trying to lose weight, they should try to get the right amount of sleep and reduce their stress.”

So how can a routine massage help? Massage therapy helps decrease the production of the stress hormone cortisol. It can also lower heart rate and blood pressure. Massages help to get rid of muscle tension, ease depression and boost the immune system.

Besides all the ways massage can help ease the physical symptoms of stress, it can also give you some quiet time to relax. Massages are given in relaxing environments and can easily help you to forgot your stresses, and in turn lead to weight loss.

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Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy is one of the newest addition to Massage Envy’s list of massage therapy.

This type of therapy will melt any muscle tension and stiffness away. This therapy will not only increase one’s circulation, but your metabolism as well. Heated stones are placed in key areas of the body help relax the deeper parts of the muscles. This 90-minute session will include a personalized massage using hot stones to create for your perfect healing experience.

Hot stone therapy relieves muscle aches, back pain, stress, anxiety, poor circulation, arthritis pain, and fibromyalgia. It has also been used to treat insomnia and depression.

 

Geriatric Massage

 

A geriatric massage provides the recipient with basic relaxation and relief. This type of massage is a great way to fight many aging symptoms. There are many different types of geriatric massages, all  of which are very popular among massage clients.

The geriatric techniques that Massage Envy professionals use help increase blood flow, fights depression, improves balance and flexibility, decrease arthritis pain, and improve posture.