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6 Natural Remedies for Anxiety

I have suffered greatly with anxiety most of my life and was actually diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder in 2010. The Anxiety also lead to depression. Medications for that lead to weight gain and more depression. I was on 7 meds at one time and didn’t want to live that way anymore. I knew there had to be a better way so I started researching and trying things, researching and trying things. This lead to me learning a LOT about different natural remedies, what breaks the blood brain barrier and what does not. After two years of trial and error, this is what I took and did to get down to just one medication.

The Benefits of Chia Seeds (MUST READ)

Salvia hispanica, or the chia plant, is a species in the mint family that is native to Central America. The seeds of this herb are known as “chia seeds” and they have gained quite a bit of popularity in recent years. Not only are they gluten/grain free naturally, but a single serving is reported to have: as much calcium as a glass of milk more Omega-3s than a serving of walnuts as many antioxidants as blueberries. They give you tons of energy but also won’t keep you awake at night and are supposed to be great for weight loss. Because they can absorb many times their size/weight in liquid, they are great for avoiding dehydration during exercise or exposure to heat. Are Chia Seeds Good for You? Chia seeds have a fascinating and long history of use by several cultures. I’m hesitant to use the word “superfood” because the word is so over-used in modern times and also because there are some confounding factors that may inhibit nutrient use. Supposedly, the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incans used chia as a staple of their diet and …

Homemade Lavender Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Oh this seems LUSCIOUS!!! I can’t wait to try it and wanted to share. FOR ONCE, I have all the ingredients on hand for a recipe I want to try yay!!! While a salt scrub is awesome for heels and elbows, it’s also a wonderful overall body scrub. I’ve also been experimenting more with essential oils, and I am definitely finding some favorites — like peppermint. I love the way it smells, and it’s so refreshing too. And lavender — clean, pure, and not at all heavy like the some of the scented products you’ll find in the stores. I’m usually sensitive to heavy perfumes and scents, so Lavender oil was a nice surprise! Read the recipe below-

6 Wonderful Non Traditional Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas

I really don’t think I would have made a great hippie. My parents were decent at it I suppose but I am too much of an activist. I know hippies were activists in their own right  (some of them anyway) but I am blessed/cursed with a unique combination of being conservative and liberal, feminist yet still finding the value of a woman caring for children and staying at home, a Christian but not religious, oh my gosh, it makes my head spin sometimes when trying to decide where I stand on an issue! But phooey on all of that right now! Let’s talk Christmas. Let’s talk Christmas on a budget. Let’s talk Christmas with meaning and depth and gifts that have a lasting impact! Here are my top 6 Wonderful Non Traditional Eco/Human Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas-

Why & How to Take Peppermint Oil

Young Living Peppermint Oil has been a life saver for me. I have IBS and suffer from a lot of bloating and digestive issues and when I discovered that I had something like this right under my nose (as a Young Living Consultant) that would help me so much I was overjoyed! Digestive issues SUCK! I also drink peppermint tea. There are few ways to benefit from the oil. One is simply put a few drops in a small of water and gulp it. Other ways include putting 2 to 3 drops in your hands, rub them together, cup our hands over your nose and inhale throughout the day as needed. For topical use you can apply a single drop under your nose, apply 8 to 10 drops neat or diluted 50:50 with water and rub on your stomach. AND of course in a diffuser! Making your home smell wonderful and you feel happy happy and better! If you’re interested in learning more about the wonderful ways essential oils can improve your life dramatically simply …

10 Yoga Poses for Faster Weight Loss (This isn’t one of them LOL!)

That’s right, these ten yoga poses for weight loss will help you achieve your fitness goals faster! Most people don’t connect yoga with weight loss, yet if you step into an advanced class at a yoga studio you’ll see the crowd is full of toned, healthy individuals. This is because yoga, when done routinely and correctly, is actually an incredibly powerful weight-loss tool. You’ll notice your muscles burn and shake with energy as you hold a balanced position, which means that you’ve engaged the muscle, in much the same way you engage it while lifting weights. Furthermore, when you activate muscles, your body also speeds up your heart, burning calories and fat. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite yoga poses for weight loss. These poses engage large muscle groups that are very effective for burning calories. Some of them are also quite challenging, so they’ll help you build lean muscle throughout your body. See them HERE.  

Is Turmeric the New Prozac?

Having struggled much of my life with what I would call “very severe” anxiety disorder, I deeply appreciate anything that contributes positively to our mental health. I don’t think depression has been a big problem for me unless having to deal with the anxiety gets me down OR something painful happens, however, as I age and realize more about myself and life, I know it’s best for me to keep my brain as happy as possible! I’d love it if you’d read this article and learn more about Turmeric and how it can help you greatly improve your mental health. Read it HERE.