Integrative Health Blog

Yoga and Essential Oils

Posted by on Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Many people love yoga and find the benefits to their health – both mental and physical – are tremendous.  How in the world a few simple poses and some deep breaths can bring up and release so much buried emotional baggage for me continues to baffle me.  There is no doubt that my mind is much more centered, as is my emotional state, when I have a regular or daily practice.

When I first started going to class I felt a bit self-indulgent.  I had a million things to do and going to class meant something on that mile-long list wasn’t getting done.  But after a few classes my husband was practically pushing me out the door.  He knew taking time for myself was allowing me to be more patient and present in the home.  What’s that saying? Something about “when momma ain’t happy…?”  So yes, I stuck with my yoga practice.

Aromatherapy and Yoga

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Tags: essential oils

6 Ways to Get a Better Night's Sleep

Posted by on Mon, Sep 19, 2016

1. Food is Fuel

What you eat and drink during the day has a lot to do with how well your body can rest at night. Start the day with a large glass of room-temperature water to properly hydrate you and get your digestive juices flowing.  There is a unique opportunity to hydrate the body after a night of fasting that cannot be duplicated once something else has entered the digestive tract. 

After that I like to fast on bulletproof butter coffee and green juice until lunch.   I try to eat a healthy lunch and dinner, and minimize or eliminate sugar and white carbs.  We crave stimulants like sugar, caffeine, and alcohol when we are tired, so once you start getting adequate sleep you’ll find your cravings will diminish significantly.  So will your waistline because the cortisol levels (stress hormones) in your body will lower, too, and cortisol is known for packing on belly fat (and we certainly don’t need any more of that!).

I also like to avoid eating after 8 p.m.  The body sleeps better if it doesn’t have to focus on digesting food during the night.  Digestion takes a ton of energy, and during sleep you want the body focusing on repairing microscopic muscle tears, neural connections, and detoxification.

2. Exercise

I once met a doctor who said she wouldn’t see me if I didn’t agree to daily exercise. It’s THAT important.  If you’re over 50 and not exercising, you could really be in trouble.  I could go on and on about the benefits of exercising, but there are hundreds of benefits and thousands of blog posts to teach you all the “whys”.  Seriously, just work it in.

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Tags: sleep, essential oils

Enhance your Quality of Life with Essential Oils

Posted by on Wed, May 04, 2016

The official definition of aromatherapy is the inhalation or bodily application of fragrant essential oils for therapeutic purposes. In layman’s terms, aromatherapy is the study of scent.  Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds, extracted using a specialized distillation process, from the leaves, stems, bark, flowers, roots and fruits of a particular plant.  The oils are the essence of the plant; highly concentrated and very powerful.  They provide the plant with protection, defense, healing, communication and help them attract pollinators.  A myriad of benefits is passed on to us when we utilize essential oils.  

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Tags: energy therapies, essential oils