Take Charge of Your Wellbeing with Essential Oils

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By CysterWigs Contributor

Essential oils have been used as an effective alternative medicine for ages. Since the oils are extracted from plants, they can contain the most beneficial and medicinal extracts of the plants. The smallest amount of essential oil can go a long way and provides numerous benefits that can help improve your mind, body, and soul.

The extraction of essential oil is usually done using the leaves, flowers, bark, stem, seeds as well as other parts of a plant that have a high medicinal value. Each oil may possesses a distinct aroma that has a soothing effect on the body and mind. Due to this reason, these oils are extensively used in aromatherapy.

Essential oil Benefits and Uses

* Promotes relaxation

Certain aromatic scents of essential oils may help in promoting relaxation while reducing everyday stress and anxiety. For instance, you can simply diffuse a little bit of lavender essential oil in your room for a relaxing effect.

* Improves brain functioning

Some essential oils can stimulate brain function by increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain. Diffusing aromatic oils such as peppermint and rosemary in your surrounding may help in increasing focus and alertness. It may also help in boosting your energy level.

* Better digestion

Some essential oil when consumed in low concentration may support digestion and reduce the symptoms of diarrhea as well as treat leaky gut. You can take peppermint oil, ginger oil, and fennel essential oil for this purpose. If you are currently taking medications, just be sure to check with your doctor before you start to make sure there are no interaction risks.

* Pain management

Eucalyptus oil is a great natural remedy for muscle aches and pains. Before applying this oil to the body, make sure you mix it with a carrier oil like coconut, jojoba, sweet almond or avocado oils. There are a lot more carrier oils out there. You can google them or talk to someone who works in the cosmetics section of your local health food store. Along with a carrier oil, you can also mix eucalyptus oil with cypress and wintergreen oils to make an effective pain relieving balm. For headaches, try applying peppermint essential oil to your temples to relieve tension. Again, you’ll want to mix this essential oil with a carrier oil before applying.

* Makes skin beautiful

Essential oils have a detoxifying and anti-aging effect on the skin. The antioxidant and antibacterial natures of these essential oils are great for flawless skin. Try mixing tea tree oil in your facial cleanser to get rid of acne and blisters. Or, you can add sandalwood, lavender, geranium and frankincense oils to an unscented lotion to make an effective anti-aging cream for your skin.

Essential oils have many more benefits. They can help soothe bug bites and eliminate pests from your house. Some essential oils have antibacterial effects, while others have relaxing and calming effects. Some oils may alleviate symptoms of diseases whereas some are used to enhance your beauty. In a nutshell, essential oils not only make you healthy and beautiful, but they can also uplift your mood and make you happier.






Setting Realistic Health And Wellness Goals

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By Julia

Everyone wants to live a healthy life. Because of this, we often implement diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes to achieve this goal. However, setbacks and stumbling blocks tend to cause us to get discouraged. As a result, many health and wellness goals are often abandoned before encouraging progress is made.

There are specific attributes which should be kept in mind while setting realistic health and wellness goals. Make sure they’re:

Rational – Your approach should be realistic rather than idealistic. It’s important to always keep the objectives by thinking rationally and logically.
Achievable – Your goal should be such that you can achieve that in a specific time-frame without jeopardizing another required task.
Appropriate – The target should be accustomed to your desires, not to someone else’s wants.
Quantifiable – Measurable goals will inspire you to go a long way in obtaining the pre-defined goal.

Here are few things to help you set, keep and reach your health and wellness goals.

Eat Better

In the minds of some people, eating better means dieting or depriving oneself. That shouldn’t be the case. It is the quality of your diet, and not necessarily the amount consumed, that determines its impact on your health. Better nutrition means making better choices.

For example, consuming more fruits, vegetables, fish and high-fiber foods is a simple and effective strategy. Limiting your intake of alcohol, salt, high-calorie foods and high-fat or high-sugar foods will also help you clean up your diet. Aim for the long term to reap the full benefits of your approach. Have more home-cooked meals. It always feels better when you eat at home. You tend to spend less money and eat healthier. Grabbing a few new cookbooks can help refresh your inspiration to cook.

Try To Be More Present

Life is so busy and loud with numerous distractions. Endeavor to be more present. That means taking a chance to savor each moment. It can be at home when you’re with your family. Try to be there physically and mentally. This implies knowing when to put your phone down and give them your complete attention. Or, maybe you don’t know when to disconnect from work. Make an effort to unplug daily after a certain time, or try to avoid working on the weekends. It’s important to take time out to recharge and get centered.

Get out more

The more you spend more time in your room, the lower your spirits will sink. Form it as a habit to go on a nearby hour-long walk in natural settings. This can have a significant uptick in your overall mood and wellness. Something as simple as a brisk daily walk can help improve your health and wellness. For instance, brisk walking can help you: improve your balance and coordination as well as help improve your mood. The farther and more often you walk, the greater the benefit(s). Also, this can have a positive impact on people who’ve endured recent stressful experiences.

Make time for quiet time or “me time”

Daily life can be so loud. It’s vital to your mental health to sneak away for at least 20 free minutes to enjoy some “me time.” It can be stealing away for a few minutes to read, take an uninterrupted bath, or paint your nails. To get in the habit of taking a little “me time” daily, try taking yours at the same time every day.

Get some rest and manage your stress

For you to stay active and at the top of your health, your body needs rest. Stress can cause sleep disturbances and, conversely, lack of sleep can contribute to stress. Good sleep hygiene is therefore essential to physical and mental health, as well as good stress management.

How many hours a day do you sleep on average? It may be time to work on getting more if you’re not getting six to eight hours a night. When it comes to stress, it is challenging to quantify or eliminate it, but it can be better managed. Recognized stress management techniques such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and massage therapy can be beneficial.

Experts say that if you want to achieve any goal, it is necessary to remind yourself every day about it. Health and wellness goals are an ongoing process. Therefore, there is a need to maintain it further to remain healthy. So, changing the way you carry out daily activities will encourage and inspire you to perform better. Therefore, setting goals can help you develop inner strength and the endurance to fulfill your aspirations.

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