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Soak in Aromatherapy

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Essential oil production is much like wine making: an art as well as a science.

An essential oil is a liquid that is distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word “oil” are not really oily feeling at all and contain the true living essence of the plant it was derived from. EO’s are highly concentrated and a little goes a very long way!

The chemical composition and aroma of essential oils can provide valuable psychological and physical therapeutic benefits. These benefits are usually achieved through methods of inhalation and application of the diluted oil to the skin. Simply through inhalation the therapeutic benefit begins.

​When you breath in, the olfactory system is engaged and sends direct messages to your central nervous system offering a diverse and wide variety of health benefits depending on the essential oil inhaled. In addition, when diluted and applied to the skin, these living extracts are absorbed and affect the nervous system of the body.​

Perfumes,​ ​as well as ​many household and beauty products,​ are primarily​ scented with artificially created fragrances that contain synthetic substances. Please note that these fragrances do not have living essence so they do not offer any of the therapeutic benefits that essential oils can. Always read the label and know what you’re breathing in.​

Here are just a few of the many healing properties offered by essential oils:

ANALGESIC – reducing the sensation of pain (pain reliever)

ANTIBIOTIC – preventing growth of bacteria (antibacterial)

ANTI-FUNGAL – preventing the growth of fungus

ANTI-INFECTIOUS – preventing infection

ANTISEPTIC – killing or preventing micro organism growth

ANTI-VIRAL – preventing the spread of viruses

BALSAMIC –  soothing sore, scratchy throats

CICATRISIV – promoting formation of scar tissue

DEPURATIVE (DETOXIFY) – detoxifying, cleansing and purifying blood and organs

DIURETIC – Promoting the removal of excess liquid in the body through urination

EXPECTORANT – breaking up mucus

IMMUNOSTIMULANT – stimulating immunity

PECTORAL – benefiting the respiratory system

SEDATIVE – calming the mind and reducing mental excitement

SOPOFORIC – inducing sleep and relieving insomnia

STIMULANT – awakening bodily functions

STOMACHIC – aiding digestion and acting as a gastric tonic

TONIC – restoring and invigorating the body

VERMIFUGE – expelling intestinal worms (anti-parasitic)

Bringing essential oils into your daily routine is really quite simple. Explore organicdovation.com to learn more about the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils.


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Align your Elements w/ Ayurveda

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Ayurveda (eye-yer-VAY-duh) is a 5,000 year old Indian holistic healing science that literally translates to “knowledge of life.” Ayurveda works to achieve balance and optimum health of the whole individual including the physical body, the mind, and the spirit. Through nutrition, yoga, exercise, meditation, a form of deep breathing called pranayama, and herbs, Ayurveda uses all five senses as a vehicle to bring the body back to its balanced state.

Treating the individual as a whole and not just symptoms, Ayurveda works to uncover the root cause and teaches us how to prevent it.  An important part of Ayurvedic practice is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer holistic interventions instead of using “quick fix” tactics to cure an ailment. Ayurveda considers physical, mental, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, behavioral, environmental, nutritional, familial, and social factors that affect us. Looking at everything that is happening in your world to find out what might be holding you back from optimal performance or health makes Ayurveda unique.

Ayurveda’s foundation is built on a simple phrase, “It depends.” It all depends on your unique, individual make up. You’re made of three energies called doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) comprised of the five great elements (air, fire, water, earth, and ether). When your doshas are out of balance, you’ll typically feel off and/or get sick. How you maintain your health will depend on which dosha(s) are most dominant in your body. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior, and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.

Monica Bloom started HeyMonicaB.com, a live resource for Ayurveda, intending to expose its benefits so that we can cultivate deeper health in all aspects of our lives. This ancient science has opened new doors to holistic living for millions of modern people.


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