Let's face it. For most of us, bra shopping is not fun. There are actually very few women who can walk into an average bra or department store, and find their perfect bra. For the lucky ones who have an "average" band size with a cup size that certain companies have deemed to be "correct", the options are endless. But for far too many of us, the sizes that we are told we should be don't correspond with the size we actually are.
When we think about oregano, most of us head to the spice aisle. It has strong associations with cooking, especially for Italian food. Did you know that there are actually a great number of health benefits that come from oregano? You can reap some of these benefits by using it on food, but you can also buy it in essential oil form to get even more out of it.
Aside from seasoning your food, oregano can be used to treat a number of ailments and discomforts such as skin conditions, the flu, arthritis, sinus congestion, parasites, and much more. It is important to note that oregano oil should be diluted before it is applied to the skin. Undiluted oregano oil can cause burning or irritation of the skin. Pregnant women should avoid using oregano oil. Let's take a look at some of the benefits of using oregano oil.
In this month's edition of the aromatherapy blog, we will be talking about the sweet, flowery scent of ylang ylang. Many people are familiar with the aroma of ylang ylang because it is used to make the perfume Chanel No. 5. The ylang ylang flower grows on a type of evergreen tree most commonly found in rainforests, particularly those in parts of Asia and the South Pacific.
As with any other essential oil, it is important to pay attention to the quality. Make sure that you are getting a high grade essential oil rather than a fragrance oil which has potentially harmful chemicals added to make it cheaper. Like many others, ylang ylang is best used in moderation. It can often be a somewhat overwhelming scent. Start off with a drop or two and add in small increments if you feel like you need to.
Like all of the other aromas we have talked about, aside from smelling nice, ylang ylang has a large number of health benefits. It is wonderful for the skin, and is good for treating things like high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. Let's take a look at those and many more benefits of the ylang ylang flower.
Previously, I wrote a post entitled "Why Should I Drink Water After My Massage?". For this post, I would like to take that idea and make it broader. While it is important to drink water after receiving bodywork, it is something you should be doing every day anyway. As the weather begins to get warmer heading into the summer months, it becomes increasingly important to remember to drink water throughout the day. Why is it so important? Let's take a look at some of the benefits of water, how to drink more of it, and some of the alternatives that you might be drinking instead.
For some reason, in our society, pregnant women are often treated like children. Not only do many care providers begin stripping them of control over their own bodies and actions unnecessarily, but friends, loved ones, and even random strangers feel that it is alright to say and do things that would be considered inappropriate for any other adult. While some women don't mind having their bellies rubbed, being told what they are and aren't allowed to do, and answering personal questions, many women are very bothered by it. Anytime you see a pregnant woman, before saying anything, ask yourself how you would feel if someone said it to you. If you wouldn't like it, don't say it. The following is a list of some of the common words and actions that can be just downright rude.
So far, this color therapy series has covered purple, blue, green, yellow, and orange, so it should come as no surprise that this month's color is red. Like orange and yellow, red is considered a warm color. It is very stimulating and vibrant. It is associated with heat, sexuality, blood, life-force, and passion, and is the color of the 1st chakra or root chakra. So how can you benefit from the color red? Lets take a look at some of the benefits and uses of the color red, and learn how to use it in our daily lives.
This month's aromatherapy post is about eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is very commonly known and used, and you may already be aware of some of its health benefits. Eucalyptus is native to Australia and has been used by the native Aborigines for generations to treat fevers and skin irritations. It is also known for being the primary food for koala bears.
Being a very strong oil, it is best to dilute it in a carrier oil or water before applying to your skin. It is best to avoid use of the oil for pregnant women or children under the age of 2. Small amounts found in food or medications such as lozenges is fine, but skin coming into contact with the oil should be avoided. It is generally safe to diffuse or inhale the scent of eucalyptus. Let's look at a few of the more interesting health benefits of eucalyptus.
In our society, naps are not generally looked on as beneficial. We tend to feel lazy if we lie down for a little while during the day and allow ourselves to doze off. Many people feel the need for a nap, but don't feel like they can justify it.
Taking a rest during the day is considered normal in many cultures, and some companies are beginning to realize the benefits of allowing their workers to take naps. In Japan, many workplaces have nap rooms or nap pods that are available for their employees to use during their lunch hour or other break periods. This practice has been adopted by large companies such as Nike and Google. Parts of other countries such as India, China, Germany, and Spain have a traditional rest period following the mid-day meal. In some places, the shops close and people refrain from using telephones during the rest period. Several famous people have admitted to taking regular naps to improve their abilities. The list includes Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Bill Clinton, Thomas Edison, and many more. So what do all of these people and cultures know that we don't? Here are some of the benefits you may see from regular napping.
For this months installment of color therapy, we will be talking about the color orange. Orange is often associated with the fall season. It is the color of changing leaves and pumpkins, but it can also be a very beneficial color to have around all the time. Orange is a very uplifting color. It can evoke feelings of joy and stimulate creativity. There are also a number of health benefits associated with the color orange.
Like yellow, orange is considered a warm color. Because of this fact, they share several of the same benefits and properties. This isn't surprising, as orange is partly made up of the color yellow. Despite the similarities, orange has many wonderful benefits all on it's own. Let's take a look at a few of them.
Ginger is fairly common. Most of us have come across it at some point in our food or beverages, but ginger actually has a lot of really great benefits that you may not know about. Some great things about using ginger are that it is fairly readily available, inexpensive, and can be used several different ways. The following is a list of many of the benefits of using ginger, as well as some ideas for how you can utilize it for your health.
If you are just starting to use more natural home remedies, I would absolutely recommend getting ginger. It is safe for pregnant women, and has a variety of uses such as detoxing, weight loss, nausea relief, cancer prevention and treatment, better circulation, and more.
Meet the Author
Amanda Tarver, (LMT, CEIM, PES, RMT) is a massage therapist and birth worker in the Chicago area. She is dedicated to using a combination of bodywork and education to help people live a better quality of life.