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{Ask the Aromatherapist} Essential Oils Protocol: Stress Buster

December 12, 2017

Essential Oil Protocol: Stress Buster Having a stressful day? It happens to all of us sometimes. What sets us apart from each other is not that we experience stress, but how we deal with it. In our wellness community, we do a program all about stress and in that we cover many lifestyle practices you [...]

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Waking Up at 3am…What does it mean and what can you do about it?

May 19, 2012

There have been times in my life, like now, when no matter what time I go to sleep, I always wake up super early in the morning. Waking up at 3am is not desirable for me–and I’m guessing it’s not for most other people either! When this happens, I don’t really feel tired, and I [...]

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Give your body the tools it needs to heal itself!

April 5, 2012

It’s Thurrrrsday! This week feels funny to me because I haven’t exercised or been active at all, and I keep checking in with myself to make sure that I really can’t yet, and am not just using my wounds as an excuse (so far, I’m not). I know, you know…I have stitches. I’m still in [...]

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We Rent Cars

May 16, 2011

My mom and I were talking about miracles today—it’s a crappy day outside, people are trying to push their drama into our lives (it ain’t workin’ by the way), and she’s coordinating all the volunteers for graduation in the freezing cold rain…Plus, her office flooded a couple weeks ago, and she had to move down [...]

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Outrageous Joy

February 26, 2011

Every time I hear the phrase Outrageous Joy, I can’t help but smile. Why does the concept sound so absurd and abnormal in everyday life? I have read a gazillion books about how to be healthy in body and in mind…and in whatever else there is besides those two things. Our relationship to the universe? [...]

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The Land of Pizza Hut and Iceberg Lettuce

February 24, 2011

Yesterday was a hungry day. I woke up hungry and on the verge of cranky. But I didn’t need or want to be cranky, with my littlest love by my side (even though he did not lie still for a whole minute the entire night). It’s winter break from school (his, not mine)—and I thought [...]

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Move for Your Mood

October 27, 2010

We’ve all heard that if you exercise, you will improve your mood. But do you know why? The obvious and well known answer first: When you move and exercise, your body sends and receives the signal to secrete endorphins. These amino acid peptides reduce pain and enhance pleasure. Neurotransmitters, serotonin and norepinephrine, are also released—the [...]

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Dance Your Blues Away and Your Health Closer

October 2, 2010

I’m in Arlington, VA at a conference put on by the Mind-Body Institute. James Gordon started the institute about 20 years ago after realizing his Western medicine training was just not enough. It’s a long story, but I highly recommend reading his books.  Specifically, the new one, Unstuck, and a previous one, A Manifesto for [...]

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Random Stress Management Rule

September 23, 2010

I’ve found that sometimes, rather than trying to control my reactions to stressful situations, it can be easier to just control the situation. This sounds contrary to the standard advice, “You can’t change the situation, you can only change you’re reaction to it.” That’s often true, but let’s tackle this stress monster in multiple ways, [...]

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Stress Kills

August 8, 2010

One thing I know for sure is that you’ll never see “Stress” listed as the cause of death on a death certificate. Interestingly, many researchers now believe that stress is the foundational cause of most disease.  Some may argue that we can’t actually prove that.  That’s true—and it’s why you’ll never see Stress on a [...]

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