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Today, tea is one of the world’s most consumed beverage. With it’s popularity continuing to rise,why not take a few minutes and discover something new (possibly) about tea?
Some of the benefits that can* come to you from drinking chamomile tea are
If you are having a sleepless night, it may help you fall to sleep;
If you are feeling anxious, it may help you relax; or
If you have an upset stomach or gas, it may help settle your stomach or reduce the gas.
There is something magical about going through the calming steps of brewing ourselves a cup of herbal tea. Try it.
If you decide to try it, make sure you buy premium tea, high quality, exclusively sourced.
Many herbs are used for making teas that can be beneficial to our health in many ways. Some of the other benefits of tea are that it
Has polyphenol antioxidants
Is a digestive aid
Is calorie free
Is a weight-managing support.
Written by Martha Robards 3-9-18
PHOENIX ALLERGY SEASON
Allergy season in Phoenix is upon us. For those who experience seasonal allergies, using essential oils can help alleviate some, if not all, seasonal allergy symptoms. It does take planning, and some consistency and regularity, but can be done, and can help. Similar to using solar power, you do have to be pro-active — in other words, practicing ‘more natural’ ways of doing things takes effort, but oh, how worth-it it is! Not all of you live in Phoenix, but these ideas are helpful no matter where you live.
WHICH OILS CAN HELP
Using an essential oil diffuser, you can use eucalyptus, myrtle, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, thyme and/or tea tree essential oils to help with hay fever. These oils have anti-inflammatory, expectorant and immune stimulating, along with other properties that can help reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.
HOW TO DO IT
Depending upon which kind of diffuser you have, you may add a little more or little less essential oil to the water of your diffuser, and either turn it on, and let it produce steam into the air with the scent of the oil you added, or light a candle under the bowl to heat the water. Both work fine. Generally, 6 – 8 drops works well in either, but experiment to find which works best for you. You can combine some of the oils, or use one at a time.
This is where being pro-active and effort come in.
- You have to buy the oil. Shop at health food stores or online.
- Understand that natural healing ways help your body help itself. It takes a little longer than a pill. It takes being patient and consistent. We’re all busy and active, and have many responsibilities. When you’re at home, use the diffuser consistently throughout the day. If you are at work, use it at your desk or in your area, if possible. If that is not possible, you can carry a small bottle of the oil with you and sniff it several times throughout the day. In your car, you can keep some cotton balls in your car and put a few drops on the cotton balls every time you get in.
- Be consistent and don’t give up. Don’t expect immediate results. These things take practice to get used to, and consistency, but by doing them you can be setting a pattern in your life of healthy habits, natural healing and pro-active care of your health and that of your family.
Plus it smells good.
Of course, use only pure, high grade essential oils that you can track the origins of.
Some of this information came from:
A European Lung Health Study was published in the peer reviewed, American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine on February 16, 2018. This study is gathering great consideration worldwide.
6,230 women and men were evaluated in this ground-breaking, 20-year study which measured the long-term impact of using home cleaning products containing ammonia, chlorine bleach, and quaternary ammonium compounds. The study focused on lung health and breathing capacity.
In women, the study showed that accelerated lung function decline was comparable to the effects of smoking a pack of cigarettes every day for 20 years! The study came to the conclusion that long-term respiratory health is significantly impaired after using cleaning products containing these chemicals.
Why Be Concerned?
When we bring toxic chemicals into our homes, we put our families at risk.
The CDC says:
“We all face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. … Some are risks we might decide to avoid if we had the opportunity to make informed choices. Indoor air pollution and exposure to hazardous substances in the home are risks we can do something about.”
What can you do?
Make the decision to NOT bring toxic chemicals into your home.
Choose products that do not use ammonia, chlorine bleach, or quaternary ammonium compounds.
Look for safe, environmentally responsible ingredients that gently clean and disinfect.
There are cleaning products, you can use to get safer, worry-free cleaning. We recommend cleaning products that are so safe, they don’t require a childproof cap; in which toxic chemicals are not used, and which do not produce harmful fumes.
By Martha Robards
Occupational wellness, one of the eight aspects of wellness, is about enjoying your occupational endeavors and feeling like you are making a difference and contributing.
Sometimes, however, occupational endeavors seem to be more about making a living and putting food on the table. There are times when enjoying our jobs and doing it just to have an income seem to collide.
If you don’t enjoy your current job, there are things you can do to help. You can try to find something that better suits you. To do that you have to know what suits you. You do have to take some time to get to know yourself and what you do and do not prefer. HINT: It takes time. Do what you can now, do the best you can where you are, be consistent and don’t give up. Your time will come.
Check Your Attitude
Sometimes simply changing our attitude about our own circumstances and position in our current jobs makes a big difference. Here are some tips to help you come up with ideas to make your current job more enjoyable:
Get motivated to face the day to day. Do some positive self-talk. It’s okay.
Keep your work in perspective. Do the best you can in your current situation, keeping the bigger picture in mind.
Remember you are more than your work. You are not your job and your job is not you. It’s what you do.
Make a Change
If you are looking for a different occupational opportunity, take your time, do your research and stay employed while you do that. Side hustles (aka moonlighting) are as popular now as ever.
When you look for something to earn extra money, keep in mind that it will take time, energy and organization to pull this off. You can do it, but have a plan. Do research to fully understand what is involved. Think about:
How much time will be involved?
What is the learning curve?
What kind of training does it provide?
Is it a solid company?
Will you work from home?
Mainly, be persistent and consistent in your efforts. Don’t let things easily discourage you. There are aspects about every job, every side hustle – every day life, that are not necessarily fun. Get through it with a smile.
Martha is owner of RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, a health and wellness website that promotes healthy lifestyles, ideas and products for physical, mental and emotional, financial and natural/spiritual wellness. Martha’s work consists of opening shopping accounts for an on-line wellness company (think Costco meets Amazon), presenting, speaking, mentoring and coaching and people building. You can reach Martha at 505-750-7847, by email at email@example.com, on Facebook, here on LinkedIn, Twitter, or through her websites at RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, here, here, or ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com. She’s not hard to find. For those in the Phoenix area, the next workshop will be on the topic of How To Make Your Home Non-toxic, February 20, 2018.
The photos in this article came from the TPNSystem.
Foot Care And Your Health
They are our foundation. They help with our balance, posture and our personal presentation. With all this considered, it is also true that many of us, especially men, pay little attention to our feet. Unless we identify a problem they, for the most part, are an afterthought in our daily hygiene.
An article from HealthLine, focuses on the diabetic implications of your feet, but it also offers many suggestions that have nothing to do with that particular diagnosis and points out ways that you can prevent serious problems with a few simple steps in your foot care regimen. Healthy foot care and healthy lifestyles go together.
Your Feet and Healthy Lifestyles
You should take discrete care of your feet every day. Develop healthy foot habits. Pay attention to the risks that this article points out. It, as you read it, will surprise you with the ways in which we “ignore” our feet. When was the last time you washed and dried your feet separate from your shower?
The article also discusses toenail care and footwear selection and care. Your feet are an important part of YOU; treat them that way and many problems can be avoided. For example, using a moisturizer regularly can help you avoid dry and cracked skin on your feet, but never use moisturizer between your toes.
I have become increasingly aware of my feet and their care. My company has developed and manufactures a super moisturizer that really makes a difference. They also provide me with first-aid applications when I experience cuts or cracks on my feet. They’re your feet…stay on top of them.
A lot of companies have year-end sales this time of year and the company I’m partnered with is no exception. From essential oils to dolomite diffusers, beauty collections, room sprays, delectable dark chocolate, coffee mugs, lip balm and more, you can get these at a substantial discount by becoming a member of the shopping club. The value of a shopping club makes sense when you consider the benefits.
These chocolate protein balls are a variation of a recipe from Kimmie Lyons on LinkedIn. These are chock full of nutritious ingredients.