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  • Health Benefits of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

    by Paula Gallagher | February 13, 2017

    lavender-fieldThe health benefits of essential oils are many, including aromatherapy, which is the use of essential oils from plants to promote a feeling of well-being. Although scent is a key component in the use of essential oils, some of them can also be applied directly to the skin for use in healing or in a massage, or used for other direct health benefits.

    Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds or blossoms of plants. Each contains its own mix of active ingredients, and this mix determines what the oil is used for. Some oils are used to promote physical healing – for example, to treat swelling or fungal infections. Read more

  • 10 Toxins in Beauty Products to Avoid

    by Paula Gallagher | February 6, 2017

    beauty-products_aUnfortunately, conventional personal care products can be loaded with ugly ingredients – including cancer-causing chemicals – and they’re very likely lurking in your bathroom cabinet or cosmetics pouch right now. Examples of questionable toxins in beauty products are endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, allergens/irritants, and environmental pollutants.

    In Dr. Joseph Pizzorno's new book, The Toxin Solution, he notes that according to the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, the average woman uses about twelve health and beauty products per day, and men use about six. Read more

  • Winter Skin Care for Active People

    by Paula Gallagher | January 4, 2017

    sleddingIf you love skating, skiing and sledding, then you probably love snow! And although the cold weather is great for all those activities, it can wreak havoc on your skin. Chapped lips, dry skin, and even frostbite are all potential problems for snow-loving folks. So, here are some tips for winter skin care to help you sport soft, glowing skin while enjoying your favorite cold weather activities.

    1. Sun protection: Sunscreen isn’t just for hot summer days. Thanks to factors such as sweating and UV-reflecting snow, those who enjoy the slopes may need to be especially sun smart. In fact, our skin may be more susceptible to sunburns on the mountain than on the beach. Read more

  • Lunch Today: Quesadillas with Strawberries and Spinach

    by Paula Gallagher | July 6, 2016

    strawberry-spinachI can't get enough of our local strawberries and I am taking full advantage of the fact they won't be around much longer. Although nothing tastes better than a warm strawberry plucked from its stem, the following recipe is close. It combines ingredients you typically would find in a salad, but they also work beautifully in a tortilla as a quesadilla.

    This is an excellent alternative to a sandwich for lunch. High in protein and good fats, this quesadilla will power you through the day. And if you've never tried the combination of strawberries and spinach together, this is a wonderful introduction. Read more

  • 5 Tips for Sun Safety

    by Paula Gallagher | June 29, 2016

    sunblockDespite what we know about being safe in the sun, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. And the incidence rate of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is increasing every year.

    Here are 5 sun safety tips to protect you and your family against the sun's harmful effects.

    1. Keep it to SPF 30: SPF (sun protection factor) ratings are a measure of sunscreen's ability to block UVB ratings (known for causing the most damage). Did you know that a higher SPF than 30 does little if anything to block any more UVB rays than SPF 30? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) actually warns against using higher than SPF 30 because it can give people false confidence on the effectiveness of the product, leading them to believe that they are better protected and can stay out longer without further application. In the end, this increases their exposure to damaging UV rays. Generously apply natural sunscreen products that protect from UVA and UVB rays with an SPF 30 rating. Reapply often and especially after being in water. Read more

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