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Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Get Healthy Looking Skin with Essential Oils

Get Healthy Looking Skin with Essential Oils

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Neroli oil

Neroli oil

Modern day life takes its toll on your skin with pollution, stress and the sun. Your skin takes a beating each day. This leads to a tired looking epidermis and can often result in a skin that looks prematurely aged.

Many people turn to artificial toners and moisturizers for relief; however, others prefer to take a more natural path towards vibrant, healthy looking skin by using essential oils. These oils don’t have harsh chemicals and have stood the test of time as a better way to restoring that youthful glow. Even better, you can mix and match essential oils in order to find the right combination that will leave your skin radiant.

Perhaps one of the most important decisions that anyone wanting to take advantage of the skin revitalizing properties of essential oils is the selection of the correct carrier oil. It’s important to never use essential oil directly on the skin but instead mix it with a carrier to dilute it. The best way to be safe is to make a 2% dilution. You can do this by adding 12 drops of the essential oil to each fluid ounce (30 ml) of your preferred carrier oil.

Carrier oils have been extracted from seeds or nuts and used in combination with essential oils. Carrier oils serve to provide a sort of base for the use of the many types of essential oils. Carrier oils range from the very popular Jojoba oil to carriers such as Evening Primrose oil, Argan oil and Rosehip Seed oil. Avocado and Olive oil are also popular choices that are used as a base for essential oils when they are used for skincare.

Once you’ve selected the carrier oil that suits your individual needs, then it’s time to choose which essential oils will bring your skin that healthy glow which comes with adequate moisturizing and care.

Some essential oils worth considering are listed here:

#1 Frankincense

Anyone familiar with the Bible would know that Frankincense has been known to have healing properties for thousands of years. Frankincense essential oil is a fabulous anti-inflammatory. This essential oil also acts as a natural toner and as a bonus, Frankincense essential oil also encourages the growth of new skin cells.

Lavender and massage oil

Lavender and massage oil

#2 Lavender Essential Oil

This is one essential oil that everyone should have in their armory. It smells wonderful and eases stress. It’s also a great aid to skin rejuvenation, especially for tired and stressed skin. It can reduce the appearance of age spots and the tired appearance and damage of sun ravaged skin.

#3 Myrrh Essential Oil

This is another essential oil that has history behind it. Myrrh essential oil is particularly good for aging skin. This oil helps smooth out wrinkles and firm up the skin. It’s also effective at repairing sun damaged skin. This is definitely one that should be in your essential oil toolkit.

#4 Neroli Essential Oil

 

If you have sensitive skin or are struggling with oily skin this is the essential oil for you. Neroli essential oil helps with tired, sagging skin, and the ingredient citral helps to lift and tone the skin. It also shrinks pores and can help with the appearance of stretch marks and scarring.

There are a myriad of essential oils that will help anyone in search of that youthful appearance. Choose the right carrier oil and then mix and match your essential oils until you find a combination that’s just perfect for your own needs.

Marilyn Reid is a successful business owner and natural health enthusiast. She owns a site, TarunaOils.0rg, which is dedicated to providing tips, ideas, and recipes for use with essential oils and aromatherapy.

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Mother’s Day in Paradise: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Mother’s Day in Paradise: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

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Pathway to the Great House

Pathway to the Great House

Forget perfume, candy or flowers. This Mother’s Day, give Mom the gift she deserves, a luxury getaway to the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis. She’ll thank you for it for years to come, for a stay at this Four Seasons Resort is like an escape to paradise. Choose from a variety of packages.

The Spa Serenity package offers $150 daily Spa credit per room to help Mom unwind and de-stress. The 12,000-sq.-ft., Eden-like Spa and Salon features a menu of natural and revitalizing rituals that incorporates freshly picked herbs from the Spa’s herb garden. Mom can bask in the treatment’s afterglow on the outdoor Sala deck, facing peaceful Nevis Peak, and rejuvenate in the volcanic-stone whirlpool or Japanese-inspired, cold plunge pool. The package also includes the Resort’s daily breakfast buffet, which features the island’s fresh and vibrant flavours at the Fruit Concierge.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Nevis is also featuring Mother’s Day specials that will provide some well-deserved “Mommy me-time.”
·        An 80-minute Special Mom Mani and Pedi (USD 87.50) will help melt stress away with a chocolate hand and feet exfoliation, finished with the Spa’s handcrafted, hydrating vanilla-strawberry lotion.
·        A 50-minute Bloom Into Beautiful facial (USD 122.50) rejuvenates with a four tea-elixir, cold-stone eye treatment and a soothing pumpkin and apple enzyme for overall radiant skin.
·        A 50-minute Mama’s Love ritual (USD 122.50) pairs a Swedish massage, which incorporates handcrafted oils created from the Spa’s herb garden, with a volcanic-sand hand and feet exfoliation that will relieve all tension from her head to toe.

 Younger guests also can share in a Spa experience with a choice of special Mother and children treatments:
·        50 minute Mini Manicure and Pedicure for USD 110 per guest
·        25 minute Mini Facial for USD 152 per guest
·        25 minute Mini Massage for USD 152 per guest
        These special prices are available on May 7 and 8, 2016. However, gift cards purchased with these Mother’s Day Spa specials can be redeemed through May 31.        

The Romance Me package will award five stars to Dads. With a minimum four-night stay at the Resort or in one of the 45 luxurious villas, the package includes a day in a private, 200-sq.-ft., luxury beach cabana with personal beach concierge, an intimate candle-lit, beach dinner, and the new Spa Under the Stars private Spa evening. Four Seasons Resort’s private villas range from the beach to the lower slopes of Nevis Peak, and offer all the luxurious amenities of a private residence, such as personal plunge pools and expansive patios and verandas – some even with their own Spa treatment rooms and fitness centres. Getting to the Resort is also stress-free with included round-trip ground and sea transfers from the airport, and VIP arrival and departure through the YU Lounge at St. Kitts Airport.
       

The Fourth Night Free offer combines greater flexibility and value for an incomparable vacation. Four Seasons Resort Nevis is the perfect place for a family weekend getaway devoted to more time basking under the idyllic Caribbean sky or playing a round of golf on the Resort’s Championship Golf Course. The Robert Trent Jones II, 6,776-yard golf course offers breathtaking vistas, where guests also will chance upon families of friendly green vervet monkeys. Additionally, the Resort’s tennis program – ranked No. 1 overall and third best for juniors by Tennis Resorts Online – features 10 tennis courts, six hard-surface and four clay courts – five of which are lit for night play – for friendly competition for the whole clan.       

Located on the western coast of the island of Nevis, Four Seasons Resort Nevis is the only Four Seasons in the Caribbean, delivering superior service in a breathtaking setting. Offering a luxurious haven for an authentic and captivating experience for every guest, the Resort is consistently ranked among the top destinations in the world by travellers and travel experts. Since its opening, Four Seasons Resort Nevis has received numerous accolades, including the 2016 AAA Five Diamond Award.  Follow the Resort on social media at @FSNevis. For more information, visit the website.

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Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Bargains, Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

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Oil pulling said to achieve whiter teeth, fresher breath and better oral health

Oil pulling, a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for oral health (as well as dozens of systemic ailments) has been used in India and Asia for 3,000 years. It was introduced to the west about 20 years ago as a way to achieve whiter teeth (without chemicals), fresher breath, cavity and gingivitis prevention and less plaque build-up.

How does it work? Each morning, before eating or brushing teeth, swish one tablespoon of natural, food quality oil—safflower, sesame, olive or coconut—in your mouth for  two to three minutes. For optimum results,  the recommendation is to increase the swishing time up to 15 minutes.

After swishing, spit out (do not swallow!) the oil. Rinse mouth thoroughly with warm water, then brush teeth.

The theory behind the treatment is this: As the oil swishes around teeth and gums it ‘pulls’ oil-soluble bacteria and other debris into the oil and so detoxifies the mouth, ridding it of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. The theory also suggests that by cleansing the mouth in this way, inflammation is reduced and overall health is improved.

I recently received a sample of GuruNanda Pulling Oil, which contains a proprietary blend of all sunflower, sesame, coconut and peppermint oil, specifically designed for oil pulling, and it harnesses the individual benefits of all three for a more balanced and effective approach.

When using the oil, I found that the peppermint flavor made it easier to swish the oil as directed. However, over a period of time, I found that I was just not able to keep it in my mouth for more than one or two  minutes. I could not imagine working up to 15 or even 10 minutes.

Are my teeth whiter? I can’t tell yet. However, since this is a benign and non-chemical practice using only natural products, I’m willing to keep it as part of my oral hygiene routine for a while, just to see if I can achieve the results that regular oil pullers report.

Many regular oil pullers report that their mouth feels clean and fresh and their teeth are whiter. This is a much better home treatment to whiten teeth than commercial tooth whitening preparations which contain very strong chemicals and are fairly expensive. Users also report having clearer, healthier skin after using this natural treatment as well as feeling mentally invigorated. Many people have said that oil pulling helped to curb their appetites and helped them to lose weight.

To be continued.

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Holiday Gifts by Carole Shashona

Holiday Gifts by Carole Shashona

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Carole Shashona Blue Products

Carole Shashona Blue Products

 

Holiday gifts from Carole Shasona’s collections

Feng Shui master Carole Shashona’s mantra of “better health, wealth and life” guided her creation of a line of candles and sprays. Formulated from ancient Chinese recipes given to Shashona by her feng shui master during an apprenticeship in Hong Kong, the sprays and candles can be used to uplift the spirits or to enhance and assist meditation. (The sprays can also be used as personal fragrances.)

I sampled the Purify Mist ($50, which is infused with wild sage and cedar essential oils that give it a clean and natural earthy scent meant to cleanse your home of negative energy, to reduce personal stress and enhance relaxation and focus.

The Purify Mist can be used in several ways. First I simply sprayed it into my right hand, massaged it into my palms and applied it to my pulse points. I found it very pleasant to be enveloped by this fragrance.

Later in the day, I added about eight drops to my bath water, stepped in and felt my body soaking up the essential oils; I imagined them doing their detoxifying work. (Though I’m not much on showers, the mist can be sprayed on the floor of the shower stall and inhaled for some easy aromatherapy.)

After a bath or shower or to start the day or after a not-so-pleasant experience, you can spray the mist and just step into it, again for some quick healing and to dispel negative energy.

All these functions in just one container make Purify Mist a welcome personal gift or a gift for the home.

A bracelet from Carole's Spirit Warrior collection

A bracelet from Carole’s Spirit Warrior collection

Carole Shashona’s Blue collection of luxurious jewelry is intended to empower while creating balance and harmony. The luminescent Blue color of Carole’s collection is inspired by the Blue Grotto Cave in Capri, Italy where the interior sea walls glow. The magical color activates and purifies, allowing for stress-free serenity. The jewelry includes a signature coin amulet which serves as protection from stress this season. It’s a reminder to take a calming moment throughout the day.

Carole’s mists and candles allow for meditation when you only have a few minutes – at home or on-the-go. Carole understands the stressors among us and aims to alleviate any ill effects with her line of useful and beautiful wellness reminders. Her Blue jewelry collection and on-the-go wellness line is featured in Barney’s New York and Montage Hotel Spa. Some of the world’s most distinguished therapists use her candles and sprays to relax their clients.

A portion of the proceeds from these products goes to such charities as Doctors Without Borders.

 Carole Shashona is a fashion and wellness expert, celebrity stylist and author of Feng Shui Chic. Her career began when she became the first American Grand Master in the art of Feng Shui. She uses her design expertise to bring harmony and peace to her clients. Her jewelry collection is a favorite among such stars as Melissa McCarthy, Julie Chen, Beverly Johnson and many others.

 

 

 

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Tips | 0 comments

DIY Skin Care Tips from Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Miranda Kerr and the Victoria’s Secret Models

DIY Skin Care Tips from Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Miranda Kerr and the Victoria’s Secret Models

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Ildi Pekar, celebrity facialist to Miranda Kerr and many of the Vicky S models gives you some innovative skincare tips that ANYONE can do, at home; Call it your supermodel DIY skincare routine

With the Victoria’s Secret show coming to New York in December,  this would be a good time to share some DIY skin care tips from celebrity facialist Ildi Pekar, who takes care of Miranda Kerr’s lovely skin, as well as ministers to the facial needs of the Vicky S models.

Supermodel Approved Tips to Hydrated Fall and Winter Skin:

1. Use krill oil/fish oil to hydrate the skin

2. Say NO to over-drying. Avoid scorching hot water. This over dries your skin when the weather is already doing the job.

3. Hello Honey. Use gentle products, anything that is soothing. Honey is a good example.

4. Say NO to coffee. Lay off the caffeine; it dehydrates you and your skin.

5. Hydrate from within. Almonds/Avocados/walnuts are great to eat, and the oils hydrate your skin from within.

6. We love seeds. Pumpkin seeds are also very high in oil. Add some to your diet.

7. Supermodel Skin Mask. Try a DIY Winter Mask (once a week for hydration).

Recipe:

½ Banana, smashed

3 tsp. of raw honey

3 tsp. of sour cream or yogurt (with fat!)

Blend the ingredients

Apply to face

Let sit for 15 Minutes

Rinse with cool water

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Tips | 0 comments

Fitness Trends: The Last 15 Years

Fitness Trends: The Last 15 Years

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The last decade and a half have brought some of the most unique fitness trends to hit the world. Along with weird sports superstitions there are plenty of weird health superstitions and the two feed each- other as athletes are always looking to give the self a better edge. Many of these fads and practices started with athletes and then moved to the mainstream later.

Technology has made a lot of changes to the way we work out and even eat. Here are some of the top fitness fads from the last 15 years:

 

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  1. Low Carb Diets

Carbs got a really bad rap in the 1990s when the Atkins Diet got really popular, but in the 2000s we began taking a more critical look at what actually constituted bad carbs (refined sugar) and good carbs (whole grains, fruit,and vegetables). Now we aren’t kicking carbs to the curb so much as limiting the amounts and where they come from.

 

 

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  1. Exercise Games

Whether it’s Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Fit, the video gaming world has gotten a lot more physical. You can now burn calories while still trying to beat your high score. In the last 15 years, gamers have definitely gotten off the couch.

 

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  1. Fitness Technology

Along with exercise gaming has a new level of tech in the fitness world. Heart rate monitors and pedometers have gotten a huge upgrade with the introduction of devices that track everything from calories burned to sleep cycles. Fitness apps are also all the rage, as simple as interval timers to full-on GPS tracking. As fitness apps and fitness trackers have continued to increase in popularity so have new supplements. Pre-workout supplements are a recent occurrence in the fitness industry, with some of the best pre-workout supplements starting to surface in recent years.

 

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  1. Dancing

The last 15 years have been all about dancing. Dance Dance Revolution is probably one of the most popular fitness games ever created. However, the rise of Zumba can’t be ignored. Seems like everyone was headed to the gym for their Zumba class after work. Dancing with the Stars has also sold their share of fitness DVDs since the show first aired in 2005.

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  1. HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training is incredibly popular, though it often is disguised in fancy workout brands like Beach Body in the Insanity and P90X series. HIIT seems pretty effective and easy to adapt to many ability levels.

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  1. YouTube Fitness Channels

Do the names Cassie Ho, Jessica Smith, or Adrienne Mishler ring any bells? They are some of the hottest YouTube fitness stars of the generation. Amazing to live in an age where you can get famous, make money, and help people achieve their goals, simply by uploading a video of you exercising. It doesn’t matter if you love yoga, aerobics, pilates, or any combination of exercises. There is a fitness channel for you.

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  1. Evolving Fitness Shoes

Remember when the basic tennis shoe was just about your only option? Yeah I don’t either. In the last 15 years, we have seen at least two big trends in fitness footwear. Toning shoes were claimed to give you a work out just by wearing them. They activate more muscles than regular shoes. Now we are all about the barefoot shoes. Some of our fitness shoes today provide little more than a barrier between rocks and your foot while others provide some support but maintain plenty of flexibility.

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  1. Healthy Living

Most of us have memberships to some kind of food/exercise tracking website. We count calories. We know how much carb/protein/fat is in most of what we eat. We can estimate calories burned in most of our workouts. We read food labels. While all of this isn’t paying off in ridding us of the obesity epidemic, at least we are more aware of it now.

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  1. Functional Training

There are plenty of fitness gurus who have started touting the advantages of functional training. The idea here is that training specific muscles isn’t really useful for everyday situations. It is better to train for things you will actually do. If you are a functional trainer, you are more likely to go to the gym to play a game of basketball than to get on the elliptical for an hour.

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  1. Extreme Weight Loss

Reality shows like The Biggest Loser have fueled this fad. People are resorting to extreme diet and fitness programs to get the fat off fast. Crossfit is a favorite exercise class for these individuals as are diets than involve more air and water than actual food. It’s not the safest way to lose weight, but it is certainly popular.

Fads may come and go, but the underlying reason behind these is people just want to look and feel good. There is some definite science behind what we find attractive, and most of it has to do with body shape. Maintaining a good body shape ultimately sends the message of being healthy. And healthy is attractive and ironically…healthy. So whatever fad you choose remember to stick with it and be healthy.

 

About the Author

Paisley Hansen is a part-time freelance writer and a full-time mother.  She specializes in writing on home improvement blogs and when she isn’t writing she loves spending time with the family.  Check her out on Twitter.

 

 

 

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