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Wally’s Natural Candles: Spa Therapy for Your Ears

Wally’s Natural Candles: Spa Therapy for Your Ears

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Of all the holiday gifts that were exchanged among my family members, the ones that generated the most excitement were — Wally’s Natural ear candles.

Now that might not sound terribly exciting or glamorous, given that other gifts included electronic toys and cashmere sweaters. But for family members who’d experienced swimmer’s ear and similar issues, the candles were like spa therapy.

They had all tried ear candling with other brands, with often less-than-satisfactory results. Wally’s Natural candles, however, were emphatically pronounced “the best!”

For those who have never heard of ear candling (also known as ear coning), it’s a holistic practice that has been around for  hundreds of years. The burning candle sends warm air and rhythmic sounds down through the hollow chute, massaging the ear canal via small vibrations, which is why it has a calming effect. It also dries out the ear.

Ear candling has been criticized as dangerous and ineffective, so I can’t recommend its use to others; I can only speak to my family’s experiences. They have used the candles carefully for several years and have found the use to be beneficial.

I think one of the reasons for the negatives is that exaggerated claims are made for candling. No doubt they can damage the eardrum if they are poked into the ear. And since the practice involves a lit candle, care must be taken to avoid getting burned.

That said, we have found the quality of Wally’s Natural candles to be superior to others on the market. They are hand-crafted and are available in three different collections: the Luxury Collection made of pure beeswax; Spa Collection made of soy wax; and Professional Collection made from paraffin wax. All come in plain, lavender and herbal scents.

The company also makes Wally’s Natural Organic Ear Oil, which contains garlic oil, tea-tree oil and mullein extract to help support healthy ears.

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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 Dec 16, 2015 in Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Korres Overnight Beauty Booster

Korres Overnight Beauty Booster

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Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil

Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil

Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil

Of all the available beauty and anti-aging therapies, there is none so appealing as one that will do its work while you’re asleep. That’s the promise of Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil–and it delivers on that promise by its firming, lifting and anti-wrinkle action while replenishing essential skin moisture overnight.

 

Though the product is an oil, it is not greasy; it’s quickly absorbed into the skin. A little–just a couple of drops–will do the job.

There are no “bad” ingredients in this beauty booster: no petrolatum, no parabens, no proplyene glycol, no ethanolamines. Read the label and you’ll find only “good” ingredients: black pine oil, spilantes acmella extract, apricot, jojoba, grape seed, argan and sweet almond oils.

This blend of six oils help restore lipids naturally. Soy bean and wild yam complex strengthens skin while activating lipid production for increased skin elasticity, smoothness, and hydration.

Facial contour is visibly improved, density is restored, and skin is instantly visibly lifted with spilanthes acmella, a natural plant extract. Apple seed extract supports natural collagen synthesis while alaria esculenta extract improves skin elasticity. Black pine polyphenols help restore skin suppleness, volume and contour for noticeable results by morning.

 

Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil is $62, available at Sephora.

 

 

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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 Sep 26, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Envisage Renew: Natural Facial Toning

Envisage Renew: Natural Facial Toning

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Envisage Renew

Envisage Rene Envisage Renew: A Natural Toning Device

 

Until recently, I believed that the only way to stimulate collagen was to cause injury to the epidermis. But when I was presented with a sample of the envisage device, I learned that it could stimulate collagen by exercising the facial muscles, just as I would (theoretically) exercise abdominal muscles in the gym. (I say theoretically because it has been a long time since I hit any gym.)

I have tried some invasive and somewhat-invasive anti-aging options: various forms of dermabrasion, acupuncture and filler injections So I was  eager to experience any non-invasive method that promised to work six key areas of the face: forehead lines, saggy eyelids, smile lines, double chin and saggy outer jaw line and neck.

I didn’t have major problems in all these areas, but I was interested in perking up the eyelids and smoothing out the smile lines and those between the brows (the  so-called “Number 11s”). However, since there was bound to be some synergy in the results, I decided I would do all the exercises.

As explained in the instructions and the online videos, the exercises were fairly straightforward. With a commitment of five minutes twice a day I could expect results in about four weeks; with five minutes once a day, results would show in six or eight weeks.  (envisage actually gives a three-month guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with the results, the company will refund your money, minus any shipping charges.)

As I knew I would not sit still to work my face out twice a day, I made a mental commitment to one time.

Unlike the many devices that use micro-currents to stimulate muscles, envisage doesn’t require the use of creams or gels. The battery is quickly and easily rechargeable and the two pads on the device need to be replaced every eight to twelve months.

According to the instructions (there’s also a video on the website), I only needed to spend five minutes doing the exercises. If I did them twice a day, I could expect results in about four weeks. (Envisage offers an impressive three-month trial!)

My commitment was to once a day. So on day one, I began with the Cheek Lifter.  I would have to work this area to see results as the cheek muscles are somewhat weak. As instructed, I squinted, felt the muscle, then tipped the envisage and placed the pads on the cheekbone just below the eyes, pressed the pads into my cheeks and down toward my chin. I pressed the vibration button, raised my cheeks up by squinting my eyes and maintained pressure for 10-15 seconds. I did this 15 times. (As always, the recommendation is for 10-15 times or until muscle fatigue occurs.)

Next, Droop Defeater had me working on my forehead. This had me placing the pads above my eyes over the outside edge of my browline – then pulling my forehead muscles up, as if I had been surprised. Again, as with all the exercises, I held for 10-15 seconds, repeating 10 times. I could really feel the vibration on the first round on this exercise.

For the Jowl Lifter, the pads went below my mouth, on either side of the lip area. For the exercise, I had to lift my lower lip up, toward the tip of my nose. This was easily accomplished by imagining I was sliding my lower up over my upper lip. I found this difficult to repeat for the requisite 15, so I stopped after nine.

There’s a second, similar but more intense, Jowl Lifter for more tightening around the jaw, but as this was not an area of concern, I skipped it.

For the Chin Smoother, I placed the pads under my chin at the bend of my jaw, pressed the vibrator button, opened my mouth and pressed my jaw back against the pads. I definitely felt the muscles tensing around my jaw and neck. First time out, I was only able to do this 10 times.

There were a couple of complementary exercises – for the lips and eyes– that didn’t require the envisage. These were simple, so I did them when I had time.

First time out, it took me considerably longer than five minutes to do the requisite exercises, mainly because it took time to place the envisage correctly. When I became more adept at getting started, I usually finished in under 10 minutes.

I started to see some results after about three weeks. By six weeks, my facial lines had definitely smoothed out considerably and my eyes seemed to open wider. I thought these were great results for something that was non-invasive, chemical free – and which felt so “healthy” to do.

The challenge now is to keep up maintenance faithfully, just as I would at a (theoretical) gym. As the envisage does not require any travel, I’m confident I’ll be able to do it.

Envisage is priced at just under $150, though Amazon often runs special promotions that offer considerable savings. For more information, check the website or call  855-924-4343

 

Before using Envisage

Before using Envisage

 

After using Envisage

After using Envisage

 

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Improve Your Health With Tea Tree Essential Oil

Improve Your Health With Tea Tree Essential Oil

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Tea tree oil comes from the island continent of Australia where it has been used by the Aborigines for a very long time. The oil is extracted from the leaves of Camella alternifolia, a tree belonging to the family Myrtaceae. You can recognize it by its smell, which is fresh and camphor-like. Aboriginal tribes drank boiled leaves of tea tree and also prepared poultices to treat cuts, skin infections and wounds.

What Does This Mean For Us?

Numerous researches have been done on tea tree oil. There is evidence to show that this oil has strong antibacterial properties which can be harnessed for improving the health of our skin.

Are you eager to know about the health issues it may help you banish? Read below to know more:

Top 3 Uses Of Tea Tree Oil:

The Pesky Pimples

A teenage/ adult problem of acnes can be resolved with the use of tea tree oil. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has found out that for treating acne, 5% tea tree oil is as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide. Tea tree oil doesn’t irritate the skin though the action is slower than benzoyl peroxide. In an another study, tea tree oil was shown to reduce acne symptoms to a significant level, if applied two times in a day for 45 days.

Fungus Fury

Apply tea tree oil when your nails are infected. A study done on the use of tea tree oil showed some promising results: 100% tea tree oil when taken twice a day for 6 months can treat fungal toenail infection in nearly 18% of people. 56% of people noticed a visible change in the appearance of their nails in three months and 60% of patients in six months. This is at par with application of clotrimazole application twice daily.

Athletes’ Foot (Tinea Pedis)

Tea tree oil can cure foot infection. A clinical study showed that 10% tea tree oil brings out similar results as tolnafate 1% cream for curing Athletes foot. These include burning, itching, scaling and inflammation. But 25% or 50% must be used for 4 weeks to cure the infection completely. Also, bathing with a tea tree oil body & soap is good as it helps you stay safe from various infections.

Other Health BeneFits Of Tea Tree Oil

 Lice And Dandruff

Washing hair with warm water and just 2 drops of tea tree oil can prevent lice growth. Using  5% tea tree oil shampoo every day for 4 weeks can minimize greasiness in people with dandruff, itchiness of the scalp and lesions too. A research suggests that lice eggs can be killed by combining tea tree oil with lavender oil. The same practice can reduce lice population too. In addition, it moisturizes skin, lessening chances of dandruff.

Hair Fall

A common problem like this can be subsided with tea tree oil massage. It stimulates blood circulation thus promoting healthy hair growth. Tea tree oil is also useful in preventing premature hair graying.

Scar Removal

Tea tree oil is useful in reducing the scar marks and spots that may be seen after boils, eruptions, pox and acne leave your skin.

Anti-Viral

Virus form cysts on the body to avert death. Tea tree oil help break the cyst walls to kill the virus and prevent future infection. Some of the viruses it is useful against include measles, mumps, influenza, common cold and small pox.

Open Wounds

Open wounds are at a higher risk of getting infected by microbes like fungi and bacteria. Tea tree oil is the ideal antiseptic. The oil should be applied directly to the wounds like cuts, eruptions, insect bites, stings, boils, sores and more to save them from getting infected. The best part is that there are no side effect.

Immune Booster

It is often used as an essential oil in aromatherapy. It forms a barrier against a large number of microbes and foreign particles. It can be blended with a lot of other oils like almond oil and olive oil.

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Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

Patients who do not respond to medications such as flucanazole should try tea tree oil to treat thrush. This is fruitful in the case of people who are suffering from HIV/AIDS. Swishing tea tree oil regularly for 2-4 weeks helps a lot.

Contraindications

Some people may develop a minor allergy to tea tree oil. It should never be consumed as it can cause drowsiness, hallucination, severe rashes, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhoea, general weakness, unsteadiness, confusion and blood cell abnormalities. It should be kept out of the reach of kids and pets.

 And More

Tea tree oil can be added to vinegar to make your own household cleaner. A clean house is also important for a healthy you.

Author Bio:

Evie Dawson is a fitness coach and health writer based in Boston, MA. Her passion is to encourage others to rediscover their lifestyle and get inspired for organic living.

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