Sunday, June 22, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Breeze Through Summer with Purification, Lemon and Citronella Essential Oils

Are you aware of how valuable essential oils are for our health and well being?

I have been dealing with allergies this spring and finally have it under control. The only thing that helped was an essential oil called RC. This oil is an invigorating blend of Eucalyptus, Myrtle, Spruce, Peppermint, Pine, Lavender, Marjoram and Cypress

 I mostly diffused this combination or put a few drops on a paper towel and was able to smell the wonderful aroma all night. It did the trick! 

Below is a video to help you get through the summer season easily as well.
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Backyard Composting Made Easy

Now that Spring is here, are you looking for a simple way to recycle your yard and food wastes plus help your garden and trees? A backyard composting project is the answer to less garbage in the landfill and more nutrients in your soil. This composting process takes as little as one month, can replace fertilizer and its free. Plus, composting helps neutralize toxins such as insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. Composting also conserves water, reduces weeds and is a great way to recycle organic materials. And is a rich, soil conditioner when organic materials break down. Have I sold you yet? 

Consider This.... 
According to a study conducted by Dr. William Rahtje of the University of Arizona, the trash of a typical Arizona resident consists of 26 % yard waste and 11% food waste. By composting you could divert over 1/3 of your total household waste from the landfill and help Mother Earth. Think of your compost pile as a living breathing creature. It only needs air, water, food, love and attention. 

 Locating the Ideal Spot in Your Yard 
 The ideal site needs equal amounts of sunshine and shade in the summer and full sun in the winter. Make sure its an area in your backyard that is level, easy accessible and large enough to accommodate a pile that is three to five feet high and three to five feet across. Expensive bins aren't necessary because a compost site can be enclosed with chicken wire, scrap wood, used pallets, cinder blocks or fencing. Plastic garbage cans work equally well, but I wouldn't recommend metal as they have a tendency to rust. First make sure your compost pile is located within reach of water, protected from direct high winds and out of direct view. Look for an area with good drainage and away from wooden structures to eliminate heat and moisture damage from the composting process. 

The Layering Process 
Whenever you add layers, try to alternate between brown (leaves, twigs, etc.) and green (grass clippings, food scraps, etc.) Chop or shred very coarse or stringy materials so they decompose faster and moisten each layer with enough water so that the consistency of the compost materials is similar to a wrung out sponge. Try to turn your pile every week. If done properly, it takes approximately six weeks to three months to change yard and kitchen waste into finished compost. The more you turn the pile, the faster it will compost. However, too much turning will prevent the pile from heating up and decomposing. 

 Composting Materials 
 Start gathering all your yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, twigs, flowers, potting soil, wood chips, sawdust, cactus and non spreading weeds. From the house bring out all vegetable and fruit scraps, bread and grains, coffee filters and grounds, tea bags, egg shells, shredded newspaper, nut shells, tissue paper, pencil shavings, hair brush hair, corn husks, corks, toothpicks, spent matches, moldy bread, vacuum cleaner and laundry lint. However, keep in mind it is not a good idea to compost any meat, fish, dairy products, cooking oil, pet feces, insect infested 
plants, wood ashes, charcoal, bones or pressure treated, painted or preserved lumber. 

 Concerned About Unpleasant Odors? 
 Don’t be. But, if you are apprehensive about odors or attracting bugs, just turn the pile. This adds oxygen and will quickly end any odor problem. A finished compost has a faint, earthy smell and is a wonderful haven for earthworms to hang out. When your compost is ready to use, spread a minimum of one inch throughout your garden every spring before planting and mix into the soil. Another layer may be adding during the growing season and then be prepared to enjoy your harvest. 


Monday, April 21, 2014

What's in a Word?

 Jeff Butterworth, chief spa and wellness officer at Lux Resorts, asks what the sometimes overused term wellness really means and what the industry can do to deliver on it.

As an industry, we use the term "wellness" to define ourselves, with events such as the Professional Spa & Wellness Convention and the Global Spa & Wellness Summit being testament to this fact. Are we, however, in fact associating ourselves with a word that has no substance or worse, painting ourselves as something we’re not?

In the past few years, wellness has gone mainstream. When I first stared out in the industry over 20 years ago, wellness was a fringe topic. Now it’s fully entrenched in the mainstream, with companies such as General Motors, NestlĂ©, Google and even Coca-Cola defining themselves as wellness brands. Should we as an industry be associating ourselves with these and similar corporations?

The answer is yes. Despite its long history, spa is still relatively new to many people and the modern-day spa experience is quite different to its roots. Today it’s considered more of a pampering indulgence than the essential health care solution it was once seen as. In a way, the spa industry is now borrowing from the brand equity that the term wellness has acquired.

Authentic experiences
The question we need to ask ourselves is if we are true to the real meaning of wellness. Sure, Coca-Cola and NestlĂ© are using the word to try and reposition their brands, but in the spa world, we like to think of ourselves as honest and authentic. My advice to our industry is that we need to live up to the real meaning of wellness and not dilute our brand positioning by offering pseudo wellness experiences simply to ride the wave of popularity. Wellness is a holistic concept; it’s about providing a space for people to feel well through education, nutrition, treatments and lifestyle changes

Spas certainly have a role to play in this space, but we must be authentic in our offering. The word wellness has become so popular that there are some resorts and spas that seem to simply add it on for the sake of it, because it sells, rather than because they have really integrated wellbeing into what they provide. This is a danger for our industry, because if we are serious about positioning ourselves in the wellness arena, we must walk the talk.

I cringe when I hear the term services used to describe treatments and therapists being referred to as service providers. It’s not a car wash. One problem for the industry is that most of our team members come from a beauty background, which means they don’t necessarily have the training or skill set needed to create a genuine wellness experience. An experience that goes beyond just pampering and leads to a positive change for the client.

The wellness future
At Lux Resorts we have made a conscious decision to deliver a full wellness experience, through yoga and fitness programmes, healthy cuisine and holistic spa treatments. This month we’re also introducing a traditional Chinese medicine treatment known as Zhengliao, a healing practice that blurs the lines between a spa and a clinical treatment. None of this is difficult, or beyond the scope of most hotel groups to introduce. Most resorts have yoga instructors, gyms, spas and a healthy menu hidden away somewhere. They just don’t connect these different experiences for their guests, which is the critical element.

Spas are the perfect space for holistic treatments such as traditional Chinese medicine, nature cure rituals and Reiki and this wellness path is the future of our industry. It’s critical that we move in this direction, otherwise spa will become positioned alongside General Motors and Starbucks as sugary wellness. We need to start bringing in more holistic therapists and practitioners to develop treatment offerings that work in the spa environment and include elements such as yoga, meditation and nutrition in our offering to a greater extent.

These more peripheral services often don’t generate revenue directly. Over a longer period of time they do, however, produce higher overall spa spend, increased brand loyalty and provide excellent PR exposure. And, most importantly, they position our industry to develop and grow in accordance with the wellness concept over the next few decades.

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Article contributed from Professional Spa and Wellness Magazine

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Freedom from Backaches Forever

Practicing Yin and/or Yang Yoga May be the Keys to Longevity

Did your know that sitting at a desk is 4 times more compressive on your back than standing? 80% of the western world suffers from chronic back pain at some point in their life.  As we age, we lose hyaluronic acid and we literally become drier.  The most hyaluronic acid (HA) is in the eye ball and then in the synovial fluid of the joints and then the connective tissues.  Yin or Yang yoga is a wonderful exercise to stimulate the H.A. or chi (energy) in our bodies.

Our bodies are a combination of miracles, light and energy.  However, our chi can change in an instant starting with our thoughts. In the universe, everything is complemented by an opposite.  For instance, male and female must combine to reproduce and the synergy of dark and light creates night and day.  But a more alchemical symbol for the synergistic combination of opposites is the yin-yang sign.  In it, Light and Shadow fit together in a graceful curve-each containing a circle of the other within itself.  Intertwined they form a perfect circle, which is the universal symbol of wholeness and infinity.

Therefore practicing yin and/or yang yoga is a step toward wholeness and learning about the infinite wisdom of our bodies. There are probably 100 different poses in yoga to stimulate the connective tissues or meridians in our body.  And that is the whole point of doing yoga, to stimulate the H.A. or chi in our joints and keep our meridians and immune system healthy.

The benefits of either Yin or Yang yoga are tremendous and if you stretch your body in a safe environment, your tissues will regenerate.  I was first introduced to yoga when just 16 years old and have loved it ever since.   While in my 20’s, I noticed that if I didn’t practice yoga regularly, at least once a week,  my lower back acted up due to stressful situations. This regularity has kept me virtually pain free.

The difference between Yin and Yang yoga is that Yin poses are gentle and long with sustaining holds, while Yang poses are aggressive, quick and repetitive.  Both are mutually beneficial and should be practiced.

Yin Yoga stimulates and stretches the connective tissues in the body.  Intended to complement the yang form of yoga, Yin yoga is done with the muscles relaxed and a pose is held for a long time. (5 minutes or more).Yin yoga actually stresses connective tissues and joints.  Why stress the joints you might ask? Connective tissues are subjective to the same laws of exercise- they will atrophy if not used.  When a gentle stress is applied, they will adapt and improve. Within limits, biology demands to be stressed or we will degenerate.

Yang Yoga on the other hand, stretches and strengthens the muscle tissue of the body and has rhythm. Yang yoga is movement and repetition, also brief and quicker, ex: sweating, huffing and puffing, running, swimming, etc.

Over the years, I’ve mostly studied Hatha and Inyengar yoga which is a combination of yin and yang poses. Yoga is especially helpful is easing sore and tired muscles, especially after moving a household, which I have done a lot.   I am almost 60 years old now and yoga asanas are still part of my weekly routine.  Therefore, I am a testament that yoga adds years of quality to your life as well as staying youthful looking. 

Further studies on Yin and Yang Yoga with Paul Grilley- The Foundations of a Quiet Practice

or if you want to take this to a whole new level and be a part of the fastest growing sports niche in America, then check out "Your Complete Guide to Yoga", to help people learn about a healthier alternative in getting fit, losing weight and managing stress. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

5 Easy Steps to an Ultimate Healing

Today's Health Topics:

These 3 easy exercises drop blood pressure below 120/80 as soon as today...

(Do NOT let your family see you die from stroke or heart attack)

This 3-step plan reverses type-2-diabetes in 28 days or less...

(Never again pass on dessert because you're a "diabetic")

Ease Inflammation and Arthritis...

(transform your rusty joints into well-oiled machines within a month)

Clean Out Clogged Arteries Without Dangerous Cholesterol Drugs...

(Because Statins cause Dementia, Type 2 Diabetes… and even Heart Attack)

Heal EM using this simple 5 minutes technique...

(From your own home. No embarrassing doctors visits)

High Blood Pressure Permanently Cured

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets to Soon

You know how you can hear something a hundred times in a hundred different ways before it finally gets through to you? The ten truths listed below fall firmly into that category - life lessons that many of us likely learned years ago. This, my friends, is my attempt at helping all of us "get it" and "remember it" once and for all...

1. The average human life is relatively short.
We know deep down that life is short, and that death will happen to all of us eventually, and yet we are infinitely surprised when it happens to someone we know. LIVE your life TODAY! Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside you while you're still alive.

2. You will only ever live the life you create for yourself.
Your life is yours alone. Others can try to persuade you, but they can't decide for you. They can walk with you, but not in your shoes. So make sure the path you decide to walk aligns with your own intuition and desires, switch paths or pave a new one when it makes sense.

3. Being busy does NOT mean being productive.
Busyness isn't a virtue, nor is it something to respect. It can make us feel more alive than anything else for a moment, the sensation is not sustainable long term. We will inevitably come to wish that we spent less time in the buzz of busyness and more time actually living a purposeful life.

4. Some kind of failure always occurs before success.
Most mistakes are unavoidable. Learn to forgive yourself. It's not a problem to make them. It's only a problem if you never learn from them. Behind every great piece of art is a thousand failed attempts to make it, but these attempts are simply never shown to us.

5. Thinking and doing are two very different things.
Success never comes to look for you while you wait around thinking about it. You are what you do, not what you say you'll do. Knowledge is basically useless without action.

6. You don't have to wait for an apology to forgive.
Life gets much easier when you learn to accept all the apologies you never got. The key is to be thankful for every experience - positive or negative. Grudges from the past are like letting unwanted company living rent free in your head. When you forgive someone you are making a promise not to hold the unchangeable past against your present self.

7. Some people are simply the wrong match for you.
You will only ever be as great as the people you surround yourself with, so be brave enough to let go of those who keep bringing you down. You shouldn't force connections with people who constantly make you feel less than amazing.

8. It's not other people's job to love you; it's yours.
It's important to be nice to others, but it's even more important to be nice to yourself. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. So make sure you don't start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don't value you. Know your worth, even if they don't.

9. What you own is not who YOU are.
Stuff really is just stuff, and it has absolutely no bearing on who you are as a person. Most of us can make do with much less than we think we need. That's a valuable reminder, especially in a hugely consumer-driven culture that focuses more on material things than meaningful connections and experiences.

10. Everything changes, every second.
Embrace change and realize it happens for a reason. It won't always be obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it. That's the one thing you can count on. So when life is good, enjoy it. Don't go looking for something better every second. Happiness never comes to those who don't appreciate what they have while they have it.

Marc and Angel Chernoff are passionate writers, admirers of the human spirit, and full time students of life. Their first book is 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently. They enjoy sharing inspirational advice and practical tips for life on their popular personal development blog,