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I will continue to practice what I want to see happen in my life. I will be patient and know that all is coming.

   
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Keep Your Skin Healthy with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be very effective at treating skin conditions. Treatments can provide quick relief for acute symptoms, as well as significant and lasting relief from recurrent or chronic skin conditions.

The skin reflects and reacts to imbalances within the body’s internal landscape and the effects of the environment. Internal disharmonies caused by strong emotions, diet, and your constitution can contribute to the development of a skin disorder. Environmental influences, such as wind, dryness, dampness and heat can also trigger or exacerbate skin disorders.

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25 Uses of Melaleuca/Tea Tree Essential Oil

Melaleuca, or Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifoliais) is a topical or aromatic essential oil that is knowns for its antiseptic, anti-fungal and infection-reducing benefits. It also has antibiotic properties and helps aid against aliments such as skin dermatitis, infections, rashes, burns, and dry, flaky scalps including dandruff.

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The Many Benefits of Massage and Physical Touch

There is no better therapy out there (for almost any ailment) than physical massage therapy. Let’s take it more fundamental than massage therapy and call it physical connection, touch and energy exchange. On the most basic level, living things need touch to survive, thrive and feel connected and happy. Cut to professional massage: Okay, maybe there are a few other wonderful treatment alternatives to melt away the anxiety, relieve aches and pains and leave you feeling like floating on cloud 9 (like a piece of hot molten lava cake while sitting in a hammock over looking Bora Bora waters). Once touted as a luxury for the insanely rich or famous athlete, modern day massage therapy (either for recovery, relaxation or lymphatic drainage) is no longer only offered in upscale spas, resorts and health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals, in your own home, and even airports. Let’s learn about the many health benefits of massage, no matter if you are an infant or centurion senior.

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Natural Eczema Relief

There is nothing worse than living with eczema, a chronic allergic condition of the skin where redness, itching, flakiness, irritability, cracking due to dryness and pain surfaces. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema can be genetic. Many professionals agree that skin problems are a direct correlation to stomach and intestinal issues. It is easy to band-aid the redness and itchiness with over the counter or prescription hydrocortizone and steroid creams, but research has proved this is temporary. In fact, long term use of such anti-itching cremes can lead to more frequent flare ups and does not solve the problem at the root source. Though it is the longer route to feeling better, natural eczema relief does exist! My son is 5 months old and is exclusively breastfed. He seems to be extremely sensitive to all allergens (dairy, meat, fish, eggs, soy, corn, gluten, wheat and other non-gluten grains) as well as nuts). I have had to cut out all of these allergens in my daily diet and learned to embrace the vegan and vegetarian way of eating. Makes for a very hungry and creative mommy!

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Organic DIY Face Scrubs, Masks and Washes

Nothing screams that you love and appreciate Mom like homemade gifts. (Moms will appreciate that no matter what the occasion and how many celebrations have been logged in the books). This Mother’s Day, think outside the fresh cut flowers and box of chocolates in the red shaped box. Send her a jar of your homemade organic face creams and scrubs with essential oils. It will help her relax and who doesn’t like a little good-for-you pampering?

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13 Power Foods That Help Detox the Body

Spring time is usually the most popular time for people to consider and make the decision to do a detox program. Most of these brave and committed soldiers are forced to choose between dozens of media popularized detoxes, most of which are expensive, abusive to the colon or too low in calories. Beneficial detoxes should help the body eliminate and neutralizing toxins from the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system and skin, and also help to rebuild damaged tissues through the detoxification process (done only by replenishing the body of phytochemicals, macronutrients and the right amount of calories). Because there are so many programs out there, and picking the exact detox program right for your own body and life situation can be overwhelming, below is a list of top detoxing foods that will help in the day to day elimination of accumulated body toxins.

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Natural Healing Essential Oils for Top Skin Conditions

Below are natural healing essential oil recommendations for many of the top skin conditions experienced by people today:

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The Importance of Using Organic/Natural Skin, Hair and Nail Products

Natural and organic products are increasingly becoming more and more popular. The term ‘natural’ tends to denote products that are free from synthetic compounds and ingredients, though there is no concrete regulation on the definition by any governing party (which is a problem when companies slap this word or similar words on a product label, including foods). Generally, natural shampoos and hair products contain beneficial natural plant and herb extracts that provide a ton of positive results for the hair and scalp, but further investigation into the root of the company and its true operating philosophies is key.

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9 Types of Body Wraps for Weightloss, Circulation and Detox

Body wraps are one of the best ways to relax in a spa. There are many types of body wraps offered in professional salons and spas as well as great quality do-it-yourself wraps at home. The most popular reasons why people choose to have body wraps done is for toning and tightening specific trouble areas of the body, to rid the body of excess water weight and toxins, as an accelerator of weight and inch loss,  and to increase circulation. Here is a list of the most popular types of body wraps and how they are performed. Most people do not have negative reactions to body wraps, but always ask the technician about the ingredients in the minerals; clay, lotions and oils (especially if you have sensitive skin or are allergic to any type of chemical or plant). Aim for natural ingredients, read and follow the instructions before doing any wraps yourself.

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Top 7 Summer Health Hazards

WebMD’s featured story may put a little bit of a damper on the “fun in the sun” va-or-staycation for families this summer. According to the article, Ryan Stanton, M.D. says there are precautions to take in the summertime, because a fast pass to the emergency room could happen if one of these top 7 summer health hazards happens to you, your family or friends. Read below for the list and what to look out for and be mindful of your activities while having more fun outdoors and in nature.

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