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Feb 21, 2018

Window To Wanderlust

by Abbie Warnock-Matthews


Feb 21, 2018

All Natural Whipped Body Butter

by Eva Chacon

This beautiful body butter is so rich and creamy you'll love using it all over your body. This all-natural whipped body butter is great for all skin types! Try keeping some in your office at work, or using some after a shower during the dry summer months. You'll love this amazing burst of hydration!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound of Shea Butter
  • 5 Tbsp. Of Sweet Almond Oil
  • 5 Tbsp. Of Calendula Oil
  • 1¼ Cup of Aloe Vera Gel
  • 15 Drops of Lavender Oil
  • 5-10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 1-2 Vitamin E Capsules, squeeze the oil out

Combine all ingredients in an airtight container, and keep chilled in the refrigerator.  

When you're ready to use, stir up the mixture, apply as needed, and you’re good to go!



 


Feb 20, 2018

Love Yourself to Excellent Health

by RidgeCrest Herbals

We often express our love to family, friends and significant others, but we forget to include ourselves, which can weaken the immune system and make us more
susceptible to illness and disease. When we love and respect ourselves, we tend to eat healthier foods and make better lifestyle choices that promote good physical and mental health. physical, emotional and mental health has been closely linked to each other, so by loving the self, you can create a positive attitude.

A positive attitude is also a large factor in maintaining good health. Our beliefs and thoughts are wired into our biology. They become our cells, tissues, and organs. There's no supplement, no diet, no medicine, and no exercise regimen that can compare to the power of our thoughts and beliefs. Cultivating self-love and positive perceptions can be done in a number of ways. Here are a few techniques that will help change your life:

• Make your health a priority. Nourish your body with nutritious foods, exercise regularly, stretch and pamper your mind, body & soul. Let go of your thoughts on what you envision as imperfections. Instead, focus on the things you like about you!
• Protect yourself. Maintain a healthy perspective of people that drain you mentally and physically. Take whatever measures necessary to protect yourself against the negative effects they might have on you.
• Learn that it’s okay to say NO. We often create unneeded stress in our lives by saying yes to things when we haven't given ourselves time to recharge from our daily lives. We also say yes to things that aren't in alignment with our highest good. It is okay to say NO to anything or anyone that drains us and makes us see the world negatively.
• Forgive yourself. You aren't perfect and that is perfectly okay. Remember that nobody is perfect. Before you can love yourself, you must forgive yourself and love yourself exactly as you are, flaws and all.
• Have an attitude of gratitude. Make a list of things about yourself and your life that you are grateful for. Appreciate your uniqueness and you will learn to love yourself.

 


Feb 20, 2018

Your Miraculous Microbiome

by Nichole Carver, Your Magical Marketing Millenial

Fun Fact: You Are More Bacteria than You Are Cells!

Now that I’ve caught your attention - Yes, that is indeed a fact. Scientists today estimate that the average human male has around 30 trillion human cells and 39 trillion bacteria (a 1:1.3 ratio) - but that’s if you’re an average healthy adult. Whoa! That’s a lot of microorganisms.

But let’s get to the first main point of this article: what is the microbiome? By definition, the microbiome is a complex, naturally-occurring community of flora (bacteria) that resides within our bodies. Why is it important? It is our internal ecosystem and is a crucial part of maintaining good health.

Now don’t freak out! Not all microorganisms are bad. In fact, some are really, really, REALLY good for you! Science is continuously discovering the importance of this internal environment, and have so far found strong benefits relating to our immune system, digestive system, hormones, and brain function, to only name a few. In fact, our individual microbiomes are sometimes called our “genetic footprint” because they actually help determine our unique DNA, hereditary factors, predisposition to disease, body type, and much more. And these little helpers are found not only in our bodies but everywhere in our surroundings, on nearly every surface we touch and every environment we come into contact with. It’s even been said by some researchers that up to 90% of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and health of the microbiome. I’d say that means these tiny bugs are important!

Throughout our lives, we shape the health of our microbiome through food choices, sleep, exposure, stress, and much more. That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself! The health of your microbiome has roles that include:

  • Helping with hormone production, like serotonin

  • Extracting nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fats, antioxidants, etc.) from our foods

  • Managing appetite and body weight

  • Digesting fiber

  • Supporting our mood, motivation, and cognitive health

  • Keeping our immune systems healthy and responsive

  • Repairing damaged tissues and injuries

  • And MORE!

How do you improve the state of your body’s internal ecosystem? These good microbes found in your body are often referred to as “probiotics,” and in my opinion, providing your body more of these are one the most important things you can do to better your health, not only as a supplement but as a food. If you look at cultural dietary habits, you see probiotics everywhere. After all, where does bread come from? Beer? Wine? Kefir? Yogurt? Cheese? Kimchi? Pickles? The list goes on and on! You can also make some lifestyle changes:

  • Reducing your exposure to chemicals (triclosan is a great one to get rid of!) both in your household and in body care

  • Finding a meditative practice to help with stress

  • Getting a full night's rest

  • Exercising regularly

  • Choosing foods that are nourishing to your body

  • Not being afraid of playing in the dirt (my favorite!).

If this has struck your curiosity - there’s loads more information out there! I encourage you to continue to discover this fascinating ecosystem. And you’re in luck! There’s a HUGE scientifically-based collective research project dedicated to learning more about the microbiome. Visit http://hmpdacc.org/ to check it out!


Feb 8, 2018

Organtics

by RidgeCrest Herbals


Feb 7, 2018

What is In Your Emergency Kit

by Matt Warnock

What needs to be in your emergency kit? Well, that will depend on where you are in your life and who you need to consider. Are you a mother with young children that drives everywhere, but are never far from home? Or are you an avid outdoorsman who travels, hikes, and camps in remote areas? Emergency kits are as different as the people that use them, the places they go, and the kinds of emergencies that are most likely to happen wherever they are. An emergency kit should contain things that you can use in an emergency, so it helps to imagine the worst things that are likely to happen to you and what you might need in that situation. For example, most of us are very reliant on our cell phones, and a cell phone is a great emergency kit for many situations, but an emergency whistle might be a good backup if you are away from cell towers, your phone dies, or if it gets wet or broken.  Speaking of which, an emergency kit is only useful if it is WITH you. So you probably want one for your home, one for work, and one for the car. You may also want a smaller kit that you keep with you all the time, like in your pocket, purse, or bag.

In my truck, I always keep something handy to break glass and or/cut seat belts in a vehicle emergency. It doesn’t have to be a fancy tool - a box cutter and a length of steel pipe will do. A fire extinguisher can also be a lifesaver, if you keep it maintained. After the “hurry cases” of first aid (heart attack, bleeding, breathing, and poisons), hypothermia may be one of the fastest killers. If you are cold and wet, hypothermia can set in in minutes, causing bad decisions and disorientation. A thick blanket, “space blanket,” or emergency bivvy sack of reflective mylar could be a lifesaver.

Here are some things you might want to consider for your kit(s):


Feb 7, 2018

Winter Health: Tips to Help Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

by RidgeCrest Herbals

 Seasonal Affective Disorder can push even habitually happy people into a moody funk, and can send a depressed person even deeper into hopelessness. The combination of cold temperatures and short days during winter makes this a common time for people to suffer from SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. 

Thankfully, we have some ideas for you to fight back. The following information may help minimize the downs and lengthen the ups:

Good light - Take a few minutes to consider the amount of light you are losing each day during the winter months, which you might normally be spending outside during the summer months. Our bodies are like batteries, charged by the sun. During the winter, the sun is low in the sky and the rays of light are spread much thinner than summer months. Get outside as much as possible during the day, and take advantage of what sunlight there may be. Try going for a walk at noon, when the sun is at its brightest. If sunlight is limited, consider light therapy. There are light bulbs available at your local hardware store that are significantly brighter than regular bulbs, and they provide light in different wavelengths. This artificial light can help stimulate your body’s circadian rhythms and suppress its natural release of melatonin. Research shows that light therapy is most effective in the morning.

Good signals - Give your body clear, obvious signals to help your brain efficiently make “feelgood” hormones and chemistry. Try not to confuse your well-lit, awake time with dark, sleeping time, so that your body can properly produce melatonin and serotonin. These chemicals in the brain help to improve quality of sleep at night, and mood the following day. Avoid electronics such as T.V. and cellphones in bed and during scheduled sleeping times. It is acceptable to read and watch T.V. in the evenings, but do it sitting up in a well-lit room. Set and keep a scheduled time to go to sleep at night. Lights out, and lay down!

Good food - Avoid eating as many of the white starchy carb foods (such as bread, sugar, rice, etc.) as possible, and try to substitute with fruits and vegetables. The more you can substitute bad foods for good, the more positive results you should feel toward mood and energy. Also, try to shrink the size of your meals and eat them more often throughout the day (This tip alone is powerful for improving mood and metabolism). Eating colorful, low-glycemic carbs and good sources of protein throughout the day can also help you feel energized and motivated to exercise.

Good exercise - Exercise helps your body release chemicals called endorphins, which interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling similar to that of morphine. Exercise will also help offset weight gain that is common with SAD. Get outside if weather permits, but if you can’t, choose a treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical machine closest to a window at the gym. - This article is not meant to treat or diagnose disease. Always seek the advice of a healthcare professional with health concerns. 


Jan 11, 2018

January Moon Phases

by Shaelynn Brackett


Jan 11, 2018

January Troop Scoop

by Aspen Anderson


Jan 11, 2018

January KnickKnacks

by Aspen Anderson



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