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Understanding the Benefits of Essential Oils

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Essential oils have many wonderful properties that help to improve both mental and physical wellbeing. You are probably already familiar with their use in aromatherapy and massage. Using essential oils as a part of your regular relaxation and pampering sessions has many health benefits; different oils contain specific properties that aid health in various ways. Essential oils can also be used to treat a range of health conditions such as stress, headache and muscle pain.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are derived from plants and the oil itself is a form of highly concentrated hydrophobic liquid, which means that it does not mix with water. Sometimes they are also called volatile oils or ethereal oils.

They are extracted from plants using a steaming process. Steam is passed through the plant and the resulting liquid is collected. The oils contain both the fragrances from the plants and their healing properties.

Oils can be extracted from many different parts of a plant, including leaves, flowers, stems, roots or bark.

The health benefits

Different oils bring specific benefits to health, and many ailments can be helped by essential oils. Incorporating essential oil use into a daily health and beauty routine is a good way to complement other medicine that you may be taking. Essential oils can help with everything from muscle pain to healthy hair, and a number of natural hair growth supplements can be readily found online.

Here are a few popular oils and their health benefits. You can learn much more about what essential oils are, and how they can be used to heal and improve your health.

Tea tree

Tea tree oil is made from Melaleuca Alternifolia, which is a native of Australia. It is used for treating skin conditions such as fungus and blemishes. Because of its antifungal properties, it helps in treating athlete’s foot.

Lavender

Lavender, which grows all over the UK, is one of the most versatile oils and helps to heal bruises, cuts and skin irritations. It is also a very good relaxant and can help reduce stress. Take a bath with lavender oil to help relax after a busy day.

Calendula

Calendula, which is taken from the calendula flower, is good for sensitive skin and can reduce acne scars. Adding to a bath can also ease psoriasis.

Chamomile

Chamomile is possibly the most famous of all essential oils, thanks to its use in tea. It is a good relaxant and is a great way to get a better night’s sleep.

Peppermint

Peppermint is used to increase mental alertness. Studies have shown that inhaling peppermint oil boosts mental accuracy by as much as 28%.

Frankincense

Everybody has heard of frankincense, being one of the gifts to the baby Jesus from the three wise men. However, few people know what it is used for. Frankincense is a wonderful relaxing oil and also helps heal minor cuts and bites. It boosts mental health and helps to manage depression, and some say it also boosts spiritual awareness.

Start using essential oils today to improve health and wellbeing.

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Heart Disease and Dementia are Australia’s Biggest Killers

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Despite a drop in overall deaths, heart disease remains Australia’s biggest killer

Heart disease remains Australia’s biggest killer despite a drop in overall deaths, with dementia continuing to edge higher in second place.

The latest data from the Australian Institute of Heath and Welfare, released on Wednesday, shows 18,590 people died of coronary heart disease in 2017, down from 19,077 in the previous year.

Deaths from dementia including Alzheimer’s disease rose from 13,126 to 13,729 year-on-year, with women accounting for more than 8800 of the people whose underlying cause of death was from those conditions in 2017.

Stroke and other cerebrovascular disease was the third biggest killer, while lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rounded out the top five.

In 2017, there were 160,909 total deaths in Australia or 529 per 100,000 people. Some 82,858 males died, more than the 78,051 female deaths during the year.

But the numbers continue a long decline in overall death rates, which have fallen 72 per cent for men between 1907 and 2017 and 76 for women over the same period.

The gap between male and female deaths in 2017 was its narrowest, sitting at 180 deaths per 100,000 people.

The figures also show death rates increase according to how remote a person’s location is, with people in major cities the only cohort less than the national rate.

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Premature and potentially avoidable deaths are also higher in the country than the city, with the highest figures recorded in very remote areas.

Overall live expectancy has edged higher with a boy born between 2015 and 2017 expected to live to the age of 80.5, while a girl would be expected to make it to 84.6.

But there remains a grim gap between indigenous Australians and the rest of the country, with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population estimated to live 8.6 years less for males and 7.8 years for females.

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There is Too Much Fake Health Information – Exposing Weight Loss Gimmicks

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Welcome to another weight loss article. Hopefully this one will shed some new light on your life.

Weight loss is a big concern for many people and has been for a little while now. Perhaps it’s to do with how we look and feel, or all the trends we follow, or a doctors concern. Whatever it is, excess weight is simply unhealthy, and loosing it in a healthy, sustainable way is very important.

The internet has thousands of weight loss articles, tips, hacks, and quick weight loss solutions. Many companies sell pills and drinks that are meant to boost weight loss. Health bloggers sell clean eating ebooks, fitness influencers share what they eat in a day, and the list continues…

While some of these are good advice and very helpful, many of them are unhealthy, only work short term, and have more bad effects than just regaining the weight. For most of us, the internet is our biggest, best source of information, and there is simply too much fake health info and too many weight loss gimmicks to ignore. The key is to weed out the good ones, and toss the bad. We’ll show you how to do that in just a minute. Meanwhile, read about why weight loss gimmicks are unhealthy, and why fad diets are considered a gimmick, too.

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Weight Loss Gimmicks

A weight loss gimmick is a trick intended to attract attention to a method for losing weight easily. Most, if not all, are extremely unhealthy and dangerous. Any method of weight loss that is either of those is considered a gimmick. The promise of quick results is a give away for most of them.

  • fasting
  • supplements
  • crash diets
  • false claims
  • anything that seems too easy (wight loss takes time and effort)

Dangerous weight loss gimmicks

  • Smoking. You might lose weight. …
  • A plastic tongue patch. In which eating solid food becomes beyond painful. …
  • Stimulants. Don’t use caffeine to lose weight. …
  • Tapeworms. …
  • Tube feeding. …
  • Laxatives. …
  • Purging. …
  • Restricting calories.
  • Waist trainers

Google: How to lose weight fast?

People make money off your google searches “how to lose weight fast,” “fastest way to lose weight” etc. They are proving unhealthy information. Things like this lead to unhealthy lifestyles, unhealthy hopes and dreams, depression, weight retention, serious illness, and even deaths.

Here’s the thing about fast weight loss. Losing weight quickly is neither safe nor sustainable. If you crash diet to drop pounds—or try something like a juice cleanse—you will lose weight quickly, but most people gain the weight back relatively soon. It’s not that losing weight slowly is the better choice, but losing weight in a healthy, sustainable way is the right choice. If you are going to attempt quick weight loss, the researchers suggest you speak with a dietitian to work on a plan that ensures you get the vitamins and minerals that you need. And keep in mind that, even if the quick weight loss crash diet helps you see results sooner. The slow-and-steady method is still much less disruptive to your everyday life—and therefore a much less miserable approach if you’re trying to drop pounds.

Weight loss gimmicks work

Yes for sure alot of these do work but the health risks are not worth it, even if you lose 11 pounds in one week. Waist trainers, for example, could help decrease body fat but unless you already exercise and eat right, and your body fat is already very low, you will not have a Victoria Secret model’s body overnight. Guaranteed. Weight loss pills are full of chemicals and most are made with cheap and harmful ingredients. It is essential for your health that you research anything before you use it, and consult your doctor.

dieting: Managing consumption of food and drink with the intent to lose, gain, or maintain weight.

But here’s the key,

You lose weight, typically, no matter what kind of weight loss diet you’re on. That’s what happens to your body when you cut back on it’s fuel source. It’s science. Whether you lose it in a healthy way or a dangerous way. However, the weight never stays gone unless you change. Not your current diet and not your calorie count. You.

How you can change to lose weight and keep it off for good

  • change mentality
  • change lifestyle
  • stay off the internet
  • make better decisions

Exercise and diet is about more than losing weight. It’s your life. You choose to live healthily or poorly. Make the choice now, and make the changes now. Do you research. Find the correct information that you need. Weight loss will happen if you make the correct choices, and live with them. Food and exercise are essentials

Complete nutrition requires ingestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids from protein and essential fatty acids from fat-containing food, also food energy in the form of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Dietary habits and choices play a significant role in the quality of life, health and longevity.

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How to Remain Healthy as a Nursing Student

The Deal with Fad Diets

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Easy and Delicious Butternut Squash Chili – Clean Eating Recipe

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My husband and I recently decided to try eating better by incorporating healthier carbs into our diets and getting rid of excessive amounts of grains, etc. There is currently no bread whatsoever in the kitchen. How weird. Weird but really nice! One of the new meals we’ve tried that really stood out for flavor was this Easy and Delicious Butternut Squash Chili. Check it out below, and leave a comment about how it turned out for you!

Butternut Squash Chili

Keto recipes, clean eating

 

Serves 8. prep time: 30 min. total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

3 tbsp avocado oil, divided

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1 large carrot, chopped

2 large stalks celery, chopped

1 1/4 tsp sea salt, divided

3/4 tsp ground black pepper, divided

1 small jalapeno chili pepper, seeded and diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups   peeled, seeded, and diced butternut squash (abo 1 medium squash)

1 1/2 lb  ground beef

1 tbsp each ground cumin and dried oregeno

4 tsp chile powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

2 14-oz BPA-free cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes

1 cup chicken broth

optional toppings: sliced green onion, shredded cheddar, chopped avocado, fresh cilantro

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Instructions

1. In a large dutch oven on medium, heat 2 tbsp oil. Add onion, carrot, celery and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper: cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in jalepeno and garlic: saute 2 minutes. Add remaining 1 tbsp oil, squash and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper: cook, stirring, 1 minute.

2. Add beef, cumin, oregano, chile powder, paprika, and remaining 1/2 tsp salt; cook, stirring to combine and break up meat until beef is cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Pour in tomatoes and broth. Increase heat to medium-high; bring to a boil, scraping any browned bits from the bottom. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring once or twice.

3. Garnish with optional toppings of choice. Or let cool then cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

other recipes to try:

The Frittata: a Simple Taste of Italian Elegance

7 Keto Coffees to Kickstart Your Day

 

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