Archive | December, 2014

Aromatherapy for Wellness

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy defines aromatherapy as “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.” Also known as essential oil therapy, aromatherapy enhances natural well being and can calm, sooth, or invigorate depending on the scent-trigger selected.

You probably already know of the ways in which smells can trigger powerful feelings, whether it be the memories associated with fresh baked cookies or the calm you felt as a child at the scent of your mother’s perfume. Aromatherapy harnesses the power of scent so that its therapeutic benefits may be repeated and used to promote mind and body wellness.

HerbsPro offers over 30 different types of essential oils for use in aromatherapy, as well as other applications, including jasmine and lavender, bergamot and multiple citrus scents.

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Essential oils may be taken in through absorption, ingestion, or inhalation. Absorption happens via massage, direct application, and soaking in oil-infused waters. Ingestion, the least used method of transmission, involves adding essential oils to food and should be done with extra care with attention paid to possible contraindications. Inhalation is aided by diffusers and atomizers that help to infuse the air with scent. One of our favorites tips is to use a diffuser in the car for a more pleasant commute.

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To learn more about essential oils, from how to select the best ones to promote good body health and address particular concerns, to how to mix and apply essential oils, we recommend one of our Aromatherapy books. You should also look on the packaging or consult expert sources for scents to avoid if you have certain ailments.

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Select any of these HerbsPro aromatherapy products:

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Adrenal Support Supplements

Adrenal glands are an important part of everyone’s health, but few have enough idea of what these glands actually do. Adrenal glands help to regulate the body’s metabolism and also play a role in stabilizing blood pressure. These glands that sit on the kidneys also, are the key players in stress management. They pump adrenaline that gets people excited or energized in stressful situations. They also produce cortisol, which also helps the body respond to stress. However, when the adrenal glands are not working properly, either producing too much or tool little of the life sustaining hormones, the entire body can feel the effects.

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Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
One of the problems of poorly functioning adrenal glands is adrenal fatigue syndrome. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, loss of focus and cognitive function, general feeling of unwellness. Adrenal support supplements can help get the adrenal glands back to working in proper condition and end the malaise associated with adrenal fatigue syndrome.

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Natural Adrenal Support Supplements
There are many herbs and natural nutrients that help regulate the adrenal glands. Once the right course of adrenal support herbs or adrenal support supplements is found, people often feel like they have a new lease on life. Three of the most common and effective natural adrenal support supplements are magnesium, vitamin c, and ashwaghanda. Magnesium and vitamin c occur in the body naturally, but the unhealthy and inactive lifestyle that is more and more common around the world has led to most people actually being deficient in these two nutrients. Ashwaghanda is primarily used to regulate adrenal glands and help them only produce as many stress hormones as the body needs and produce them at the appropriate times. Ashwaghanda also helps users sleep longer and more soundly, which in turn improves adrenal gland health.

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Adrenal support supplements come as either stand-alone nutrient, such as a magnesium supplement, or as blends of several different natural adrenal supports fused together for a more powerful effect. Some people find the best results when taking a blended adrenal support supplement and increasing dietary intake of vitamin c and magnesium.

The adrenal glands are still poorly understood and understudied by many medical professionals. Caution should be exercised when taking adrenal support supplements. One should first understand if their glands are over producing or under producing the stress hormones. Different treatments may be necessary for each condition, although a general adrenal regulator such as ashwghanda should be helpful to people suffering from either problem.

Get below adrenal support supplement items from HerbsPro:

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Avoiding Toxins in Your Household Cleaners

Household cleaning products have been responsible for everything from skin rashes to deadly poisoning. In the short term, many ingredients found in household cleaners can irritate eyes and skin. Frequently added fragrances are known to cause headaches, sneezing, and respiratory irritation. When ingested, such as by small children in the home, some cleaning products are so toxic that death is a possible result.

The long-term impact of toxic cleaners is less known. Environmentally, there is evidence that some cleaners contribute to algal blooms and harm the reproductive capacity of fish in areas where water used for cleaning is discharged. Household cleaner toxins may reduce sperm count in men, contribute to birth defects, and increase the incidence of some cancers. It’s time to switch to solutions that are safe and effective.

Seek out natural, nontoxic alternatives when doing laundry. HerbsPro offers a number of options for both cleaning and softening as well as for stain removal. If you have people in your household who are particularly sensitive, seek out options that are fragrance-free.

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One of the most toxic items in many households is drain cleaner. But there are alternatives to having this unsafe product in your home. Look for a drain opener that contains enzymes instead of toxic chemicals.

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You don’t need a bucket full of different cleaning products. A single all-purpose cleaner can meet your needs for most surfaces. HerbsPro has over 20 all-purpose cleaning options including ones that are not tested no animals, and that are biodegradable and phosphate- and chlorine-free.

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Keep your household clean with these items from HerbsPro:

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Fish Oil to the Rescue

Fish oil is one of the most studied supplements. There is strong evidence of its efficacy in lowering triglyceride levels and thus fighting heart disease, including lowering the likelihood of the onset of heart disease and lessening the impact for those who already have the disease. There is evidence that fish oil can provide relief for those with osteoperosis, cancer, arthritis, ADHD, kidney problems, and even menstrual cramps.

However, some people avoid taking fish oil because of a lasting impressing that “fish equals fishy” and thus that taking fish oil will be unpleasant. Fish oil is so essential to good health that it is worth searching out an option feasible for you and that can make it part of your regular routine.

Most fish oils today in their liquid form include a natural citrus oil additive to improve the taste. You can try PFO Pure Fish Oil from Health from the sun with its orange oil and rosemary extract, or Now Foods Omega-3 Fish Oil Lemon Lemon with its natural lemony taste.

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Softgels surround fish oil in an easy-to swallow gel-coated oval so that you never taste the oil itself. They come in multiple sizes so, if swallowing large supplements is a challenge for you, you likely can find a smaller option that meets your needs.
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You can even get purified fish oil in gummy form, especially useful for children taking the supplement.

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Fighting Dry, Chapped, Lips

Dry, chapped, lips can plague you any time of the year. The sun and heat remove moisture, cold winds chap, and working out further exacerbates irritations. Keeping your lips smooth and pain free is an ongoing battle. Let’s look at some of your options for natural lip care. Look for lip-quenching oils such as olive and sesame to moisturize and shea butter or wax to seal and protect.

If you’ll be in the sun, seek out a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher to block out harmful rays. Brands like Kiss My Face and Alba Botanicals make lip balms perfect for day’s outdoors.

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Lipstick, in luscious colors, can do double-duty as lip balm. You no longer need to choose between the two. You can have long-lasting color with safe and natural protectants. Continue Reading →

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Happy Holidays for Fido and Fifi

The holidays are upon us. In many homes, that means lots of hustle and bustle with friends and family stopping by. A little advance preparation can help you to prepare your dog to have a happy, healthy holiday.

Changed routines and the coming and going of guests increase stress levels not only for you but also for your pet. The holidays may be the perfect time to begin adding a supplement to your dog’s food to help Fido to enjoy these hectic days. Special supplements, formulated just for dogs, focus on lowering anxiety levels and keeping them calm, cool, and collected throughout the holiday season – and throughout the year to come.

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Give your dog a shampoo to help him to look his best when out and about or when visitors come to call to spread holiday cheer. Keep in mind though that most dogs only need to be washed every few months as too-frequent washings can strip away the natural oils of their coats and inflame dry skin. Do not use shampoo or conditioners made for humans – their ph level is not appropriate for a dog and may make him itchy. You’ll want a gentle, natural solution that will remove accumulated dirt and leave your pet’s coat shiny and smooth. Continue Reading →

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All About Herbal Laxatives

Everyone has suffered from a painful feeling of bloating and constipation. What can be done about it? Most choose to take some pill or other medicine. However, there are other ways to relieve the pain and pressure. Natural and herbal laxatives often work better than the pharmaceutical alternatives and with fewer side effects.

What is a laxative?

A laxative is a substance that helps one have a bowel movement. It helps unplug the roadblocks in the digestive system that cause constipation.

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How do laxatives work?

There are several different kinds of laxatives and each work slightly differently. For long-term digestive health the best thing to do is eat a diet rich in fiber. This will keep constipation at bay. However, a fiber rich diet may take days or longer to make a difference. If suffering from an acute case of constipation most take a stimulant laxative that stimulates the nerves in the large intestine, forcing the muscles to contract tighter than usual, forcing the blockage to pass through the body. There are also laxatives that soften the stool in the intestines and allow it to pass easier. Continue Reading →

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Going Gummy: Chewy Supplements Not Just for Kids Anymore

You may find particular vitamins or other supplements to be difficult to take. Whether turned off by a chalky taste or concerned over the size of a capsule, the way that supplements are delivered sometimes prevents people from taking what is needed to reap the heath advantages.

A recent alternative has arisen in the form of ‘gummy’ supplements. Originally introduced for children, a number of adult supplements are now available in gummy options. Gummy supplements contain the same key ingredients as their traditional counterparts, and offer the same benefits in a tasty, easily consumed form.

Gummy options:

Gummy multivitamins come in general formulations as well as, ones developed specifically for men and women. Prenatal multivitamins rich in DHA and folic acid are also available as are versions designed to meet the needs of those who are over 50.

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Multiple companies make gummy Omega-3 supplements that can be an alternative to large fish oil capsules to reduce inflammation and promote healthy cell function. Children and adults alike appreciate this easy-to-take option. Continue Reading →

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Cyber Monday Sale at Herbspro

Herbspro is holding its biggest sale of the season! You will get an additional 6% off on everything in stock at Herbspro.com when you place your order from December 1 to December 3, plus receive free shipping on orders over $49.

That’s an additional 6% off Herbspro’s already discounted prices on vitamins, minerals, and supplements from A to Zinc.

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It’s an additional 6% off on beauty products, including makeup, moisturizers, and mouthwash.

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And even an additional 6% off on Herbspro’s clearance items that are already priced to move fast. Continue Reading →

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