Essential Oils, Female Health, Healthy Lifestyle, Personal Care Products, Skin care, Women's health

Beauty beneath the surface

Every woman wants to look good. NO. Every woman wants to look AMAZING!

We pour money into products to cover up our flaws and accent our best qualities. We long to gaze in the mirror and have it answer back that we are the fairest of them all. Well, let me share a couple of secrets with you.

First, beauty is not skin deep. It starts inside our bodies. What we put IN our bodies will ultimately determine the glow on our skin. I always tell people that if you are having challenges on the surface of your skin, you should probably take a look under the hood. Talk to your healthcare professional about what might be the root cause of your problems. Keep feeding your body healthy food. Get moving (exercise, UGH!). Clean up your environment. And eliminate as many harmful ingredients from your personal care regimen as possible.

THEN you are ready to add healthy options for skin care. My Women’s Personal Care newsletter has some great suggestions to consider, so get a copy and see where you might be able to augment your beauty care stash!

Would you love to have glowing skin? Well, check out this list of some amazing essential oils that are simple to use and produce amazing results. Here is the trick. You are going to want to identify what type of skin you have. Then, pick a few essential oils that address your particular needs. Next combine just one drop of two or three of the oils you selected with an organic oil like jojoba or coconut oil (say 50/50) and gently massage them onto your face each night at bedtime. You will be amazed at the results.

So here is a very short list (There is a longer list in the newsletter):

  • Lavender (cleanse)
  • Geranium (hydrate)
  • Frankincense (smooth fine lines)
  • Sandalwood (balance)
  • Myrrh (just plain good!)

To get a copy of my newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the
Women’s Personal Care Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

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Essential Oils, Female Health, Healthy Lifestyle, Home Care Products, Personal Care Products, Skin care, Women's health

Looking beyond the label

Everyone knows that the things we put in and on our bodies have an impact on our health. The problem is, often we are clueless to know what we are consuming. If we resort to reading labels, we can quickly become discouraged by the big words we see in little very tiny print! I mean really… Like what exactly is Benzalkonium Chloride anyway? And does it even matter? And why is it such tiny print?

I have actually looked up some of these big words and it really depressed me. I found out that a lot of the common ingredients in personal care products could be causing all sorts of problems in my body. Cancer. Weight gain. Mood swings. Headaches. Digestive issues. Rashes, and more. But it seemed like certain ones that are proven to be harmful are in pretty much all these types of products.

And to add insult to injury, then I found out that because of “trade secrets” not all ingredients even have to be listed on the labels, or they can use vague terms like “fragrance” to hide the truth from you of what is in there.

So how do I know what really is in the bottle I am buying? There are a lot of lists out there of ingredients to avoid in our home and personal care products. I have included a partial list (along with some of the challenges these ingredients bring to our bodies) in my Women’s Personal Care newsletter, so just get your mitts on a copy and you will be amazed!

But I digress. This rude awakening about ingredients that could be creating problems in my body led me on a search for companies that provide “full disclosure” and that hold to the highest ethical standards and integrity.

I continually update my list of companies that I trust, but one company continues to hold the top position on my list. That is Young Living Essential Oils. I have been using their products for 18 years now and I just feel better and better all the time! Not only does Young Living offer essential oils, but their extensive product line includes powerful supplements, nutrition and food items, home and personal care products and more. It’s like one-stop shopping I can trust and quite economical in the long run. And trust me, I’m in this for a long run!

I challenge you to check out my newsletter and website and see what I discovered long ago. Then let’s have a conversation.

To get a copy of my newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the
Women’s Personal Care Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Essential Oils, Female Health, Healthy Lifestyle, Personal Care Products, Skin care, Women's health

Solving the health puzzle

For the next few weeks I intend to focus on women’s health and beauty in my writings. So in order to give you some background on why this topic is dear to my heart, let me take a few moments to tell you a little about myself and what led me to the place I am at today.

All my life I have wrestled with health challenges of various types. I have consulted with health professionals of all types. Sometimes I would be helped, but mostly I would actually experience major problems, some created by the treatments or medications I was receiving. Yet deep inside I held tight to the belief that there were answers someplace out there and so I continued to study and learn.

One bit if information would lead to another. As time passed, I came to believe that natural health held keys that I was looking for. And so for over 40 years I studied natural remedies and treatment methods. I learned about herbs. I learned about food. I learned about how the body is designed to function, and things that create problems for us in this journey.

I observed how I felt when I ate certain things or used certain products, and started to clean up my lifestyle. Eventually I could identify patterns and make changes that started to impact my body in positive ways.

No, I am not somebody special. I am just like you. I want to be healthy. I want to be happy. I want to look good. Yes, I fall off the wagon many times. But I have discovered that there are lots of people just like us; people who feel there is a better way and are looking for answers. I have made many friends along the way. I hope you will be one of those friends and join me this month as we explore the topic of women’s health and how it relates to skin care.

A great place to start would be to request a copy of my special newsletter that talks about women’s personal care products. Just send me an email and request the Women’s Personal Care newsletter. Let’s see what pieces to this wellness puzzle we can find together!

To get a copy of my newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the
Women’s Personal Care Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Healthy Eating for Managing Your Weight

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Making good food choices is the first step toward taking control of your health. But when you want to drop some pounds, what you put in your mouth becomes even more important.

The challenge is to give your body the nutrients it craves without adding empty calories. Fats and sugars are the big offenders most of us have difficulty controlling. Once we have become addicted to them, we crave them even more if we deprive ourselves of them.

One tip is to gradually reduce the portions you eat of those foods that feed your unhealthy cravings. And then at some point you might decide to totally eliminate certain foods for a period of time. For example, avoid deserts six out of seven days of the week. Or stop eating chips and junk foods for a month. After a month, you may discover these foods hold less control over you and you are more motivated by the results you see in the mirror.

Find healthy snacks to substitute for those empty calories. Young Living’s Slique® products were designed to empower you to manage your weight so you can have the vitality you need to live your best life. Young Living’s Slique Bars are a great choice to consider! They are delicious and high in fiber, so that helps you stay full longer!

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Portion control also should spill over to the healthy food choices you are making. For example: Limit the amount of meat you consider a serving. Three ounces of lean meat is equivalent in size to a deck of cards. This would be an appropriate serving size if you are desiring to cut back on portion sizes.

During the past few weeks I have shared other ideas and products that may help you in this journey. you also may want to check out my recent newsletter dedicated to the topic of weight management.

To get a copy of that newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the Slique Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

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Proper Hydration for Weight Management

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Proper hydration is critically important when you want to drop some pounds or inches.

One tip is to drink more water instead of sugary drinks. You can make your daily water intake more interesting by flavoring your water! Add essential oils such as Lemon Vitality, Peppermint Vitality, or Slique Essence to your water. You can steep Organic Dried Wolfberries with tea to lend a delicious berry flavor.

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NingXia Zyng is a refreshing low-calorie drink that hydrates and helps boost energy.

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Slique Tea is a great replacement for your morning coffee. It is an all natural, delightful combination of oolong and cacao to offer a slimming spice tea that is sure to please your taste buds while helping you say hydrated. It is great hot or cold.

But I have to admit that for me as I have concentrated on proper hydration, drinking plenty of pure water has become absolutely addicting for me! My body craves water and I believe it has been a key factor in helping my overall wellness journey.

For even more ideas to help you take control of your weight, check out this month’s newsletter that will provide some very helpful information about weight management.

To get a copy of that newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the Slique Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Let’s get moving!

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OK let’s face it. If you are more than a little overweight, exercise is not a topic you even want to hear about. But when it comes to weight management, burning more calories than you consume is paramount. Not only will physical activity help your journey, it also can help you maintain a healthy weight over time and thus help increase your chances of staying healthy and living longer.

Activity improves your overall mood and helps to relieve stress by releasing endorphins.

The key is to find a physical activity you can do and that you enjoy. Don’t feel that you have to prepare to run a marathon. If you have been a couch potato for most of your life, you will simply get discouraged and quit if you are not motivated to keep going. The exact amount of physical activity needed to lose or maintain weight can vary greatly from person to person, so talk to your health care provider about what’s right for you.

For me, I decided I could do two minutes of easy exercises every day and some is better than none. Soon that became a routine that I was successful at and I was pleased with my progress! Over time you can begin to add aerobic exercises that you enjoy. These might include:

  • Brisk walking
  • Biking slower than 10 mph
  • Water aerobics
  • Playing doubles tennis
  • Pushing a lawn mower
  • Gardening
  • Dancing

Next you might add some muscle strengthening activities:

  • Lifting weights
  • Using resistance bands
  • Doing push-ups, sit-ups, etc.
  • Practicing yoga

If you experience any discomfort, check out these great Young Living products to ease your journey toward more physical activity!

  • Deep Relief™ Roll-Oil: Offers a refreshing, cooling sensation
  • Ortho Sport® Massage Oil: Refreshing massage oil
  • PanAway® Essential Oil Blend: Soothing and stimulating scent
  • Cool Azul Sports Gel: Hydrating, cooling gel
  • Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream: Alleviates pain deep in the muscles and joints with natural menthol and methyl salicylate

For even more ideas to help you take control of your weight, check out this month’s newsletter that will provide some very helpful information about weight management.

To get a copy of that newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the Slique Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Successful Weight Management

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Balance is the key to long-term success when you want to stay healthy. Binge eating and binge dieting are not a balanced approach. Trust me. I’ve done that! But how do you get off that roller coaster? For some of us, that is very difficult.

My guess is that often we starve ourselves and punish ourselves for eating too much or the wrong things. This sets us up for a cycle of failure. For years I observed my husband eating ever hour or two. He does not eat a lot. Even at Thanksgiving. I on the other hand, will have a hard time to push aside something I love to eat after a few bites or a small portion. Then I will go hours without eating. That practice is not healthy for my body, nor my metabolism. In fact, this practice is very damaging to the adrenal glands. Just saying!

Many professionals suggest a regimen where you eat three small meals with a small healthy snack between those meals. Here are a few tips for eating healthy:

  • Raw vegetables are your friend. Be sure to watch your caloric intake in your meals and snacks. It is important to have balance in your intake. Raw vegetables will increase your fiber and thus, help you feel full and satisfied longer.
  • Target lean muscle. You want to have higher protein selections, lower carbohydrates, and higher fiber content.
  • Increase metabolism. Your breakfast and snack choices are key to keeping your systems moving. A good rule of thumb is to eat like a king at breakfast, like a queen at lunch and a pauper for your evening meal. Sadly, most of us do the opposite.

It is also very important to involve your family.

  • Set some goals for your family’s health
  • Teach them about nutrition and healthful food choices by cooking together and eating meals together as often as possible.
  • Aim for decreasing sugar intake by 30 percent by preparing filling snacks and replacing dessert with a bowl of fruit.
  • Whatever your goals, focus on the good: good foods, good habits, and good choices.
  • Be a good example! If your family sees you making good, empowered choices, they will want to as well.

Prior to beginning any weight-management program, especially if you are taking medications, or if you have any health concerns be sure to talk to your health care practitioner.

For even more ideas to help you take control of your weight, check out this month’s newsletter that will provide some very helpful information about weight management.

To get a copy of that newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the Slique Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

 

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