Aroma Oil Diffusers and Why You Need One!

An Aroma Oil Diffuer is a must have in your office, home, heck in your life in general. They increase your energy, help you get a better nights sleep and overall improve your health. Who would not want all that from one beautiful little machine?!

The Benefits Of Using an Aroma Oil Diffuser

  • Keep your cool on hot days by adding essential oils like perppermint and eucalyptus to your Aroma essential oilsDiffuser.
  • Clear your head and allow your mind to focus by adding a few drops of pine or lemon essential oil.
  • Safe alternative to a canlde if you have little ones running around the house.
  • Helps relieve headaches! I unfortunately have more headaches than the average Joe and let me tell you when I combine rosewood, peppermint and lavender essential oil to my diffuser my unbearable headaches dissipate!
  • Reduces congestion and inflammation by adding essential oils like lemon and eucalyptus to your diffuser. If your breathing is impaired due to congestion the simple combination of the water mist in the air with the essential oils will encourage your sinuses to open so you can breathe easier.
  • Helps fight off illnesses by boosting your immune system and keeping your airways moist making it harder for microbes (bacterium causing diseses like the cold or flu and other viruses) to enter your body. To fight off illness use essential oils like tea tree, sage or thyme.
  • Destress and get yourself into a happy, energized or even romantic mood depending on the essential oil you choose.
  • Does wonders for your skin! Think of the moist air your magical diffuser machine is shooting out into the air as your very own face plumper. Dry skin no more 🙂
  • Fall asleep with ease, just add lavender or chamomile essential oil to your diffuser and place next your bed.
  • Meditation tool…An essential oil diffuser can help calm and relax you while you are meditating, just add lavender.
  • Improved health is in your future and more money in your pocket because by investing in one of these bad boys you will not have as many health ailments as you may have now, therefore less doctor visits!

Which one to choose

Honestly there are so many aroma oil diffusers to choose from. When deciding which one is best for you think about the size of the room you would like to use it in. If you travel a lot you may want to purchase a *travel size to help you sleep and perk up your skin after a long flight. I am personally in my car so much taking my kids to one activity or another, so I purchased a small battery operated one for my car. My kids love it too and our car smells delightful! *This is one of my very favorites. *Here are some more diffusers to choose from to match your decor. I highly recommend *Mountain Rose Herbs for all of your essential oil needs.

Trust me, once you experience living with an aroma oil diffuser you will not know how in the world you ever lived without one.

Rachel Grace

 

 

 

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How Do I Find My Passion In Life?

accomplishHave you ever asked yourself…”How do I find my passion in life?” I absolutely have. Then one day while having a conversation with my friends I realized that in fact I have had many passions in my life. I bet you have too, whether you realized it or not. Now what to do with it is the real question.

I’m not sure if you can consider me blessed or confused. I like to think I’m lucky because I have had many passions in my life. Some were long-lived, others not as long but one thing I know for sure is that everything I said I wanted to accomplish…I did!

My First Passion

Growing up my passion was dancing. I started at age three and continued through college. There was a point in my life IMG_1647I thought about turning it into a career of some sorts. I truly loved dancing. I chose not to take that path although I do believe it had a huge part in shaping me into the woman I am today. I don’t still dance, unless you can count rocking out to the music channel with my awesome children! My five year old daughter dances and I thoroughly enjoy watching every second of her and her adorably funky little dance moves.

My Second Passion

After college I became a manager at a Day Spa. I remember being in awe watching the easthetician applying bridal makeup to women. I probably found it so fascinating because I got to have makeup applied to me at such a young age being a dancer and performing. So I decided to leave the spa world and move to NYC. I followed my “dream” and became the apprentice for a Makeupcelebrity makeup artist. I then later partnered up with another celebrity makeup artist experiencing working at events I never imagined I would be at. It was thrilling and quite honestly scary as hell. But I did it! I walked my nervous self all through that city and conquored my fares and accomplished my “then” goal all while making amazing memories. After a few years I was blessed with my first child, a son and I moved closer to home.  I decided to close that chapter of my life and move on to tackle my next passion.

My Third Passion

This brings us to my current passion. I have been batteling a heart ailment for the past 16 years and chronic inflimation

for the past 9 years so I had to find something to reduce my stress levels. Thats when I discovered yoga. I immediatly fell in love with Vinyasa Yoga…it brings me back to my ballet days. I have been practicing it for years. I started practicing/playing yoga with my children when they were toddlers and the outcome was remarkable. So I decided to become certified to teach children’s yoga. I now own a small business teaching children the art of yoga (of course in a way that children will have fun with it)!! I also have a passion to live a healthy lifestyle and pass my knowledge onto my children. That is why I am so excited about Healthy Body Beautiful You. I am happy to pass along any information that I believe will help you live a healthy, beautiful life.

Figuring Out Your Passion

Now comes the time to ask yourself “What do I genuinely love to do?”, “What makes me happy?”, “Could I give back to the community by offering my passion to help other people?”, “Is what I love to do something I want to make listmoney by doing?.” Once you know your answers to these questions make your move. I can honestly say I love what I do. Above all though, the very best “job”/ my most important passion that comes before anything else is being a mommy. My Children are my utmost inspiration and motivation. Let what you love most be yours! I wish you the best of luck my friends!!!

I would really love to hear what your passion is in the comments below. Let your passion inspire someone else!!!

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DIY Face Exfoliator

lemon-906141_640I live by this wonderful little organic food store that just started offering all different kinds of interesting skin care, self-help, healthy cooking classes and much more. My mom and I ventured over there two weeks ago to a DIY Face Exfoliator class. We were like little chemists mixing together our all natural ingredients. We had such a great time and I am so excited to share with you what we learned!

Figure Out Your Skin Type

There are typically three types of skin; Oily, Dry and Combination. It is common to have one type of skin in the summer and a different type of skin in the winter. For example, my skin tends to be slightly oily in the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) area during the summer months but I am extremely dry in the winter months. I will give you the ingredients for all three skin types. Make your DIY Face Exfoliator according to your current skin condition and enjoy your new smooth and youthful skin. I am amazed at how clear my skin looks in just two weeks!

*Please test on a small area of the skin 
after you make your exfoliant to make sure 
you do not have an allergy to any of the 
natural ingredients. The best places to patch test are on the cheek (close to the nose) or on the chin area.

Grab Your Mixing Bowl and Lets Get Started

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*All skin types need:      1/2  cup of finely Ground Oats

oats1/2 cup of finely Ground Hemp – Almond – Flaxseed

Oily Skin:  2 Tbs seasalt, finely ground peppermint, 5 drops of rosemary essential oil

Dry Skin:  2 Tbs of dry milk, dry-fine calendula, Elderflower, dry nutmeg, 5 drops of chamomile essential oil

Combination Skin:   2 Tbs of cornmeal, fine-dried calendula, 5 drops of lavender essential oil, dried elderflower

 

Are You Washing Your Face Properly?

We learned that there is a right way and a wrong way to wash your face. Just to let you know, I have apparently been washing my face all wrong! After you mix up and finely grind (if you prefer) your exfoliator, cup your hand and pour a half-dollar amount into the palm of your hand and slightly dampen. Rub together with your other hand and starting at the center of your face gently apply in circular motions moving up the forehead, around the temples, down towards the chin, down the neck and finally on the décolletage. That is the correct way! The wrong way is to harshly scrub your face every which way. Well, now I know! The reason for this is for lymphatic drainage. This technique supports the flushing of toxins from the face and body. It also drains sinuses, reduces fluid retention and in turn helps shorten the life of a cold. For a bonus, facial lymphatic drainage can define your jaw and make your face appear slimmer! Wahoo!!

 

*Best Essential Oils For Homemade Facial Recipes

Oily or Acne-Prone Skin:  Bergamot, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang

Dry Skin:  Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Normal or Combination Skin:  Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Orange, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Ylang, Ylang

Mature Skin:  Frankincense, Helichrysum, Neroli, Rose, Palmarosa, Vetiver, Sandalwood

oilDamaged Skin:  Chamomile, Sandalwood, Lavender, Rose, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Neroli

Sensitive Skin:  Chamomile, Vetiver, Rose, Jasmine, Neroli, Mandarin, Lavender

Eczema and Psoriasis:  Cedarwood, chamomile, Frankincense, helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood

 

There Are a Number of Dry Herbs to Help Promote Healthy Skin

They are the following: Calendula, Burdock, Elderflower, Horsetail, Lady’s Mantle and Witchazel

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I hope you enjoy your DIY Facial Exfoliator. Keep in mind that you are your own facial chemist. I gave you all the information that I learned so now you can mix your own as you see fit. Happy mixing 🙂

I would love to hear how wonderful your skin looks and feels, please leave your thoughts in the comments!

*Mountain Rose Herbs will have all of your organic herbal needs!

Rachel Grace

 

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Walking For Your Health – 14 Reasons Why You Should Start Walking Now!

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One of my very favorite forms of exercise is walking. There are countless reasons why walking for your health is so beneficial. I am happy to name 14 reasons why you should start walking now.

Walking does a body good

  1. Well for starters as everyone already knows walking is an excellent form of exercise. Walking can prevent or manage cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis.
  2. It does wonders for your waistline
  3. Helps improve your balance and coordination
  4. The more you walk the stronger your bones become because walking can help maintain healthy cartilage.
  5. Walking will help ward off dementia because it helps improve cerebral blood flow
  6. Walking at least seven hours per week can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer and colon cancer.feet walking
  7. Walk yourself into a good mood! A fast paced walk can boost your mood and help with depression.
  8. Walking lowers your risk of having a stroke because it lowers high blood pressure.
  9. Walking keeps your cholesterol in check.
  10. Believe it or not, walking gives you energy!
  11. Walking can reduce your risk of glacouma
  12. If you want to reduce your odds of catching a cold, walking will help with that my friend!
  13. Walking will make your body not only feel good but you will look good too! Walking strengthens your arms, shoulders, abs, quadricepts, hip flexors and hamstrings.
  14. Walking promotes restful sleep

Bonus tip for you:

30 minutes of walking just 5 days a week can burn more fat than jogging 🙂

Set yourself up for success

Make a realistic goal for yourself. Figure out which days you have the most time in your schedule to walk for your health. What time during the day works best for you? Is there a neighborhood you have driven past but have yet to venture in? Take a walk there. Just breathing in the fresh air, noticing the different landscapes basically getting your mind of off everything but you “right here, right now” will have you falling in love with this new ritual of yours. If you are one who prefers not to be alone, ask a friend to join you.

Walking is a must for me. I enjoy a change of scenery every now and then. I have a few neighborhoods I love to walk in. I am also blessed with living near the beach. woman walking on the beachSmelling the salt air, listening to the fog horns and watching the waves roll in while walking has become one of my favorite ways to destress and feel healthy.

If you should miss a day or two of your weekly goals, don’t get down on yourself. Remind yourself how good it makes you feel and how amazing it is for your health, body and soul.

Important to remember

  • Don’t forget to choose something comfortable to wear both on your body and your feet. Wear *clothes that absorb sweat and are *comfortably stretchy. Wear shoes with proper arch support and thick flexible soles to absorb shock. *Make sure to wear a high visibility reflective vest when walking in the dark .
  • Do a light body stretch before and after your walk to prevent injury.
  • Bring water to stay hydrated. Don’t forget to drink it! *These are great water bottles to have on hand. Not to mention, if you switch hands that you carry the water bottle in every so often while walking it can act as a hand weight!
  • Let someone know where you will be taking your walk for your own safety.

Happy Walking!!!

Rachel Grace

 

 

 

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Overcoming Anxiety and Panic Attacks

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It’s 1:15am. I pop up from a sound sleep having a hard time catching my breath. I immediately jump out of bed, run down the hall to the bathroom to splash cold water on my face. I don’t feel my feet running, it’s as if I am being dragged by fear. At this point I literally have tunnel vision. Of what? I have no idea, everything around me fades out. I feel as though I might pass out. Hyperventilation starts to kick in. Oh God, please let me live, please let me live. I repeat this over and over in my head. Yes, this was another one of my panic attacks.

Why is this happening?

Oh my goodness, anxiety and panic attacks are scary, horrible and I do not wish them upon anyone. For me I know it’s anxiety when I feel like a weight is sitting on my chest. I automatically think of the worst and have to force myself to focus on the good, the positive. So much easier said than done. I have said it before, I do not handle stress well. It brings out all of my health ailments which then triggers into anxiety and panic attacks…like a domino effect. I also feel like anxiety occurs when there is too much clutter in my life both literally and sad girlfiguratively. Sometimes I am just so overwhelmed.

I don’t believe I have ever heard of anxiety or panic attacks when I was a child. Now I hear of  children feeling anxious at such a young age. Is it something in the medications we are prescribed, something in the food we eat or maybe it has to do the crazy events happening around the world that is hard to deal with? I honestly don’t know. Maybe it is all of the above, maybe it’s none but what I do know is there are ways to overcome anxiety and panic attacks.

Overcoming Anxiety and Panic Attacks

I have a few techniques that help me fight through my anxiety. I try one and if it’s not quite doing the trick, I move on to another technique.

  • Divert my thinking to something relaxing or a favorite memory that usually makes me laugh
  • EFT tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique)
    • Top of head
    • Eyebrow – inner edge
    • Side of eye – outer edge
    • Under eye
    • Under nose – above lip
    • Chin
    • Collarbone – center
    • Under the armpit
    • Karate point of hand
      • Gently tap on the points mentioned above with the tips of your fingers while repeating your problem and say “I will overcome this”. Repeat until calming effect takes over.woman relaxing
  • Deep breaths in through the nose, starting to fill with air through the stomach up to the chest and into your hearts center. Hold breath for a second then slowly breath out through heart first, then chest and lastly empty the air in your stomach.
  • Cold compress placed on chest has a calming effect
  • Sip on peppermint tea. The naturally present herb in this tea, menthol, is known to be used for relaxation and to relieve stress and anxiety.
  • Play music that makes you feel calm or happy
  • Place a drop of lavender essential oil or vanilla behind earlobes or on pressure points on wrists. If you prefer to not put directly on skin, simply breathe in these scents and it will help calm your mind.
  • *The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques book by Margaret Wehrenberg has helped me learn about how the brain works and how to override your way of thinking.
  • One I do all of the time…To get the full benefits, do for at least 3 minutes.
    • Lay flat on the floor with your feet either up in the air, leaning against a wall or bent on a chair placed infront of your legs.
      • With your eyes closed, repeat to yourself: “I am safe, I am healthy”, “I know that all is well”.

I also truly believe that Yoga, Meditation and Cardio like a brisk walk while getting fresh air does wonders for your stress levels.

I hope that you never have to experience the misery of anxiety and panic attacks but if you or a loved one goes through this, try one of these techniques. They may just help overcome this issue as well.

As my wise mom always tells me, “This too shall pass”.

Rachel Grace

 

 

 

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Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil

 aura cacia rosehip oilI had horrible acne as an adolescent. It was such a self-conscious issue of mine. I tried to learn every trick in the book to cover it up. Some days I’m sure I really packed on the cover up. There were days that I wouldn’t look at people in the eyes because I was sure they were staring right at the “undesirables” bulging out of my skin…ugh! My hair turned into a security blanket that I would style to cover my problematic areas. At that time in my life I was clueless about natural skin care. I am happy to say, I have finally found what works for my sensitive skin…Naturally!

Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil

I have been looking for the right skin care products to use on my sensitive/acne prone skin for years. I am talking hundreds of products. Some were a no-go right from the get-go. Others worked for a week or two then a nasty bump would decide to grace me with its presence. But then I discovered Aura Cacia natural skin care oils. I truly love them all for different reasons. To concentrate on acne, I would have to rank their rosehip oil at the top.

I want to help your skin!

I am sharing this with you because it is a line of natural skin care products I truly believe has helped clear my skin. I have been using *Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil for about 3 years now. My skin has never looked better! My confidence has improved too 🙂

Ingredients:

This restoring Rosehip oil is 100% natural and contains pure Vitamin A and E which aids in replenishing and restoring aged and sun damaged skin. Sourced from the southern region of Chile, it is all organic, no toxins, chemicals or names you can’t pronounce. The ingredients are:

  1. Organic Rosehip (rosa canina)
  2. Fruit Oil
  3. D-alpha-tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate)

Uses for Rosehip Oil

  1. Used as serum on the face
  2. Used to nourish dry hair and scalp
  3. Used as a body oil to make skin soft
  4. Add essential oils for therapeutic benefitsaura cacia oils

*Tip:

Add 2 drops of Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oil to your Rosehip Oil and apply to clean, damp face for those days when a herd a “undesirable” bumps decide to grace you with their presence.

Rachel Grace

 

 

 

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Green Tea For A Healthy Body, Heart and Soul

green teaMy senior year of highschool I was diagnosed with a heart condition called Atrial Tachycardia and AVNRT. I cannot even begin to tell you how scary this was for me. I had an unsuccessful Catheter Ablation. Luckily, after trial and error I have found a medicine that that seems to be working. I have to be honest with you…I strongly prefer not taking prescription drugs but when left without a choice what is one to do. Thankfully, I also rely on my daily intake of green tea for a healthy body, heart and soul!

The benefits green tea has on the whole body

Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and is praised for its high antioxidant properties that among other important benefits may lower your risk of breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer as well as cardiovascular disease. Polyphenols like flavonoids can reduce free radicals in the body, protecting cells from damage. We all know how stress leads to a number of health ailments. girl drinking teaWell sip on that green tea my friend (at least 3 cups a day) because studies have shown that green tea significantly reduces stress levels in the brain and lowers depression. Actually a compound named L-theanine improves brain function. This wonderful tea has an affect on how ones immune system functions. It helps control cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. Green tea also helps keep the pounds off. Have a date in your near future? Opt to drink green tea beforehand because the polyphenols in the leaves also help hinder the growth of bacteria that forms into bad breath!

Important tip on brewing green tea

Green tea has healthy chemicals called catechins, when adding the tea to boiling water it can reduce the benefits of these healthy chemicals. Do bring water to a boil but let sit for ten full minutes before pouring the water over the tea bag. Let the tea bag sit for at least a minute (longer if you prefer a stronger taste) before consuming.

Bottom line: Green tea may help you live longer and most definitely a healthier life!!! Tell me, is drinking green tea a part of your daily ritual?

Rachel Grace

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Vanilla Soy Candles…Oh how wonderful they are for stressful days

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You have one of those never-ending days running around taking care of everything you need to accomplish. Then off to pick your kids up from school and bring them to their after school activities. Get home, make dinner, do homework, showers, bedtime stories…now it’s time for you. What is the first thing you do? For me, I light my vanilla soy candles! Just a few minutes of breathing that beautiful scent in and BAM, I feel my stress melting away.

What Vanilla scents can do for you

Vanilla scents are known to promote joy and relaxation. It has the ability to make the mind tranquil so much so vanilla flowerthat the scent of vanilla is used at times during medical procedures to help calm the patient. It is also known to help insomnia! Not to mention, the vanilla scent is an aphrodisiac. (A little fun fact for ya)!

Why soy candles are the way to go.

Now I would like to explain why soy canldes are significantly healthier than paraffin candles. Soy candles are made from soybeans (vegetable oil) and do not require chemicals for their scent. They burn cleaner and candlesare healthier to breathe in then paraffin because they are non-toxic. Soy candles don’t only burn about 50% longer than paraffin candles but they also burn more evenly without any black soot. The liquid wax that forms around the wick enables the essential oils to evaporate into the air giving off the perfect amount of scent without leaving you with a headache.

So next time you have a trying day…grab your vanilla soy candle, take a deep breath and R E L A X!!

There are many to choose from *here! What do you reach for after a long, tiring day?

Rachel Grace

 

 

 

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