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13 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS

13 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils have been rising its game since it was discovered. It’s been widely use all over the world and many of us are curious about what essential oils can do for us especially in our daily lives.

I can’t wait for you to be fascinated. Let’s walk you thru what we discovered about its uses.

It boosts your immune system

Essential oils are rich with natural vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and trace minerals. It is much more concentrated than herbs which can lose up to 90% of their nutrients.

It was first used by the Egyptians

We all know that Egyptians were the first civilized people in history. They were known for their knowledge of aromatic oils, ointments, cosmetology and different herbal preparations. They use it to make medicines, incense, fragrances and different spices for daily use. According to history, the Egyptians had access to the distillation method via the Mesopotamians as distillation pots. It was found 3,000 BC ago at Tepe Gawra, an ancient Mesopotamian settlement located in the Mosul region of northwest Iraq.

It can improve depression

Does feeling down and hopelessness overwhelm you in a most disturbing way? If depression is not prevented, your body is exposed to any chronic pain. Good thing, Essential oils can be used in different methods such us diffusion, baths, skin and hair products and the most effective of them all (for relieving) is massage. This can prevent you from the upcoming blues of anxiety and depression.

A good Pain Reliever

Essential oils can be use as antirheumatic, anesthetic, carminative, decongestant, antispasmodic and antidepressant. Some of effective pain relievers are lavender, chamomile, Clary Sage, eucalyptus and peppermint.

It has no side effect

Since essential oils doesn’t have synthetic chemicals such as Paraben, a class of widely used  preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. This mainly cause different side effects to the body. Essential oils doesn’t have any strange side effects (cause it’s herbal) unless you are allergic to it.

It improves sleep

 Mental stress and lack of sleep are behind many of the aches and pains. It is important to us to get proper sleep to be healthy. Aromatherapy is one of the safest and effective way to improve sleep.

It can be used as fragrance

Plants do have their natural smell. They are not just good as scents for perfume but also non-toxic to our bodies.

It doesn’t have unhealthy chemicals

Essential oils are purely extracted from plants or fruits. To make it effective, there’s no need to add any chemicals that can harm our body. 100% organic.

It purifies the air

Essential oils can save your respiratory health. For it has antimicrobial function that filters the air from harmful microorganisms. Unlike chemically made air-fresheners that has Phthalytes, a chemical that causes birth defects, hormonal abnormalities and reproductive problems. And Formaldehyde, which also known as human carcinogen. Essential oils are the safest choice for air freshener.

Eco-friendly

It’s not just human friendly but it’s also environment friendly. The products that we use now are mostly made of different synthetic chemicals (soaps to beauty products). It means that they are made from hazardous manufacturing. Essential oils are made from greens and processed organically.

It’s an effective remedy for skin diseases

Essential oils are natural medicine that can treat eczema and psoriasis.

It reduces inflammation

Inflammation is the immune system’s first line of defense against injury and infection. When an injury occurs, such as a simple cut on the finger, a set of events takes place within your body that forms a blood clot, fights infection, and begins the healing process. There is no better way of stopping the pain but curing the inflammation, which is “the root cause of all pain.” Essential oils like olive oil has phytonutrients which reduces blood pressure and inflammation of pain and injuries.

It reduces cellulite

Cellulite develops when the fluid inside our body are circulating poorly.  Massage and essential oils are great ways to effectively fight cellulite.

About The Author

Yenyen is a multipod who is passionate about creative pursuit and wired to honor God through creative lifestyle. She 'sketch' and 'type' a lot for her blog. Every night she never go to sleep without putting "Oleia" on her hands.

Let’s Stay Hydrated!

Let’s Stay Hydrated!

Water makes up over 70% of our body. Whether you’re a serious athlete or simply exercise for recreation, it’s important to stay hydrated.

Good hydration means getting the right amount of water before, during, and after exercise. It is well known that good hydration practices are good for our health. If you’re not hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level. You may feel tired, have muscle cramps, dizziness, or other serious symptoms.

The good news is that if we make fluid replacement a key priority during training and competition we can prevent these negative effects. Here is a cheat sheet on some hydration solutions appropriate for each and every activity you may have:

Light physical activity
Think yard work, walking, short runs, quick cardio sessions, low-impact sports (tennis, swimming, and downhill skiing).

What to Drink: Water or enhanced water.  Plain water will satisfy all your fluid quotas for light activities lasting 30 minutes to an hour. But water can be dull, which is why enhanced (flavored) water works to get you to drink the fluid you need. Sip with caution, however. Certain brands supply about 125 calories a bottle; close to the amount you just burned. You may want to take an enhanced water with no more than 10 calories per 8 ounces.

Having rigorous fun
Long runs, bike rides, basketball, soccer, or other strenuous 60-minute-plus workouts.

What to Drink: Sports drinks. More than sixty minutes of intense activity can deplete your energy, electrolyte, and fluid reserves. Choose beverages with about 50 calories, 14 grams of carbohydrates, and about 110 milligrams of sodium per 8-ounce serving.

Working on strength training
What to Drink: A glass of chocolate milk. Research shows that chocolate milk supplies just the right balance of carbs and protein your muscles need for quick recovery. Choose any low-fat, pre-made version.
MAKE YOUR OWN CUSTOM SPORTS DRINK!
Save a few bucks by whipping up this delicious alternative. You just need:

1⁄4 cup sugar 
1⁄4 tsp salt 
1⁄4 cup water 
1⁄4 cup orange juice (not concentrate) or a combination of 100% fruit juices 
2 tbsp lemon juice 
31⁄2 cups cold water

How To make: 

[1] Dissolve the sugar and salt in the water. 

[2] Add the juices and the remaining water; chill. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy!

***Per 8-oz serving: 50 calories; 12 g carbohydrate; 110 mg sodium
Source: Sports Drink: The Fact, Men’s Fitness

 

About The Author

Charlotte has tried every buffet restaurant in the Metro and is on the quest to try the ones in the provinces soon. She's an active blogger and you can find her in her think tank in Marco Polo on weekdays. She used to think Oleia Topical Oil can help her loose weight since it's good for inflammation only to realize it's better for after work massages. 

Eat your way to Health!

Eat your way to Health!

The key to good health is achieved using this formula:

DIET + EXERCISE = GOOD HEALTH

There’s a reason why diet is the first in this equation. The truth of the matter is that to achieve a fit and healthy body, you must focus on achieving the 70/30 ratio, 70% diet and 30% exercise.

The only problem with this is that we as Filipinos love to eat. Diet is like torture to us, and we will do everything so that we can enjoy food.

Here’s the good news! You can still be healthy even if you enjoy eating. We’ve listed some of the foods that you can eat as they are known to help you not only to become healthy, but these are foods that you will really enjoy!

Guyabano (Soursop)

This super fruit is known not only because of its sweetness, but also because of its health benefits. Guyabano has been proven to prevent the following diseases:

⦁ Leg Cramps

⦁ UTI

⦁ Anemia

⦁ Migraine

⦁ Constipation

Malunggay (Moringa)

Malunggay is known as the miracle tree by many. That is because this vegetable not only is delicious but it is highly nutritious and is known as a herbal medicine that is used to cure various illness such as arthritis, hypertension, cancer, joint pains and many more. It is high on essential vitamins and it is known to be anti-inflammatory (Did you know? One of Oleia Topical Oil’s main ingredient is Moringa, which explains why it’s able to relieve pain fast.)

Oats

Oats are a great alternative to rice. It contains fiber, which helps fight and lower cholesterol levels and is known to prevent heart disease. It also lowers the risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes in most patients.

Broccoli

Broccoli is not a curse, it’s a vegetable. This superfood is known to fight off cancer as it has phytonutrients. Just one cup of this every day can boost your vitamin C levels and help you stay healthy.

 

Green Tea

According to studies, green teas can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure because of the substance called catechins. Catechins are natural antioxidants that helps protect our bodies from free radicals which are the toxic byproducts in the body that can cause cell damage.

 

These superfoods will only be as effective as you maintain balance of eating the right stuff and doing the right stuff. Make sure to include them in your diet today and reap the benefits of a healthy body!

 

About The Author

Charlotte has tried every buffet restaurant in the Metro and is on the quest to try the ones in the provinces soon. She's an active blogger and you can find her in her think tank in Marco Polo on weekdays. She used to think Oleia Topical Oil can help her loose weight since it's good for inflammation only to realize it's better for after work massages. 

Amazing Reasons to go Fish

Amazing Reasons to go Fish

One time I turned on the television and the first thing that popped up is Pia Wurtzbach showing off her curves holding a canned Tuna. I remember this particular brand of canned Tuna is being endorsed by numerous “superbods” actors and actresses. I thought to myself, if eating fish means having their abs and slim bodies.. i will eat all the fish in the world! Seriously, I thought of that. But what makes me more enthusiastic to include fish in my diet more than its waist-slimming properties, is the fact that it is one of the key elements of a healthy diet. Eating fish regularly will enhance your health and protect you from an array of serious illnesses.

Fish has a reputation for being low calorie, high protein “brain food,” that is being brought by the long strands of polyunsaturated essential omega-3 fatty acids or what is popularly referred to as “omega-3s found in fish oil.

Omega-3s can’t be naturally produced by the human body, but yet they’re needed for a healthy body, inside and out. Although the benefit of Omega-3 to heart health has long been known, there are several new studies present even more evidence that fish high in fatty acids is essential for total-body wellness.

The good news is if you’re not a fish fan, most new research indicates that eating fish only once or twice a week can be enough to reap the benefits. If you don’t eat animal products or have trouble fitting fish into your diet, you can get your daily recommended amount of fatty acids through omega-3 DHA/fish oil supplements. Although the doctor-recommended way to consume the health benefits of fish is still by eating the real thing.

Now, here are some more amazing reasons why I consider to put more fish on my diet:

Prevent Heart Disease

Fish is high in protein. It is not high in saturated fat like most animal-based proteins. One of the biggest enemies to your heart is cholesterol. Fish contains unsaturated fatty acids which, when substituted for saturated fats such as those in red meat, may lower your cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to lower fat levels from your blood, and therefore, reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.

Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

 Eating fish as little as once a week can help preserve gray-matter neurons — the part of the brain linked to memory and cognition — according to a new study presented last month at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting. Researchers found that people who eat baked or broiled — but not fried — fish had larger brains and larger cells in the areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Scientists believe the larger brain volume can help lower the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

Enhance Brain Function

Your body cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids, and so, we must obtain them directly from food. Eating oily fish like salmon, tilapia, trout, bass, catfish, tuna and all other similar types of fish will not only make you healthier, but also smarter.

Promote Bone Health

As you get older, your bone density tends to decrease. To maintain bone health, you may have to supplement your diet with calcium, the main building block for your bones. Fish contains high levels of calcium, so if you are concerned about the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, eat plenty of fish. Fish has strontium, which iseffective for treating osteoporosis. Minerals like zinc and vitamin D in seafood and shellfish encourage bone growth and strong bone collagen production.

Improves Skin and Hair

One of the biggest drawbacks to a low-fat diet is you often deprive your skin and hair of the healthy fat it needs, leaving it dull and dry. The omega-3s in fish are exactly the type of healthy fat to eat to keep your skin looking nourished and your hair shiny. Research has also linked fish and omega-3 consumption to treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis.

Enhance your Libido

Eating fish can improve your libido. It boosts sperm count and testosterone levels in men. Testosterone is also responsible for enhancing sexual performance and desire in both men and women. Eating seafood like scallops, shrimp, lobster and oysters, which are rich in iodine and zinc, are critical for the normal functioning of the male reproductive system.

Boost your Mood

Eating smart also makes you happier, and it’s not only psychological. Studies have found that omega-3, and DHA found in fish oil can increase your brain’s level of chemical secretion linked to elevated mood, which helps you to cope with depression and mood swings. There are several types of fish and seafood along with other healthy

Strengthen your Immune System

Fish supplies essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, amino acids, calcium and DHA and EPA that strengthen your immune system and help to fight disease naturally

Benefits for Joint Health

The major risk in rheumatoid arthritis (a painful joint condition linked to rheumatism) is that of wearing of the joints, leading to irreparable damage. It has been proven that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids prevents arthritis and reduces discomfort in swollen and sensitive joints.

 Benefits against Inflammatory Disorders and Strengthening of the Immune System

At the same time, omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory (infection preventing) function. Omega-3 can therefore be employed in the following diseases:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (joint infection linked to rheumatism),
  • Osteoarthritis (a form of arthritis gradually degenerating the functions of joints)
  • Ulcerative colitis (ulcers linked to the inflammation of the colon), and
  • Lupus (a disease which causes patches on the skin).
  • It also protects myelin (the material surrounding nerve cells).
  • Glaucoma (an eye disorder marked by abnormally high pressure within the eyeball that may even lead to blindness)
  • Multiple sclerosis (a serious progressive disease resulting from tissue hardening in the brain and spinal cord),
  • Osteoporosis (a disease leading to structural weakening in the bone structure)
  • Diabetes patients.
  • Migraine patients
  • Anorexia (a possibly fatal eating disorder)
  • Burns
  • Problems concerning skin health.

Fish is indeed a superfood food that can give us a “superbod”– both inside and out. It is beneficial for our health in many ways. It improves both our mental and physical health. It also makes us look and feel younger and strengthens our immune system.

 

About The Author

Cathy spends part of her days wondering how to combine her 2 loves, writing and photography. The rest of her time she spends taking care of her two babies. Sheena, a Labrador retriever & Amanda, a Siberian husky. She’s been an OLEIA user since May.

20 Interesting Heart Facts

20 Interesting Heart Facts

You can feel it and you can hear it beating! We probably don’t think about our hearts often but it is the most vital organ of our body that keeps us alive. Overall, it affects the health and well-being of our body.

But the question is, how much do you really know about your heart? Here are 20 interesting facts about the human heart that will help you better appreciate this vital organ.

  • The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime.
  • Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day.
  • A kitchen faucet would need to be turned on all the way for at least 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime.
  • The pressure a human heart generates is strong enough to squirt blood thirty feet across a room.
  • All of the blood in your body travels through your heart once a minute.
  • Because the heart has its own electrical impulse, it can continue to beat even when separated from the body, as long as it has an adequate supply of oxygen.
  • Modesty prompted the invention of the stethoscope. Before it existed, the doctors had to press their ears directly to each patient’s chest.
  • The “thump-thump” of a heartbeat is the sound made by the four valves of the heart closing.
  • Grab a tennis ball and squeeze it tightly: that’s how hard the beating heart works to pump blood.
  • The Blue Whale has the largest heart— weighing over 1,500 pounds.
  • A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost 8 beats a minute.
  • The hearts of a man and woman in love will begin to synchronize after the couple has gazed into each other’s eyes for three minutes.
  • Men who are having an affair are more likely to die of cardiac arrest during sex.
  • The earliest known case of heart disease was identified in the remains of a 3,500-year-old Egyptian mummy.
  • Most heart attacks happen on a Monday and in the hours of 8 and 9am.
  • Strong emotions and stress can literally break a person’s heart. This condition is called “takotsubo’s cardiomyopathy” or “broken heart syndrome.” It primarily affects postmenopausal women.
  • The number of heart attacks peaks on Christmas day, followed by December 26th and the New Year.
  • Happiness and a strong sense of emotional vitality help lower your risk of heart disease.
  • .Regular exercise is the single most important key to heart health. And it is FREE.
  • You control your heart health through diet, exercise and managing stress.

Your heart is an amazing organ that affects every part of your body. That also means that it deserves the best care possible. Your diet, lifestyle, and your emotional well-being can affect your heart. Thus, emotional and physical health are also both important for maintaining a healthy heart.

 

About The Author

Charlotte has tried every buffet restaurant in the Metro and is on the quest to try the ones in the provinces soon. She's an active blogger and you can find her in her think tank in Marco Polo on weekdays. She used to think Oleia Topical Oil can help her loose weight since it's good for inflammation only to realize it's better for after work massages. 

The Wisdom in Exercise

The Wisdom in Exercise

We are all stubborn one way or the other. But one thing that almost all of us may be stubborn about is about our own personal health. Based from personal experience and from hearing it from others, advices that is towards our health are often overlooked, snubbed and even laughed about.

So, let’s talk about exercise. It’s something that all of us admits that we need, but we often forget about. I believe that is because we have a shallow understanding of how exercise really helps us. We think that exercise is all about losing weight. But here are some facts that you may not have heard yet on why it’s important to maintain an active lifestyle:

⦁ Exercise is good for the brain

When we hear about exercise, we can almost feel the sweat, the sore and the pain that comes with it. But little do we know that exercising has also been proven to improve brain function. When you take a jog, or any type of physical activity, it helps increase the blood flow all throughout the body and when that happens, oxygen freely travels to the brain faster. Asides from that, the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that controls memory and learning is especially active when exercising – which means you can be smarter when you exercise. Just don’t get too excited as you may end up more tired than smart if you go for heavy workouts before a big exam.

⦁ Exercise will help you fight stress

Stress is the number 1 killer in the society today. Chronic stress, which is stress that is build up over time does a lot of harm in our bodies that may eventually be fatal. One natural way to fight that stress is through exercise. Exercise releases happy hormones which helps us lighten up and is a natural antidepressant.

⦁ Exercise protects you from sickness

The immune system benefits when we exercise. That is because the regulation of the nutrients that cells need to fight off sickness can easily make its way the whole body if we constantly maintain an active routine. Plus, a recent study found out that those who does not do any exercise are twice as much to be affected by common colds. ⦁ Exercise protects you from sickness – The immune system benefits when we exercise. That is because the regulation of the nutrients that cells need to fight off sickness can easily make its way the whole body if we constantly maintain an active routine. Plus, a recent study found out that those who does not do any exercise are twice as much to be affected by common colds.

⦁ Exercise can help you boost your confidence level

Exercise not only helps on the inside but it of course takes an effect on the outside as well. When we exercise, we can keep our bodies toned which makes us more attractive. ⦁ Exercise can help you boost your confidence level – Exercise not only helps on the inside but it of course takes an effect on the outside as well. When we exercise, we can keep our bodies toned which makes us more attractive.

I must admit, these 4 things about exercise may have been something that you’ve already heard or read a couple of times. But I believe we all must be reminded of the same things so that we can realize how important it is. But on a very serious note, exercise is important not only for your body, but for those you care about.

When we take care of ourselves, we benefit others. Some of us may be the bread winners, the sole provider, the key person, or even the only hope of someone. Neglecting our health is neglecting those people. Choose to be wise in your health, because your life is important to others.

Exercise is fun and games, until your muscles start to sore! But fear not, Oleia can help with the pain that comes from exercising. Muscle pains, and other joint pains can be easily treated by applying Oleia. See it work as fast as 15 minutes.

 

About The Author

Manuel is a guy who loves books. He enjoys reading and does it whenever he can. If he’s not reading, he spends time with his family and also ministers to teenagers in a local church. He does public speaking and talks about issues concerning the youth and young professionals. An Oleia topical oil user and content contributor.