Intense cravings for junk food seem to be an almost daily occurrence for many of us. Sometimes I even catch myself salivating, Pavlov style, when I sit down to watch TV or listen to music — activities I normally would have grabbed a bag of popcorn for during high school.

But after dealing with said cravings one learns they carry with them a caveat — Giving in to the cravings doesn’t make them go away, does it? Why is that?

Science now has the answer, stating that the reason we get cravings is that our body is in need of minerals that do come from junk food but would be much healthier from other, more whole, foods.

Hunger vs. Craving

Hunger and craving are two very different bodily reactions.

Hunger is a very utilitarian, necessary function of the body. It lets you know it’s time to eat because your body needs fuel.

Cravings, on the other hand, are a different beast entirely. They serve not so much to tell your body it needs fuel but to tell your body it needs specific chemicals, one of which is opioids. This is the reason we often crave foods high in sugar and fat; these foods release opioids into our bloodstream and provide us with feelings of pleasure and even mild euphoria in some cases.

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Chocolate is the most widely craved food in the world. It’s also actually linked to a nutrient many of us are deficient in: magnesium.

Some estimates state as many as 80 percent of Americans are lacking in this mineral. The symptoms of a magnesium deficiency? Anxiety, irritability and even insomnia.

This is why you might feel better and more relaxed after eating a chocolate bar. But did you know you can actually get magnesium from healthier sources?

Dark leafy greens, for example, are an excellent source of magnesium, as are seeds, nuts, fish, beans and molasses.

So what other commonly craved foods can be replaced with wholesome ones?

High-Sugar Foods


Love fuzzy peaches? Me too, I’ll admit.

It’s no surprise that sugary foods are among the most highly craved in the world. Deficiencies in five nutrients could be to blame if you find yourself craving them. Chromium, sulfur and tryptophan are among them, the latter being a serotonin (happy brain chemical) regulator.

Due to the amount of mineral deficiencies a sugar craving might suggest, you probably want to look at revitalizing your diet to restore your body’s mineral balance.

Carb Cravings


Another common type of craving comes up for things like pasta and bread. This can signal a deficiency in nitrogen, which can result in overall malnourishment. As such, if you find yourself craving lots of carbs, consider adding seafood to your diet, as fish contain a lot of the mineral.

Oily and Fatty Cravings


If you crave foods like fries, cheese and the like with high oil and fat content, it could be indicative of a calcium deficiency. Consider instead drinking raw milk or eating turnip greens and broccoli.

Salty Food Cravings


When you find yourself reaching for that bag of chips or popcorn (like I often do), reach instead for fish, nuts and seeds. These are healthy ways to gain the chloride or silicon your body is telling you it wants.


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Pain and Essential Oils

Life is full of aches and pains — some minor, some major. After a long day, many people find themselves reaching into the medicine cabinet for some aspirin to soothe the daily stress headaches, joint pains and muscle aches that come with simply being human.

Sufferers of chronic pain may reach for stronger medications, and those of us who are highly anxious may choose sleeping pills just to wind down. However, these types of drugs are not innocuous, and often come with dangerous side effects that accumulate the more we take them. Luckily, nature has a solution.

One of the most invigorating and enjoyable natural ways to manage everyday aches and pains — and even serious, chronic pain — is the application of essential oils. Essential oils are potent and highly concentrated oils of plants, which many of our modern medicines are actually derived from — without the added chemical content.

Depending on the type of pain and the type of oil, they can be applied directly to pressure points, used in massage combined with a base oil, or taken internally mixed with water. Be sure to read the application and ingestion methods of the oils that you choose, as some are too potent to be applied directly to certain areas.

It’s important to buy essential oils from a company that you trust and have investigated thoroughly. There is a great disparity in the purity and efficacy of low-quality oils versus those that are skillfully and meticulously grown, harvested and distilled. The following oils are some of the best in dealing with pain.

Wintergreen: The wintergreen plant is the only plant in the world besides the birch tree that contains natural methyl salicylate, the main ingredient in aspirin. It was commonly used by Native Americans as a general pain tonic.

Research proves that wintergreen oil has a cortisone-like effect and is able to relieve pain quickly. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antispasmodic properties, and therefore is often effective against headaches, muscle pain, and stiff joints — anything you would use aspirin for!

It’s important to note that wintergreen is one of the strongest essential oils and should never be consumed. It is also unsafe for children and those with a history of epilepsy.

Spruce: The essential oil of the spruce tree is aromatic, sweet and refreshing, and has been hailed since ancient times for its ability to relax the body and center the mind, as well as to ward off infections.

It is a potent immune system stimulator, and has been successfully used to ease arthritis symptoms, rheumatism, lower back pain, bone pain and sciatica. Spruce essential oil can also stimulate the adrenal glands, which offers a boost to the entire body.

Lavender: One of the top favorites of essential oil enthusiasts for relaxation and pain relief, lavender is also one of the gentlest essential oils on the skin. It is traditionally used to treat headaches, tension, insomnia, muscle strain and various cramps.

One study found that lavender essential oil used as part of an acupressure treatment helped reduce lower back pain by 39 percent. Walking speed and spine flexion in the back pain sufferers were also improved by this treatment.

Lavender also aids the digestive system, therefore relieving many types of stomach discomfort, and has antiseptic properties that naturally help wounds heal. On top of that, this delicious-smelling oil can help to relieve the mental distress caused by mood swings, anxiety and depression.

This effect has been demonstrated by studies to be beneficial for women in labor — by helping to alleviate pain that stems from anxiety and fear. Cancer hospice patients have also shown improvements in depression and a sense of well-being following treatment with lavender essential oil.

Marjoram: Known as the “happiness herb” and the “joy of the mountains,” marjoram has strong sedative properties. The essential oil extracted from marjoram is excellent in treating stiffness, muscle spasms, migraines, and arthritis pain. It also effectively relaxes involuntary muscle groups, including the heart, diaphragm and colon. As a result, it can be used to help with asthma, bronchitis and constipation, along with supporting heart health. Marjoram is also used to aid sufferers of emotional trauma and distress.

Sandalwood: A staple in Ayurvedic medicine, sandalwood essential oil is often used to treat muscle spasms, lymph node congestion and sciatica. It is effective in relieving skin irritations such as poison ivy and insect bites due to its anti-inflammatory nature.

This oil is very refreshing to the skin, smells rich and earthy, and promotes deeper sleep and calm, and meditative states of mind. Furthermore, it supports both the digestive and cardiovascular systems. Sandalwood oil is sometimes combined with a base oil and applied to the bottoms of the feet.

Ginger:  Ginger is also commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been shown to inhibit the synthesis of eicosanoids, which are chemical signalers involved in the sensation of pain.

A study was conducted among elderly people with chronic knee pain. It was found that four weeks of massage with a combination of ginger and orange essential oils helped decrease the intensity of pain and stiffness level, and improved physical function compared to another group who received massage with just olive oil.

Another study found that 75 percent of the patients with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis benefited from treatment with ginger oil, experiencing lessened swelling and pain. None experienced adverse side effects, even when treatment was continued for longer than two years.

Fennel: Fennel essential oil is produced by crushing the seeds, then distilling them with steam. Studies in animals have shown that fennel essential oil can help with discomfort associated with menstruation. Traditionally it is used for a relaxing effect on nerves, muscles, intestines and the respiratory system. It has an antispasmodic effect, which can relieve the source of many types of pain.

Clove: The essential oil extracted from the dried flower buds of clove has anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic properties. It is frequently used for tooth pain and can also help with throat infections. It is often added to pharmaceutical and dental products.

Clove oil is said to have stimulating and warming properties, so it can be used to improve circulation and stimulate the metabolism. This can indirectly benefit any source of pain in the body. Be sure to buy essential oil that is made from the buds, not the stems or leaves. The inferior stem or leaf oil can cause skin irritation.

You can use clove oil in many ways, including diluting with a carrier oil and then massaging on the abdomen, chest, or any part of the body afflicted with pain. A few drops on a cotton ball helps relieve tooth discomfort. A few drops used in a bath can help with bowel problems.

essential oil Copaiba: Copaiba essential oil is made from the sap of the copaiba tree. It has been used by indigenous groups in South America for its soothing and relaxing properties. It works by helping modulate the body’s natural response to irritation via the chemical constituents beta-caryophyllene and alpha-humulene.

Beta-caryophyllene is also contained in clove and rosemary essential oils, and has been shown by studies to be effective at alleviating pain. Humulene also has anti-inflammatory properties. The ability to decrease inflammation will help with any type of pain.

In general essential oils can be used in the following ways, although always research or do a small test to ensure you don’t have a reaction to the particular oil you want to use. Everyone’s body works differently, and since essential oils are natural un-standardized substances, they can have different effects on different people.

· Massage—Blend 10 drops of essential oil with one ounce of carrier oil, and use on any part of the body where you are suffering with pain. Keep in mind that “hot” oils such as clove or peppermint can bring strong sensations to the skin, so apply with care in sensitive areas.
· Bath soak—Add two cups of Epsom salt along with 10–20 drops of essential oil to your bath. This is a wonderful treatment for digestive discomfort, muscle pain and joint stiffness.
· Compress—Depending on the type of pain, you can use a hot or cold compress. A headache, for example, might benefit from a cold compress. Simply wrap an ice pack in a towel, which has been soaked with cold water and wrung out. Apply five to 10 drops of essential oils to this pack and apply to the forehead or neck. Similarly, a hot compress can be used for pain such as swollen joints or injured muscles. These compresses can be used for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

The above-mentioned oils do not even begin to scratch the surface of the wide array of essential oils available to combat various types of pain. Whatever pain life throws your way, look to nature, it just might have an antidote.

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Cellulite: Anatomy of the Dimples

Cellulite doesn’t have a cure, but science has developed treatments that, in some cases, can help minimize it. Learn what lies just beneath the skin with Groupon’s take on the bumpy bodily phenomenon.

Colloquial language has come up with a number of not-so-flattering terms to describe cellulite, but beyond its aesthetics, cellulite poses no particular risk. Put simply, cellulite is the bumpy texture produced by fatty deposits resting just below the epidermal surface. As the skin thins with age, cellulite often becomes more visible: as fat bulges outward and the connective tissue reaching down to the muscle tugs back, the surface of the thighs, buttocks, belly, or upper arms forms little dimples. More common in women than men thanks to their thinner skin, higher levels of estrogen, and characteristic patterns of fat distribution, cellulite has myriad causes that range from hormonal changes to diet, genetics, and blood circulation.

Because cellulite’s structure is so complex, it’s not easy to attack—even invasive methods such as traditional liposuction leave cellulite in place. Although it’s just about impossible to prevent cellulite from forming, doctors and aestheticians have proposed a variety of ways to diminish its appearance. From lasers that break apart fatty deposits to retinol creams to massage techniques that increase the flow of blood to cellulite-ridden areas, the med-spa bag of tricks is deep and eclectic. Because many of these treatments are quite new, it’s often difficult to judge their long-term permanence. Although diet and exercise won’t remove cellulite, they may make it less noticeable through weight loss, increased muscle tone, or the fact that you’re jumping on that trampoline too quickly for anyone to tell.




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Vision Boards

I created my first vision board, many years ago, after I sold my Healing Center and Vegetarian Restaurant and moved to Eugene.   The movie  “The Secret” had just been released and I decided to create my own Vision Board.


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When my board was done, I had it hanging in the living room for a while but somehow it disappeared and a few  years later I found it  behind a heavy book case when we were painting the house.

I was quite shocked when I found my vision board six years later and everything that was on the board had actually happened in my life. The problem was that the items on the board were somewhat unclear and I knew I  had to create new board with much more clarity and vision.

I was so surprised, that I felt inspired to learn more about the law of attraction and how this really works. After my partner Chris passed away I  took two years of my life to write “The Seven Insight” , Quantum Transformation –  a  workbook for people who want to see massive transformation in their lives.

While writing my book, I learned that deliberate creation is not about sitting around and visualizing what you want. While creating a vision is important for some, vision, in and of itself, isn’t what creates our outcomes.

Vision does not manifest. Aligning does. (click to tweet that)

That is because aligning gets us into the feeling state of what we most desire and feelings (aka vibration or energy) are what is actually attractive. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Maybe it is by cutting and pasting images onto a poster board, by visualizing, by writing, or by dancing naked in your living room.

So, the real practice then, is to deliberately generate your most desires feelings and then take actions that are inspired from those feelings. That way, not only do you get to feel how you want to feel now, but you also bring more of that feeling into your experience.

9 Steps for Creating a Vision Board that Actually Works

1. Gather your supplies.

  • poster board, a large sheet of paper, and/or a cork board
  • glue/pins
  • markers
  • colorful or plain paper
  • magazines*/books that can be cut up
  • scissors

*Some of my favorite magazines are Oprah, The Simple Things, Law of Attraction, Yoga Journal, Body + Soul, Afar. I also love to get Luxury Real Estate Magazines as well as high fashion magazines as they usually have the best fonts!

Also note that you can do this style of vision board in a blank art book (this one is my favorite) or a binder. I like to either do the book/binder thing or a cork board.

2. Find a space that is large enough to spread out all of your supplies. A large table or the floor are usually great choices.

3. Decide what area of life you want to focus on and think about how you want to feel (for example: free, open, loved and accepted) in that area.

4. Get comfortable and relaxed. Choose music, light candles, burn incense, chant, gather your crystals, sing to your angels, bang drums, or anything else that supports you in feeling comfortable and relaxed.

5. Flip through the magazines and begin tearing/cutting out images/words/phrases that appeal to you. At this stage, it doesn’t matter if it matches the are of your life that you are exploring. For now, just focus on any image, word, etc. that feels any kind of good to you when you look at them.

6. Now, go through your images and look specifically for things that  generate your desired feelings related to the area of life you are focusing on.  If you want to feel “free,” select images that invoke “free” feelings for you. Don’t choose images that feel crappy when you look at them. Set aside any images that still feel good but don’t quite fit on your current board. I  like to keep mine in a pretty hatbox in my office.

7. Once you have the images you want to use, do a “dry run” by arranging the images and words in a variety of ways. When it feels just right, go ahead and affix your images to your board. You may want to consider creating additional elements using paper and markers, etc.

8. Look at your board often and focus on the feelings that looking at the images creates for you. Pay attention to how they feel in your body. Remove and add images as needed (this is why I like the cork board or books, much easier to remove the unwanted and add in).

9. When you’ve really amped up those feelings in your body, take action that is inspired from already having the experience of your desired feelings. If your desired feeling is free, what action are you inspired to take when you feel free. Do that.

When you align yourself with the feelings you want before acting, not only do you manifest more of what you really desire, but you also get to experience those feelings now.

And isn’t what what we really want, anyway?

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Lemongrass is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antioxidant. It is often used to calm and support the central nervous systems, as well as soothe occasional muscle/joint pain. Chiropractors love to layer it on top of Deep Blue to bring their clients maximum relief.

Emotionally, Lemongrass is the Oil of Cleansing known for dispelling toxic, negative thoughts and emotions. We affectionately refer to it as the “anti-hoarder” oil due to its ability to powerfully cleanse spaces and promote a de-cluttering mentality.


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Why Everyone Should Get To Know Rosewater (and how to make it)

When I think of rosewater, I picture a bathtub filled with water and rose petals. But as it turns out, rosewater is much more than a pretty, romantic tool; it is highly prized for its source of perfume, medicinal use and nutritional properties. In fact, rose essential oil is probably one of the most essential oils around. Cleopatra herself used rosewater in her beauty routine. Rose water has been used since 3000 BC; it was extremely valuable in Ancient Egypt and Persia.

What is Rosewater?

Rosewater is basically a by-product of rose oil made through distillation of pure fresh rose petals. Rosewater contains over 300 different chemical compounds. It is loaded with antioxidants such as tannins, flavonoids and rich in essential vitamins like A, C, D, E and B3. It possesses antibacterial, soothing, healing and antiseptic properties. If you drink it as a therapeutic tea, it can help to enrich our body with useful nutrients and minerals. It can also help relieve digestive problems, relieve eye irritation and nervousness.

But mainly, rosewater is popular in many skin care routines. It soothes and improves the condition of dry and aging skin. It also purifies and cleanses your skin. In addition, rose water is very beneficial for hair; it increases blood flow to the scalp (which helps nourish and strengthen hair follicles).

How to Make Rosewater


Petals from a bunch of roses (where to find)
A Large Pot


Wash the rose petals.

Boil 2 cups of water and pour the hot water over the rose petals. Cover the bowl with a lid and allow the rose petals to steep for 30 minutes (or until the petals lose their color).
Cool and strain the petals out.
Bottle the water and keep in the refrigerator.
Make sure to get roses that have not been sprayed with insecticides…. Use only those that are grown naturally.
Fantastic Ways to Use Rosewater

Eye Makeup Remover: Combine 1 ounce rosewater with 1 ounce jojoba oil. Combine both ingredients in a container and shake well before using.
Treating Sunburn: Simply rub it over the affected area and relax while the magic takes effect.

Insect bites: Just apply directly to insect bites.

Toner: A toner made with rosewater is excellent at treating acne and wrinkles. Apply to freshly washed skin with a cotton ball, or spray on lightly, avoiding the eyes.

Natural perfume: Simply add jasmine oil to rosewater and spray away to get rid of body odor.

Disinfectant: Rose water is effective at killing bacteria.
Wash your face with rosewater to reduce skin irritation caused by acne, pimples, redness and breakouts.

Headaches: You can also apply a cold towel soaked with rosewater to help relieve a chronic headache.

You can also purchase rose essential oil. Regardless of its price, the potency of even tiny amounts of it is just unbelievable – especially considering that a dozen fresh roses costs around $60.00 and it takes about 2 and 1/2 dozen roses to produce a single drop of oil. Keep in mind that many essential oils on the market are not 100% pure and therapeutic; they may have potentially toxic extenders. I use and love doTERRA essential oils, and have had incredible success with them. You can read more about doTERRA essential oils here.

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4 Anti-Aging Uses of Oregano Oil

5 Anti-Aging Benefits of Oregano OilRemember the clever slogan for Buckley’s cough syrups? “It tastes awful. And it works.” The same slogan can be given for a more natural remedy: oil of oregano. Oil of oregano, or oregano oil, also has a strong taste; however, the anti-aging herb contains more health benefits than even the best cough suppressant.Oregano is an anti-aging herb extracted from the plant Origanum vulgare, and the most genuine oregano oils will come from countries surrounding the Mediterranean with dry, high-mountain climates, such as Syria and Turkey. The name oregano actually comes from the Greek word “oreganos,” which translates to “joy of the mountain,” almost like the “fountain of youth,” and for good reason.

Both the fresh anti-aging herb and oregano oil are extremely high in antioxidants. Oregano oil gets its potent antimicrobial properties through its essential compound, carvacol, as well as various other powerful ingredients with incredible healing properties, including thymol, terpenes, rosmarinic acid, and naringin. The anti-aging herb itself contains many beneficial nutrients, such as fiber, magnesium, zinc, potassium, copper, boron, iron, manganese, iron, calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, niacin, and typtophan. It also contains vitamins A, C, E, and K.

Oil of oregano can be used orally and topically. When applied topically and combined in a 50/50 mixture with extra virgin olive oil, the anti-aging herb can help relieve discomfort, like skin infections, arthritis, backaches, or carpal tunnel syndrome. When the anti-aging herb mixture is applied orally, you can combat various health concerns, from the common cold to age-related conditions, like muscle degeneration and nervous-system disorders. Here are five anti-aging secrets of oregano oil and how you can use the anti-aging herb for aging well.

Anti-Aging Herb with Anti-Inflammatory Properties

There is a an active ingredient in the anti-aging herb called beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP), which can help treat osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis, according to scientists at Bonn University in Germany and the ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Oil of oregano can help reduce inflammation caused by chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, according to the Wolfe Clinic in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The oil of this anti-aging herb is also thought to help relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation can be reduced by directly applying oregano oil on affected joint or muscles.

Anti-Aging Herb with Antiviral Properties for Digestive Health

The combination of antifungal and antiviral properties of this anti-aging herb can be helpful to fight some gastrointestinal issues. Oregano oil can help calm your upset stomach and relieve digestive issues like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and gas. This is because of the high concentrations of thymol and cercacrol in oregano oil. Furthermore, a small study indicated that the oil of this anti-aging herb can treat parasite infections; parasites can often be the root cause of various digestive conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome.

5 Anti-Aging Benefits of Oregano OilAnti-Aging Herb to Keep Your Cold at Bay

Battling a soar throat or sinus congestion can feel like torture as you get older. The terpenes in oregano oil contain potent antibacterial properties. Oil of oregano is a natural antiviral and antibiotic, which makes the anti-aging herb an ideal natural remedy for colds, sore throats, and sinus congestion. Fix your sore throat by gargling five to six drops of oregano oil diluted in water.

Anti-Aging That Benefits Your Colon and Liver

There has been research linking oil of oregano treatment with the reduction of colon and liver issues. A study on colitis-induced mice indicated that the combination of oregano oil and thyme at a medium dosage could decrease mortality rate, increase body weight gain recovery, and lower macroscopic damage of the colonic tissue. The improvement of overall health suggests that the anti-aging herb can help improve and maintain your liver and colon as you get older. There is also a study that found that liver regeneration increased in rats that were given oil of oregano after a partial hepatectomy.

Critical Information About Using Oregano Oil for Aging Well

Oil of oregano is completely natural; however, there are a few possible concerns regarding this remedy. The anti-aging herb isn’t recommended for pregnant women, because it can contribute to blood flow stimulation in the uterus, which can weaken the lining that surrounds the fetus in the womb.

Oregano oil may also reduce your body’s ability to absorb iron. If you regularly use the anti-aging herb, consider combining it with iron supplementation. Also, if you’re allergic to other anti-aging herbs like basil, sage, or thyme, you might be sensitive to oregano as well, because they all come from the same plant family. Consult your doctor or health professional if you experience any skin irritations or vomiting upon starting use of any new anti-aging herb.

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150 Uses for the Family Physicians Kit

These oils do powerful and amazing things straight out of the bottle, but you can get even more convenience and benefit by combining them in easy-to-use forms, such as gelcaps, sprays, and rollerballs.

There are also many DIY recipes for natural beauty products, non-toxic cleaners, essential oils for babies and pets, homemade medicinal rubs and drops, desserts, snacks, and entrees. The sky is the limit! Click the image below to see a Pinterest board with lots of great ideas!

Essential Oil Recipe Ideas


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Permanent Make-up

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Permanent Makeup, also known as Micro-pigmentation, is a form of cosmetic tattooing used to enhance facial features Permanent Makeup is revolutionizing the traditional world of cosmetics.  It is not a fad but the cosmetic line of the future!Imagine having perfectly … Continue reading

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