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8 Tips to Care for Your Skin This Winter

8 Tips to Care for Your Skin This Winter

The combination of windy, cold, dry outside weather and generally low humidity both indoors and out will suck the moisture right out of your skin.  This can leave your skin looking dull and ashy.  Follow these tips to ensure you are prepared for the next polar vortex that comes your way.  1.) Drink plenty of water Our body is about 60% water give or take, and your skin needs hydration from the inside out.  For many years health authorities have recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water (64 total ounces) per day, which is probably a good goal if you aren't...

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How To Use Essential Oils In The Home

There are many ways to use essential oils in your home for a natural way to freshen up your home and improve your mood.  Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic essential oils derived from plants to enhance your well-being or psychological health.  Below we'll cover some simple ways to get started.  What is an essential oil? Essential oils are derived directly from plant matter.  They are either cold-pressed (mostly citrus), or steam distilled from the plant matter.  Their synthetic counterpart, fragrance oils, are made in a lab with chemicals.  Fragrance oils are generally sold as a proprietary blend of chemicals,...

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We Care About the Environment

We Care About the Environment

Deforestation Deforestation is a worldwide problem.  Trees are an important natural resource that we should protect.  We have decided to donate to an organization that plants trees to give back to our environment.  We will be planting trees in two areas of the world. We chose to plant trees domestically here in the United States because we want to support our local environment.  To accomplish this, we will be planting trees in Appalachia, which is a cultural region that stretches from the Southern Tier of New York to Northern Alabama and Georgia.  We will also be planting trees in Indonesia,...

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What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils (which are derived from plants) as a complementary health approach.  Essential oils used in aromatherapy are extracted from various parts of the plant and then distilled.  The highly concentrated oils can then be inhaled directly or indirectly or applied to the skin through massage. Does it work? Research on the effectiveness is limited.  Well controlled studies are expensive to conduct, and many essential oils are not that expensive leaving little margin for a company to perform such a study.  Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then...

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