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The Anti Aging Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a practice which uses plant based oils to treat infections, stress, and tight muscles. Although many believe that aromatherapy applies only to inhaling the oils, massaging the oils into the skin figure strongly into the treatments as well. Here are some of the best anti-aging essential oils.

Jojoba Oil
Not only does jojoba oil contain vitamin E, vitamin B complex, silicon, chromium, copper and zinc, it can also supplement the lack of iodine in your diet. With an 82% content of the mineral, jojoba oil gets a good part of its healing power from iodine. Jojoba oil is probably one of the world’s most hydrating oils and it is noncomedogeic, which means it does not clog pores. Its antioxidant properties can soothe fine lines and wrinkles and slow down the aging process. A study done by the Department of Environment and Life Sciences in Italy proved that jojoba oil speeds the closure of wounds and stimulates collagen syntheses with low toxic effects, while another study in Germany found it improved overall skin condition in 194 participants who applied clay masks with jojoba oil two to three times a week.

Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranates have been noted for their association with anti aging with their oil being the most potent source. The dark red color of pomegranates are caused by biflavonoids which protect skin from sun damage. Pomegranate seed oil has a natural SPF that can be used as a natural sunblock and can be applied directly to your skin.

Frankincense Oil
So much for witchery, this oil even found its way into the Bible! Frankincense is good for balancing uneven skin tone and can help get rid of sunspots and age spots. It is also a powerful astringent, so it can be used for acne blemishes, and to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and wrinkles. Frankincense can also be used to combat sagging skin on the stomach, jowls or under the eyes and has been shown to be effective on stretch marks and surgery scars.

Lavender Oil
Lavender is one of the best oils for getting skin into a healing state and improving cellular communication. This makes it an excellent essential oil in relieving cuts and burns. Lavender also helps your body to produce three of the most powerful antioxidants: gluthione, catalase and superoxide dismutase to fight radical damage. Mix it with aloe vera or coconut oil to soothe sunburn and promote healing, or mix with frankincense to reduce age spots.

So get on your broomsticks, get out your spells and potions and embrace your inner witch. Let us know about all that you’ve got brewing up for this holiday season and whether these luxurious oils are a part of them!

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Destress for Healthy Skin

There are so many factors that contribute, whether positively or negatively, to the health of your skin and stress is one of them. Stress levels continue to rise with a seemingly endless to-do list, commitments and responsibilities. In fact, stress and its impact on your skin has given rise to a new field of skincare known as “psychodermatology.” Karen Mallin, PsyD and an instructor in the departments of psychiatry, behavioral science and dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, predicts that psychodermatology is going to become increasingly popular over the next few years.

“Psychodermatology is a field that addresses the impact of an individual’s emotion as it relates to the skin. The mind and skin are connected on many levels. A lot of nerve endings are connected to the skin, which wraps around the organs, so as emotions are played out neurologically, they can be expressed through the skin just as stress can be expressed through gastrointestinal symptoms, increased anxiety or hypertension,” explains Mallin. Below, find a few ways to destress so both your brain and your skin can remain calm.

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Exercise
A quick way to relieve stress and boost your mood is to take a quick exercise break. Even a 10 minute walk around the block or spending a few minutes going up and down stairs will help you clear your head and minimize stress. Exercise also boosts your circulation, which increases blood flow to the skin. Try to take a walk each day during your lunch hour to fight stress and improve your skin.

Green tea

Drink Some Tea
Some people find tea to be not only a relaxing drink, but also an entirely relaxing experience. Green tea is an excellent drink for fighting stress and for keeping your skin healthy. The antioxidants in green tea provide protection from free radicals, which can cause additional harm to your skin.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy
Essential oils are another way that you can reduce stress levels while also providing benefits to your skin. Lavender essential oil promotes relaxation, but it can also stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and can fade the appearance of signs of aging like sun spots or scarring. Lemon essential oil is a stimulating scent that brings feelings of peace and positivity. Additionally, it is a natural astringent and antibacterial, meaning that it can be especially helpful if you struggle with breakouts or acne.

There are other ways that you can reduce stress such as meditation or engaging in a hobby or activity that you find particularly enjoyable. Taking some time out of every day to focus on eliminating stress not only has a positive impact on your mood, but it also significantly impacts the health of your skin.

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Live Well: Ways to Instantly Improve Your Mood

If you’ve ever thought to yourself that it will nice to be happy someday, listen up. You don’t have to make happy an abstract goal for your future, you can do things to make yourself happy in the next few minutes. We put together three of the quickest and easiest ways you can instantly improve your mood no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

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Head Outside
You know the saying ‘you’re only one workout away from a good mood?’ It’s completely true, but it can be difficult to increase physical activity during periods of depression or great stress. Even if you don’t have added feelings of lethargy from depression, it can be difficult to find time for a workout in the middle of your workday when you find yourself stressed and anxious. Taking a brisk walk can significantly boost your mood and energy levels, and venturing outside for your walk is even more beneficial. Research points to the fact that sunlight stimulates chemicals in your brain that help improve your mood. You don’t have to spend your entire lunch hour outside working up a sweat, just a 10-minute brisk walk is all you need to feel reinvigorated. And if you absolutely can’t get outside due to location or weather, spend some time roaming the office halls or walking the stairs for a quick burst of energy.

Chamomile Tea.

Drink Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea has long been a bedtime remedy for those who have trouble falling asleep and recent studies show that drinking this tea really is effective at reducing anxiety or feelings of stress. In a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, 57 participants who had been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder were given chamomile supplements for a period of eight weeks. The results were a significant drop in anxiety levels and increased feelings of calm. Research from the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that in addition to promoting calm, chamomile tea can promote sleep. Drink a cup of chamomile tea after a hectic work meeting in the afternoon or at the end of the day to promote peaceful, calm feelings or to really unwind, turn off your electronic devices (yes, including the TV and your cell phone) and enjoy a cup nightly with a book or your favorite music playing. This helps create a ritual that your body associates with feelings of rest and relaxation.

Aromatherapy oils.

Use Aromatherapy
For centuries, aromatherapy and essential oils have been used to address a vast number of concerns that include soothing ailments both physical and mental. The next time your mood declining, try one of the following essential oils. Lemon is particularly helpful when you are feeling angry, anxious or rundown and exhausted because it promotes concentration in addition to containing calming and clarifying properties. If you’re feeling sad or depressed, try jasmine. Jasmine, like lemon, also has a soothing effect, but it also helps lift your mood by increasing optimism, energy levels and confidence. When you need to really unwind and relax, reach for lavender because lavender soothes nerves, relieves nervous tension and can help control depression. One of our lifestyle partners, 21 Drops, features incredible, unique blends of essential oils in a fun and convenient packaging so you can take your essential oils with you wherever you go and not have to worry about spills or bulky glass containers.

It would be amazing to be calm, happy and energetic all the time, but that just isn’t very realistic. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to just muddle through feelings of anxiety or depression. These three tips help you to instantly improve your mood, helping you to tackle stress and negativity in a positive way.

21 Drops

Aromatherapy has been a method of healing and relaxation for centuries. While there is little known about the history of aromatherapy, the Egyptians are credited with inventing one of the first distillation devices that were used to extract oils from plants. Aromatherapy has come a long way since then. Resveralife is thrilled to have 21 Drops as one of our lifestyle partners.

21 Drops is a pioneer in the field of modern essential oil therapy. Founder Cary Caster has dedicated her life to the study of plants and nature. Cary began the journey that would lead to the formation of 21 Drops as a horticulture major at the University of Florida. She pursued a graduate degree in ethnobotany and subsequently went on to achieve clinical degrees in anatomy and physiology. Her extensive knowledge is the foundation upon which 21 Drops was built. Cary moved to England in pursuit of her certification as an Aromatherapist from the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Aromatherapy center. Cary didn’t stop there; she went on to France for an Advanced Clinical Certification from Essential Oil Research Consultants.

Cary not only possesses an incredible array of academic accolades and wisdom, she also has a profound passion for the healing properties of essential oils. It is this blend of knowledge and passion that make 21 Drops a uniquely modern way to heal, calm, soothe and invigorate your body. While diet and exercise are tantamount to feeling and looking healthy, your mental health is equally important. Aromatherapy from 21 Drops uses essential oils that have been sourced from sustainable, indigenous habitats. The standard of quality that 21 Drops maintains is unparalleled by any other essential oil companies. Every 21 Drops solution is pre-blended using distinct essential oils and use organic jojoba oil as the carrier. These solutions are all targeted to treat specific concerns, ailments and aspirations.

Because 21 Drops is meticulous about creating the perfect concentration of the correct essential oils, the blends work in synergy to deliver their targeted promise, resulting in a healthier mind and body. What makes 21 Drops a modern way to experience aromatherapy is not only the extreme care and consideration that goes into every blend, but it is also the packaging. Every oil blend is packaged in an airtight, leak-free glass bottle with a roller top. 21 Drops has made sure that aromatherapy is something you can easily and conveniently carry with you because sometimes, you really need an extra boost of inspiration when working on difficult project or a calming blend after a stressful meeting. The fun, lively packaging makes these perfect to toss right into your bag the same way that you do your favorite lip gloss and you never have to worry about leaking or spills.

Cary is not only the founder of 21 Drops, she also now sits on the board of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and is frequently featured as an essential oil expert by the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair and Martha Stewart Living. In addition to all of the success 21 Drops and Cary Caster already have, they have achieved the following major achievements:

  • HBA IPDA Award Finalist in 2011
  • Pantone Color Design Award Winner in 2011
  • Chosen for Oprah’s O List in 2011
  • Featured in Marie Claire in 2011
  • Top 5 GLOSSYBOX Office Obsessions in 2013
  • Dr. Oz named Passion Scent from 21 Drops as one of his favorite zen scents in 2014
  • Yoga Journal names 21 Drops a “Must-Have for Yoga” in 2015

Resveralife boutiques place an emphasis on health for your total body in the form of exercise equipment, apparel, tea, candles and aromatherapy. With 21 Drops as one of our lifestyle partners, you can stop and take a moment to yourself no matter where you are as you live your active life.