Lemon Peels: The Cheapest Investment In Your Health?

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Lemon is so blessed with natural healing properties that no part of it should go to waste. Lemons have many widely known uses, adding a refreshing zest to your water, cleaning household items, and adding flavor to numerous dishes.

However, many people only consider using its juice and pulp. If you’re only using the juice and discarding the peel, you may be missing out.

So what are the major advantages of using the whole lemon?

1. It gives you more vitamins.

Lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. To name a few: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, beta carotene, folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

2. It helps in fighting cancer.

Lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body. This means that lemon peels help rid the body of carcinogenic elements. Lemon peels consists of components known as salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which are known to fight against cancerous cells in the body. Also, the flavonoids present in the peel are known to be effective when it comes to curbing the division of cancerous cells.

Therefore, consumption of lemon peel is known to be a preventive measure against development of various types of cancers including breast cancer, colon cancer, and skin cancer. A study revealed that consumption of hot tea with lemon peel has proved to be beneficial in preventing the development of cancer cells.

3. It improves bone health.

Lemon peels have lots of calcium and Vitamin C. Consuming lemon peels will help prevent osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory polyarthritis, and other bone conditions.

4. It decreases cholesterol levels.

Digesting lemon peels will help lower the LDL cholesterol, or the bad cholesterol through its polyphenol flavonoids. Vitamin C and vitamin P help in clearing the blood vessels, preventing or minimizing the risks of developing the interrelated conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetic heart disease.

That’s what we’ve been wasting!

Here’s a tip on how to use more lemon peels in your diet:

Freeze whole, organic lemons and keep them in your freezer. Then grate the sprinkles of lemon peel over your meals, in your drinks, and on your soups for a fresh flavor and a bit of the lengthy list of benefits above.

Enjoy your lemon peels!

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10 Ways To Use Tea Tree Oil For Health, Beauty & Cleaning

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Tea tree oil comes from the evergreen leaves of the Australian Melaleuca Alternifolia tree. It has been known for its healing and disinfecting properties for over a century and a wealth of scientific evidence exists to support its effectiveness. It is one of nature’s finest antibiotics because it is so effective at killing bacteria.

Health and Beauty Uses

1. Aromatherapy

Use a drop or two of the oil on a warm washcloth and inhale to treat colds, viruses, coughs, sunburn, toothaches, or problems caused by bacteria.

2. Acne

Avoid using those expensive, unnatural, chemical-ridden acne treatments. Dab a drop of tea tree oil on a damp cotton ball or q-tip and apply to trouble spots.

Make sure you dampen your applicator with water; do not use the tea tree oil alone, as it would be too potent on your delicate skin. You don’t want to deal with super dry spots on top of acne. However, mixed with water, your blemishes will be significantly reduced in a day… and, naturally.

The main ingredient in our favorite acne serum happens to be tea tree. Definitely look into Evologie if acne is an everyday battle for you.

3. Dandruff

Tea tree oil is very effective against dandruff. It’s amazing that it can be used to combat acne, which is thought of as an oil issue, and dandruff, which is viewed as a dryness issue. To combat against dandruff, the key is the mix of oil to shampoo. Use 5% tea tree oil to shampoo. About 3-4 drops of oil into a whole bottle of your natural, scentless shampoo should do the trick. Do not put the oil directly onto scalp.

4. Nail infections

Have a hangnail or a nail irritation? Dabbing a bit of oil onto the nail will act as an antibacterial without causing irritation to the skin.

5. Sinus infections

Tea tree oil is antiviral and antibacterial, making it great for any sort of infection of the respiratory system. Boil water and add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water. After removing the pot from heat, put a towel over your head and breathe in for 10-15 minutes.

Cleaning Uses

6. General tea tree oil cleaning spray

You get the gist: Anything that needs disinfecting, cleaning, or balancing can benefit from tea tree oil. Combine 4-5 drops of oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Use to clean household surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors.

7. Household antiseptic spray

Similar to above, but add double the drops (10 drops of oil) to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle for tough areas like the bathroom and sink. Even use to clean the bottoms of shoes for an antibacterial purpose.

8. Mold remover

Use the concentration of antiseptic spray in #7 above, and spray on moldy areas, but do not wipe up or rise. Let it sit and it will take care of any problems.

9. Laundry detergent

Add 3-4 drops of oil to your detergent for mold-prone items like chunky sweaters and wool. Tea tree oil is a powerful mold fighter.

10. Air freshener

To make your own essential oil gel air freshener, you’ll need 2 tablespoons of clear gelatin powder, tea tree oil, a ½ cup of hot water, and clean, clear jars of your choice.

Stir together and heat the clear gelatin powder, approximately 20 drops of essential oil, and the water. Pour the liquid into clean jar(s) once the gelatin has melted. Put the jars in the refrigerator until the gel has set.

When purchasing: Make sure you purchase oil that comes in a dark glass bottle to ensure that the light does not reduce the oil’s potency.

One more note, never ingest the oil orally.

Share other ways that you use your tea tree oil below!

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4 Ways to Add Turmeric into Your Life for a Healthier You

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Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. It’s one of the key ingredients in many Pakistani, Indian, Persian and Thai dishes and has incredible medicinal value, too. Below are just some of the reasons why turmeric is good for you.

  • It prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
  • It’s a natural liver detoxifier.
  • It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  • It may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloid plaque buildup in the brain.
  • Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
  • Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
  • Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
  • Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

Now, here’s how to use it!

1. Spice up your food.

Add this spice to anything, besides sweets, for a new flavor and a ton of health benefits. You can use turmeric to add some zest to cooked vegetables, eggs, and meat dishes. You can also add it to boiling water you’re using to make pasta, rice, soups, and more.

2. Drink it as a tea.  

Bring four cups of water to a boil. Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.

3. Use a turmeric supplement.

I like to take a turmeric supplement a day in case I am traveling and am unable to cook with it.

Here is a great source to purchase organic turmeric from.

4. Mix it with castor oil for a skin detox.

Castor oil with turmeric powder is a powerful toxin releaser for your skin. For women, it is great to apply to the breast and under arm area because it will pull out harmful toxins from the lymph nodes and fat cells.

Do you already use turmeric? If so, let us know what you think in the comments below!

* We are not doctors, please consult your physician before adding turmeric or any other supplement to your diet. 

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How to Dream Big…and Do It

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“You are born and then you die, but in between you can do anything you want. It’s society that creates rules for us, but you can break out of that.”

These kinds of statements can be inspiring, but also overwhelming. The mind tends to initially say, YES! I agree! I can do anything I want! 

But then mental chatter enters, But, where do I start? I don’t even know what my passion is. Maybe I’m just not one of those people…and the list goes on and on.

We all have a creative, inspiring, purposeful drive within us, it just takes some time and meditation to make it tangible. Give yourself a break — it may have been decades since you even gave this concept thought…too focused on paying bills and making a “good life.”

Here’s the permission to throw your cares out the window and find your passion…then do it!

What do you want? 

Ask yourself: What do you spend your free time doing? I’m not talking about laundry, Facebook, or going out for drinks…

What do you do when you have legitimate free time? What do you foster, what do you research, and what subjects can you never get enough of?

Then notice your natural inclinations (be sure to remove pressures that aren’t yours from the equation – i.e: things you don’t necessarily love doing, but think you should). What are you inclined to spend your time doing? After all, we don’t have unlimited time here…your best bet is to spend it doing things you love.

Once you begin to recognize and develop your interests…they will turn into passions, and when you’re passionate about something, you’ll become an expert in it, seemingly by accident — It won’t be stressful or pressure-filled.

Let “what you want” come to you organically. That’s the only way to be sure it’s not motivated by something outside yourself. All that really matters is that your passion resonates with you.

Getting There

So you have figured out what you want. That’s the hardest part.

How do you make it tangible? Baby steps.

Spend as much time as you can devote to this passion. Your genuine love and creativity for it will pour out of your every word when talking about this topic.

People will begin to gravitate to you for advice, or may even connect your with people that can help you grow “it.” This is the law of attraction. When you are genuinely interested in something and have a good intention, the universe will conspire to bring you the resources you need to fulfill it. Surprise yourself… and let it happen.

About the Author:

Jessica Cooper is in her mid-twenties and currently resides in Boston. Her main focus is to live a life full of meaning and happiness. Read more of her wonderful articles on The Holistic Hippy!

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5 Stress Relievers That Are Virtually Free

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We all experience stress. It can come with change, insecurity, a long to-do-list, or sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. Here are some helpful tips to manage and get rid of your stress, no matter where you are or how tight your budget is:

1. Relish good music and good memories. 

A study was performed at a nursing home that found that when individuals listened to music from their favorite era, (say, the 1950s), their seratonin levels increased and their symptoms of depression decreased.

I think this tells us that forcing ourselves to take a break in the day and listen to an old favorite song, looking at photos of happy memories, or talking to a long-time friend for a few minutes really makes a difference in our mood and state of mind. It doesn’t take long, and it has profound effects on your overall well-being!

2. Try breathing exercises and meditation.

Focusing on taking full, deep, cleansing breaths is one of the most effective and quickest ways to relieve stress. Breathe in through your nose, and out through your nose, feeling the breath fill you and then exit. Watch your breath move throughout you with your mind’s eye, bringing your attention to your internal self, and feel your body relax.

Bringing your conscious attention to your breath automatically calms your mind and brings you to a state of meditation. A technique for beginner mediators is to count your breath, on the exhale, up to ten and then begin back at one.  If you lose track, simply go back to one. To learn more about mediation, please read here.

3. Use nature to find inner peace.

Find a place to sit for at least 15 minutes where you won’t be too distracted by cars or other people. Just sit there.

By actively watching your surroundings, you will see that the trees, grass, and plants must adapt to survive. Change should be embraced with trust that it is necessary in order for something better to enter your life.

Focus on one tree for a minute and notice how it adapted to its surroundings in order to grow. Maybe you notice that there is a fence obstructing where branches could grow, and see that the tree gracefully re-directed itself in order to survive and flourish. The tree doesn’t give up just because there are obstacles. Obstacles are just a reason to find a new path. Don’t stress about the obstacles in your life. Trust in yourself and in the Universe that a new path will appear for you to flourish in.

4. Think about the Universe, and put it in perspective.

Put your worries into perspective. Although you may have a few things on your plate that you could do without, is that “thing” that’s stressing you out so much really going to matter in 5 days, 5 years, or 50 years from now?

Maybe yes.

But honestly, nothing is so important that you sacrifice your health, your state of mind, and your interactions with others. Being in a state of stress is not only destructive to your immune system and overall health, but it doesn’t feel good, either.

Your stressor is going to exist regardless of how you respond to it…you might as well have a positive attitude about it. It is what it is, why make things worse by your reaction to it?

Isn’t it relieving to know that you are responsible for how you react to events in life? Once you stop giving control to things outside yourself, (i.e.: the “stressful event” that occurred), you stop victimizing yourself and take back the control of your emotional response and the world is yours.

And… I like to think that a positive attitude not only makes the feeling of being overwhelmed disappear, but it makes you feel better, too.

5. Write down an action plan.

Action plans are always a go-to to alleviate stress. Jotting down a few quick bullet points immediately allows your mind to let go of that stressful thought. A list lets you focus on relaxing but still know that you have a plan to conquer the to do list, or whatever the stress is.

If all else fails, take a nap!

How do you relieve stress? Let us know in the comments below!

All photos by Marcus Cooper.

About the Author:

Jessica Cooper is in her mid-twenties and currently resides in Boston. Her main focus  is to live a life full of meaning and happiness. Read more of her wonderful articles on The Holistic Hippy!

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How Many Chemicals Do You Put On Your Body Each Day?

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It’s amazing how we can be so in touch with our health in some ways, but overlook others.

The average woman puts 515 different chemicals on her body each day. From shampoo to eye-liner, it’s truly scary when one takes a deeper look at the ingredient list of the products we keep in our bathrooms.

I think this image helps bring home the message. We do not need to poison our body in order to look beautiful. Just look for products that use natural ingredients. Look on the back. If you don’t know what it is, don’t buy it.

You’ll definitely have to venture out and try new brands since the well-known ones are known for including chemicals in their products.

Be picky in which products you choose! Where you put your money is a vote to the kind of world you want to live in. It’s your body and you deserve to be healthy, happy, and beautiful!

Here are some of my favorite organic and cruelty-free companies:

Gourmet Body Treats: An organic make-up company that’s perfect for women with sensitive skin. Their products are never tested on animals, they are 100% eco-friendly, certified vegan, and contain no synthetic chemicals.

Juice Beauty: My favorite face lotion and fruit stem cell eye cream!

Lafe’s Natural Crystal Organic Deodorant: I have been using it for two years now, works amazingly well and lasts FOREVER. There is no official website affiliated, but it’s sold at any Whole Foods or natural store. You can also find it on drugstore.com.

Alba Botanica: They have my favorite shampoo and conditioner. It smells delicious! I think it works just as well as other products, especially the volumizing line. They carry other products too including lip, body, face, and sun care.

Have you ever used a beauty product that only used natural ingredients? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below!

Meet the Author: Jessica Cooper

I am in my mid-twenties, blogging from Boston, and focusing on living a life full of meaning and happiness.

You can find me on Holistic Hippy. My blog’s purpose is to bring the mind, body, spirit, and environmental awareness to one place. There, you will find helpful tips on how to live in a clearer mind, obtain excellent physical health, find meaning in your life, and do so with an awareness for our environment, making conscious choices.

Every single thing is interconnected, so I find that a holistic approach to finding meaning and happiness works best.

Love & light to you,

Jessica

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15 Things To Give Up Today

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Life is already difficult, complicated, confusing and stressful. Don’t make it worse for yourself. Give up these 15 things for a happier and healthier you!

1. Give up your need to always be right

There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong — wanting to always be right — even at the risk of ending great relationships and causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it.

Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?

2. Give up your need for control

Be willing to give up your need to control everything that happens to you and around you — situations, events, people, etc. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will feel so much better! This applies to everyone, whether they are loved ones, co-workers, or just strangers you meet on the street.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” – Lao Tzu

3. Give up on blame

Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your negative self-talk

 Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” – Eckhart Tolle

5. Give up your limiting beliefs

…About what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” - Elly Roselle

6. Give up complaining

Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things; people, situations and events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy and no situation can make you sad or miserable, unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it.

Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism

Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. Give up your need to impress others

Stop trying so hard to be something you’re not, in hopes that others will like you. It doesn’t work this way.

The moment you stop trying so hard, the moment you take off your mask, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you’ll find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. Give up your resistance to change

Change is good. Change helps you move from A to B. Change allows you make improvements in your life, and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change — don’t resist it.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” – Joseph Campbell

10. Give up labels

Stop labeling things, people and events you don’t understand as “weird” or “different.” Minds only work when open.

“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” – Wayne Dyer

11. Give up on your fears

Fear is just an illusion. It doesn’t exist until you create it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

 12. Give up your excuses

Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them.

A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses — excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even legitimate.

13. Give up the past

I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present, and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have (and all you will ever have).

The past you are longing for — the past that you are now dreaming about — was ignored by you when it was the present. So stop deluding yourself, and be present in everything you do. After all, life is a journey, and not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

14. Give up attachment

The moment you detach yourself from all things (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them — because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another. Attachment comes from a place of fear, while love is pure, kind and self-less. They can’t coexist) you’ll become so peaceful, tolerant, kind and so serene, that you’ll arrive at a place where you understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.

This is a concept that, for most of us, is difficult to grasp. It was for me too (it still is), but it’s not impossible. You get better and better at this with time and practice.

15. Give up living your life for other people

Too many people are living a life that is not their own. Instead, they live their lives according to what others (their parents, their friends, their teachers, their government, their enemies and the media) believe is best for them.

They ignore their inner voice and inner calling. They are too busy pleasing everyone else, living up to other people’s expectations, and so they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget themselves.

You have one life, this one right now, and you must live it, own it, and never let other’s opinions distract you from your path.

I hope my tips guide you down the path to happiness.

All photos by Marcus Cooper

Meet the Author: Jessica Cooper

I am in my mid-twenties, blogging from Boston, and focusing on living a life full of meaning and happiness.

You can find me on Holistic Hippy. My blog’s purpose is to bring the mind, body, spirit, and environmental awareness to one place. There, you will find helpful tips on how to live in a clearer mind, obtain excellent physical health, find meaning in your life, and do so with an awareness for our environment, making conscious choices.

Every single thing is interconnected, so I find that a holistic approach to finding meaning and happiness works best.

Love & light to you,

Jessica

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