The Emotion Machine: Meditation Can Change Your Genes

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Meditation has existed as a form of mental training for thousands of years, but it’s only recently that psychologists and neuroscientists have discovered just how much of a change it can make in our lives.

Last year UCLA researchers found that those who had a long-term practice in…

jeou:

Follow the Rose, Elisa Raats for Fine Taste Magazine #8 Summer 2011

jeou:

Follow the Rose, Elisa Raats for Fine Taste Magazine #8 Summer 2011

crimson-valentine said: Beautiful blog, I keep wanting to reblog everything! :)

Oh good! Please do xo

naturally great smile

The last few years have seen a boom in teeth whitening products. But there is an old school method too, which is much safer for enamel, and promotes total oral health. The Indian practice of oil pulling is pretty straightforward: upon rising, on an empty stomach, swish a tablespoon of unfiltered, cold-pressed sesame or sunflower seed oil in your mouth for fifteen to twenty minutes. Swish it around your gums and through the cracks between your teeth. Afterwards, spit it in the trash or toilet (the residue is thought to be mildly toxic, and undeniably slimy), rinse your mouth, and brush your teeth as usual.

Oil has cleaning properties which water and alcohol lacks. It pulls surface stains off the tooth, making your smile noticeably brighter after brushing. The technique is thought to help with gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth sensitivity as well. Personally, I’ve found a huge difference in how my mouth feels-more like a proper, dentist’s office cleaning than a simple toothbrush session.

The benefits of oil pulling are thought to include detoxification and cellular renewal, and anecdotal evidence suggests everything from clearer skin to clearer sinuses. For more information, visit oilpulling.com. The best thing is that this practice requires nothing but a bottle of oil and a simple commitment of your time! And maybe a big glass of water after.

My friend was feeling down, so I made her a cake! But she’s also a vegan and an athlete, so it had to be a really healthy cake. A really, really healthy cake. 

Hello, potassium, magnesium, whole grains, B vitamins. Hey babe. I made her this baked banana cake!

It was amazing! I added some pumpkin spice.

olive leaf

My mom called me a few weeks ago saying that she had found a supplement that had radically changed her quality of life.  She has been on high doses of two pharmaceuticals for a few years now, and has actually stopped taking both of them with the help of olive leaf.

I’m not going to recommend stopping your meds, obviously, but I think that this experience can speak strongly to just how potent Olive Leaf is. It boosts the immune system, first off, but also helps your body fight fatigue and lethargy by improving your body’s cardiovascular condition. It helps regulate blood pressure and increases energy. I noticed that since I started taking it, my coffee and sugar consumption has certainly decreased, and these are foods that we take for quick energy fixes.

I am really glad that I found this little miracle herb in time for December. It’s a crazy month, with everything coming to stressful climax. While the holidays are magical, they also mean a lot of shopping, awkward family dynamics, and travel. Not to mention how any work projects need to be wrapped up by the end of the year, and how students have to deal with finals! In conjunction with the change of seasons, December madness has the capacity to render you fatigued, stressed out, and open to catching a cold or flu because you’re stretching yourself too thin.

Keep calm and take olive leaf!

aloe!

aloe!

(Source: k-0-chnl)

lunations:

same.

lunations:

same.