The Best Essential Oils For Colds, Viruses, And The Flu

The Best Essential Oils for Colds

Are you one of the millions of people who have come down with a nasty virus or even the flu this season?

If so, I hope you’re feeling better.

But whether you’ve already been ill this season, or you’re one of the lucky ones who hasn’t been infected, it’s always good to be prepared by boosting your immune system and knowing how to reduce the symptoms when you do get sick.

Flu shots and over-the-counter medications that claim to help control the symptoms of the flu do little to stop the annoying nasal congestion, headache, or the virus-infected stomach issues that make you miserable.

Treating the flu is a monumental task. The medicine available through drugstores may initially help a symptom or two.

But viruses have a way of ignoring what the doctors prescribe because most medications don’t have enough of the right antibodies that help the body’s immune system conquer these cell-invading villains.

Flu shots may help some people, but viruses have a way of ignoring those shots and firmly planting themselves in the middle of your body’s life support system. They do their dirty work until they become dormant, or the body finally finds a way of destroying these invisible body snatchers.

Even though the medical profession is on top of hundreds of illnesses, treating the flu, colds, and viruses is still a challenge.

But the best essential oils for colds come from the plants that give us the strength we need to fight these masters of dis-ease. Essential oils are still the best way to get rid of these nasty body invaders. That may sound a little naïve, but the facts don’t lie.

Essential oils have the right antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial ingredients to stop the symptoms of one of the worst health villains in recent history faster, and they keep us protected longer than any modern remedy on the market.

Scientific studies prove there are anti-viral properties in essential oils. Inhaling essential oils gives the body the tools it needs to recover from a viral infection, and to keep us healthy all year long.

We think it’s time to give essential oils the credit they deserve in the fight against the flu, colds and invading virus symptoms. We put important facts together about these plant-based oils so you can be the judge.

Once you understand the science behind these essential oils, you’ll have another natural tool in your arsenal of preventative treatments and symptom relievers for those days when you aren’t feeling your best.

What Are Essential Oils?

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Best Weighted Blankets For Adults With Anxiety And Insomnia

Best Weighted Blankets for Adults

How has your sleep been lately?

If you’re anything like me, not only do you have a hard time quieting your mind after a busy day to fall asleep, but you also find yourself getting up several times throughout the night.

Perhaps daytime stress or an anxiety disorder makes it more difficult to get the sleep you need, leaving you even more anxious during the day when you aren’t well-rested.

This creates a cycle that can turn into debilitating long-term bought of insomnia.

If you can relate to this, which most people can, your anxiety, insomnia, or sleep disorder is likely affecting your daytime productivity and your overall health.

Sleep disturbances create a long list of minor issues that can quickly turn into primary health concerns if your sleep troubles continue to go untreated.

Not getting sufficient sleep, whether it is related to anxiety or insomnia, can negatively impact your normal functioning during the day.

You may have tried guided sleep meditations, over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids, and anti-anxiety medications to help you with your insomnia. But these aren’t long-term solutions.

You might be surprised to discover one very effective strategy you can use to help improve the sleep that you may not have tried — a weighted blanket.

Although weighted blankets are often used to help children who deal with various emotional and mental health conditions, this post focuses on weighted blankets for adults.

Weighted Blankets for Adults With Anxiety

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10 Must-Know Signs Of Relationship Compatibility

When you’re in a new relationship, everything about the person you are seeing seems perfect.

You put your best foot forward, and so do they.

Finally, you’ve found your soul mate — someone who meets all of your criteria for the perfect man or woman.

But as the bloom fades from the new romance, you realize that some of your criteria boxes haven’t been checked.

Your perfect partner has pulled a bait and switch or maybe never had the desirable qualities to begin with.

According to University of Maryland professor, Ty Tashiro, 88 percent of people believe soul mates are real.

However, this fairy tale view of romance negatively impacts the likelihood that couples will stay together in the long term.

“All this wishing has led to a case of wanting everything and getting nothing,” says Tashiro his book, The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love.

Though 90 percent of people will get hitched in their lifetimes, only three in ten stay together — factoring in a 50 percent divorce and separation rate.

People want everything in a partner and are therefore more likely to end up with nada.

However, Tashiro offers a more positive directive for dating hopefuls seeking to find somebody to love:  don’t lose hope — lose the idealism.

Take a closer look at yourself, where you are, what your needs are, and what real compatibility means.

Bitten by the love bug but wondering if Mr. or Ms. Right might not be right for you?

These 10 signs of relationship compatibility can help you figure it out:

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The Ultimate New Year’s Resolution Idea List And Success Plan

Do you feel excited or intimidated when you think about making New Year’s resolutions?

Maybe you feel a little bit of both — excited at the possibility of success and intimidated about the potential for failure.

Most of us do give up on our resolutions within weeks of setting them. We begin with bang and end with a whimper, once again feeling like we don’t have the “right stuff” to follow through on our new year’s resolutions.

If it makes you feel better, you aren’t alone. Setting goals and developing new habits is hard if you don’t know what you’re doing. Most of us don’t know how to approach goal-setting and habit creation in a way that fosters success.

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10-Minute Holiday Stress Relief Using Mindfulness Practices


That’s the average amount of money U.S. consumers expect to spend on Christmas gifts this year.

107.3 billion.

This is the number of people glutting the highways for holiday travel — not to mention the increase in surface road traffic from frantic shoppers trying to get it all done before December 25th.

In addition to spending more than we really want to and fighting traffic and crowds, the holiday season can stress us out for a sleigh-full of reasons.

Our “to-do” lists and calendars explode with extra holiday tasks and obligations — attending parties and children’s events, holiday decorating, mailing out cards, wrapping gifts, hosting guests, and preparing festive meals. It’s enough to make you want to slap an elf.

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Big Five Personality Traits: What Is Your Score?

How would you describe your personality? How would the people who know you well describe it?

Do you know your personality type, and if so, does it ring true for you?

Personality type is intriguing but sometimes confusing. However, understanding our own personalities and how others perceive us is a big part of self-awareness and emotional intelligence.

This awareness can also help you make better career decisions, have more empathy for others, and improve your decision-making abilities.

By embracing your own personality and how you are naturally wired to interact in the world, you can better manage your life to support your strengths and modify your weaknesses if necessary.

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The Pivotal Differences Between Intrinsic And Extrinsic Motivation

Take a minute to think about the sources of your motivation. What makes you do the things you do?

Do you go to work to get a paycheck, or because you genuinely enjoy your job?

Do you drive the speed limit to avoid punishment, or because you value your safety and enjoy taking the time to take a break from everyday life in the car?

These are perfect examples that show the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Many things can motivate you to do what you do, but the primary difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is whether you are driven by an internal desire or by some external force that can be positive or negative.

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How Many Calories Do You Burn While Walking?

They say laughter is the best medicine when it comes to mental health, but what about physical health?

Hippocrates believed walking is man’s best medicine, and if you’ve spent any amount of time at the local park, I’m sure you’ve witnessed people “taking their medicine.”

Not only is walking inexpensive (unless you do it at the gym), but it’s easy to do with a friend, your dog, or alone.

Walking not only gives your leg muscles a workout, but it also gives your heart (cardio!) a workout while you burn calories and lose weight.

Whether you try to walk a certain number of steps or a certain amount of time, it’s always good to get up and walk.

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