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Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils Review: Rosemary, Peppermint, Thyme, Ginger

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Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils

This is a review of Nature’ Fusions essential oils.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Nature’s Fusions:

The Highest Quality in the World, Guaranteed.

We have worked for years with the best international suppliers, chemists, and laboratories around the world to get the highest quality certified therapeutic grade essential oils in the world. All of our oils are certified to be 100% pure and free of pesticides or other chemical residues. They have undergone rigorous testing to insure they meet or exceed all international standards on Purity and Safety. All of our oils have been cross tested using mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography to ensure both extract purity and composition potency of each batch. Would you like to see the data charts from the tests?  Just ask! We understand that these graphs and charts may be difficult to read or understand and would be happy to discuss the scientific details with you if you’re so inclined.

Ultimately, unless you can read somewhat complicated data charts, are familiar with current medical research, and can determine the impact of hundreds of individual components in essential oils, knowing which oils are not only ‘pure’ but also good enough to be ‘therapeutic’ is a question of trust.

Here at Nature’s Fusions, we value your trust more than anything else – we have put in the time, effort and money to bring you the best essential oils in the world, just as you would expect a doctor would do with a prescribed medication – and this is shown by our 100% satisfaction guarantee and our commitment to honesty in communication. Essential oils are awesome for the uses in which they work. But there are plenty of times they don’t – and while there are plenty of articles that claim essential oils will cure every malady known to man, here we try to cut through the misinformation and pseudo-science that surrounds the essential oil field.  For that reason, we are an ‘open book’ – ask us anything and we’ll be happy to answer.

So give it a try. Try us out, and we guarantee that you will be impressed – not only with the quality and utility of our products, but with our prices, our honesty, and our dedication to you as a person.

If you are currently using an essential company that tries to hide information or won’t divulge their secrets and ‘proprietary’ items, then I wouldn’t trust them.  This is your health – what is there to hide?  Would you trust a doctor that wouldn’t tell you what was in the medicine he/she prescribed?”

I’ve reviewed a few of Nature’s Fusions’ oils before and had a fantastic experience with them. You can read that review here.

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My Thoughts:

Essential oils are an major health booster in my everyday routine. I use them in a multitude of ways and I always get excited to try them differently as I learn more about them. I was eager to incorporate these four into my daily routine in these ways:

Rosemary: added to my shampoo to stimulate hair follicles– it acts as a catalyst for hair growth, added to my green drinks to alleviate headaches

Peppermint: in homemade toothpaste, for acne spot treatments, added to tea.

Thyme: taken orally (in water) for menstrual cramp relief

Ginger: taken orally (in water) for stomach discomfort, or after I’ve eaten some not-so-healthy food–as it rebalances my stomach’s pH.

The most useful essential oil in my house is definitely the peppermint. I use it every day (you can read my homemade recipe here) to brush my teeth, treat a sudden acne breakout and to sooth an irritated stomach and reduce inflammation in my body. Besides the benefits, the best part is that it leaves your breath smelling fresh and minty.

Using thyme for menstrual cramps seemed to work okay–but not completely alleviate my cramps. However, I have always had very intense menstrual cramps. Perhaps, I need to start taking the thyme a few days in advance before my time of the month comes to combat the inflammation and cramping.

I don’t have any issues with thinning hair on my head, but do like adding a drop of this essential oil to my night eye cream to help stimulate more brow growth. Along with tweezing less, it seems as though my brows have filled out a bit more. I also believe you can get the hair boosting benefits of this oil by ingesting it–which is why I sometimes add it to my blended, homemade green drinks.

I seldom have issues with a sour stomach, since I eat lots of plants every day–but it happens on occasion. To prevent and treat stomach and digestion issues, I like taking this ginger essential oil in water–and it works well. Also, it’s completely organic & natural (much better than the junk-filled stomach medication you will find at the drug store).

In regards to quality, Nature’s Fusions is amongst the very best. This brand also creates many different essential oil blends that are geared towards certain things like motion sickness or muscle aches. I look to them for many of my essential oil needs.

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Mika Yoga Wear Review

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Mika Yoga Wear

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Mika Yoga Wear:

“Mika aims to produce affordable, fresh, flattering, feminine workout wear for women all over the world. We understand the differences and uniqueness each body has and strive to produce products which will encompass all. Each piece has been thoughtfully crafted with this in mind. The beautiful blend of fabrics satisfy all workouts; whether you’re in the hot yoga room, twirling on a pole, or simply running around town, our clothes offer long-lasting comfort and durability. We design our products to move and contour to each woman’s body no matter the movement or workout. However you move, Mika products will move with you. We strive for you to feel comfortable, confident and inspired. Let Mika allow you to let go of distractions and be in the moment.

Mika Yoga Wear is family owned and operated from our factory in Peru to our office in California. We know you will feel the love and be satisfied with our product. From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy and endear your Mika wear!

Perfect products for those practicing Bikram yoga, Hot yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Power yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Pole fitness, Pilates or any other Fitness activity.”

Serene Top

About:

Suu-reen: calm, peace or tranquil; unruffled.  It’s no coinkidink this top is perfect for…everything. You don’t stop at looking fabulous when you workout; you want a little flare, but not too much, you look through your closet, and alas, you find the perfect crop top that has the best of both worlds. The Serene top will add to your wardrobe, making you look fabulous as you sweat, or layer under your daily clothes.  The delicate braid flatters and defines the back, making you look chic, and sporty, while the crop accentuates your trim waist.  A built-in shelf bra provides extra support, and the braid keeps the halter  away from the neck for added comfort and less strain.  Sport this top in hot yoga, yoga, the gym, dance class, or wear as an under-shirt, under a low-scoop back shirt to show off the unique braid.

Features: braided razor back, shelf bra

Fabric: Perfit

Care: Wash with like colors.  For best results, hang dry, or tumble low. Do not wash with towels.

Designed for: hot yoga, dance, swim, a little flirt, a lot of comfort

Activity level: best for low to medium intensity

Flat Seams to avoid chafing

Medium-low scoop neckline.”

Bella Pant (Tall)

About:

“A pant that can take us everywhere, from the bed, to the gym, to yoga class, to getting a pint of ice cream and baking brownies at home (you deserve it after a hard working day).  You won’t want to take these off once you’ve slipped into their comfort.  For a lazy Sunday, or an active week, these will surely be the right fit for any activity.  The soft and supple 2” waistband blends into your hips with ease, no pinching, tugging, or adjusting.  The 30″inseam is ideal for the average female height, not too long and not too short.

Features: soft 2″ waistband, with newly re-designed front-tie strings, gusset lining

Inseam: 30″

Fabric: Perfit

Care: Wash with like colors.  For best results, hang dry, or tumble low. Do not wash with towels.

Designed for: hot yoga, yoga, dance, running, biking, gym, lounging,  and everything under the sun

Activity level: best for low to high intensity

Semi low rise

Waistband flexibility provides about 4″ of stretch.”

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My Thoughts:

These two pieces have been a real treat to wear. The quality of the fabric is incredibly comfortable, yet substantial and practical enough for intense running and workouts. I’ve enjoyed wear this Serene top (it’s supportive enough and stays put) for outdoor summer runs. The braid and cut of this top is so unique and I found it to be figure flattering.

My favorite thing about these pants is the fit and the length. I love that Mika offers the “tall” option. I’m about 5’9″ and often find that athletic pants aren’t long enough for my liking. These are plenty long (with about a 36″ inseam). No worries about wearing high-waters with these 🙂 The drawstring waist is normally something I wouldn’t expect or desire in a yoga pant, but in this case it works well and is comfortable to keep them up on my hips (though not absolutely needed–because they stay put). They feel great while running, but these pants are my favorite for lounging/running errands pants because of the comfy material.

This is a pretty simple review for me to write because I have no complaints. Mika has been very helpful, friendly and their products are excellent and worth every penny. I have nothing but good things to say here:

-Fit is fantastic

-Comfortable fabric

-Figure flattering

-Pants are not transparent (as some spandex pants tend to be)

-Long enough for tall women

-Cute and unique style

Go check out this amazing brand! I’d encourage you to browse their yoga wear even if you aren’t a yogi–as I’m an avid runner (occasional yoga practicer) and have found these pieces to be perfect for my running routine. I even look forward to exercising just so that I can wear them!

Estroblock Pro Triple Strength Pro Review + My Acne Journey

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Estroblock Hormone Balancing Supplement

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I love having this platform as an opportunity to share products that have literally changed my life. Estroblock has been the game changer for my hormonal, cystic acne that has plagued my face for years.

About Estroblock:

“Fight Acne

Estro Block clears toxic estrogens, while restoring good estrogens. Most acne is caused by toxic estrogen buildup. These synthetic estrogens also cause cancer.

Detoxify Hormones

Pesticides, pollution, high fat foods, and plastics of all types convert into these toxic cancer causing estrogens. Defend yourself with Estro Block

Reduce Fat

One of the most common symptoms of toxic estrogens is stubborn fat that just won’t go away. These synthetic estrogens cause fat to build up in a synthetic way that does not respond to natural methods for weight loss.

Estro Block Pro

Is 3x more potent than the original Estro Block!”

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My Description & Thoughts on Estroblock:

I have tried MANY supplements in hopes that they would target and eliminate my acne (that I believed to be hormone related–and potentially caused by prior synthetic birth control use). There are so many products similar to Estroblock out there (as they depict in the above diagram) that are not as high of a dosage, are in a form that is not readily digested, or are not as high quality as Estroblock. Let me just cut to the chase and say this:

I believe that Estroblock (a non-gmo, plant derived supplement) is the single most effective supplement I’ve ever taken for my acne.

I have written a more in depth diary of my struggle with acne in an earlier post, which you can read here.

I did not document my skin progress month by month, but I did take a picture when first starting Estroblock–which shows the areas of my face that I struggled with most. (As embarrassing as it is to share, it’s worth it knowing that I might be helping someone progress on their own skin journey).

November 2013/Approx. May 2014

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Side Note: I was eating very sensibly and healthily and still struggled with these blemishes.

I realize that the lighting is different in each of these photos, and they are not the best side-by-side comparison. However, I can assure you that there’s a big difference. All I deal with now are acne scars and the occasional pimple or two from my menstrual cycle (which are few and far between).

Like I’ve suggested here, it has taken my skin (and hormones) several months to get back on track. It was not an immediate fix. It’s important to note, though, that most natural remedies that involve balancing hormones are never going to be a quick fix. Your body needs time to rebalance itself. This route is better than taking a prescription acne solution because it truly gets to the root of the problem and addresses it in a natural manner, rather than using chemicals to solve the problem in the short run.

I can’t recommend this product enough to those that struggle with hormonal acne–I’m so glad I discovered this product and I’m happy to share it with all of you. I would say that Estroblock Pro is the best bet for those that have acne that looks similar to mine (around the chin and jawline). You are likely to see more thorough results by taking the Pro version. Cost-wise, Estroblock is not cheap. It’s $39 dollars a bottle and that lasts you a month. HOWEVER, at the risk of sounding like I’m preaching–I have to say…This is an investment in your health (and for many, your confidence). To me, it is well worth the money. Many other cheaper brands that you will see are cheaper for a reason–they are not non-gmo. Also, once you get your hormones back on track, you are able to wean yourself back down to small dosage of Estroblock (especially if you are eating a clean, plant-rich diet).

Body Sculpting Exercises Women Can Do at Home to Build Muscle as featured in the Houston Chronicle

Body Sculpting Exercises Women Can Do at Home to Build Muscle

by Jesica Salyer, Demand Media Google

Women can make their home routine just as effective as a gym routine.
Women can make their home routine just as effective as a gym routine. 

Taking your workout to a gym is not the only way to effectively build muscle as a woman. With some space and a few free weights, you can challenge and strengthen your body so that it becomes more sculpted and muscular. Remember, diet is one half of the equation in gaining muscle. Make sure you eat plenty of lean protein, vegetables, fruit and healthy fats to fuel your body properly so that it’s able to replenish itself and grow.

Incorporating Weights

Though body weight exercises will allow you to strengthen your muscles, you will witness more noticeable results if you use extra weight. Having a dumbbell or kettlebell at home can mean endless possibilities for your workouts. Start with a moderate size weight — at least 15 lbs. You want this weight to challenge you, as lifting too light will not help you sculpt your body. According to “Fitness” magazine, increase the weight you lift, not the reps, to increase your strength. In addition to having weights handy, find a spacious area in your home that allows a range of movement.

Deadlift to Upright Row

Your focus should be on integrating moves that target your upper and lower body, simultaneously. An effective example of this is performing a deadlift into an upright row. Start upright with your feet shoulder-width apart, gripping your dumbbell or kettlebell with both hands. Bend forward at the waist, bending your knees slightly as you come down. Bring the weight down to the ground, then use your hamstrings to pull it back up. As you become upright, pull the weight up to your chest by elevating your elbows. These moves target your hamstrings, glutes, shoulders and back. Do three sets of 15 repetitions.

Squat to Shoulder Press

A squat into a shoulder press is a move that will help sculpt and build your quadricep, hamstring, glute, lower back and shoulder muscles. Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding your weight to your chest. Bend your knees and drop your butt down so that your knees are above your toes. Drive your weight down through your heels and push your body up. As you come up, extend your arms and push the weight upward. Maintain good form by keeping your shoulders back and chest out throughout the entire movement. Complete that sequence 15 times. Do three sets.

Lunges with a Twist

Weighted lunges are highly effective at sculpting and building your hamstrings and glutes. When combined with a twist, this move becomes a full-body exercise. Start with your weight in hand and arms extended in front of you. Take a large step forward, bend your knees and let your butt sink down. While in this tense position, rotate your torso and bring the weight to one side of your body. You should feel tightness in the top of your shoulders and your obliques. Repeat starting with your other leg, bringing the weight to the other side. Do three sets of 15 repetitions.

Read the published article here: http://livehealthy.chron.com/body-sculpting-exercises-women-can-home-build-muscle-9134.html

Rooted Beauty Lip Butter Review

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Rooted Beauty Lip Butters

Overall Rating: 3 Stars /4 Stars

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About Rooted Beauty:

“At Rooted Beauty, we believe that the skincare products you use every day should be made with safe, recognizable ingredients and enable positive change in the environment and in the lives of women around the world.

All of our products are carefully crafted with botanical and fruit extracts to naturally nourish your skin and are delivered in innovative sustainable packaging. In addition, we take global impact seriously and are committed to genuinely impacting the lives of women around the world. Our Woman2Woman™ project links each product we create to the project of a specific woman burdened by extreme poverty, abuse or sex trafficking.

When you purchase one of our products, you are directly enabling real women to break free from the bondage of extreme poverty and sex trafficking. On our Woman2Woman page, you can learn more about our partnering organizations and each woman whose life is being changed through your purchase.”

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Passionfruit Lip Butter

Rooted Beauty’s Description:

“Rooted Beauty Passionfruit Lip Butter is a pure, creamy and rich lip conditioner that is infused with natural passionfruit extract. Our nourishing formula is packaged in a biodegradable paper tube and a portion of the proceeds for this product help Marta send her son back to school and receive recovery counseling from being deceived and trafficked.

Ingredients:

Cera Alba (Beeswax), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cocoa (Cocoa Butter), Natural Passionfruit Flavor, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).”

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Orange Vanilla Lip Butter

Rooted Beauty’s Description:

“Rooted Beauty Orange Vanilla Lip Butter is an all natural and nourishing lip conditioner that is infused with nutrient-rich fruit extracts. Our nourishing formula is packaged in a biodegradable paper tube and a portion of the proceeds for this product help Bela learn to cook, enabling her to begin a new life.

Ingredients:

Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter, Honey, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil.”

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Razz Lime Lip Butter

Rooted Beauty’s Description:

“Rooted Beauty RazzLime Lip Butter is an all natural and nourishing lip conditioner that is infused with nutrient-rich fruit extracts. Our nourishing formula is packaged in a biodegradable paper tube and a portion of the proceeds for this product help Makya provide for herself by enabling her to sell food in the local marketplace and receive recovery counseling.

Ingredients:

Butyrosperum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter, Honey, Natural Flavor, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

All 3 of these lip butters are similar in quality of ingredients. The ingredients lists are better than average, as they are familiar and plant-based. However, I would think more of them if they were organic.

Flavor/scent-wise, I think:

Passionfruit is sweet and fresh tasting and smelling. This one would please most that like a fruity lip butter.

Orange Vanilla is an interesting combination to me that absolutely works. I love orange and I love vanilla but wasn’t sure that I’d like them together. The orange gives the richness of the vanilla some zest. I love the rich, lightness of this one. I’d encourage you to try it if you’re unsure like I was.

Razz Lime is a bit tart and zippy combo. Like the passionfruit, its a nice fruity lip butter that adds a little citrusy punch to the lips.

All ingredient and flavor talk aside, I think it’s a beautiful and empowering thing that Rooted Beauty seeks to help women through their Woman2Woman campaign in which they donate portions of their sales for a greater cause. This is a selfless thing that you don’t see often, especially from many brands that are still growing and expanding. This ups my rating for these products a bit!