The nose knows: using aromatherapy to relax and de-stress

The smell of freshly baked cookies, flowers in the garden, a hearty meal in the oven … scents can AromaBLOG.fwconjure up powerful memories and emotions. Did you know that certain scents can help you relax, sleep or concentrate? Using aromatherapy to relax and de-stress is a habit you can easily integrate into your life.

Smell is the sense that has the closest connection to our limbic system, allowing it to affect our emotions. Aromas are more than a pleasant scent, they can be a pathway to improving your mental health. When the right side of our brain is in overdrive with stress or anxiety, the simple smell of a fragrance can allow us to clear our mind and look at a situation more logically.

The effects of jasmine and lavender have been directly compared to the effects of anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax. Citrus fragrances like lemon and orange can help you Continue reading

Beyond conventional medicine

Using holistic therapies to manage PCOS

holistic therapies for PCOS promoMany women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) are all too familiar with the wide variety of symptoms that accompany this hormonal disorder. These can include irregular periods, acne, excess hair on the face and body, and elevated insulin levels. PCOS is also the most common cause of infertility in women.

Our goals when treating PCOS are to manage these symptoms, and there are a number of medical therapies that we use to do this effectively.

Treatment options for many women can also include a number of holistic therapies that can be used alongside conventional therapies for optimal healing and illness prevention.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the more common alternatives that women with PCOS might consider:

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