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Monthly Archives:August 2015


Top 10 Activated Charcoal Uses & Benefits





Activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t reabsorb them. It’s made from a variety of sources, but when used for natural healing, it’s important to select activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources.



One of the most popular activated charcoal uses is for the safe and effective treatment of poisoning and drug overdoses. It’s used in emergency trauma centers across the world. In addition, it’s used to reduce bloating and gas, lower cholesterol, treat bile flow problems safely during pregnancy, and even prevent hangovers.


Whenever you take activated charcoal, it’s imperative to drink 12-16 glasses of water per day. Activated charcoal can cause dehydration if adequate amounts of water aren’t consumed in tandem. In addition, this helps to flush out the toxins quickly and prevents constipation experienced by some individuals.



In addition to being a safe and effective treatment for poisonings and the removal of toxins from the system, additional activated charcoal uses include deodorizing and disinfecting, and it’s an important step to cure Lyme disease.








How to Reduce Stress, Pain and Anxiety with Essential Oils

Stress Takes a Toll on Wellness and Beauty, No Question.

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Let’s take a look at stress and what happens when you are stressed:


According to the American Psychological Association’s 2014 Stress in America survey more than 75% of Americans admit to feeling stress at various points in their lives.

From getting stuck in traffic to major life events, you’re bound to experience stress at some point in your life. The trick is knowing how to recognize it and counteract its effects.

The effects of stress can become apparent in your appearance all too quickly.


Stress factors, like constant work overload or ongoing relationship issues, cause a rise in the body chemicals cortisol and epinephrine.

These are the chemicals responsible for the “fight or flight” reaction we get to stressful situations, and cause an elevated heart rate and blood sugar levels. It’s your body’s way of preparing for action. If this goes on for long periods of time, chronic stress begins to deteriorate the body – starting with your external appearance.


Dr. Amy Wechsler, author of “The Mind Beauty Connection”, says: “Stress causes a lot of damage to the skin and hair… Sleep deprivation and negative emotions like worry, sadness and anxiety cause “stress aging,” which can do even more damage to your skin than the passage of time. Inner turmoil always reveals itself on the surface.”


It’s no wonder stress affects skin. It is the largest organ of the body and consists of a plethora of blood vessels and nerve endings, that are directly affected by brain activity.

The stress hormone cortisol breaks down collagen in the skin, which causes wrinkles. Acne, cold sores and wrinkles are all exacerbated by stress. Alopecia, a condition that causes patchy baldness is also greatly affected by stress. According to Dr. Wechsler, stress can age you by three to six years.


There are several ways to deal with stress.  Daily meditation and deep breathing, exercise, getting enough sleep, Skin Brushing and calming the stress with Essential Oils are favorite ways to do this.  (Of course, you have to try to reduce whatever is causing the stress in the first place, which is not always easy.)  We will focus on Essential Oils to reduce stress in this post.

Use of plant-based, all natural Essential Oils is age-old and wise. Unlike medications that may have a number of side-effects or harmful reactions.


Essential Oils are typically used in two methods:

  • Aromatherapy (inhaling the scent and helping brain receptors)

  • Topical Application (for absorption into the body and bloodstream)

Each Essential Oil has healing qualities, cures and applications. The beauty of the oils is that they can be blended together to compliment each other and work on specific ailments, or they can be blended with a “carrier oil” for topical use. (Many Essential Oils are too potent to be applied topically alone.)


Zen DeStressInhaling the scent of specific essential oils can give a calming effect and actually reduce cortisol.

There is a powerful mind-body connection associated with aromatherapy.  The beauty of using Essential Oils is that topical use is amazingly effective as well.

What are some of the best Essential Oils for stress?

Lavender, Clary Sage, Neroli, Roman Chamomile and Rosemary.

These very oils are blended together in the Zen DeStress Essential Oil Blend.


  • LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL, a key ingredient in this blend, is well-known to be calming and is an excellent essential oil for stress, nerves and anxiety.

  • CLARY SAGE and NEROLI ESSENTIAL OILS are often used in the treatment of depression and helps bring your spirits up.

  • ROMAN CHAMOMILE helps calm anxiety and irritability while bringing a sense of calm.

  • ROSEMARY has been proven to actually decrease the level of cortisol in the saliva. Cortisol is one of the main stress hormones that are released by the body in response to stress.


  1. You can inhale it directly from the bottle to help reduce stress on the spot.

  2. You can put it in a diffuser and let it fill the air so you can breathe it all day or night. (It also helps you sleep).

  3. You can apply it directly on your skin – we recommend the back of your neck, wrists, back of knees or bottoms of feet.

  4. Combine all 3 methods!

The Zen DeStress Blend is available on Amazon here, or on our webstore (click below)!

REDUCE STRESSArm yourself, and Zen Out!