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6 essential oils that can ease your headache

Headaches are one of the most annoying conditions and usually caused by stress, fatigue from work, dehydration, hunger etc. While you may find instant relief from over-the-counter pain medications, we always try to turn to natural remedies first, in order to avoid all the chemicals that comes with.  A great example of these natural remedies are essential oils.

Essential oils have a lot of benefits; They are not only great for cleaning and sanitation, but could also help relieve several conditions including headache. Let’s take a closer look:

Peppermint provides a nice cooling sensation on the skin, making you feel relaxed. This makes it an all-around headache relief because of its ability to inhibit muscle contractions and stimulate blood flow in the forehead. When resorting to peppermint oil for your headache, you need to apply it directly on the affected area.

Not only does peppermint oil help you ease our headache but it also freshens the breath, relieves menstrual cramps, relieves sinus pain, relieves allergy symptoms, reduces bloating and relaxes muscles.

Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils and that is because of its amazing benefits to the body. This oil is known for its calming effects which serves as a way to treat specific conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress, and nerve -related insomnia. In addition, lavender oil also cures you of your headache, specifically migraine. If you have a headache that is related to an allergy, you can also count on lavender oil.

To get all the benefits from this essential oil, you can use it topically, particularly applying it to your temples or the back of your neck or any part of your head where you feel the symptoms coming. You can also do the inhalation method for a soothing effect. Simply add 3-5 drops of lavender oil on your pillow or a cotton ball you place near you before you got to bed, so you inhale it during your sleep.

Rosemary is yet another natural remedy that help with headaches. It´s usually applied to the skin to relieve muscle pain and spasm. It´s also noted to be a great help when you want to improve your blood circulation. Stress and anxiety disorders can also be treated with this essential oil.

To fully enjoy the benefits of rosemary essential oil, add it to your base oil if you are using one and apply it to your forehead or to any part of your head that experiences pain. You can also add it to your bathwater. Just make sure that it does not get in contact with your eyes or open wounds.

Eucalyptus oil should be your number one pick when it comes to relieving headache. It specifically works against headaches caused by sinus pressure, acting as an expectorant warding off microorganisms and toxins and giving you comfort when you feel a pressure. It is also known to improve your mood and emotional balance.

Roman or German Chamomile
Another way to relieve your headache naturally is to resort to chamomile oil. It does wonders to the body because of its anti-inflammatory, sedative, and neuroprotective properties. Apart from the fact that it’s a great pain reliever, it also works against depression, irritability, and nervous tension related symptoms.

A popular one in the US. Helichrysum has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties doing wonders for your migraines! While slightly more expensive that other essential oils, it is worth the investment!

Give it a try and see if it helps!

This post is contributed by Lea Harris, Certified Clinical Aroma therapist. Her goal, and the purpose of, is to help educate you on the proper use of various essential oils / Photo cred

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Why is breakfast so important?

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, or so the saying goes. For years scientists and specialists have debated how much truth there actually is in this particular mantra, and there is a wide variety of opinions out there. Some claim that they seem to function just fine without ever eating breakfast, and there are even certain diets out there that suggest skipping breakfast altogether.

So while even experts disagree on this, I want to share some facts about breakfast that I’ve come across in the past, as well as some of my own personal experience that shows that skipping breakfast is really not a good idea. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Higher risk of heart disease
One of the biggest reasons why you should really never skip breakfast is the fact that it can potentially contribute to heart problems. A recent study conducted by the American Heart Association brought to light some pretty disturbing facts regarding this issue.

During the study, researchers examined and analyzed a substantial amount of questionnaire and medical data about men aged from 45 to 82, and from the data they concluded that those in this age group who skipped breakfast were at a 27 percent higher risk of heart disease, compared to those who ate their breakfast regularly. So, breakfast is really something that you should incorporate into your everyday routine, if you want to keep a healthy heart. It’s really a small price to pay for good cardiovascular health.

Less energy
If you tend to feel groggy and tired during the first few hours of the morning to the point that you’re simply unproductive, it could be due to the fact that you didn’t have breakfast that morning. Think about it this way; while you sleep, your body still consumes energy (albeit less than when you’re awake) because all your bodily processes that require energy are still happening – you’re breathing, digesting food, your heart is still pumping blood into your cardiovascular system, and so on.

By the time you wake up, you’ll likely not have eaten anything in the last 8 to 10 hours, and all the food that you had yesterday has long since been digested. Therefore, your body is ready for more and needs more nutrients from which it can get the energy you need to get yourself up and about and functioning properly. If you deny it this energy, you’re going to feel like you didn’t get enough sleep, and therefore have to fill up on unhealthy caffeinated drinks, which is never a good idea.

Impaired brain activity
Your brain takes up only 2% of your bodyweight, but it takes up a whopping 20% of your total energy, and that energy needs to be replenished when it’s depleted. Therefore, just like your body, your mind can also suffer from malnutrition and this can lead to decreased productivity, especially if you haven’t gotten enough sleep the previous night.

Furthermore, there are a million electrical and chemical reactions going on in the brain every second, and these reactions require certain nutrients that you have to get from food. Primarily, the brain requires glucose, which is the simplest and most commonly used form of energy that your body utilizes on a regular basis. Without getting fresh glucose from a healthy, balanced breakfast, your brain will be forced to improvise and break down proteins and fats in order to get glucose, which is not a very efficient process and can lead to impaired cognitive function.

So, give breakfast a try. It doesn’t need to be time consuming and your body will thank you for it. In need of some inspiration take a look at our recipes, here and here.

This post is contributed by Theresa Brawner, a 28-year-old fitness instructor from Boston, MA. When she isn’t helping new moms get back in shape, you can find her in the kitchen, working on new recipes.

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Be the change you wish to see

It might not have crossed your mind, but if we do the same thing and follow our same routines every single day, we maintain exactly the same processes and patterns in society.  However, if you open up to small changes, it doesn’t only make a change in your life, but in society as well.

Here are suggestions for three things you can do to make your life and the world a little bit better!

Support your neighbourhood and shop local
There are many chain stores that deliver good and necessary products and services, but if one does not care to support small, local shops and entrepreneurs, we end up with a society totally dominated by the bigger chains. Unfortunately, I’ve seen that too many small cafes and shops have been replaced with big chains for different reasons, and it’s so sad.

It’s important to support local entrepreneurs for several reasons; they contribute to greater diversity, create more local jobs, and offer a variety of choices. Local business owners do often offer a better level of service, and unique products you will not find at the bigger chains. Also, many local shops offer ecological and local products, which is good for you and our society. I have written about local coffee shops in Oslo here, and everything my local community Sagene has to offer here.

Unfortunately, we are often proved that an increasing number of young people are heavily influenced by pressure from the beauty industry, glossy commercials, bloggers and social media. Fortunately, there are great women who are great role models and stand up against this pressure. One good example is Lena Dunham, who poses in whatever she wants whenever she wants even though she daily receives negative comments about her body. Another good example and role model is the artist Alicia Keys who has stopped using makeup all together. 

What if more girls could walk around makeup-free in public, at least once or twice a week. Just imagine the impact it would have on young girls and how people would finally get a realistic picture of women’s appearance and natural beauty. You could for example start with once a week and escalate gradually.

Share your voice and dare to speak up
It’s frightening to see that some (Norwegian) politicians have adopted the Trump-rhetorics when they argue. It’s a very big problem, the same goes for spreading false news. Unfortunately, the more people who are ignorant of patronizing rhetorics and false news, the more these creepy trends grow. If you see racial / overbearing / sexist status updates in your feed, why not comment below and take a stand? I hope and believe that resistance from the general public may curb these trends. No one wants a society where patronizing rhetorics are normal and something that we are accustomed to and accept?

As a journalist, I must also remind you that source criticism is important. If a statement seems untrue, dare to ask where she or he got it from.

Lead by example and be the changes you wish to see in the world.

This post is contributed by Camilla Hellum, journalist and Editor in Chief of the Norwegian online magazine:

You can also check out her Instagram account and/or Facebook page.

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Being a good girl in 2017

Performance anxiety is a word I hear many young women around me, myself included, use very often. Living in a society that is characterized by speed, success and increased individualization it’s not so surprising.

It’s primarily young women who suffer from this type of stress. The experience of high demands and low self-esteem seems to be some of the causes.

I guess most of you have heard about the “good girl”- syndrome? Something I myself can identify with. Which has made me start thinking about the factors behind it. How young girls are characterized the role of being a responsible and caring person. And this starts already in preschool, where they are taught to be calm, nurturing and kind and are often rewarded based on their presentations, which in the long run can lead to difficulty distinguishing their performance from their value as a person.

My own performance anxiety and my need to be a “good girl” has given me many sleepless nights. I can lie in bed all night long, planning and preparing for the upcoming day, since I want to be in control of any situation. I need to be, so that I can do a good job and make everyone around me happy. In social situations, I am often the one who takes responsibility as well. If I see someone sitting by themselves I walk straight over to them and start a conversation. Include them and make them feel seen. In a constant need to make the people around me happy.

Exhausting you might think? Yes, it is…

I remember last year, when I received the results of my exam at the University. It turned out to be far from what I wanted and had hoped for, leaving me with the feeling of being a complete failure. In that moment, I lost myself a little. My mom tried to comfort me, saying it’s ok not to walk out of there with top results when you have a fulltime job on the side, but in my head I only heard one voice: telling me I was useless. I forget all the factors in my life playing a huge role in my performance on this exam. All I could think about was that I didn’t do well enough, I wasn’t good enough. But the results of my exam doesn’t define me as a person, now does it? It doesn’t define more than my performance right then and there, that Saturday in April.

The statement “good girl” sounds negative in many people’s ears, and for good reason. Our need to be on top of our game all the time, achieve everything we set out mind too, be kind, be caring, be the best. I know exactly how it feels. But at the same time, I have started to reflect upon my performance anxiety and see what it has given me; A job where I am appreciated and been given a lot of responsibility. Friendships that are as deep as they are, thanks to all the commitment I have been putting in them. People who feel loved because of my caring nature.

I think it’s time to fight back

I think it’s time to fight back against the negative meaning this statement has been given and instead lift all the talented young women who struggle daily for a better society. Be proud of the high-performance person you are, but never forget that it’s more than okay to fail. I truly wish more people who recognize themselves in this will settle with the fact that: you are not your achievements, you are so much more valid than that <3

This post is contributed by Anja Hertzberg, who works as a preschool educator in Stockholm/ Photo cred

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When do we become adults?

I know what you are thinking; “Great, another millennial kid with too much time on her hands questioning the meaning of life”. I would not say I have too much time on my hands that’s for sure, but I do question a lot of things. And I am not the only one. Probably because the rarely questioned straight line most of us once followed throughout life (studies, job, marriage, kids, house, career…) is not so straight anymore.

When I was a kid, me and my younger sister thought that we would one night go to bed and wake up as adults. We expected some kind of transformation, a rite of passage or such. We figured it should come around 18 or 20 years old. So, we waited, and waited…and waited. We are now both way over 20 and we had to recognize that nothing of the sort happened. And ever since, I could not help but wonder…when do you become an adult?

One of my friends once told me; “You realize you are an adult the day something happens and you start looking for the adult in charge, and realize it’s you”. Scary thought. But still, I am a 30-year-old g̶i̶r̶l̶…woman who struggles to call herself that. When I say girl, I feel silly, when I say woman, I feel like people are going to correct me.

Does paying your own bills make you an adult? Owning your own place?

I do all that, but still feel like in limbo between childhood and womanhood, like a very very old and awkward teen. We all meet some people in our lifetime that will never grow up, and still, they manage to pay rent and go to work. But I am not childish, put aside my love for the color pink and Disney princesses that is. I’m fully aware I am not a child anymore and I am not even that fond of kids to be honest.

It’s not like I want to stay home and play Barbie doll all day long. I could not even if I wanted to. Have you ever tried to play Barbie again since you gave it up? That or Lego or Playmobile? I did, a few years back when I was cleaning up my room and found a massive box of Playmobile and remembered how I used to mark out rooms and houses with pens and pencils and play for hours with our Playmobile families with my sister. I took some out and tried to “play”. I could not. Nothing. I was bored after 2 minutes, not to mention I felt super silly. So maybe that is it, you become an adult the day you forget how to play out your own stories in your imaginary world where a pencil acts as a wall and a piece of toilet paper as a blanket. But when do you forget how to play?

Does having kid make you an adult? But what If I never want kids? Am I doomed to stay in limbo forever? Or do your own parents, the very representation of “adults” in your life have to, God forbid, leave this earth for you to feel like an adult? When I was 8, a 20-year-old was an adult. When I was 20, a 30-year-old was an adult. Now that I am 30, other 30-year-olds are either adults or my limbo companions. It depends of the vibe they send. I sometimes talk to 24 years old and feel like a kid next to them, old souls…so I wonder…what image do I send back to people?

When I googled the definition of “adult” the first thing that came up was “a person who is fully grown or developed and mature”. Interesting. I am fully grown in the physiological sense of the term. But fully developed and mature? At 30? I hope not. I hope I still have years and years of hanging to that branch that is life, receiving nutrients from the sun and the rain, learning and improving, experiencing and growing to, in the end, turn into a perfectly ripe and mature adult!

I guess until then, I will just fake it until I make it, because, come to think of it, “adult” is just another label that comes with preconceived notions and responsibilities that we are all trying to deal with in our own way, day by day.

By: Morgane Oleron / Photo cred

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Meet your future self and find out how she can motivate you

We start our days like we set our goals; with the best of intentions. We’re going to forgo the doughnuts in the breakroom, we’ll surely go to yoga after work, and we have a healthy recipe for dinner bookmarked in our favorite cookbook.

However, when the time comes to make that decision; pass by the doughnut or pick your favorite, head to yoga or head home, begin chopping or order take-out, sometimes the feel-good-in-the-moment choice wins. It’s a battle everyone faces; feel good and have fun now, or stick to your guns and feel good about it later.

What usually helps is an introduction to your future self. No matter what your goals are – healthier eating, improved sleep, muscle gain, etc. – having a clear picture of you achieving them greatly increases your chance of success. Envisioning yourself at your goal is an extremely powerful motivator that can help you stay the course.

Here’s an exercise to try:
Sit quietly, eyes closed, for a few moments and envision your day to day life at your goal. If your goal is making healthier choices when you eat out, picture this version of you sitting at your favorite restaurant, looking over the menu. Instead of caving for the side of fries, envision ordering that healthy meal you always think you should order, then eating and enjoying it. Picture yourself feeling satisfied with your choice of grilled salmon, brown rice and veggies, instead of stuffed and upset after eating your usual order of chicken parm and fries.

Or how about a fitness goal? Like getting in better shape to more easily keep up with your athletic friends. Picture a day that you hike with these friends without having to stop and rest. Picture a you that says, “yes” to a local 5K without hesitation. What does this life look like? How does this future you feel when she gets up in the morning?

A solid vision of your future self makes it easier to connect your choices today, to the you who benefits from them tomorrow.

Here’s one more exercise to try out:
With the future you in mind, write a description of her day, draw a sketch of her priorities, write her a letter, whatever you need to do to make this future version of you real. Then, when decisions arise, think of her as a real person who will benefit or be left to deal with the result of that choice. Are you helping her, or making it harder for her to reach her goals?

The temptation towards actions that sway from your goal will always be there, so learning to meet them head on and make those choices that get you to your goal – whatever they are – is critical. Use this picture of the future you to help makes those decisions easier. To help you reach the goal lifestyle you’re working towards, connect with that person living it. Do the thing she would do, the thing she would thank you for.

This post is contributed by Dan Chabert. Dan is a runner/ owner of based in Copenhagen, Denmark. When not preparing for a race, he stays busy managing Runnerclick and Nicershoes.

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Enjoy the present not just the presents

My name is Morgane and I am an anxious person. (“Hi Morgane…”).
I usually put the barre really high for myself and expect people to expect the best from me. I excuse people but rarely myself. It’s been like this for as long as I can remember. Until very recently.

My Mom always said there will come a day, with experience (or age), when you start realising no one else has a clue and pretty much everyone is living by the “fake it until you make it” motto. However, I did not just turned 30 this summer and suddenly became calm & wise. No. It took a long journey to get me to where I am today. That is, slightly less anxious and with a tad more self-esteem. Part of that I owe to my relationship to yoga. Oh, how cliché I know. But I am not going to twist my life story to fit the part. So here it goes; I tried yoga about five years ago for the first time and hated it. Absolutely hated it. Then I picked it up again by myself but without really understanding the whole concept. It was when I travelled to Thailand on a kind of “eat, pray & love” experience, except that I ate way more than I prayed, that fell in love with it. Nine months later I was a yoga teacher.

Now that I have established my credentials, I would like to share some things that I strive to remind myself of in order to live more in the present moment and be more focused on myself (in a non-egocentric way), especially in times like these (the Christmas holidays) when everything can get a little frenzy: The pendulum of mind, a concept my teacher taught me during my training and which blew my mind.

As we all know, in life, just like in yoga, it is all about balance. Nature’s aim is to put everything into balance. Why do you think we say “after the storm the sun will shine”? In the yogic philosophy, there is something called the pendulum of mind. Kind of similarly to the concept of karma, according to which each action we take will, eventually, create an equal and opposite reaction, the pendulum shows that our emotions keep going back and forth between happiness and sadness. Meaning that if you are extremely sad, you will eventually be extremely happy, and vice versa. Because as you may have noticed happiness comes and goes.

You can’t do good if you don’t do you good.

It’s also said that to reach enlightenment (the state where you are free from Maya – the illusion that does not allow us to see the true matters of things) – you need your pendulum to stand still. How do you do that? By removing the battery. Which is? Your attachment to your expectations. Obviously, we are not looking to achieve enlightenment today or maybe ever. Let’s face it, a bit of illusion is quite nice in this world. However, it is still an important concept to have in mind in our everyday life: The higher your expectations and your attachment to them, the more exposed you are to disappointment. Plus, most of the time, the expectations depend on people or circumstances: we expect others to act or react a certain way, situations to unfold a certain way… but cannot control them or the outcomes. Who can you control? Yourself. And at the end of the day, who is the most important person in your life? I know who you’re thinking of right now. Your parents, your kids, your partner, your dog. But all that is wrong. The most important person in your life is: you. You can’t do good if you don’t do you good. You need to find your minimum level of expectation to be happy.

Of course, this does not mean we should not have hopes, dreams or be optimistic. It does not even mean we should have zero expectations. What we should get rid of is our attachment to them. Expectation is a belief that something will happen, and we can never be sure of that. Whereas being positive is a mental attitude towards events and facts, which is much healthier!

Forget the pendulum for a second and picture a Christmas tree. Imagine the bulbs are your dreams and hopes, the star on top represents your expectations. They are heavy and make the tree lean to the side, it’s unsteady, ungrounded and unbalanced. If you remove the attachment, the thing that binds the star to the top of tree, it is suddenly much lighter and falls back into place. Steady, grounded, balanced. See what I did here? A beautiful Christmas metaphor. You are the tree.

What the pendulum ultimately also tells us, is to enjoy the present more.

Sylvain Tesson a French writer who spent six months all alone in a wooden house on the shore of lake Baikal (so he had a good amount of time to reflect on those things) wrote something in French that goes like: “Between regrets and desires there is something called “The present”. We should strive to find our balance there”. Regrets are the past we constantly go back to, hoping we had done or said things differently. The desire is the future: the hopes we have for it, because it is always going to be better then, we can’t hardly wait. We are so preoccupied with waiting for it that when it actually happens we do not know how to enjoy it anymore. It comes and goes.  It turns from future to past without giving us time to call it the present.

Bottom line: Enjoy the present, don’t get attached to things you have no power over, and do you good.
Merry Christmas <3

By: Morgane Oleron

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Do you need what you fear most?

Too scared to ask that guy out for a date? Afraid to book that ticket for a solo trip to Thailand? Hesitant about getting a membership at your local yoga studio because you can’t sit still or think you have too much cellulite for those tight yoga pants? Is fear holding you back from the thing you need most in your life?

Earlier this year I had to stop my yoga practice because of a neck injury. I put my mat away, tried to hide my yoga clothes in the back of a drawer, and stopped talking about the thing I loved most. I lost my mindfulness practice, my exercise, my movement – all at once. As a yoga teacher and student whose favorite place on the planet was her yoga mat and who prefers yoga pants over jeans, that was extremely hard. What was even harder, though, was coming back to the mat.

You might think I ran back to the studio as soon as I could practice again. I didn’t. I took me two more months of thinking, contemplating, and – mainly – being scared about going back. What if my body couldn’t do it? What if the teacher thinks I’m bad for not showing up for such a long time? What if my students think I’m not a good teacher anymore? What if I can’t touch my toes anymore. What if… What if… what if…

You need what you fear
One day, with a nervously beating heart, I did go back. My hands wouldn’t stop shaking as I rolled out my mat for a gentle Yin class. But as soon as the soft music started, I rolled back on the mat, letting my back rest on a bolster, I felt my body soften onto the mat, my breath deepened and my heartbeat slowed down.

For me, that first Yin class was the hardest one in the last ten years. It was also one of the best ones, because it helped me realize that what I needed most, was also the one thing I feared.

Ask yourself
What is it you’re so afraid of? What are you not doing because you’re scared?

It doesn’t have to be big or life changing. It can be something small like taking a one-day social media break, contacting a friend you haven’t talked to in ages, or telling your mom you love her. It can be something bigger: maybe you’ve been thinking about quitting your job, telling your good friend you’re in love with him, or going on a big adventure. You know best what you’re afraid off.

Be kind to yourself, forgive, and give yourself permission to try. You don’t have to succeed; you don’t have to tell anyone about your little experiment. Just try, my dear.

This post is contributed by Claudia Menger, health coach, yoga teacher, world traveler and content manager at travel app Find her on and on Instagram.

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How Essential Oils Can Help Stuffy Noses This Winter

There is nothing more annoying than being stuck at home with a cold or flu. There are numerous over-the-counter medications that could be used for treatment, but there are also many natural remedies that tend to be overlooked. Essential oils can play a vital role in helping you kick the bug you have, and in some cases, even prevent it all together.

Essential oils have been gaining popularity in recent years, and more and more are finding their way into the average household. The use of plants for medicinal purposes is nothing new, and as we learn more about how plants were used anciently, many people are applying those principles to how we treat common ailments today.

Common oils and blends to fight stuffy noses
So what are some good blends to consider when dealing with the cold or flu? One of my favorite blends is Thieves. Thieves was created during the plague and it’s a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties. You can use it in a diffuser or spray some onto a sore throat for a soothing effect.

Other blends, such as lavender and chamomile, can help relieve sinus pressure and have anti-inflammatory properties. These can be easily diffused and inhaled while sleeping. They will soothe those aches and pains as well as promote a deeper more restful sleep. When making your own blends, have fun and don’t hesitate to try something new.

Another tip is to treat a pack of tissues with your favorite oil, if you start to feel congestion or sinus pressure. You can then get a refreshing and healing blast every time you blow your nose. Just a few drops of oil on the tissue is all it takes. You can also carry a handkerchief around that has been treated with a few drops of oil. Breathing the oil deeply throughout the day will do the trick on the congestion and help loosen the gunk.

If your congestion is particularly bad you can inhale from the bottle directly a few times each day. This will give you a concentrated and restorative dose. A few drops of certain oils, like peppermint, cinnamon, and lemon, can go great in tea and will have a soothing and healing effect on a cold. Inhaling the steam will also help with the congestion while drinking.

You can also throw 3-4 drops of oil into an air diffuser or humidifier. This is a great method to utilize while sleeping. It will add moisture to the air as well as provide antibacterial qualities. Lastly, you can add a couple drops to some boiling water and then put a towel over your head while breathing deeply.

The “best buy”
When considering which oils to purchase, the quality is of utmost importance. It’s also important to ensure that the oil is pure. Some companies will add synthetic materials as a cost-cutting measure. This can entirely alter the medicinal quality of the oil and disrupt the desired outcomes.

Get creative
You can get creative in how you use oil, the goal of these methods is exposure. During cold and flu season you want to be exposed to essential oils throughout the day. It will work wonders at preventing and treating your cold if you take some time to increase your exposure. Using creative ways makes that process fun and easy.

Whatever your method you are sure to love the practice of using essential oil. Good luck!

This post is contributed by Sally Wong from Think Oily. She has been a manual therapist as well as a massage therapist for the past 15 years and because of her Chinese heritage, she has a lot of interest and knowledge in essential oils. 

Photo cred: Maximumhealth 

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Steps to becoming a happier person

When we came across Norwegian blogger, Kristina Andersen’s blogpost about different ways to be happy, we loved it. She was kind enough to let us share it with you lovely readers, so here are her best tips on how to become an overall happier person.

Think positive
I am under the impression that thinking positive can get you in a better mood and make your everyday a little happier. So turn your mindset around. Wondering how to do that? Let’s say you hate mornings, then your start off your day with negative thoughts. Instead, try to focus on the positive. If you have a desire to be a happy and satisfied person, then you must first learn to think in a better and more positive way.

Be grateful
Being grateful automatically provides a happy feeling. Did you know that elderly say that the times they are the happiest, is when they are filled with gratitude? Appreciate the small things in life; like that good cup of coffee in the morning, a phone call from a grandparent or a nice day at work. And most importantly; the people around you. Those are all things that make everyday life so wonderful.

Inspire yourself – Spend time with people who make you happy – Laugh a lot

Sometimes you may not feel like smiling, but do it anyway! There are so many reasons to why you should; A smile can actually trick your head into giving your body a positive feeling, no matter how you feel. Pretty cool, right? And smiles are contagious. If you smile to others, chances are that they will smile back.

Listen to yourself
Take the time to do what makes you happy. Feel like spending a Friday night at home, watching your favorite movie, instead of being social? Then do that! Don’t feel the pressure of having to do this and that at all times. Remember; your allowed to say no. Listening and respecting your own needs is hard, but crucial for a happier everyday life.

Annoyed at someone or holding a grudge? Let it go! Free yourself from negative energy by simply forgiving, because resentment will never lead nowhere. It will only steal your joy, so don’t give that power to anyone. Learn to let go.

Translated by: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Kristina Andersen / Originally posted in Norwegian here.