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Everyday Essentials: My Favorite Laundry Day Oils

With my sensitive skin and sensitivity to chemical smells, I quit using chemical laden, scented laundry detergents and dryer sheets ages ago. Instead, I use doTERRA’s On Guard Laundry Detergent to wash my clothes, and I use unscented dryer sheets with a couple of drops of essential oil for a light, natural scent when I dry them. (And I’m on the hunt for reusable dryer balls that are NOT made of wool or plastic! If you know of any good ones, please let me know.)

I keep three bottles of oil on the laundry shelf and decide which one to use on the dryer sheets, depending on my mood. You can use others, of course – but these are my three favorites!

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Peppermint

Did you know the peppermint plant is a natural hybrid of watermint and spearmint? It is believed that peppermint was first cultivated in England in the late 17th century, and the ancient Greeks and Roman valued it for its stomach soothing properties. Peppermint Essential Oil is steam distilled from the whole plant and has a high menthol content. It is a “cool” oil – meaning it can be applied topically to the skin for a refreshing sensation. Read on for five of my favorite ways to use this remarkable oil!

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Wild Orange

Cold pressed from the peel of the orange, Wild Orange Essential Oil (citrus sinensis) is one of my absolute favorites. And yes, I realize I say that about a lot of oils…but it’s always true! I have many favorites, and Wild Orange is a must-have in any essential oil collection. It has an invigorating and energizing aroma, and it is a powerful cleanser. It’s incredibly versatile – and inexpensive! Read on for a few ways to use this remarkable essential oil.

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Mushrooms vs. Breast Cancer

Based on current data, 12.4% of women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetimes. This estimate is based on a report published annually by the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. This means that each of us has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The good news?

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Five Easy Healthy Living Tips to Start Using Today

Healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated, overly time consuming, or expensive. Start moving toward a healthier you with these five quick and easy healthy living tips.

1. Start the day with a smoothie. Smoothies – made the right way, with fruits, veggies, and no added sugar – are a quick and easy way to start the day. My favorite elixir is awesome and simple: put a couple of handfuls of spinach or kale, two celery stalks, a handful of cilantro, half an avocado, a fresh squeeze of lime juice, and about half a frozen banana, a small green apple, or a few fresh strawberries in a high-powered blender with about a cup of filtered water or coconut water, and blend until smooth. Voila! You have a tasty, nutrition-packed smoothie to kick off the day.

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Five Quick and Easy Vegan Breakfasts

Getting a good breakfast can be a challenge, especially during a busy work or school week. I usually start each day with a glass of lemon water, followed by a reasonably healthy and filling breakfast about an hour later. Here are my five favorite go-to vegan breakfasts.

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Why Vegan?

Per the Vegan Society, “veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” It isn’t just a diet, it is a lifestyle choice. And it seems like being vegan is the en vogue thing right now! From Hollywood types to Olympic athletes, people all over the world are turning to veganism as a way of life. Wonder why? Here are five compelling reasons to embrace a vegan lifestyle.

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