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3 free meditation apps worth storing on your phone

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It might seem counterintuitive to use tech to help with your meditation or mindfulness practice, but, surprisingly, these apps almost feel analog in the way they simply help you set up the conditions to go inward.  1. Insight Timer There are several different ways to use Insight Timer ranging from sleep-inducing stories and meditations, courses on subjects ranging from releasing self-limiting beliefs to finding joy through mindfulness or a way to customize meditation timers using recorded sounds of gongs or crystal bowls. This app also is a great way to keep yourself accountable to your practice with detailed charts and...


Where do essential oils come from?

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Where do essential oils come from?

Despite their rise in popularity, there still seems to be an air of mystery around where essential oils come from and how they differ from other oils. So here it is, a simple biological answer to the question: where do essential oils come from? The short answer to this question is that essential oils come from plants. The more detailed answer is that plants produce essential oil for various reasons, including to prevent competing vegetation from growing within their area, to serve as a defense against insects or other animals and to protect themselves from bacteria and fungus.  Essential oils...


5 Mistakes To Avoid When Trying Natural Remedies

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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Trying Natural Remedies

Natural remedies are effective and useful alternatives for treating various types of skin ailments. The trick is to understand how to use them properly so that you can enjoy their benefits instead of accidentally making your situation worse. Here are five common mistakes to avoid when using natural skin care remedies. 1. Apple Cider Vinegar Burn A quick Google search will enlighten you to the various benefits of apple cider vinegar in helping to tighten skin, eliminate acne-causing bacteria and make pores look smaller. It could be that all the excitement that ensues after arriving at a new and cheap...