The 101 on DIY Tick Repellents Using Essential Oils

Like our entire team at Arogya, I feel blessed to live nearby the lush forests of Connecticut. I’m grateful for the ability to enjoy well-preserved trails, forage for edible gifts such as ramps and thimbleberries, and to simply breathe in the diverse flora and fauna. At the same time, living amongst nature also means existing side by side with ticks, including Ixodes scapularis. This hard-bodied arthropod, commonly referred to as the blacklegged or deer tick, is responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease, as well as the malaria-like parasitic disease babesiosis and two rarer, potentially fatal conditions: Human granulocytic anaplasmosis (which has only been reported in Wisconsin and Minnesota) and Powassan Virus (one case has been reported in Connecticut).

You’ve probably heard (or might have noticed) that 2017 is an especially prolific year for deer ticks.

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Chinese Ritual of Foot Soaking

I always remember sitting around a circle soaking feet and chatting about our day with my family growing up. Foot soaking is a common traditional Chinese health remedy used to detoxify the body, promote circulation, relieve pain, and optimize total wellbeing. Immersing the feet and legs in a tub of herb-infused hot water for 20 – 30 minutes at the end of the day can be a very powerful and restorative ritual. Our Herbal Foot Soak Tea bag is packed with powerful ingredients such as Epsom Salts, Green Tea, Therapeutic Herbs and pure Essential Oils. Finish your soak with a foot massage – your feet will thank you!

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Chaga

Chaga Tea: a Powerfully Medicinal Mushroom Tea

Pat Lewis, a landscaper from Portland Maine, is a friend of ours who always gives us a unique gift: wild-crafted chaga mushroom. Working in the wilds of Maine, he often comes across this highly medicinal mushroom. The first time he gave us some pieces of of this dark, wood-like mushroom, we had never seen it before, and didn’t quite know what to do with it. However, after researching and experimenting, chaga tea has become a beloved medicine in our home.

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The Health Benefits of Tea

When we drink tea, we feel good! It’s an intuitively and scientifically-proven healthful beverage. Tea, which specifically refers to the drink made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, is the most widely-consumed beverage after water. When humans first began drinking tea, it was regarded as medicinal brew, and was often boiled with other healing herbs. In our modern age, science has confirmed the health benefits of tea for the mind and body. The particular benefits of each kind of tea vary due to the differences in geographical terrain, processing methods, and seed varietals, which result in the five main categories of tea: White, Green, Oolong, Black and Pu’er.

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Behind the Scents: the Beauty & Power of Natural Perfume

As the director of Arogya Holistic Healing and Arogya Tea for the last 19 years, I’ve had the blessing to pursue and share my creativity with the greater Fairfield County community. One of my long time passions has been natural perfumery. This year has culminated in a reformulation of my four signature scents, as well as two new roll-on perfumes. I am proud to present these 100% natural perfumes, free of any synthetic chemicals, to the community, and to the world via our online store. Today I’d like to share a little bit about becoming a natural perfumer, and the beauty and power of natural perfumes.

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Holistic Remedies Medicine Cabinet

Creating a Holistic Medicine Cabinet

Having a well-stocked holistic medicine cabinet is essential for a healthy and natural lifestyle. With a variety of products on hand you can naturally treat so many issues in the comfort of your home, with safe, effective and non-toxic ingredients. Here are our recommendations for holistic products you can use for common ailments and issues. Where can you find these products? If they are available on our website, there is a link provided. All the Chinese formulas are available at our retail store in Westport, CT (or can be ordered by phone). For the rest of the products, they can be found at most health food stores.

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Fire Monkey

Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and starting on the new moon of February 8th, the Year of the Fire Monkey begins! The combination of fire and monkey energy is particularly exciting because together they will bring a year of opportunity and action! The Monkey is all about movement, creativity, go-getting, flexibility, sociability and taking risks. It’s a year to just go for what you really want – no more procrastinating!

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Make 2016 a Journey to Your Best Health!

It’s that time of year again for new intentions, new habits, and new ways of doing things for a healthier, happier you!  At Arogya Holistic Healing we are passionate about helping people to make healthier lifestyle choices, and we want to encourage everyone to make 2016 the Year of Health! A year to make real changes in your life to bring wellness to your mind, body, life, family, and relationships.

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A Closer Look into Waldorf Education

I have always been fascinated by the Waldorf educational system. Waldorf schools offer classical education that integrates experiential and artistic learning, in an environment emphasizing academic excellence, respect for diversity, and reverence for the natural world. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Therese Leaderer and Christina Dixcy, both faculty members at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School in Newtown, CT. As Waldorf faculty, their mission is to develop each child’s unique capacity to engage meaningfully in the world by inspiring creative thinking, moral sensibility, and passion for learning. Here is some of our conversation about Waldorf education in our modern world.

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