Craniosacral Therapy, Stress, and the Nervous System

Do you have an injury that is taking an unusually long time to heal? Or maybe you are pushing through headaches, belly aches, hormonal issues, or muscle pain on a daily basis?

In our modern and busy lives, many of us are operating on overdrive. Multitasking, overstimulation from technology, and constant everyday stress leaves us “on” at all times. It is now widely recognized that this imbalance can lead to low energy and chronic health issues. The American Medical Association stated in 2016 that: “It has been verified through scientific exploration that more than 80 percent of all diseases are due to stress and strain that originate in the mind and reflect on the body.”

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New Year Resolution: Overcoming Sugar Cravings

Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year!  The beginning of a new time.  A time for reevaluating our past year and making new goals, new resolutions, and new commitments. Many of us make resolutions about health and wellness, which can be particularly daunting after weeks of holiday feasting. One of my goals every year is cutting back my intake of sweets and overcoming sugar cravings, which I found to be a very daunting task, but along the way, I’ve learned many important things about our relationship with sugar and tips on how to say no to sugar.

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Stay Healthy in Autumn: Seasonal Tips for Well-being

 

The leaves on the trees are turning brilliant shades of yellows, reds, oranges and yellows and we welcome the day with a crisp, cool scent, we find ourselves in autumn.  Autumn, especially in the New England where we are located, is a beautiful time of the year and a very important season in the Chinese Medicine system.  Autumn is associated with the Metal element and the time of the year when we put emphasis on organization, order and developing boundaries.  It is a time that allows for introspection and transitioning from the high energy Yang of the summer days, to the darker, colder Yin winter ahead. In this time of transition it’s important to change your habits with the season to stay healthy in autumn.

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Happiness from the Root Source: Your Gut

Did you know that around 6 pounds of your body is made up of bacteria in your gut?  Did you also know that of the total number of cells in your body, about half are your cells, and the other half are bacteria cells?  You maybe wondering, why so much bacteria and what is it all doing inside of me?  Over the past few years, scientists have been uncovering the answers to these questions.  One of their biggest findings is that your gut biome or community of bacteria, plays a crucial role in your states of happiness.

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Holistic Solutions for Sleep

In the early 1900s, the average American slept 9 hours a night.  Fast forward a hundred years to today and we are finding the average American sleeps between 6-7 hours on a weeknight and 8 hours on the weekends.  In that short time, we haven’t evolved to need less sleep, so what is happening with those vital 2 to 3 hours of rest, relaxation and restoration?  And where have these hours?  We have replaced a good night’s rest with a combination of coffee and other stimulants, late nights glued to computer and televisions screens, and other unhealthy sleeping habits that can result in insomnia.

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Jasmine: A Tea for Love

Jasmine, Jasminum officinale or Jasminum sambac, is a flower famous and well-loved for its wonderful fragrance and often enjoyed when it is paired with Green Tea, or sometimes Black tea or Oolong tea, from the Camellia sinensis plant.  It is part of many traditional Asian and Middle Eastern tea cultures, including China, Japan, Vietnam, and Iran, but has made its way into Western tea culture of the modern day and to our some of our uplifting tea blends at Arogya.

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Coffee to Tea Signature Cleanse

We, at Arogya, have created a comprehensive and holistic Coffee-to-Tea Signature Cleanse to help you make the transition from coffee to tea, reduce your caffeine consumption, and help your body revitalize its natural balance and bring your body, mind, and spirit to a place of harmony and restoration.  Each day, you will start with a caffeinated tea and as the weeks progress, the caffeine concentrations will decrease.

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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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Golden Milk (Mylk)

I am a turmeric enthusiast. This yellow spice, celebrated for its powerful anti-inflammatory and detoxing properties, finds its way into many of the meals I cook for my family.  We also enjoy supping ample amounts of Arogya’s Turmeric Ginger Healing Blend.  Recently, I felt inspired to dress up this nourishing tea with coconut milk, turmeric power, cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and raw honey.  The result was this pleasantly zesty version of golden milk. 

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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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