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Aromatherapy has become quite popular and its use has extended into food, household, and cosmetic products. Essential oils are incorporated into skin care, hair care, or other products. However, some of these products are not used for the essential oils’ therapeutic benefits, but rather for their aromatic qualities.
Some argue that these products are not true aromatherapy, given that they do not provide therapeutic value. And this may be true if the products use adulterated essential oils, colorants, and perfume essences instead of pure essential oils. To ensure that aromatherapy products are therapeutic, it is important to obtain them from reputable sources, such as from healthcare providers, health coaches, and Registered Aromatherapists™.
Aromatherapy is a well-studied approach, providing evidence of its benefits and therapeutic properties. The study of aromatherapy includes holistic aromatherapy, aromatology, aromachology, aromatograms, among others. I will explain what these in detail.
Lady’s slipper orchid is a shy and quiet plant. It survives best in undisturbed natural habitats (Gladstar, 2000). The plant was used medicinally for centuries, and it was so effective that herbalist over-used it. They did not pay attention to its delicate nature and harvested it almost to the point of extinction.
It is hard to find this orchid in its natural habitat, and it is also hard to cultivate it because it requires specific conditions to reproduce itself.
The story of the lady’s slipper orchid provides a good example of the grave consequences of taking our natural environment for granted, and not following sustainable practices. I will tell you more about this delicate plant, and why you should care.
A healthcare provider I was working with shared with me that a friend of hers who works for a smartphone manufacturer advised her to take precautions when using her cellphone. He told her that if it were up to him, knowing the health risks cellphones pose, he would not carry a cellphone anywhere near his body.
A few days later I came across the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) guide for safer cellphone use. EWG’s mission is to provide information for people to live healthier lives and have a healthier environment (EWG, 2018). Then I found out California released guidelines to help its residents reduce exposure from radiofrequency from cellphones.
Although I have not found conclusive evidence of the damaging effects of radiation from cellphones, enough sources cautioned against using cellphones excessively. I decided to look further into it, and here’s what I found.
Lagom is a Swedish word roughly translating to “not too much and not too little,” “everything in moderation,” or “just right.”
I heard it for the first time a few of weeks ago through an article on Thrive Global claiming “Lagom: How The Swedish Philosophy for Living a Balanced, Happy Life Can Help You Live a Meaningful Life” (Oppong, 2018). I was intrigued because I- like I would imagine most of us- am interested in living a meaningful life.
After reading it I immediately reached out to my Swedish friend, Agnetha Gustavsson. Initially all I wanted was to know if the article was accurate, but I grew more intrigued. Could lagom really provide the balance and meaning many of us are hoping for? Here is what I found in my quick research.