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What About CBD?

What About CBD?

A few people have asked me about CBD products recently, and although I don’t incorporate them into my aromatherapy blends, I decided to focus on them for my post today because I do believe that Cannabis sativa products are beneficial.

Before that, let me clarify the difference between hemp and CBD products and marijuana, since there is a clear distinction.

The Difference Between Hemp & Marijuana

Hemp and marijuana come from the same species of plant. Marijuana or Cannabis sativa is an herb that is commonly found around the world, although it originated in Asia. It produces psychoactive effects in the body due to a constituent in the plant called THC or tetrahydrocannabinol.

Hemp is also Cannabis sativa but it is a variety that has low levels of THC. Thus, hemp has no psychoactive effects.

CBD or cannabidiol is another constituent found in hemp and marijuana, although hemp has higher levels of CBD than marijuana. Hemp also has higher levels of CBD than THC. CBD does not produce psychoactive effects in the body.

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2019 Intentions & Review of 2018

2019 Intentions & Review of 2018

On this last day of 2018, I am reflecting on what I have lived through this year and wanted to share some of the most significant moments for me and Petal Life.

I also want to look forward to 2019 and set intentions for the starting year.

Most Read Articles of 2018

This year I wrote on a range of topics, including forgiveness, connection, reducing stress at work, chakras, placebos, crystals, and many others. I interviewed my friend Agnetha to share about Swedish Lagom as a key to a balanced lifestyleand my friend Amy to share her approach to do-it-yourself cleaning products. I told you about herbs such as spearmint, turmeric, and black-seed, and about pine essential oils for arthritis as well as aromatherapy for anxiety and constipation relief.

As per your engagement, the most popular articles in 2018 were:

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Our Connection is Evident in the Origin of Foods

Our Connection is Evident in the Origin of Foods

We take for granted that we can find most crops almost anywhere in the world. Walk into a grocery store and it is likely we’ll find bananas, kiwis, black pepper, corn, and various other spices and produce, regardless of where they originate from, be it Ecuador, New Zealand, Chile, India, Mexico, or somewhere locally.

But that is not as it was.  In fact, corn, vanilla, and avocados are native crops to Mexico and Central America, and cacao, tomatoes, and potatoes are native to the Andean region of South America (Island Press, 2009).

Globalization of food production enables us to grow crops outside of their native environments, and while this is convenient, it also has created a greater connection amongst us that we now may take for granted.

The extent of our interconnectedness is awe inspiring. Let me show this by telling you about the origin of black pepper, potatoes, and limes.

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Stevia: Safe & Healthy Alternative to Sugar

Stevia: Safe & Healthy Alternative to Sugar

We’re in the midst of the holiday season and with it an increased consumption of sweet and baked goods.  At a time where so many of the foods commercially available are laden with sugar, and excess sugar consumption has been found to be detrimental to our health, it is important to find alternatives.

There are, of course, many alternatives to sugar, including honey, agave, molasses as well as sugar substitutes that don’t add caloric content to the food.  However, most of these calorie-free sugar substitutes come with consumer alerts.  The latest one I saw was on a toxic chemical released in Splenda when it is heated.  Studies found that dioxin, a cancer-causing compound, is released when Splenda, particularly sucralose, is cooked (Ji, 2018).

On the other hand, stevia is touted as the healthy alternative to sugar (Santana, 2018).  I decided to learn more about it, and here is what I found.

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The Importance of Mental Health Support

The Importance of Mental Health Support

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), nearly ¼ of adults in the United States are affected by mental health, whether it be anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among others (2017).  This means that over 44 million people in the US suffer from a mental health issue (Mental Health America, n.d.).

There are social stigmas surrounding mental health, including the misunderstanding that people who suffer from mental health issues are more likely to be violent or institutionalized.

The truth is mental health issues affect people of all ages and are no different than any other issues that we face.  In fact, we all suffer from some form of mental health issue at some point in our life. Having discussions and open communication about mental health can provide people with proper support.

Ashely Santangelo (2018) discusses her experience with mental health issues, diagnoses, and eventual support. I was inspired by her story, and it motivated me to write this article.  The holiday season can be a particular trigger for those suffering from mental health issues, which made me feel this is an appropriate time to write about this.

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How to Stop Comparing Ourselves to Others

How to Stop Comparing Ourselves to Others

Measuring ourselves against others leads to feelings of insecurity and that we are not enough.  Comparisons are draining and keep our focus on others rather than on ourselves.  In the long-run, they hurt us.

There will always be people who have more than us, who can do more than us, and who have what we desire.  Similarly, there will always be people who have less than us, do less than us, and are in situations we don’t desire.  It is inevitable.  It is a fact of life that we are better off accepting and not indulging in.

Don’t get me wrong, even though I realize comparisons aren’t healthy, I struggle with comparing myself to others.  I have done it my whole life and continue doing it still, but I have gotten better at managing it.  Here is how I have learned to reduce the desire to compare.

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DIY Cleaning Products: Why & How to Make Them

DIY Cleaning Products: Why & How to Make Them

My friend Amy Rojas Kantorczyk has used DIY or do-it-yourself cleaning products for her home for many years.  I buy eco-friendly cleaning products, which is what Amy uses, but I buy them and Amy makes her own.

I was curious about this and talked to her about it.  It was an eye-opening conversation.  She shared with me some of what she does and how easy and cost effective it is.

Amy worked for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts for many years and was most recently the Director of Operations at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in Sonoma, California.  She interacted closely with the Housekeeping team and one particular housekeeper inspired her to make her own cleaning products.  All it took was white vinegar, baking soda, isopropyl alcohol, and essential oils.

I asked Amy about this and much more.  Here is how our conversation went.

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How to Cultivate Spirituality (Without Religion)

How to Cultivate Spirituality (Without Religion)

“Spirituality begins when you decide that you’ll never stop trying.  Spirituality is the commitment to go beyond no matter what it takes.  It’s an infinite journey based upon going beyond yourself every minute of every day for the rest of your life.” (Singer, 2007).

Those are the most accurate and powerful words I have found to describe spirituality.

Spirituality is a belief and a connection to something that is bigger than us.  It is not linked to religion, although faith in a religion can certainly increase our spirituality.

Spirituality is personal and is about cultivating a connection with ourselves, people around us, and our universe.  It is something that unites us and helps us feel more connected with one another, the Earth, and all beings on it.

Many of us are curious or interested in spirituality but do not know what to do to cultivate it.  Here are five practices we can try.

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Placebos Have the Power to Heal

Placebos Have the Power to Heal

One of the most common arguments we see against the use of alternative, herbal, aromatherapy, or other forms of traditional medicine is that the benefit we have from using these forms of treatment are due to the placebo effect (Null & Gale, 2018).

The placebo is commonly known as the sugar pill.  Scientists argue that traditional treatments are not effective in it of themselves, but that the cure comes from the patient’s belief in their effectiveness.  This they call the placebo effect.

I believe in the effectiveness of alternative remedies.  I have published several posts that share personal stories and studies that show evidence of the effect traditional cures have.  In fact, 80% of the world population uses herbal medicine, and often the traditional remedy is more effective than the scientific or allopathic ones (Ji, 2018; Null & Gale, 2018).

Yet, I also think that our beliefs play a large role in our healing process.  As such, so what if the placebo has a healing effect?  What is wrong with someone believing that something will work, and then that something actually working?  Isn’t that part of the healing process?  I believe it is.  Let me explain why.

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We Should All Write – Here is Why

We Should All Write – Here is Why

I have been writing in one way, shape, or form for many years, but it wasn’t until the last couple of years that I took upon doing so as a habit.  I have found it to be extremely beneficial.

Now, I write every day.  And, I do different kinds of writing, including stream of consciousness writing, creative writing, business writing, and these articles that I write weekly. I don’t do all types of writing every day, with the exception of stream of consciousness writing, which I do daily, ideally in the mornings.  I learned the habit after reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

I have found writing to be beneficial and studies support it.  I will share some of the benefits of writing and provide encouragement for you to do the same.

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