Guest post : Aromatherapy & Pain

Pain as a sensation, both internal and external, has intrigued doctors and physicians for as long as people have been offering medical observations. With the explosion of technological equipment in recent decades, researchers are shining a new light on some surprising avenues as evidence is hinted at, through work in cutting edge research, of their potential benefits. One such relatively heretofore unexplored field that offers tantalizing promise is the research being made into the benefits of aromatherapy, or the therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from plants.

Aromatherapy

The Mayo Clinic, a leading organization of over three thousand doctors and medical professionals, while cautioning that research on the effectiveness of aromatherapy is still somewhat in its infancy, nonetheless offers several potential benefits as its guidance on the subject. Given the many, often insidious, stressors posed by the grind of the modern bustle, perhaps it is essential a person afford themselves as many opportunities to achieve their full potential productivity and feeling of wellbeing.

The miracle of modern medicine has instilled in many of us a great faith towards the power of drug treatment. It can be devastating when such options do not quite offer the relief they potentially advertise. Enter the benefits of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy Benefits

The prestigious Mayo Clinic offers several promising potential benefits that aromatherapy can offer. In particular, doctors there point to lavender oil as being especially beneficial in dealing with pain management. Cautioning with the usual tempered nature of medical professionals, the organization does stress that the research pointing to this potential benefits have stemmed from “smaller studies.” However, the promising data seems to indicate that aromatherapy, particularly the essence of lavender, will “reduce pain” in surgical and therapeutic settings. Symptomatic pain is a monster that can rear its many ugly heads in both the body and mind.

For the fatigues of the brain too, though, aromatherapy seems to offer some form of relief. It is reasonable to say that the majority of people, if not themselves suffering from it, have experienced to some degree the awfulness of depression. A sobering statistic concerning depression illustrates just how widespread the condition seems to be. In the United States, it is surprising to see that an estimated 16.1 million people have had “at least one major depressive episode in the past year,” and this number barely hints at the countless, though perhaps more manageable, fits of depressive feeling that can strike a person at times. Thankfully, a salve of some sort does seem to be available in the usage of aromatherapy. Potentially beneficial in combating depression, the Mayo Clinic attests that usage of essential oils may have “improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions.” Demonstrable relief seems well worth the small investment in lavender oil.

How Aromatherapy connects

There is an established connection between the sense of smell and the limbic system of the brain, which processes emotions. Extrapolating this, several research points suggest an intriguing connection between aromatherapeutical procedures and the pain processing centers of the brain. Though of course more research is always preferred, and in the case of aromatherapy desired, researchers at the American Academy of Pain Medicine offer with certainty extensive observations concerning the “emotional and financial burden” stemming from the “cost of unrelieved pain,” pegging the condition as a 635 billion dollar burden on public health in the United States.

If new advancements in medical research seem to point to the potential benefit of aromatherapy, it is worthwhile the public be made aware. Physical pain, depression, and the many other worrying conditions out there haunting humankind, are rarely solved by one single solution alone. Aromatherapy may help, and if there is a pressing need to relax coming up, give essence of lavender a try. After all, it may just be the breath of fresh air one needs to feel a new rejuvenation.

Author

This article was written by Jon Reyes from Clearwells. He has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.

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Black Friday Shopping Deals that you shouldn’t miss!

Hey guys,

Black Friday is probably the busiest shopping day of the year, officially marking the start of the Christmas Shopping Season. My absolute favorite online shopping site, iHerb is offering such amazing discounts and coupon codes, that I had to share it with you lovely people ♥

Two discount codes

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Black Friday

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If you are already an existing customer of iHerb or you are a newbie, you will receive 10% off your order above the value of $40, by using this code. This code will expire on Nov 30th (at 9.00 PM, UAE time) & is not applicable on products that are already heavily discounted, such as the Brands of the Week offer.

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If you are new to iHerb, using this code will give you 10% off, irrespective of the value of the bill total. This code will never expire. The best part is that this code can be combined with the Black Friday week discount code, which means that a newbie customer will get upto 20% off their bill!

Other discounts happening this week

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Brands of the Week (20% off selected brands)

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Sports Special (15% off selected brands)

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Skincare Special (15% off selected Natural & organic brands)

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Coconut Special (15% off selected brands that has coconut as one of the ingredients in their products)

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Just in case you are looking for some gifting ideas, click the image below to see some gift sets put together by iHerb

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Happy Shopping & if you need advice on what products to try or if you are looking for a specific product and want suggestions etc, just comment below ♥. Just a reminder that iHerb is a US based site that ships worldwide. They ship to UAE in 3 – 4 days via DHL for as low as $8.

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Carry App – Your New Personal Assistant!

Forgot to pick up a birthday present?
Need to deliver products to your clientele?
Want to avoid mall parking but need that dress?

Carry has got you covered!

Carry App

A revolutionary app has just touched down in Dubai, one of the most influential and busiest cities in the world. The Carry app facilitates all your delivery needs through a simple digital interface, catering to both businesses and individuals alike. Delivering packages has never been easier, with a network of drivers available via GPS location and at your service with a touch of a button. It can be difficult to find time for running errands and shopping when running a business or working a full-time job. The Carry app is here to save the day, and save your time too.

Imagine having a personal assistant, without the need of making any phone calls. This is exactly what Carry is, your very own personal assistant that handles all requests with same-hour collection. The user-friendly app also offers a real-time tracking system to watch your package being collected and delivered around the city, from A to Z. All questions you have are answered through live chat, where you can send photos of items you need, making it a simple and smooth experience.

“We are excited to announce the launch of Carry, a new delivery platform aimed at simplifying and improving the delivery experience in Dubai. We are happy to provide both consumers and businesses with bespoke solutions, with a core focus on simplicity and ease-of-use.” said Borhene Ben Mena, Co-Founder & CEO of Carry.

About Carry

Launched in 2016, Carry is an innovative and on-demand delivery app based in Dubai, changing the world of sending and receiving packages. With a few simple taps through the user-friendly app, a network of drivers is available at the customers’ service. The technology behind the app simply connects customers with drivers through GPS location, offering a hassle free service without phone calls.

With same-hour collection and a real-time tracking system, Carry guarantees a seamless and great experience. Customers can follow their packages at any point in time through live tracking, while also receiving notifications during pick-up and delivery. Not only a delivery service, Carry is also a personal assistant. Users can send photos of what they need through the chat button, conveniently getting their errands and shopping done while sitting back and relaxing. Carry promises to give customers the convenience, flexibility and transparency they need while also offering them control, with deliveries just at their fingertips.

App: Carry
Website: www.carry.delivery
Instagram: @carrydelivery
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carrydelivery

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Note: This is a press release, aiming at promotion to a wider audience. I am not compensated in any way for the publication of this post.

Review : Wow by Wojooh Mosaic Madness Eyeshadow Mix (Edition 1)!

Hello beauties,

The Mosaic Madness eyeshadow palette has the right combination of colors. You can create a smokey look or go natural with this palette. The nine colors are different tones of grey, purple & brown. It comes in a black, almost weightless base, fitted with a mirror. It’s travel friendly and the best part is that it lasts a good few hours before needing a touch up. I tested it for about 5 hours and it lasted without any smudging.

Mosaic Madness

Mosaic Madness

The colors are named creatively and here are the swatches :

Mosaic Madness swatches

Under a tube light

Mosaic madness swatches

In natural light

Caramel Caftan is my favorite color and sometimes I just pop this alone on my lids or with just Mocha Chocolata in the crease area. The colors are easily blendable & of a smooth texture. Definitely a palette that’s worth checking out, since it has both shimmers and matte shades. It can help you create diverse looks.

Price : AED 155

Available in all Wojooh stores.

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Herbal Essentials Unveils Its First Derma Kiosk + An Offer!

There’s great news for fans of the Himalayan natural and award winning beauty brand, Herbal Essentials, and Jumeirah dwellers, as your favourite locally born skincare line is about to expand even further and take up home in Mercato Mall. Unveiling their brand new derma kiosk, or The Beauty Hub by Herbal Essentials on October 23rd, the retail hotspot will not only stock a host of beautifully natural skincare products but also aims to go the extra mile for customers by providing them with expert staff who can help educate you on your skin care issues with great advice on what to use and what to avoid to restore that natural glow! 

Herbal Essentials beauty hub

To treat their loyal customers, Herbal Essentials will be offering the first 100 people to book in for a complimentary skin analysis and derma consultation at the Mercato kiosk a free full size product, meaning you not only get expert advice on how to maintain and treat your skin’s specific needs, but the opportunity to try this natural skincare line for yourself. Herbal Essentials believes in adapting ‘Ancient Beauty Wisdom’ from around the world for you, the modern consumer. Their first range is based on the secrets of the Himalayas and the principles of Ayurveda. For those who are unfamiliar with Ayurveda and its principles, it is a science and philosophy that dates back over a whopping 5,000 years that dictates that you can make the most out of your wellbeing and beauty by creating a balance that supports everything from energy levels and digestive health. Herbal Essentials works with natural ingredients combined with water from the Himalayas, providing you with the perfect, all-natural approach to wellbeing and beauty.

The new kiosk promises to treat customers to facts and tips on how to embrace better skin care habits with the offer of free skincare analysis sessions where you can ask for professional advice on anything from pigmentation, aging, acne, allergies and sensitive skin. The wonderful educated staff are on hand to guide you on a road to discovery of products that will bring out the very best version of you. So, put yourself in their capable hands and get ready to open the door to a lifestyle that will change the way you think about health and wellbeing forever.

Award winning UAE beauty brand Herbal Essentials offers a range of skincare products that use pure Himalayan spring water, untouched and unprocessed by man, which take 20 years to pass through natural layers of rock, sand and clay which have superior macro mineral benefits for your skin. Shipped to Europe directly from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, this revitalising water, enriched in calcium, magnesium and potassium lends itself to helping create natural products for the face and body – ancient beauty wisdom with pure Himalayan Spring Water blended to the highest standards in Europe.

All products in the range are all-natural, paraffin and paraben free. Herbal Essentials is a certified member of PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” Programme, meaning products are not tested on animals.  Herbal Essentials products are all certified by Dermatest GmbH, a leading German dermatologist research institute who have approved the products as “dermatologist tested/approved”. The brand is also a proud member of ‘1% for the Planet’ that aims in giving back to Mother Nature what it takes which is knowledge.

** Introductory Offer – First 100 customers to book in for complimentary skin analysis and derma consultation will receive a full size product free **

To book in for your free consultation from the 23rd October, please email beautyhub@herbal-essentials.com or call 800 NATURAL/054 322 8205.

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Poem #1 : Sheikh Zayed!

He was our beloved president
And never there was a better precedent
He had a colossal love for the humankind
This attribute made him one of a kind
His admirable stability and leadership
Stimulated his subjects’ friendship
He was no doubt the best of all
He kept everyone from any pitfall
His helping hands were always extended
Towards the poor and even those who pretended
He loved all people equally
And performed his duties so sequentially
Never there was a more organized man
He exhibited such ability as no one can
His love for the young was seen in all his action
Towards ALLAH and his duties he had such devotion
According to him nothing was based on money
He always propagated harmony
He encouraged in his city
Character and morality
I would like to pay my reverence
To him, who was always the people’s preference
Nothing will compensate for this loss
But we cannot do anything because
We know this was his fate
We can do nothing other than having faith
In GOD the Almighty and merciful
And pray to HIM to bring one as merciful As Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Backstory

Just like everyone else, I was totally shocked hearing about His Highness Sheikh Zayed’s death, 12 years ago. He was such a wonderful & kind person. I wrote this poem and sent it over to Khaleej Times newspaper. They published it couple of weeks later..

Disclosure : This is the sole intellectual property of Naznin Azeez and should not be copied.

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Giveaway : $100 Amex Gift Card (Open Worldwide)!

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Welcome to the $100 American Express Gift Card Giveaway Event!

This great group of bloggers wanted to get together, to bring one amazing prize, to one lucky winner!
Good Luck!

The Giveaway
One lucky winner will receive a $100 American Express Gift Card.
Enter with the easy form, below:

  Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil’ Blog and More will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway.This giveaway starts October 16th, 2016, and will end on November 10th, 2016 at11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, thename will be announced on the GiveawayTools form. Open to worldwide entries.

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Release Week Blitz & Giveaway : All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher!

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Hello Readers!  Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for

All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher

presented by Entangled Teen Crush!

Swoon worthy hockey players?  Sign. Me. Up.

 

Happy Book Birthday, Erin!!

 

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Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey. When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh.   But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch—or seven—she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing.   Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…  

Disclaimer: This book contains a swoony hockey player (and his equally swoony friends!), one-too-many social media accounts, kisses that’ll melt ice, and a secret identity that might not be so secret after all…

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All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher Publication Date:  October 10, 2016 Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush

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Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.

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Review : Glow Radiance Defy powder!

Hi guys,

It’s my first time trying a Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid food supplement. Collagen as you might already know, makes the skin more elastic and youthful, while Hyaluronic Acid helps the skin retain moisture, thus keeping it hydrated.

Glow Radiance’s Defy powder contains 5000mg of hydrolized collagen, which is pretty concentrated and 50mg of Sodium Hyaluronate in each serving. Serving size is 1 scoop, which comes along with the powder. I was pretty excited trying this product since it’s being ingested and hence works on a cell level. Surely there are many products out there which can be applied topically. Ofcourse they do work well but the Defy powder is superior since it’s a food supplement that has a fast absorption.

Glow Radiance defy

This powder comes in a tin and contains 200 gms. It’s a 40 days supply. I waited until I completed the entire course before doing this review, so that I can write a thorough one. The result is amazing!. My skin looks really great and I even got many compliments on my hydrated, moisturised skin. Since many know that I keep trying new creams and such, the common question was ‘Which cream are you using currently?’. Lol!.

Glow Radiance Defy powder

The powder is cream in color, has a strange smell and tastes pleasant. It’s an umami taste. To use it, simply dissolve a scoop of powder in a glass of water after meal once daily. It contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, milk, egg, shellfish, preservatives, artificial flavors or color & is made in France.

My skin looks plumped, youthful, more supple and as if there is an inner glow. Glow Radiance’s motto itself is ‘Boost beauty from within’ which I think is really apt. It was during the third week that I started noticing an overall smooth effect. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wishes to defy age itself (i.e. to an extent).

One thing I found a bit disappointing was that I thought it would diminish my smile lines which are a bit deep, since I smile a lot :D. But it didnt affect it at all. My eye area looks better though and I feel the fine lines there have softened. It also helps in keeping more lines at bay.

Price : AED 270 for a 200 gms tin

Definitely a product worth checking out if you are into an anti-aging skincare routine, just like me. Click here to buy.

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

Shopping deal : EcoTools brush set!

Hiya makeup lovers,

A quick note to let you know that the Four-Piece Beautiful Complexion Set by crueltyfree brand, EcoTools, worth $20 (Approx AED 73.46) is now on sale for only $8.95 (Approx AED 32.87). Offer valid from now until Oct 10th, 9 PM (UAE time). Ships worldwide from US. To UAE, it ships in about 3 days.

EcoTools complexion set

The Beautiful Complexion Set includes all four brushes from the EcoTools Complexion Collection. All brushes in the set are dermatologist tested and are made with soft, cruelty-free bristles, recycled aluminum ferrules and sleek bamboo handles.

● Beautifully soft to reduce shineHelp reduce oil and shine for a fresh look that lasts all day with the Mattifying Finish Brush.

● Beautifully soft for an even skin tone – Boost the benefits of your BB/CC cream and tinted moisturizer with the Skin Perfecting Brush.Beautifully Soft for under eye coverage.

● Smooth and reduce appearance of fine lines and under eye circles with the Eye Perfecting Brush

● Beautifully Soft for spot coverage – Precisely target imperfections for an even, radiant finish with the Correcting Concealer Brush.

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