Manage your stress with aromatherapy

Stress may come and go, but it seems that it’ll always be a part of life. Uniquely, we all have different ways of managing our stress. However, using aromatherapy to cope with stress gives us the ability to treat it naturally. Luckily, aromatherapy is very accessible making it easy to choose what is best for you. You can use candles, diffusers, and even lotions or bath salts.

What Essential Oils Help Stress Relief?

One essential oil that we all know and adore is lavender. Not only is lavender pleasant to smell, but it calms your stress and quiets your anxiety. It has actually been proven that inhaling lavender is extremely helpful in managing daily stress. On par with lavender is bergamot essential oil. Similarly, sometimes stressful days can make us have negative thoughts, and feel overall overwhelmed. This is where bergamot oil saves the day! Studies show that filling your space with this delightful essential oil leads to more positive thoughts and feelings. Basically, it’s a mood booster. As a matter of fact, some other essential oils that you can easily mix with lavender and bergamot to make a stress-relief cocktail are:

  • Lemongrass
  • Neroli
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Frankincense

Just Remember

It’s important to remember that essential oils are just little helpful oils to promote our health and wellbeing, and should not be looked at as a solution to any serious medical problems. Of course, always be sure to consult your doctor if you have any health concerns that are beyond your knowledge. However, they are so wonderful and can help us cope with a variety of things! Stay tuned for more aromatherapy tips and tricks on the blog. In the meantime, shop our essential oils here!

What In the World Is Gluten Free?

We currently live in a word where labels constantly surround us with all of these weird terms on them. Vegan, gluten free, kosher, all-natural, sugar free, non-GMO, grass-fed… and the list goes on and on. As a matter of fact, you may be thinking to yourself, what do all of these terms mean? Well today, we’re going to be talking about what in the world gluten free is.

Why Does Gluten Free Exist?

This way of eating helps people with certain health conditions. For example, people with Celiac disease eat gluten free because it is harmful to their GI tract. Other reasons for a gluten free diet include having a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. In this case, people usually experience bloating, cramping, and even nausea from consuming gluten. Moreover, gluten consumption has also been linked to depression and weight gain.

Are There Any Benefits of Going GF?

Ultimately, people with Celiac disease, intolerances, or sensitivities will benefit the most from a no gluten diet. With this in mind, it’s important to remember that not everyone will benefit from avoiding gluten. Deciding to go on this diet means avoiding large food groups that contain nutrients we need on a daily basis. To clarify, vital nutrients such as wheat and grains contain calcium, iron, folate, and many others that you would be missing out on when gluten free.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to deciding to go gluten free, the best thing to ask yourself is if you really need it. There are both benefits and drawbacks so all you can really do is decide what is the best option for you and your body. It’s important to keep in mind these key points:

  • What your current gut health is
  • If you have any vitamin deficiencies
  • If you find yourself having a negative reaction when consuming gluten
  • Have you talked to your doctor

If you find yourself wanting to explore the gluten free world, check out our products here!

Coconut Chocolate Matcha Bars

Coconut Chocolate Matcha Bars

Desserts that make it seem like you tried really hard but you actually didn’t are our personal favorite. Coconut Chocolate Matcha Bars are proven to make you seem like the ultimate chef guys. This is a no-bake dessert that is somewhat on the healthier side. You don’t have to feel as guilty when devouring these. And in case you have no idea what or how tasty matcha is, read over our matcha 101 article! Let’s get started!

Tools

  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Baking pan (8 inch)
  • Parchment paper
  • Blender
  • Medium microwave-safe bowl
  • Microwave
  • Rubber spatula
  • Freezer
Coconut Chocolate Matcha Bars

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Begin by lining your baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. We’ll begin by making the base of the matcha coconut bars first. Combine Nature’s Flavors Organic Coconut Shreds, coconut cream, Nature’s Flavors Coconut Oil, and Nature’s Flavors Organic Pure Maple Syrup in a blender. Blend all of the ingredients together until you reach a stickier consistency.
    • If there are bigger pieces of coconut shreds throughout your mixture, the crumblier your bars will be.
  3. Place the coconut mixture into the prepared baking pan. You’ll want to press down and make sure that it is tightly packed. Set aside.
  4. Using a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments to avoid the chocolate from burning. Remember to stir thoroughly in between the heating increments.
  5. Next, pour the melted chocolate over the matcha coconut bars. Use a rubber spatula to make sure everything is smooth and even.
  6. Place the baking pan in the freezer for an hour before serving.
  7. We hope you enjoy these Coconut Chocolate Matcha Bars!
Coconut Chocolate Matcha Bars

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