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Email Marketing: 5 Painless Tips for Writing Outstanding Emails

Posted by Renee Long on Aug 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

It’s the start of your workday. Your coffee or herbal tea is steaming next to you. You’re clear-eyed, motivated, and ready to take on the day! You open your email and… 

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The dreaded email overload. It can plug up your workday flow, overwhelm you into leaving your desk, and prevent you from getting real work done.

We’ve all experienced this phenomenon. So if you’re thinking about using email marketing for your holistic health business (or any business, really), remember: send email that stands out in the inbox deluge.

As you’re getting ready to use email marketing for your business, keep these simple guidelines in mind:

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Topics: marketing, holistic health marketing

Herbs for Women: Coping with Women’s Health Issues

Posted by Valerie Lull on Aug 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Are you familiar with this scenario? You go to the doctor’s office with a health issue unique to women. You get prescribed a synthetic hormone or some other pill only to find it has undesirable side effects. You are concerned, but you’re not sure what to do. Women are faced with these difficult decisions every day, and many are turning to natural and alternative methods for support.

Some of the problems women face include: discomfort and bloating before a period, period cramps, morning sickness with pregnancy, fibroids, and menopause. And those are just a few of the issues women deal with throughout their lives. Can natural remedies—such as herbs—help? 

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Topics: herbs, herbal medicine, recipes

What’s So Healthy About the Mediterranean Diet?

Posted by Stephanie Torres on Aug 16, 2016 4:58:19 PM

Why did the chef add more oregano to the sauce? He was making up for lost thyme….

Okay, okay, I know. But, as I settle into my kitchen to prepare my favorite dish, I can’t help but feel playful and elated. This is a dish I could literally eat every day: chicken breast sautéed in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, capers, wilted spinach, and Kalamata olives tossed in whole-grain pasta. And I have learned that by eating it, I may actually be contributing to my heart health. Quite a bonus!

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Topics: holistic nutrition, fresh foods diet

Can’t Meditate? Here’s What’s Stopping Your Meditation Practice

Posted by Hilda Carroll on Aug 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM

In theory, meditation shouldn’t be a hard sell. We all know the benefits it brings to our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.

Meditation is good for us.

But, there can still be a fair bit of resistance to giving it a go–or to sticking with it.

Typically, the two primary obstacles center around…

  1. time and
  2. the (perceived) ability to quiet our minds (or not, as the case often is)
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Topics: stress, stress relief

10 Tips for Using Aromatherapy in Your Spa

Posted by Margaret LaPierre on Aug 10, 2016 3:05:50 PM

Aromatherapy and fragrances play an integral role in a client’s overall perception of a spa’s ambiance. Here are 10 tips to help you incorporate aromatherapy into your spa to enhance your client’s experience. The essential oils mentioned in this posting are listed at the end with their Latin names.

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Topics: spa, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Plant Mama 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Gardening

Posted by Tiffany Stout on Aug 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

When you live in a city full of blooms and the luscious scents of summer, but no outdoor garden space, it’s likely you’ve considered creating an indoor garden. I definitely did. 

I moved into a 300-square-foot studio last year, and in six months time I had acquired 40 plant babes. There was no hiding my obsession with the herbs, succulents, and other green goodness thriving in my apartment’s every nook and cranny. At one point, a friend came by for a chat, and upon entering, laughed a deep belly laugh and said, “There’s no room for humans in here!”

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Topics: herbalism, herb garden, garden

More Than Herbs and Oils: How My Dog Saves My Life

Posted by Renee Long on Aug 2, 2016 2:30:00 PM

When you think “holistic health” or “alternative medicine,” most likely your mind goes straight to images of herbal tinctures, essential oil blends, Tibetan bowls for Reiki, or flower essences. The image of a fluffy Chihuahua mix or labradoodle is the last thing prancing into your head.

But as someone who has seen measurable mental and physical health benefits after adopting an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), I’m here to tell you: complementary alternative medicine (CAM) is more than herbs, oils, and acupuncture.

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Topics: holistic health, alternative medicine, wellness routine

Digging into Herbal Medicine Conferences

Posted by Meiwa Chen on Jul 30, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Attending graduate school online is a convenient way to further your education with the added benefit of scheduling your own class and study time. One potential challenge, though: the lack of hands-on experience with a face-to-face guide.

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Topics: Holistic Health Conferences and Events, networking

Help! How Do I Choose a More Holistic Diet?

Posted by Susan Yirku on Jul 27, 2016 10:31:42 AM

We know holistic nutrition is important.

Maybe you're looking for ideas to help improve the way you eat. But, with so much advice on the Internet about how to improve nutrition, how do you decide what is right for you?

For example, maybe you’ve vowed to give up dairy or to grow your own garden but have had a few unsuccessful attempts. Maybe, through trial and error, you’ve learned that dairy is important to you or that you just weren’t blessed with a green thumb.

Lessons learned. Our priorities change.

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Topics: holistic nutrition, fresh foods diet

India Study Abroad: What Handmade Products are Made in India?

Posted by Stephanie Torres on Jul 13, 2016 4:23:42 PM

As we traveled from city to city, experiencing the nuances of each new village through the window of the car, I was struck by the disparity between how I usually spend my days and how many in India spend theirs. There is a basic level of living here, one that many of us in the U.S. rarely experience. 

For example, family transportation can be one small motorcycle. And like a transformer, this small motorcycle will morph into a mini-van, carrying the entire family and groceries. Or, it might take a man and his several brass pots up the road or a fisherman and his huge catch. 

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Topics: travel, travel education, India, recipe, how to

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