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How to Heal a Popped Blemish—Overnight

In the world of beauty, it’s considered extremely taboo to squeeze, pinch, pick or pop a zit. Estheticians tell you it scars your face. Dermatologists remind you that it spreads bacteria. Your mom scolds you that it’ll only cause a big, bloody mess. And yet, when I have a pus-filled bump on my face, not picking it is about as likely as me ever becoming an Olympic gymnast (my third-grade dream). I have certainly learned my lesson (those estheticians, derms and moms are right) and I know that the less I pick my face, the fewer blemishes I’ll get and the […]

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5 Easy Ways To Avoid Getting Sick

Are you sitting in an office right now? When’s the last time you heard someone cough or sneeze—like 5 seconds ago? Exactly! It kinda bums me out that we live in a culture where folks feel so riddled with guilt that they are unwilling to take a day or two off when they’re feeling sick. Even millenials—who are always accused of being sooooo entitled (no offense to any of our readers, I’m not accusing!)—still don’t seem to feel entitled to sick days. Le sigh. So everyone keeps passing around variations on the same nasty little bugs in office buildings across America. […]

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4 Ways to Cope With Holiday Stress

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older. Maybe it’s because I’m now married, and two people’s schedules make life more complicated. Maybe it’s because I consider my friends part of my family and I want to celebrate with them. Maybe it’s that I live in Minnesota and the cold plus the limited hours of daylight are weighing on me. Whatever it is, December already seems like an effort. With a different holiday event (or two) every week from now until New Year’s, I’m feeling the stress and tiredness of the season even though we’re just a few days into the last […]

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3 Essential Oils for Enhancing Meditation

It’s been nearly 2 weeks since we began our Meditation Challenge (tomorrow is the last day!). We hope you’ve been following along and enjoying this challenge. We’ve highlighted some tips an effort to help you build a practice that feels attainable and rewarding. For me personally, using essential oils in my practice has made getting into the habit of meditating daily much easier. Hope Gillerman, our Meditation Challenge sponsor, had some wonderful advice on incorporating essential oils into meditation earlier this week. I’d like to expand on that here and suggest that many of you may already have some common […]

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Hope Gillerman’s Tips for Better Sitting and Breathing During Meditation

  We asked Hope Gillerman, founder of H. Gillerman Organics, to partner with us for the NMDL Meditation Challenge because of her powerful work with essential oils. Funny story — as we gathered around her table at A Night For Green Beauty last August, Hope let us smell a new blend she’d been working on. When Alexandra smelled it she said, “Whoa — that blend smells like meditation.” Then Hope showed her the label on the bottle… it was literally called MEDITATION. Naturally, we thought of H. Gillerman Organics when we started brainstorming this meditation challenge. Hope’s experience as a […]

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