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Essential Oils: Cloves Edition

Cloves - Benefits, Risks, and How to Properly Use Them
Originating in Indonesia, cloves are dried flower buds from the clove tree. They are a popular spice that people use in soups, stews, meats, sauces, and rice dishes. Their name comes from the Latin word clavus, which means nail since the shape of a dried clove resembles that of a nail. People have used cloves in cooking and traditional medicine for many years, but it is only recently that scientists have begun studying their potential health benefits.

The benefits of cloves
1. THEY CAN HELP REGULATE YOUR HUNGER LEVELS Cloves are kind of magic because they can play a role in keeping your stomach from growling between meals. “For a spice, cloves have an impressive amount of fiber—a nutrient that can help regulate your hunger levels,” says nutritionist Amy Gorin, RDN. “One teaspoon of cloves alone provides close to a gram of fiber.” 2. THEY CAN KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS IN CHECK Anyone who’s watching their blood-sugar levels will be happy…

Essential Oils: Marigold Edition

You’ve likely seen brightly orange-colored marigolds in flower or vegetable gardens many times before, but did you know that certain species of marigold flowers actually have many impressive health benefits as well? A particular species of marigold flower, Calendula officinalis (commonly just called calendula or “pot marigold”), is used to make healing herbal ointments, teas, tinctures and topical treatments that have been in existence for almost 1,000 years.
Botanical research shows that calendula marigolds contain many active constituents, including various antioxidants and volatile oils. These are responsible for the flowers’ bright color and strong smell; ability to repel certain fungi, pests and insects; and also its capability of improving blood flow and controlling inflammation. (3) Due to their antioxidant properties, uses for marigolds include:
1. Homemade Skin Treatment Ointment can be used to soothe sunburns, warts, bites, acne and ulcerations, in addition to healing wounds, dry…

Essential Oils: Sandalwood Edition

In bothAyurvedic andtraditional Chinese medicine, sandalwood oil is believed to be beneficial in treating both physical and mental disorders, including anxiety, bronchitis, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, gallbladder problems, high blood pressure, indigestion, insomnia, liver problems, low libido, sore throat, and urinary tract infections.
In aromatherapy, inhaling the aroma of sandalwood oil or absorbing it through the skin is thought to transmit messages to parts of the brain involved in controlling emotions, known as thelimbic system. These messages are believed to affect both an emotional and physiological response. (By way of example, the reduction of stress typically translates to a reduction in blood pressure.)

The health benefits of sandalwood essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, cicatrizant, carminative, diuretic, disinfectant, emollient, expectorant, hypotensive, memory booster, sedative, an…

Different Types of Massage 101

Different Types of MassageThere are many different types of massage. Wether you're looking for a relaxing spa-like massage or you have specific aches and pains that you're looking to relive, you can find the right type for you here at Jupiter Massage & Pilates. Not only do we have a team of highly trained and experienced therapists, our therapists are also capable of many different types of massage. What type of massage is right for you? Below are three of the most popular massages that we offer here at Jupiter Massage & Pilates. 

Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If it's your first time or you don't get massage often, Swedish massage is the best place to start.  The Swedish body massage is the combination of many different  techniques rolled into one session. During this therapy session the therapist will work with the soft tissues and muscles in the body to help restore balance and health.The end re…

Let's Talk Cinnamon!

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Cinnamon is a powerful spice that has been used medicinally around the world for thousands of years. It is still used daily in many cultures because of the widespread cinnamon benefits, not to mention its distinctly sweet, warming taste and ease of use in recipes.



Interestingly enough, researchers have found that cinnamon ranks No. 1 out of 26 of the most popular herbs and spices in the world in terms of its protective antioxidant levels. It also boasts a wide range of other health benefits, including antibacterial, antifungal and anti-diabetic properties. So what is cinnamon and where does cinnamon come from? Cinnamon is actually made from a type of tree, and the unique smell, color and flavor of cinnamon is a result of the oily part of the tree that it grows from.Meanwhile, the health benefits of cinnamon come from the bark of the Cinnamomum verum (or Cinnamomum zeylanicum) tree. This bark contains several special compounds which are responsible for its many health-promoting propertie…

Essential Oils: Sweet Orange Edition

Lets Talk Sweet Orange!IN ESSENCE...Orange Essential Oil, most commonly referred to as Sweet Orange Essential Oil, is derived from the fruits of the Citrus sinensis botanical. Conversely, Bitter Orange Essential Oil is derived from the fruits of the Citrus aurantium botanical. Orange Oil’s ability to naturally enhance immunity and reduce several symptoms of numerous ailments have lent it to traditional medicinal applications for the treatment of acne, chronic stress, and other health concerns.Used in aromatherapy, Orange Essential Oil’s pleasant scent has a cheerful and uplifting yet simultaneously relaxing, calming effect that helps reduce pulse rate. It can not only create a warm environment but can also stimulate the strength and resilience of the immune system and eliminate airborne bacteria.Used topically, Orange Essential Oil is beneficial for maintaining the health, appearance, and texture of skin by promoting clarity, radiance, and smoothness, thereby reducing the signs of acn…