Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Paris Aims to Boost the Image of Tap Water and Reduce Waste

On December 16, 2010, I received a direct message from a twitter follower about sparkling water in Paris. As I proceeded to read the article, I was so impressed to see a child filling a bottle water container with sparking water from a public water fountain. I thought that was .....State of the Art Eco-Friendly Living!

According to Earth Policy Institute, French are the world's eight biggest consumer of bottle water. In fact, Paris generated over 262,000 tons of plastic waste a year and making the bottles consumed over 4.5 million barrels of crude oil.

Parisians can now get sparkling water from their public water fountains, free of charge. The new public fountains were installed by local authorities, which aims to wean consumers of bottled water. ~Vicky Buffery/Reuters

The publicly owned water company, Eau de Paris reports that the water fountains injects carbon dioxide into drinking water to make it bubbly and chills the water before delivering it to the consumer. Phillip Burguiere, a spokes person for Eau de Paris Company said, "Our aim is to boost the image of Paris tap water. Moreover, we want to show that we're proud of it, that it's totally safe, and that it's ecological as there's no oil involved, no waste and no packaging."

In America we currently do not have water fountains that deliver sparkling water, but there are ways that we can also reduce waste from bottle water including:
  • Buy water filters for our home or business faucets
  • Buy Gallons of Spring water and drink water from a re-usable mug or cup
How do you think that we can reduce plastic waste and/or boost the image of tap water in the United States?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Seven Aromatherapy Oils to Lift Your Mood or Calm Your Mind

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The Balance, Harmony of the Body & Mind~

The smell of peppermint and Lavender oils are my favorite Aromatherapy scents. In fact, the smell of Peppermint refreshes my mind, opens my sinuses and it penetrates my senses. My massage therapist applies a massage lotion on my skin that contains a peppermint extract. I just love the smell of peppermint and I look forward to the energizing smells of peppermint when I visit my massage therapist.

 Moreover, when I get home in the evening and need to relax, I burn Lavender Oil.  As I smell the lavender oil burning, my mind and body begins to relax. What ever your mood may be, aromatherapy is the place to start, if you want to lift your mood or calm your mind!

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Seven Aromatherapy Oils to Lift Your Mood or Calm Your Mind

1. Stress Relief: Chamomille, Lavender
2. Anxiety/Fear: Jasmine, Lavender, Frankincense
3. Sadness/Grief: Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Rose
4. Self-Esteem: Rosemary, Cypress, Grapefruit
5. Fatigue- Peppermint, Ginger, Basil
6. Agitation- Chamomile
7. Memory Busters- Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary

I inspire you to make aromatherapy apart of your daily routine to revive your mind, body and soul!

~ Shiketa


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Stress Less and Relax More

Stress is America's #1 Health Problem,
According to the American Institute of Stress.

Dr. Sharon Fitelson, a Chiropractic Orthopedic and Acupuncturist of InMotion Health Center, discussed the negative effects that Stress has on the body on a December 6, 2010 Live Health, Wellness and Prevention Plus Conference CALL.

On the call, Dr. Fitelson said, "If you are under way to much stress you will need caffeine in the morning, have difficulty sleeping at night and may fall to sleep after lunch." Moreover, if your cortisol levels are too high it will draw protein out of your joints and calcium from your bones.

This is just a small list of ways that stress will effect your body and it is vital that you develop a stress management plan. Furthermore, that it is vital to your Health & Wellness that you relax more and stress less!

                                     Give your stress wings and let it fly away. ~Terri Guillemets

 To Your Health,
Shiketa Morgan

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