An age old tradition, New Years Resolutions allow us to have a fresh start, a new beginning and reset our values and goals.

According to Wikipedia, Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.


The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.

In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.

At watch night services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions.

This tradition has many other religious parallels. During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People can act similarly during the Christian liturgical season of Lent, although the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. In fact, the Methodist practice of New Year’s resolutions came, in part, from the Lenten sacrifices. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.

At the end of the Great Depression, about a quarter of American adults formed New Year’s resolutions. At the start of the 21st century, about 40% did.  In fact, according to the American Medical Association [(AMA)], approximately 40% to 50% of Americans participate in the New Year’s resolution tradition from the 1995 Epcot and 1985 Gallop Polls. It should also be noted that the 46% of those who made common resolutions (e.g. weight loss, exercise programs, quitting smoking) were over ten times as likely to succeed, compared to only 4% who chose not to make resolutions.

Healthy Resolutions

With regards to your health is is great to set new resolutions for a healthy beginning of the New Year.  It’s that time of year again…time to focus on your New Year’s resolutions. Many people begin an exercise program, but abandon it before Easter. However, you can increase your chances for long-term success if you follow these five simple tips to achieve your fitness goals.

Create a Plan, reset your daily habits, take it easy, be realistic.


Essential Oils

Essential Oils

In the last few years I have become very interested in Essential Oils and want to share some tips on using them to help you with your Healthy New Years Resolutions.

The Essential Oils that you use should be the highest grade called Therapeutic grade. They are extremely potent and very useful to supplement your daily healthy habits. Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist has multitudes of information on his website about Essential Oils. Our own local Black Mountain Naturopathic Doctor, Rebecca Word, ND  works with Essential Oils in her practice. She recommends that the best practice is to consult with a Naturopathic doctor when using Essential Oils to become familiar with them.  Attached here is also a great book on Essential Oils. Here is a great beginners guide on how to use Essential Oils. Rebecca Word recommends purchase of oils from Floracopeia. Our own yoga instructor Kelly McLellan can help you with the purchase of Young Living Oils. /

Since ancient times, and as near as we can tell, from the beginning of recorded history the plant kingdom has provided rare and powerful extracts and essences that have long been prized for their beauty enhancing, medicinal, spiritual, aromatic and therapeutic value.

Aromatic plants, essences and oils have been used for ages in ceremony, religious observances, beauty care, food preparation and preservation, as incense, and for perfumes. Aromatic plants have also been the basis for herbal and botanical medicines and remedies for thousands of years. In fact, they’re the root of today’s pharmaceuticals.

The earliest essential oils usage evidence occurs in the period of 3000-2500 B.C.

Using Essential Oils

To use Essential Oils to help you with your health goals for your New Years Resolutions here are some suggestions:

Lavender reduces anxiety and emotional stress. Heals burns and wounds. Improves sleep.

Rose settles the emotional heart, helps to relieve anxiety and depression, benefits the skin, improves acne, balances hormones, reduces rosacea, increases libido.

Roman Chamomile is a natural allergy reliever. It helps with PMS symptoms, reduces symptoms of insomnia, boosts skin health, supports digestive health, promotes heart health and may relieve arthritic pain.

Frankincense can actually reduce the appearance of sunspots and age spots. If you have uneven color on your skin, some whiteness in some areas, any spottiness or splotchiness, frankincense oil is the number one ingredient that can help even out skin tone and help get rid of sunspots and age spots. Frankincense essential oil is a powerful astringent, meaning it helps protect skin cells.

Lemon Oil is cleansing and refreshing, is great for anxiety (a big energy drain) and it can significantly reduce fatigue with it’s ability to invigorate body and mind. It improves digestion, nourishes the skin and promotes weight loss.

Peppermint is recommended for its anti-nausea benefits and soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon.  It reduces stomach aches, soothes digestive issues, freshens breath, relieves headaches, has antimicrobial properties, improves mental focus, boosts energy and releases tight muscles.

Wild Orange can fight cancerous tumors, increases circulation, kills bateria and pathogens, decreases wrinkles, improves the complection, eases anxiety, decreases hypertension.

Rosemary acts as a brain tonic and clears and refreshes the mind. It clears mental fatigue with it’s brain stimulating qualities. It balances androgen and estrogen in the body, lowers DHT which improves hair growth and prostate health. It reduces cancer risks and increases nerve growth factor healing nerve tissue.

Cedarwood improves focus and wisdom. It promotes hair growth, has anti-inflammatory agents. It cures toothaches and strengthens gums, reduces skin irritations and relieves spasms. It cures fungal infections, repels bugs and reduces cough. It stimulates metabolism, tightens muscles and cleans out toxins.

Ginger instills feelings of self confidence and self esteem. Ginger oil’s stimulating effects on the body and mind also invigorate the senses and increase vitality and energy. It heals infections and aids in respiratory problems. It reduces inflammation, ad has high levels of antioxidants.

Eucalyptus Oil is stimulating yet cooling, It refreshes and stimulates the brain, clearing mental exhaustion and fatigue.  It helps with hair nourishment, sinus and allergies. It is an odor remover and a natural spot remover.  It aids in respiratory problems and wound treatments.

Pine Oil is invigorating effects on the body and mind, which helps to clear out mental and physical fatigue. It helps to treat muscle aches and pain and energizes and lifts your mood and focus. It kills odors and helps to purify the air. It decreases inflammation.

Geranium Oil  is one of the better known oils for promoting emotional balance. It helps alleviate mood swings, restore calm to the mind and promote general feelings of well being. Geranium oil supports a balanced nervous system, especially in times of stress.  It improves circulation, reduces blood pressure and has health benefits for your skin.

Grapefruit is a fantastic mentally uplifting and refreshing oil. It helps to ease a stressed out body and mind while it’s powerful stimulating properties help to provoke positive feelings of hope, happiness and peacefulness.  It is an antioxidant food and is anti-carcinogenic. It helps to cleanse the body, stimulates the immune system and reduces fluid retention. It helps to curb sugar cravings and helps with weight loss.

Orange oil is a major emotionally uplifting oil which helps to lighten and refresh them mind while relieving tension and stress. Orange oil fights free radical damage and inflammation that can lead to various diseases. It fights cancerous tumors, increases circulation, fights bacteria and pathogens. It decreases wrinkles, improves the complexion and eases hypertension.

Bergamot is a great emotional reliever. It promotes emotional well being by supporting the release of anger, frustration, stress and anxiety. It is also wakefulness promoting and eases symptoms of low energy and depression. It boosts confidence and instills feelings of strength. Bergamot kills germs and bacteria, reduces cough and relieves joint and muscle pain. It also aids the digestive system and soothes skin irritations.


As with any medicine consult with a professional before using. I hope that this information is as facinating to you as it is to me.





Credits: Wikipedia, 

Essential Oil Sanctuary

Dr. Axe

Written by: Gina Palermo MacFarland


2017-01-07T19:48:52+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Categories: Essential Oils, General Health, Health News, Naturopathic Medicine, Uncategorized|