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Gift GivingThe holiday season is such a mystery. On one hand, the holidays are full of love and peace, family and whimsy. On the other hand, they are also often filled with sadness and stress, disappointment and loneliness.

One of the unfortunately stressful aspects of the holidays is the tradition of giving gifts. Unrealistic expectations, financial issues, stretched schedules, and the emptiness of materialism often makes this tradition a chore instead of a happy seasonal task. This doesn’t have to be the case though.

Here are 5 simple ways to make your holiday chore into a holiday snap:

  1. Keep it simple. Gift cards and money are always appreciated. Add a card with an encouraging handwritten message to make them less impersonal gifts.
  2. Shop sales. A gift doesn’t have to be expensive to be well-received. Stores tend to have big sales in both July and January that can yield some great finds.
  3. Shop fair trade. Since I started giving primarily fair-trade gifts, I am much less stressed about both the money and materialism associated with gift giving. By shopping fair trade, you are not only getting a great gift for your friend or family member, you are also helping someone support her family.
  4. Give practical gifts. Who doesn’t hate to see a gift they bought and gave in the giveaway pile or the trash a few short months later? This can be prevented by giving gifts that are fun but also useful and healthy.
  5. Give the gift of massage therapy. Few people would be disappointed by a gift certificate for a massage therapy session. Giving the gift of massage therapy also matches up with the other four tips:
    • It’s a simple gift to buy. No long lines!
    • A Moment to Breathe is offering 50% off your next massage if you buy two or more gift certificates. Sale!
    • A Moment to Breathe supports fair trade in a variety of ways, so you are indirectly shopping fair trade. Two birds!
    • Giving the gift of massage therapy is both practical and luxurious. It’s a wonderful treat, but it will also help fulfill your friends’ and family members’ health goals for the new year. You just can’t go wrong with this gift!

Here’s to a safe, happy, peaceful, and meaningful holiday season. Happy shopping everyone!

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Peppermint!Peppermint…some people associate this scent and flavor primarily with the holidays. Candy canes and peppermint concoctions are in our near future as the winter holiday season quickly approaches.

To me, however, peppermint is not just defined by a season.  In fact, I don’t know what I would do without it.

I primarily use peppermint in the forms of sugarless gum, Avalon Organics body lotion, and Whole Foods essential oil. And I use it a lot.

I use peppermint lotion to wake myself up in the morning while I’m putting on my makeup. I also use it to give myself a quick neck/facial massage when I feel a headache, nausea, or congestion coming on. Sometimes I even use it as a pick-me-up if I am feeling down. I chew peppermint gum to wake myself up while I’m driving or working. Chewing peppermint gum also often helps me with indigestion or nausea.

Peppermint is labeled as an antibiotic and antiseptic. In his Hydrotherapy text, RJ Nikola lists peppermint essential oil as a possible therapy for the following conditions: acne, asthma, dermatitis, headaches, migraines, nausea, neuralgia, sinusitis, depression, and mental fatigue.

See why peppermint is my favorite? Here’s to holiday peppermint and to peppermint for all the seasons!

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