When it comes to your health there are so many things you can do to help you live a long and healthy life.

Feeling Stressed Out?

Remember the old Calgon® "Take Me Away" commercials? We have an even better escape with natural, homemade remedies you can use for a little rest and relaxation. Start with a creamy facial that leaves skin radiant. Stir 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric into 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt. Gently apply to your face and let dry 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by a gentle toner. The turmeric reduces inflammation and the yogurt kills blemish-causing bacteria.

For the ultimate stress reliever, fill your bath with warm water. Add one cup of Himalayan crystal salt and a few drops of essential oil such as calming lavender or uplifting bergamot. Then sink in for a good long soak. The natural salt will draw impurities out of the skin and the essential oils will give you an aromatherapy vacation.

Massage, More Than Just A Luxury

Feeling guilty about indulging in a massage? Now you don't need to! There is evidence that the magic fingers of your favorite masseuse are promoting good health. A Cedars-Sinai Medical Center study proves the physical contact of massages may lessen depression, lower blood pressure and even improve immunity.

Blood tests revealed participants who enjoyed a Swedish massage with moderate pressure experienced decreases in stress hormones and increases in white blood cells, indicating a boost in the immune system. Relaxing, light-touch massages are beneficial too, showing higher levels of the "bonding" hormone, oxytocin. Experts believe that massage could be effective in treating inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.

If you can't quite justify the price of regular professional massage appointments, consider purchasing a bottle of nourishing massage oil and your favorite essential oils so you can enjoy the benefits of massage at home. Even a 10-minute shoulder or foot massage can help you alleviate stress and feel more relaxed.

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