Mood and the Menstrual Cycle [Infographic]

The word hormone comes from the Greek hormo, meaning to move forward. That’s appropriate because these powerful chemicals keep every part of the body working properly. Estrogen and progesterone, the primary female hormones, are essential for reproduction, growth, metabolism, and immune function. However, their constant fluctuation may also wreak havoc on the way many women feel.

In an analysis of 41 published studies of women’s daily moods, more than half found a link between bad moods and menstruation. Moreover, women in the Penn Ovarian Aging Study reported an increase of depressive symptoms as they transitioned into menopause. If you feel like you’re on a hormonal roller coaster, read on to learn what research suggests about hormonal mood swings, and discover natural ways to feel better no matter where you are in your cycle or life.

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Oregano Essential Oil Benefits [Infographics]

IMG from Soregano (Oregano essential oil extracted by steam distillation)

On November last year, I had the opportunity of coming along to interview a lovely lady called María Elena Solís Flores who is producing her own *Oregano Essential Oil (Soregano) and is trying to introduce nationally (in Mexico) the major health benefits of this “weed”, but looking forward to expand internationally as well.

It was really an eye opening experience since I had never been on the field and behind the whole process of steam distillation to get the oil from herbs like the oregano. And it was even more shocking to see how this plant survives everything, and how local people is not realising the natural gem with so many healing properties they have in their backyard. Some even use herbicide to kill the oregano plant since they consider it a “weed” when trying to grow corn (for example)!

Maybe we don’t have a big garden to plant our own oregano, but be sure that if you grow one yourself (even on your kitchen’s windowsill) you’ll get one of the basic Mexican food’s spices that not only provides flavour but also the following health benefits:

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