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HWNC strives to maintain information flow to those interested in improving health, needing special dietary information, and more. This page is dedicated to serving that need. Short articles on specific topics, emerging research results, recipes, wellness and stress management tips, and more will be found at this location.

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Room Diffuser Recipes

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Open Airways

5 drops of Eucalyptus Oil

4 drops of Lavender Oil

2 drops of Peppermint Oil

Purifying Room

1 drop of Tea Tree Oil

1 drop of Grapefruit Oil

10 drops of Lemon Oil

Headache Ease

3 drops of Lavender Oil

3 drops of Peppermint Oil

3 drops of Roman Chamomile Oil

Blues Relief

2 drops of Clove Oil

2 dr...

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Essentil oils for Arthritis

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Essential Oils for Arthritis Include:

Bay Leaf: Helps relieve the pain and inflammation.

Tea Tree: Helps relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis.

Lemon: Helps reduce inflammation of joints.

Cedarwood: Helps decongest the lymph system and improve poor circulation.

Frankincense: Helps relieve muscle aches and pain. Myrrh: Calms the spirit and relaxes the body to speed up the healing process.

Commonly Used Essential Oils

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia): Antidepressant, appetite balancer.

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum): Anxiety, mental fatigue, mild depression, indigestion, nausea, heartburn, stomach ache, poor circulation

Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica): Immune Support, stress, tension, anxiety, emotional exhaustion.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea): Relax and strengthen nervous system

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens): Poor circulation, ...

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Clary Sage

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Clary Sage Oil

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research found that inhalation of clary sage oil had the ability to reduce cortisol levels by 36% and improved thyroid hormone levels (TSH). The study was done on 22 post-menopausal women in their 50’s, some of which were diagnosed with depression and at the end of trial the researchers stated that “clary sage oil had a statistically significant effect on lowering cortisol and had an anti-depressant effect...

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), the cananga tree, is a tropical tree originating in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines. The health benefits of Ylang-Ylang can be attributed to its properties that include an antidepressant, antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine and sedative substance.

The chief components of the essential oil of ylang-ylang are benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate linalool, caryophyllene, geranyl acetate, methyl benzoate, p-cresyl methy...

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No Bake Protein Energy Bites

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:20 PM

No Bake Protein Energy Bites– Makes about 20-25 balls

1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)

2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes

1/2 cup nut butter

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips)

1/4 cup honey or agave nectar 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl unti...

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High ProteinSnacks for Health

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:20 PM

High Protein Snacks for Health

Are you a prone to snacking? If so, don’t feel alone. National dietary surveys show 90% of adults, 83% of adolescents, and 97% of children snack daily. Make those snacks work toward improving your health! Many benefits have been found in choosing high protein snacks over other snacking options. Several studies show this choice in snacking increases satiety and may help in weight management. However, the benefits do not stop here.

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Swaps for Egg Allergy

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Swaps for Egg Allergy

Egg allergies are on the rise. Typically, children under the age of 5 are more sensitive to the proteins found in egg whites. However, a continued sensitivity after age five may be an egg allergy. Many times it is the chicken feed causing the sensitivity (corn), but if you are suffering egg allergy it affects many foods beyond the egg itself.

Eggs are found in many prepackaged foods. Mayonnaise, “just add water” mixes...

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Flourless Sweet Potato Brownies

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Sweet Potato Brownies (flourless)


1 cup mashed sweet potato

½ cup smooth nut butter of choice (almond or cashew butter work well)

2 tablespoons maple syrup

¼ cup cocoa powder

Handful of semi-sweet chips (optional)


1) Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a small cake/loaf pan.

2) On the stove, melt nut butter with maple syrup.

3) In a la...

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Instant Energy Boosters

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Instant energy boosters… Running low on energy? One or more of the following may help to boost those low dips in daily energy.

#1 Do you normally hit the snooze button? Instead try getting up right away and let the light revive your energy. Exposure to light signals your biological clock to make the switch from resting to being awake. Your brain stops producing sleep-inducing melatonin and releases stimulating hormones like cortisol and mood-boosting seroton...

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