More things I love…


simply well with holly niles


February brings thoughts of Valentine’s Day and paying tribute to love. I decided this month to share some foods, recipes, websites and lifestyle ideas that I love.  One thing that most all of my patients share is being stressed on some level.  Feeling overwhelmed, worried and anxious are common in our modern world with about 20% of Americans suffering with anxiety. Stress has many negative health impacts including being inflammatory and depleting our immune stores.  Meditation is well studied as a stress reducer but it can be hard to start.  I LOVE meditation apps as an easy way to connect to meditation. Here are some of my favorites: Headspace (, Insight timer ( and Buddhify ( If you are looking for a way to start meditation but don’t know how or can’t carve out time, these are a great solution.


Simply Easy Tip:

Finding a simple phrase like a mantra to calm our nervous system is effective. High performance athletes are taught how to reframe their thinking to enhance their outcomes. Choose positive statements that connect you to your possibilities.  Statements like: I am figuring this out or I know it will all work out can help shift your focus.


Simply Supportive: Lavela WS 1265 Lavender Oil

A patient’s ability to respond to occasional anxiety has the potential to interfere with the enjoyment of life and even the ability to perform ordinary daily activities. In addition to lifestyle and behavioral modifications, supplementation can also play a role in supporting a balanced mood. Lavela WS 1265 is an exclusive lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil, known as Silexan. Indicated for occasional anxiety, Lavela WS 1265 has been shown to promote relaxation and calm nervousness, as demonstrated in controlled trials published in peer-reviewed medical journals. To order Lavela WS 1265 Lavender Oil, you may contact our friendly front desk team at (860)519-1916 or email or click on the link below.



Simply Deliciously Relaxing: Relaxing Bath Recipes

Add essential oils to 1-2 cups of epsom salts:

4 drops Lavender and 4 drops Frankincense

4 drops Lavender and 4 drops Cedarwood

2 drops Lavender 2 drops Orange and 4 drops Cedarwood

4 drops Cedarwood and 4 drops Vetiver

4-8 drops Lavender

4 drops Roman Chamomile, 2 drops Lavender and 3 drops Cedarwood

2 drops Ylang Ylang, 4 drops Lavender and 2 drops Orange

4 drops Roman Chamomile and 4 drops Frankincense

4 drops Frankincense and 4 drops Sandalwood

4 drops Sandalwood and 4 drops Lavender

4 drops Lavender, 2 drops Geranium and 2 drops Roman Chamomile

Note: Add 1 drop of Rose or Neroli to any of these combos if you have a bottle.



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