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Clean up your act. Plant-based eating and medicinals are a great place to start.

image of plant-based diet with healthy foods

So, how are those New Year’s resolutions going? 

It takes at least three weeks to change bad habits, so  if you started on New Year’s Day and have been consistent, you should be well on your way to ingraining those healthy habits.

There is a theory called the 21/90 rule. Commit to a personal or professional goal for twenty-one straight days. After three weeks, the pursuit of that goal should have become a habit. Once you’ve established that habit, you continue to do it for another ninety days. That behavior stands a better chance of becoming routine in your life if you follow that timeline.

Achievable Goals

It’s important to set achievable goals, and start with one change at a time. For instance, we all know that eating more of a plant-based diet —  less fat, less calories, less processed food is good for you  and goes a long way to improving your health.

More Sleep, Less Stress

We also know that a consistent, solid night’s sleep is important for our bodies to recover, heal, and grow. And we can’t talk about  health without including stress. Stress accelerates our aging and damages our body and mind. It also leads to overeating, eating the wrong types of food, sleep loss, strained relationships, and a feeling of drudgery and discontent.

Physical and mental well-being are within everyone’s reach. Find the cause. Don’t  just treat the symptoms. Too many over-the- counter medications are patches to ease symptoms but don’t solve the issues that cause them. 
Have I just described you? If so, here’s how to move forward. 

Pick one small thing and start with that. Easy wins will help you be successful with your overall plan. 
I’m a list person. It’s easier to visualize what needs to get done, chunk it into small, achievable goals and timelines and then, the best part —  crossing them off the list! Pick things that you have the most control over to reach your goal. If  finances are an issue,…and these days they are for most of us….start by writing down what you spent in January and how much money came in. This is a powerful visual so you can see where you have control and where you can make adjustments to bring finances in line. 

Cause & Effect

Everything is interconnected in our lives. For example, if you spend too much on eating out, cooking at home and incorporating plant-based menu ideas is a good way to: 1) save money (finances and stress);  2) eat healthier (weight and sleep); and  3) feel better about taking better care of yourself (physical health and mental well-being). 

It’s as easy as downloading your local grocery store app, filling your shopping cart, and setting up a pick-up time. What a time saver! 

See? Just one simple change ripples out to so many aspects of your life. 

Meal prep can be time you spend focusing on you, feelings of gratitude for all that you have accomplished, the food that you have, the ability to eat healthy. It can also be a creative outlet by learning new techniques in prep, experimenting with new recipes and foods, and planning for your week in convenient ways. Who knew eating at home could tick so many goals? 

Plant-Based Medicine vs. Pharmaceuticals

When we look at incorporating more whole foods and plants into our diet, we also want to look at plant-based medicine. Reducing or eliminating pharmaceuticals from our bodies is a great way to help support our systems to achieve balance and homeostasis. Many pharmaceuticals can be toxic and have harmful side effects. Our bodies don’t respond to these chemicals in a natural way.

 Don’t get me wrong.  As a nurse, I’m aware that some pharmaceuticals are needed to address crisis and acute issues. This is one of the miracles of medicine and has saved so many lives. However, if you are dealing with chronic issues or taking pharmaceuticals to treat the symptoms of an imbalance in your body, then you may want to explore a healthier option. 

In that case, incorporating plant-based medicine is the more natural way to go. Your body recognizes plant medicine as support for its functioning and balance.

Cannabis can help you feel better, look better and sleep better. Did you know that promising research is being done on how cannabis can help prevent symptoms of dementia? Even years later, people who smoked cannabis in college are less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. 

Cannabis can address so many of our imbalances, restore our well-being and keep us healthy. It’s a matter of  consuming  it in a form that  best suits your needs. The old stigma of unhealthy stoners is a stereotype and part of the propaganda that has long been debunked.  We are all smarter now and basing our lifestyle choices on science,  not fear tactics. Anyone remember Reefer Madness?

You only have to look at the news to see that accidental overdoses are declining, use of prescription opioids is declining, and use of polypharmacy (a lot of prescriptions) is declining. More and more medical professionals, in all specialties, are seeing positive improvement in their patients that use medical cannabis and are recommending it to other patients. 

image of cannabis leaves & bottle & dropper of cannabis oil

That’s Where We Come In

We are here to help you navigate the new frontier of cannabis — rooted in science and experience. It is all very individualized and based on you and your specific needs.  

Let’s talk about how cannabis can help you achieve your health goals.

Learn more about how to maximize the impact cannabis has on your body.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Healthy Hacks for Beautiful (& Healthy) Skin

dual image: adding CBD tincture to skin cream & a woman looking in a mirror & applying skin cream

Hacks have always intrigued me. How do people come up with some of these things? Some of them are truly amazing, and some simply make you say, “Of course — that’s so simple!” 

Thinking of these hacks, I realize I have some tips of my own I would like to share with you. They are more in that “of course” category, but helpful nonetheless.

So many people have asked me why I never added a topical line of CBD to my product offerings. My simple answer is that I have sensitive, Irish skin (read: thin and dry) and haven’t tested any product that was acceptable to me. 

The salves were too greasy and messy. and got all over everything. The lotions were too expensive. I could never find quality CBD at a reasonable price, with a dose I can control and quality natural ingredients in a lotion that absorbed well. 

So, I developed a hack! 

My Healthy Skincare Hack

I take my favorite CBD, Perfect Balance tincture and add the specific dose I want to my favorite body lotion. Right about now you are saying to yourself:  “of course, that’s so simple!” 

Let’s take it one step further and say that I use my CBD tincture on my face as well before I put my moisturizer on, like you would use a serum. It is clean, organic CBD in MCT oil – that’s it! It works great for red splotches and irritations that my fair skin is prone to. 

So until I come up with a CBD topical skin care line that I’m happy with, use my hack. It’s RN-approved and good for your skin.

Do CBD bath Bombs look interesting to you? It’s the same concept.

Take your favorite bath bomb or bubble bath and add your own CBD tincture to it. There are advantages to this. Over the counter CBD bath bombs are very pricey and contain low quality CBD isolate. In essence, you might as well not have any CBD in them at all for the benefit you would get. Save your money,  and add a quality broad spectrum CBD tincture to your bath water for a soothing and relaxing soak.

Read the Labels Before You Buy.

It’s important to carefully scrutinize all the ingredients listed on the label before you drop a couple of Benjamins on CBD-infused facial creams or bath bombs. Don’t assume that it’s a high-quality product just because it contains CBD. 

Slick marketing campaigns are touting CBD as a miracle compound for the skin, with healing properties that range from relieving pain to soothing rashes and eradicating acne. The most alluring (and profitable) CBD-related promises pertain to anti-aging and beautifying the skin. But is there anything substantive behind all the hype? Can CBD really protect, heal and restore the skin? As a nurse, I want to know what, if anything, does science say about all this?

The Science Behind Our Skin & Aging

Human skin is a complex, multifunctional, protective barrier for the body. 

diagram showing the layers of the skin

The skin has three layers. The outermost, called the epidermis, is like a fortress wall, a strong-yet-flexible barrier made up of constantly-renewing skin cells that protect the body. Next is the dermis, which has nerves and capillaries. Most of the body’s sensory cells (those that feel pressure, heat and cold, touch, vibration and pain) are found here, as well as sweat glands, hair follicles and sebaceous (oil-producing) glands. 

The dermis is also where collagen and elastin are made, substances that support the epidermal outer layer and give it that youthful, spring-back-when-pinched quality so coveted by more mature individuals like me. 

The deepest layer, known as the hypodermis,  attaches the skin to the rest of the body. Composed mostly of fat, connective tissue and water, it helps to insulate the body from temperature extremes and cushions bones and joints. Vitamin D and essential hormones are synthesized in the hypodermis.

The many different cells contained in all three layers of skin work together in a complex, interconnected, delicately-balanced neuro-immuno-endocrine network that is regulated by the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS promotes healthy skin renewal and barrier function.

The ECS regulates numerous physiological functions that can also soothe the skin’s sensory nerves, reducing pain and inflammation.

One researcher documented how the ECS influences the production of sebum (the skin’s natural oil), increasing it to keep the skin’s waterproof barrier intact or decreasing it, which helps to keep acne at bay. A recent report by scientists in Experimental Dermatology noted that an imbalance in the cannabinoid signaling may promote atopic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, itch, pain, hair growth disorders, sclerosis and cell mutation. The report goes on to explain how skin barrier imbalances can delay wound healing.

Let’s face it — as we age, everything slows down and becomes less efficient, including our skin’s ability to generate the fresh new cells that give us that healthy, youthful look we took for granted during all those summers on the beach, when the only sun block we wore was a bikini.

As we get older, our cellular functions start to slow down. And when this starts showing up on our faces, we take notice.  it can be truly sobering. There’s even a scientific term for time’s cruel ravages upon the body: especially if we experience inflammaging, the continuous, low-grade inflammation associated with aging. 

A 2019 article in the journal Cosmetics linked many skin conditions with such inflammation, and suggested that natural, anti-inflammatory compounds might help. That’s where CBD comes in. 

I’m thoroughly comfortable recommending my “CBD tincture skincare hack” to you because I use it myself. But only if the CBD you use is as clean and organic as our Perfect Balance tincture. 

Here’s to happy holidays, healthy skin and a peaceful joyous New Year.

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Changing Season, Changing Moods 

beautiful fall trees reflected in a pond of water

Autumn can be a very emotional time of year, filled with memories, many of them associated with school, routines, that last great camping trip or day out in nature. 
Fall sometimes feels a bit like a Sunday evening, a time that is so focused on tomorrow. But then, as you get into the rhythm of the season, there’s a linear energy and excitement that carries us forward and sustains us. 
All along the way, there are sights, smells and sounds that remind us of what we might have experienced in falls past. A time to prepare — for winter,  for the holidays, for next year. 
I like this poem by Patricia L. Cisco that reminds us of all the promise and beauty of Autumn.

Sing to Me, Autumn
Sing to me, Autumn, with the rustle of your leaves.
Breathe on me your spicy scents that flow within your breeze.
Dance with me, Autumn, your waltz that bends the boughs of trees.
Now tell me all the secrets you’ve whispered to the seas.
Sleep with me, Autumn, beneath your starlit skies.
Let your yellow harvest moon shimmer in our eyes.
Kiss me, Autumn, with your enchanting spellbound ways
That changes all you touch into crimson golden days.
Love me, Autumn, and behold this love so true
That I’ll be waiting faithfully each year to be with you.

Autumn is also a time when our light summertime mood may wane or become melancholy. We lose sunlight and feel more drained by the colder temperatures and darker days. We also become less active and more sedentary. 
With the change of seasons, as your body acclimates to cooler weather and shorter days, you may find that you need to adjust your CBD dose
Maintaining Balance
Keeping mind and body in balance is essential in helping us survive the winter. By supporting our endocannabinoid system and all of its vital functions, our systems remain strong.
Tulip Tree CBD offers what I feel is the perfect product to help you maintain balance and be the best you can be. Perfect Balance Singles is specially packaged to give you an accurate 20 mg dose of concentrated CBD extract with a sweet, light lemon flavor. SImply hold it under your tongue until it dissolves. Each dose comes in an easy-open, recyclable ampoule to keep your CBD clean. 

CBD doesn’t work for you?

The majority of people who try CBD in one form or another and feel that it doesn’t work for them are either taking the wrong dose, the wrong route, or have expectations that CBD will work like a prescription medication instantly. It doesn’t. 

Taking CBD requires you to check in with your body. It’s not what you feel, it’s what you don’t feel. The absence of sleeplessness, anxiety, stress, discomfort, fogginess. Rate your discomfort, titrate your CBD dose, understand how long it takes to work (depending on how you take it and your metabolism) and be able to assess and rate your discomfort after it has taken effect. 

It’s a balance and very individualized to your specific needs, which is why we include a dosing guide in every order. It’s also free to download from our website

Before you give up on your CBD, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us for individual guidance if you aren’t getting the relief you’re seeking. CBD helps most people achieve the results they need with the right direction. 

Contact us. We’re here to help you find your perfect balance.