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Last Updated on December 17, 2020

A Modern Day Tale Of David & Goliath

A Modern Day Tale Of David & Goliath

We all face challenges ever so often, and that is all part and parcel of life. Yet, there are days where we can feel so demotivated or affected by certain set backs that it just doesn’t seem like things will get better. However, if there is one thing that has been tested time and again, it is that perseverance and fighting against all odds will mould you into becoming a stronger and better you. If you need some proof, check out Erin Brockovich, the real life story of a woman’s struggle with her Goliath and how she fought her way to victory.

Erin Brockovich (2000)

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    Erin Brockovich is a film based on the true story of a Californian environmental activist and law clerk. Despite having not studied law, Erin managed to single-handedly build a successful case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in 1993.

    Juggling life

    This movie is a story of how sheer will and human spirit can trump despite a myriad of hurdles in life. It’s a story of an unemployed single mom who gets a job as a legal clerk with a firm in California. It’s quite fascinating and moving how the legal assistant brings down a power company in California accused of polluting the city’s water supply.

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    It’s a fabulous screen adaptation by Susannah Grant. Although it lacks the melodrama found in most films, Erin Brockovich addresses many real-life issues. We can all identify with Brockovich’s struggle to strike a balance between her family, work, and life. Of course, the feminist undertones of the movie might not cajole to men deeply. Nonetheless, the film underscores a woman’s journey of self-discovery and passion for bringing justice to her city.

    Against All odds 

    The core message in Erin Brockovich is undoubtedly bigger than Julia Robert’s bosom in the movie. Although it’s a drama, the plot can be best described as a struggle. The protagonist is always fighting for what she believes is the right thing. And against all opposing forces and odds, she emerges a winner. The theme and her struggles can apply to our lives too. It teaches us that we should work towards what we believe in despite all the life’s setbacks, complications, and moral struggles.

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    Be Inspired

    The heart-rending story of Erin Brockovich is no blockbuster, but certainly one that we can all relate to. Get your daily dose of inspiration from this moving film today.

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    Last Updated on January 11, 2021

    11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

    11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

    Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

    Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

    1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

    Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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    2. Stress Relief

    Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

    3. Improved Sleep

    Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

    4. Appetite Control

    Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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    5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

    When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

    6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

    Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

    7. Mosquito Repellant

    Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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    8. Pain Relief

    While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

    9. The New Anti-Viral

    Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

    10. Improved Cognitive Function

    Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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    11. Money Saving

    With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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