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Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

Here at Balance for Life, a holistic health retreat in Florida, some of our team members have gotten creative with their face masks recently. When we connect online for a virtual meeting or a gathering around the virtual water cooler, they’ll show them off, which often makes us smile, if not laugh out loud. And that’s good for our health and our hearts. 

We look forward to welcoming you when it is safe to do so (we will get there!), but for now, we hope you remember that you don’t have to be on a retreat in Florida to do something that will have a positive impact on your health and wellness. Find something – or someone – that can make you laugh. Laughing may not be the very best medicine, but it sure is a great way to enhance your health and wellbeing. 

The Health Benefits of Laughing

“Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke,” the clever folks at the Mayo Clinic say. “Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good.”

In fact, there is a growing amount of research indicating that having a good laugh can be an important aspect of your wellness journey.

“A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body,” the experts at the Mayo Clinic explain. “Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long term.”

Laughter has the ability to give your immune system a boost, which is good to know in the age of the coronavirus. “Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses,” the Mayo Clinic explains. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter may also: 

  • Stimulate some of your organs, including your heart, lungs and muscles (so when someone says that laughing at something did their heart good, they aren’t kidding!)
  • Increase endorphins in your brain
  • Make you feel more relaxed
  • Enhance circulation and relax tense muscles
  • Relieve pain


We can’t welcome you to Florida for a wellness vacation right now, but we can share information with you that can help you stay healthy and happy during these difficult times.

Echinacea for Wellness

Echinacea for Wellness

Here at Balance for Life, a holistic health retreat in Florida, we are thinking of you and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our wellness retreats when it is safe to do so. We hope you are all staying safe, following the social distancing guidelines and frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. There are other things you can do to give your immune system a boost, including taking supplements like echinacea. 

Echinacea is a homegrown plant. While it now grown all over the world, it is native to North America – specifically, it seems, to the lands east of the Rocky Mountains. Native Americans were using the plant for medicinal purposes as far back as the 17th century. The Great Plains Indians used it to treat a variety of ailments. When swallowed, they believed it helped with pain, coughs, stomach cramps and snake bites. It was also used on the skin to help heal from wounds and burns. 

Health Benefits of Echinacea in the Modern Era

“At the beginning of the 20th century, Echinacea was the most frequently used plant preparation in the USA,” K Hostettmann says in a paper posted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which is part of the  National Institutes of Health

“The extracts exhibit immunostimulant properties and are mainly used in the prophylaxis and therapy of colds, flu and septic complaints,” the paper reports. Although there are over 400 publications concerning the plant and dozens of preparations of Echinacea in the market, the true identity of the active principles still remains open.”

Today, as the experts at WebMD tell us, “Echinacea is most commonly used for the common cold and other infections.”

You can find a wide range of products containing echinacea, ranging from herbal teas to supplements. But not all products that contain echinacea are created equal. “There are concerns about the quality of some echinacea products on the market,” WebMD says. “Echinacea products are frequently mislabeled, and some may not even contain echinacea, despite label claims. Don’t be fooled by the term ‘standardized.’ It doesn’t necessarily indicate accurate labeling.”

The medical experts behind our holistic health retreats in Florida have provided more information to help you heal and stay strong and healthy during this difficult time. We can’t wait to welcome you to a beachfront wellness retreat in Florida in the better times ahead.

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