Essential Oils therapeutic benefits

Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

lavender_geranium_oilModern scientific study and trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

Therapeutic-grade essential oils are most often extracted via a low-heat steam distillation process in which steam is circulated under pressure through plant material, liberating the essential oils into the steam. As the steam mixture cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected in its pure form (1).

Fact: It takes as much as 12,000 rose blossoms to distill 5 mL of therapeutic-grade essential Rose oil.

Here are some examples of how to use essential oils in your day to day:

PEPPERMINT

  • Sacre the Critters. Many household bugs do not like peppermint oil — ants, aphids, beetles, plant lice, mice and cockroaches try to steer clear of peppermint. Just add to water in a spray bottle and spray where you think pests grace you with their presence!
  • Clean Naturally. Peppermint oil is a wonderful natural cleaning agent because it has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Spray on counter tops and bathroom surfaces, scrub, and enjoy cleaner clean.
  • Sleep Like a Baby. If you find you are having a hard time sleeping, peppermint oil helps activate cold-sensitive receptors in the skin and mucosal tissues. When used this way, it may help with insomnia.
  • For That “Marathon in Clogs” Feeling. When you feel like you’ve just run a marathon in clogs, and your feet are a hot mess of ouch, massage peppermint oil onto aching feet, joints, and strained muscles.

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LAVENDER

  • Soak Away Stress. Your muscles are tight. Anxiety and deadlines are eating at you. Your heart is racing. Where’s the pressure release valve? Right here, with lavender. Add to a warm bath, soak it in, soothe.
  • Let Vapor Talk. Wet your hair in the shower. Add 4 drops of lavender to a handful of water and work it into your hands and hair. Tilt your head down, under the water and capture the aroma instilled vapor as it melts off your hands and hair. You’ll love how it smells, and how your hair feels!
  • Minor Burns, Major Relief. When you’ve slightly overdone it in the sun, a little lavender oil is helpful in preventing peeling skin. It aids in your skin’s healing without scarring as well!
  • Boo Boo Relief. Lavender has disinfecting properties. It’s great for the skin, and wonderful for relief from cuts and scrapes, especially if the cut or scrape is located wherever it’s difficult to keep covered.
  • A Dry Climate Answer. If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, and don’t want to mess around with chemical smelling lotions, add lavender to fractionated coconut oil and comfort will be yours!
  • Neck & Wing Relief. When you have neck and scapula tension, apply lavender with fractionated coconut oil, breath it in and massage those knots out!
  • A Hood of Wonder. Next time you have a cold or the flu, remember the lavender steamhood. Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, and inhale the vapor slowly and deeply.

LEMON

  • LemonEssentialOil-850x567Ease Breathing. When used with a humidifier, it’s a great way to slow wheezing, colds, cough, and other upper respiratory problems.
  • Fight the Fungus Among Us. Tired of seeing that unsightly nail fungus? Lemon oil is great for nails, and can help fight against nail fungus.
  • Halt the Nerves. When combined with lavender oil and diffused into a room, you’ll find you feel less anxious and in a better mood.
  • Was That a Crusty? Next time you notice hard, crusty skin on your feet, (e.g. corns, calluses or bunions) regularly add a few drops of lemon oil and you’ll soon have softened skin!
  • A Brighter Complexion. Lemon oil can help remove dead skin cells and exfoliate. For a homemade exfoliant, add 4-5 drops to a small amount of oatmeal and water for a homemade scrub. Feels great!

ORANGE

  • Cleaning agent Being a good anti-bacterial and anti-septic agent, sweet orange oil can be added to water in measurable drops and used as a household cleaner. You can make a spritzer by combining clean water, orange oil and Epsom salt. Spritz the mixture over kitchen countertops and table tops and wipe dry with a clean cloth. This is not only very eco-friendly, but also very cheap.
  • Perfume You may combine many ingredients of your choice together with orange oil to create a pot pourri. Rubbing orange oil to your skin can give you a scented and refreshing feel. What’s more is that you can apply orange oil onto your skin to keep mosquitoes away when going to a tropical island that’s sure to be infested with flying insects.

TEA TREE OIL

  • Aromatherapy Use a drop or two of the oil on a warm washcloth and inhale to treat colds, viruses, coughs, sunburn, toothaches, or problems caused by bacteria.
  • Acne Avoid using those expensive, unnatural, chemical-ridden acne treatments. Dab a drop of tea tree oil on a damp cotton ball or q-tip and apply to trouble spots. Make sure you dampen your applicator with water; do not use the tea tree oil alone, as it would be too potent on your delicate skin.

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Find more info about how to use Essential Oils safely.

We invite you to discover more of the essential oils wonderful healing properties at our Aromatherapy Class by Miilé Spa. Find the Schedule in your Excellence Times!

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Finest Resorts: Excellence Group newest brand

Excellence Group, known for luxury resort properties throughout the Caribbean, announces the creation of a third brand, Finest Resorts, to welcome guests of all ages.

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Cancun, Mexico/April 1, 2014/ — Five star-rated Caribbean luxury hotels and resorts, Excellence Group, announces Finest Resorts, its first property to be Finest Playa Mujeres located among the stunning white powder sands and turquoise waters of Playa Mujeres, Mexico. Finest Resorts is the long-awaited third brand from Excellence Group, which currently owns and operates Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels.

Finest Playa Mujeres will offer the same level of luxury and comfort as the highly recognized and awarded Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels, but will welcome and accommodate guests of all ages, including couples, mid-size groups and families, without any age restrictions. As with Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels, Finest Playa Mujeres will provide an idyllic backdrop for destination weddings. Finest Playa Mujeres is expected to open in winter 2015.

FinestPlayaMujeres_SuiteGuests of the soon-to-be completed Finest Playa Mujeres can expect exclusive service in a modern setting that is aimed to inspire and surprise guests with a vacation destination that invokes an experience full of the passion, freedom, joy and prestige that Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is synonymous with.

Finest Playa Mujeres will offer a seamless and impressive aesthetic comprised of modern spacious elegance, privacy, glamour, with Mexican spirit in the attentive details.

“Finest Playa Mujeres will offer a beautiful respite where couples, families, and groups can get away to celebrate and enjoy time together. It is a place that both stimulates the senses, yet relaxes the mind as time unfolds and balance returns,” expresses Alejandro Lazcano, Marketing Director of Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts. “Guest will revel in the simplicity of exquisite moments, and experience life done beautifully.”

FinestPlayaMujeres_SuitesFinest Playa Mujeres will feature 450 finely appointed guest suites, the exclusive Excellence Club for adults 18+ to enjoy, Finest Club for guest of all ages, nine irresistible all-inclusive international dining options, 10 swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio conditioning equipment, elegant and spacious meeting facilities, full concierge services, among other high-end amenities.

Guests will discover ONE Spa and hydrotherapy circuit facilities where pampered relaxation and renewal are delivered through the healing traditions of ancient cultures from around the world. Nurture the body, mind and soul, and reconnect with your inner self.

“At Finest Resorts, you can expect the same level of comfort, luxury and impeccable service as Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels. The only difference in concept will be couples, groups and families harmonically coexisting with amenities, activities and guest suites that are designed especially for them,” continues Lazcano.

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Just as with the brand-new property, Excellence Group continuously strives to live up to its name with ongoing improvements to its existing properties.

Excellence Punta Cana recently completed a renovation of all guest rooms, adding four additional honeymoon suites with rooftop with private deck and plunge pool, making a total of ten honeymoon suites to this property. The property also added a brand new Spanish Tapas restaurant, a 9th a la carte option for dining at Excellence Punta Cana. Enhancement to the terraces on swim-up suites at the Excellence Club were also made.

Excellence Riviera Cancun has increased capacity at their French gourmet dining restaurant and redecorated it’s Asian, fine Italian and Mediterranean restaurants. All Excellence Resorts properties now offer Nespresso coffee machines in all Club rooms, as well as take away wood oven pizza, and paddle boarding.

Beloved’s boutique hotel now offers Nespresso coffee machines in all rooms, a separate menu for children at all restaurants and meal times, and a juice bar with crepes and waffles.

About The Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is a family owned and operated resort group specializing in hotel management and worldwide real estate development, with a primary geographic presence in the Caribbean. Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is the result of a joint investment between Medieval Times and ETI (Explotacions Turistiques de lesIlles). The group owns and manages resort properties in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Riviera Maya, and Cancun, Mexico.

 

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Facts about Tequila

Did you know the Tequila was North America’s first distilled beverage and also its first commercially produced alcohol?

Tequila tastingThe Aztec people had previously made a fermented beverage from the agave plant, which they called octli – later called pulque (long before the Spanish arrived in 1521). When the Spanish conquistadors ran out of their own brandy, they began to distill agave to produce one of North America’s first indigenous distilled spirits (1).

By Mexican law, Tequila can be produced only in specifically designated geographic areas, primarily the state of Jalisco (west-central Mexico), and must be produced only from Blue Agave. Similar Agave spirits are produced in other mexican regions and from other species of Agave. These other types of Agave are known locally as Maguey.
The mezcal for example, is an spirit made from Maguey outside of the Tequila region. As an analogy, Champagne is a sparkling wine but not all sparkling wines are Champagne. In order to be Champagne, the sparkling wine must be made from a specific grape within the appellation of origin in France.

JimadorAgave must mature for 6 or 7 years before its sugar contents peak, making it ripe for harvest for tequila. Tequila is made of only the sweet heart of the agave, called the piña. The piña is harvested by skilled workers called “jimadores.” Expertise in harvesting is passed down from father to son. The sharp, long-handled tool used by the jimador to harvest is called a “coa.” The bitter sprouts are removed by hand to reveal the sweet piña of the agave plant. Only the agave with the right balance of sugar and acid are selected.

There are two basic categories of tequila: mixtos and 100% agave. Mixtos use no less than 51% agave, with other sugars making up the remainder. Mixtos use both glucose and fructose sugars.

Tequila is bottled and sold in 5 different ways:

  • Blanco or plata: white spirit, un-aged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation, or aged less than two months in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels.
  • Joven or oro: usually a mixto (rarely 100% agave) with added coloring.
  • Reposado: aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size.
  • Añejo: aged a minimum of one year, but less than three years in small oak barrels.
  • Extra Añejo: aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels.

As with other spirits that are aged in oaks barrel, tequila takes on the flavors of the wood, while the harshness of the alcohol mellows. The major flavor distinction with 100% agave tequila is the base ingredient, which is more vegetal than grain spirits (and often more complex).

Tequila CocktailAt Excellence Resorts, we are very proud of our culture and we want to share with you a little bit of it through our Tequila Tastings. Ask to your hotel concierge for more info upon arrival!

Have a look to this funny 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking More Tequila!

Warning: Try not to knock back a few shots immediately after reading this article because chances are the information will be lost forever!

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Excellence Resorts Rum recipes

Any serious lover of rum cannot think of it without thinking about the Caribbean. Whether or not rum originated in this region of the world or not, most serious rum fans agree that the Caribbean is the spiritual birthplace of this noble liquor.

Rum Collins

This is a cocktail based on the Tom Collins substituting a light rum for the gin.

Rum Collins

Ingredients
1 1/2 oz White Rum
1 oz Natural Syrup
1 oz Lemon juice
3 oz Soda
1 Lemon slice

Directions
Pour ingredients into a shaker except the soda.
Shake vigorously.
Pour ingredients into highball glass.
Top up with soda.
Decorate with lemon slice.

Reyna Montez

Maria Montez was a Dominican actress who gained fame and popularity in the 1940s as an exotic beauty. As a tribute to her centennial, the bars manager at Excellence Punta Cana (Joel Santana), drew up an exquisite and well-crafted cocktail that in every sip, transports you to the glamorous actress lifestyle.

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Ingredients
2 oz White Rum
1/2 oz 
Peach liqueur
1 ½ oz 
Midori liqueur
½ ounce lemon juice
1 Lemon slice

Directions
Pour ingredients and 4 pieces of ice into a shaker.
Shake vigorously.
Pour into margarita glass over crushed ice.
Garnish with a lemon slice.


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Sour Rum Dominicano

For the sweet and sour lovers, here you are our particular Domincan version of the Sour Rum.

Rum_SourIngredients
1 1/2 oz Rum Aged
1 oz Lemon juice
1/2 oz Natural Syrup
1 oz Blue Curacao Liqueur
1 Lemon slice
1 Cherry

Directions
Pour the ingredients and the ice into the shaker.
Shake vigorously.

Serve into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.

Hope these recipes can give you back home a sip of the Caribbean. Enjoy!

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Chocolate lovers paradise


Chocolate
is a typically sweetened food produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree.

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Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages known as xocolātl, a Nahuatl word meaning “bitter water”. The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor.

Later the Europeans sweetened and fattened chocolate by adding refined sugar and milk. Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and a vast number of foodstuffs involving chocolate have been created.

Enjoying high-quality chocolate is an experience like no other. The flavors are rich and complex, and there is a large variation in flavors among various chocolates.
At
Excellence Resorts, we have the Chocholate Me Time for our Excellence Club guests.  Enjoy different desserts, hot beverages, martini and more!

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We held this in our Excellence Club Lounge Thursdays every 15 days at Excellence Riviera Cancun and Excellence Playa Mujeres and Tuesdays every 15 days for Excellence Punta Cana.

For those chocolate lovers at home, warm yourself up with this very simple but tasty Mexican Chocolate recipe:

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Green Juice Recipe

Green juices are power-packed with nutrition. True to their nature, green vegetables produce chlorophyll, which oxygenates your body. This enables us to release stored toxins in the body. Your hemoglobin will also get elevated, improving the blood circulation as a result and giving your body a boost of energy. A green juice will also cleanse your digestive system, lungs, liver and uterus!

In our buffets you surely have seen or try those tasty juices, so we want to share with you this very popular and healthy option for an Excellence breakfast!

Green-Juice

• 100 grams Pineapple
• 50 grams Nopal
• 20 grams Parsley
• 50 grams Celery
• 50 grams Cucumber
• 5 leaves Spinach
• Pineapple juice 200 ml

In a blender, combine everything with the pineapple juice. Pour into glasses and serve fresh. Enjoy!
*Decorate with slices of fruit.

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5 ways to relax in 5 minutes

At Miilé Spa, we know that health and wellness extend beyond our treatment rooms, therefore we want to share with you some effective ways to de-stress and relax…

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Take a Short Walk and thank: “Now walk it out. ” When you’re feeling overwhelmed or having trouble concentrating, go for a short  walk around the block.
Breath in and out completely and just think about three things you are grateful of having and thank them.  You’ll get the benefits of alone time, physical activity, and a few minutes to feel your mind in gratefulness!

Make a Pause and Stretch: Standing up for a stretch of arms, waist and head, can relieve muscle tension and help us relax during a stressful workday, if possible turn soft music, now say this to yourself  for three times  “Breath… relax… smile…” and do it!

Drip Cold Water on Your Wrists: Drop some cold water on your wrists and behind your earlobes. There are major arteries right underneath the skin, so cooling these areas can help calm the whole body.

Give a chance to Aromatherapy:  It takes just a minute to drip some lavender, chamomile, orange or bergamot essential oil into your palm. Inhale-exhale completely several times with your eyes closed. You can put a drop in your wrists and behind your ears. The soothing scents may help send stress and anxiety packing by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotion.

Give Yourself a Hand Massage: Try a hand massage for instant relaxation that calms a pounding heart . Hands in general can carry a lot of tension and anxiety.  Apply some lotion and start kneading the base of the muscle under the thumb to relieve stress in the shoulders, neck, and scalp, this is basic acupressure.

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