Some Ways I Decompress After A Long Stressful Day!

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I love to take a bath at least once a week. I like to add fun ingredients into the water such as: powdered milk/buttermilk, epsom salt, seaweed, sake, beer, bath oil, green/chamomile/herbal tea bags, Kneipps Herbal Baths, Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Bubble Bath Warming Balsam Fir, & Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath.

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Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath

I also like to bring my laptop into the bathroom and play a audio book or watch something on Netflix while I take the bath.

I like to sit on my porch and read magazines while my dog runs around in his dog run.

Take walks with my dog.

Make cup of tea and read a book.

Just get in the car and drive around pretty neighborhoods with the windows down, music playing, and a yummy drink in the cup holder.

Get a pedicure taking advantage of the massage chair.

Yoga – the corpse & cobblers pose are two of my favorites

Reflexology

Acupuncture

Massaging my feet, scalp, hands, and feet.

Laying on a an acupressure mat or walking on a cobble stone mat bare foot (ease into using them).

Moji massager and The head Tingler

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Cobble Stone Mat

Savoring ice cream in a cone.

What do you like to do when you are stressed?

The Many Uses of Baking Soda in Skin and Body Care!

  1. Mix with water to neutralize a chemical peel
  2. Great gentle exfoliant to use to help remove self tanner orange residue
  3. Mix into your toothpaste for extra whitening and fresh breath
  4. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath water for an invigorating bath
  5. Dust under your arm pits to absorb and neutralize moisture and odor as needed
  6. Remove residue and oil from hair and make up brushes by adding 1 tsp. of baking soda to a small basin of water (leave hair brushes for about 10 minutes in solution and just gently swish make up brushes in solution remove and lay on paper towels for 10 minutes, then rinse hair and make up brushes in water.  For make up brushes always rinse with the handle and bristles facing down so that water doesn’t get in the handle.)
  7. Cooking with garlic and got smelly fingers (mix 1 part baking soda to  3 parts soap to neutralize order)
  8. Doing a pedicure?  Try 3 tablespoons of baking soda for a foot soak and make an exfoliating scrub as mentioned above to not only exfoliate but to neutralize any foot odor
  9. Remove product build up from your hair while gently exfoliating your scalp by adding 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda to your shampoo in the palm of your hand.  (Not recommended for color treated hair.
  10. Smelly sneakers?  Shake a little baking soda in your sneakers after each use to absorb moisture and odor.
  11. Mix with water, facial oil such as grape seed/olive oil/almond oil/hazelnut oil, or your cleanser to make a gentle exfoliating scrub (3 parts baking soda to water, cleanser or oil)
English: Sodium bicarbonate, sodium hydrogenca...

English: Sodium bicarbonate, sodium hydrogencarbonate, sodium bicarb, “baking soda”, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Beauty Must Haves for January:

 

Dr. Hauschka Spruce Bath Harmonizing and warming

Lush Fresh Made Cosmetics Dream Cream Soothing for sensitive or sore skin. Calming blend of oat milk, lavender and chamomile.

Lush Cosmetics Butterball Bath Bomb Vanilla-scented bath fizz with chunks of creamy cocoa butter; it’s fantastic for rehydrating dry skin.

 

Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant A skin-softening scrub that sloughs away dryness with raw sugar and replenishes with pure maracuja oil for soft, smooth lips.

Make Your Own Bath Fizzes!

Martha Stewart the DIY genius is at it again with a video and article with recipe on how to make your own bath fizzes, which aren’t cheap!

Thank you Martha!

If you want to buy instead of make Bath Fizzes, I love Lush Bath Bombs!

Lush Bath Bomb in Twilight

Enjoy a Seaweed Bath At Home!

You Will Need:

Seaweed (3-4 ounces of dried seaweed or 1-2 ounces fresh)

Stocking, Pantyhose, Large Tea Ball, Muslin Bag or Delicates Bags

Water

Pot

Essential Oil (optional)

Fill the bag, stockings et cetera with seaweed, this is very important!  The bags are needed to keep the seaweed from going down your drain and contain any mess!  Boil water in a large pot, add the seaweed (I like to do this with fresh seaweed as well to release the gel), and steep for half an hour or so. Pour into the bath (seaweed in its bag and all). Fill the bath with hot water, add essential oil if you like. Making sure to remove the seaweed bag before you open the drain at the end of your bath.

You can freeze unused seaweed in an airtight bag in your freezer.

A slight gel or film from the seaweed will softly coat your body while you soak. Once it dissolves and you don’t feel it on your skin any more, you know your bath is done and you’ve absorbed the seaweed’s benefits.

Seaweed baths are considered very therapeutic because of their very high mineral content, as well as, iodine and vitamin K.

Caution: Those with high blood pressure or other health problems should consult their doctors before having a hot seaweed bath.  Don’t just pick seaweed from the ocean, you don’t know what the contaminants in the water may be.  Buy your seaweed from a reputable source, such as, Just Seaweed.com or Seaveg.com.

The Must-Have Seaweed Bath

The Must-Have Seaweed Bath (Photo credit: GuudGrf)

 

Essential Oil Blends for Insomnia!

 

Essential Oils for Insomnia

There are essential oils to help us relax and have a restful night of sleep. These oils will help with sleep difficulties that are primarily stress based. For more serious problems, I suggest you consult a physician.

Most of us have heard about the relaxing and sleep inducing effects of Lavender Essential Oil. A few drops rubbed into the soles of the feet are often the road to dreamland! There are other oils to help as well.  A synergistic blend can be made as well!

Valarian Essential Oil, Marjoram Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essentail Oil (sparingly!), Clary Sage Essential Oil, and Neroli (Orange Blossom) Essential Oil all are useful for deep relaxation into sleep.

                                                                                                                                                                     

A fragrant and healing blend:

4 drops Lavender Essential Oil

2 drops Bergamot Essential Oil

2 drops Marjoram Essential Oil

1 drop Clary Sage Essental Oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Combine in a 10 or 15 amber or cobalt blue glass bottle. Add a carrier oil to fill the bottle (Jojoba, for example). Cover and roll the bottle between your palms to combine. Apply top the soles of the feet, nape of neck, temples, soles of feet or chakra points about ½ hour before bedtime.

                                                                                                                                                                    

Spikenard, or Jatamansi Essential Oil promotes sleep and dreams. Use sparingly, as it is very powerful! Some people experience very vivid dreams. Best applied to the soles of the feet with a carrier oil.

                                                                                                                                                                     

Sleep-inducing Massage Oil

2 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Sweet Marjoram essential oil

1 drop Vetiver essential oil

Blend with 1tblsp (15ml) of Sweet Almond or Grapeseed oil or other carrier oil and give a gentle, soothing massage.


Sleepy Head Bath Blend

4 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

4 drops Clary Sage essential oil

2 drops Neroli essential oil

Add to a warm bath and disperse well – or blend with 1tblsp grapeseed oil or 1 tblsp unscented bubble bath and add to a warm bath. Soak in the bath for 15-20 minutes inhaling the vapours. Do not get bath water in your eyes as it will sting.

                                                                                                                                                                  

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

Benefits of dead sea salt

Benefits of dead sea salt. Great article from SkinandBodyFocus

People are always looking for ways to keep their skin, soft and supple. Going to extremes to achieve the ultimate glow and silky smooth texture.  Many dollars have been spent also, but did you know that it need not cost you an arm and a leg to get good results?  It can be as simple as taking a bath with salt. Not any kind of salt, but the salt from the Dead Sea. It contains magnesium, potassium, calcium, chloride and bromides.

The magnesium helps to slow down the aging process in our skin, while the calcium is good to prevent water retention and improve circulation. Got dry flaky  skin? the potassium helps to balance the moisture levels.  As an added benefit the Bromides works as a sedative …GOT STRESS? Add your favorite essential oils and you have some wonderful therapy going on!

Here is a CNN report you might find interesting

Via Salt Works

Minerals and naturally occurring chemicals found in the Dead Sea:

Sulfur is necessary for the secretion of bile from the liver and for converting toxins into non-toxins. Sulfur is found in the amino acids cysteine, and methionine; as well as in cells, hemoglobin (of the blood), collagen (of the muscles), keratin (required for skin), insulin, heparin, biotin and co-enzyme A (required for healthy hair, skin, nails, among many other biological structures). Sulfur is necessary for synthesizing collagen. It is required for the adequate digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and a number of vitamins e.g. thiamin, biotin and pantothenic acid; It is also essential to enable cells to breathe.

Chlorine is necessary to maintain the correct balance of alkaline and acid in the body, together with being vital for cell metabolism

Iodine is necessary for the production of the hormone thyroxin, and is also vital for both energy and cell metabolism

Potassium is necessary to maintain the water balance in order for cell metabolism to take place, assisting the cells to absorb nourishment and expel waste products. An imbalance in potassium often leads to water retention. Potassium also plays a vital role in regulating muscle contractions and the nervous system.

Sodium, like potassium, plays a vital role in assisting the cells to absorb nourishment and expel waste.

Calcium is necessary in strengthening cell membranes and cleansing the pores. In addition it is vital for production and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones, together with regulating the heart muscles and nerves.

Magnesium is necessary in assisting the body to utilize other essential nutrients and in cell metabolism.

Bromine helps with the natural repair of the body together with cell metabolism and can be used as a natural antibiotic.

Salt along the shore of the Dead Sea

Salt along the shore of the Dead Sea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A favorite place of mine to buy:

http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/si_BenefitsOfBokek.asp

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