I have recommended meditation a ton in
the past, but did you know that something as simple as proper breathing can
help you relieve stress, anxiety, improve digestion, detoxify your body, and
more? Make sure to take some time to practice proper breathing techniques on a
daily basis and see the difference!
Sit or lay down in a comfortable position and
close your eyes to become more aware of your breathing and relax.
Place one hand on your upper chest and the
other on your belly; when you breathe deeply, the air coming in through your
nose fills your lungs, and the belly rises (not the chest).
and out through your nose and focus on the activity of breathing.
exhale slowly, calmly and quietly. Inhale, pause, exhale and pause. The time
for an inhale and exhale depends on each person, so make sure you listen to your
body to know when you’ve gotten enough air in and release it out trying to keep
the time of the inhale and exhale the same. The key here is to listen to your
Tonight, I want to share with you the recipe for one of my favorite
teas ever. This tea is amazing for the digestive system, help detoxify the body,
reduce swelling and water retention, as well as relax you to help you go to
Take some fresh ginger root and cut a piece that would be equivalent to a teaspoon. Boil it with two to three cups of water and bagged or fresh chamomile. Add one to two tablespoons of honey and the juice of half a lemon. Drink it while it is still warm to help relax the body and release all those toxins!
Not Only a Bedtime Drink
Ginger paste and ginger extract are also used topically to help reduce inflammation, cellulite, stimulate circulation, and tone your skin. Have you used ginger root products to help with any of these? Share your results!
Who else LOVES a good bath at the end of the day? Hopefully everyone says yes, because there’s literally nothing more relaxing!
It’s pretty normal to add bubbles or bath bombs in, but especially for us ladies.. too much fragrance or artificial ingredients can cause us some issues (hello, UTI – ain’t nobody got time for that). One easy way to get around this and STILL relax is to use epsom salts!
Epsom salts also come with natural fragrances (be sure it’s natural.. or add in some natural essential oil), or come plain. Either way, you’ll still get these benefits:
Magnesium! This is one of the minerals that are vital for bodily functions. Magnesium is also great for muscle relaxation.
Epsom salts can help with sore muscles. Perfect for a post-gym soak!
Have bloating or swelling? Soak for 20 minutes to help reduce swelling in your body. It can also help decrease inflammation for some cysts with warm water (but of course consult your doctor!)
In addition to a bath, you CAN drink epsom salts… but make sure they’re all natural and able to be consumed, and monitor how much you’re taking. This can help with digestion!
Do you use epsom salts? Let us know in the comments!
The crown chakra also
known as Sahansrara represents our connection with the universe, divinity, and
the connection among all things. This energy center is in the top center of the
head, between the ears. The crown chakra is connected to the proper function of
the ears, eyes, brain, pineal gland and the skin. Having an unbalanced crown
chakra, depending on if it is underactive or overactive, can lead to spiritual
obsessiveness or lack of spirituality, selfishness, lack of identity and purpose
in life, depression, among other things. On the other hand, if is balanced, we
feel in unity with the world, we understand that we are all interconnected,
exhibit unselfish behavior, good mental health, feel fulfilled, and are more at
peace. The crown chakra is usually represented by the color violet.
How to balance the crown chakra?
Meditating on a regular basis helps balance the
chakra and put our mind at peace.
Practice activities where you get to place the
needs of others first, where you take care of others, or offer help expecting
nothing in return. The more you become aware of what other people go through,
the more you value what you have. It is also important to get to know others to
find common ground and develop genuine concern and stop acting selfishly.
Remember, love is everything.
Sandalwood, rosewood, lavender and jazmine are
some great essential oils to help you balance the crown chakra
Some stones you can use are: clear quartz,
kyanite, and red muscovite
What makes you feel connected with the universe, what makes
you happy and truly at peace?
I’m assuming I’m not the only one where life ALWAYS gets in the way of self-care! So since we’re going into the weekend, I thought it’d be a perfect time to touch on some of my top tips to pamper yourself for your own well-being.
After a stressful day, week, or month (or more..); I absolutely LOVE to do a little pamper night and treat myself. This can mean anything you want. Like to go out? Have a date night by yourself at a nice restaurant and go to a movie on your own.. and treat yourself to that popcorn! Like to stay in? Follow my tips below – because I’m with ya on that one.
Take a hot bath – and use epsom salts! They have great anti-inflammatory properties, and you can get some with lavender or eucalyptus, which will just help you relax even more.
Use a face mask. Either buy one and stick it in the fridge before for some anti-inflammatory effects, or make your own! Here are a couple of natural skincare posts – honey scrub and coffee!
Make a nice dinner. If you’re vegetarian (like Chantal!), treat yourself to a nice eggplant parmesan or stuffed peppers. I’m not a vegetarian, and on special occasions I’ll cook up a filet mignon with veggies! Make your favorite food for yourself!
Turn off electronics. If you absolutely HAVE to look on your phone, put it on night time mode so the light isn’t as harsh. Or watch some netflix on your laptop with the brightness alll the way down. But I personally love to read a book with my salt lamp on, or play a podcast while I just relax!
Meditate. I personally love using the “breathe” app on my apple watch, but the Calm app is also great! Just taking 5 minutes or less can help a TON for your mental health.
Hopefully these tips give you some ideas for some self-care this weekend! Let us know in the comments what YOU do for weekend wellness!
The third eye chakra also
known as Ajna is associated with intuition, imagination, openness, and wisdom. This
energy center is located on the forehead between the eyebrows and its physical
function is to regulate biorhythms and the pituitary gland. Having an unbalanced
Ajna chakra makes us feel like we have no clarity in our path, we lack vision
and objectiveness, we daydream and feel lost. On the other hand, if the Ajna
chakra is balanced, we feel inspired, our creativity shows, we become more
perceptive, intuitive, and are more willing to learn life lessons. The throat
chakra is usually represented by the color indigo and the element of light.
How to balance the third eye chakra?
Since the pineal gland regulates sleep patterns,
getting enough sleep is essential to have a balanced chakra (like I needed
another reason to love my favorite activity of the day).
Eating berries full of antioxidants and green vegetables
are great to nourish your body and balance this chakra
Meditation (try incorporating the Om sound) and
look up some guided meditations if needed
Chamomile, lavender and rosemary are some great
essential oils to get you back on track!
Some stones you can use are: iolite, lepidolite,
and red tourmaline
Maybe you’re travelling to a high-altitude destination, maybe you just want more mental clarity, or maybe you want to breathe better for stress relief! The reasons are endless, but oxygen bars are a GREAT solution.
For me personally, I’ve gone to countless oxygen bars when visiting Colorado. Being up in the mountains (especially if you aren’t used to it) can cause altitude sickness symptoms like nausea, headaches, dizziness, etc. I’m super sensitive to this! I even had a lot of altitude sickness when we visited Ojo Caliente!
The first time I tried an oxygen bar was when I visited Denver a few years ago. I like to go quite often now, and ALWAYS make a pit stop at one when I arrive! After climbing up Mount Evans and Seven Falls (pictured below).. it was much needed!
And even if you aren’t in high altitudes or have some other sort of sickness.. oxygen bars can be an AMAZING hangover cure! Too many shots?… oops!
You can also pick your flavors. So even if you’re skeptical about oxygen bar having real health benefits – there are also aromatherapy benefits. Try out some eucalyptus for relaxation, or orange for energy! Can’t hurt to try it out!
Let us know if you’ve ever tried an oxygen bar in the comments below!