Summer’s here, and chances are, you already have plans for a relaxing vacation and some serious downtime to recharge your batteries.
Many people spend the months leading up to summer with diets meant to give them the perfect “beach body.”
Unfortunately, many of those same people often neglect a major component of their physical health—their skin.
Summer sun and humidity can take a toll on your skin; as a way of heading this off, here are our top tips for making sure your skin stays healthy this summer.
One important routine you should practice is exfoliating your skin; do this every day, first thing in the morning before you add anything else to your skin, like sunscreen or make-up. Use a loofah or exfoliating brush along with a scrub designed for this purpose. By doing so, you will get rid of the dead skin and other impurities that can clog up your pores and make your skin oily.
Most people know that water is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, but many don’t realize how much the skin needs hydration as well. Adults should drink at least 64 ounces of water daily (that’s eight, eight-ounce glasses of water); this prevents skin from drying out, especially if you plan on spending time outdoors, and contributes to an overall healthier feeling.
Don’t be afraid to apply extra hydration such as moisturizing creams and masks. Toners can also be used throughout the day to help touch up your skin if it starts to get dry.
We cannot stress this enough: if you are going to spend any time outdoors this summer, you absolutely must make sure that you apply sunscreen before heading out. The American Association of Dermatologists recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 30. If you are fair skinned or burn easily, you will probably want a much higher SPF. We also recommend mineral-based sunscreen.
Plan on making time to reapply your sunscreen several times throughout the day. As a rule of thumb, you should put on more sunscreen every time you get out of the water and, if not swimming, you should still add more about every two hours. If you do get sunburned, use a soothing aloe-based gel to take the sting out and help your skin start to heal.
This summer, resolve to take better care of your skin. Healthy skin doesn’t just reflect good physical health, but it can also help boost your self-esteem and confidence.
Essential Oils: Spearmint its Benefits
An essential oil that’s been used for years to help people in many ways is peppermint oil. Unfortunately, for many users, peppermint is just too strong. In fact, it has been linked to skin rashes, diarrhea, heartburn, mouth sores, and headaches. Since the negative side effects of peppermint sometimes outweighs the benefits, many people turn instead to its milder form—spearmint oil. Spearmint is a milder oil that still has many significant benefits when used. Sometimes it is mixed with peppermint oil to dilute the negative effects, but more often it is used on its own.
Benefits of Spearmint Oil—As with most essential oils, there are significant benefits for spearmint oil. These include:
· Some research indicates that spearmint oil can be used as an antimicrobial agent that can kill at least four different bacterial strains and several fungal pathogens.
· The menthol found in spearmint oil acts as an antiseptic. This means it can be applied to wounds to clean them, prevent infection, and help them to heal faster. If the oil is ingested, it’s been shown to treat internal wounds including ulcers and infections in the digestive tract. In some cases, it has also been used to disinfect wounds and sores from STDs such as syphilis and gonorrhea.
· The menthol in spearmint oil has also been shown to help relax the nerves and muscles of the body. This can be particularly helpful for those who suffer from muscle spasms and cramps, especially those associated with menstrual pain.
· Besides helping with internal wounds such as ulcers, spearmint oil can also ease and relax the stomach and intestines. This will allow excessive gas to pass naturally so that you don’t feel bloated or pained.
· Spearmint oil has also been used to treat a myriad of other problems including headaches, irregular menstrual periods, colds and congestion. It has also been used to stimulate blood flow in the body and improve neural (brain) function.
How to Use Spearmint Oil—There are several ways you can use spearmint oil, often depending on what you want to use the oil to treat. The most common uses include:
· Topical Application—One of the easiest ways to use spearmint oil is as a topical solution. You can add a few drops to your skincare products or to massage oils. By rubbing into the skin, you can help ease muscle pains and even treat skin rashes and insect bites.
· Bath—Drops of spearmint oil can be added to your bath water to help with relaxation and pain relief.
· Ingestion and Inhalation—Spearmint oil can also be taken into the body, either orally or through inhalation. Just a couple of drops are all that are needed.
Spearmint oil is a relatively mild oil that has many of the benefits of peppermint without some of the more abrasive side effects. It can be used in a variety of ways to help treat physical conditions and ease the muscles.
Essential Oils: Rose Touch and Its Benefits
It’s well known that roses have the ability to warm your spirits and brighten your day. Receiving a big bouquet of the beautiful flowers can be a loving and affectionate touch that will definitely help your mental and spiritual health. But what about improving your physical health?
In fact, those who are attuned to the healing properties of essential oils have found that Rose Touch oil can have significant benefits when it comes to your overall health and can put you into a better frame both physically and mentally.
What is Rose Touch?
Rose Touch is an essential oil that blends fractionated coconut oil with rose essential oil. Part of the process of creating rose touch is to harvest rose petals and then distill them to separate the oils. Usually these are used in perfumes because of their sweet aroma. But in this case, the oil is blended to create a product that can be used in different ways and for a variety of effects. It can be applied topically, particularly to pulse points or the neck and wrists. It can also be applied directly to the skin around blemishes to help treat these.
What are the benefits of using Rose Touch?
There are a variety of different benefits that are associated with Rose Touch.
- First and foremost, rose oil has been found to lift a person’s emotions in general. But this has also been found to help alleviate depression and anxiety as has been used as an all-natural antidepressant.
- Rose oil has also been found to help alleviate inflammation of the body, particularly in the joints as seen in those suffering from arthritis, rheumatism, and gout. It has also been found to lower inflammation of the digestive tract and can reduce fever.
- Rose oil has long been used for its qualities in skin care. The oil balances moisture levels in the skin and has been found to help acne, scars, and even stretch marks fade quicker. The oil has also been found to help skin wounds heal quicker because of its antiseptic qualities. It also acts as an astringent which can help not only tone the skin, but also help with blood flow and the firmness of muscles.
- Because roses have long been linked with romance, it should come as no surprise that it has aphrodisiacal qualities meant to increase the libido and promote desire.
- Finally, rose oil has been found to help with hormone regulation which can lead to an easing of menstrual cramps and pains.
These are just a selection of the benefits that come from using Rose Touch. It is an essential oil that can help bring a little romance to your life and a little physical and mental balance to your overall well-being.
What Is Cupping and What Are Its Benefits?
There’s an old cliché, “Everything that is old is new again.” This can definitely be seen in the field of healthcare and treatment. As more and more medical advancements are being made, it is of interest that many healthcare workers are returning to older forms of therapy and treatment for their patients. One of these is “cupping therapy” which has become popular in the United States after having been used extensively in eastern countries such as China.
How does cupping work?
If your therapist decides to use cupping therapy with you, then he or she will use a series of cups that are usually made of glass but can also be earthenware or substances such as silicone. A substance such as paper is placed inside of the cup and set on fire to begin heating the cup up. As the fire goes out, the cup is then placed directly in contact with various points on the patient’s skin. As the heat subsides and the glass cools, a vacuum will form inside of the cup. This will cause the blood vessels in the skin to expand and the skin will be “sucked up” into the cup as the suction forms. The cup is left in place for about three minutes and then removed. If the cup is left in place too long or if the health professional does not properly place the cup, it can lead to bruising and skin problems. If the cup is heated too rapidly before being placed, it can also, in rare cases, lead to mild burns on the skin.
What are the benefits of cupping?
Cupping has been used to treat a variety of medical issues, including herpes, acne, facial paralysis, and cervical spondylosis. It has also been recommended as a treatment for migraine headaches and other stress-related ailments including high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. In addition to these areas, the practice has been used to treat pain for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Olympic gold medalist and swimmer Michael Phelps brought attention to the practice when he revealed that he used cupping therapy to help his sore muscles relax quicker so that he had less downtime during his intense training sessions. Other ailments that cupping therapy has been used to treat include eczema, asthma, allergies, varicose veins, and even infertility.
As Western medicine makes significant strides with different therapies and treatments, many doctors and naturopaths are turning to older, traditional treatments such as cupping. As more research is done in these fields, it is becoming more and more apparent about how this form of treatment can benefit a modern society.
What is Myrrh and How is it Helpful
Even though it has health benefits that are truly amazing, the chances are you probably have only heard about myrrh in relation to the story of Jesus’ birth as the third gift brought by one of the magi or wise men. Although it may not seem as precious as gold, it was highly valued. But what exactly is myrrh and why is it still so important for modern individuals trying to stay healthy?
What is Myrrh?
Myrrh is a substance that has previously been used as a spice and for its medicinal qualities. Like many similar substances from early historical eras, it was a resin produced by trees found in Northern Africa and the Middle East. The name actually derives from the Arabic word for “bitter” because of the acrid smell produced by the substance. Myrrh essential oils have been used to season food but also as medicines and even as an embalming agent and purifier for the dead.
What are the benefits of Myrrh?
First and foremost, myrrh has a powerful anti-inflammatory component that has allowed it to be used to treat joint paint and arthritis. It is probably because of this component that so many people use it as an ingredient in massage oils and for aromatherapy as a means of relaxing. It is also an antioxidant, which can prevent cell degeneration and can help combat diseases including diabetes and cancer. In fact, some studies have found that myrrh can inhibit the growth of different cancer cells, not curing the disease, but certainly curtailing it. In addition, the oil has been used to clear up skin irritations including acne and even ringworm as well as fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. Besides treating skin irritations, some people swear by myrrh’s ability to rejuvenate the skin and keep it looking young and vital.
How can Myrrh be used?
As with many essential oils, one of the easiest ways to benefit from myrrh is to use it with an oil diffuser. Inhalation of myrrh oil has been used in the past to treat lung and breathing ailments including bronchitis. Others will apply the substance directly to their skin with just a few drops or will add it to cold compresses so that it can be absorbed through the skin and also breathed in at the same time.
Myrrh is an ancient substance with many modern uses. As we learn more about medicine and health, it is becoming obvious that some of the old methods for treating ailments actually work more than we might think.
How to Make Self-Care a Priority
The Golden Rule famously states to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” All this talk of love shows how we are often taught to treat the topic. We are trained to see love as something that you give to others. Self-care is often derided as being selfish. But, the reality is that self-care is an important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
One of the most important reasons why self-care is so valuable is that it teaches us to value ourselves, cultivating a feeling of self-worth and self-respect. People tend to love and even show respect for people who are confident and capable of being loved. If you don’t practice self-love, it is harder for people to love you themselves. In addition, if you don’t love yourself, how do you expect to care for yourself so that you can live a long life of loving and caring for others?
So what is self-care?
It ultimately comes down to taking care of yourself on all levels, not just physically and mentally but also emotionally and even spiritually. You can do a lot of things to make sure that you sure that you care for yourself and keep yourself maintained for the lifestyle you want to live. Here are some ways you can practice self-care.
- Exercising regularly to keep your body working properly
- Get a full eight hours of sleep every night
- Eating healthy foods and not processed junk
- Dining at home with your family as often as possible
- Relaxing as often as possible with your favorite past-times, be it music, dancing, art, or film
- Engaging in meaningful (face-to-face) conversations with people to keep your mind sharp and your social skills intact
- Reading at least one book a month, either for enjoyment or for self-education
- Listening to self-help and uplifting podcasts that encourage you to be the best you possibly can
- Working crossword or Sudoku puzzles or completing jigsaws that will help you develop your mental acumen
- Meditating at least once a week to get in touch with your spiritual and emotional side
- Working with charitable organizations to help you feel more in touch with your community and your giving nature
- Going for walks through nature
- Doing daily housework and chores that make you feel organized
- Taking care of your physical self with regular massages
Self-care is an important part of anyone’s health, be it physical, mental, or spiritual. There are many paths to this type of lifestyle, but you should focus on meeting as many as possible.
How Massage Can Help When You’re Pregnant
When you’re pregnant, your body is going through a lot of changes. These changes can often lead to new types of aches and pains. From the swelling in your legs and ankles to the uncomfortable positions you have to get into to get a moment’s rest, it can be a downright uncomfortable nine months. Many expecting moms are looking for the best way to ease those pains and the solution may be more natural than you think.
Massage therapy is a great way to help with many of the chronic problems associated with pregnancy. As with anything during pregnancy, there are special considerations to factor into any treatment you try. Here’s how you can benefit from massage therapy during your pregnancy.
Find the Right Massage Therapist
If you’re pregnant and considering getting a massage, it’s important you find the right massage therapist. Not everyone who is listed as offering massage has been specially trained to deal with the issues related to pregnancy. That’s why it is important to ask for the massage therapist’s credentials so you can determine if they are trained in providing pre-natal massage. Another good way to find a licensed massage therapist with special training is to ask your personal physician. Many doctors can make recommendations regarding local massage therapists.
What Are the Benefits?
So what exactly can massage therapy help you with? One of the most obvious benefits is alleviating muscle aches and swollen, painful joints, especially in the ankles and knees. Massage also brings an overall feeling of relaxation and has been found to reduce depression and anxiety.
Regular massages can also help regulate hormones by reducing your cortisol levels that affect your stress. Therapeutic massage can also increase your production of dopamine and serotonin, which are like natural antidepressants to help you beat the pregnancy blues.
Because massages help to ease joint tension and relax muscles, it can also help to ease and relax the pelvis, helping it to stay more in alignment with the rest of your body. Some studies have pointed to the possibility that this will help ease complications during birth and make the experience a little bit easier.
If you are pregnant and interested in visiting a licensed massage therapist, make sure to talk to your physician first. Generally, massage is not a good idea for those with high-risk pregnancies or women in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. However, if your doctor gives you the thumbs up, consider it lovely way to ease your aches and pains.
Are You Familiar with the Zendocrine Oil Blend?
Many people have recently learned the benefits of essential oils and their uses to help regulate the body’s systems. These oils can help relieve tension, ease pain, and relax the body, even going so far as to help with anxiety and depression. One of the most versatile of these essential oils is Zendocrine, which is actually a blend of four single oils. This particular oil can help you to cleanse your body of toxins and improve your overall health.
How does Zendocrine help your health?
First and foremost, Zendocrine has been found to cleanse the liver. This organ helps to filter your blood as it passes from your digestive tract to be circulated throughout the rest of your body. Your liver cleanses your body of chemicals and toxins built up and even helps your body process your medications. Unfortunately, our environment is full of toxins. We unknowingly absorb and collect these through the air, water, our food and even medicines. As these toxins build up in our system, it can throw other parts of our body into disarray leading to a variety of health problems.
By purging the body of these toxins, Zendocrine can help other parts of the digestive tract such as the colon and kidneys, and it can help other systems stay healthy such as the lungs and heart in the cardiovascular system.
It does this through the unique blend of four different oils in one, including antioxidants clove and rosemary. The clove can help with endocrine disorders while rosemary is great for treating diabetes as well as stress-related fatigue. It also contains geranium oil to balance hormones and assist the liver and pancreas as well as grapefruit oil that can cleanse your kidneys and lymphatic system. It has also been found to help with keeping hair and skin looking healthy.
How do you use Zendocrine?
Perhaps the easiest way to use Zendocrine is to apply a few drops to your stomach or the soles of your feet. This way, it is absorbed through your skin and helps to cleanse your body. You can also either take the oil orally with just a drop a day or add a couple of drops to your water or tea. As with any essential oil that contains citrus elements, Zendocrine may cause sensitivity to ultraviolet rays, so it is a good idea to avoid direct sunlight for up to twelve hours after applying or ingesting Zendocrine. Any time you add something new to your health regimen, you should consult with a health professional to make sure there will not be adverse reactions.
Back Acne Got You Down? Try A Facial.
No one likes to talk about bacne, but it can be a real hardship. “Bacne,” or acne on your back, isn’t just something teenagers have to deal with. Many adults have problems with oily skin, clogged pores and pimples all over their body as well. Like your face, your back has numerous oil-secreting glands, and acne on this area of your body can be especially troublesome. An obvious problem is that it’s difficult to see, let alone reach, your own back. Often, someone with back acne may not even know it – and if they do, they don’t know what to do about it.
There are several options to help prevent and treat back acne.
Avoid oil-based skincare products.
When shopping for moisturizers, sunscreen, and cosmetics, look for products that are labeled as water-based, or otherwise say that they don’t promote acne. In addition, products that are for sensitive skin, and are fragrance and dye free, could help avoid acne.
Eliminate pressure on your back.
Wearing anything too tight, or having constant pressure on your back can cause a buildup of heat and moisture, which eventually leads to acne. This is a problem especially for women, whose bras, sportswear, and even purse straps can put pressure on the skin all day long. Try to wear all-natural fabrics like cotton, since synthetics tend to trap moisture.
Keep your back clean and free of dirt.
Take regular showers, especially after working out or being outside for an extended period of time. In addition, keep your hair clean (avoiding heavy products and conditioners), and don’t allow it to hang on your back for too long.
Try an over the counter treatment.
Anything you use on your face can also be used on your back. While chemical treatments can be too harsh for some people, there are plenty of effective all-natural remedies. Some common treatments include witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, green tea, and even fish oil supplements.
Consider getting a back facial.
A back facial helps combat issues such as clogged pores, oily skin, and acne, and employs many of the same techniques used in a traditional facial. Before beginning, the esthetician will talk to you about your skin and suggest a specific treatment tailored just to you. You will start out lying face down on a table as if you were getting a massage. A typical treatment will start out with a steaming to open pores, followed by a deep cleaning and exfoliation. Some spas include a shoulder or light back massage, and auxiliary treatments (such as a glycolic acid peel) are often available for an additional fee.
Back acne can be unsightly and embarrassing, but with the proper preventative measures, most people should be able to easily treat it. If you are concerned about body acne, contact us today to book your 60-minute back facial (complete with relaxing massage!).
Essential Oils and Your Heart
In the United States, 1 in every 4 deaths is attributed to heart disease. While many people take medications or receive surgery which helps keep them alive, they are really only treating the symptoms – not the underlying cause. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do at home to help avoid ever getting heart disease in the first place, from eating the proper foods to getting plenty of exercise.
What you may not realize is that essential oils can also be beneficial for heart health.
When used appropriately, they help lower blood pressure and reduce heart rate. Studies have shown that the sweet spot seems to be about 1-hour – being exposed any longer could actually have the opposite effect.
Below are some of the most common oils used for their heart-healthy benefits:
Lemon oil is known to treat asthma, stress disorders, insomnia, and fatigue. Because of its calming qualities, it also helps relieve anxiety, nervousness, and nervous tension, potentially lowering blood pressure and pulse rate.
According to one study, eucalyptus can significantly lower your blood pressure. Other benefits include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and immunity-building properties.
Basil is delicious in your Sunday sauce, but it’s also good for your heart. The oil from this common herb is known to help lower cholesterol naturally, as well as having anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits.
Sometimes referred to as olibanum, frankincense has been used for its health benefits for thousands of years. Benefits include reducing stress and anxiety and helping relieve chronic inflammation.
Helichrysum offers many different full-body benefits, but it is especially beneficial for the heart due to its inflammatory enzyme inhibition, free radical scavenging activity, and corticoid-like effects.
Ginger root is used as a treatment for a variety of ailments, but the oil, in particular, is beneficial for heart health. Like helichrysum, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as naturally lowering cholesterol and regulating blood sugar.
There are a variety of ways you can use essential oils, from diffusers, to topical application, to steam (one of our favorite methods is to place a few drops into a warm bath and take a long, relaxing soak). The application method will depend on your desired results, as well as the oil you’re using. A little research can help you find out what method is best for you.