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Lavender Facial Toning Mist

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I love natural skin care, and I love experimenting making my own products. Any time I can reduce the toxic and chemical impact on my body, I’m on board.

Since your skin is the largest organ in the body, it is important to be mindful of the products you use. It absorbs 60% of what you put on, whether that’s lotions, body washes, makeup or perfumes. The less toxic load your body has, the more efficiently it will work.

To see more about why detoxing the skin is so important, see my post here.

I love using facial toners after washing. It gives that extra clean feeling and prepares your skin for lotions, serums and oils. This recipe is super simple, needs only a few ingredients, and is great for toning, soothing and balancing the skin.

Lavender Facial Toning Mist

6 drops lavender essential oil

4 drops lemon essential oil

1 drop clary sage essential oil

1 drop chamomile essential oil

2 ounces distilled or purified water

Combine all ingredients in a glass bottle, with or without a sprayer. Shake vigorously before using. Spray directly on your skin or put it on a cotton pad and wipe all over the face.

If your skin tends to be on the dry side, add a few drops of jojoba, grapeseed, or your favorite facial oil.

To see more essential oil recipes, visit here.

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Dry Skin Brushing- Should I Do It?

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If you’re looking for a simple, effective way to detox that only takes five minutes a day, then this is for you. Dry skin brushing has so many benefits, costs practically nothing and cleans you from the inside out.

How does it work?

You skin is the largest organ in the human body and is very important for elimination. One third of the body’s toxins are excreted through the skin. Dry brushing helps to unclog your pores, stimulate lymphatic flow, and helps excrete the toxins that become trapped in the skin. That’s why sweating is so important too. You can see more about that in my post here.

The lymphatic system is responsible for collecting, transporting to the blood, and eliminating the waste our cells produce. If the lymphatic system is congested, it can lead to a build-up of toxins, causing inflammation and illness. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system as it stimulates and invigorates the skin.

Some of the benefits of dry brushing

  • exfoliates dead skin
  • stimulates lymphatic flow
  • reduces cellulite
  • decongests skin

How to dry skin brush

  • You’ll need to purchase a dry skin brush. They aren’t expensive and will last a long time. One like this would be perfect since it has a long, detachable handle so you can reach your back and legs easily. The stiffer the bristles, the more it will stimulate your lymph system.
  • Remove all clothing and get in the shower
  • Begin brushing by starting at your feet and move in long sweeping motions toward your heart. Always go toward your heart
  • Brush each area several times
  • Brush gently over sensitive areas. Your skin will become less sensitive as you dry brush more. Make sure you apply enough pressure to exfoliate but not hard enough to cause irritation. Avoid areas with cuts, wounds, irritation, or in my case, eczema.
  • Once you’ve brushed your entire body, take a shower to remove the toxins that were released. Apply an oil or lotion all over when finished.

It will be uncomfortable at first because your skin isn’t used to this treatment. You’ll think you’re going to have red scratches all over your body, but you won’t!

This is something you can do everyday. Clean your brush with soap and water once a week. Make sure it dries completely so you prevent mildew growth. Do not do this to your face since the brush can be too harsh for sensitive facial skin.

You’ll start to see benefits right away!

 

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How Castor Oil Packs Can Help You Heal

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Castor oil comes from the castor seed, native to India. It is extremely high in ricinoleic acid, which is thought to be responsible for its health promoting abilities. In Medieval Europe, it was once called “palma christe” because its leaves resembled the hands of Christ.

It was used in ancient Japanese healing arts and in India and China for thousands of years. In the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical books in the world, it describes the topical use of castor oil by the early Egyptians, as far back to 1550 B.C.

Castor oil packs are something I try to do on a regular basis. It is a super easy way to detox and is helpful for so many conditions. It is helpful for detoxification, inflammation, constipation, hormonal imbalances, liver cleansing and stimulating lymphatic flow.

“Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. When castor oil is absorbed through your skin, your lymphocyte count increases. Increased lymphocytes speed up the removal of toxins from your tissues, which promotes healing. Lymphocytes are your immune system’s disease-fighting cells and are produced and stored mainly in your lymphatic tissue (thymus gland, spleen, and lymph nodes). Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick.” Dr. Joseph Mercola

The chart below shows all the areas that are covered when doing a castor oil pack so you can get a better idea of how beneficial this detox method can be.

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How to do a castor oil pack

It’s super easy and only requires a few supplies-

  • a high quality castor oil that is free of toxic contaminants
  • wool flannel  or you can cut up a piece of cotton  fabric if you are sensitive to wool
  • heating pad
  • an old towel that you don’t mind getting permanently stained

Directions

  • Place the flannel in a dish and drizzle oil over it until it’s saturated
  • Plug in the heating pad and turn on medium
  • Lie down and place the flannel on your abdomen, directly against your skin
  • Place the towel on top of the flannel and lay heating pad on top of the towel
  • Lie down for 1-2 hours, remove and wipe your abdomen with an old towel

You may still have some oil residue on your skin when you’re done so make sure and wipe it clean or it will stain your clothes. You can use a mix of baking soda and water if you need to scrub the oil off. Make sure you lay on an old towel as well so you don’t stain what you are laying on in case the castor oil drips.

*Do not do this during pregnancy, heavy menstrual flow or if you have internal bleeding. Do not use internally as well.

You can save the saturated flannel in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and store it in the fridge so it can be used multiple times.

Drink lots of water afterward to continue the detox benefits.

The lazy castor oil pack

If you don’t have 1-2 hours to dedicate to doing a traditional castor oil pack, there is another option.

Before bed, lather the castor oil all over your abdomen and sleep with it on. If you are able, use the heating pad for a bit before you go to sleep but make sure you turn it off before sleeping.

Wear a pair of pajamas that you don’t mind getting permanently stained from the oil. When you wake up, the oil should be absorbed.

“God has placed tremendous self-healing mechanisms in the body. Therefore, it is not the physician, the surgeon, the prescription drug, or even the nutrient that cures. They act only in support or detriment to the body’s God-given ability to cure itself.”

 

 

Disclaimer: 
This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about med­i­cine, health and related sub­jects.  The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical concern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately-licensed physi­cian or other health care worker.

 

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Body Clock- Why Do We Wake Up Or Feel Ill At Certain Times?

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is believed that our organs have points of high and low energy at a specific time frame during our 24 hour day. It is our very own built-in body clock!

I have found it to be a very effective and accurate tool in my own healing journey. Whenever I have struggles at certain times of the day, my symptoms always match up to the organ that is active at that time. If you feel unusual at certain times of the day (headache, tired, heartburn, etc), you will know which organ is trying to repair the damage done to it and the symptoms you are feeling are a result of the energy being used to do the repairs. Using this model, it can help in diagnosing what issues need to be addressed with a certain organ or system.

The Body Clock Times

3-5 a.m. Lungs- The lungs are the first organ of the day that are up for repair and maintenance. The lungs loosen the waste at this time and when you wake up, sometimes you have the need to cough since it’s trying to expel these toxins. If you experience these symptoms, this indicates that your diet and lifestyle needs to be changed. The lungs are also associated with grief and sadness, so it may be an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

5-7 a.m. Large intestine (colon)- This is the perfect time for a bowel movement since it needs to remove the toxins that have built up overnight. To do its job properly, your colon needs lots of water. Drinking a full glass or two of water first thing upon rising will help get the process going. This is also the worst time to consume caffeine since it is a diuretic and takes water away from your colon and kidneys therefore halting the detox process. This will also prepare your stomach for breakfast by getting your digestion moving. This is also the time that feelings of defensiveness or being stuck could be stirred up.

7-9 a.m. Stomach- It’s important at this time of day to eat your biggest meal to optimize digestion and absorption. It’s when your stomach is at its strongest and will help get your metabolism going for the rest of the day. Warm meals that are well-rounded and high in nutrition are best. Feelings of disgust or despair also surface at this time.

9-11 a.m. Spleen and Pancreas- The spleen is a large part of our immune system and produces antibodies to fight infection and looks for invaders in our blood. During this time it works with the liver and immune system and is therefore in a weakened state. The pancreas is also releasing enzymes to help digest food and release energy for the day. This is the best time of day to work, exercise or take on larger projects. This is also the time emotions like low self-esteem will surface.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Heart- The heart repairs and removes waste  at this time. It is also pumping nutrients and provides us with energy and nutrition. You may notice a change in heartbeats during this time period. This is a good time to eat lunch not only for our heart but for our adrenals. Feelings of joy or sadness can come up during this time.

1-3 p.m. Small intestines- During this time of day you are more prone to indigestion and bloating since your body is completing digestion and assimilation of food that was eaten earlier. If you experience negative symptoms, it’s a sign that your diet needs some changing so you will have complete digestion. Feelings of abandonment or vulnerability may rise during this time.

3-7 p.m. Bladder and Kidneys- This is the time metabolic waste and toxins move into your kidneys in order to be flushed out. The kidneys are working to filter the blood and maintain proper chemical balance. This is a good time to activate your circulation by walking, stretching and drinking lots of water to aid detoxification. You may notice you’re tired and want to nap during this time. If the kidneys are healthy and working properly, you’ll feel energetic instead of tired. Feelings of irritation, fear, terror or being timid will be active at this time.

7-9 p.m. Pancreas- Cravings for sweets or carbohydrates may be experienced during this time. The kidneys regulate the pancreas, so if you eat carbs and sweets, you may experience low back pain. Since the pancreas, kidneys and bladder all work together, you may feel a need to nap in the early evening if the kidneys aren’t healthy and are expending a lot of energy to repair itself. Avoid mental activities like reading. You may have difficulty with expressing emotions at this time.

9-11 p.m. Blood Vessels and Arteries- The endocrine systems job is to adjust the homeostasis of our body and replenish enzymes. It is best to sleep at this time so the body can save energy for the next day. Since the vessels are in repair mode, you may experience headaches and weakness as it is doing heavy repairs. You may feel paranoid or confusion at this time.

11 p.m.- 1 a.m. Gallbladder- In Chinese medicine, this is the time when yin energy fades and yang energy begins to increase. In order to wake feeling energized, you need to be at rest during this time. Yang energy is what keeps us active during the day and is stored during sleep. Feelings of resentment may appear at this time.

1-3 a.m. Liver- During this time, toxins are released from the body and fresh new blood is made. If you find yourself awake during the gallbladder/liver time, you could have too much yang energy or blocked detox pathways in your liver. If waste is not being processed by the liver, it acts as an irritant to your body causing insomnia and frayed nerves, or the feeling like you can’t turn your brain off. Feelings of anger, frustration or rage surface at this time.

The more you know your body, the easier it will be to maintain and improve health. It’s important to listen to your body, pay attention to the signals it’s sending you so you can start to heal. 

 

 

 

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Spring Fresh Room Spray

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Lyme disease can have a lot of complications and terrible effects on my daily living but one of the things that was affected quite a bit was my sensitivity to chemicals. I’ve found that it seems to be a common issue with a lot of fellow Lymies. I can’t tolerate a lot of smells, especially chemicals so I have to find alternatives for cleaning products, perfumes and skin care.

I love essential oils so it’s only natural for me to try to find as many ways as possible to use them. Not only do they smell good, but they have wonderful benefits for our health and mental well being.

Since I can’t use the chemical-laden room sprays to freshen my home, something that has to be done since I have two doggies, I came up with a natural alternative.

Lemongrass and lemon are two of my favorite essential oils, not only for their uplifting and revitalizing properties, but because they smell so fresh and clean. This is a great room spray for the spring time and can be used on furniture, bed linens, dog beds, musty closets, pretty much anywhere that needs a little refresh!

4 drops lemongrass essential oil

8 drops rosemary essential oil

2 drops lemon essential oil

2 ounces distilled or purified water

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Add all the oils and water to the spray bottle, shake and it’s ready to use.

Fill your home with the scent of spring!