Wednesday! I hope it’s a happy one for you all.
This past weekend, I spent an entire day exploring Disneyland Park in Anaheim. It truly is the magical place that they say it is.
I went with a dear friend, and neither of us had ever been there before. (Although, seeing as we had both grown up in the Midwest, we did experience Disneyworld in Orlando, back in the 90’s.) Sunday, at the original Disneyland, we had such a blast discovering every single ride in the park–from morning until after the nightly (!!!) firework show. It’s A Small World! Roller coasters! Yes.
Today brings us to the top of our own weekly roller coaster, the mid-point peak, where we each have the power to choose the trajectory of the remaining days in this seven-day cycle that determines so much of our existence.
Will you raise your arms above your head and savor the ride, or will you close your eyes and wait for it to end?
My arms have been up and waving like a crazy woman this whole week, and I’m doing what I can to keep the positive motion rolling. Like I mentioned in earlier posts, my focus lately is on being mindful and moving through the world with intention, empathy, and a sense of humor. It all begins with self-love, so my advice is to take some time to pamper yourself and prepare for the remainder of the week ahead.
Here’s some mid-week stepping stones to help you to relax & recharge… you deserve it.
Raw Honey is the answer to everything. Prized for its healing properties in ancient civilizations, it makes an incredible mask for your skin all by itself. This is something that you can do several times a week to improve the tone and softness of your skin.
Totally edible and chemical-free skin nourishment, Raw Honey is great on it’s own, but you can also mix and match other food-based ingredients to create a more tailored mask. Add 1 tsp. Avocado and 1 tsp. Plain Whole Milk Yogurt with 1 tsp. of Raw Honey to boost the hydration in this mask. The fats in the avocado and whole milk yogurt are deeply moisturizing to the skin, while the lactic acid in the yogurt smooths your skin, refines pores, and stimulates collagen production. Try adding lemon for fading scars and dark spots, or aloe to calm sensitive skin.
Essential Oils All Around
Aromatherapy uses plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. I have a number of essential oils rolling around in my purse at any given time, as inspired by my a lovely friend of mine who is also always ready to share the gift of their scents when needed.
Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Peppermint… I’ve got you covered.
An oil-diffuser is an effortless way to distribute the essential oils into the air, but you can also just as easily drop a few oils into the bathtub or a sink filled with (hot) water in the bathroom while you’re facemasking… Or, boil some water and put a few drops of essential oil into a glass bowl along with it for a quick, room-filling refresher scent.
Essential oils can be distributed in many different ways.
Lately, I have also been into creating misting sprays with a mixture of oils in water to spritz in the air/on door handles to sanitize/ on my skin/ etc. The use varies, depending on which oils I choose to include.
There is so much that can be said of the varying essential oils and their respective properties, I can’t begin to get into that here. But if you’re interested, this site has a nice list. I personally love the smell of Lavender, which has calming and sleep inducing properties, and is beneficial for treatment of issues with the nervous system, insomnia, pain relief, skin/hair care, blood circulation, & immune system health, among others.
Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil.
I am pretty sure that everyone has received the memo on Coconut Oil already, so we don’t need to get into much detail here. Long story short, you need it in your life, you can use it for just about everything. Makeup removal, moisturizer for your skin, cooking… Coconut oil also works for oil-pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique, basically swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This results in whiter teeth and helps to draw toxins from the body for overall health improvement.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar is another holy grail item for so many reasons. This can be used anywhere from cleaning and cooking to being part of your beauty regimen. It’s IMPORTANT that you choose organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to ensure that it’s toxin-free. Bragg ACV is the best, where you can see the tiny cobweb-like substances that they call ‘the mother…’ Yassss Gaga.
ACV has super antibacterial properties, so it can be used as a facial toner/cleanser, promoting skin clarity, as it helps to balance your skin’s PH levels. Just make sure to dilute it with water. When consumed, ACV is great for detoxifying the body, weight-loss, cholesterol-control, it works as an energy-booster, a digestive-aid…I could go on and on. Drink a shot of it in a glass of water daily as your own healing elixir, proven since 400B.C.
Simple additions to your daily or weekly routine can affect such positive changes in your mood and overall existence.
I believe that it’s a daily must to take some strictly-focused ME time. Set goals, both long and short-term, meditate, pamper yourself, focus on the future…
Cheers to making moves and positively affecting our spheres of influence through the remainder of this week!