Comfort and Relaxation never goes out of style, no matter the year.
2020 was a fantastic year for Wisdom Body and Soul, even with this insane pandemic. While I obviously worked less in-person events, I did a lot of work organizing and improving my online store.
In addition, I rolled out membership packs that reward my long-time followers with an excellent blend of soaps, jewelry, eye pillows, and essential oils that leave them feeling ahh-mazing. Here are a few products that sold great in 2020, and I guarantee will be perfect in 2021!
1) Owlets Monthly Membership Box
This has quickly become my signature item. Sign up for a three-month or six-month period to receive crazy-good variety of comfy items. Soaps, jewelry, essential oils, eye pillows, bath bombs, and so much more! Care packs are a perfect way to brighten your day with surprises that you'll actually look forward to, and I can tell you that this fits the bill!
2) Herbal Eye Pillows
If you're looking for a smaller purchase that will still comfort you, try out an Herbal Eye Pillow! This blend of scents (including lavender, peppermint, and spearmint) are believed to promote calming, sleep, relaxation while squeezing out the tension. Many of my customers tell them that these pillows give them the best sleep they've ever had, which sounds like a great thing to enjoy during the madness of the world!
3) Gemstone Facial Massage Tool
Those skin muscles need a little rubbing too, ya know! We don't usually pay attention to our face in terms of massages, but a good facial massage can reduce tension, encourage blood flow, and gently smooth away stress. This Gemstone Facial Massage Tool is a fantastic DIY way to rub yourself down in a way that will immediately put you at ease. Easy peezy, right?
How to deal with stress? Rub it all away.
Soap is a great way to sooth your skin, but what about soothing that stressed-out mind? Try a Gua Sha Massage Tool!
But what exactly is Gua Sha, besides a funky-sounding word? According to Healthline, "Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain."
Better circulation means less stiffness in the body, which in turn can lead to more relaxation and a better life!
1) Facial Massage Wash face, use toner and apply oil to your face. Always use your tool flat or at a slight angle, never too hard and extremely gentle around the eye area.
2) Body Massage Perfect for easing sore muscles and tense areas. Pro tip put your stone in the freezer or fridge for body massage its amazing!
3) Neck Pain. Studies out there show that people who were massaged with Gua Sha felt less neck pain than the ones who weren't. I have a LOTTA neck pain and I can tell you that Gua Sha massage has always help massage my neck tension.
Do you read this how-to and crave the comfort that a Gua Sha can provide? Then take time to check out and order the ones I have! $20 gets you better circulation and a happier life, which sounds like a bargain to me!
I don't know about you, but I am trying to RELAX this year.
Life is always stressful, but it is best to turn the home into a place where you can block out all distractions and negativity. In my opinion, an amazing way to do that is with a steam facial!
If you have not done a steam facial, you really should! Steam facials are a great DIY way to hydrate your skin, refresh your sinuses and release any stress from your day.
Want to try one yourself? Here are some extremely easy steps:
1. Wash your face
2. Grab a comfy large thick towel
3. Boil 2-3 cups of water, add 1-2 Tablespoon tea, cover and steep for 5 minutes.
4. Add to large heat proof bowl or place you pan somewhere heat safe.
5. Place on a very steady table/ counter somewhere you can sit for 10 minutes.
6. Remove cover, sit down near bowl, place thick large towel over your head and bowl
make a tent.
7. Place your face at least 12-15 inches from bowl and close your eyes. Rest in your tent for 5-10 min. You can lift towel or take breaks if needed.
8. Once done refresh with cool toner and moisturize.
9. You can use cool tea in bath, hair rinse or water your plants.
In case you are reading this blog and really like the idea of a steam facial, you are going to love that I'm introducing new steam facial teas in my care boxes next month! Check back on my website and stay tuned.
If you don’t have time for a steam facial, I also enjoy a really warm soft washcloth.
Normal/ Combination- Lavender buds, peppermint, rosemary, rose petals, calendula, chamomile, raspberry leaf and comfrey leaf.
Dry- Crushed fennel seeds, lavender buds, rosemary, rose petals, calendula, elderflowers, chamomile and comfrey leaf.
Oily- Peppermint, raspberry leaf, sage, rosemary, calendula, orange peels
You can add a few drops of essential oil if you desire too
Normal/ Combination- Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, chamomile, geranium and frankincense.
Dry- Lavender, rosemary, chamomile and frankincense.
Oily- Peppermint, juniper, frankincense and lavender.
What to do when meditation is not enough?
We all love meditation, but there are a few times when it just won't do. Maybe it's because you've done the same routine too many times. Maybe you're just so overwhelmed with everything that the mere thought of calm is a no-no.
While I don't want to intrude on a bad moment, I hope this message finds you in a receptive time; if you're looking for a new form of meditation to give you a calming feel, try Shower Meditation.
The instructions are as simple as what the graphic says, but I want you to try the steps and tell me how you feel.
Take a nice warm shower and imagine washing away all the anxiety, stress, unkind thoughts, all the negativity all down the drain.
Slowly let these negative thoughts to the surface and wash them away.
Focus on your breath and clear your mind, once all the negativity is down the drain forgive yourself, be kind, and importantly relax.
If you really want to make sure it works, make sure to include a bar of my soap as you scrub the negative emotions outta your body like it was dirt from a hard day's work.
In case you want to know more about shower meditation, check out this link! I want you to know the ways of the calm!
I sure do get mixed up in the day to day chaos, to do list, working, mom guilt, and anything that gets thrown my way. My household is a circus act most days… I will bet you can relate. I am exhausted and all of this is not just about surviving, we need to find ways for us to THRIVE!
Know the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup”? I cannot function and help the rest of the family if I am just running around in circles and running around in my own head. What are the positive things and small steps we can do to take care of us to fill this “empty cup”?
Self-care in not selfish it is needed! Let us take a couple minutes daily to practice this much needed Self Care! 🧖🏻♀️ You will thank yourself!
In our Monsoon Mamas Facebook Group we are working a a few fun challenges to help motivate us! If you would like to join us head on over here.
Don't worry this is not going to be wild and overwhelming self care challenge! I am not talking about taking a whole spa day. The bingo card below or download the PDF to help with future self care ideas!
You can post pictures, videos, comments, ideas and anything self care related you want to show us in our Facebook group.
We can help, motivate and encourage one another! Let us start on Monday October 5th, 2020.
👇You can download the Self Care Bingo PDF card here! 👇
Don't you want to sleep better?
Of course, achieving that is a whole other story. For me, a good night's sleep was a struggle -- it would only happen after hours of tossing and turning and just general discomfort. Who wants to go to bed when you wind up feeling like that?
And it's not like all that extra time trying to sleep would make me feel any better! I'd have little rest in the morning and would wake up just exhausted. That made a bad mom, bad wife, bad worker and just all-around grumpy person. Nobody would see this and think "yes, let me have that experience every night".
But around the time I started Wisdom Body & Soul, I implemented a few changes into my daily routine so I could sleep better. Within a few weeks, shut-eye became easy, not difficult. To do it, here are the three ideas I came up with and followed:
1. Shower Before Bed
Maybe it's just me, but something about a warm shower calms me down and makes me sleepy! I take a nice and hot one right before going to bed, and the combination of that and the soft comfort of my pillow shuts my eye-lids almost instantly!
I came up with this on accident one night, but it was the happiest accident ever!
2. Sleep With an Eye Pillow
Eye Pillows are one of the best ways to comfort headaches, relieve tired eyes and fill your sleep with happy thoughts and aromas! I've been an eye pillow proponent forever, especially since the first one I bought helped me through plenty of restless nights -- being a Mom tends to give you that!
If you're looking for an eye pillow for yourself, I'd suggest taking a look at some Wisdom Body and Soul Eye Pillows! They're filled with flax seeds and real herbs, a perfect way to receive aromatherapy while you sleep. Purchase them here >>
3. Buy a Diffuser and Put it in Your Bedroom
Honestly, this is the best thing you can do right now. Used in conjunction with essential oils, diffusers are the greatest things ever, reducing stress and anxiety, as well as filling the air with pleasant smells. I put on some sage diffusers in my home and let me tell you, everybody in the family feels a lot happier! That calm makes you sleep much better.
If you have a diffuser and are looking for the right essential oils to drop in it, check out the Wisdom Body and Soul Essential Oils! Just a few drips and the relaxation will come over you immediately!
Happy day friends!
It's okay to admit it. You're stressed out.
This was a blog I was working on before Coronavirus became the tornado that wrecked all of our lives -- it's only more applicable now! Stress is a natural human emotion and it's okay to feel. However, how you deal with it is everything.
I still struggle with anxiety, but it's much better than it used to be. Before I discovered the joys of mindfulness, my mind was a wound-up toy, looking for reasons to run all over life in the wrong way. I'd hang out in grocery store parking lots, nap or spend way to much time in the restroom! Not much of a way to spend life...
Nowadays, when I'm struggling with stressful thoughts, I do one of the four things:
1. Practice Yoga
No yogi card needed! All you need is an internet connection and a soft place to take a lotus position. Here is my go-to musical playlist, a mediation playlist designed to pick your mind up off the hamster wheel of life and instead put you in a better place.
2. Take a Bath
When's the last time you gave yourself a bath? We associate the activity with young kids, but adults need the soothing feeling of warm water and bubbles on their skins. In addition, the feeling of slowing down and closing your eyes while taking in a hot bath cures so many anxieties. Of course, if you're looking for a soap to give yourself a good rub with, I have plenty of natural and vegan soaps for you to buy...
3. Guided Meditation
This is somewhat related to the first point, except you can do this without leaving your bed! When stressed, I like to take out the lighter and burn a little sage, search "guided meditation" on YouTube and throw on my eye pillow as I cuddle up in bed. No ear plugs though!
In case you're looking for eye pillows to sooth headaches and give your mind a general rest, check out the kinds I make for Wisdom Body & Soul! They're little bunches of comfort.
4. Diffuse Essential Oils
I love this step because of how little work it requires. All you need to do is purchase a diffuser and some essential oils, put a few drops of the latter in and poof, calm will fill the air after a few minutes.
Of course, with a little Wisdom Body & Soul essential oils filling the air, you'll receive all the relaxation your mind and body crave!
Do you enjoy naps, meditation and massage appointments?
If the answer is yes? Let’s pillow talk!
Did you know eye pillows are so versatile? My family is obsessed and absolute in love with these pillows!
Let me count the ways.........
2. Massage 💆🏻 appointments
3. Yoga 🧘♀️
5. Sleep 🛏
7. Tired eyes 👀 and bags
8. Headaches 🤕
9. Stuffy sinuses
10. Airplane ✈️ flights
I bet I am missing a few!? 🤗🥰
These pillows are not too stuffed about 2/3 full so they can conform to your face and when your laying down or on your side they don’t drop off as easily. 100% cotton fabric, flaxseed and dried herbs.
Warm, cold or room temperature aromatherapy with actual plants!
Gentle aromatherapy and blocking out light perfect for mediation or massage 💆🏻 appointments.
I personally love my eye pillow for daytime naps! The eye pillow blocks out all the light 💡and helps me unwind. Just enough gentle pressure and relaxing scents I use whenever I sleep.
If your eye pillows scent is fading a bit you can gently roll the pillow and crush the herbs.
Keep your pillow dry and clean. Replace your eye pillow every 4-6 months.
1. Use at room temperature.
2. Microwave- place pillow in clean towel and microwave 15 seconds. If it's not warm just yet do another 5-10 seconds. Not too hot!
3. Chill in fridge or freezer
FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. We make no medical claims and our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or heal medical conditions. Women who are pregnant or nursing or persons with medical conditions should consult their physician before using any herbal products.
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