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.
We should be asking this question more!
I love skincare as much as the next desert gal, but it disgusts me to see what companies are feeding us through them! In fact, I haven't bought a skincare product other than sunscreen and foundation in more than 6 years. I felt really betrayed or just outraged by the junk you can find inside of them, products that, if you were told prior to applying them, you'd never agree to let onto the precious pores of your skin.
As a result, I found shopping at stores and even online for natural products extremely difficult 6 years ago. Reading ingredient labels and researching ingredients is exhausting and I soon began to realize ingredients do matter and the fine print on your labels were not to be ignored.
At that point I decided to make my own products, ones that did not contain a whole host of unfavorable ingredients -- ones that are wholesome and gentle. I changed my skin care routine and the products we use around the house, right down to the laundry detergent and cleaning products.!
Luckily, the market has listened. Things have started to change to my relief and I just bought a deodorant at the market. It goes to my central belief: when you push for education, businesses will give it to you. I'd like to think my products play a part in that.
But let's not throw a party yet -- remember, even products that claim to be "natural" sometimes have a few questionable ingredients. If you would like to research for yourself, give EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic's Database a look. You may not like the answers, but it's important to ask the questions.
Of course, it's not fun to realize that your usual skincare products are chock-full of the worst ingredients; like I said, I hit that point six years ago and that made me miserable. But there is hope in enlightenment...and good shopping too!
My soaps are filled with the best vegan and natural ingredients that bring nature back into your body. Just a few scrubs will improve your life, both physically and mentally. Better yet, if you like one of my orders, you can sign up for the Soap of the Month club and receive monthly shipments of the best skincare money can buy.
Check out my soap products here.
Good day friends!
Would you wash your mouth out with that soap? Do you believe in feeding your skin? Do you believe in soothing your skin?
Commercial skincare products can have a host of nasty ingredients. Ingredients to prolong the shelf life, provide a lingering scent and just the right color. Unfortunately, the ingredients used in many skincare products have had questionable results in medical studies. I am not a trained medical professional but as a mother I want to know exactly what is in the products used in my home.
Most "soaps" on the market today are synthetic detergents. Look at the ingredients closely. Market bars will clean, but they can also strip your skin. These detergents and commercial soaps sometimes use synthetic lathering ingredients, petroleum, sulfates, parabens, animal fats, artificial scents, fragrance, artificial colors and lab made micas.
When shopping I use my favorite website to look into ingredient information and even the food on market shelves is Environment Working Group https://www.ewg.org/.
The EU has banned so many ingredients but, in the USA, not so much.
If your avoiding animal fats lookout for the word’s sodium tallowate and sodium lardate in your product labels. There is no way to tell what kind of antibiotics or medicines these animals received while living their lives. As well as how the fat was processed once the animals have passed. I just stay clear!
I started making skincare products and soap because I really wanted to know exactly what I was using on my body. "If I cannot eat it, I don’t want it in my skincare routine." I started off making deodorant and transitioned to body scrub, soap and I am still exploring new products. Of course, I am not going to eat these products but at least I know that what is going on my body. It is amazing all the natural and edible ingredients you can incorporate into your skincare. Skin is the largest organ in the body its quite protective, but your skin can and does absorb particles. So, treat it right!
Find a soap that lets you answer all those ingredient questions with a resounding "YES"
Helping you relax, getting back to nature and natural living.