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Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months

December 08, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


Generally, we tend to think that summer is the season we should be concerned about dehydration due to warmer temperatures. However, did you know that dehydration is common in winter


During the colder months, I have trouble drinking the recommended amount of water. I simply don't feel thirsty when I'm freezing! I'm sure many people can relate to this. So how do we stay hydrated in winter? 

woman holding a mug next to window in winter


Staying hydrated during this season is not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few tips:

  • Watch your caffeine consumption.
  • Include broths and soups in your diet.
  • Drink more herbal teas.
  • Drink warm water with lemon.
  • Eat more winter fruits such as; grapes, pears, cranberries, pomegranates, apples, oranges and more.
  • Carry a refillable water bottle with you and refill when necessary.
  • Make water your drink of choice for meals and snack times.
  • Avoid sugary beverages such as soda or energy drinks.


Staying hydrated through the winter can boost our immune system and give our body the support it needs to fight off infection. Drinking water and staying hydrated can also help us stay warmer in the winter months. Our body uses water to help maintain a temperature balance. When we are not hydrated, our bodies can become cold. So remember to stay hydrated; it's so important!



I hope you found this post helpful!






Wednesday, December 01, 2021

What are the benefits of activated charcoal?

December 01, 2021 1 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Activated charcoal is a type of charcoal that’s processed to make it more porous. The World Health Organization has approved activated charcoal for the emergency treatment of overdoses or poisonings. Due to its powerful toxin-clearing properties, activated charcoal is a popular treatment for a variety of conditions.


There are many health benefits of activated charcoal, such as; eliminating gas and bloating, teeth whitening, skin surface cleaning and more. Activated charcoal that comes from a natural source is not only safe but effective for detoxification.


Activated charcoal is readily available in the market in various forms:

  • Powder
  • Tablets
  • Pills
  • Capsules
  • Liquids suspensions

activated charcoal powder

These are the top uses of activated charcoal:


Teeth whitening and oral care


The most popular use of activated charcoal is teeth whitening. Activated charcoal promotes good oral health and maintains the pH balance in the mouth.


Many oral health products that contain activated charcoal claim to have various benefits, such as being:

  • antiviral
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • detoxifying


Detoxify skin


An activated charcoal mask is excellent for clearing the skin from acne and blemishes. It also acts as an anti-ageing ingredient by trapping impurities that cause skin ageing. Researchers have reported that activated charcoal can help draw microparticles, such as; dirt, dust, chemicals, toxins, and bacteria, to the skin surface.


Filtering your water


Many popular water filters use activated charcoal, including the Brita filters. It works the same in water filters as it does in the body; by binding to toxic materials and filtering them out of your water.


Alleviate gas and bloating


This use of activated charcoal is not known by many people. Activated charcoal works by binding the byproducts from the food that causes gas and discomfort.


Because activated charcoal is not absorbed by the body, it can carry the toxins bound to its surface out of the body.



Activated charcoal is considered a universal antidote. To date, there have been no adverse reactions noted with activated charcoal in any of its various forms. However, one should take the advice of a health care professional about any concern regarding its internal usage. 


People taking medications should talk to their doctor before taking oral activated charcoal products. These products may interfere with the absorption of medications.



Talk to you soon!




Saturday, November 27, 2021

Essential oil blends for cold and flu

November 27, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


In most cases, having the flu means increasing self-care and waiting for the infection to run its course. The go-to solution for many people is to reach for over-the-counter medicines. However, another effective method is using essential oils as a topical rub or for aromatherapy. I already shared my recipe for a homemade vapour rub in a previous post. In this post, I will focus on aromatherapy!


Certain essential oils can help alleviate flu symptoms by clearing your nasal passage and reducing headaches. Some oils may even have antiviral benefits to help treat infections and reduce fever. Essential oils can be a great ally in keeping viruses, bacteria and germs at bay. As we are currently facing a pandemic, these oils can come in handy to help you keep your home a safe place for you and your loved ones. That is why today, I'm sharing the best antiviral essential oils to diffuse in your home.


essential oil diffuser


Inhalation is the most beneficial way to use essential oils for the flu. A diffuser can be an easy way to get the benefits of aromatherapy, any time of day or night. Purifying your indoor air is very easy to do. Using pure essential oils is a natural and safe way to do so. 


Add essential oils blends below to your diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank!


There are some blends for cleaning the air:

  • Eucalyptus/Lavender 
  • Eucalyptus/Geranium
  • Eucalyptus/Lemon
  • Eucalyptus/Lemon/Thyme
  • Lavender/Geranium/Lemon
  • Clove/Cinnamon/Thyme
  • Tea Tree/Lemon


These are blends to help relieve common cold and flu symptoms like sneezing, coughing, congestion and sore throat:


Blend #1

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus
  • 2 drops Tea Tree
  • 1 drop Peppermint


Blend #2

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Siberian Fir
  • 2 drops Rosalina


 Blend #3

  • 3 drops Cypress
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 1 drop Sandalwood
  • 1 drop Copaiba


Blend #4

  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Marjoram
  • 3 drops White Fir (aka Silver Fir or Fir Needle)


 Blend #5

  • 4 drops Eucalyptus
  • 2 drops Wintergreen
  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 1 drop Rosemary
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I hope you find this helpful. Stay safe and healthy!




Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Himalayan salt lamps: Do they really work?

November 24, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Lately, I've been contemplating purchasing a Himalayan salt lamp. Himalayan salt lamps are crystals carved from amber-coloured rock salt. They are lit from the inside with a bulb, and the combination gives off a relatively dim, amber light.


The appeal is not just visual. Many believe that salt lamps have health benefits too. Sellers of these decorative pieces say they do more than light up a room. They claim the lamps can boost mood, improve sleep, ease allergies, help people with asthma breathe better, and clean the air, among other benefits.


Himalayan salt lamp


These are the primary health claims made about Himalayan salt lamps:


  1. They reduce the humidity of the environment.
  2. They purify the air within the room and charge it with positive energies.
  3. They emit negative ions in the air and create a relaxing atmosphere.
  4. They favour concentration and productivity.
  5. They help protect from electromagnetic pollution.


The idea behind salt lamps is that the salt will act as a natural ionizer and attract water from the air, which carries pollutants, such as bacteria and allergens. Although some of their health claims are not supported by science, Himalayan salt lamps may have other benefits, including:


  • They create a nice ambience - A salt lamp could help create a relaxing atmosphere that helps you relax and unwind.
  • They might help limit light in the evening - If you struggle to sleep, using dim lights in the evening may help you get to sleep faster.


A Himalayan salt lamp might bring a nice decorative touch and a warming glow to your space, but at the moment, no research says it will improve your health. Much like a lit candle, these lamps can be relaxing to look at. If you find the light soothing or enjoy its style, there is no harm in using a salt lamp.


Do you have a salt lamp at home? Do you enjoy using it? I would love to know. Leave a comment below! 



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Friday, November 19, 2021

Four (4) DIY vegan scalp scrubs

November 19, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Many of us regularly use face and body scrubs to remove dead skin cells. However, we may be neglecting a part of our body that needs exfoliation just as much. The scalp is no different than the skin on the rest of our body. Our scalp can benefit from a little extra TLC as well!


Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! Daily use of hair products can cause build-up. In addition to typical dead skin cells accumulating on the scalp. This can result in clogged hair follicles, dull, greasy hair, and slower hair growth. To return the scalp to a healthy state, you need to free hair follicles from what’s building up at the roots. A scalp scrub might be the best solution. 


If you’re looking for natural DIY scalp scrubs, here are four (4) easy DIY vegan recipes that can cure and prevent dry, flaky scalp, improve scalp health and overall hair health. 


sugar scrub

Ingredients:


DIY vegan scalp scrub #1
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of vegan shampoo
  • a few drops of lavender essential oil 

DIY vegan scalp scrub #2
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt (ideal for oily scalp)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

DIY vegan scalp scrub #3
  • 1 tablespoon of vegan conditioner or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt (for oily scalp) or raw sugar 

DIY vegan scalp scrub #4
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of raw sugar
  • a few drops of tea tree essential oil 


Because of its high level of acidity, apple cider vinegar can help balance the scalp’s pH. This is especially helpful if you need to clarify your scalp of hard water build-up.


Method:

  1. Choose one of the DIY recipes.
  2. Mix all of these ingredients together.
  3. Gently massage the scrub into your scalp. 
  4. Leave it on for about 5 minutes. 
  5. Rinse it out with warm water.
  6. Shampoo and condition.


By massaging a scrub into your scalp, you’ll stimulate blood circulation, remove stubborn oil and build-up, and deliver oxygen to your scalp. In turn, this encourages hair growth. Give it a try! 




Friday, November 05, 2021

How to make your beauty routine more sustainable

November 05, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Sustainable, zero-waste beauty routines have become one of the biggest beauty trends as of late. Thanks to increased awareness, the beauty industry is finally waking up, with more consumers demanding cleaner, sustainably packaged beauty products. Even if you’re not ready to commit to a zero-waste lifestyle just yet, it’s easy to tweak your skin, hair, and makeup routines to benefit the planet. Luckily, many beauty brands are rising to the challenge with waste-free packaging and ethically sourced ingredients. 


Here are a few simple ways to make your routine greener and cleaner.


  1. Cut down on plastic.
  2. Buy products with eco-friendly packaging.
  3. Go package free.
  4. Choose recyclable packaging.
  5. Choose refillable packaging.
  6. Recycle or re-use your product containers.
  7. Use eco-friendly ingredients.
  8. Avoid microplastics.
  9. Do not use single-use products.
  10. Reduce your water usage.
  11. Shop from brands that give back to the planet.


bathroom sink


Concrete examples:


  • Switch to a sustainable bamboo toothbrush.
  • Use natural toothpaste or toothpowder.
  • Use mouthwash tablets or oil pulling mouthwash.
  • Switch to a traditional stainless-steel razor.
  • Switch to soap bars
  • Use shampoo bars and conditioners.
  • Use facial cleansing bars.
  • Invest in some reusable makeup remover pads and washcloths. 
  • Use plastic-free cotton buds.
  • Do not leave the water running.

soap bar

Take care of our planet with these simple tips!