6 Simple, Natural Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter 0
Vitamin DShorter days = less sunlight, so it may be harder for your body to create enough vitamin D. A vitamin D deficiency can cause symptoms including muscle weakness and fatigue. Vitamin D has also been linked to immune response and mood. Although you may not need to take a vitamin D supplement year round, taking this vitamin in the winter may help.
Light TherapyNot having enough sunlight can be responsible for not only vitamin D deficiency, but hormonal imbalances and sleep cycle issues as well.
Light therapy can be done virtually anywhere, and requires little effort. A bright, full spectrum light without UV is simply set up and turned on. You can also simply make it a habit to sit near a sunny window or be outside in the sunlight each day.
SleepIn nature, other animals typically sleep more during the winter months. You may also feel less energetic than usual. Making sure you're getting a full 8 hours of sleep nightly lets you fully recharge while allowing your body to follow its natural rhythm. Have a hard time winding down? Aromatherapy might help: try any of our lavender products in your bedtime routine.
Immune BoostersCertain supplements and vitamins can boost your immune system for extra protection. Specifically, vitamin C and zinc can help immune systems. Echinacea has also been shown to stimulate immune systems and fight inflammation.
Hand WashingWashing hands is the most efficient way of preventing illness. Hand washing can help prevent the flu and the common cold. Our foaming hand soap is a much-loved favorite that won't dry our your hands. Try lemongrass, lavender, or unscented.
HydrationMany conventional home heating methods can dry your skin and respiratory system out. This can lead to sore throats and dry skin. Drink at least 2.5L of water daily to remain hydrated and healthy. Healthy habit goal: keep your insulated water bottle with you throughout the day.
The best way to stay healthy this winter is by being proactive. By following these easy tips, you can avoid illness and stay healthy this winter.
5 Clean, Green Swaps Your Family Can Make With No Fuss 0Good health isn't something you can get from a fitness gadget or exotic berry - It's the result of many small, simple habits that improve your lifestyle.
Creating a clean, green environment at home where your family spends so much time is a great place to start.
These 5 simple swaps can help your family feel healthier - with no fuss!
1. Swap Snacks
Get more fruits and vegetables in by swapping processed snacks with fruits and veggies. It's easy to get your "crunch" fix and you have so many options, whether you're craving a sweet or savory snack.
2. Swap Skincare
Many of the ingredients in personal care products are absorbed through the skin and are stored in our bodies - that's pretty scary when you consider that many of the preservatives and fragrances used in conventional products are linked to major health issues. Our award winning skincare line is nontoxic and is never tested on animals.
3. Swap Candles
Candles are the new indoor health no-no - research shows that they can pollute the air in your home just as much as smoking cigarettes! Try solar lights or electric candles for ambiance.
4. Swap Household Goods
Many household cleaners are also made with toxic ingredients. That's why we formulate ours without toxins - so you can breathe easier! Check out the entire collection here.
5. Swap Stress
Stress can impact your health in a major way, so don't forget to take some time to decompress when you need to - especially during this busy time of year.
Loving Lavender: Understanding Its All-Natural Healing Properties 0
This month we are all about Lavender! Not only is the fragrance soothing, but did you know that the herb itself offers a wealth of holistic, organic health benefits? In honor of our May Customer Special and all-time favorite, Lavender Spa Gift Set, we’re sharing our favorite facts about Lavender:
You may have heard that consciously and calmly breathing in the smell of lavender can make you a bit sleepy…turns out, it's true! Research shows the scent of lavender lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, putting you in a relaxed state. To set yourself up for some quality zzz's, try putting a handful of dried lavender in a vase on your nightstand, or use a diffuser with lavender oil.
Better yet – treat yourself to a hot, calming shower with a little help from our Lavender Peppermint Salt Scrub. Our Lavender Peppermint Salt Scrub naturally exfoliates and softens with the refreshing quality of a trip to the spa. Plus it’s formulated using Certified Organic ingredients!
Are you an insect magnet? Mosquitos just love you this time of the year don’t they? Relieve the itch with lavender essential oil. Lavender happens to be a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce itching, swelling, and redness. Simply dabbing a drop or two of essential oil on the bitten area can help alleviate the itching and redness. Same also goes for other sensitive areas of your skin!
Suffering from uneven skin tones and redness? Treat yourself to a soothing face treatment using our Lavender Peppermint Mineral Mud Mask. Detoxify, exfoliate and regenerate with a hint of lavender and peppermint! Our mud mask is soothingly exciting, with a refreshing mixture of cool mint and relaxing lavender – and it’s great for all skin types since it won’t cause irritation.
Bloating and poor digestion can result from an overgrowth of "bad" bacteria, which is especially prevalent when you take antibiotics. The polyphenols –a type of antioxidant – in lavender can help reduce the 'bad' bacteria in your gut says Christine Gerbstadt, MD, author of Doctor's Detox Diet and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For its de-puff perks, try sprinkling dried culinary lavender onto Greek yogurt.
Top 5 Spring Cleaning Tips from Our CEO 0Spring is the season of renewal and awakening. As the days get longer and warmer, our personal energy and moods improve, leading many of us to open the windows and give our homes a serious scrub down. If you are ready to get started, here are some of my best tips for Spring Cleaning:
- Clean Top to Bottom. In each room, start with your ceilings by sweeping them with a soft duster. Wipe down light fixtures and lightbulbs with a soft cloth. While you are up there, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and the direction of your ceiling fans, if necessary. Most fans have a switch on the base to adjust the rotation. You want to make sure your celling fans are running counterclockwise during these warmer months. Next move to cleaning the walls and all hanging items, then on to all items resting on the floor, then on to the floors.
- Purge Expired items. Tackle your medicine cabinet, your pantry and your refrigerator by disposing of all consumable items that have expired. If you have fruits or veggies that are about to go bad, place them in a Ziploc or container in your freezer. You can use the fruits in smoothies and the veggies in juices or soups. Bonus points for washing the inside of your refrigerator and vacuuming its condenser coils to prevent overheating.
- Declutter. Let it go! Let it go! (Sung on the top of my lungs doing my best Elsa impersonation.) Whether you are taking it room by room or following the now-famous method in the Magical Art of Tidying Up, "Konmari" the heck out of your clothes, papers, books and utensil drawers. Make a commitment every day to declutter a new category of belongings or room in your house until it's done. Donate or recycle what you can. Many charitable organizations do home pick up of donated goods.
- Add Some Houseplants to Liven and Clean Up the Place. Not only are they great for your home’s Feng Shui, houseplants are also great air purifiers. Plants absorb toxins from the air and release fresh oxygen. Boston Fern, Palm Trees and English Ivy are some of your best bets.
- Stock up on Celadon Road’s Green Cleaners. Celadon Road’s all natural and organic cleaners are a great choice for Spring Cleaning your home. Our cleaners are scented only with essential oils – no hospital masks necessary! To get started, I recommend an All-Purpose Cleaner, Glass Cleaner and a natural scrubbing cloth. We've got the best products for every room in your house.
Valentine's Day: The Ultimate All-Natural Gift Guide 0
Valentine's Day is right around the corner...literally. No matter how you are celebrating, or with who, Celadon Road has compiled our list of the best green, organic, non-toxic gifts - that you can keep or share:
Olive Oil Lip Tints
Available in six gorgeous, luxurious hues, Celadon Road's Olive Oil Lip Tints are carmine free, gluten free, and made with Certified Organic ingredients to the highest USDA/NOP standards. With so many controversial reports and personal experiences being shared by women across the country, why should you have to second guess what you put on your lips? Our lip tints are made with organic oils, beeswax and herbs – and they’re even flavored with organic peppermint oil for that cool rush you’ve come to enjoy!
Certified Organic Lip Scrub
If you like Pina Coladas (...or Lemonade!) you will love our lip scrubs. Celadon Road’s Sugar Lip Scrubs are certified USDA organic and crafted from natural exfoliating sugars, soothing oils, and chemical-free flavors and extracts. So treat your lips to a little scrub, and prepare for some delightfully smooth and silky lips!
Safe, non-toxic fragrance...say what?! Celadon Road has developed a ground- breaking collection of botanical perfumes. They’re inspired by the world around us and designed with an expertly layered complexity – yet crafted only from the finest all-natural essential oils and organic ingredients. Although it's available in five lovely scents, we've selected Vanilla Sandalwood! There’s something heady about the inviting warmth of this divine scent. Rich, edible notes like dark cocoa and creamy vanilla play off earthy amber and sultry sandalwood, with a hint of citrus and coriander that keeps it from overpowering.
Certified Organic Face Oil
Remember the first time you heard of face oils, and wondered why anyone would want a skin treatment made from the very stuff you’re trying to prevent? By now, we all know that the right product can soothe skin and reduce breakouts – and that’s just what Celadon Road’s Certified Organic Face Oil is created to do. Packed with circulation-stimulating, cell-growth-encouraging jojoba and almond oils (that owe their beneficial properties to powerful antioxidants, along with fresh, calming essentials like rosehip and clary sage,) you can't go wrong when adding this powerful little tool to your skincare regime.
Brave the Elements with Celadon Road's Winter Skin Survival Pack 0
The winter can be harsh -- wind burnt cheeks, dry cracked hands, brittle hair, chapped lips. And it's not just those of us who spend time skiing and sledding that are at risk; winter weather also results in cranked up heaters and more frequent fireplace use, which means dry air in your home. That's where Celadon Road steps in. We've got a few great products, that when combined will bring you amazing skin year-round. Take a peek:
With the essence of pure essential oils, it takes only 1-2 tablespoons of Celadon Road's low-sudsing laundry detergent to work it's all-natural magic on any dreaded laundry mountain! Use in regular or high efficiency washers. (Dissolves in water for washing floors and walls too!) An all-natural family formula, this detergent was originally created to ease the suffering of a child with eczema aggravated by commercial laundry products.
Soak in the essence of natural beauty with our body lotion. From its fresh, crisp scent to it's all-over soothing moisture, this proprietary formula of Certified Organic, naturally crafted, sustainably grown, therapeutic-grade essential oils will bring spa-inspired quality into your home daily! A little goes a long way with this ultra-rich formula.
Magic in a bottle! With essential fatty acids, naturally occurring Vitamin A and free radical fighting Tocopherol, Celadon Road's Argan Oil protects and restores hair, skin and even nails.