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.
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.