DIY Milk Bath!!!!
What do you need?
- 1/2 cup oats
- 2 cups powdered milk
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 20 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- Mixing bowl
- Sealable container
- Start by placing the oats in the blender and pulsing until they are finely ground. Measure and add the other dry ingredients to a mixing bowl, along with the ground oats.
- Give things a stir to break up any clumps. The evaporated milk blends with your hot bath to create a luxurious soak that’s also soothing, while the Epsom salts help relieve stress and sore muscles. Baking soda naturally detoxifies the body and also leaves skin wonderfully soft. Take things to the next level with 20 drops of lavender essential oil, and then mix again.
- Pour into a sealable glass jar, and the relaxing milk bath is ready to use!
Thanks to Pop Sugar for the powdered milk recipe!!!!
Self Care: 5 tips for the winter wellness
Thanks to http://laurenfowler.co/winter-wellness/ here are some amazing self care tips for the winter!
1. Hydrate (with hot liquids)!
I notice immediately if I have a day when I’m not hydrating as much – my skin is so dry, and I’m not as energized. Compared to the summer when I crave cold liquids, hot tea is my drink of choice in the winter.
Besides keeping my hands warm, the hot liquids soothe and warm me up inside out and keep things moving in my digestive tract, which may be slower in the winter.
My favorites are ginger, licorice root, and tulsi teas. I’m also planning on whipping up a batch of fire cider soon – it’s a potent tonic full of immune system goodies like garlic, ginger, and onions.
2. Dose up Vitamin D.
It’s great to get your Vitamin D levels checked at least once a year, and I prefer clients’ levels around 40-60 ng/ml. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for so many functions in your body, including immune system, hormonal health, and your nervous systems. While your skin can produce it from sunlight, winter days are short, and I’m not out in tanktops in negative degree weather.
I personally take a supplement in the winter, but Vitamin D rich foods include fatty fish like salmon, sardines, cod liver oil, and egg yolks.
3. Eat warm foods – soups, stews, squash!
Eating seasonally helps me eat local foods and a variety of nutrients throughout the year. I practically live on chilis, stews, squash, curries, and any warm, nourishing bowl of food in the winter. I hardly ever want a salad or cold smoothie – totally winter foods for me!
Warm foods are so comforting for me in the winter, and I bet there’s plenty of root veggies you’ve never tried. Pick up a new kind of squash, turnips, rutabagas, or parsnips in the stores, and try them out. When in doubt, roast with olive or coconut oil!
4. Start your day with movement and meditation.
It’s easy to feel sluggish in the winter when it may still be dark out when you wake up, so my trick is a little movement and meditation to start my day. Total energy booster! It connects me to my body first thing in the morning and helps me start my day centered and calm, especially when it’s easy to get down on the icy cold in the winter.
I do a short 10-15 minute yoga flow (here’s a good one to try out) or a walk outside when I want to brave the cold. Then, I make time for a 10 or so minutes of meditation – I’ve been loving a grounding meditation lately.
5. Rest and reflect.
Allow yourself this time to rest and be introspective. During the summer, I’m social and have plans nearly every weekend, so I love being able to just lounge more in the winter. I read a lot more, watch Netflix (which I rarely do in the summer), journal, and embrace this time.
In the past, I’d let myself get all worked up about not “doing enough,” but now, I realize that I can’t be in “doing” mode all year long. By cycling between working on awesome projects and resting, I’m much happier and won’t burn out. I need (and crave!) time to rest, restore, and reflect too.
Some other winter wellness things I do are
- Dry brushing for my skin and lymphatic system
- Abhyanga self-massage. I was introduced to it by a friend this year and has been amazing for my skin – it’s self-massage with oil (I use sesame) before showering. Total self-care for my skin.
- A mix of faster vinyasa yoga with more restorative yin yoga – love both
- Cozy layers of clothing & comfy socks
- Essential oils for my immune system
- Cuddling in bed with a cup of tea!
Its Saturday, right? I fully understand that many people who work throughout the week use the weekend to accomplish personal feats like doing laundry, cleaning their homes, and paying bills (work, work, and more work). But what about self care? Today, I challenge you to spend today with someone who doesn’t stress you. I know, I know…that doesn’t leave you with many options. If the only person who doesn’t stress you isn’t even a person and its your cat…spend day with the cat. If your children, spouse, grandma, or neighbor have been stressing you lately…don’t spend the day with them. Or at least not the bulk of the day if possible. Spend the day with someone who will make you laugh, cry tears of joy, or feel like a kid again. You deserve it! Enjoy your day!!!!!
What is Mindfulness? According to the Greater Good Berkley, “Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of or thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.”
Mindfulness can be an amazing tool to use as it relates to self care. Below is a video that further explains how ten minutes of mindfulness can make a big difference.