Let’s talk meditation. In our day to day lives, it’s easy to forget to take time out to realign our minds with our bodies. We live in a fast-paced world and deal with daily stressors that can make our lives harder. Work, relationship, family, financial and health stress can be detrimental to both our bodies and our minds. When we neglect to take a moment out of our day to become aware of our feelings, they can build up. When stress isn't dealt with, it can cause disease and illness. Stress is a culprit for heart disease, as well as anxiety and depression, to name a few. Learning how to manage stress is an important part of staying healthy. Guided meditation can be a great tool to help keep your stress levels at bay.
Meditation is one of the most underrated but beneficial exercises for people who are looking to make positive changes in their life. Meditation in and of itself is the practice of aligning our minds with our bodies. Meditation is often done on your own, taking the time to go deep within yourself. Guided meditation is a tool of self-awareness. With guided meditation, you listen to someone speaking or a recording, which will then guide you through a session in self-awareness. By practicing guided meditation, you can access parts of your subconscious that you are otherwise unable to access. Your subconscious is a powerful tool, and it's what your body uses to keep your body alive and breathing. Using guided meditation, people can manage their daily stress, worries and even physical pain.
Guided meditation is a tool that can open people’s minds by accessing their subconscious. It melds the conscious mind with the subconscious. By feeding positive thoughts into your subconscious through the guided meditation exercise, you are able to change your thoughts, let go of stress and explore a side of yourself that you may not even know existed. Rather than allowing your mind to be bogged down with negativity, guided meditation works to plant positive affirmations into your mind.
We love a warm and welcoming home.
For us, having a nice clean home helps achieve this. A beautiful smelling home that is clean and dirt-free is easily attainable, and with no need for the noxious chemical-filled products that flood the market. Home cleaning products can be expensive and because of their ingredients, need to be kept away from children and animals. There are many natural cleaners that you can make easily and quickly at home. These cleaners are not only effective, but the ingredients can be sourced relatively cheaply – we love the bonus that they save you money, are better for the environment and so much better for you and your loved ones! Wins all around!!
Let’s start with the kitchen. It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the place where we cook and prepare food and is usually the place where we gather to eat. This means mess, grease and spillages. The kitchen is also a place where we definitely don't want to use harsh chemicals as they can contaminate our delicious food. Not the sort of thing we want to do! So with this in mind, we like to use the below cleaning recipes to keep our kitchen clean and safe.
This dish soap is a fantastic cleaner and the lavender essential oil does not stick to the dishes once they are clean.
All kitchen surfaces are prone to sticky spills, so a great cleaner is needed. This cleaner is nice and can be used in all areas of the home.
I hate the thought of using the majority of store bought, toxic oven cleaners – toxins so close to our food – yuck! All you need for this natural solution to a shiny clean over is:
Spray the whole oven down with a water bottle so that it is damp, and pour on a thick layer or baking soda, especially on the bottom, until there is about 1/4-inch layer of baking soda paste on the bottom. If any of the baking soda is still dry, mist it with the water bottle. Leave the baking soda to work its magic for a few hours and then simply wipe up the paste with a cloth and all the grime comes with it. For really baked on grime, this may take a couple applications, but it always works and it is 100% natural! It’s important to make sure that the baking soda residue has been completely removed before using the oven as any remaining baking soda may smoke if left in contact with the heating element
The bathroom is a room that can easily become dirty and damp. This causes streaky glass and damp smells, amongst other unwelcome odours.
This is a good, natural window cleaner that works on windows and also on shower screens and mirrors. This cleaner is great and has a light clean smell due to the vinegar. Do not be tempted to add essential oil for scent as the oil can leave smears and streaks on the glass – not the look we are aiming for! Mix together, spray and wipe.
The best way to use this cleaner is to mix all the ingredients together and using a toilet brush, lightly scrub the mixture all over the inside of the bowl. Leave for an hour then rinse. The toilet will smell lovely and the oil will keep unsightly substances from sticking to the bowl!
Natural DIY Floor Cleaner Recipes
Wood Floor Cleaner
Combine the ingredients, mix well and rub lightly into floors to bring back shine and clean spots. Add a few drops of essential oil of choice for nice scent. (Make sure to wipe off completely to avoid slippery floors!)
Natural Carpet Stain Removal
Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water. Spray on stains, let sit for 5 minutes, and scrub with soft brush. Add 1-2 drops of dishwashing liquid for tough stains.
For tough grease stains, pour cornstarch liberally on the stain and let sit until dry. Vacuum up and then use method above.
For heavy-duty stains that won’t come out, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax, and vinegar. Rub into the stain. Let sit until dry and vacuum up. Use methods above if any part of the stain remains.
Other tips to leave your house smelling clean, beautiful and fresh
Who doesn’t want beautiful, smooth skin? We certainly do!
Did you know that the skin is the largest organ of the human body? As we all know, our skin needs care and attention. Instead of just lathering it in creams and potions, there is a much simpler way to keep your skin bright and refreshed and it is natural and inexpensive. It is so popular that it is now being offered at many top spas all over the world.
Yes, we’re talking about dry brushing. Dry brushing is by no means a new innovation, but it has gained a new popularity in recent years and not without reason. Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like - it is the process of using a simple natural bristled skin brush to brush the skin, removing dead skin and toxins. Nice!
We can only imagine that dry brushing will only gain in popularity, and rightly so as it is not often that something so simple can produce such beautiful results. Try it and find out for yourself!
Even if all dry brushing did was rid us of our dead skin, that would be all we needed to know to pick up a body brush occasionally. When we found out it was good for even more than that, we knew we had to include it in our daily skin care ritual! We have no doubt you’ll be tempted too once you check out some of the benefits below.
The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.
We find that dry brushing is the ultimate and most natural way to exfoliate and leave your skin beautiful, smooth and soft. The exfoliation can be very noticeable the first time you use a dry brush. It is equally slightly disgusting and at the same time very satisfying to see all the dead skin that is removed!
Clean and Minimize Pores
Dry brushing is the best way to unclog pores. When we think of pores, we usually only think of our face and neglect the rest of our body which can benefit from a regular unclogging. The brushing process is the perfect way to unclog and allow our body to be able to absorb more nutrients. It is also known to minimize the pores on your face – this can’t be a bad thing!
Though the evidence is anecdotal, there have been many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helped their cellulite. People have claimed that after brushing their skin is soft and slightly tighter.
Many people, us included, report a natural energy boost after dry brushing. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. Any extra help waking up in the morning is something we will say yes too!
How to dry brush
We love to dry body brush daily before we shower. If you want quicker results, you can begin by brushing twice a day for 30 days and then maintain your results by brushing once a day.
When you first start, use a soft and gentle pressure, working up to firmer pressure over time. Take care of any areas that are sensitive, such as your face or any broken skin.
Always brush towards the centre of the body, beginning with the bottoms of your feet and working up your legs. Work your way upwards along your body with each motion moving towards your heart. We like to use long brush strokes, generally brushing each area of the skin 10 times.
When you reach your heart/chest area, repeat the same process with your arms, starting on the palms of your hands and working your way back to your heart.
Then your face to your heart.
On your stomach and armpits, brush in a circular motion.
After you have brushed your entire body, jump in the shower. To help stimulate blood flow, it is ideal to try and alternate between cold water and water that is bearably hot. After your shower, gently pat yourself dry.
We love to apply coconut oil once we are dry for a lovely silky finish and skin that glows - did we mention it smells delicious and summery too!
Replace your brush every 6-12 months as the bristles will eventually wear out. We also recommend washing the brush every few weeks to remove dead skin cells.