Fall is here and the temperatures are dropping. How are you staying warm this season? Stripping down and engaging in a relaxing sauna session may be your best bet to raising your body heat while lowering stress levels. Here are a few benefits of cold weather sauna sessions!
Detox. As your body heats up, you start to sweat. This act of sweating for a longer period of time helps to detox your body through the skin. Impurities and toxins will flow from within, leaving you feeling clean and clear.
Reduce Cold and Flu. Resting in a sauna daily, or even a few times a week, can help increase white blood cells and improve your immune defense to colds. The high heat can also help to destroy the virus and bacteria by raising your body’s temperature.
Clear The Mind. It is no joke that the holidays are stressful. With events such as Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, as well as ending job cycles, stress seems as if it is floating through the air. Relaxing in a warm sauna will provide you the necessary still moment to let your nerves rest and help to clear your mind. Taking the time to release tension and connect to your body, especially while detoxing, will leave you feeling lighter and present.
Warm Glow. Humans are designed to move. Movement is a part of us and in the winter months this can be daunting. A sauna session will open up your pores and allow your body to sweat as if you’re running or working out on the hottest day of summer– yet it is cold outside! You will be left with warm, rosy skin post sauna session. Just make sure to rehydrate with water.
Recovery. Whether you tumble down the ski slopes, have a burner session at the gym or simply experience annoying day to day aches and pains, the sauna will help your body to recover. Pain goes deep into your muscle tissues and it is important to warm them up to rid the aches. The heat will release the tension stored in our joints and muscles, allowing your soreness and aches to dissipate.
For thousands of years in folklore and traditional medicine, stones have been used for healing, protection, and stimulating or moving energies.
All crystals and gemstones are living organisms, and contain a life energy of their own. They are evolving entities, growing in clusters that can take thousands of years to fully mature. Each stone vibrates at its own individual frequency, and each unique vibration that they emit are said to affect us in a vast array of ways.
Many crystals and gemstones are as old as our planet itself, and some even originate from unknown sources in our cosmos, such as moldavite, which was found inside and partially formed within the crater of a meteor that struck in Southern Germany about 15 million years ago.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the use of stones provides the most profound and permanent effects to treat the most difficult of diseases. Ancient healers contend that the density and solidity of stones represents a stabilizing effect. Wearing specifically prescribed stones near your body over a length of time is said to promote the healing of a chronic health condition, or promote evolutionary changes and development. Stones can be used in combination for a synergistic effect, just as the process of combining herbs when formulating an an elixir or tonic. Preparing stones through cleansing, clearing, and recharging is imperative. One can purify stones and crystals by submersion in salt water, smudging with Palo Santo or Sage, and soaking beneath sunlight and moonlight.
Originally discovered in Ethiopia, obsidian is a dark volcanic glass formed by the rapid solidification of lava without crystallization. It has been used for thousands of years for ritual ceremonies, pottery, and weapons. Place Obsidian near your entryway in a planter or on a table or altar to ward off anything negative from entering your home. “Wash” yourself on every length of your limbs and up and down your energy centers while concentrating on affirmations to free yourself of emotional attachments that are no longer serving you. Hold the obsidian near your heart center during breathwork and meditation to create an energy of grounded stability and peace.
Manifesting Love + Compassion + Tranquility + Balance
Rose quartz is most commonly found in Brazil, India, South Africa, and Madagascar. It has a blush tint due to its contents of titanium, iron, manganese and an aluminum boro-silicate called dumortierite. Traditionally, it is said to dissolve emotional wounds, fears, and resentments, promoting loving energy to circulate throughout your body and essence. Rose quartz can induce receptivity to beauty of all kinds, attracting love and restoring trust and harmony in existing relationships. Place rose quartz in the Southwest corner of your bedroom to attract abundance of love and balance existing relationships. Wear a rose quartz pendant in level with your heart energy center to create a flow of peaceful, loving energy in your life.
Citrine is formed when amethyst undergoes extreme heat exposure. Rio Grande do Sol in Brazil is the world’s largest supplier of natural citrine, but other mines can be found in the USA, Russia, Madagascar, England, France, Scotland, Spain, Brazil, and South Africa. Citrine will aid in increasing confidence, therefore making it a fluid path to manifesting wealth and abundance of all things. Set an intention of that which you wish to manifest, and hold a citrine near your solar plexus energy center. Place a genuine citrine in the Southeast corner of your living room and office, preferably both on a wooden surface and near a water fixture like a fountain or water vessel.
The ancient Egyptians called Aloe “the plant of immortality.” Today, the Aloe vera plant is used in countless dermatology and cosmetology products. Whether you are suffering from an outbreak, inflammation, eczema, or sunburn, Aloe Vera contents are miracle elixir. Break off a frond from the base of the stem so you do not harm the plant or waste any of magical gel, and put the frond in the refrigerator for an hour or so.
Aloe Vera contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are all antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. It also contains 8 enzymes that reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically, while others help in the breakdown of sugars and fats. Aloe provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc, all essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways. It additionally contains Aloin and emodin, which act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals. It provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids. It also contains salicylic acid (the number one ingredient in all anti-acne products!) that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Lignin, an inert substance, when included in topical preparations, enhances penetrative effect of the other ingredients into the skin. Saponins that are the soapy substances form about 3% of the gel and have cleansing and antiseptic properties.
I’ll share a secret face mask recipe I dreamed up recently that keeps my skin clear and glowing! Open a couple fronds of Aloe and scrape all the gel and juices into your blender. Add a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar, and half a cucumber, and mix on high until you reach a nice froth. If you are able to find calcium bentonite powder, pour some into a bowl, and then pour the contents of your blender inside until you have a clay paste. Apply generously to your face or the effected area, and leave on until it dries. Use a warm, damp washcloth to gently scrub away the mask once you are ready to remove it!
Oil-pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique for cleansing the mouth of bacteria, which is the number one cause of unpleasant breath. There are so many other problems throughout your body that can arise from improper dental hygiene, so keeping your mouth immaculate is key! Oil-pulling whitens teeth, strengthens the gums, teeth, and jaw, prevents cavities and gingivitis, gets rid of skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, detoxes your body, cures hangovers and migraines, helps with sleep issues, clears your sinuses, helps allergy sufferers, freshens your breath, and helps with pain issues!
The most pleasant substance to use for oil-pulling is coconut oil, and it also has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Oil-pulling simply involves swishing the oil around in your mouth for about twenty minutes each day. You can split that in half if you do it before and after bed! Make sure to rise really well afterwards, because a lot of bacteria will be brought out from deep within your gums, and you don’t want to swallow it or let it remain inside your mouth.
If you are actually reading the labels of most products that you buy in the store, most companies sneak an excessive amount of sugar into the ingredients! It’s a wonder why sugar addiction and serious conditions like diabetes have become an epidemic across the world. There are many internal ailments that result in sugar cravings, including food allergies, adrenal fatigue, monthly hormonal changes in women, parasites, Candida, and bacterial overgrowth.
We are prone to crave what we are allergic to, it is our body’s mechanism to avoid withdrawal symptoms. When we experience adrenal fatigue, it means our system is overworked, so your body craves the instantaneous surge that sugars temporarily supply. Unfortunately, sugar put an excess of stress on the body, so consuming it will only worsen the condition. Pre-menstrual syndrome, pregnancy, or a hormonal imbalance often causes the body to crave carbohydrates, expansive foods that slow down and relax the system. If a woman has been eating too many contracting foods, like salt and animal protein, she will begin craving expansive sweets to “open her up” in order to relax and ease the symptoms of the hormonal shifts. Bacteria, parasites, and yeast such as Candida all feed off of sugar. The more that you eat, the more you are inviting these unfriendly pathogens to thrive in your gut.
Eating sugar artificially stimulates a region of your brain called the nucleus accumben, which causes it to produce dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. Not long after, your dopamine levels will drop, and you will begin to feel low energy, or even depressed. Unfortunately, this is where the cycle of addiction starts, because we will soon want to eat more sugar to “bring us up” again. It is extremely important that we regularly boost our levels of Serotonin, the happiness hormone. We can do so by sticking to a clean diet (no processed foods, lot’s of hydration), an adequate level of exercise, and a healthy sleep schedule. When you have plenty of serotonin, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets. Eating fermented foods and beverages, sea vegetables, and drinking plenty of water will also help you avoid sugar cravings!
Making an herbal tea with a combination of Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Nettle, and Mint is a secret brew that will give you a delightful treat to sip on, while satiating the incessant sugar cravings. I promise it works!