PUT ON YOUR OXYGEN MASK
Have you noticed there is so much wisdom from those flight attendant’s safety videos? Make sure to know where the exits are BEFORE an emergency hits. Figure out how life-saving tools work BEFORE you need them. And place your oxygen mask on BEFORE helping others, otherwise, you’ll pass out before helping anyone.
It’s crazy how much wisdom is in those videos and I’ll be honest it wasn’t until a dear friend told me to “put my own mask on FIRST” otherwise, I wasn’t helping anyone that it dawned on me — the truth in the airplane safety videos.
Actually, the friend said something a wee bit more clever and insightful…
As an emergency veterinarian, twin mama bear, wifey and wellness coach hosting a FREE community (Brain + Gut Health Explorers), I definitely felt MY OWN wellness had fell to the sidelines. And I’m not talking about eating well and working out… I’m talking about TAKING CARE OF ME with self-care!
And taking care of YOU may look so much different to the next person, but that’s the beauty of things, right? You discover what works for you… which may be: an epsom salt bath, a weekly massage (not jealous at all), a girl’s night out a month, getting lost in a new book or even taking a break with a foot massage after a hard shift at work.
You find a way to take care of YOU love… put that oxygen mask on FIRST, am I right? And that’s what I had to learn how to do… explore ways to take care of me. I recently found out journaling was NOT for me… because I get so ANGRY writing out everything, it’s like my hands can’t keep up with the ideas and thoughts running through my mind and I get cramps in my hands- HA! So pathetic but true.
I also discovered that reading a book that I am interested in is FANTASTIC and I love to read; however, I’ll get so involved in the story that I’ll actually stay up ALL NIGHT to finish the book… then I’m exhausted the next day and a wee bit cranky. So, reading a book for “pleasure” is to be saved for road trips as audio-books or for vacation. Just being honest.
That’s how I discovered herbal tea baths… it was something I can whip up in my kitchen and enjoy at the end of a long stressful day. Honestly, herbal tea baths were not something I was familiar with… I came across a recipe for them in an old magazine which I jotted down once and stored away. It wasn’t until the hubster mentioned I should try an epsom salt soak to help relieve muscle tension and stress… that herbal tea baths popped back into my memory.
Believe the recipe came from a Willow and Sage Magazine
HERBAL TEA BATH INGREDIENTS
Dead Sea Salt: may increase circulation, help reduce stress and support a good night’s sleep.
Epsom Salt: may provide magnesium, aid in a good night’s sleep and reduce inflammation.
Dried Lavender: I absolutely love lavender and feel it helps reduce my stress levels.
Dried Rose Hips: Recently, I read rose hips helps topically with stress marks… is it true? Um, not sure but HELLO, I’ll try it!
Rose Essential Oil: may support cell and tissue regeneration which helps maintain skin’s elasticity, plus reduces the appearance of stretch marks as mentioned before.
NOTE OF CAUTION:
If you are pregnant, suffering from any medical condition, or taking medication, please consult a health care practitioner before using.
If irritation occurs, discontinue use.
Keep away from eyes.
For external use only – do not ingest.
The product information is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Now, I grabbed all of these ingredients at a local health market; however, if you want to snag your own herbal tea bath like the one I’m using — but don’t have the time to whip it up yourself… then I’ve got you covered!
Here are a few links to discover the amazing benefits of herbal tea baths as well as the other ingredients this recipe calls for…
The focus of this week is taking a beat to focus on self-care… and really understanding how the products I use can either heal or harm me. This week, I focused on indulging in a weekly herbal tea bath and shared with you a recipe! There are several other recipes out there, discover ONE that might be right for you!!! Anywho. You can follow along on my wellness journey, here.
You’ll be able to check out my numbers- YIKES! But even though, I am opening up to showing the scale… realize what’s MORE important are the NON-scale victories.
Now. You know the breakdown of the herbal tea bath and some of the benefits of the ingredients! Plus, it’s one of my favorite ways to splurge and give myself a wee bit of love! Putting your oxygen mask on first (or self-care) is one of the things I stress about in our community, NO BRAINERS. So, it should be NO SURPRISE that beauty products and self-care tips is our focus in our March Issue of NO BRAINERS!
Make sure to snag your copy of NO BRAINERS and get in our community to dive deeper into ways YOU can give yourself some extra care this year!
If you are looking for a glimpse of the products more one-on-one… then scroll down below to see the ingredients and just how much I used in the recipe. Please note, I snagged all our ingredients in a local health market… and I wanted to tag links where you can purchase; however, I haven’t tried this products online so I didn’t share links! You can search AMAZON for brands you trust or try out your local health market, too. Just do your research and support companies you can trust!
Now. I’ll be completely real with you… these herbal tea baths are not something I do every single day. As a twin mama bear who homeschools, edits a e-mag (NO BRAINERS) and provides daily therapy on our little man… it’s amazing I squeeze a shower in daily. These herbal tea baths are scheduled for Saturday nights after our family “movie” night when the Gillies, our twins go to bed and mama can soak in the tub. Plus, it’s perfection as Saturdays are reserved for mama’s leg day workouts! However, I’m in search for a great lotion to apply on my body for AFTER the bath! I’m looking for a produce which is all natural, fair-trade and includes no harmful products. IF you have a lotion that you love… bonus points if made by a fellow boss-mom… then love, please fill me in! I could use ALL the help!
A few other things, I am loving this week during our wellness transformation include:
This is extremely challenging for me to because I honestly think my body was NOT made for SPRINTS! It’s a joke between the hubster and I that if we were chased by a bear, if the bear was fast… I would get eaten first. However, if the bear was slow yet had endurance, the hubster would be the meal. Endurance is my strong suit… sprints not so much! However, I know the benefits of sprints… and I’ve learned IF you aren’t good at something, it’s one area you should focus on. *** TRUTH ***
Now, if you are wanting to join me along my wellness journey, well, I’ll be opening up spots later this month. You can join the waitlist to hear more details - HERE!
Just make sure to consult with your primary care physician before starting any new fitness program!
This little yellow fruit is a POWERHOUSE and filled with so many amazing benefits… so, there’s no question as to why we chose LEMONS to be our “Foodie of the Month” in March’s NO BRAINERS. Well, in case you need a reason… let me fill you in on ONE good thing about lemons. According to the Crazy Sexy Juice book (by Kris Carr), lemons fight cancer of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon!
You can catch glimpses of how I’m using lemons on my social media feed, follow me and check out my stories — HERE!
Wait! How can I snag my own issue of NO BRAINERS? I got you covered, just click the button below!
SUPPLMENT: Onnit’s Alpha Brain
This is a supplement that I take every. single. morning! I definitely notice a difference in my mental focus when it’s skipped. Make sure to check with your primary care physician before taking any supplements or embracing a new nutritional/fitness program.
Love. Thank you for letting me give you a glance into my 2019 wellness transformation… now, I would love to hear from you. Are you on a wellness journey yourself? Are you adding a wee bit of self-care to your weekly routine? If so, I would absolutely love to hear how you are treating yourself! Fill free to drop it in the comments below or in our community!
Because the more you know, the more you can grow!
If you want to hear more about what else is happening in our little world. Well… give me a second to “word vomit” on YOU. I’ve been working behind the scenes to create a digital magazine, aka. NO BRAINERS.
Sort of like a guide which focuses on optimal brain + gut health. it is filled with nutritious (and simple) recipes, health hacks, green beauty tips and a wee bit more.
SHUSH YOUR FACE, right? sounds amazing!!!
With the digital magazine, NO BRAINERS, you are able to join us in our private Facebook Community where we hold one another accountability + dive a wee bit deeper into the topic of the month. Would love for you to join us… it may be what you are looking for, love?
If you want to follow our crazy adventures more, I go a wee bit deeper in our Brain + Gut Health Explorers community. Otherwise, stay in the loop with snippets here where I’ll share next week some of our favorite recipes and workouts that I’m following to keep exploring health hacks to live one’s most vibrant + productive life!
Because the more you know, the more you can grow…
love + gumption.
Brain + Gut Health Explorer