Peppermint Essential Oil Overview

Hello, my loves!

Welcome back to my blog, my dears. Today we are going to be talking specifically about peppermint essential oil. I know I touched on essential oils in the past but now I will be talking about a single essential oil in a post each week. I love talking about all things that are healthy for our bodies and holistic ways to help with illness. I am not saying I am a doctor or know the specifics of illnesses or diseases but I do know how to help with minor ailments.

Peppermint essential oil is one of the most common oils on the market. I personally love peppermint! It is a great oil for feeling refreshed and ready to go. Honestly, I use it every day before a workout so that I can feel inspired to get started. I love the way it smells and brings life back into a house if you are using a diffuser.

Some of the other uses for peppermint essential oil is for stomach aches or digestion. You can drink peppermint tea, or use a drop of peppermint with a carrier oil and rub it on your tummy. It is also great for relieving headaches and sore muscles. You can also use it for emotional support when you are feeling distressed or having low energy.

Peppermint essential oil is also used for common colds and can help treat cough or congestion.

Some of my favorite diffuser blends are:

Lemon And Peppermint – for uplifting

Orange And Peppermint – for relaxing

Lavender And Peppermint – for calming

Rosemary And Peppermint – for refreshing

I do suggest that you find an oil that is therapeutic grade and is made with care.

I hope you enjoyed my blog post today and if you have any questions or have anything to share please feel free to do so in the comments!

Love,

Julie

Sleep Hygiene

Hello, my loves!

Welcome back to my blog. I hope you are all having a wonderful day. It is getting closer to spring and I cannot wait for the snow to melt and it to turn green again. I’m going to be talking about something that is important at any time of year and it is sleep! We need to talk about sleep today because I feel like a lot of people’s anxiety may be on the rise due to current world events.

So what is sleep “hygiene”? Sleep hygiene is just a healthy way to maintain sleep and rest during the night and even during the day. So, let’s get started.

Clean your room and your bedsheets. I think it is very important to physically remain clean in your bed. When you are going to sleep it will be easier to fall asleep when everything in your room is put away and you are in an environment that you don’t have to worry about. I recommend washing your bedding at least once a week and tidying your room once a day.

Avoid using technology before bed. I know we are all addicted to our phones, computers, and tablets but it is important we ditch them before we fall asleep. It’s a lot more difficult for us to shut off our minds when we are constantly scrolling before bed. Our minds need to rest which means turning off the lights, the phone, and even the books. Try to meditate before bed and clear your mind from the days noise.

Do not use your bedroom for anything but sleep. I know it is hard but your bedroom should be an oasis from the rest of the world. It shouldn’t be your home office or yoga studio. When you correlate your bedroom to relaxation and sleep it is much easier to relax and calm down at the end of the day because you aren’t about to pick up your client’s latest call. Avoid eating or drinking in your room and try to keep everything soft in your space.

Make your bedroom a sacred space. Try to keep your room an area of the house that is cozy and warm for you. You don’t want to get into a bedroom that isn’t comfortable for you. Put plants in the room, put nice pillows on your bed, and if you enjoy them maybe add some fairy lights. As said before, try to keep your room tidy and clean so that you won’t be in there as a chore. Light candles, burn incense, or diffuse essential oils like lavender and frankincense.

I hope these tips for healthy sleep works for you. If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below!

Love, Julie

New Years Goals

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Hello, my loves!

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season. We are close approaching the new year and I thought I’d share with you my goals. I do not like to set lofty goals that need to be accomplished overnight, but rather, goals that can be a long term ambition.

Physical Goal:

Lose 20 pounds by Spring.

Walk outside every day if weather permits.

Eat healthy, but don’t restrict.

Mental Goal:

Read one chapter of book per day.

Learn to crochet.

Learn basic astrology.

Emotional Goal:

Seek a therapist.

Meditate when needed.

Write in my journal daily or weekly.

Be kind to myself even when it is difficult.

Spiritual Goal:

Learn about Native American history.

Find peace with God.

Belly dance.

Be with nature without distractiions.

I hope this year is a good one for everyone. Let all your dreams and passions come through.

Love, Julie

The Basics of Dry Brushing

Hello, my loves!

I hope your week is going well. I am going to talk about a practice that I’ve been doing for a few weeks now which is dry brushing. Dry brushing is a known practice for reducing dry skin, increasing blood flow, lessening body acne, and even reducing cellulite.

So, first of all. You want to get a dry brush that is meant for brushing your skin. You don’t want to get too coarse of brushes or even too soft. A medium strength bristle is better for reducing pain while you brush or irritating the skin.

They sell dry brushes at Target, health food stores, or even Walgreens! Just look around and get one that suits your preference. You can always obviously shop on amazon as well! They also sell face dry brushes but I personally do not have experience with one so you will have to look elsewhere for someone who does have experience with them.

Once you acquire a dry brush you are going to want to start brushing from the bottom of your feet to your upper chest. So, you will want to brush towards the heart. So if you are starting at the bottom of your feet you will want to brush upward. When you get to your stomach, it is suggested to brush in a circular motion instead of straight up or down.

You can add in grapefruit essential oil to promote reduction of cellulite, simply add a few drops to the bristles and proceed like you normally would.

Using dry brushing on a regular basis can allow for lymphatic drainage, increased circulation, dry skin removal, and as said before can potentially lead to reducing cellulite in areas. I would suggest trying dry brushing a few times a week or less to start.

Do not brush very hard on your skin because it has the potential to make your skin irritated. Take your time and feel the rhythm you feel works for you and your body.

Dry brushing should be done on dry skin and before a shower or bath because you will be removing dry skin cells and you want a clean body afterwards.

I hope this brief information will help you begin your own dry brushing journey.

Much love,

Julie.

Apple Cider Vinegar And Its Health Benefits

Hello, my loves!

Today I’m going to be talking about one of my favorite things! Apple cider vinegar! I know it isn’t everyone’s favorite thing but I thought I’d share the benefits of adding apple cider vinegar to your daily routine.

How I drink mine:

I simply add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to water and add a small amount of fruit juice of your choice. Add ice and you’re all set.

Reduces cravings.

If you’re trying to stay on a healthy lifestyle, it can be hard. Sometimes we just want to eat the entire kitchen and more. Well, apple cider vinegar can help with that. It can help reduce cravings or appetite. I’m not saying you need to control your hunger but if you are seeking out sweets, try to drink on some apple cider vinegar instead.

Regulates blood sugar.

Whether you have diabetes or not, you can drink apple cider vinegar to regulate your blood sugar. If you are struggling with sugar intake, try an apple cider vinegar beverage and see the results. I recommend talking to your doctor however before you try this tip.

Lowers cholesterol.

Apple cider vinegar can help reduce bad cholesterol. Take apple cider vinegar over the course of a month and you will likely see results in your cholesterol. Remember, this is not a beverage that works on its own – you have to put in the work as well but it will definitely work hand in hand with diet and exercise.

Weight Loss.

Try and use apple cider vinegar to lose weight. As I said, it can help with many things but can also help you lose weight. It’s not an instant weight loss miracle but i f you add it into your daily routine and add diet and exercise you may lose a few extra pounds.

I hope this helped show you how many things apple cider vinegar can do for you and your health. Apple cider vinegar can also be used in skin care, hair care, and many other marvelous things but I thought I’d just share some of the basic health aid it can be.

I hope you are all having a good week!

Love,

Julie

My 50 Pound Weightloss

Hello lovelies,

 

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I hope you are all well. I am going to be back blogging on a regular basis and try to come up with creative content for each post. I have done a lot of soul searching in my absence and I am sure that you will love my new fresh approach to blogging.

For my first post I’m going to be talking about weight loss and how I managed to lose 50 pounds in a little over a year. I unfortunately don’t have many before pictures but I have some after pictures which I will share with you.

I am so happy for losing weight. I was initially 280 pounds, nearing 300. If I didn’t make a change I would likely develop diabetes and other ailments.

So, the first thirty pounds I lost was in the hospital. I was in a psychiatric hospital with meals provided to us and no snacks in between meals. I was in the hospital for two months and lost 30 pounds about.

The twenty pounds I lost afterward has been diligent and hard work for me to lose. I moved into a group home and we can eat whenever and whatever we want within reason. The pounds were lost by walking daily, consuming less calories, and letting some of my feelings towards food go. I realized food isn’t helping me advance as a person and it was actually dragging me down and making me tired. I eat as much healthy food that is available to me and I monitor how it makes me feel when I eat poorly.

I want to tell anyone who is trying to lose weight that it is a process. It took me a few months to lose the extra twenty pounds and of course I am still aiming to lose 70 more pounds. I am excited to lose more weight and feel better.

If you are still struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are tons of resources out there for you and you just have to ask.

Love,

Julie