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Let's talk about Spring Cleaning
Spring is finally here! We have been drenching ourselves in the rain for quite some time in the bay area. We forgot what the sunshine looks like, but we know! And it's that time of year when we all think about doing spring cleaning. I am working on many aspects of spring cleaning, and let me tell you, I am still far from the finish line. But I divided myself in terms of spring cleaning in this way: Wellness/Skincare Spring Clean up Personal Spring Cleanup (consists of a wardrobe, kitchen, kid's closet etc.) Green-Beauty Co inventory Cleanup (Let me know your game plan!)
But instead of giving you tips for spring cleaning straight up, let's talk about the psychology of spring cleaning.
Psychology of Spring Cleaning: Every year as winter draws to a close and the first buds of spring appear, many people are inspired to declutter their living spaces and embark on their annual spring cleaning routines. The psychology of spring cleaning is a fascinating spectrum of cognitive clarity, stress reduction, enhanced mood, and the benefits of decluttering. Understanding these key psychological concepts is instrumental in maximizing the positive impact of this age-old practice. Cognitive Clarity: When our surroundings are organized, clean, and clutter-free, our minds often experience a similar state of clarity. This phenomenon occurs because our brains are intimately connected to our environment. Decluttered spaces allow for increased focus and creative thinking. Our cognitive resources are not unconsciously devoted to processing unnecessary stimuli. Moreover, an orderly environment helps us to locate items more efficiently, freeing up time and energy for more productive pursuits. Stress Reduction: There is a strong correlation between mess and stress. Living in a cluttered and disorganized space can make us feel overwhelmed, anxious, and even depressed. Spring cleaning helps to alleviate stress by systemically tackling disarray and creating a sense of calm and order. This, in turn, promotes relaxation, emotional well-being, and mental resilience. It's no wonder that many people find the cleaning process therapeutic, as it provides a cathartic release from the pressures of everyday life. Enhanced Mood: Not only can spring cleaning reduce stress, but it can also actively improve our mood. Eliminating dust, dirt, and allergens fosters a healthier living environment conducive to overall well-being. Furthermore, the physical act of cleaning can serve as a form of exercise, encouraging the release of endorphins, our body's "feel-good" hormones. Additionally, completing a thorough clean generates a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, bolsters self-esteem, and promotes a positive mindset. Decluttering: The process of decluttering can be transformative not only for our physical space but also for our mental and emotional well-being. We can foster a sense of control over our environment by systematically discarding items that no longer serve us and organizing our possessions. This mastery helps to reduce feelings of chaos and disarray and, consequently, results in a heightened sense of inner peace, balance, and stability. Furthermore, decluttering can teach us valuable lessons about materialism and detachment as we let go of things that no longer hold meaning while making space for new experiences and growth. In conclusion, spring cleaning is more than a simple household chore; it's a powerful tool for fostering cognitive clarity, stress reduction, enhanced mood, and decluttering. Engaging in this ritual can cultivate a sense of order, control, and balance in our lives, leading to improved mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Here are the Top 10 Sustainable Tips for Spring Cleaning: Use natural cleaning products: Choose products made with natural, non-toxic ingredients to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals and lessen your environmental impact. Cut down on paper towels: Swap paper towels for reusable cleaning cloths or rags. Not only will you reduce waste, but you'll save money on paper products over time. Donate and recycle: Instead of throwing away items you no longer need or want, donate them to a local charity or recycle them to give them new life. Use a steam cleaner: Steam cleaners are eco-friendly to clean tough surfaces, like kitchen and bathroom tiles, without harsh chemicals. Make your own cleaning solutions: Use household items like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice instead of purchasing new cleaners. Shop secondhand: Rather than buying new organization or storage items, try shopping secondhand at thrift stores or online marketplaces to find gently used items at a lower cost. Reduce water usage: Use a bucket of soapy water and a cloth to clean surfaces instead of constantly running the faucet. You can also collect and reuse this water to water plants or do laundry. Avoid disposable plastic: Opt for reusable cleaning tools like bamboo scrub brushes or silicone sponges instead of using disposable plastic items that contribute to waste. Air dry items: Instead of using a dryer to dry linens and clothing, utilize the sun and fresh air to reduce energy consumption. Clean, sustainably year-round: Maintain a clean and organized home with sustainable practices year-round by reducing waste and using eco-friendly products whenever possible.
Here are the Top 10 Tips for Sustainable Skincare Routine: Use natural and organic products: Choose skincare products made with natural, organic ingredients to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals and lessen your environmental impact. Choose recyclable packaging: Opt for products that come in recyclable packaging or choose refillable, reusable containers to minimize waste and reduce your carbon footprint. Use less water: Be aware of your water usage by washing your face using a basin rather than leaving the tap running. You can also use a water-saving showerhead. DIY Skincare: Make your face masks using natural ingredients such as honey, oatmeal, and yogurt. It saves money and benefits both the skin and the environment. Invest in multi-purpose products: Look for products that can serve multiple purposes. These products can save money, reduce clutter, and reduce carbon footprint. Use reusable face cloths: Instead of disposable face wipes or cotton pads, opt for reusable cloths to remove makeup and cleanse your face. Choose cruelty-free brands: Support cruelty-free brands that do not test on animals. It's better for the environment and animal welfare. Regularly clean your makeup tools: Keep your brushes and sponges clean and hygienic by washing them regularly. This will prolong their life, save them money, and minimize waste. Sustainable Exfoliation: Minimize single-use exfoliating scrubs and instead look for reusable and eco-friendly options such as face brushes or natural sponges. Sustainable sun protection: Opt for natural sunscreen protection.
How these TikTok famous Rosemary Hair Spray and Rosemary Hair Oil will Transform Your Hair From Lame
After many personal blog posts, I am ready to plunge into the beauty and wellness space. My favorites - are DIY recipes! I have wanted to write this blog post for the longest time because after moving to the west coast five years ago, my hair became unmanageable and dry. I suffer from tremendous hair fall, especially after pregnancy, which became a crazy lousy situation. Last year I decided to say farewell to my bad hair days and achieve salon-worthy locks using natural DIY methods! And I found a cure with Rosemary!
A little bit about Rosemary:
Rosemary is an herb from the Mediterranean region. This fantastic herb not only makes a flavorful addition to your roasted potatoes, but it also has unique benefits to hair! In this blog post, we will discuss how Rosemary can give you luscious inky strands. We will also talk about the beauty inside-out approach to this! I'm sharing general guidelines regarding Rosemary and Rosemary's benefits for hair.
But let's talk a first bit about Rosemary in general: Rosmarinus, aka Rosemary, the captivating "dew of the sea," is a Mediterranean mint with pine needle-like branches that wafts an invigorating fragrance. Its association with Mary can be seen in its medieval symbolism - Rosemary growing by a house indicated it was ruled by female energy! It's easy to see why this fragrant evergreen has been admired throughout history.
Like I said earlier, my goal here is to save a trip to an expensive salon or multiple styling products while giving you the ultimate joy of a good hair day! In this blog post, I plan to share two recipes: one oil-based recipe, Rosemary Oil, and a second water-based recipe, Rosemary Hair Spray!
Benefits: Rosemary for Hair So let's start with this: thanks to this herb, my hair is more than happy and healthy! Other than Rosemary oil and Rosemary spray, which we are going to The benefits don't stop there either - Rosemary has antimicrobial properties, which means it's great for calming an irritated scalp. All this makes Rosemary an excellent choice for ensuring your hair is as healthy as possible.
Here are a few benefits: It promotes hair growth: Rosemary contains compounds that may stimulate hair growth by improving blood circulation to the scalp. This increased blood flow may help deliver more nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles, promoting healthy hair growth and reducing hair fall. It reduces inflammation: Inflammation can damage hair follicles and lead to hair fall. Rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties that may help to soothe the scalp and reduce inflammation, thereby protecting hair follicles from damage. It contains antioxidant effects: Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants, which can protect hair cells from damage caused by free radicals. This protection can help to prevent hair fall by keeping hair cells healthy and strong. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties: Rosemary has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can help to prevent scalp infections that can lead to hair fall.
Here are a few tips: To use Rosemary for hair fall, add a few drops of essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner, or create a hair rinse by steeping rosemary leaves in boiling water and then applying the cooled liquid to your hair and scalp after shampooing. It is important to note that while Rosemary is generally safe for most people, it may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. As with any new treatment, it is always a good idea to patch test first and speak with a healthcare provider if you have any concerns.
How to make Rosemary Oil?
We can't retrieve oil from Rosemary, but I meant to say it's Rosemary macerated oil. Even though Infusing rosemary oil is relatively simple and can be done at home with just a few ingredients. Here are the steps to follow: Gather fresh rosemary sprigs and rinse them thoroughly with water to remove any dirt or debris. Dry the Rosemary sprigs completely using a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. Crush the Rosemary sprigs slightly with your fingers to release their oils. Now dry the rosemary spring with the lowest setting in your oven. We don't want any moisture in the Rosemary. Water can turn your oil rancid. Pour a carrier oil of your choice over the rosemary sprigs, ensuring they are completely submerged. Some good carrier oils for this process include olive oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. Close the jar tightly and shake it gently to ensure the Rosemary and oil are well combined. Place the jar in a warm, sunny spot for two to four weeks, shaking it gently every few days. After two to four weeks, strain the oil through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer into a clean glass jar or bottle. Label the jar or bottle with the date and contents, and store it in a cool, dark place until ready to use. Your homemade rosemary-infused oil can be used in various ways, such as for hair care, skincare, or as a salad dressing.
How to make rosemary water for hair? Rosemary water is a natural and easy-to-make hair rinse that can help promote growth, strengthen hair, and soothe scalp irritation. Here's a simple recipe to make rosemary water for hair: Ingredients: 1 cup fresh rosemary sprigs 2 cups filtered water Instructions: Rinse the rosemary sprigs under cold water to remove any dirt or debris. Bring 2 cups of filtered water to a boil in a small pot. Once the water has come to a boil, add the rosemary sprigs to the pot and turn off the heat. Cover the pot and let the Rosemary steep in the water for at least 30 minutes or until the water has cooled down to room temperature. Strain the rosemary water into a clean container using a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Your rosemary water is now ready to use as a hair rinse. To use: After shampooing and conditioning your hair, pour the rosemary water over your hair and scalp to saturate all areas. Massage your scalp for a few minutes to help stimulate blood flow. Leave the rosemary water on your hair for at least 5 minutes before rinsing it with cool water. You can use rosemary water as a hair rinse 1-2 times per week, depending on your hair type and needs. Note: You can also store the rosemary water in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Frequently Asked Questions: Is Rosemary Water good for hair? Yes, Rosemary is suitable for hair as it has many potential benefits for the scalp and hair. Here are some ways in which Rosemary can benefit your hair: Promotes hair growth: Rosemary oil has been shown to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss by stimulating blood circulation in the scalp and producing new hair follicles. Strengthens hair: Rosemary contains antioxidants that help prevent damage to the hair and scalp, making the hair more robust and less prone to breakage. Soothes scalp irritation: Rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe scalp irritation and reduce dandruff. Improves hair texture: The vitamins and minerals in Rosemary can help improve the texture and appearance of hair, making it softer, shinier, and more manageable. Conditions hair: Rosemary oil can help condition the hair and improve its health and appearance. Overall, incorporating Rosemary into your hair care routine can promote healthy hair growth and improve the overall health and appearance of your hair. How to use Rosemary for hair? There are several ways to apply Rosemary to your hair, depending on your preferences and the benefits you want to achieve. Here are some of the best ways to apply Rosemary to your hair: Rosemary water rinse: As I mentioned, you can make rosemary water by steeping fresh rosemary sprigs in water and then using the resulting infusion as a hair rinse. After shampooing and conditioning your hair, pour the rosemary water over your hair and scalp, massage for a few minutes, and then rinse it with cool water. Rosemary oil massage: You can use essential rosemary oil to massage your scalp and promote hair growth. Mix a few drops of rosemary oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive oil, and rub the mixture into your scalp for a few minutes. Leave the oil in your hair for 30 minutes to an hour before washing it with shampoo. Rosemary hair mask: You can also make a hair mask using Rosemary and other natural ingredients to condition and nourish your hair. Mix a tablespoon of rosemary powder, a tablespoon of honey, and a tablespoon of coconut oil or yogurt, and apply the mixture to your hair and scalp. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes to an hour before washing it with shampoo. Rosemary-infused hair oil: You can infuse the oil with Rosemary and use it as a hair oil to nourish and condition your hair. Simply steep a handful of fresh rosemary sprigs in a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive oil, for a few weeks, then strain the oil into a clean container. Massage the oil into your scalp and hair, leave it on for a few hours or overnight, and then wash it with shampoo. These are some of the best ways to apply Rosemary to your hair to promote growth, strengthen hair, and soothe scalp irritation.
How often should I use rosemary water for hair growth? Rosemary water can be used for hair growth once or twice a week, depending on your hair type and needs. It is generally safe and gentle enough to be used regularly without causing any damage to your hair. However, it's always a good idea to use it once a week and gradually increase the frequency if needed. You can use rosemary water to rinse after shampooing and conditioning your hair. Pour the rosemary water over your hair and scalp to saturate all areas. Massage your scalp for a few minutes to help stimulate blood flow. Leave the rosemary water on your hair for at least 5 minutes before rinsing it with cool water. Regular use of rosemary water for hair growth may take weeks or months to see noticeable results, so be patient and consistent in your hair care routine. Additionally, you can combine rosemary water with other natural hair growth remedies, such as scalp massages, a healthy diet, and proper hair care practices to achieve the best results.
Can I use dried Rosemary for hair growth? Yes, absolutely!
Rosemary as Powerhouse The herbal properties of Rosemary have many benefits, from stimulating digestion and circulation to improving mental clarity. So yes, this herb is versatile and full of excellent practical applications inside and outside the kitchen!
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10 Habits That Helped Transform My Body
As a busy mom and founder of Green-Beauty Co, it can be difficult to find the time and motivation to stay in shape. But after reading a book called Atomic Habits, I recently made some changes to my lifestyle that have had a positive impact on my body and overall health as well as mental health. In this blog post, I’m sharing 10 realistic habits that helped me transform my body and get in better shape without sacrificing too much of my time or energy. Here are my 10-tips when it comes to realistic habits: 1) Get Moving Exercise doesn't have to mean long hours at the gym. In fact, I am not at all gym person. I like to incorporate movement into my day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, brisk walking for parking further away from stores so you have to walk, or playing with your kids in the park. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can make a big difference. 2) Take Breaks Working out can be exhausting, so take breaks in between sets to give your body time to rest and recover. This will not only help you avoid burnout but also help prevent injury and keep your workouts consistent over time. I started this habit when I started strength yoga as a part of my exercise routine. 3) Make Healthy Substitutions Eating healthy doesn't mean cutting out all of your favorite foods; it just means making healthier substitutions when possible. For example, try swapping white bread for wheat bread or baking instead of frying your food. You don't have to give up flavor, just switch it up! I am actually fond of trying out healthy food substitutions so adoting this habit was easier for me. 4) Stay Hydrated Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps keep you hydrated and energized for workouts as well as everyday activities. For this habit, I started carrying my water bottle everywhere. I wanted to make sure that I fill up my water bottle for 4-5 times a day. It also helps maintain proper digestion and metabolism function for optimum health. Aim for 8-10 glasses per day! 5) Eat More Fruits & Vegetables As a vegetarian myself, I love vegetables, but fruits I am still not a huge fan of it. But I truly believe that, eating more fruits and vegetables is an easy way to get essential vitamins and minerals into your diet without having to sacrifice taste or texture. Plus, they're high in fiber which keeps you feeling full longer so you don't end up overeating later on in the day. 6) Cut Down on Sugar & Salt Too much sugar and salt can lead to weight gain over time due to their empty calories which provide no nutritional value whatsoever. I am calling myself fortunate because I don't have sweet tooth at all, but salty food is my weakness. That's why I try reducing or eliminating added sugars in my diet such as sodas, processed foods like chips or crackers, and sugary snacks like candy bars or cookies whenever possible. 7) Eat Smaller Portions at Mealtime Eating smaller portions helps reduce calorie intake while still giving you plenty of energy throughout the day without any peaks or valleys in energy levels due to large meals that are difficult to digest quickly. Plus, it's easier on your stomach since it's not getting overloaded with too much food at once! I started this habit very gradually. Generally for lunch we eat dal, curry, roti, and rice. But instead of I picked one carb source (either rice or roti) and build my portion smaller in that way! 8) Get Plenty of Sleep This is tough one moms! But getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining good health because it gives our bodies time to rest and repair after strenuous activities such as intense workouts or long days at work/home with kids! Aim for 8 hours per night if possible - this will help ensure that you're well-rested and ready for whatever comes next! 9) Drink More Water Before Meals This is my secret to lose all my pregnancy weight. Drinking water before meals helps fill us up so we don't overeat during mealtime - plus it's good for hydration too! Try drinking 1 glass of water 15 minutes before each meal (breakfast/lunch/dinner). This will make sure that you don't eat too much while still giving yourself plenty of energy throughout the day! 10) Track Your Progress Regularly It's important to track your progress regularly so that you're aware of any changes happening in terms of weight loss/gain as well as any changes in strength/endurance when exercising regularly over time - this will help motivate you further down the road towards achieving those goals! Plus, tracking progress makes sure that we stay accountable which is key when trying to make lifestyle changes stick long-term! Making lifestyle changes doesn't have to be overwhelming; even small adjustments can add up over time resulting in big results when done consistently over weeks/months/years. The 10 habits listed above are realistic ones that anyone can incorporate into their daily routine without sacrificing too much efficiency or enjoyment from life itself - give them a try today! By adhering these simple practices consistently, I was able see amazing transformation results within months – I hope these tips will help other busy moms like me achieve their own fitness goals sooner rather than later!
What is Natural Skin care?
As a millennial myself, I am all about natural. Whether it is food, fashion, or beauty. I try to consume pure and natural ingredients in my diet, natural textile in my dress, and natural ingredients in my beauty cabinets. And I am sure, many women like me would like to pursue natural in their lifestyle. In terms of beauty, when I buy beauty products, I like to see those products' ingredients and try to make sense out of it. Is it really natural? What makes these beauty products natural? I intend to have a potent, pure, safe to use, natural beauty product in my beauty cabinet.
After I dug down to this subject further, I realized that, with natural skincare standards, the term “natural” is not regulated. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States governed the word “organic” but nothing in terms of "natural." The beauty and wellness industry identified their own standards when it comes to natural. But as a consumer, we need transparency in this topic. That's why I would like to have a blog post to talk about what is natural skincare. Also, why should we use natural skincare, and later on, how the beauty and wellness industry is categorizing natural skincare based on natural ingredients types. But first, why natural skin care? The natural vs. synthetic debate has become very intense and polarized. Which is better or safer? What should you use? Will synthetic products give me cancer on and on! There is so much information out there, and it makes me feel dizzy sometimes. Women in our generation gravitate towards natural products because of health safety reasons, or you are allergic to synthetic ingredients. And yes, I will not deny there are some people serious about changing lifestyles, and they would only want to use natural ingredient products! (and I truly admire them). Generally, people think being natural is safe because it is coming from nature in the purest form. But tell me one thing, when you get those beauty products from the market, how many ingredients you can figure out. Honestly, I didn't. I didn't understand why Sorbic Acid claims to be "natural" in 100% pure natural beauty products. It is worth the thought. But before I go into details about that, for my satisfaction, I came down to my logical reasoning about why everyone should use natural beauty and skincare products first.
Here they are: 1) Everyone should treat their skin as an organ of the body! Let say you don't have breakfast; you will get headaches or stomach pain. For next time, you try to be diligent about taking care of your liver/tummy, right? You will make sure to have breakfast in a sufficient portion, so you don't get headaches or stomach pain. I said sufficient portion because a person should eat what you can digest – that's what you will do! So the same theory applies here. These are some of the underlying reasons to choose a natural skincare product. You will listen to your skin and provide necessary nourishment using natural ingredient products. Take care of your skin with appropriate timed care using pure and natural ingredients that should be your mantra. 2) Again, going back to food, if you eat processed food every day, you will have other problems such as weight gain and constipation; you always try to balance, right? Make sure you incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables. Same way, if you use synthetic chemical peels regularly, it might damage your skin, or some synthetic material might prone to cancer. So instead of using those synthetic chemicals on your body, you will try to add some freshness of natural products. 3) When you go out for grocery shopping, you read labels. I always do that for every food item! So why not apply the same practice here! It is good to identify that you are using petroleum jelly for years on your skin, and it's not right! So there are several reasons you want to choose natural skincare. And Human beings are natural by-products as well. It is good to select the best natural elements from the environment according to your skin type and use it safely.
Organic Vs. Natural Many people do not know there are two categories, Natural & Organic. Natural ingredients can be organic, but not all organic ingredients can be natural. Thankfully, the term organic is very much standardized compare to Natural. If a label says organic skincare, it should have an official seal, like the USDA NOP, certified organic seal. If a natural skincare line is coming from Europe, it may have the ECOCERT label. But "Natural", in the beauty industry, has been used very loosely. When a brand said a natural skincare brand, that does not mean they are not using synthetic ingredients like emulsifiers, surfactants, and preservatives. So, to identify natural ingredients vs. synthetic, you need to know names. So, for further clarity on this topic, I came up with four types of natural ingredients used in the beauty industry. You might not know what's particular brand’s mission and standards in terms of “natural” beauty products. But I would like to still help you by the below categories, so that you can understand your natural beauty products.
Types of Natural Products: *1) Natural I:
Beauty products contain this form of ingredients, are directly come from nature. Such as vegetable oils, butter, orange peels, lemon peels, dates, chickpea flour, etc. *2) Natural II:
These natural products consist of naturally derived ingredients but not in natural form. Examples of natural solubilizers. These ingredients do not have a fundamental structural change in chemistry, but these are derived from natural ingredients. For instance, Sodium Citrate - Vegetable-based aqueous thickener and emulsifier(Derived from natural ingredients). Coenzyme Q10 derived from plant material. *3) Natural III/Synthetic I:
This category is a bit controversial. As it will replicate natural ingredients but synthetically derived without using any natural sources, I would say these ingredients are those where you touch a grey area. I wouldn't call it natural, but some brand believes that it is natural. Example: Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, etc. *4) 100% Synthetic
That means these products are not natural. If you are like me and you have a desire is to use skincare product natural ingredients, you would not like to buy products from this category.
• Reference - For detail discussion on this listen: /formulabotanica.com/category/podcast/ Challenges: This article was not very conclusive on what you can define as natural skincare products. But if you are a buyer who wants to make sure what you are putting on your skin or hair in a safe and natural state, it will probably give you a quick guide on this. It would be great if clean and indie beauty brands come forward and become transparent about their ingredient selection process.
For me, I came up this synopsis: Body butter, lip balm, bath salts consist of 100% natural ingredients. While shampoo, conditioners, and facewashes are type 2 natural ingredients. These products contain ingredients like emulsifiers, humectants, surfactants, etc. These ingredients will help you perform the function of the product. I mentioned in my first blog post, Welcome ! & about , we are here together, I am a regular girl like you, and we will figure out the best way possible when it comes to beauty & wellness. In general, I would say - make your decisions based on your desired results and do your research. It will help you define natural and synthetic ingredients and find proper skincare for your needs. I hope this article will give you a little sneak peek of natural skincare. Follow me on Instagram & Facebook for regular tips, tricks, and some knowledge on skincare. Comment below your thoughts. Note: All my articles are my research and personally experienced thoughts.
Elixir Water for Beauty Inside Out Approach: 3-Detox Water Recipes
Beauty is always a tricky sell when it comes to moms! Because we think that beauty is selfish act while food for your family comes first. We are “okay” buying most ordinary lotion but we are not okay getting ordinary looking vegetables; even though those ugly vegetables are going to provide same nutrients. We live in this notion that vegetables goes inside your tummy and fuel you; we need to be more careful! But have you ever think that with those kinds of approaches, you are ignoring the biggest organ your body! That’s one the reason in this blogpost, I decided to blend two together food and beauty – Elixir Water Yes, first let’s about Hydration and importance of water !
Discuss the Magic Power of Hydration + Elixir Water Water is essential for the human body to function properly. It helps regulate body temperature, transport nutrients, and remove waste. However, many people do not drink enough water, leading to dehydration, which can have negative effects on the body, including the skin. One way to ensure that the body is getting enough water is by consuming a water elixir. A water elixir is a beverage that contains water and other beneficial ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, emphasizes the importance of maintaining balance in the body through various lifestyle practices, including diet, exercise, and meditation. One such practice that is commonly recommended in Ayurveda is drinking warm water. Drinking a water elixir can have numerous benefits for the body, including improved hydration. When the body is properly hydrated, the skin is better able to maintain its barrier function, which helps protect it from environmental stressors such as pollution and UV radiation. This can lead to a more radiant complexion and smoother, more supple skin. In addition to hydration, a water elixir can also contain ingredients that support the skin's barrier function, such as antioxidants and essential fatty acids. These nutrients help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and other environmental stressors. Some popular ingredients for water elixirs include lemon, cucumber, mint, and ginger. Lemon is a good source of vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production and helps protect the skin from UV damage. Cucumber is hydrating and contains silica, a mineral that supports collagen production. Mint is anti-inflammatory and can help soothe irritated skin, while ginger has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. To make a water elixir, simply add your desired ingredients to a glass or pitcher of water and let it infuse for several hours or overnight. You can also use a water bottle with a built-in infuser to take your water elixir on the go. But since we are firm believer of Ayurveda, we are going to warmer version of water elixir which you can consume first thing in the morning! Overall, drinking a water elixir is an easy and delicious way to support the body's hydration and promote healthy, glowing skin.
Our Top 5 Elixir Water Options to Consider Instead of traditional water elixir with lemons and honey, I am bringing more like “Herbal” approach! My first favorite water elixir is Jeera Water aka Cumin Water Cumin Water I used to drink water every single day post pregnancy! Jeera, also known as cumin, is a spice commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is well known for its culinary uses, but it also has several benefits for the skin. Here are some of the ways that jeera can benefit the skin: Anti-inflammatory properties: Jeera has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe and calm irritated skin. This makes it beneficial for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Antioxidant properties: Jeera is rich in antioxidants, which help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage skin cells and lead to premature aging. Skin brightening: Jeera can help brighten the skin and even out skin tone. It contains vitamin C, which is known to brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots. Moisturizing: Jeera has moisturizing properties that can help hydrate the skin. It can be used as a natural ingredient in DIY face masks or mixed with other moisturizing ingredients like honey or coconut oil. Exfoliating: Jeera can also be used as a natural exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter, smoother skin. It can be mixed with other natural ingredients like yogurt or sugar to create an exfoliating scrub. To use jeera for the skin, you can try making a jeera-infused toner or face mask. To make a toner, boil 1 tablespoon of jeera in 1 cup of water for 5-10 minutes, strain the mixture, and use it as a toner after cleansing your face. To make a face mask, mix 1 tablespoon of jeera powder with 1 tablespoon of honey and apply it to your face for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Here is Jeera Water Recipe
3 tsp. Jeera Seeds/Cumin Seeds 8 Oz water
Put Jeera Seeds inside an empty glass, then add 8 Oz of water and keep it soaked overnight. Next day, filter the jeera seeds water and warm it up in microwave for 40 Sec. Drink it first thing in the morning! Overall, jeera has several benefits for the skin and can be a valuable addition to your skincare routine. However, it's always a good idea to do a patch test before using any new ingredient on your skin to ensure that you don't have any adverse reactions. Fenugreek Water Fenugreek seeds are a popular spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, but they also have several benefits for the skin. Here are some of the ways that fenugreek seeds can benefit the skin: Anti-inflammatory properties: Fenugreek seeds have anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe and calm irritated skin. This makes them beneficial for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Antioxidant properties: Fenugreek seeds are rich in antioxidants, which help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage skin cells and lead to premature aging. Moisturizing: Fenugreek seeds have moisturizing properties that can help hydrate the skin. They can be used as a natural ingredient in DIY face masks or mixed with other moisturizing ingredients like honey or yogurt. Exfoliating: Fenugreek seeds can be used as a natural exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter, smoother skin. They can be mixed with other natural ingredients like sugar or olive oil to create an exfoliating scrub. Anti-aging: Fenugreek seeds contain diosgenin, a compound that has been shown to help improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To use fenugreek seeds for the skin, you can try making a fenugreek seed face mask. To make the mask, soak 1-2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. In the morning, blend the soaked seeds into a paste and apply it to your face for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. You can also make a fenugreek seed hair rinse by boiling 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in 1 cup of water for 5-10 minutes, straining the mixture, and using it as a hair rinse after shampoo. If you are dealing with hair fall, this is the best rinse for you!
Fenugreek Seed Water
3 tsp. Methi Seeds/Fenugreek Seeds 8 Oz water
Put methi Seeds inside an empty glass, then add 8 Oz of water and keep it soaked overnight. Next day, filter methi seeds water and warm it up in microwave for 40 Sec. Drink it first thing in the morning!
Overall, fenugreek seeds have several benefits for the skin and can be a valuable addition to your skincare routine. However, it's always a good idea to do a patch test before using any new ingredient on your skin to ensure that you don't have any adverse reactions.
Coriander, Cumin, and Fennel Water (CCF Water) Fennel and coriander are two spices that are not only great for enhancing the flavor of dishes, but also have several benefits for beauty inside out. Here are some ways that fennel and coriander can benefit your overall health and beauty: Fennel: Digestive health: Fennel has been traditionally used as a digestive aid due to its ability to relieve bloating, gas, and indigestion. This can lead to improved gut health, which can positively impact your overall health and beauty. Hydration: Fennel is rich in water and can help keep you hydrated, which is essential for maintaining healthy skin and preventing dryness and wrinkles. Anti-inflammatory: Fennel contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the skin. This can help prevent skin irritation and inflammation that can lead to premature aging. Antioxidants: Fennel contains antioxidants that can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, which can contribute to aging and disease. Hormonal balance: Fennel contains phytoestrogens, which can help balance hormones and promote overall health and beauty. Coriander: Digestive health: Coriander has been traditionally used as a digestive aid due to its ability to relieve gas and bloating. Improved digestive health can lead to better overall health and beauty. Anti-inflammatory: Coriander contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the skin. This can help prevent skin irritation and inflammation that can lead to premature aging. Antioxidants: Coriander contains antioxidants that can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, which can contribute to aging and disease. Blood sugar regulation: Coriander has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, which can prevent skin issues associated with high blood sugar, such as acne and premature aging. Immune system support: Coriander contains immune-boosting properties that can help support overall health and beauty. CCF Water 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds 1 tsp. Coriander Seeds 1 tsp. Fennel Seeds 8 Oz Water
Put all Seeds inside an empty glass, then add 8 Oz of water and keep it soaked overnight. Next day, filter all the seeds from the water and warm it up in microwave for 40 Sec. Drink it first thing in the morning!
To incorporate fennel and coriander into your diet for beauty inside out, you can add them to dishes like soups, stews, or salads. Additionally, you can use fennel or coriander essential oils in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and reduce stress, which can also positively impact your overall health and beauty. Cinnamon Water Cinnamon water is a delicious and healthy beverage that can provide numerous benefits for your health. Here are some of the benefits of drinking cinnamon water: Helps regulate blood sugar levels: Cinnamon contains compounds that can improve insulin sensitivity and help regulate blood sugar levels. Drinking cinnamon water regularly may help prevent spikes in blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Promotes weight loss: Cinnamon can help boost metabolism and reduce cravings, making it a helpful tool for weight loss. Drinking cinnamon water can also help keep you hydrated, which is important for maintaining a healthy weight. Supports digestive health: Cinnamon has been used for centuries to help support digestive health. Drinking cinnamon water can help reduce inflammation in the digestive tract, promote healthy gut bacteria, and prevent bloating and other digestive issues. Boosts immune system: Cinnamon contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help boost the immune system and protect against infections and diseases. Lowers inflammation: Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Improves brain function: Cinnamon contains compounds that can improve brain function and memory. Drinking cinnamon water may help improve cognitive function and prevent age-related cognitive decline. Overall, drinking cinnamon water is an easy and delicious way to improve your health and well-being. Just be sure to use high-quality cinnamon and drink it in moderation. Cinnamon Water 1 tsp. Cinnamon Powder 8 Oz Water
Put all cinnamon powder inside an empty glass, then add 8 Oz of water and keep it soaked overnight. Next day, filter the water and warm it up in microwave for 40 Sec. Drink it first thing in the morning! Lemon Water Lemon is a versatile citrus fruit that can provide numerous benefits for both your internal and external health. When it comes to beauty, consuming lemon water or incorporating lemon into your diet can improve your skin's appearance, aid in digestion, and even promote weight loss. Drinking warm lemon water in the morning is a popular beauty ritual that many swear by. It is believed to help flush out toxins, balance the body's pH levels, and improve digestion. Lemon water is also high in vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production. Collagen is the protein that gives skin its elasticity, so consuming vitamin C can help keep your skin firm and youthful. In addition to drinking lemon water, incorporating lemon into your diet can also have beauty benefits. Lemons are rich in antioxidants, which help protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals can lead to premature aging and other skin concerns. Lemons are also high in citric acid, which can exfoliate dead skin cells, brighten your complexion, and even out skin tone. When it comes to using lemon on your skin, it's important to be cautious. Lemon juice is acidic and can be harsh on your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. It's best to dilute lemon juice with water or other ingredients before applying it to your skin. Lemon juice can also make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to wear sunscreen if you plan on spending time outdoors. Overall, incorporating lemon into your diet and beauty routine can have numerous benefits for your overall health and well-being. Just be sure to use it in moderation and with caution. Frequently Asked Questions: What’s inside beauty elixir? Beauty elixirs can contain a variety of ingredients, depending on the specific product and the benefits it aims to provide. Here are some common ingredients you may find in a beauty elixir: Collagen: Collagen is a protein that is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. Beauty elixirs often contain collagen or ingredients that promote collagen production, such as vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. Antioxidants: Antioxidants are compounds that protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Beauty elixirs often contain antioxidants from ingredients such as green tea, acai berry, and pomegranate, which can help prevent premature aging and skin damage. Probiotics: Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Beauty elixirs may contain probiotics to promote healthy digestion and overall wellness. Vitamins and minerals: Beauty elixirs often contain vitamins and minerals that are important for healthy skin and overall wellness, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and selenium. Herbs and botanicals: Some beauty elixirs may contain herbs and botanicals that are known for their health and beauty benefits, such as chamomile, rosehip, and aloe vera. Hydration: Many beauty elixirs contain ingredients that promote hydration, such as coconut water, cucumber, and watermelon. Staying hydrated is essential for healthy skin and overall health. Can I make beauty elixir for a week? Yes, if you store this beauty elixir inside refrigerator, than you can make it for a week. Also, it depends on what kind of recipe it is! If recipe calls for fresh, I won’t recommend it. Beauty Elixir in this blog post can be stored inside refrigerator for 3-4 days.
What kind of water should I use to make beauty elixir? Tap water is fine to use. No need to use distilled water. Sparkling water is not at all preferred.
We are planning to launch all these recipes in the video! So check out for our new YouTube video!
Creating a Self Care Routine and Enabling Environment
If you're like many of us, life can often feel overwhelming and busy. We juggle work, family, friends, and errands - everything seems to be coming at once! We often blame our surroundings, people, and environment for our failures and struggle. Though it may seem impossible sometimes, it is essential to our well-being to take time for self-care to ensure a calmer and healthier lifestyle. And it's all about developing an enabling environment for ourselves. Once you build a thriving environment, all the self-care tips can be achievable. My purpose is to make you feel empowered. Here are my three tips to develop enabling environment: Choose Your Circle of Friends Carefully The people you associate with significantly impact your overall well-being and success. Now I am in my mid-30s, and I am all about the quality of the friends which bring me empowerment of success. If you want to achieve great things, it's essential to surround yourself with positive people who will support your dreams and help you stay motivated. On the other hand, if you associate with negative people who are always complaining or putting down others, it's time to reevaluate those relationships. These toxic individuals will only bring you down and make it harder for you to reach your goals. So choose your friends wisely! Create a Physical Space that Inspires You Your physical environment also plays a role in your ability to achieve success. As a Scorpio myself, I am all about not disturbing my habitat. Suppose your home or office needs to be more organized and chaotic. In that case, physically or mentally, it can be hard to focus on what's important. But if you create a physical space that inspires you, staying motivated and achieving your goals will be much easier. When your physical space is organized and uplifting, staying focused on what matters most will be much easier. To do this, start by decluttering your space and getting rid of anything that doesn't serve a purpose or make you happy (We can create a blog post or video on that if you all want). Then, add some personal touches that inspire you, such as plants, quotes that motivate you, or artwork that makes you feel good. Be Selective About What You Allow into Your Life In addition to choosing your friends carefully and creating an inspiring physical space, it's also important to be selective about what you allow into your life. This includes the social media influencers you follow, the books you read, and even your daily conversations with your family. Pay attention to the things that make you feel good versus the things that bring you down. My thumb rule is that if the relationship with the person is not nurtured enough, it's time to leave it and move on! This could be your family members too! When something doesn't make you feel good or doesn't serve a purpose in your life, get rid of it! This may mean unsubscribing from specific email lists, unfollowing negative people on social media, or even ending relationships with toxic individuals. The bottom line is that if something isn't contributing to your happiness or success, get rid of it! Finally, it's about being firm, consistent, and optimistic about changes! Now let's talk about my ideal daily self-care schedule! Ruchita's Daily Self-care Routine 1. Wake Up Early - One of the best ways to ensure that I am taking care of myself is to wake up early in the morning (well, not always, but I always try to wake up at 6 am). I write a journal, practically my to-do list, and have coffee and peanut butter toast! This gives me some extra time each morning to get ready for the day and use this time to do something just for myself. 2. Start Your Day with Movement - If I wake up super early, like 5 am. I like to do moving first thing in the morning! This doesn't have to be a full-on workout ( I am not about a workout at all); even just 10 minutes of stretching or 30-min yoga can help get my blood flowing and kickstart my day. It's also an excellent way to energize your body and mind before tackling tasks or obligations head-on. 3. Practice Mindful Eating - I believe in a plant-based vegan diet. This will not only help improve digestion but also provide mental clarity and overall improved health benefits! Eating should be more than just refueling your body—it should also be an enjoyable experience! That's why planning my menus for the rest of the week became my favorite. 4. Wind Down Before Bedtime - This one - is the hardest one for me. The guilt of not getting work done is always there, so before getting into bed at night, I try to take some time to wind down and relax—this could include taking a warm bath with essential oils or reading a few pages in a book before turning off the lights for the night. After all, our bodies need rest to function optimally, so giving ourselves enough time before bedtime will help us sleep better too! 5. Start with 2-3 steps AM/PM skincare Routine - For me waking up, I apply hydrating oil after washing my face with a simple water is my AM routine. Also, at night, I do double cleansing and apply thick balm! I tried to stay away from those 5-10 steps in skincare rituals. I tried these five self-care steps, and I am finding peace with these fives, but I am happy to hear your perspectives! Here you go! With this simple daily self-care schedule, busy moms and young professionals can ensure they take care of themselves no matter how hectic their days may seem! By making small changes like waking up early, practicing mindful eating, engaging in movement activities, and having some "me" time throughout the day – we can ensure we're doing our part in taking care of ourselves regularly! Taking care of ourselves is essential if we want our lives filled with joy and success – so let's start today by incorporating these tips into our daily lives!
Dear Neev.... A letter to my two years old
As a mom, I have pledged to write a letter to you every year (we will see how it lasts - see 1st birthday letter ). These are my emotions which I would like to share in this forum called - Glow & Green (I call it your elder sibling)! Like last year, this is another attempt to write another letter, which you will read once you are old enough to understand. So here you go: Dear Neev, This past year has been challenging, especially when I suddenly feel that I am not fulfilling my duties and responsibilities like I should ( see my 2022 realization blog post ). But you - my son, came for a rescue, and you don't even know about it. You showed your brightest side of brilliance, which amazed not even the entire family and me. This made me realized that, I have done something beneficial to you! Even though most of the summer, I tucked myself into my home office from 8 am to 5 pm, I felt that you and I became each other strength, thanks to your milestones you achieved in past year. That's why I call it: you are my biggest strength who teaches me as a mom to live life to my fullest. You are now two! And your dad and I are happiest to be your parents. As a mom, I know that besides everyone's opinions, I can be your rock whenever you need me in your life. I am not a perfectionist mom, and I never want to become one. I want you to know that life can be imperfect, and you, as a human being, should know how to tackle those imperfections and make it perfect for you. As an integral part of my life, you are - I want you to know that you can turn in to me anytime you need. I am here to help without being an overprotecting mom. Whether giving you "Kaju (aka Cashew)" or something more significant than this in your life, as a mom, I promise you that I am your supporter. This past year, we both became each other's support systems. Also, I want to share what you did in small blurb here! You are more independent than I thought as two-year-old. We had your first haircut this past year(and you were amazing customer), and that haircut turned you into a handsome hunk! This past year from walking - you learned how to run behind me. This past year you potty trained yourself (I truly believe that this was your will to be diaper free than us), started counting 1- 10, recognized all the colors, and not to mentioned you also had your first overseas flight (You are a great traveler)! You also learned to eat by yourself (60-70%), and now you are no longer bottle-fed baby! All these achievements you achieved in past 4-5 months which is an amazing to see! I can't stop listing your achievements but I was totally impressed with your music choices (i.e. Blippi, Cocomelon etc, Twinkle...) I can't stop love you for one second. From this past year, I will surely miss most... those fun talks and waking up with you, those cuddling time - are the best moments! I can't wait to spend more years with you as a mom! Thank you for being in my life! Let's have another fun year together. Happy 2nd Birthday, My son. Ruchita
It's all about: Shower Steamers
This blog post is: it's all about Shower Steamers! And this is the perfect blog post for a busy mom like me because I see shower steamers as my spa rescue. When your house is a mess, you are running into toys all the time and craving for your own sanity, where bathroom showers are the only time alone for you. In addition, if you're like me, you love a good long shower. Shower Steamers can be your favorite addition. During the winter, it is enticing to fill up an entire bathtub and have a bath frizz fun with some aromatherapy candles, but frankly, who has time for this! These little discs of aromatherapy goodness (aka shower steamers) can turn your ordinary shower into a spa-like experience. While shower steamers can work as both spa-worthy moments without any additional effort. Plus, they're super easy to make at home; I sell those on my Green-Beauty Co website, but if you are not in the mood, I also share a recipe here. Today, I want to share what a shower can do for us and some additional benefits which will vitalize our wellness in a green and sustainable way! I call it sustainable because, in this one, you don't need to waste too much water like a bathtub! What do shower streamers do? So coming to the point, I call shower steamers bath bombs of showers. The primary purpose is to help you relax and restore balance mentally and emotionally. Functioning like mini hot aromatherapy sauna tubs, they help provide a soothing aroma of essential oils in the hot water stream. The fizzing action releases aromatherapy designed to help you unwind before or after a stressful day. Plus, they make shower time much more fun, and by the end, you will feel that you went to some sort of spa to unwind and tackle all your mom's duties! So why not make every shower a treat with calming scented shower steamers? The benefits of using shower steamers Shower steamers are an aromatherapy goody, as it is a great way to take a routine activity like long showers and turn them into an aromatherapy session. Aromatherapy shower steamers can help to soothe tension, destress, and detox by helping to fill the air with particular aromas. Shower steamers are easy to use - just drop one into your warm shower and let it dissolve under the hot water, creating wonderfully fragrant scents which will linger in your bathroom for hours afterward. This one bath product does not depend on your skin as it doesn't come in contact with your skin. It's a product of feeling. In addition, the aromas will help you relax, reducing stress and improving your overall well-being! So, you guessed it right! Here are a few benefits in detail: Shower steamers are a type of aromatherapy that can be used in the shower Shower steamers can quickly transform your shower into a spa-like experience. With aromatherapy oils and soothing scents, shower steamers provide the perfect ambiance for relaxation and relaxation. They come in various shapes and sizes, allowing them to be put in any corner of the shower or hung from the shower head. Not only that, but they also offer a variety of therapeutic benefits, such as soothing tension and headaches, calming anxiety, and promoting better sleep. So, if you're looking for a bit of escape from your daily grind, look no further than shower steamers – they're sure to help provide some much-needed balance in your life. They are made with essential oils and other natural ingredients. All natural products are becoming increasingly popular and more like normal for us. It's daunting to see names we can't pronounce on the product, but shower steamers are not like that. You can practically read and understand all the ingredients. Shower steamers are made of a significant portion of baking soda and citric soda. These products carry the benefits of essential oils. They are also free of artificial chemicals and additives that can be harmful over time. Furthermore, the natural ingredients used in these products can provide a unique range of textures, scents, and effects. Purchasing items made with essential oils and other natural ingredients is an easy step towards a greener lifestyle! You can use them to relax, improve your mood, or relieve congestion. Aromatherapy is a widely popular and versatile therapeutic practice. And believe it or not, I am a big fan of it. It can be used to benefit both physical and emotional health. Whether you are looking for a relaxing scent to unwind after a long day, an invigorating fragrance to lift your spirits, or something to help clear up a stuffed nose, essential oils are an excellent choice! Shower steamers are all about inhaling that aroma while detoxing with a hot shower. It's genuinely an inside-out formula. How to use Shower Steamers? Relaxing in a hot shower with the scent of essential oils drifting through the air is one of life's simple pleasures, and as a mom, I am about cherishing it. I am happy to share that shower steamers make it easy to do just that. Activate those bathroom showers into the warm mist of fragrance; all you have to do is place them on the floor away from the direct stream of water and let the aroma infuse your bathroom as if by magic. As it warms up, it will slowly melt and release its wonderful fragrance, creating a blissful atmosphere in no time! All in all, it's a quick and easy way to get a spa-like experience without leaving home! Aromatherapy shower steamers are also a fantastic way to turn your shower into a luxurious spa experience. All you need to do is to find the perfect aroma for your needs. If you are in the mood for a calming effect, calming lavender will do wonder. Also, refreshing citrus or uplifting peppermint depending on what sort of mood you're trying to create. Using my recipe, you can develop your shower steamers and store them in a jar. With aromatherapy shower steamers, there's no limit when crafting your own personal relaxation oasis. Tips for getting the most out of your shower steamer experience To get the best out of your shower steamer experience, start with an essential oil blend designed to improve aromatherapy benefits. You could also add a few drops of your favorite oils to kick things up. When placing the steamer in your shower, ensure it's near the water stream. Keep it away from cold surfaces such as tiles, marble, or glass for prolonged benefits. Most importantly, sit back and relax! Make sure all other distractions are temporarily removed from the space, and take a few deep breaths to completely immerse yourself in the moment. Pampering yourself is suitable for mental and physical health; taking time out of your busy day can do wonders! Some of our favorite shower steamers to try. Here are our favorite combinations of Essential Oils Blends Detoxing Essential Oil Blend Tea Tree Oils (20 Drops) + Rosemary (10 Drops) Warming Essential Oil Blend Clove Essential Oil (5 Drops) + Frankincense Essential Oil (30) Calming Essential Oil Blend Lavender Essential Oil (30 Drops) + Chamomile Essential Oil (10 drops) So here you have it! Now, if you're looking for a way to improve your mood, relieve congestion, or just relax in the shower, consider trying a steamer.
What am I packing for Mexico Trip
Before Neev turns two(to travel with him in two plane tickets), we finally decided to take a plunge on air travel! We tried to select a location with no time difference, yet it feels like overseas travel. We decided to go to Mexico, which is close to California. We wanted to test the water before we promised ourselves to travel more than 3 hrs. Last I traveled on an airplane was in May 2019 on our Hawaii trip when I was desperately trying to have a kid. This trip is extra special as it will be my first air travel with my son Neev! Though I've been to Mexico before, I've only been to Cozumel once, which was nearly a decade ago. I've heard countless rave reviews about the food, the art scene, the culture, and everything Mexico offers. I'm looking forward to some poolside lounging, tacos, and margaritas. In the meantime, here are a few of the things I'm considering for our trip when it comes to skincare!
So, instead of buying many products from other companies the first time, other than sunscreen, I tried to bring the best possible outcomes from my company, Green-Beauty Co . I didn't realize that I have the full range of facial care. Also, the good thing is I know what is precisely inside each product and why I am applying to this! Full Disclosure: Most of the products are from my beauty product line! I am not trying to advertise this to anyone. I am proud of myself that I finally created something sustainable and affordable that can be carried on to trip with me! Here are the skincare products I am bringing in: 1) Cleansers MCT Cleansing oil is going to be on sale in February. But this is the first time I am giving you a glimpse of cleansing oil here! When it comes to cleansers, I swear by double cleansing; that's why I got my MCT Cleansing oil which will remove all the dirt, gunk, and everything on my skin. Another cleanser I got is my light-weight floral smelled Lavender Soap . After launching my brand, I got many customer opinions on this, which is all positive. We decided to change the look of the soap using the same formula, and believe it or not, it all feels luxurious and natural to me! (That's why you are also going to see new look of Lavender Soap here in this blogpost)
2) Toner My 100% rosewater toner is my gem! I know my skin will be exposed to the sun most of the time, so rose water will give me that cooling and hydrating effect that I will need. Rose Water Toner
3) Moisturizers If you know me, I am a sucker for oil serums. That's why I have three types of oil serums in my product line. I am taking two of those oil serums with me out of three.
Glow Oil Serum - which is technically Vitamin C serum. Supercharge Oil Serum - perfect for Oily/Acne Prone skin types I am planning to use "glow" during day time while supercharging during the night-time. Supercharge contains Jasmin Absolute which reminds me of night-time stories of my grandma while Glow contains excellent quality of rice bran oil, Vitamin C oil soluble, and lavender/vetiver oils. I truly believe that this vitamin C serum is more potent Vitamin C serum than other water-based Vitamin C serums. 4) Sunscreen Well, I will be on the poolside most of the time, so I decided to use La Roche-Posay sunscreen, which is chemical Sunscreen. This Sunscreen will not give me any white cast link physical sunscreen gives me! Also, with Glow Oil which has Vitamin C in it, it is essential to protect my skin barrier with Sunscreen. Generally, I am a supergoop sunscreen fan, but I decided to use this one thanks to my friend, a beauty editor in India, who recommended this one on her Instagram. 5) Gua-Sha Tool Well, this is not a product, but this tool will give me a much-needed wellness retreat right before I get ready for delicious dinners.
So, I am signing off from this blog this week! Hope you all have a great week!
Making Ginger Tea at Home: A Simple Guide to Enjoying a Delicious and Healthy Drink
As a busy mom, my breakfast is some green or black tea with a bowl of oatmeal. When I started studying with Herbal Academy on various herbs, I realized that although I love buying that store-bought tea as it's easy in my busy morning, sometimes let's indulge and whip up something special at home! And if you are feeling so, you've come to the right place! I am hooked on making ginger tea this winter and calling it a day. Especially here in Bay Area, we have crazy dark and rainy days.
So, now you all know that I am all about sustainability and practicality, I want to assure you that making your own ginger tea is easier than you think. On that rainy day, not only will it satisfy your craving for something warm and delicious on chilly days, but it's also jam-packed with wellness benefits! So let's start making our delicious ginger tea and get ready: with this blog post, l want to show you exactly how to make this easy drink in just a few simple steps. But before we move further, let's talk first benefits of ginger tea!
Ginger Tea Benefits
Growing up in India, I used ginger everywhere (in curries, stews, soups, dal, and chai )as it offers excellent wellness benefits, as I mentioned earlier. In addition, ginger tea is a delicious and healthy drink. In theory, Ginger tea is made from ginger root, which has been used for centuries to treat various illnesses, especially in Ayurveda and Herbal. Ginger tea is a great way to improve your health and a refreshing drink that tastes great.
Ginger Tea as Detoxing Drink Now coming down to tangible benefits, ginger is detoxifying tea that improves digestion. Its anti-inflammatory qualities help. Drinking ginger tea includes improved digestion, reduced inflammation, reduced nausea and vomiting, and improved circulation. When I detox, ginger tea is a natural detoxifier for me, and it can help rid my body of harmful toxins. Additionally, ginger tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, which can help protect your body against free radical damage.
It has excellent antioxidant properties. Due to its antioxidant properties, Ginger tea is also beneficial for skin health. The antioxidants in ginger tea can also help protect the skin from free radical damage, which can lead to premature aging. Along with green tea, ginger tea is a great one in terms of anti-aging. Additionally, as I said, drinking ginger tea regularly helps flush out toxins from your body, making your skin look clearer and brighter.
Great food to add for healthy digestion Furthermore, ginger tea may help improve digestion and reduce nausea and vomiting. So, ginger helps stimulate digestive enzymes that break down food more quickly. This enables you to absorb more nutrients from your food and better digest it so that it doesn't sit in your stomach for too long or cause nausea or vomiting. I sometimes keep dried ginger in my handbag as I am nauseous.
Ginger Tea and Gut Health Ginger tea is an excellent choice for maintaining healthy gut health. The active compounds found in the ginger root have been shown to reduce inflammation throughout the gut and improve digestion. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger are thought to help reduce bloating, gas, cramping, constipation, and other digestive issues. Additionally, ginger has been found to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut that can help keep your digestive system functioning correctly. Aside from providing numerous health benefits for your digestive system, drinking ginger tea can also benefit mental well-being due to its calming effect on the body and mind. Ginger can help reduce stress and anxiety while improving moods and cognitive function. So, if you're looking for a delicious way to enjoy a hot drink while reaping all these fantastic health benefits – give ginger tea a try!
If you want a healthy and delicious drink, ginger tea is the way to go. It is easy to make and can be enjoyed hot or cold, so you don't have any excuses during summer.
How to make ginger tea?
Ginger is one of the most accessible vegetables in grocery stores; it's a soothing and detoxing vegetable that can be consumed even though you have acidity problems. It's simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. Here's how to make ginger tea:
1. Start peeling a fresh ginger root and slicing it into thin pieces. The thinner the slices, the more infusion can be more straightforward.
2. Bring water to a boil now in a boiling kettle; we will use this infusion pot and add the ginger slices in the middle part. 3. Now add boiling water to the infusion. Pot and let the ginger simmer for 10-15 minutes.
4. Strain the tea and enjoy!
Let's talk about Ginger Tea Variations: While drinking ginger tea daily can be dull, I am giving you a few options. Although brewing a cup of ginger tea is a wonderfully gentle way to relax and unwind after a long day, sometimes I need something more than that. And I totally agree that for some of us, ginger tea can be blah in taste. That's why I wanted to share some recipes that can be combined with other kitchen ingredients to enlighten your mood and health.
If you're new to brewing ginger tea, here are a few recipes to get you started, or I should say, add these ingredients:
Ginger and Honey Tea Ingredients: 1-inch piece fresh ginger root 1 cup water Honey or agave nectar (optional)
Instructions: Peel the ginger and slice it into thin pieces. Bring the water to a boil, then add the ginger slices. Let the tea steep for 5-10 minutes, then strain out the ginger slices. Sweeten with honey or agave nectar if desired. Serve hot.
Ginger, Turmeric, and Lemon Tea Recipe Ingredients: 1 2-inch pieces fresh ginger root 1/4 inch turmeric 4 cups water Honey or agave nectar (optional) Lemon wedges
Instructions: Peel and slice the ginger into thin pieces. Bring the water to a boil in a pot on the stovetop, then add the ginger slices. Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Strain out the ginger slices and discard them. If desired, sweeten with honey or agave nectar, and add 1/4 inch turmeric powder. Mix it well. Also, it doesn't hurt to add a few drops of lemon from it! Serve hot with lemon wedges if desired.
Wrap up with a final thought on ginger tea. It's no secret that ginger tea is excellent for digestion, but it turns out it's also great for moms like us! Recent studies show ginger tea can help increase milk production in breastfeeding mothers. So if you're struggling to produce enough milk, or if your baby is having trouble with digestion, be sure to give ginger tea a try!
I hope you've enjoyed learning about the benefits of ginger tea and how to make it at home. For more information on healthy living, check out our blog for more tips and tricks. And remember to stock up on ginger tea to enjoy a cup any time of day!
Revitalize Your Mind, Body, and Soul in Just 3 Days with This Detox Plan
After last year's last blog post (about the year of realization), I wanted to talk about something which is not too ambitious on me! But it's more about related to self care and detox. Yesterday I also did ask on Instagram about what do you guys think, I should write about and many people say Detox!!! So here it is... less ambitious, more practical way of easing into the year of 2023.
If you're feeling guilty after a wild holiday weekend, it's time to detox your body! I personally feel, this is the best way I can revitalize myself and this blog with this blogpost in the year of 2023.
But don't worry - this isn't one of those extreme cleansing programs that leave you completely drained. We've got an easy three-day plan to give your body the reboot it needs and get you back on track in no time. Rejuvenate and refresh with our simple steps – so by next Monday morning, not only will people be impressed but they'll also want whatever secret detox method YOU'VE been using.
Ready to jumpstart your body's natural cleanse? This 3-day nutritional overhaul promises a whole lot of goodness! Swapping out sugary and unhealthy eats (like alcohol, soda, processed foods, grains & animal products) for nourishing green juices, smoothies and plant-based meals. Plus liquid stevia is an all-natural sweetener with zero glycemic impact that you can use as desired - yum!
Now, we will tackle this detox with 3 ways! Food, Wellness, and Beauty
Ready to hit reset on your body and feel amazing? You don't have to suffer through a green juice-only diet! Cleansing doesn’t mean deprivation. Instead, you can nourish yourself with delicious whole foods while still getting all the benefits of detoxifying your system - goodbye toxic buildup and inflammation! With this cleanse, living healthy just got infinitely easier (and tastier)!
Here is your overall 3 Day Detox Plan
Step 1:Start your day off right with a relaxed morning wake-up and an optional oil pulling ritual.
What is Oil Pulling? Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy that has seen a recent resurgence in popularity. It involves swishing oil, usually coconut or sesame oil, around the mouth for several minutes. The action of swishing the oil helps remove bacteria and toxins from the mouth, reducing inflammation and improving overall oral health. Proponents of oil pulling believe it can also help improve systemic health, such as alleviating allergies, boosting immunity and even relieving joint pain.
When performing oil pulling, it is important to use only cold-pressed oils, as these are less processed and will contain more beneficial compounds. The individual should begin by swishing one tablespoon of oil around the mouth for 15-20 minutes. During this time, they should work the oil through their teeth and around their gums while being careful not to swallow any of it. After 20 minutes have passed, they can spit out the oil into a trash can (not down the drain) and rinse their mouths with warm water.
To maximize its benefits, many people choose to do oil pulling first thing in the morning on an empty stomach before brushing their teeth or eating breakfast. It is recommended that individuals new to oil pulling start with shorter sessions and work up to longer ones over time. Additionally, they should be sure to floss after each session or brush their teeth if desired. A consistent practice of doing this just once a day can lead to improved dental hygiene as well as overall well-being due to its detoxifying effects.
Step 2: Tongue Scraping Scrape up any bacteria build-up on the tongue.
Tongue scraping is an important part of the detoxification process and has numerous benefits that extend beyond just improving oral hygiene. It is a simple, safe and easy way to remove bacteria and toxins from the surface of the tongue that can lead to bad breath, gingivitis, dry mouth and even cavities. It also helps to balance the pH level in the mouth which can improve overall health by reducing inflammation and promoting better digestion.
The act of tongue scraping has been used for centuries as part of traditional Ayurvedic practices. The ancient texts claim that doing this helps to maintain balance within the body which improves both physical and mental health. Although modern research on this is limited, there are studies that suggest it may help reduce toxins in the mouth. A study published in 2011 showed that tongue scraping significantly reduced bacteria levels compared to brushing alone, indicating its potential as part of an effective oral hygiene routine.
In addition to removing bacteria, some experts believe tongue scraping can also promote better sleep quality and improve taste buds. By gently scraping away any build-up on the surface of the tongue, individuals can restore their sense of taste—especially if they experience a dulled sense due to colds or allergies. Additionally, since bad breath is often caused by bacteria on the tongue’s surface, daily scraping can help eliminate this problem as well as any discomfort associated with it.
Overall, regular tongue scraping is beneficial for maintaining good oral health as well as improving systemic wellbeing. While it should be done gently rather than aggressively scrubbing away at all costs, doing this once a day before bedtime or first thing in the morning can make a noticeable difference when combined with other personal hygiene habits such as brushing teeth regularly and flossing at least once a day..
Step 3: Hydration and Fuel your body with nourishing breakfast After tongue escaping and follow it up by brushing teeth then hydrate w/ hot water + lemon juice to revive digestion & metabolism - perfect for porridge or smoothie b'fast!
Also, add these three detox drinks, consuming these drinks will help your gut health:
Day 1: Lemon Juice + Turmeric + Warm Water
Day 2: Soak 1 tbp. of Fenugreek Seeds into 8 Oz of water night before and drink that first thing in the morning after oil pulling
Day 3: Soak 1 tbp. of fennel seeds into 8 Oz of water night before and drink that first thing in the morning after oil pulling
Step 4: Indulge yourself with Ayurvedic khichri and soup for dinner
Once lunchtime comes around, enjoy some veg packed Kitchari followed in the evening by warming soup. End of night?
Step 5: Talk about wellness especially once kids go to sleep or I should say after 8 pm As the night draws in, make sure to practice some peaceful and relaxing activities – running a hot bath with your favorite scented oils; sitting down for 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation; or cuddling up on the couch with an engrossing novel. When it comes time to hit the hay around 9 pm, give yourself one more gift by drinking a soothing cup of chamomile tea - maybe even add Triphala if you want that extra boost! Finish winding down at least half an hour before bedtime so you can be ready when Mr Sandman arrives ... lights out no later than 10 PM sharp! Remember: sleeping well is essential as this allows your body to repair and reset itself after another day's work - sweet dreams!
Some more talk about optional detox habits:
Before you jump in the shower, give yourself a treat: dry skin brushing with natural bristles (check out our blog post on dry brushing)! Not only is it great for stimulating circulation and lymphatic drainage - so stress-reducing - but also just feels awesome.
Take your cleanse up another notch by relaxing for 20 minutes in an Epsom Salt bath infused with lavender essential oil – pure bliss! If you are busy mom like me or busy young professional, then use shower steamer to have a similar experience (check out our shower steamer recipe here).
Exercise wise, don't go crazy here; gentle daily low impact activities like walking or yoga are perfect. I love yoga with Adrienne. She generally does 30-day yoga videos in the month of January . Check out her in YouTube. Then finish off your session of self care love with some meditation (OhMyGosh meditations are fantastic if you're new to this, I complained last year about not being focus and this helped me a lot). Enjoy feeling fresh inside & out ☺.
Now, Let’s talk beauty. As we talked about food and wellness in above plan. I wanted to touch beauty in-depth here. Although we touched on beauty by adding dry brushing and bath soak, I think our face needs much needed detox. I prefer not to add any makeup for next 3 days during detox. Also, below 3-Detox Face Mask Recipes which will do deep pore cleansing after heavy holiday makeup:
Day 1: Green Rice Face Mask
Ingredients: 1 tbp. Rice Flour 1 tsp. Aloe Vera Gel 1 tsp. Green Tea Leaves powdered or Matcha Powder Water as needed
Method: Add rice flour and green tea leave powder in to small bowl. Mix well. Now add aloe vera gel and water as needed. Make a thick but spreadable paste. Apply this paste before you take shower. Matcha tea leaves/rice flour will cleanse your pore from deep while aloe vera gel will retain the moisture of the skin layer.
Day 2: Neem Sandalwood Powder Mask
2 tbps. Sandalwood powder (great for hyperpigmentation) 1 tsp. Neem powder Rose water as needed
Method: Add Sandalwood powder and neem powder in small bowl. Mix it well. Now add rose water and make a paste. Neem acts as a detoxing agent on your skin. Apply this mask right before the shower.
Day 3: Good old turmeric face mask
2 tbp. Chickpea flour ½ tsp. Turmeric Powder Coconut oil melted as needed
Method: Mix chickpea flour and turmeric powder in a small try. Now add coconut oil and make thick paste. Apply this face mask right before the shower. During shower, rub the facial skin gently. This mask is also act as a face scurb.
Hope this guide help you make your detox process more practical and sustainable. I personally believe that, anything extreme or drastic is never going to last. So have this guide and follow as much as you get to have sustainable and practical lifestyle on your own!
The Year of Realization: 2022
Hey guys! Today I am writing a blogpost after a long time. Why did I disappear from writing, and what actually happened to me in the year of 2022! As many of us know that, I had big expectations and plans for the year of 2022. And somewhere in the year of 2022, I felt like I am total failure. In this blog post, I would like to talk about what happened in 2022 and my lessons learned. Especially after March/April, I started realizing that I took a lot on my plate, than I could. I wanted to increase my Instagram reach, have regular episode publishing in the podcast, grow my product-based business Green-Beauty Co , change my regular 9 to 5 job, my husband's side family living with us for almost a half year so taking responsibilities on that note, and the list goes on and on. Although, I did find some success in some of the responsibilities I took this year. Still, by the time September/October reached, I was totally shattered. After struggling in silence with overwhelming feelings of being unable to keep going, a momentous confession was made. Sitting together in the bedroom bed, my spouse Kunal heard me confess that I wanted nothing more than to run away from it all - no plans or expectations left behind. Surprisingly enough, though, instead of feeling worse and like I had failed at life's responsibilities, as soon as these words were said out loud, an immense sense of relief came over me and for once there felt like hope again! An important lesson was learned through this experience – admitting our struggles can open doors for healing and allow us new paths forward.
In 2022, I made a powerful discovery: the importance of setting boundaries between my work (blog, business, and my 9 to 5 job), mental health, and personal life. I also realized that, things which are putting me down, that's not the best way to move forward in my life. I realized that sometimes it's okay to stand for ourselves instead of shouting, blaming, or crying at people surrounding me! Instead of ignoring how I feel and pushing through despite fatigue or stress, pulling back gave me permission to take breaks when needed - for hours or days! This pause allowed me to appreciate being in the moment without any false fronts while still enjoying all that comes with having a business, blog, and motherhood which is rooted in passion. After this process, I also realized that, motherhood is god's gift and there is a sign why I was the chosen on for Neev. So without talking more on this -
Here are my lessons learned from the year 2022:
Lesson 1: Don't ignore those overwhelming moments
Paying attention to minor warning signs, such as feeling overwhelmed by the simplest of tasks and a lack of joy in activities that you used to love or you felt like it's just small change and you can handle it. This can indicate an approach toward burnout. To address this, I took steps to reduce my screen time (that's affect my instagram engagement but I was okay with that), which has benefited me in this long run. Consequently, instead of mindlessly checking and comparing myself with other people and plus try to be perfect wife, mom, co-worker, and daughter in law was not the best way to overcome anxiety, and depression. I started into less talk more thinking mode (which I always do when I feel overwhelm with my surroundings). Throughout the day or browsing through - I put it down more often and adopted better habits! I started to-do list which more manageable and truly giving me joy. I stopped making list for other people or other things which overwhelms me.
Lesson 2: Going back to your essential thinking - instead, try to pretend that you can do it!
Burnout can be damaging and leave a lasting impression. Still, after three to five months, I realized that managing everyone's expectations would not make me go longer. A year ago, people asked me, are you sure you can do all these? signing a deal for my dream project contract (more to come in year of 2023), a high-demanding job, being a good daughter-in-law, managing a business, and motherhood! And I said, why not!! Now, I realized I need to understand my own limitation before I said "why not". I don't need to fall into that trap! Nowadays, I pay attention to the basics of life: Getting exercise, proper sleep, and nutrition. Connecting with loved ones who matter to me more. Just having an occasional good cry. I cut down on expectations for myself. With these tools at my disposal, I'm more capable than ever of combatting exhaustion before it sinks its claws in too profoundly - giving me happier days all around!
Lesson 3: Talk to your friend.. or talk it out with someone Feeling overwhelmed by emotions? Connect with a friend and share your burden - you can't tackle an emotional mountain alone! Expressing yourself, no matter how difficult it may feel at first, is the key to understanding that there's always love and support available in times of distress. Don't be ashamed if life does not match up with the idealized version we often have for ourselves; speak honestly about what makes you anxious or downbeat so that positive steps can be taken toward brighter days. I also realized if the relationships or partnerships are not going to nurtured or if it's going to create toxic environment in your life than, it's better to let it go!
With all these lessons, I wanted to go into 2023 with peace and patience.
I would love to hear your lessons learned. But let's cheers to 2023 and I wish you all...Happy New Year!