Posts tagged ‘health’

2016, June 3

Bedtime Yoga!

I know at the time this blog post goes live it’s currently morning where most of my readers reside and the word “bedtime” in the title is funny to read, but I really wanted to talk to you about Yoga today. And about Bedtime Yoga!

After an awesome afternoon spent with my friend Stephany, lots of laughs and her little nudge “Have you tried Yoga? Knowing you, I think you’d love it!”, I bought myself a Yoga mat and the next day went online trying to find a Yoga class. I figured I’d go to class once a week, and do it at home, too, when I had the time to.
Unfortunately there are literally only four places in my city which have Yoga classes (two of which I suspect have actually closed and haven’t updated their website), and none at the gym near where I live.
Good thing I had the mat already, so, I started looking around on Youtube instead. I kept finding videos like yoga for weight loss, total body yoga, power yoga and anywhere from 10 to 45 minute yoga sessions. But which one to choose?

Since I’ve never even tried it before, I was happy to find the Yoga with Adriene channel with so many great playlists for everyone’s different needs. There are also two 30-Day Yoga Challenge playlists with sessions of different lengths, and something new or different for every day. I think that is awesome for someone just starting out!
This is the playlist I started with. I didn’t get bored of the pose sequences, as opposed to if they were the same every day, and even though before doing it myself I thought of Yoga as something which looked oh-so-simple, I realized it’s actually harder than it looks. I can feel every single muscle get the workout!

It has been a blast! After the first two days, I even woke up early to do Yoga before getting ready/leaving for work when I knew I’d get home too late in the evening. When I get home early enough, I do Yoga then and maybe include Bedtime Yoga into the mix. Or, if I know I’m not able to do Yoga every day, I compensate with two consecutive sessions every other day.

I really love the Bedtime Yoga! If all else fails and I only end up doing this, I still consider it a great day, because I did show up on the mat, I did take that 20 minutes just for myself. To unwind, and let go of the day and any stress or anxiety I might be feeling. It has slowly become one of my favorite moments of the day, something I truly look forward to.

I noticed that my back doesn’t hurt as much as it did before starting Yoga, I am slowly becoming more bendy, and I started breathing deeper.
That was definitely one of the challenges – breathing. It’s funny how for the duration of the 30-day challenge, every time Adriene said her little reminder to breathe, I realized I was holding my breath… and I’m not even sure why I did that.
unnamedThe other challenge? Corpse Pose. It’s such a challenge to quiet my mind and just relax (and I know I’m not alone, friends of mine have also said this numerous times). But I do love Adriene’s approach to this. She advises to allow ourselves to acknowledge what we feel then release everything, choose to let go of the stress, of the tension, and to connect to a sensation of peace from within. I think that if we allow ourselves to feel what/how we feel, and let the emotions run though us/past us, by the time we are done with Corpse Pose we might just notice that we’ve let go of all that anxiety and unnecessary feelings, and it won’t build up, evolve and amplify into something worse.
It feels so good when I manage to achieve it all!

Are you a Yoga practitioner? What are your favorite moments of Yoga? Any advice for a beginner like myself? Or have you tried it and it didn’t work for you? What do you do instead, to clear your mind and include some kind of exercise into your days?

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2014, February 10

Wintertime Sore Throat Tea Base

I have recently seen this older article on the a little life blog, and have immediately decided to make it myself. It was the perfect thing to add to my War Plan Against the Sniffles.

We had two jars of honey nearly finished, and as always, had an extra lemon in the house that I could use. Plus, it’s a seriously easy recipe that goes a long way when battling the sniffles!

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Wintertime Sore Throat Tea Base

Cut up one lemon into thin slices into a jar, then add about one and a half cups of honey (I used half Acacia, and half Floral Honey to empty two nearly-finished jars). Stir gently.

Refrigerate until a sore throat asks for some soothing, hot tea or for when ever you’re craving a fragrant and yummy drink on cold nights.

Add 2-4 teaspoonfuls of the tea base into a cup, pour boiling water over it, then get all warm and cozy in bed so you can bounce back from the sniffles!

If you want to, you can add a few mint leaves, or some ginger for extra flavor, and as an extra measure against your cold.

Stay healthy! ;)

2010, July 13

Natural pesticide for your plants

This is a very simple recipe I found a few days ago, a solution that protects plants from pests with a quick preparation time.

The usual pesticides smell awful, not to mention all the harming (for us humans) chemicals they contain! So why not do yourself a favor too and try this safe recipe?

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Pesticide for plants

approx. 3.5 liter water
2 tablespoons of Neem oil
1 / 2 teaspoon Rosemary essential oil
1 / 2 teaspoon Lavender essential oil
(optional 2 tablespoons organic liquid dish detergent)

Mix all of these and store in a spray container. If you only have smaller vessels, decrease amounts of the recipe. Spray the entire plant with this solution, agitating from time to time so the oil and water will not separate.

Use about twice a month if you have pests on your plants, or once per month if there aren’t, but just to make sure they’re keep away from your lovelies.

Keep your plants happy ;)

 

2010, March 29

Homemade Fruit and Vegetables Disinfectant

Fruits and vegetables are part of our daily food. Whether we buy them from a supermarket or the farmer’s market, they contain traces of soil, chemical fertilizers and bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can cause death.

From wanting to disinfect as far as it is possible bio or organic solutions containing natural substances appeared on the market which eliminate most of the impurities found in plant fibers. But of course, these solutions are not found in stores that will offer them at low cost.

So I wanted to take this opportunity and share two very simple disinfectant solutions to home make, with few ingredients which are on hand to everyone.

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Disinfectant solution for fruits and vegetables

– 1 cup water
– 1 cup white wine vinegar
– 1 table spoon baking soda
– 1 / 2 teaspoon lemon juice

Or another mix is

– 1 cup water
– 1 cup white wine vinegar
– Juice of one lemon
– A few drops of tea tree essential oil (tea tree)

Prepare either one by mixing ingredients thoroughly in a glass and then putting the end result in a spray bottle. Shake before using.
Spray the solution on fruits and vegetables, and rub gently in your hands for 10-15 seconds.
Rinse with water.

Stay healthy everyone ;)

2010, March 15

Natural Headache Remedy

Headaches and migraines seem to be going around in this changing Spring(?) weather and I myself have been suffering a lot during the past few weeks due to pressure headaches. The fact that I’m not allowed to take any medicine doesn’t help. Bummer…

This situation got me thinking though and I decided to make a list of what homemade and natural remedies helped me in pain relief, and I’ll share some websites with great information too.

We all respond differently to the different cures and since all these homemade and natural headache remedies are safe and have no side effects (absolutely perfect for someone with peptic ulcer (any form of it) as they won’t disturb your stomach), you can try out more than just one and see what works best for you :)

  • Scalp massage and you can apply a drop of Lavender essential oil to the temples.
  • Take a warm bath – using these bath salts might help to further relax.
  • Chamomile and Mint tea relax muscles and sooth tension (sweeten with honey instead of sugar).
  • Honey mixed in a glassful of lime juice is also one of the most effective homemade headache remedies.
  • Calcium and Magnesium are minerals that help to alleviate muscular tension.
  • Ginkgo Biloba extract improves circulation to the brain, and may be helpful for certain types of headache.
  • Try to have a regular balanced diet and keep your body hydrated. Reduce the intake of caffeine, salt and chocolate.
  • Light exercises like stretching, and you can also practice yoga and meditation regularly.
  • Apply an icepack on the affected areas (neck, upper back, temples of the head and forehead). Apply the icepack for at least 5 to 10 minutes and it will reduce the temperature of the head while preventing severe pain.
  • Get plenty of fresh air, a 5 minute walk can work wonders.
  • Sleep.

A few useful websites I found on this topic:

Home remedies for you

Homemade Medicine

Ezine Articles

Almost forgot: if you know any natural ways and homemade remedies that worked for you and are not listed here, please share your wisdom with us!

Stay healthy everyone ;)

2009, October 23

War plan against the sniffles

IMG_20140426_091729We all try to avoid it as much as possible, but the sniffles (with all it’s bacteria and stuff) has it’s own special plans and catching people off-guard is one of it’s best features.

So, aside from avoiding confrontation, we should develop some war plans for when we’re already under attack.

Here are some mostly natural home remedies against the common cold (absolutely perfect for someone with peptic ulcer (any form of it) as they won’t disturb your stomach).

As I’ve read, common colds need common sense, and even though you don’t need to use every single point from this list when you get a cold, there’s still no need to fill your body with antibiotics when you can cure your cold in a natural way:

 

 

  • Vitamin C can make the cold symptoms less severe or can shorten the length of a cold from seven days to two or three days with less coughing, sneezing, and other symptoms.
    In fact, overall, Vitamin C works as a scavenger in our body throwing out all toxins, that’s why all doctors urge people to eat fruits and vegetables every day.
    (for example: Orange, Lemon, Kiwi, Broccoli, Cauliflower, etc. you can find a detailed list here)
  • In case you don’t have these, you can buy Vitamin C (or Vitamin C with Propolis) from the pharmacy, and since it depends on the mg., take as many as the instructions or your doctor tells you, while you’re healing.
  • Take one piece of Propolis, or add 20 drops of Propolis tincture to 1 cube sugar and let it melt in your mouth.
    Propolis is a natural resinous mixture bees make, and it relieves numerous health conditions as it strengthens the immune system. Don’t eat anything after this for at least an hour so it will act as it stays on your throat.
  • Zinc is another wonder thing for a cold that can cuts it short. So when you first feel that you may be getting a cold, start eating Zinc rich foods. You can also take one Zinc pill, bought from the pharmacy, per day during sick days.
    (for example: eggs, various cereal and wheat, fish, yogurt, etc. you can find a detailed list here)
  • Eat garlic (as a bonus: this also helps in keeping those pesky vampires away) :P
  • Take a bath with a few drops of cinnamon and/or lavender in the bath water as this can relieve congestion and head aches while it relaxes you.
  • Get plenty of rest because that way your immune system is boosted up and it quickens the process of getting better.
  • Eat chicken soup. It’s no wonder grandmothers used to make this for us when we were little, it is quite effective in relieving cold symptoms. IMG_20130413_231241
  • Drink tea 2-3 times a day:
    – Elderberry tea is the best (or at least for me it is).
    – Ginger, Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Echinacea and Peppermint are also very good for colds.
    – A tea from the combination of one tablespoon of Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata), Heartsease (Viola Tricolor) and Thyme (Thymus) each  to 1 liter of water is amazing for any type of cough or irritated throat
  • Make some Wintertime Sore Throat Tea Base. (Ever since I found this recipe, I have it in the fridge all Winter long.)
  • Eat honey. Add a teaspoon of honey to your tea.
  • One spoonful of Pine (Bud Cone) Syrup swallowed slowly eases an irritated throat and helps with reducing coughing. Don’t eat anything after this for at least an hour so it will act as it stays on your throat.
  • For a dry irritated throat, mix: a few teaspoons of honey with some lemon juice (if you add 20-30 drops of Propolis, too, it’s even better) and slowly let it melt in your mouth. Don’t eat anything after this for at least an hour so it will act as it stays on your throat.
  • Here’s a separate blog post of mine for making some Homemade Cough Syrups.
  • Add 5-10 drops of Eucalyptus or Peppermint, Pine, Lavender, Thyme, Tea Tree oil to a bowl of steaming water.
    Place your nose over the vapors and inhale, covering your head with a towel and inhale deeply. This will cure your blocked or running nose as it will loosen thick mucus.
  • Apply VapoRub on your chest or throat right before going to sleep. Here’s how to make some Homemade Vapor Rub.
  • Make a tea by boiling 2 teaspoons of Astragalus root in 1 cup water for 15 minutes and drink. This tea enhances your immunity.
  • Nasal drops for dry and stuffy nose can be homemade by adding: 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to about 5 ml lukewarm water.
    Use this solution as a nasal drop, 1 to 2 drops in each nostril about 3 to 4 times daily.
    (You can keep this nasal drop in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.)
  • In case you’re sensitive to nose drops (shouldn’t use this without prescription as too much of it may cause chemical rhinitis) you can buy nasal gel from your local pharmacy (if you find a herbal based one, even better).
  • Fill a glass with warm water and mix in 1 tsp of table salt and gargle several times a day to cure throat soreness.

If you follow this war plan against the sniffles, you won’t have to wave the white flag and immediately take medicine.
My motto is this: if you can avoid getting many toxins and chemicals into your body, why not?

Stay healthy everyone! ;)

2009, October 21

I should listen to my better judgment

It’s been cold for over a week now, and I just hate it!

Yes, the leaves now have amazing colors and everything, but I hate the rain, and especially the cold, in case you hadn’t noticed by now.

My better judgment advised me 2 days ago not to go out in the rain.
In fact it advised me to stay inside and in bed for the whole day, possibly until March at least, but stubborn as I am, I didn’t listen.

After walking around downtown for a whole afternoon in pouring rain it wasn’t even an issue to go around all the puddles (way too many/too big to avoid and my shoes were soaking wet after the first 15 minutes anyway).

I didn’t worry too much about catching a cold, but it looks like I definitely have a talent for it.

Right now I’m trying to figure out how to type, sneeze and cough at the same time.
Oh darn, my nose is running, I better go catch it…

If there was anything you wanted to say, leave a message after the sneeze and I’ll get back to you in a few days ;)

 

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