How to use a Neti Pot and clear nasal congestion

How to use a Neti Pot and clear nasal congestion

 

Okay, I gotta be honest, the first time I did this, I literally thought I was drowning. Wait a minute, did I just say that as I am suggesting you try this? Well I am, but be assured that you will feel reborn again. That is if you’ve been feeling miserable with nasal congestion and felt like a big blob of gooey mucus. (get the picture right?)

I was very hesitant when I tried the neti pot for the first time a few years ago. I had heard that this mechanism of flushing the nasal passages helps alleviate congestion when sick, but just the thought of consciously passing water through my nose was just nerving to me. Anyway, something had to be done. My nose was so plugged up that I could’t sleep and the common over the counter ‘remedies’ weren’t helping. So I gave it a try. After that I was hooked, and so happy to have found a natural, drug-free way to ease congestion. Here is the best part guys, it is not restricted to use when sick only, it an be used anytime specially to clean out our nasal passages from pollutants and allergens! 

Basically, the neti pot rinse is a way of irrigating the nose and nasal passages with a saline solution. What the salty water does is looses up any mucus and phlegm (so helpful when sick).Some studies have shown that the neti pot is as effective or more as any medication for nasal congestion. But also, it washes out dust, allergens, pollution, relieves sinus infection and overall, promotes easy breathing. Perfect for allergy season and post nasal drainage that have been bugging me during my sleep.

One thing I must mention is that TO AVOID FEELING LIKE YOU ARE DROWNING like I did the first time 🙁 DO NOT breathe through your nose, breathe through your mouth. 

Tips to remember:

  • use purified or boiled water, NEVER tap water you can
  • mix 1/4 tsp of salt (non-iodized, I use sea salt) per 1 cup of purified water
  • can be used from once a day to maybe once a week
  • depending how you feel you might have to blow your nose quite a few times to remove loosen up mucus

 

In this video I’ll show you how to use it. WARNING: this will be the sexiest you will se me, so control yourself please 🙂

There you have it. Let me know if you use it and how you like it. 

Lavender Bath Salt

Lavender Bath Salt

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Lavender Bath Salt

Who doesn’t like to end the day with a soothing bath and sip some warm tea for the cold weather? (or some wine if you’d like). Baths are exactly what is needed to wind down from a busy day or to detox the body. Yup, the key ingredient is Epson salts which is basically magnesium citrate and can easily be absorbed through the skin while in a bath.

Some benefits from Epson salt baths:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Relieve join and muscle pain and tension
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Helps flush out toxins and heavy metals from the body (this is my go-to after I take a flight or a test scan)
  • Boost of Magnesium (and most of us are deficient on this)
  • Improves digestion
  • Softer skin (from the baking soda)

 

Here is the simple recipe: 

  • 1 cup Epson Salts
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops lavender essential oils

Mix the ingredients in a glass container. Can be also made right at the moment of taking the bad, just add them straight to the running water. 

Add 1 cup of Epson salt to the bath. Soak for 15 minutes but not more thank 20 min because your body can reabsorb the toxins from the water. 

 

Tips:

  • For an extra silky skin, add a some oil to the warm bath, like olive oil, almond, jojoba oil.
  • Adding a few pieces of ginger to raise your heat levels so you can sweat out more toxins.  
  • If taking a whole bath is not possible (saving water, no bath-tub at home, no time) no problem! You can also do a foot soak in a small container, you will be getting the same benefits.
DIY Bath Fizzing Bombs

DIY Bath Fizzing Bombs

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Bath Fizzies 

  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup fine-grained salt
  • Essential oil (I use either lavender, a serenity blend, grapefruit, etc – if want to find out more about oils ask ME 😉 
  • Dried rose petals, optional
  • dried lavender buds, optional
  • witch hazel
  • Sieve, wooden spoons, bowls, measuring cups, gloves,
  • face masks and small silicone tray

Start a double boiler on medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Place cocoa butter in the top of the double boiler and cover. Simmer until melted, stirring occasionally. To preserve the beneficial benefit of the essential oils do not over heat.

Put on mask and gloves; Carefully put the dry ingredients into a sifter and sift into a mix bowl. Gently stir the dry ingredients and then add the melted cocoa butter a little at a time. Add essential oil. If you want to add flowers, place them directly into the bottom of the container.

DIY Facial Scrubs

DIY Facial Scrubs

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Rose Petal Facial Scrub 

  • 1/4 cup rose powder
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup powdered milk

Pour into a jar and shake well. Be careful with the rose powder, it is very fine and can get everywhere. It can be stored for up to 1 year. 

To use:

Tap out a small amount of the powder into the palm of your hand and mix with water to make a paste. Use small circular motions to cleanse your face.

Follow with a toner.

I sometimes leave it on for a few minutes as I would with a mask. 

 

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Honey Almond Facial Scrub

  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil or other carrier oil**

Warm the honey over a double boiler and then mix in the other ingredients and stir well.
Store in a cool, dark place.

To use:
Moisten your face with water

Take about 1/2 a tablespoon of the mixture in your hand and add a few drops of water (in your hand, not in the jar).

Scrub the skin gently, letting the almond meal do the work of exfoliating.


Lightly massage all over your face and can leave on for several minutes.

Remove with warm wash cloth or warm water.

** The carrier oils can be any oil like almond, apricot, olive oils, coconut oil (fractionated), grapeseed etc. These can also be found at health food stores.  

 

Oil pulling

Oil pulling

 

 

Super easy coconut oil pulling:

  • 1 tbsp (or less) coconut oil
  • 1 drop Peppermind essential oil

 

Benefits for oil pulling:

  • promotes oral hygiene
  • prevents cavity and tooth decay
  • prevents bleeding gums
  • whitens teeth
  • boost immune system
  • moistens mouth and lips
  • helps with cracked lips
  • helps with bad breath
Facial Oil Wash

Facial Oil Wash

 

How do you clean your face? Do you use chemical based facial cleansers? are you tired of getting dry skin after using store-bought facial cleansers? do you really want to get rid of acne in the most natural way possible?  YES!!!!

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO LEARN HOW TO WASH YOUR FACE WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS THAT NOURISH AND CLEAN YOUR FACE AT THE SAME TIME.

Here is one of my favorite Self-Care tips! A great way to pamper myself after a long day.

This is no secret, really!. For years, even ancient civilizations have used natural accessible ingredients like oils to cleanse and treat the skin (it was one of Cleopatra’s secret).

The thing about oils is that they are natural products with quite a few benefits: it hydrates the skin, helps get rid of impurities, balances skin oil production, removes make-up and provides natural vitamin E among other things.

Let’s say you have skin problems acne, or irritation. How do you feel about washing that sensitive area with detergent and chemicals? yes, that’s pretty much what is found in most skin care products. A lot of those store-bought products have so many chemicals that can cause more harm than good. Remember, the skin is the biggest organ we have, and it acts as a barrier to protect us from the outside and that also includes what we put on it.

Often times, if experiencing oily skin, it might be due to many factor and your skin is trying to balance things out and protecting it by over-producing more oil. So, if you buy a facial wash that removes the oils from your skin, what do you think is going to happen? – exactly, your skin will produce more oil. Your body will always try to protect itself and getting rid of something (the oil) is not the solution. There could be many factor for oily skin including diet, hormonal imbalance, stress, pollutants, or even genetics, and you could monitor some of this by taking a closer look of your daily activities, lifestyle and eating habits.

I have been using this for about 2 years and it has been amazing for my skin! I no longer have pimples, specially at that time of the month when the infamous zit will appear right in the middle of my face and it definitely hydrates the skin.
I use a combination of natural oils like grapeseed oil, olive oil, almond oil and castor oil that effectively remove the dirt that is trapped in our pores, resulting in a radiant glowing skin.

One ingredient that is really good at sticking to the dirt particles and removing them from the pores is castor oil. I use 1/4 part of it diluted in a mix of other oils, whatever you might have on hand.

 

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For a 2 oz bottle (which is what I have in the video) I use:
– 1 tbsp castor oil
– 1 tbsp almond oil
– 1 tbsp grapeseed oil (or olive, avocado oil)
– 1 tbsp apricot oil
– a few drops of tea tree oil
– a few drops lavender essential oil (or lemon, geranium, jasmine, or any other favorite)

Voila!!! and the next morning there is no need to wash your face, only rinse with warm water.

Hope you enjoy it and let me know how you liked it. 🙂

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