Six Wellness and Beauty Routines You Should Think About Adopting

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of research about natural remedies and beauty routines. While I’ve been health-conscious for a long time, I’m always learning and adding new things to my health routine. Here are some new discoveries, as well as some of my old favourites!

1. Smoothies For Breakfast
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(1) Banana
A lot of blueberries
OJ
(1) Tsp Maca Powder
(1/2) Tsp Tumeric
(2) Tsp Coconut Oil
(3) Tsp Chia Seeds
(1) Scoops Trader Joe’s Super Green Drink

This is the smoothie I make every morning. It is packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants. The coconut oil gives me an extra energy boost. 🙂

BENEFITS

Maca Powder:

  • Rich in vitamins B, C, and E.
  • contains zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.
  • Balances hormones, increases fertility, and increases libido.
  • Relieves menstrual cramps, and menopause symptoms.
  • Increases energy
  • Helps clear acne
  • Helps to balance mood and combat depression.

Chia Seeds:

  • Contain protein, fiber, healthy fats, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous.
  • Good source of vitamins B1,2, &3, zinc, and potassium
  • Boost energy and endurance.

Turmeric:

  • Curcumin, one of the main active ingredients in the spice, protects the body against fluoride.
  • Supports healthy joint function
  • Helps promote radiant skin!
  • Improves digestion
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Aids in digestion
  • Helps keep cholesterol at a normal level
  • Helps promote healthy blood and liver function
  • Rich in anti-oxidants.

2. Tibetan Coffee in the AM

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Fairtrade organic coffee
1.5 tsp grass-fed butter
1 tsp coconut oil
Blend in a blender

The benefits of this are still fairly controversial, but from my own experience, this has actually been a really great addition to my morning routine. The healthy fats are good for your brain, and help kick-start fat burning.

3. DIY Face Mask

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1/4 banana
a bit of lemon juice
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp baking soda
BENEFITS:
Bananas have Potassium which moisturises skin, Lectins which fight bacteria/acne, Vitamin A which fades dark spots and blemishes, and reduces appearance of scars. They also have Vitamin B which lightens skin tone, reduces appearance of wrinkles, and prevents ageing, Vitamin E which fights free radical damage, bolsters the skin’s UV resistance, and prevents and reduces appearance of wrinkles.

Lemons have antibacterial properties that help fight acne, and fight against blackheads, they brighten skin tone, and exfoliate by removing dead skin cells.

Baking Soda is amphoteric which means it can act as basic or acidic. It helps to level the natural pH of the skin which helps fight against acne. It also has mild anti-inflammatory properties, mild antiseptic properties, and removes oil.

Turmeric helps fight acne, helps eliminate blackheads, heals and prevents dry skin, slows the ageing process, and helps restore skin elasticity.

4. Rose Ice Morning Facial

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Boil water and put fresh rose petals in a tea cup, pour in and let steep until cooled. Pour water and petals into an ice tray, let freeze.

BENEFITS:

Ice increases circulation and and tones. Rose is good for skin rejuvenation.

After washing your face in the morning, rub a rose ice cube all over the face. Do not dry, but dab your face with a dry hand towel just enough so that the face is still moist and allow the skin to absorb the rest.

5. Apply Sea Buckthorn Oil to Face

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Use sea buckthorn oil in place of a face moisturiser. I really cannot express how much I love this stuff. It leaves your skin glowing and soft.

BENEFITS:

Sea buckthorn oil is abundant in vitamins A, C, E, contains omega 3 and 6, and 7 (which aids in cell regeneration). It helps restore elasticity and moisture to the skin, combats against signs of ageing, heals wounds and helps diminish scars, and is a great remedy for rosacea. It is also great for treating acne as it is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

6. Drink Chaga Mushroom Tea Daily

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Chaga Mushroom Powder
Boiling Water
{Repairs DNA, extremely powerful anti-ageing properties, helps to fight cancer}

BENEFITS
-Extremely high in anti-oxidants
-protects every cell in the entire body from free-radical damage
– promote cellular respiration and proliferation

– helps regenerate cells

– helps regenerate damaged tissue

– promotes the growth of healthy cells

– assist in cellular repair

– slow down ageing

– enhances the immune system

– maintains optimum alkalinity and pH levels

– oxygenates the blood

– builds strong blood

– combats premature ageing

– protects DNA

– helps stabilize blood sugar

– improves disease resistance

– has a anti-inflammatory benefits

– improve neurological function

-improves digestion

– improves the circulation of blood all over the body

– alleviates stress and anxiety

– increases energy and strength

– fights chronic fatigue

– supports normal kidney support

– balances hormones

– manages weight

– helps gain muscles

– improves lymphocyte count

– suppresses allergies

– maintains healthy gums

– reduces muscle and joint pain

– improves memory and concentration

– helps optimize cardiovascular health

– inhibits lipid peroxidation

– supports vision health

– maintains healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels

– impedes tumor malignancy

– boosts natural cancer-fighting ability

– reduces the toxic effects of chemotherapy and radiation

– helps detoxification of all cells, skin, blood, liver, intestines, colon, kidney, bladder, lymphatic system, lung & respiratory, yeast & fungal, chemicals and heavy metals (including lead and mercury).

– helps overall body stress cleanse.

 

Sources:

http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2013/05/28/top-10-uses-of-sea-buckthorn-seed-oil/

http://www.eartherbs.com/index.php?page=83

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/bulletproof-coffee

http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/7-top-health-benefits-of-maca/

http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/

http://organicindia.mercola.com/herbal-supplements/turmeric.aspx

http://www.thedabblist.com/rose-ice-facial-treatment/

The Most Beautiful Thing You’ve Ever Seen

I’ve been gone for a while, living in this dimension really keeps you busy with regular mundane things. Nonetheless, it’s all part of our human experience.

 

I thought a good way to come back with a bang would be to post this amazing 360 degree time-lapse of our planet and the heavens. We sure do live in a breathtakingly beautiful universe. This is something you sometimes forget living in the city! Maybe taking a few moments from your hectic day to view this video will put things into perspective for you!

 

Enjoy and marvel!

 

Love,

A

Rebekah Shaman on Russel Brand’s Revolution

Hi All,

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I apologise, I have been caught up in a hurricane of work. I’ve finally got my feet back on the ground and my head is in the right place to do a post. This will be a re-post from Rebekah Shaman’s blog. Please visit her website: http://www.rebekahshaman.com for more amazing content.

I absolutely, 1,000,000% agree (and you will know this if you have read ANY other posts on this blog) with Rebekah about not dividing into ‘us against them.’ After all, an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. Let us concern ourselves with our growth and increasing our consciousness and we will evolve ourselves into the world we want to see, because if we try to fight our way there we will never arrive.

I am currently researching another post for tomorrow or Tuesday. Stay tuned!

Love,

A

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I’m Not Buying Russell’s Brand of Revolution

A lot of people have been asking me this week what I thought of Russell Brand after his Newsnight interview went viral. When I originally saw it (admittedly while I was multi-tasking), I agreed with everything he said and found his words inspiring. However, now, after closer inspection, I don’t think it was quite what it seemed.

 

I actually found the whole interview quite insidious. I felt it was inflaming social tension with the same old ‘us’ and ‘them’ scenario, and then Russell Brand’s smug face claiming: “we are going to have a revolution, it’s going to happen. I don’t have a flicker of a doubt…this is the end!”

 

And after the revolution we will have “Admin Bods” controlling us from a central-like government in a socially egalitarian society! “

 

“Equilibrium” any one…????

 

What Russell is failing to recognise is that he is playing the same game he seems to be so apathetic about, making the same old mistakes… and we are ALL going to suffer the consequences if we feel we are divided between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Revolution is a bloody affair!

 

What we need right now is a R-Evolution. Where we Re-evaluate our Evolution and do it differently this time.

 

We need to stop playing the blame game and start taking personal responsibility for our own actions.

 

I was given that message by my teacher Don Juanito in 2002, after I had met James Wolfensohn, the World Bank President during the World Summit on Sustainable Development, in Johannesburg. I saw the corruption from the top of the Pyramid and it overwhelmed me. I came out of the meeting hopeless, utterly depressed and defeated but Don Juanito said to me, “Now you have seen what is happening, the very core of the belief system is corrupt and you can’t change a belief system that everyone agrees to, including yourself. All you can do is be the change and only by being the change can you affect change.”

 

While we continue to feed the present system as it is, we cannot change it. As Albert Einstein said “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

 

So life is leading us towards two paths. …One of violent revolution – being incited by the BBC who pre-recorded this video on Newsnight and released it into the mainstream just before the big London demonstration on November 5th, a potentially explosive night by the very nature of its association, and potentially leading to more riots, aggression and death.

 

….or we choose to take the other path of conscious r-evolution, stop blaming and decide to take personal responsibility for what is happening. When we choose that our goal is not to gain political control, monetary wealth nor military power, but rather to promote and protect the welfare of all living beings and to preserve a healthy, flourishing world for future generations life we start seeing life from a much more positive, inspiring and hopeful perspective.

 

We are all in this together. Rather than take the ‘easier’ way out and sustain the present system, whose value system is based on financial profit/debt, consumption and continuous growth, that is creating this ecological, biological and social crisis, we start living consciously, consume less and make choices based on different values that support and preserve life.

 

In the end, each and every one of our individual choices is creating our collective future…

 

I’m choosing the path of conscious R-evolution…Who’s with me?

“You do not nee…

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
-Franz Kafka

I first heard this quote when listening to a lecture by Deepak Chopra (if you don’t know his work I encourage you to get acquainted with it as soon as possible). It spoke to me so deeply. Firstly, we as humans get so busy in our daily lives, in the pressures of bills, work, and endless responsibility that we never are truly silent. It takes us so much dedication just to clean our minds and allow them to rest in stillness. We have separated ourselves from the earth, from the great energy network that is the universe because we are too tangled up in our own dramas. I challenge you to sit in stillness today. Dedicate at least 15 minutes to meditation. Try that for a week, and see if it doesn’t help solve some of your problems. Commune with nature (which is where you came from) and give it your appreciation. Be still. Observe.