New Year, fresh start! A time to slow down, heal and rejuvenate
So, here we are! 2019 has well and truly begun, and we are back with a bang into the second full week of the year. It is natural to think that January should be about some harsh fast, or detox, especially if you over-indulged at Christmas (or was that just us?!?), however, at GreenUs we are treating our our tired, bloated January bodies and undernourished skin with kindness, and some time to pause and reflect. We strongly believe that January should be a time to reconnect to your most heartfelt desires and heal.
Here are our Five Top Tips to help you start 2019 in a way that surrounds your body, mind and soul with positivity, love and nurturing. Ancient Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic traditions follow this principle, with the winter being a time to go inside the body, nourish and replenish.
"Only by letting go can we unlock ourselves from the past, be delivered into the future and prepare ourselves for our next evolutionary experience” David Bercelli
1. Create a Morning Ritual that works for you.
Morning has it's own special energy so is a good time to focus on yourself. A few things you can try are a mug of warm water with lemon, turmeric and ginger to fire up your digestion and alkalise the body; setting your intention for the day with a positive affirmation, something as simple as "My mind is clear, calm and focused and I feel content" can be incredibly effective; or simply spending a few moments longer on your skincare regime….lovingly massaging your face and neck, breathing in the smells of the essential oils and unveiling your skin for the day ahead.
2. Take some time to think about what you really want in life.
We don’t mean by writing a whole list of new years resolutions, as this can create unnecessary pressure that may make you stop before you even started. Instead, treat yourself to a new notebook and spend time alone with your thoughts to think and write. Maybe you have been putting off starting a project because you are worried you might fail…realise instead that the only way you can really fail is by ignoring yourself and not at least trying to follow your dream. We truly believe that NOW is the best time to start, don’t wait until your idea is “perfect”…you can mould it along the way. Carry your notebook everywhere with you, you never know when inspiration may arise!
3. Eat nourishing, warming foods to support your liver.
There are ways to delicately “cleanse” without a full on juice fast and depriving yourself of solid food! Our liver cleanse recipes are not only packed with potassium for creating an alkaline environment and to help flush out the toxins from our cells, but also with fibre, soluble for stimulating the bile secretion and insoluble for promoting bowel movement and elimination of toxins. (please do let us know if you would like some recipes! ) Foods like bone broth soups, with sweet potato, carrots, onions, greens and healing spices like garlic, turmeric, black pepper, and sulphur containing eggs all work wonders.
4. Have Courage and Be Kind.
Do things for others, just because, and practice Loving Kindness. This will impact almost every area of your Wellness and the really nice thing about loving-kindness meditation is that it has been shown to be effective in both immediate and small doses (i.e. instant gratification) and also has long-lasting and enduring effects, healing you physically, increasing emotional intelligence, building resiliency, connecting you to society and growing self-love.
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5. Look after your skin naturally.
Take regular Epsom Salt Baths to restore your
magnesium levels (Known as 'Natures Relaxant', this mineral is needed in abundance to help you sleep restfully and much more) and look to plant-based products. Skin and plants are alive and full of nature’s intelligence, or prank, so it makes sense that using vibrant, living ingredients on your skin will increase the life-force of your skin. We have pulled together a wonderful selection of products from an array of brands who all use organic, natural ingredients - helping to restore and replenish your skin. Read on below for this months “spotlight” ingredient ……
This month, we are turning the spotlight on to our favourite plant - Lavender. This pretty, purple plant has powerful benefits and is our absolute favourite at GreenUs because of its dreamy aroma and ability to lull us effortlessly into calm and peace. Some studies have shown it's even an effective treatment for medical conditions dealing with neurological disorders of the nervous system, while others have also shown that lavender essential oil can help with insomnia, hair loss, anxiety, stress, and postoperative pain. We know that January brings with it many stresses and strains, so why not support yourself with one of our luscious lavender infused gift boxes or organic lavender water?
Our Lavender Dreams Organic Box contains five lavender based products - body butter, lip balm, lavender oil, lavender organic water and organic lavender. The box includes products from our amazing certified brands Alteya Organics (100% USDA Organic Certified) and Wooden Spoon (Soil Association Certified). All products are cruelty and gluten free, come in glass bottles, all Wooden Spoon products are handmade. BUY NOW
Thank you for stopping by, we hope that you found some useful hints and tips to
really help you thrive this January.
With Love, the team at GreenUs