[HEALTH & WELLNESS] Immunity Boosting

Did you indulge this holiday season? We did. When we’re on the road, it’s often difficult to eat right and stay healthy. We try to make the right food choices yet the selections are sometimes limited. So after the holidays, we refocus our diet by eating more organic fruits and vegetables and limiting our consumption of red meat and processed foods. We refocus to rebuild and restrengthen our body and our immune system.

To stay healthier this busy holiday season, two ingredients that we included more of in our diet are fresh ginger and garlic.

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Ginger and garlic are touted for their immunity boosting qualities. Garlic is often revered for its antifungal and antibacterial benefits, and for its antioxidant and detoxifying abilities. Ginger, similarly lauded for its antibacterial and antioxidant qualities, is helpful in addressing digestive issues and inflammation.

To drink to better health…we created our ginger and garlic brew. Our organic Ginger and Garlic Peppermint Honey Herbal Tea has been our beverage of choice this holiday season. While it may not sound tasty, it’s delicious! Especially when sweetened with a dash of honey. We include peppermint for its minty flavor and since it’s also an immunity booster, aids in digestion and relieves nausea. And, honey, highly regarded for its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory benefits, is a delectable sweetener.

For our blend, we slice up a few organic garlic cloves and ginger root and steep them in boiling water with some peppermint tea leaves (or use a tea bag if that’s easier). Add honey to taste. It’s simple. It’s easy. And it’s great for the body!

We thank this herbal beverage for keeping us healthier this holiday season! So, we raise our teacups and toast to a healthier 2017!

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[HEALTH & BEAUTY] How to Minimize Dark Under Eye Circles

IMG_1503They seemed to appear overnight. What you may ask? Those dreaded dark under eye circles.

We weren’t sure why some of us seemed more prone to getting them. So, we researched and explored potential causes and remedies that can help to minimize them.

Here’s what we found as some potential causes of dark under eye circles:

  • Lack of sleep and too much sleep can be the culprits.
  • Seasonal allergies and reactions to skin irritants can cause them as well.
  • Hyper-pigmentation or discoloration of the skin.
  • Dehydration. Our body is comprised of 60% water so staying hydrated is important for proper body function.
  • Anemia. Iron-deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia in women that can result in improper oxygen flow throughout the body including the eye area.
  • Vitamin deficiency. Insufficient vitamins needed to promote proper eye health can be a cause.
  • Puffy eyes and fluid retention can make under eye circles appear more pronounced.
  • Genetics. Unfortunately, they can be hereditary.
  • Stress. Enough said.

What are some remedies that can help minimize dark under eye circles?

  • Cold compresses such as ice packs and cool cucumbers can help to reduce puffiness and constrict blood vessels to minimize dark under eye circles.
  • Get more (or less) ZZZs. Getting on average six to eight hours of beauty sleep and going to bed and rising at the same time can help.
  • Propping your head with an extra pillow while sleeping can help to minimize fluid retention and minimize the appearance of dark under eye circles.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink about 40-60 ounces of water daily to maintain proper bodily functions.
  • Consume more foods rich in vitamins K, C, B, and E that promote eye health.
  • Exercise does the body good. It can help manage stress and improve blood and oxygen flow throughout the body.

For those with dark under eye circles out there, we hear you! And, we hope this helps. Please keep in mind that if problems persist or worsen, please seek the advice of a medical practitioner.

Thank you for being kind to your body!

Tips to Spring-Ready Your Skin

Okay. We confess. We looooove soaking in luxuriously hot baths and taking long, steamy hot showers! And, we know many who enjoy doing the same, especially during these cold Winter months.

But, did you know that long, hot showers and baths can dehydrate your skin? And, did you know that antibacterial soaps, alcohol-based moisturizers, consuming alcoholic beverages and certain fabrics can irritate the skin and worsen dry skin conditions?

Now that Spring is around the corner and warmer temps are on their way (we hope!), here are some tips to Spring-ready your skin:

  • Take warm, not hot, showers and baths. Exposing your skin to hot water for long durations can break down your skin’s protective barrier, stripping it of its natural oils that keep the skin moisturized and impurities from penetrating into your body. So, sticking to warm baths and showers can be a skin-healthier option.
  • Use heavier creams, instead of lotions. Creams and oil-based moisturizers can better lock in moisture, keeping skin supple and hydrated. The best time to moisturize is right after you step out of the shower or bath. Pat your skin dry and apply moisturizer when your skin is still slightly moist.
  • Let cotton and satin fabrics be your best friends. Wearing clothing made of cotton and satin are often less irritating to the skin and allows your skin to breathe. And, even while you’re indoors and sleeping, your body continues to lose moisture, so remember to stay covered up when indoors as well.
  • Drink more water. Caffeine and alcoholic beverages can dehydrate the body. When consuming these types of beverages, remember to increase your water intake to replenish your body. Proper hydration helps the skin stay healthy and allows your body to function properly.
  • Green your beauty cabinet. Chemical-laden and harsh cleansers can irritate and further inflame your skin. Stick to cleansers that are fragrance-free and chemical-free, products that are milder and gentler for your body.
  • Exfoliate once a week. Rid dead skin cells that can clog pores and allow skin cells to regenerate. Using gentle exfoliants such as sugar-based exfoliants and products with natural and organic ingredients are often kinder to your body.
If you have persistent or worsening skin conditions, please remember to consult your medical practitioner. So, here’s to wishing Spring is indeed on it’s way :)! ~ Naturally Susan’s