Take a load off - you deserve to relax and give yourself a treat this weekend. Baths are an amazing opportunity to relax the body and reap in beneficial nutrients for the skin. I like to make my own healing bath infusions and have been for years. They are relatively easy to make and I’m a firm believer of the simpler the better, always. What You’ll Need:- Organic cotton mesh cloth or hemp cloth also works fine as well- @ifyoucare_usa Twine or cotton string - @nowfoodsofficial Essential Oils (For a bath, I like to choose lavender and rosemary) - Dried Lavender, - Rose Petals (feel free to also add dried lemongrass and dried peppermint - @celticseasalt Epsom Salt - @organictraditions Coconut Oil How To: 1. Cut a 7x7 “ inch square with the fabric.2. Take 1 cup of epsom salt and add it to the center.3. Mix in the dried rose and lavender flowers.4. Drop 10 drops of lavender essential oil onto the salt and dried flowers.5. Drop 5 drops of rosemary essential oil to the sale and dried flowers.6. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil onto the mixture.7. Take the 4 corners of the fabric and wrap the edges.8. Bunch the excess fabric up in your fist with one hand and take the piece of string and wrap the string around the fabric. Benefits:* Rosewater relieves inflammation/ soothes irritated skin, brightens your complexion, tightens pores and smells amazing* Rosemary stimulates circulation, will help relieve muscle aches/soreness, has been shown to boost memory and clear congestion simply by being inhaled* Lavender works as a “anxiolytic” (anxiety reliever) it calms the nerves, reduces anxiety/aggression/depression and does wonders for the skin* Epsom Salts contain magnesium which also help to relax and soothe muscles. Salt water in general is super healing, good for energy cleansing I am against most bath bombs because they contain artificial fragrances, artificial perfume and or scented ingredients that do not offer any health benefits. These artificial compounds are harmful to our health, waterways and wreak havoc once absorbed. Bath bombs look great but majority of them are full of toxins and allergens Dedicating one hour from your weekend to invest in yourself will refuel you! Try this simple bath infusion today! Follow along with Healthy Planet as we collaborate with Stephanie Wong bringing you everything from Cruelty Free Beauty to All--Natural Living Tips! Written and Created by @5teffy
Valentine’s Day is all about spreading, sharing, and expressing your love. You can send some hand-made beautiful cards to your BFFs, express your gratitude to your parents, share some nice moments with your S.O. and, particularly, include yourself in this list! Yes, sometimes giving a gift to yourself, makes you feel refreshed and can tap the feeling of self-love!
Your Healthiest Valentine's Day Ever Be sweet to your heart and your hubby By: NINA ELIAS There are few things less romantic than a sink full of dishes. Which may explain why you’re trading a home-cooked meal for a romantic restaurant this Valentine’s Day. And you won’t be alone: In a new survey, online reservation service OpenTable concluded that 51% of respondents also plan to dine out on the big day. But with romance in the air and wine flowing freely, it can be easy to overdo it. And given that Valentine’s Day is all about the heart, there’s no better opportunity to keep yours in tip-top shape. So vow to make this romantic dinner a heart-healthy one, with these tips from cardiologist Arthur Agatston, MD, author of The South Beach Diet and Prevention advisor: Watch for trigger words. “Anything au gratin, battered, creamy, crispy, crunchy, en croute, fried, rich, velvety, and sautéed (in butter) all indicate that the item is not likely heart-healthy,” advises Dr. Agatston. Don’t fear the waiter. “Ask the server questions about how a dish is prepared, even in a fancy restaurant,” Dr. Agatston says. Some heart-healthy substitutions: Ask that your entrée is sautéed with olive oil instead of butter, request sauces on the side, and trade your white potato, rice, or pasta for a whole wheat variety (or swap it for an extra green vegetable like broccoli or spinach). Drink with care. As a woman, having more than one alcoholic drink per day can increase your risk for heart disease—not to mention impair your judgment where nutritious food is concerned. “If you start drinking before you order, it may sabotage your willpower and you’ll end up making less than optimal food choices,” Dr. Agatston says. Save libations for the main course, and before that, get your cocktail fix with club soda and a twist of lime. Go for the surf & turf. This popular sweetheart menu option can be heart healthy—with the right substitutions. “While it’s true that lobster and shrimp contain a fair amount of dietary cholesterol, both have virtually no unhealthy saturated fat, so they’re unlikely to affect a person’s cholesterol levels if enjoyed in moderation,” Dr. Agatston says. His suggestions: Ask for your filet broiled without butter, your shellfish steamed, and enjoy your seafood with a squeeze of lemon and cocktail sauce instead of clarified butter. Choose a heart-healthy cuisine. Mediterranean restaurant menus are full of heart-healthy options, especially “grilled or boiled seafood with just lemon, herbs, and olive oil,” Dr. Agatston says. “Steer clear of pastitsio, a Greek version of lasagna, moussaka, and spanokopita.” Japanese cuisine is another good bet. Order your sushi with brown rice, and avoid cream cheese-filled or crunchy rolls, Dr. Agatson says. Yet another unexpected heart-healthy cuisine? Indian! Opt for tandoori dishes, dal (a dish typically made with lentils), and raitas (yogurt-based sauces). Reference: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/valentines-day-healthy-eating-tips