Soaking in summer and tips for healing
In case you were wondering...
Yes, I'm still here. And I'm still making soap and skincare products. It's just that here in rural Washington, the outdoors beckons me more than my word processor. Since my last entry, my husband Chris and I adopted two maremma sheepdog pups from a neighbor's litter and three new cats. There are countless trails to meander down and an abundance of produce from our gardens. Life is busy and full and I couldn't happier.
That isn't to say that I haven't had my fair share of misadventures too.
A recent mishap on the staircase lead to a broken right toe and while I was healing up from that it got me thinking about the ways we often kick ourselves when we're down. The way we beat ourselves up about limited productivity when we're under the weather or life throws other curve balls at us. So I thought about putting together a blog entry to help encourage you all to take a breath and slow down. Our to-do lists are rarely as do or die as we think they are. In addition to simply taking a beat, here are some other tips that I believe help the body and soul to relax. But please check in with a doctor before undergoing any major lifestyle changes.
- Drink water. I start every morning with a glass of water. A simple action that is likely more beneficial for your health than a cup of coffee and quite a bit cheaper too.
- Make sure you're getting enough protein. When I saw a doctor for my broken toe, she noted that protein would help with my healing process. I like to get my protein from organic, pasture-raised sources.
- Minerals are beneficial too. Especially calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium.
- Take a bath. Epsom salts are inexpensive and great for bringing in the extra magnesium which is great for addressing bruises and sprains. Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oils and you're set. Lavender is good for calming, eucalyptus helps clear out the sinuses which is especially good if you are battling a cold.
- Get some sleep. That email can wait until tomorrow morning, I promise.
In addition to these tips, I also use a couple of my own products for healing. My organic muscle liniment has been a personal savior through the healing process of each of my recent surgeries. It's similar to a Tiger Balm but is made with organic ingredients and relies more on thymol than arnica. This product is geared to boost circulation, reduce inflammation, and can provide some pain relief as well. My intense moisturizing cream is made to reduce scarring and bruising and serves as a luxurious massage cream as well.
I hope you are enjoying the longer days of summer.