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The Zen Zone: The Ultimate Detox Bath

There’s more than one way to detox! Escape into a cocoon of warm water to enjoy the powerful benefits this ultimate bath offers:  Eases stress and improve sleep  Improves nerve and muscle function  Reduces inflammation and relieves pain  Rids the body of toxins  Increases nutrient absorption Reserve sixty minutes to maximize the bath’s benefits. Soak in water as warm as possible for thirty minutes to absorb the ingredients. Then, wrap up in a cozy terrycloth robe, and relax for the next thirty minutes under warm covers while your body releases toxins. To prepare the ultimate bath combine these ingredients and pour into running bath water:  ½ cup bentonite clay  ½ cup Epsom salt  ¼ cup baking soda  ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar  Few drops of eucalyptus or lavender essential oil  Fill tub so that your body is submerged up to your neck To seal in moisture, apply coconut oil to the skin following your bath. Warning: The clay may stick around on your tub after the water drains Sources: Healthy Living Images: Google, becomegorgeous.com and itsaboutwomen.com

The Zen Zone: Shine Bright Like a Diamond

December 21st marks the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. Illuminate your surroundings with Diamond Candles. The Up Do’s for I Do’s team voted this as the #1 holiday gift they would like to receive. Each natural soy candle holds a ring valued from $10- $5,000 that can only be revealed when the candle is completely burned. Two gifts in one for your best gal friend!

The Zen Zone: Easing Holiday Stress

Whether braving crowds during holiday shopping, unraveling tangled lights while decorating or anticipating family visits bring on the stress, ease the impact with this simple, natural recipe for relaxation.

Mix: 3 drops peppermint oil 3 drops lavender oil 6 drops jojoba oil Rub onto temples and back of the neck to relieve headaches and sinus pressure. You can also add a few drops to a warm, damp towel and place behind your neck during a bubble bath...ahh!

Images: Google, Pinterest, An American In Sicily

The Zen Zone: Happy Feet

  While you’re so generously sharing your time, energy, and resources to spread good cheer to others, don’t forget to give yourself the gift of a little TLC this holiday season.

A long day of holiday shopping and all you got was tired, sore feet? Take some time to revive them and your spirits with a relaxing foot soak. We suggest submerging your soles in an invigorating foot bath with The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Soak. $16

Rescue rough feet by pampering them with luxurious, top rated Aveda Foot Relief.$22.50

Continuous warmth, comfort and hydration surround your little piggies in these

pro-organic thermal moisturizing foot socks. $9.99

Give your toes a time out and soothe those tired, aching feet with a heated shiatsu foot massager. $39.99

The Zen Zone: Some Of Our Favorites

We know that real beauty comes from within. When we feel good inside, it radiates to the outside. Studies show that focusing on gratitude and journaling all that we’re grateful for leads to improved sleep, a decrease in depression symptoms and illness, and an increase in overall health and happiness. No need to write a novel, just list a few things that you’re grateful for each day. Surround yourself (and others) with reminders to be thankful for even the smallest things in life and don’t forget to acknowledge other’s thoughtful acts with a simple note. Small gestures make a big difference! After completing all of your journaling and note writing for the day, pamper yourself with a moisturizing hand massage. Your hands will thank you!

Gratitude Journal; Barnes and Noble $13.45

Coffee Mug; Cafe Press$26

iPhone Case; Cafe Press $16.96

Thank You Card Set; Etsy $5

Make A Difference Hand Treatment; Origins $20

The Zen Zone: Well Rested

No Bride-To-Be escapes the wedding planning process without sleepless nights spent worrying over every last detail. Brides often share their frightful nightmares about their floral bouquets arriving in the wrong shades of pink or their new Mother-In-Law showing up dressed in white. After a few sleepless nights ourselves, we were relieved to stumble across this enlightening article from The Huffington Post on the 8 Habits of Extremely Well Rested People.

Whether you are planning a wedding, starting a new job, welcoming a new baby or just finding yourself crashing at 3 PM, these useful tips will help you catch more zzz’s.

Still not sleeping? For those early mornings when you need to camouflage those dark, under eye circles, brighten your peepers with Well Rested from Bare Minerals!

Images: Pinterest

The Zen Zone: Apple Cider Vinegar

5 Reasons Why We Love Apple Cider Vinegar (although there are so many more, it was hard to choose).

1) Adds shine to hair ● Removes buildup ● Strengthens hair shaft ● Balances the hair pH level ● Recipe: Add 1/3 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to 4 cups of water. Pour mixture over hair after shampooing; leave on for a few minutes and rinse. No worries, you won’t smell like vinegar!

2) Clears the skin ● Often used as a topical astringent for acne prone skin ● Dab it on a blemish for faster clearing results ● Rumor has it Scarlett Johanssen uses it as a toner

3) Detox the body/ Ward off sickness ● Apple Cider Vinegar contains plenty of minerals, vitamins and enzymes ● Recipe: Soak in a warm detox bath containing 1 cup of Epsom salts and 2 oz Apple Cider Vinegar to detoxify the body

4) Aids in Weight Loss! ● Stabilizes blood sugar for a longer period of time helping to control appetite ● Take 1-2 tsp with water before each meal

5) Whitens Teeth ● Gargle with ACV in the morning before brushing your teeth to remove stains, kill bacteria in the mouth and whiten your smile

Images: Webmd.com, medicmagic.net, rachelray.com,Toneitup.com, Houzz.com

The Zen Zone: Tick Tock

Having a hard time adjusting to the end of Daylight Saving Time?

Head to Bed Earlier!

Use this extra time to unwind from your day. Prior to turning in for the night, relax with a warm cup of herbal tea, jot down tomorrow’s to-do list,  turn on some soothing sounds and spritz a delicate mist of a calming essential oil over your pillowcase.

Start your day off right!

No need for an alarm clock because you have wee ones? Encouraging them to snooze a little longer during time changes is challenging. Ok to Wake is designed exclusively for children, alerting them when it is time to get out of bed. Parents control the settings and can customize for mornings and naptimes!

Don’t Drag During the Day!

Finding yourself hungrier or nodding off at your laptop because you’re ready to eat but the clock says otherwise? Try dipping some veggies or pretzels into hummus or nosh on a Kind bar to take the edge off.

Ok to Wake $29.95

 

Essence of Vali Bedtime Ritual $18

 

 Kind Bar  Found at local grocery stores.

 

Delicious afternoon snacks Wonderly.com

 

Image: Pinterest