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7 REASONS WHY RUNNING A HOT BATH IS LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR…

We all have busy lifestyles now and the majority of us tend to jump in the shower first in the morning and having a bath is at the bottom of your list. When was the last time you enjoyed a good soak in the bath? I am ashamed to say it’s years for me as I love my shower but when I move house I am going to change all that.

Here are 4 reasons why running a hot bath for yourself could make you feel more relaxed and calmer, just like a breath of fresh air.

  1. It will help you to wind down before you go to sleep. They reckon that a warm bath an hour before you go to help will help you go to sleep and Epsom salt and lavender oil (five drops) will help you along your way.
  2. A quick bath can totally transform you by adding just a few drops of bath oils to soften your skin, lie with a face sheet mask warmed up in the water across your face and pop a mask on your hair. After a short while when you remove your mask from your hair and face your face and body will feel transformed.
  3. Soothe your dry skin by adding a handful of oats to your bath with a spoonful of raw honey as they are great at hydrating your skin. They say don’t soak for longer than 20 minutes and use a soap-free body wash to finish and a fragrance-free moisturiser.
  4. A bath can not only help you wind down but it can also help to pep your mood up, it’s what you add to the water that makes all the difference. Uplifting grapefruit essential oils wakes up the senses. Mix eight to 10 drops with a few tablespoons of almond oil to ensure it disperses into the water. Remember to not have your water too hot as this will make you sleepy.
  5. Being immersed in water past your chest with your head out can have a good influence on your lung capacity and oxygen intake. There are two factors that contribute to this; the temperature of the water and the pressure the water places on your chest and lungs. When the water is warmer and your heart is beating faster, your oxygen intake can be improved and the steam created can clear your sinuses and chest. 
  6. Warm baths improve mental and emotional health. Candlelight, soothing music and sweet smells: Done right, a bath can be the ultimate in self-care. They also create a good environment for meditation, thought and escape from everyday stressors.
  7. According to dermatologists, taking baths can reduce ageing and adult acne.

Source: Lifehack, Cleveland Clinic, Little Things, Neals Yards Remedies, Seoulista Beauty

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8 HEALTH BENEFITS OF FLOWERS…

We all love some flowers in our house but did you know that some of them have health benefits as well. The right shade of flowers can actually give you a boost. A recent study reveals that the sense of smell is greatly linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Using the peanut butter test, sense of smell can improve or reveal any signs of the disease. The sense and smells from flowers have strong triggers that tap into one’s memory faster than anything else. Here are five flowers to enjoy their health benefits.

  1. Orange Ranunculus – This flower can help rebalance joy, optimism and wisdom. It can brighten up the worst of the dark days.
  2. Pink Tulips – They call pink the colour of relaxation. A shade of pink named Baker-Miller has even been used to help reduce violence in hostile environments.
  3. Blue Forget Me Nots have a calming colour which is reflective of the sea and sky. The blue blooms are said to stimulate mental clarity, creative expression and aspiration.
  4. Purple Anemones are well known for keeping you motivated and inspired. They will also calm you when you could be feeling a little overwhelmed.
  5. Yellow Chrysanthemums will inspire feelings of happiness and warmth. It is also said to drive confidence, clarity and contentment, optimism and joy.
  6. Peace Lilies as per studies were done by NASA it was found that peace lily keeps surrounding air clean by removing benzene and formaldehyde from the environment.
  7. Jasmine flowers are mostly white, however, there are species that bear yellow ones and some rare species with pink flowers. Jasmine can soothe you, eliminating stress with its great fragrance. The scent of jasmine precisely has earned its credit as an instant stress reliever for many.
  8. Gardenias are fragrant florals you’ll commonly find in flower gardens. These flowers emit a fresh smell that reduces stress and induces sleep. One analysis found that gardenia flowers are great natural alternatives to sleeping pills like Valium. Another study found that you’re less likely to wake up in the middle of the night and more likely to have a restful sleep with gardenia flowers. Instead of reaching for a sleeping aid when insomnia strikes, try picking up some gardenia for your room for a natural remedy to sleeping woes.

Source: Topical Talks, Pro Flowers

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How to Manage Your Anxiety in an Anxious World

Written by Dr. Eric Perry, PhD Image Credit: Pixabay “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia …

How to Manage Your Anxiety in an Anxious World