In the winter months our bodies crave hydration. The cold air dries out our tissues, and there is only so much hydration from the inside can help. In addition to drinking water, we have to apply extra goodness from the outside.
I’ve been making a concerted effort to avoid wheat lately, but unfortunately that means cutting out one of my favorite foods, bread. Learning to live without sandwiches or toast is something that takes some getting used to. To help fill the void, I began looking into alternatives, and was really excited when I found this “Life Changing Loaf of Bread” from one of my favorite food bloggers, Sarah of My New Roots.
The seasons are changing.Temperatures are rising and falling to new extremes each day, and with them there is a toll is exerted on our sinuses. We are more prone to infections, clogs, and discomfort around our nose and eyes come this time of year. To help keep them clear and to give relief, you can simply inhale some of Mother Nature’s healing scents. Eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender are a dynamic force that help clogs and give soothing energy to sinus cavities. Next time you need a little something to make you feel better, try putting together one of these simple “smelling pouches”.
On a recent trip to Italy, I visited the world mecca for holistic beauty. Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is the oldest known pharmacy still in operation today. But don’t be fooled when I say, “pharmacy.” This place is so much more than your average CVS or Walgreens. I was so struck and amazed by the institution, that I wanted to share a peek inside its walls. If you ever find yourself in Florence, please, pay the site a visit.
We often try to fix our skin issues from the outside in. We cover in cream, we scrub, we pick, we pop, we conceal - but really - the best thing is to start from within. People walking down the street with good skin, if not for sheer genes, have a beautiful glow because they take care of themselves in other ways first. Leading a healthy lifestyle and taking the steps below will invariably give you a better starting point. From there, please, wear sunscreen to avoid sunspots and aging, exfoliate, and once in a while, let your skin breathe.