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Yogurt is one of the most important nutritional foods to the body. Recently it has been proved to be beneficial for skin care as well. Mostly everyone knows the benefits of yogurt consumption. It is very good for the immune system and at the same time, the best natural food for digestion. Thanks to its […] The post DIY Yogurt And Egg Whites Facial Mask appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
Yogurt is one of the most important nutritional foods to the body. Recently it has been proved to be beneficial for skin care as well.
Mostly everyone knows the benefits of yogurt consumption. It is very good for the immune system and at the same time, the best natural food for digestion.
Thanks to its high content in living bacteria which is beneficial to the body, yogurt can be applied to the skin too, not only ingested. In addition, many types of yogurt contain probiotics, some living micro-organisms that help maintain a balanced and healthy digestive system. Many studies have shown that women who eat yogurt are less prone to infection. Also active substances in yogurt reduce the risk of colon cancer, decrease high blood pressure and prevent osteoporosis.
Yogurt can be applied to the skin for cleaning and moisturizing. It can be used on any skin type. Being rich in lactic acid, it is beneficial for mature skin as well.
So, we can use yogurt and eggs to prepare a hydrating and cleansing mask, rated by model Shalom Harlow as “moisturizing and soothing”.
Eggs are also good for the skin as they bring an important intake of protein, minerals and vitamins.
Here’s What You’ll Need to Make This Facial Mask:
2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
2 egg whites
Here’s How to Make This Facial Mask:
First of all, separate the egg whites.
Whisk them in a bowl.
Add two tablespoons of yogurt (plain, not flavored) and mix well.
Apply this mixture on the face with gentle moves.
Leave it there for at least 5 minutes.
Use warm water to rinse the mask.
Wipe the face with a warm towel.
I enjoy this particular mask as it is super easy to make. Just open the fridge, take a look inside and get the yogurt and eggs. What can be more wonderful than to keep your skin healthy and shiny with food? Both eaten or put on your face. I am positive that our great grandmothers also used this kind of treatments as they didn’t have innovative anti-aging serums to buy. Enjoy!
Haven’t we all, at times, wondered how we can find the “magic happiness potion”? Many of us prefer to experience things on a subtle level of inner knowing, but for you science buffs, what if science could show you how to activate happiness whenever you wanted? Some people work best on themselves and work through […] The post 10 Researched Ways to Breathe In & Embody Happiness appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
Haven’t we all, at times, wondered how we can find the “magic happiness potion”? Many of us prefer to experience things on a subtle level of inner knowing, but for you science buffs, what if science could show you how to activate happiness whenever you wanted? Some people work best on themselves and work through their tougher times when there is tangible evidence, and laid out steps to follow.
While in the past human depression, fear and anger were well researched by scientists, the focus these days tends to be on preventing those emotions. We are told to stick only with the positive, avoid anything we (or anyone else) deems negative. I will be the last to tell anyone to ever avoid certain emotions – as in my work, I have seen the denial of certain emotions do incredible damage to one’s psyche and ultimate emotional health.
But one thing I do like to talk about, is embodying our emotions. We need to feel it to heal it. If there are emotions you find unpleasant, try to get to know them. That doesn’t mean this is what you are, it is simply allowing your humanness to shine through. The only way out, is through. Once we clear space in our psyches, much like clearing out our closets, we have more room for fresh thoughts and true presence. In the last few years forward thinking minds like German science journalist Stefan Klein have been breaking new ground in the frontiers of neuropsychology and neuroscience to understand how happiness is created and blossoms in our minds.
The clinical explanation of how and why human beings ultimately become “happy” is far beyond the scope of this article. But suffice it to say that in general terms, there are ways that humans can increase their embodied presence – their happiness – right now. And the even better news is that your brain is malleable. That means it can be soothed and sculpted for experiencing happiness, despite any genetic programming you may have experienced to the contrary.
Start practicing the following 10 ways to increase your presence and focus now on a regular basis, and begin to gently shifty your internal and external physiological terrain.
Practice the Fine Art of the Smile
If you don’t have that many opportunities to smile during the day, it turns out that simply spending time practicing a genuine smile can boost your mood considerably. But don’t fake it! Michigan State University researchers found that employees involved in customer service jobs who regularly employed fake smiles were actually less productive and saw their mood worsen throughout the day. Your mind knows when you are actually practicing a “real” smile. Get your eyes, mouth and entire face involved when you practice smiling, and you can actually reduce stress caused by upsetting situations.
Shorten Your Daily Commute
Yep, as it turns out, the closer you live to your job, the happier you are. And when you think about it, not too much research is needed to be done in this area. There is a reason why the term “road rage” was coined to describe that special kind of anger that driving to and from work in frustrating traffic can provoke in some people. This is probably why so many people who work at home profess fewer health problems.
Two Swiss economists looking into this well-known phenomenon actually found that some people subconsciously compensate for a long commute by purchasing larger and more expensive possessions. But as Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert has stated, “Driving in traffic is a different kind of hell every day,” and owning an expensive car or a larger house does nothing to compensate. Move closer to your job will not make you feel happier, but you may just come to enjoy your work more as well.
When Outside, Pay Attention to Your Temperature
Spending time outside, preferably in the sun or a well lit area, for just 20 minutes can instantly boost your positive mood. One study on the effects of being outside as opposed to indoors even showed that a broader range of thinking and a better working memory are other benefits of hanging out in mother nature. And in case you were wondering, the American Meteorological Society released findings in 2011 that show “happiness is maximized at 13.9 degrees Celsius.” That is approximately 57.02 degrees Fahrenheit, and the current temperature you experience is more important for happiness than the average temperature throughout the day.
Get More Exercise (Naturally)
Exercise has long been professed to be a cure-all for everything from depression to memory loss, unhealthy heart conditions to Alzheimer’s disease. And you probably know that the endorphins which are released when you exercise are what provide you with such a wonderful burst of self-confidence and good feelings.
However, pay attention to this – as soon as you begin to strenuously test your body physically, your brain notices this as a moment of stress. Your heart pressure increases and your brain instantly responds with a “fight or flight” awakening. Now I’m not sure how good this is ultimately for your adrenals… but the science behind it says that Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is released to protect your brain from what it perceives as stress, endorphins are sent out inside your brain to minimize discomfort and feelings of pain, and you experience a sense of euphoria.
Take a Siesta (or a Cat Nap)
Find yourself the nearest sunbeam and curl up in it! When you do not have enough sleep, your brain actually has a harder time recalling pleasant memories. But the problem is double-sided, because the amygdala – the emotional center of your brain – for some reason still processes negative stimulus very effectively when you are tired. But your hippocampus is the part of your mind which deals with neutral or positive memories.
And when you do not sleep properly, your hippocampus weakens. In one important study, college students were intentionally sleep deprived, and then they were instructed to memorize a list of words. Incredibly, 81% of the words with negative connotations were easily recalled. But only 31% of the words on the list with positive or neutral connotations could be remembered. Take a nap, get plenty of rest, and your happiness will be affected positively.
Try to Find About Two Hours to Volunteer Each Week
It takes less than two hours of volunteer work per week over a year to enrich your level of happiness. That is the magic number purported by The Journal of Happiness Studies to create the perfect level of happiness and self-peace in the average human being. And purchases for activities and experiences created greater feelings of success, happiness and well being than when money was used to buy physical objects. Volunteer your time and personal efforts for two hours a week, and not only will you feel happier for it now, but you can also significantly and positively impact the lives of those less fortunate than yourself.
Hang Out More With Family & Friends
Bronnie Ware wanted to make a difference in her life. So she began a career as a palliative care nurse (caring for patients in the last weeks of their lives). Recording the thoughts of her dying charges, she noticed that one of their top five regrets was not staying in touch with friends and family. And there is even more research which shows the benefits of interacting frequently and regularly with those people you care the most about. George Vaillant conducted a 72 year study of 268 men from all walks of life.
The relationships of the men in the study at age 47 predicted long life and late life adjustments better than almost any other factor. A full 93% of the men in the study who were in great health at age 65 had been exceptionally close to one or more siblings when they were younger. Spend some quality time with your friends and family members today, and you will smile immediately in the short term, and live longer and healthier over time.
Gratitude Goes a Long, Long Way
Everyone has something to be thankful for. And most people have many more things in their life which provide them happiness and satisfaction, than sadness and stress. You can very easily keep a journal listing the things you are thankful for, with a goal to record at least three positive people, places or experiences you encounter every day. You can also verbally share positive events and occurrences each day with your spouse or a friend.
Some people prefer to go out of their way to express gratitude when others help them, and all of these recognitions and professions of gratitude have been shown to heighten well-being and happiness in both individuals and groups. A conscious focus on the blessings in your life can provide emotional and interpersonal benefits which lead to better health and a longer life as well.
Rewire Your Brain Through Meditation
Aside from improving your focus and clarity, practitioners of frequent meditation also refer to a sense of calm and peacefulness they experience during and after meditative sessions. Multiple studies, including one performed at Massachusetts General Hospital, back up such claims. Neuroimages showing the brain scans of 16 people participating in a before and after study of mindful meditation showed startling results.
Those portions of the participants’ brains which are concerned with self awareness and compassion grew noticeably. At the same time, stressful areas shrank drastically. Meditation has for centuries been touted as displaying incredible curative powers. Meditation can be practiced for a few minutes many times throughout your day, and the instant happy and positive result has been proven to last long term.
Keep Breathing, Keep Moving, Keep It Simple
It seems that simply growing older causes you to look at life with a healthier and happier attitude. Startling new research shows that older people remember happier faces and situations better than unpleasant ones. You can impact your happiness positively by practicing healthy habits that will lead to a longer existence.
The Bell Curve seems to be middle-age, so once you are in your 40’s, begin thinking about pleasant memories, experiences and loved ones more frequently, and your hardwired nature to recall positive feelings and forget negative ones will empower a cycle of longer life and happier health.
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I find the activity of preparing my own lotions and skin care products very pleasant and relaxing. It is so nice to combine all those natural ingredients in a way that will result in the best end product for my skin. This happens because, throughout the years, I have discovered what is best for […] The post DIY Honey Baking Soda Facial Scrub appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
I find the activity of preparing my own lotions and skin care products very pleasant and relaxing. It is so nice to combine all those natural ingredients in a way that will result in the best end product for my skin. This happens because, throughout the years, I have discovered what is best for my skin. Beside the natural oils and butters, I use many herbs and also food ingredients from my kitchen.
This recipe has two such foods: baking soda and raw honey.
One of the ingredients always present in the kitchen, baking soda, invaded the cosmetic field. Its role in cosmetic treatments was first noticed by the Egyptians. Baking soda is a good facial scrub. It reduces redness and prevents the risk of pimples occurrence.
Raw honey has tremendous benefits for your skin health as well.
It is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
It acts as an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent, disinfecting the skin and fastens acne healing.
Honey absorbs impurities and helps detoxify the skin.
Is an excellent natural remedy for skin cleansing and toning.
Softens and nourishes the skin, thanks to its emollient compounds.
Is rich in antioxidants, which is why it restores the sun damaged skin and diminishes the fine lines.
That being said, I am confident that you will give this scrub a try.
Here Is What You’ll Need:
½ tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 drop frankincense essential oil
1 drop lavender essential oil
1 drop geranium essential oil
How to Make This Honey Baking Soda Facial Scrub:
Mix together the honey and the baking soda.
Add the essential oils.
Take a warm towel and place it on your face. This will help open the pores.
- Apply the scrub with gentle, circular moves. Massage the face for several minutes so that you remove all the impurities.
- Wash the scrub with warm water.
- Use it once/twice per week.
- The pH of this scrub is alkaline, so if you want to balance it, sprinkle rose water on your face after you remove it.
- Enjoy your deliciously homemade facial scrub!
Are you as in love with essential oils as I am? If you have been using essential oils for any amount of time, you probably have heard of the term “layering”. You may also be aware that while essential oils are most frequently used individually, you can also create and purchase blends of 2 or […] The post How Layering Essential Oils Differs from Blending appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
Are you as in love with essential oils as I am? If you have been using essential oils for any amount of time, you probably
have heard of the term “layering”. You may also be aware that while
essential oils are most frequently used individually, you can also create
and purchase blends of 2 or more oils. Are blending and layering the same
thing? If not, how are they different? If they are different, which process
delivers the most benefits?
Layering is simply a process of applying one oil on top of another. You
may apply one or 2 drops of cypress oil to a sprained ankle and allow it to
absorb. This is great for slowing down swelling, and also for improving
your circulation. After that oil has been absorbed into your skin, you can
follow with 1 to 2 drops of basil, which is an excellent treatment for muscle
injuries. My favorite kit for beginners learning to layer their oils (especially if you plan to work on others), is the Raindrop Technique kit from Young Living. It comes with all of the oils, and an instructional DVD.
You then continue to layer lemongrass (for repairing ligaments and joints),
wintergreen (for treating bone problems) and valor oil (for reducing
bruising). This is a common process for treating sprains. In each case and
each stage of layering, you allow one essential oil to be totally absorbed
before layering the next one on top.
Does Layering Essential Oils Offer the Most Health Benefits?
Whether you apply a blend, a single essential oil or layer several oils, you
are going to receive different types of benefits. No one process is “better”
than the other. A simple bee sting can be treated quite effectively with 1 or
2 drops of lavender oil. In most cases layering is not needed, nor is an
essential oil blend.
However, as in the above example (a sprained wrist or ankle), layering is
used to treat multiple symptoms. And in some cases, a blend created by a
recognized essential oils retailer is the best option. You have 3 different
applications for treating different issues.
Blending Is Not Layering, But You Can Layer with Blends
Blending is a very exact process. It is best left to professionals in most
cases. A blend is nothing more than 2 or more essential oils blended and
mixed together. When layering one oil on top of another, you can use
essential oil blends. Just note that blending and layering are 2 entirely
different aromatherapy procedures.
When To Blend, Layer or Use a Single Essential Oil
Layering can be so effective because of the powerful nature of essential
oils. Usually a period of time from 5 to 10 minutes between layering oils is
enough to let the oil absorb into your skin. There are popular essential oil
manufacturers that make very effective blends for several common
situations. And for the majority of daily use, single oil applications will be
fine. So, when do you choose one method over another?
The answer comes in turning to your personal experiences. Purchase an
essential oils guide or book. Join aromatherapy chat rooms and forums
online, as well as off-line communities and groups. Over time your
personal use of essential oils, combined with experienced knowledge you
receive from like-minded individuals, will ensure that you choose the
appropriate type of essential oils application every time.
Finding Closure and Embracing New Beginnings There has to be endings to create new beginnings. An old year ends and a New Year begins, full of promises of change and new experiences. Mitch Albom, author of “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” wrote: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at […] The post How to Find Closure and Embrace New Beginnings appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
Finding Closure and Embracing New Beginnings
There has to be endings to create new beginnings. An old year ends and a New Year begins, full of promises of change and new experiences. Mitch Albom, author of “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” wrote: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”
It’s a great way to look at endings in our lives. Some endings, such as the death of a loved one, will leave you sad, but if you can accept it as an entire host of good memories and eventually go on with what the new beginnings have in store for you, you’ll live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Each step in your life is necessary for you to continue growing. The end of high school or college signifies the beginning of an adult lifestyle and possibly a career that you’ve studied for.
Every New Year is an opportunity for you to sit down and figure out what you want to do differently this year that will make you a better and happier person. Do you want to lose weight, quit smoking, move on to another job? Now is the time to rethink and reset your goals and make the necessary changes in your life.
An ending can only come when you let go of thinking about them.
When negative things get to be beyond your control, you’ve got to distance yourself and begin to make a space for the positive. Otherwise, it will interfere with the future you want to have and keep you from making the changes you need to make.
Get a grip on the reality of endings.
You don’t have to like all of them, but you do need to accept the reality of what they are. If you don’t learn to accept endings to allow for new beginnings, you could simply give up and that would mean unhappiness and a lifetime of regrets.
Think about things in a new way.
You may think of yourself as “set in your ways,” about certain things, but you have the right to change your mind if something occurs (such as more knowledge) to tilt your thinking another way. Sometimes it helps to gain a fresh perspective on life and let go of old beliefs.
Remember, if you don’t take chances, change isn’t possible. You can hold on to the good things in your life, but if a new idea triggers excitement and fulfillment in your life, try it. If you don’t, you may regret it.
Adjust Your Sails to the Future
“When you can’t change the direction of the wind – adjust your sails,” is a quote from inspirational writer, H. Jackson Brown, Jr, is one that has depth and meaning if there are things going on in your life that you can’t control.
The only things you can change are those which you have control over. Therefore, you need to find a way to get on with your life (adjust your sails) and look to the future rather than spending more time on what’s not working.
If a sailor knows a storm is coming from a certain direction, he or she will adjust the sails and let the wind blow them in the opposite direction. Remaining on the same course might mean being caught up in a disaster that could sink the boat.
It’s the same with your life. Continuing on a course where disaster is looming and just waiting to take you down might make it impossible for you to ever get out of the “storm,” and head on to safe passage.
It may be difficult to change a course that you’ve been on for a long time. That route is familiar and even though filled with turmoil, it can be strangely comfortable.
Taking an unknown course of action may be scary, but necessary.
If you’re to get on with your life and take action to make changes that will bring you success and happiness.
The first thing you must do to rid yourself of fear for the uncharted course is to stop worrying. Practice replacing negative thoughts with positive ones and soon it will become automatic.
Mentally prepare yourself by gathering knowledge about your new course of action.
Visualize yourself in your new role in the future. You may still run into situations you’re unprepared for – and you may make some wrong decisions on the path – but, perseverance will get you through the dark and stormy times and guide you to safety.
Next, remove the negative elements from your life. It may be difficult, because some of the negative elements might be friends, family and others, but it’s a necessary action that must happen before you can get through the present storm in your life.
Set goals, take action on them and stay the course. You’ll soon realize your dreams and desires for the future.
In today’s fast paced world, it is not uncommon for people to find themselves in positions of dealing with pain. If this is you, especially if it is nagging or chronic, you may be hoping to avoid taking medication but still want relief. Or maybe you would like to save money without resorting to chemical […] The post How to Control Pain Naturally (+ 8 Acupressure Points for Migraines) appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
In today’s fast paced world, it is not uncommon for people to find themselves in positions of dealing with pain. If this is you, especially if it is nagging or chronic, you may be hoping to avoid taking medication but still want relief. Or maybe you would like to save money without resorting to chemical means. There are many non-medical, sometimes inexpensive ways to find help.
Book Yourself in for a Massage
A good massage can help relax muscles, which relieves tension. Massage therapists specialize in pain-relieving tissue manipulation that can bring great relief. Massage therapists may also recommend supplements and dietary changes.
Pay a Visit to Your Chiropractor
A good chiropractor can make you wonder where he or she has been all your life. Chiropractics realign the joints, especially the spine. When the spine is out of line, the other joints get out of line as well. Muscles tighten to compensate for the misalignment, pulling tighter and creating knots and cramps.
A chiropractor will relax the muscles and realign the spine. Chiropractics can relieve joint pain, headaches, and backaches. Most chiropractors also treat conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Your chiropractor will probably recommend supplements and dietary changes that can help you as well. In addition, he or she may give you special stretches and exercises to do to keep your pain at bay.
Move and Stretch Your Body… Gently
It’s no surprise that movement methods such as Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, and general stretching are helpful in reducing pain. They relax muscle tension, increase circulation, and help align the body. Be sure to incorporate some breath work to help move through any discomfort – but be sure not to push yourself or overdo it.
Alternate Between Hot and Cold
Applying alternating hot and cold packs can help you find some relief. The heat increases circulation to the area and encourages muscle relaxation. The cold reduces inflammation and swelling. You can buy such packs commercially, or make your own with two tube socks filled with rice and tied shut. Put one in the freezer and microwave the other. Then use alternately.
Identify the Cause
Keep a journal of your pain experience. In this journal, write down a daily record of everything you eat, what you do physically (Did you sit in a recliner for a long time? Or in a desk chair? Did you lie down or do a lot of standing that day?), and when you feel more or less pain. This will help you look for patterns.
Perhaps you get headaches from a food allergy you didn’t know you had, or maybe the way you sit at your computer is causing neck or shoulder pain. The journal can help you identify these possible causal factors.
Be Sure You are Getting Regular Exercise
It’s remarkable what just getting the body moving can do for pain. Water aerobics, swimming, walking, and other regular exercise can greatly increase circulation, promote healthy joints and bones, and loosen muscles. Avoid exercises that involve a lot of twisting, contortions, or joint stress (such as running on pavement).
Try Acupuncture and Acupressure
These natural pain relief treatments work by targeting “energy centers” or channels in the body. When these channels are opened through acupuncture or acupressure, the theory is that the energy will flow freely and pain will be reduced. Acupuncture and acupressure may actually stimulate the body’s natural pain-fighting chemicals and promote circulation.
If your pain is very persistent, you might want to see a specialist. There are pain management specialists who do not use drugs or medications.
Eight Important Points For Acupressure Migraine Control
When it comes to headaches and pain, there is nothing that is quite as bad as the pain associated with a migraine. A migraine can creep up on you without any warning and interfere with your day. The pain that most people feel is described as intolerable, throbbing, excruciating, and soul-destroying, and the worst part is that many painkillers and medicines have little to no effect on them.
Luckily, migraines respond quite well to more homeopathic remedies, such as the use of acupressure points, which are located in places all over the body. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, except there are no needles. It is a quick and effective way to relieve the pain of a migraine and even eradicate it completely.
In this infographic below, you will discover the best acupressure points that you can use to help stop your migraine in its tracks. These are designed to help you discreetly yet effectively treat yourself wherever you may be, and all by placing firm and steady pressure on various individual points. Thirty seconds to a minute are typically sufficient to completely eliminate a migraine.
Top 8 Valuable Acupressure Points for Painful Migraines
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