Thursday, May 15, 2014

Detox Bath and Facial

I have learned more about Toxins in the last week or so than I ever imagined I would. As I have changed my eating habits (for the better, of course) and moved towards natural products my body is cleansing itself out. My body is releasing toxins...it hasn't been the most enjoyable experience. I figured that I could do something to help get those toxins out. So, I decided to take a bath. Yep, a bath. I mean, seriously, why not? It's one of the easiest, most relaxing way to get rid of toxins. I came across A LOT of detox bath ideas...but then I came across one that I knew that I had to try. The Ultimate Detox Bath!

Oh my goodness! It was exactly what I was wanting. And if it eludes to how much I loved it let me mention that I've done this detox bath two days in a row! As much as I enjoy Lavender essential oil I wanted to go with something a little different. I combined Ylang Ylang (Helps balance hormones, Promotes healthy skin and hair, Lifts mood while having a calming effect) and Sandalwood (Promotes healthy, smooth skin, Reduces the appearance of scars and blemishes, Enhances mood) which are both known for detoxing qualities as well. I loved the combination and helped calm the scent of the Apple Cider Vinegar as well.

The second time I took the Ultimate Detox Bath I decided that I was going to step it up a notch and do a homemade Clay Facial Mask as well since I already had the clay out. I washed it off halfway through my soaking and success! Double relaxation! I'm slightly obsessed with facials and I really, really enjoyed this facial mask. It also happens to be cheaper than going to a spa. Frankincense may be one of my favorite essential oils already, but add it to a clay mask and I'm in heaven! You can choose different essential oils, but I would recommend at least 1 drop of Frankincense. You're complexion will thank you for it.

All those hours I spent learning more about toxins and finding baths and facial "recipes" all melted away in 2 soaks. So worth it. Not to mention that I was ridding my body of unwanted toxins. 

There are different types of Bentonite Clay. To understand it more read about it here on Wellness Mama's blog. Some worry about whether to use Sodium Bentonite or Calcium Bentonite, from what I've read and learned up to this point they both work great. If you are struggling with too much sodium in your diet, then stay away from Sodium Bentonite. Redmond Clay is a great choice as it has both Sodium and Calcium. I went to Vitamin Shoppe and bought this one ...which they currently have an online sale for it too! [[It is a Calcium Bentonite if you wanted to know]] I do not know if the local Whole Foods carries Redmond Clay or not, but I'll be checking on my next trip.

One thing to keep in mind is do not let the Bentonite clay come in contact with metal as it will loose its effectiveness...mix with plastic in plastic or glass. I used a spatula in a glass measuring cup when making my clay facial.

Go ahead...give it a try and enjoy. Get rid of toxins by taking a bath. Oh and you should probably not take a bath unless you're ready for bed. You will be ready for bed after the Ultimate Detox Bath. You can use the facial any time of the day, but keep in mind that it is perfectly normal for your face to be red for about 30 minutes after the facial.

Do you have a favorite mask or detox bath?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

As the deer pants for streams of water...

Today I went for a walk in the park. It's one of my favorite ways to clear my head. I needed the walk today. I needed time away with Jesus. The past couple months have been a challenging time...definitely good, but challenging. I've been learning so much about Faith and trust. I was having some bouts with feeling like I was sinking today and not walking on water so much. So, I went for a walk. It's starting to get warm and humid here in Nashville, but the trees provide perfect shade along the walk. Within a couple minutes I was crossing over a bridge that goes over a small creek. Half way on the bridge I noticed a deer standing in the creek about 750 ft away. He was covered in the shade drinking some water. I snapped a photo and started back on the walk. On my way back I crossed the same bridge and on the other side was another deer about 500 feet away. He was also drinking as he stood in the creek. I looked to the other side and the other deer was still enjoying the coolness of the creek and shade. My mind went to the scripture in Psalm 42:1 that says: "As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God." Now, mind you, I was born and raised in New Jersey in a part of the state where you had to watch for deer crossing at all times. And I was raised in a family where both brothers would avidly hunt and a dad who would take them. So, being able to spot deer just about anywhere would not be uncommon for me and I was in a park after all, so it wouldn't be uncommon for deer to be there, but I can't help but think that the Lord was showing me some love.

I was gently reminded that resting in the shade of His love and drinking of living water is where I need to remain. No matter the heat, He refreshes me. No matter the chaos around I can choose to rest in the coolness of His grace and mercy...under the shadow of His wing. He sees me. He cares for me. He's got me. He will continually be my source for all that I need. I just need to continue to long for him like the deer longs for streams of water. I'm so thankful that I serve a God who reassures me whenever and wherever. I am thankful for His love that embraces me. I'm thankful for His peace that He gives so generously. I'm thankful that He's always speaking to me and I don't have to be at church to hear His voice. And I'm ever so grateful that He is ALWAYS with me. He's so faithful. 

Are all doubts gone? No. Am I in a much better place? Absolutely. He's so good to me. So, I will repeat Psalm 42:11 the rest of the day: "Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again - my Savior and my God!"