I have a sneaking suspicion that the majority of us “health conscious” folks at least consider doing a little bit of a body/mind reset in January. I know I do. My internal dialogue usually starts around the middle of November when I promise myself that I will definitely start taking better care of myself in January. The start of a new year often symbolizes the opportunity for a fresh start and we all start with the best intentions. 2021 is no different, except for the fact that it absolutely is! We are all collectively reeling from 2020 and despite what some people might think we are all in this mess together.
So, way back in November, I told myself that I would do a January cleanse. No wine, no cheese, no bread, pasta, or sugar and considerably more vegetables and exercise. Now, here it is January 12th and I’ve managed to go a week without bread and pasta, 4 days (not all in a row) without wine, and zero days without cheese. I get so hungry without carbs that I find myself at my fridge at various points throughout the day breaking off a 4 inch chunk of old cheddar and stuffing it my mouth with the fridge door still open. My November self obviously forgot what my January self would be like... my discipline level is at about a 2 on the scale of 100. I should know this about myself by now.
So I think I’m going to rethink these drastic promises my November self made with my January self. I’ll try instead with smaller goals, ones that I can actually achieve. I’m good with no bread and no pasta and more vegetables and more exercise. I’ll start there. Maybe I’ll try to skip my customary nightly glass of wine and have one every other night instead. I’ll try to just go easy on myself… after all, it’s been one hell of a year.
For those of you who are also trying to eliminate some of your vices and want to incorporate some aromatics into your healthy January routine, here are some simple suggestions that are low commitment and an enjoyable addition to your day:
1: Start a daily dry brushing routine. Dry brushing sloughs off dead skin cells, improves circulation, and stimulates your lymphatic system among many other benefits. Your skin eliminates over a pound of waste acids everyday, so making sure your skin is healthy is the first step to ensuring efficient toxin release. For more info on dry brushing and instructions on how to do it properly you can read our blog post about it here: https://healingscents.net/blogs/learn/19116087-benefits-of-dry-brushing
2: After dry brushing, have a daily salt bath. Ideally this happens before bed: Add ½ cup baking soda and 1 cup Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts, Himalayan salt or a combo of all of the above. The above-mentioned salts all have varying amounts of minerals, which will aid in the body to eliminate toxins. The baking soda helps the body to absorb the minerals from the salts.
3: Add 5-15 drops of Healingscents Detox Synergy Blend to a tablespoon of jojoba oil. Either add this mixture to the bath or massage it into the skin afterwards. Our specially formulated organic detox essential oil blend helps to detoxify your entire system in the following ways...
- stimulates the kidneys to expel toxins from the body
- stimulates circulation
- promotes the flow of urine
- purifies the blood
- help to clear mucous from the intestines / intestinal cleanser
- stimulates the body when feeling drowsy (an indication of waste overload)
- balances the central nervous system
- clears spleen and liver
- increases gastric secretion
- stimulates bile production which helps the body properly digest fats
- helps stimulate pancreatic secretions
- revitalizes red blood corpuscles / stimulates white corpuscles / aids the formation of new blood cells
- acts as a tonic to circulatory system, heart, liver & kidneys & digestive system
- is a diuretic and antiseptic to genito-urinary tract
- helps reduce fluid retention
Follow these steps for the duration of your cleanse. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the obvious at this point: Drink lots of water with fresh lemon!
Yours in love and aromatics,