Thursday, January 27, 2011

Body Brushing

My new favorite, must have for the shower... The new bath brush from Eco-Tools, now available on line at www.norabloom.com and in our beauty lounge, $8.50. BUY NOW

THIS EARTH-FRIENDLY BATH BRUSH SHOWS RESPECT FOR THE PLANET
Handle is made from bamboo, a highly-sustainable plant. Synthetic nylon bristles are 100% cruelty-free.

HOW TO USE:
Wet brush and apply favorite soap or body wash to gently scrub hard-to-reach areas. Rinse and hang to dry.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF DRY BODY BRUSHING?
Dry brushing cleans the lymphatic system. Lymph is considered part of our immune system and is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. You can do the brushing head-to-toe or toe-to-head. It really doesn’t matter as long as the entire body is brushed. Long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction help drain the lymph back to your heart. Note: Stroking away from your heart puts extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels and can cause ruptured vessels and varicose veins. Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.

Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. A thorough skin brushing takes about 15 minutes, but any time spent brushing prior to bathing will benefit the body. If you are feeling ill, increasing the treatments to twice a day is good. Complete this routine with a nice, warm shower. Pat the skin dry with a soft towel, and generously coat the skin with Norabloom Organic Jojoba Body Blend (clary sage or lime)

Friday, January 14, 2011

7 Ways to De-Stress

It has been brought to my attention (in a very personal way) that stress can and will pile up if you allow it to. Once that happens, it can reek havoc on your health. We hear about stress, we feel stressed at times, we sense stress. But for me it always seemed to be apart of life-you just accept it. Well, on my journey of figuring all of this out, I made a list. This is my list of simple FREE things to do when life overwhelms me. I thought I would share.

1. Wake up ten minutes early each day. Use this extra ten minutes to relax, move slower than usual.

2. Take a deep breath.

3. Trade five minute massages with someone in your home. Kids love this, so do husbands :) It reminds you where your body is tensing up and brings you back into the center of your body where you can be more grounded. It also reminds you of the value of human touch which can improve your relationships in a subtle way and reduce the stress in the air around you.

4. Take a walk. Getting outside and getting moving are both great ways to clear your head.

5. Write out the positive. Whenever you feel yourself getting too stressed, grab a journal and a pen and head somewhere quiet. create a list of the positive things that are going on in your life or a list of things that you are grateful for. Re-focusing on the positive for ten minutes by yourself can bring you back to a happier place and reduce the feeling of stress in your life.

6. Immerse yourself in a scent that you love. We can drastically change our moods with the right scents. Learn a little bit about aromatherapy and figure out how to take a few minutes out of each day to bring yourself back to a calmer place using the right oils or perfumes. For me it is Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils.

7. Make sure to take at least ten minutes of your lunch hour just to eat. Most people, like myself multi-task during their lunch hours. Mindful eating of healthy foods for just ten minutes can really brighten your day.

I thought I could think of 10, but now I am in the mood for a walk, so I am stopping at 7.

Enjoy your day! :)

Holly

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Treatment: Eco-fin


Ecofin is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional paraffin. It is made with 100% natural plant-based emollients and pure essential oils. It contains no petroleum, artificial dyes, or synthetic fragrances. Ecofin is a healthy and nurishing treatment that leaves your skin soft and supple without harming the environment.