Discover Essential Oils March 09 2015, 0 Comments
At Urbanization we are all about living a natural healthy lifestyle. We have discovered that the pursuit of emotional and physical well-being is not only necessary but a lot of fun!
In an effort to satisfy our appetite for curiosity, we recently attended an essential oils workshop lead by a certified Hollistic Wellness Coach. She spoke about some of the many benefits of using essential oils in your daily life. These oils have been used by ancient cultures for centuries and have recently had a resurgence in modern culture. They are completely natural and can be substitutes for synthetic pharmaceutical drugs. Essential oils have antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties among many other benefits!
Top 2 Ways to Use Essential Oils:
Aromatically – you can do this either with a diffuser or with your own hands. Apply some drops on your hands and rub the oil into your skin. Then cup your hands over your mouth and nose. Take deep breaths and breathe in the aromatic scents. This is the fastest way to receive the benefits because it immediately enters your system.
Topically- Because of the potency of essential oils, it is recommended to dilute them with a vegetable based oil such as almond, coconut or jojoba. Direct contact could burn your skin or cause an adverse reaction. You will also get the added benefit of skin moisturizer from the vegetable based oil.
One of the best ways to topically apply essential oils is directly to the bottom of your feet. The pores in this area are the largest and your skin will act like a sponge and absorb the oil. The skin is less sensitive in this area as well so you can avoid skin reactions.
There are so many essential oils to discover but here are some of our favorites!
-cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
-naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion
-supports healthy respiratory function
- promotes a positive good mood and cognitive ability
- immune stimulant and improves circulation
-uplifts your mood
-gives you an immediate energy boost
-improves concentration and mental sharpness
-helps to settle your stomach and relieve nausea
-calming and relaxation properties
-soothes skin irritations
-helps skin to recover quickly
-eases muscle tension
-promotes a restful nights sleep
-great for minor burns, cuts and scrapes
Try some essential oils for yourself and tell us what you think!
Copy and photo credit: Gennifer Rose
Morning Yoga for Beginners in Under 10 Minutes! January 17 2014, 1 Comment
Rise and shine! It happens to me every morning; the terrible struggle to get out of bed. Between my cozy warm bed, fat purring cat, and soft sheets the LAST thing I want to do is get out of bed.
But my pesky alarm clock wont let up so i reluctantly remove my now disgruntled cat from my chest and roll out of bed into what I call RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN TO PUT ON WARMER CLOTHES BECAUSE NOW I'M FREEZING COLD. I thought to myself, there has to be a better way to wake up in the morning.
So, I don't have a solution to the imminent freezing sensation of getting out of bed. But when I do, you will all be the first to know.
BUT as i was perusing Pinterest (my absolute FAVORITE website) I came across some daily morning yoga posses.
I'm the kind of person who sleeps until the LAST possible moment, so my first thought was, I do NOT have time for morning yoga. But I hated the grumpy mood I would be in more than taking 10 a few minuets to stretch out before my shower.
So, here it is to you, my final list of my favorite yoga stretches to start off your day. These are BEGINNER poses, because lets be honest, the majority of us don;t feel like being a contortionist first thing in the morning, and IF you do, I tip my hat to you!
Hold each pose for 30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side when necessary. Make sure to focus on your breathing. Count on the inhale and breathe out all tension and stress on the exhale.
Now waking up is slightly more tolerable, and I can start my day on a positive note! Enjoy and happy stretching!