Home Sick

Well… the season has finally caught up with me. I’m sick.

 

I wanted to use this opportunity to share with you some of my favorite ways to beat the “I’m Home Sick” blues.

 

An Epsom Salt Bath: I love epsom salt baths… heck just baths in general.

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Make it super relaxing by making your own fancy bath salts and save them for days when you’re sick, stressed, or feeling just plain blah.

Fill your container (a mason jar or equivalent) with Epsom salts. Add several drops of your favorite essential oil (may I recommend lavender, chamomile, or peppermint?). If you’re feeling super adventurist add some dried herbs or flowers. Let container sit for about a week to infuse salts with all that fabulous goodness.

Then, the next time you’re home sick, light some candles, let the bathroom get super steamy, and throw a good amount of your homemade bath salts into the tub. All those aches will melt away and you’ll feel like a new person after a good soak.

 

Homemade heating pad: This one I’m going to have to thank my mom for.

Years ago, my mom made a whole collection of these homemade heating pads and now I have no idea what I would do without it. They’re super easy to make. Cut fabric to your desired size (mine is a rectangle sized 12″x6″). Put inside out, and sew three sides. Fill with FEED CORN. You can find feed corn at all sorts of places online, at farm supply stores, I even found some at Walmart one time. Sew the final side and you’re done. If you so desire, you can also create a pillow case for you’re heating pad (that way you can wash the case when necessary).

To use the heating pad, you can place it in you’re microwave (start with 2 min) or in the freezer for several hours. The feed corn hold the heat or cold for quite a long time. It’s fabulous for menstrual cramps, cold feet during the winter, tension headaches, and yes, when you’re sick. In fact, I’m using mine write now. Love it!

 

Tea with Honey and Lemon:

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Tea is amazing for all sorts of ailments, but I’m always reminded of how much I love tea when I’m sick. There is just something about holding this steaming cup of goodness, the heat running down my throat ridding my body of all yuckiness. “That’s right body! You better be scared- tea’s coming!!” …can you tell I love my tea? :-p

Adding honey and lemon gives my tea a special kung-pow that really helps to knock out a cold or flu. Honey is antibacterial among other things, and lemon will give you a dose of vitamin C. “See I told you body, you can run but you can’t hide!!”.

 

Daytime TV: So… I have to admit something.

The View

The View

I like daytime tv. You know, all those morning shows, the infomercials, the shopping network, reality tv… oh boy. I really shouldn’t have admitted that. But I have to say, when I’m sick, there is nothing better than lounging on the couch, cudding with Rocky- the super dog!, and watching The View, Ellen, and HSN. In fact, that’s what I’m going to do right now.

 

What do you do when you’re sick?

 

Love! (and health!)

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My Homemade Skincare Regimen

I have a love/hate relationship with all-natural homemade products. Half of me wants to do what’s right for the planet and my body, the other really just wants to run over to target and get a huge a** bottle of something chemically laden cause it’s easy and everyone else is doing it. But then I’m all, “self, that’s selfish (haha pun!) you should want to do what’s best for the earth. And you don’t want to give your money to some huge conglomerate that’s just going to squander your money and make profits off worker’s from other countries”. “But self, it’s so much easier!!”… You see, it’s complicated.

But deep down, I really want to go “all-natural” and I really don’t want to have to depend on someone else to do the research on what’s best for my body and the planet. So, here we are. 🙂

And I wanted to share with you my latest “switch” to homemade products…

My skincare routine.

Now, I have extremely sensitive, reactive, acne-prone skin. After basically attacking it all throughout highschool (and reaping the uh, benefits), I have learned to be extremely gentle on my skin.

That said, I also need the stuff to work. My skin breaks out like nobody’s business, so I need solutions to fight the oil and bacteria, yet be gentle enough so that my skin doesn’t react to harsh treatments. Most of these products are great for all types of skin, but I will give you a few options if you are on the drier side of the skin spectrum.

There are 3 ways I take care of my skin. Cleanse, Treat, and Moisturize. Now you may be thinking, but Amy, if you have oily skin, why the heck would you want to moisturize? In fact, I thought that too. Up until recently I ran away from anything that might add moisture to my skin. But, what I found out was that the more you take away, the more your body is going to ramp up it’s oil production. So if you moisturize well, your body will slow down it’s oil production. Get it? Plus, moisturizing will keep the wrinkles at bay so… 🙂

Without further ado, my routine.

Morning

Cleanse: Honey Cinnamon “Scrub”

Mix 1 cup RAW honey with enough cinnamon till it makes a light paste… emphasis on light- cinnamon is strong!

This amazing scrub is enough to get any dry skin off from overnight while still being absolutely luscious. And it smells heavenly. I try to do it first thing in the shower and leave it on till the end to rinse. On the weekends, I’ll take a bath and leave it on for a good 20-30 minutes while I soak.

If you have extra dry skin: DO NOT ADD THE CINNAMON. It can be somewhat drying and irritate any super dry patches you may have. The honey is extremely moisturizing though, so just use it plain. Or add sugar to the honey for a light scrub. Remember, not too much. You want more honey than scrubber. We don’t want to tear at your skin.

Benefits of Honey. Benefits of Cinnamon.

Treat: Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Mix 1 part ACV to 2 parts water (filtered or distilled is best)

That’s it. Put it in a squeezy bottle (you know the ones you can get for traveling) and just put a bit on a cotton ball on swipe on your face.

This is great for all skin types. Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing because it works to balance your skin’s ph levels so it’s not too oily or dry.

More benefits of ACV.

Moisturize: Aloe Vera

Straight up aloe vera  on a cotton ball. That’s it.

Make sure though to get 100% aloe vera. Which can be easier said than done. Personally I like Aubrey Organics, but just make sure to read the ingredients. Also, it’s a great sign if the packaging tells you to refrigerate after opening (bonus for a cooling effect and tighter pores!) meaning that it’s not full of preservatives.

Benefits of Aloe Vera

Evening

Cleanse: Baking Soda Paste

I keep a plastic container of baking soda in the bathroom. I just pore some out into my palm, add a bit of water and wash with my face like normal.

Baking soda is another way I exfoliate my skin. If you have dry skin, I recommend NOT using baking soda, at least not every day. Maybe once per week? Also, the more water you add, the less abrasive the baking soda, so feel free to add quite a bit, till it’s really not a paste anymore. Or, you can add some to honey (as done in a.m.).

Benefit of Baking Soda

Treat: Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil is amazing for acne, plus about a million other ailments. Make sure to purchase 100% pure tea tree oil, which then can be diluted due to your sensitivity. There are two options for dilution- oil or water. If you dilute in water make sure to use distilled. The concentration you use is up to you, but I would recommend starting out with about 5 drops per 1/2 cup, and go from there. I don’t recommend putting pure tea tree oil on your face- it will be much too strong and can burn. Once diluted, put in a sprayer bottle and you can spray onto a cotton ball or directly onto your face. If you use a carrier oil (more information below), you can use the same ratio as above; but put in a squeeze bottle instead.

If you have very dry skin- do not use tea tree oil. There are many essential oils that you can use instead, including but not limited to chamomile, lavender, rose, and sandalwood.

Benefits of tea tree oil.

Moisturize: Olive Oil

Olive oil is amazing for all skin types. It’s properties are very similar to the oil (sebum) that our bodies produce already, plus it’s full of vitamin E and A which help keep your skin fabulous. Make sure to use organic olive oil to keep away from any yucky chemicals.

Olive oil can used plain, but I use mine mixed with tea tree oil. I use olive oil as my carrier oil. Make sure to mix this combination before use. I squirt some out on a cotton ball and go to town. Do not wipe off afterwards though. Your skin will drink the olive oil in, and you will love the results in the morning.

Benefits of olive oil.

 

That’s it. That’s what I use on my face. It may seem a bit complicated at first, but it become habit very quickly. I would recommend buying small amounts of the ingredients first so that if you decide you don’t like something, you’re not out a huge chunk from your wallet.

 

BONUS: I buy all my containers from here. Their website is fabulous and the prices rock!

 

Let me know what y’all think if you try anything, or if you make your own homemade skincare. I always love hearing of different “recipes”.

 

Love!