The neti pot – available at health food stores. Follow the instructions.
When you feel that tickle, dry throat or the start of a cough, follow this routine! First, I gargle with sea salt and then use my neti pot filled with warm water and sea salt to clear my nasal passages. I have found doing the neti pot and salt water rinse every week works well preventatively too.
If you are already sick, try an Epsom salt bath with essential oils. My Tuscan Farm Gardens Muscle Soak works as a natural decongestant and it’s incredibly relaxing. Lavender, eucalyptus, thyme and camphor are all essential oils that help to decongest the chest area as well.
My favorite soup to help with excess mucous is my simple onion, garlic and ginger soup with cayenne (go easy with the cayenne!). I usually make a big soup pot worth with a head of garlic, the same amount of ginger and 6 onions. This soup is a definite healer!
For the sinuses, add a few drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil in a bowl of hot water and cover your head with towel over the bowl and breathe in deeply to feel immediate relief.
January is a time where our immune systems are often lower from the Christmas season indulgences, so take the time to slow down and support your immune system, so hopefully you can avoid the winter flus and blues!
Where in your life are the doors opening and where are you too busy knocking on the closed doors?
Last year, I started to notice how I was trying to create something with another that just wasn’t transpiring how I would have liked.. I was knocking on a door that just wasn’t opening very easily. It didn’t matter how much I desired it to be, I realized I was trying to force something that just wasn’t in alignment with me. Yes, I realized where I was trying to go was in a different resonance than with the other. I wasn’t resonating with this other person so we could not come together so easily.
As I came to terms with what was occurring, rather than trying to push my way or moving out of my alignment to meet the other, I stopped. I chose to sit with myself and surrender to what is; after I released my disappointment and attachment, I allowed it to do its course – acknowledging myself and truth and the truth of the other. I noticed that this acceptance of what is, gave me peace and I felt no need to place blame on the other or myself. I could look at them with eyes of love, knowing they were doing their best and so was I, we were both being authentic. It was a big revelation for me because so many times in the past, I held onto disappointments and stayed attached to what I desired leaving me feeling deep disappointment and frustration. It felt so wonderful to let go!
Days went by and I decided to notice which doors open easily in my life; who is energetically calling me and saying come on in, where do I feel ease, resonance and joy and which door were calling me to explore. Where could I fully show up and feel another or a situation moving with me, feel a mutual understanding. In the following days, I started to look at all areas of my life and truly take notice of which doors were not opening easily and choosing to move on to another path where the sun is shining, people are smiling and the door is wide open saying welcome.
Change, transformation, authenticity and excitement!
I am growing and changing and so is Bella Donna Esthetics. I am creating change that is more in alignment with who I am at this moment and all that has transpired over the past 18 years.
I am very excited to share with everyone that Bella Donna Esthetics is getting a facelift and major changes are happening. I have undergone a rebranding and will be introducing a new name and new website this year.
It did feel a bit bittersweet to let go of the name Bella Donna because I still do love the name and I have loved our time together. Bella Donna represents the beautiful Goddess Venus in her tranquility, beauty and grace, exuberating nurturance and nourishment. Venus will still be a part of the Spa in essence and her picture graces the new mediation space where I am teaching. But I feel the Goddess wants more and she is ready to take more action where she truly honours herself, her beauty and her brilliance.
I am excited to share the changes in the near future and I look forward to celebrating the everchanging women that we all are 🙂