My Favorite Things: January 2019

 
Jade roller, gua sha, Present Over Perfect, chlorella, spirulina, tidying up, Marie Kondo, tea tree oil, foot soak, detoxification, declutter

Are you one of the 45 million people who made a resolution to diet this new year? Even if you’re not, chances are you’re feeling a little sluggish or bloated after holiday indulging. I know I sure am! January’s favorite things list is all aimed at ways to detoxify … but they aren’t all geared towards physical detoxification. Some encompass detoxifying and decluttering our minds and personal spaces as well. I hope you’l enjoy reading it!

1) Jade Roller and Gua Sha

 
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For my birthday (upon request), my husband bought me a facial roller and gua sha scraper. I’d heard of the benefits and wanted to try it out for myself. Together, the roller and scraper are said to increase circulation and rid your skin of toxins via lymphatic drainage. Increased blood flow improves tone of facial muscles, smoothes wrinkles, detoxifies the skin, and leads to more brightness, clarity, and a glowing complexion. It can also gives relief to sinus problems and headaches. Jade is believed to heal stressed organs and discharge toxins.

I have to tell you, I really love these products. After washing my face, I use the roller over my cheekbones, forehead, and eyebrow areas. Using an upward motion is best to provide a lifting effect. Some people even put their rollers in the refrigerator to help with puffiness or tired eyes which is especially beneficial in the morning. You can also use the roller after applying moisturizer to help the products better penetrate the skin.

Don’t worry, the scraper doesn’t actually “scrape” the face at all. It is also very cooling and soothing with rounded edges. Gentle pressure is all that’s required. I use the scraper along my jaw line and pull downwards, down the neck and out along the clavicles, to further promote lymphatic drainage. We have so many lymph nodes in the neck region.

I only spend 1-2 minutes doing this regimen at a time, but afterwards my face definitely looks more hydrated, less wrinkly, and I feel quite rejuvenated.

2) Chlorella and Spirulina Tablets

 
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Chlorella and spirulina are microalgae and offer a host of health benefits. The chlorophyll in green foods is known to alkalize the body which aids in reducing inflammation - which is the cause of so many debilitating diseases.

Chlorella is known for assisting in the removal of toxins, specifically heavy metals. This is one reason I take this combination daily. I still have some mercury amalgam fillings in my mouth, and I worry about the potential consequences and harmful effects. We all have exposures to heavy metals to some degree — think aluminum in regular antiperspirants, arsenic in rice or apple juice, lead in public water and beauty supplies like lipstick, and pesticides in non-organic foods. Chorella also supports the immune system and can help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.

Spirulina contains 18 types of amino acids and vitamins that our body needs. It also contains rich amounts of vitamins in which β-carotene and vitamin B complex are significantly high. Many vegetarians take spirulina since it provides the vitamin B12 that many are deficient in when not consuming meat products.

These may also help with bowel movements as toxins are expelled from the body. The elimination process ‘wakes up’ and kicks into gear the body's own self-healing abilities, increasing energy. 

3) Present Over Perfect

 
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This book was just what I needed during a particularly frantic time in my life. The premise is all about removing excess from our lives and focusing on all that is good at hand —detoxifying our minds and creating space in our lives for what we really desire. Niequist discusses leaving behind busyness and rediscovering the person you were made to be. The book description reads, “Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.” The book gives you permission to relax into who God made you to be, without worrying that you’re not doing enough or being enough.

4) Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

 
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This Netflix original is like a cleaner, less jarring, uniquely entertaining version of the show Hoarders. Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, best-selling author and founder of KonMari Media, Inc. In her #1 New York Times best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie took tidying to a whole new level, teaching that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again.

This is all about decluttering your space to declutter your mind. The emotional release experienced by participants is both touching and poignant. Home owners are asked to sort through enormous piles of belongings, finding and keeping items that “spark joy,” and donating or eliminating those that are no longer useful. Marie “greets” each home with a prayer-like meditation, and she encourages people to thank the items that no longer serve them but at one time gave them joy. It’s a deeply moving experience, especially for those who must go through clothing and personal items from loved ones who have passed.

I love the cathartic nature of this show, and it really makes me want to tackle all of the areas of clutter in my own home! Season 1 contains eight episodes and is available for streaming right now.

5) Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak

 
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This is touted to be a miracle detoxification treatment which also helps treat foot ailments, including toenail fungus or Athlete’s Foot. I bought this because the product is described as soothing foot discomfort and helping with nail growth. I have over and over again injured one of my big toes, and the nail is a mess and often stops growing. It also is swollen and really sore all the time. The foot soak helps treat dry and cracked feet and heels, which is something that I also tend to deal with from time to time.

This product contains Epsom Salt, Dead Sea Salt, MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane), Tea Tree Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Cajuput, Camphor, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lavendar Essential Oils. It has a very clean and calming smell.

The directions state to add 2-3 tablespoons to warm water in a foot bath or basin. Mix with your hands until completely dissolved, and then submerge your feet for 15-20 minutes.

This has become a favorite form of self-care for me, and it really does help both my skin/nail issues and relieves the soreness of my injury.

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