If you're a parent or have any association with that world, (who doesn't?) then you'll know that there is a certain subset of parents labeled "crunchy." Growing up, my mom used to say "that's too crunchy granola for me!" any time something natural seemed a little too weird or out of the ordinary. Disclaimer: she's come a long way and is pretty crunchy herself now haha but she will still say this from time to time!
Today's blog post is for anyone in pain, especially the pregnant women out there... which seems to be approximately 43.6% of the Richmond wedding industry right now. Which is kind of hilarious and amazing. But anyway. If you read my second trimester post, you know that my back has been my biggest struggle lately. So, almost as soon as I wrote that post, I went on the war path to treat myself.
This Fall I decided that if I really want to avoid drugs and unnecessary chemicals, I should probably start a natural remedy medicine cabinet. My essential oil collection is a nice start to that, but I wanted to go further. Last Spring after almost 40 hours of travel returning home from a two week trip to Europe, I developed a wicked cold/bug/something yucky, and it was Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C and homemade elderberry syrup (oh, and SLEEP!) that had me feeling fine after about 48 hours. Plus, pretty much any bottle of medicine from the drug store warns you that you shouldn't have any if you're pregnant. And I have a theory that most of the stuff they tell you you shouldn't do when you're pregnant is just stuff you shouldn't do much of normally, but nobody cares about poisoning themSELVES on a regular basis haha.
Today's recipe would be the perfect holiday gift if you're feeling DIY-tabulous! I was actually just writing the other day about how I'm convinced magnesium is why I've had no pregnancy sickness to deal with and how it has drastically cut down on my tension headaches as well (it is a muscle relaxer after all)! I take a magnesium supplement every day, but I also try to absorb it topically. Most people do not get enough magnesium through their food (leafy greens, nuts, avocodos, etc.), and while it would be nice if we did... there's nothing wrong with a little extra help! Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin and your body has a much easier time processing it that way. If you want to learn more about magnesium, I suggest reading The Magnesium Miracle. I found it fascinating, but you know, I can be nerdy ;)
This recipe for a homemade, chemical free... all natural... all awesome salt scrub is ridiculously easy to make. So ridiculously easy that at first I wondered if it was even worth blogging about. But then I realized that until I did it myself, I didn't know if it was going to be so easy! Let me tell you, it really, truly is this simple.
I've posted some green smoothie recipes in the past. And if you follow me on Instagram, then you've definitely seen your fair share of smoothies and healthy food experiments. This morning I posted my first attempt at homemade, dairy free coffee creamer. But something I've been playing with since Christmas is JUICING.
In the spirit of all the new year's resolutions I've been reading about, I thought I'd share a little about what I'm thinking for 2015. My official resolutions are very simple because I think it's easy to pick a big resolution like "BE HEALTHY" and not have any concrete direction with that. So I chose a personal resolution and a business resolution.
If you've never heard of kombucha before, don't worry. I hadn't either. But when my mom introduced it to me I suddenly started noticing it everywhere. You can buy it from a lot of different places, even on Amazon! I've had some good ones, but I really liked my mom's homemade ones and figured in the long run it would definitely be cheaper since premade kombucha can get pretty expensive. So I decided to try making them myself!