Here's an awesome and simple recipe for self-care, pampering and detox. It draws from the wisdom of aromatherapy, natural medicine, and ayurveda. It's fun to make and has numerous benefits. Combine a scoopful of epsom salts in a small dish and moisten it with sesame oil. Add a few drops of aromatherapy oils like citrus in the morning or lavender in the evening. Fill your tub with warm water and stand in the tub as you massage your scrub all over your body. The magnesium in the epsom salts helps with swelling and detoxification. The sesame oil is a wonderful oil used in ayurveda for nourishment and detoxification. After you are finished with a vigorous massage which also helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and the nervous system, sit in the tub and relax. Not only will your skin feel amazing, but you have taken steps to assist your body in releasing any toxins stored there. Be playful and experiment with different oils and salts. Remember, life is meant to be pleasurable and fun!!
Many people are just beginning to hear about probiotics and I have very few patients who take them regularly. Probiotics have been demonstrated to aid gastrointestinal health repeatedly in studies. This is especially important since most of our common everyday ailments begin in the digestive system. The majority of our immune system begins in the digestive system and it provides the first barrier against pathogens such as yeast, bacteria, parasites, and other toxins. Unfortunately, when these pathogens break through this barrier, it can lead to diseases such as allergies, headaches, depression, muscle aches, weight gain, chronic fatigue and just about every other disease you can think of. So, who should take probiotics? For the most part, all of us. The North American lifestyle, filled with environment and food toxins combined with high stress, is a good indicator of the widespread need for probiotics. Daily intake has been shown to enhance the immune system, prevention of eczema in youth, reduce incidence of yeast infection and vaginitis, alleviation of constipation and diarrhea, treatment for bad breath, increase absorption of essential vitamins and minerals and promotion of anti-cancer activity in the body. For more information about probiotics, contact your health care or naturopathic provider.