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Camilla Tromborg

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VATA SKINCARE TIPS

If you have been following along in here, you might know that my predominant dosha according to Ayurveda is ‘vata’.
I have written a longer blogpost before about what ayurveda and doshas are, and what the characteristics are for each dosha. But, today, I want to share some vata skincare tips with you.

 

Characteristics for vatas

You are most likely thin and have a delicate body type. You are prone to dryness, flakiness, dark sports, and premature fine lines and wrinkles (Hello me! Whenever it gets just a bit colder in, my skin are very prone to become dry).

Your skin type is normal to dry.

 

There are plenty of things you can do to ‘balance’ an imbalance. Here are some tips I’ve found, which can help your skin if you are predominantly vata.

TIPS FOR VATAS

Create routines

Try to create some routines and stick to them. Vatas are known for their creativity and tons of ideas, but they have a hard time sticking to things, even though they would benefit highly from this. Try to create some routines for yourself to get more grounded.

Get regular sleep

In connection with routines, getting a regular sleep is also so important. Try to go to bed at the same time each night, and you can also try to create a before-bed-time routine, something that relaxes you, calms you down and prepares you for sleep. That could be making a little evening skincare routine, with candles, slow music, followed by reading a book in bed with low lights.

 

Keep warm

Vatas freeze very easily (my boyfriend can vouch for this, I almost always have cold hands or feet). To balance vata it is therefore very important to keep your body warm. Wear warm clothes, gloves, scarfs. Eat warm food (soups, sautéed veggies). Drink herbal teas.

 

Gentle movement

Don’t over-exercise, but strive for more grounding activities. This could be yoga, walking, pilates, swimming, dancing, or shorter hikes.

Eat healthy fats

Healthy fats are so good for you and your skin, since these really moisturise your skin from the inside and out, and really keeps the skin hydrated. Healthy fats includes nuts, seeds and avocados.

 

Use gentle and moisturising skincare products

Use very gentle cleansers, so you don’t over-dry your skin. If you are a vata, you might know that feeling of very sensitive and irritated skin after having cleansed your face with a very ‘harsh’ cleanser – I do. For many years, when I was younger, I believed all those magazines telling me to buy this and that product to get rid of pimples etc., and all of the products were very harsh, so my skin for sure didn’t like that. After cleansing your face, you should moisturise it immediately after, to keep your skin hydrated. Look for warming and very moisturising products to use on your skin fx sesame, olive oil, shea butter and honey.

 

Cooked vegetables

Vatas need more warm, cooked vegetables. They do not do as well with raw vegetables, since this can help contribute to dryness and slow down digestion. Vatas usually already have slow digestion, so eating raw vegetables does not work that well for them. Try lightly cooking or steaming your veggies instead. Eating warm veggies is very grounding for vatas, which is exactly what they need. Warm veggies will also help warm them up from the inside and out.

 

Read also: The 3 Ayurvedic Doshas 

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7 COZY WINTER SELF-CARE PRACTICES

Winter is just around the corner, it actually snowed a little bit in Denmark the other day! That calls for lots of cozy times and self-care practices, to help with the mood and make the cold and dark Winter times a bit more enjoyable.

 

Here are 7 Cozy Winter Self-Care Practices

1. Drybrush your Skin

During Winter your skin tends to get a lot more dry. Something that can help with this is dry brushing your skin (preferably every day, or just before you take a shower). Dry brushing helps mildly exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells.

 

2. Use a Moisturising Body Butter

In coherence with dry brushing, what your skin would really love during the Winter is to get massaged into a really moisturising body butter after having taken a shower. I have a delicious and very easy recipe for a body butter right here, and you can also find a simple guide to it under ‘highlights’ on my Instagram.

 

3. Take a Footbath

Is there anything better than snuggling under a blanket, with a cup of tea, and a warm footbath while watching a good movie? I absolutely that I love this. Winter is the perfect time to give your feet some love, especially now that they are locked inside big boots for many months. I like to make a footbath with some epsomsalt and lemon juice.

5. Light a Candle

Winter time calls for candles. Am I right? It just creates such a cozy and comforting vibe to see candles lit inside your home.

 

6. Time for Tea

I can basically drink tea all year long, but Winter time especially calls for those warm drinks. Whether that be herbal teas, hot cacaos or a delicious smelling chai lattes. Pour yourself a warm drink, grab a blanket, light the candles and engage in a lovely book, your favourite movie or have a great talk with your best friends.

7. Yin Yoga

I might be a bit biased here, but Cathrine (my boss) has really showed me the wonders of Yin Yoga. Yin yoga is a very slow and deep yoga practice. You stay in each pose for 3-5 minutes, and you thereby get really deep into the stretches. It feels amazing, and it is so relaxing and it really calms you down. Yin yoga also calls for warm clothes and you usually finish off with a blanket over you in Savasana. You can either take a physical yin yoga class, or you can do it at home by fx using Yogavivo.

 

What are your favourite things to do during the Winter, to make life a little bit more enjoyable? Share them in the comments, and let’s inspire each other!

 

Read also: My Daily Self-Care Routine 

Read also: Make Your Own Skincare Products 

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DIRTY DOZEN & CLEAN FIFTEEN

Today I want to share the “dirty dozen & clean fifteen” lists with you guys. It’s all about which foods you should strive for buying organic in terms of your own health and the environment, and which are less harmful.

The “Dirty dozen” list is a list of the fruit and vegetables that contains most chemicals, and which you should always strive for buying organic. And the “Clean fifteen” list is a list of the fruit and vegetables that contains the smallest amount of chemicals, and which are better/more okay to buy non-organic.

The best thing would of course be to buy everything organic, both for the Planet and for your own health. But if the budget is too tight, then here is a list of the ‘worst’ ones (the dirty dozens), which are most harmful to your health, and a list of the ‘better’ ones (the clean fifteen).

 

Dirty dozen

1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Nectarines
4. Apples
5. Grapes
6. Peaches
7. Cherries
8. Pears
9. Tomatoes
10. Celery
11. Potatoes
12. Sweet bell peppers

 

Clean fifteen

1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapple
4. Cabbages
5. Onions
6. Sweet peas
7. Papayas
8. Asparagus
9. Mangoes
10. Eggplants
11. Honeydews
12. Kiwis
13. Cantaloupes
14. Cauliflower
15. Broccoli 

 

Reference

Book: Food Pharmacy – Lina Nertby Aurell & Mia Clase
EWG’s 2018 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce (EWG)

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GIVE COMPLIMENTS!

Foto: Johanne Stenstrup /Bedre Mode

Don’t we all just love when people compliment us? We might not know how to handle it and get shy and embarrassed, but inside we all love when people compliment us either on what we do, what we say, how we look or something else. Just like you love getting compliments, others do as well. And here the saying “give what you want to get” is very relevant.

Think about, when was the last time you gave someone a compliment? Can you remember it? If not, then it’s definitely time to start getting into the habit of it. Not only will it lift others mood and make them happy, but it will for sure also make you happy. Just think about the joy of giving someone else a gift, and seeing how happy they get.

 

“Throw kindness around like confetti”

When I was in High School my best friends and I talked about this topic, and we challenged each other for a while to give at least 1 compliment every single day. And wow! This is just such a great practice – because not only did it light up someone else’s day, but you gain just as much yourself from seeing someone getting happy by something you did.

But, who to give compliments to, and about what?

You can literally give compliments to anyone about anything. Even the smallest things counts, and often we think about all these small things we like about others, but we simply keep them to ourselves and forget to say it out loud, even though it could make the world of a difference to someone else, and completely make their day.

“I love what you just said!”

“This drawing is beautiful!”

“I really like your shirt!”

“Your skin is glowing!” 

“Thanks for your suggestions, they really helped me”

“Thank you for your kindness” 

I loved this piece of writing

Thank you for cooking this delicious meal

I love your hair!

Thank you for your consideration, that means a lot to me

You see? There is no limit to whom and about what you can give compliments. And I know that it takes practice, I have to challenge myself all the time as well. Because I often think about a compliment to give someone in my head, but I sure do not always express it verbally, even though I know that this is only something that would make someone else’s day much better.

Are you good at giving compliments? Or, do you want to try to practice giving more of them?
Have you given anyone a compliment today? Otherwise, you still have time!

Read also: How to Find your Soul Sisters

Health Holistic beauty & skincare

HOW TO HEAL A LIVER IMBALANCE NATURALLY

Today I want to share the things that I have found out might help to heal a liver imbalance naturally. Perhaps you can recognise some of the symptoms yourself, and want to jump on the wagon with me and try to heal our livers naturally? I’m going all in on this now and I’m so excited to see if it can help!

I found out last week that I might suffer from a  liver imbalance. Which was such a relief to finally (hopefully) find out what might be ‘the root cause’ of my problems. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have servere problems, but I am definitely struggling with some acne around my jaw line/chin area, and that is although I eat very healthy most of the time. So last week I had just read about the symptoms of having a liver imbalance in the ‘Chinese Holistic Medicine’ book and I already thought there that I might have that, and then I had a biopeeling treatment with Louise, and she told me the exact same thing, that it might be my liver that is imbalanced! So now I’ve gone all in on trying to naturally heal my liver and see if that helps my skin.

 

The livers functions

The liver’s main job is to filter blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. As it does so, the liver secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines. The liver also makes proteins important for blood clotting and other functions

According to Chinese Medicine, the liver

  • Controls the flow of Qi
  • Stores blood
  • Dominates through tendons and blood bands
  • Opens to the eyes, controls the sight and tears
  • Manifests on the nails
  • Its associated feelings are anger and depression

How do you get a liver imbalance

  •  Chemically sprayed crops
  • Poor diet (too much processed foods, refined sugar, alcohol)
  • Prescription medication or antibiotic use
  • Drug use and unprotected sex
  • High stress levels and hormonal imbalances
  • Air pollution and environmental toxin exposure
  • Using chemical household products

Symptoms of a liver imbalance

  • Easily exhausted
  • Visual disturbances
  • Muscles and limbs will be tight, sore or numb
  • Finger and toe nails can be dry and fragile with cracks
  • The white in the eye will not be as bright
  • Acne between the eyes and/or between the eyes and the ears (Chinese face mapping)

 

So now you know which symptoms that might indicate you having a liver imbalance. So, let’s move on to the interesting and most important part: how to heal a liver imbalance naturally!

Have in mind that I’ve only just started this process myself and can thereby not (yet) say if these things works for specifically healing the liver, but I’ve done lots of research on the best things you can do for your liver, and these are the ones I want to share with you here. And have in mind, that all of these things are completely natural and there is absolutely no harm in doing them for your body, so you might as well try it out if you have a feeling that you are suffering from a liver imbalance.

 

How to heal your liver naturally

Foods to eat

  • Strive for eating primarily organic food! Since pesticides is hard for the liver
  • Kale
  • Sprouts
  • Nuts (especially walnuts)
  • Fermented food (sauerkraut/kimchi/apple cider vinegar etc.)
  • Sour/bitter food
  • Lots of green vegetables
  • Carrots
  • Artichokes

 

Herbs

  • Nettle tea / nettle infusion
  • Dandelion
  • Milk thistle
  • Burdock root
  • Turmeric
  • Green tea / matcha green tea

Feelings

  • The liver is connected to feelings such as frustration, unforgiveness and anger. If you hold onto these feelings for too long they will block your liver and will prevent it from working the way it is supposed to. Let go of these feelings. Practice saying no to things you don’t want to. Cry when you need to. The liver is connected to the eyes according to Chinese medicine, and crying is a way of getting relief of these feelings. So practice staying true to yourself, letting go of anger and not holding on to emotions that hurt you.

Body 


Environment

  • Get rid of toxins (eliminate toxins from your food, cleaning products, make-up/skincare and hair products)

 

Have you suffered from any kind of internal imbalance? And have you tried healing it naturally? Ps, if you have other good tips for healing the liver naturally, then let me know! And, if you have any good kale recipes, please share them, cause I’m going all in on eating kale now!

 

References

Books
Liver Rescue – Anthony Williams
Elsk din Lever og Lev Længere – Andreas Mortiz
Chinese Holistic Medicine – Steve Cardoza

Articles
10 Tips for Liver Health in Spring – Organic Olivia
How to Improve Liver Function in 6 Steps – Dr. Axe 
Digestive Disorders
Chinese Face Reading

Video
How to Cleanse Your Liver – Dr. Axe 
Sådan behandler du lever zonen – Katrine Birk

Read also: Book Recommendation – Chinese Holistic Medicine

Holistic & Spiritual living Inspiration

HOW TO FIND YOUR SOUL SISTERS

Finding people that are like yourself and have the same interests and passions as you is absolutely wonderful – but, how do you find them?

 

Today I want to talk about how to find people that are interested in the same thing as you are and have the same passions, more accurately said, how to find your soul sisters.

 

1. Get to know yourself first

Before you can attract any of the right kind of people into your life, you first of all need to know yourself. You need to know what you like, what you don’t like, what you are really passionated about etc.

Do some soul searching; read books, try new hobbies, journal. Find your own interests first.

If you don’t do this, then you are likely to just follow what everyone around you does, and that might not be something which is aligned with who you really are as a person. So a very good first step is to first of all get to know yourself.

2. Share your passions

How should people be able to find you, if you do not show your real interests and passions? You might have an Instagram account showing all the parties yo go to, even though you most of all just enjoy drinking tea at home, having great talks, journalling and watching documentaries.

But, if you portray yourself as someone who does the opposite just because you think that is what society wants of you, then how on Earth are the people who have the same interests as you, going to find you? Good question, they aren’t, because what you share and show is not who you really are.

Once you start sharing your real interests, thoughts, ideas, passions – others with the same interests can find you and you can connect. This can be a hard one, because what are other people going to think about you liking ‘yoga, Chinese medicine, herbal teas, crystals etc.’? This is where you need to step outside your comfort zone, and not care so much about what other people might think of you. Be true to yourself, and to who you are as person, and what your interests are – and eventually, the right people will find you.

Start going to events which are exactly in alignment with your interests, whether that be starting a yoga practice, going for a sustainable event, or going to hear an inspirational talk from a person you admire!

 

3. Take action and reach out

Finding new soul sisters is not something that just happens. However, I gotta say Instagram is such a great platform to find people with similar interests, just use relevant hashtags and then you can very easily find new people.

But, how do you go from being ‘Instagram friends’ to ‘in real life friends’?

You gotta take action.

I have gotten 2 of my amazing friends through Instagram. The first one reached out to me and asked if we should get a cup of something together, and so we did, now we have been friends for over a year. The other I reached out to, and now we have also been friends for a long time – and now all 3 of us hang out together as well, because we share the same interests.

Really, just try to reach out to people – the worst thing that can happen is that they say no thank you, but the best thing that can happen is that you get a new friend for life!

 

Have you tried meeting people through Instagram or other kinds of social media? Or, have you considered reaching out to someone?

Read also: 3 Practices that will Change Your Life

 

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION – CHINESE HOLISTIC MEDICINE

Today I want to give you a book recommendation. I absolutely love reading books and I love when others share some of the books that has really made an impression on them and learned them something, and I hope you can find some inspiration as well through the book recommendations that I give here on my blog.

The book ‘Chinese Holistic Medicine‘* by Steven Cardoza is a great book if you are interested in holistic health and how to heal the body with more natural means and before diseases starts to rise, thereby with a more preventative focus.

 

Holisme means to look at the whole person, both mentally and physically. To figure out what is causing the imbalance and which bodysystems that are getting affected and thereby figure out what have created the underlying reason for the disharmony or sickness that is occurring in the body. Thereafter, the holistic praxis uses this information to help the person to get back into balance again. But the holistic praxis also has focus on prevention – they will rather focus on giving advices for diet, lifestyle etc. which will help a person prevent any diseases from arising, and not just treat the sickness once it is there.

I am such a big believer of this way of thinking. Because why wait until we are sick to do something, if we can do small things in our everyday life which can help prevent us from becoming sick in the first place?

 

Chinese medicine is holistic and takes the whole person – body, mind, emotions and spirit – into account, instead of just focusing on the visible sickness

 

If you are interested in topics such as:

  • The Qi flow
  • Meridians
  • Yin & Yang
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Emotions and their influence on our health
  • Herbal medicine
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle

..  then this is the book for you. It covers all the basics of traditional Chinese Medicine, and it is really interesting and fascinating.

Read also: Book Recommendation – The Four Agreements 

Read also: Book Recommendation – Womancode 

 

If you have any good book recommendations (especially within health, holistic living, growth and self development), then I would love if you wanted to share them with me in the comments!

 

*Affiliate link has been used, which mean that I get a small percentage of the sale, if you buy through this link.

Health

5 NATURAL TIPS TO PREVENT GETTING A COLD

The seasons are changing, fall is here and the weather is getting colder. It is this time of the year where many people tend to get a running nose, starts coughing and perhaps gets a cold. But, luckily there are some natural remedies that can help you in preventing getting a cold (because we all want to avoid that, right?). So, today I want to share my natural tips to prevent getting a cold.

5 Natural Tips to Prevent getting a Cold

🌱 Echinaforce

Echinaforce is a herbal medicinal made from echinacea (English: purple coneflower/Dansk: rød solhat), which active substances strengthens the immunesystem. By strengthening the body’s immune system it thus increases resilience towards getting colds.
I remember getting this mixture as a kid from my parents when I was younger, and it really doesn’t taste good, but it sure does a good job! So nowadays, whenever I feel like a cold is sneaking up on me, I drink this 2-4 times a day.

How to use it:
for adults use 30 drops in a glass of water and drink that 3-5 times day.

 

🌱Ginger, Lemon & Turmeric

Ginger, lemon and turmeric are all old ingredients which have been used for many, many years in prevention for sickness. You can either make a cup of hot water with some fresh ginger, lemon and turmeric and drink this, or you can make a ginger shot and drink these. You can also use a supplement called ‘Total Gurkedol‘, which consists of ginger and turmeric which have antioxidants that help to strengthen the immune system.

🌱Vitamin D

Vitamin D is something we usually get from the sunshine, and it is essential to maintaining our health and immune system. Even though it’s getting colder and darker (especially here in the Northern countries), it is still a good idea to go for a walk during the day and get some natural daylight. But, as it is especially hard to get sunlight during the colder months in the North, taking a vitamin D3 supplement during winter is a really good idea.
Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to developing depression, or as it is also called “Winter depression”. So it really is a good idea to take a supplement of this during the colder months.

🌱Lots of tea & staying hydrated

When it’s getting colder, it’s so good to keep the body warm, and one way to do so is to keep it warm from the inside and out. Drink lots of warm tea to soothe the body and your throat, and also try to drink plenty of water if you feel like you’re about to get a cold. Staying hydrated is so important for your body in order for all your cells to be able to work properly. If you don’t feel like drinking cold water (like me), then go for luke warm water, or, as mentioned, lots of herbal tea (fx a ginger or a green tea).

 

🌱Keep warm

This is very basic, but as the season is changing, it’s getting colder and we simply just need to use more layers and dress more warmly in order for our bodies to keep warm. So find your favourite knitwear, scarfs, sweaters, gloves, and warm socks!

 

Do you have more great tips for prevent getting a cold? Often we learn small tips and tricks from our families which we then use all of our lives. Let’s all share with each other and help each other out!

 

Read also: My Favourite Health Books

Health Holistic beauty & skincare

3 CURRENT FAVOURITE PRODUCTS

Hi everyone! It’s been forever. Big jokes on me when I last posted and said that I was going to start posting regularly in here again. Well, that did not happen, because then uni started again and I got a bit overwhelmed. But now I’ve gotten into a a better routine and I have LOTS of ideas scribbled down and blog posts planned that I want to share with you here on the blog.

 

First, I want to share 3 current favourites with you guys, which I’ve been absolutely loving lately!

🌱Matcha Latte

I absolutely love a (good) cup of matcha latte. Believe me, you can for sure also get some not-so-good ones out there (I’ve definitely tried that as well). But, a good cup of matcha latte is just a delicious, comforting drink to sip on. I love to have it on cafés or to make it at home during the colder months and then drink it while reading homeworks or doing some work. It just makes the day a little bit better (and I’m all about adding those small things into your everyday life that brings you more joy!).

🌱 Gua Sha Facial Massage

I had a little period of time where I forgot about doing gua sha facial massage, but I just got back into it again, and wow, I just really, really love it! And, I feel like I do such a great thing for my skin. It really stimulates the blood flow and circulation in your skin. I can recommend the Honesty Beauty Talk’s book where you can read and learn a lot more about the benefits of gua sha massages.

 

🌱 Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanse

As some of you might know, I have got a new job, in a health store – and I absolutely love being surrounded by healthy food products, supplements and natural skincare! A few weeks ago one of my colleagues recommended me to try the Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanse, and I have fallen completely in love with it. This is the perfect cleanser, especially if you have dry skin, since it leaves your skin so smooth and soft afterwards! I feel like having a real spa night every night when I apply this to my face. It just smells divine and I love the little ritual with applying it in circular emotions, and then use a damped wash cloth over my face to gently remove it – it’s just the best!

 

What are your current favourites? Whether that be a new tea you have just tried, a book you have read recently, or something else! Share it in the comments and let’s us all inspire each other!

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EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

It’s time to come back to some Everyday Happiness moments. I love seeing these posts at others blogs, and I really think it is such a lovely way to remember to take some pictures of the small, good things in life and be more grateful for even the smallest things <3

 

So, I want to start posting these kind of posts again, every Monday. I hope you’ll find some inspiration as well – either to do a little face mask and watch your favourite movie and relax, go and grab a cup of tea or coffee with your best friend, or go for a walk or to the movies with your family or your loved one. See this as an inspiration to sneak in some more moments in your everyday life that makes you happy – because that truly is what life is made of; the small little everyday things, so cherish these moments!

Our hallway in our apartment complex has been completely repainted and it has become so bright and pretty, I absolutely love it!

I had a Chai Masala tea with my mom and a little piece of brownie cake and just some mom-daughter-time. I love that <3

I’ve started in Fitness again! What a surprise, mainly for me. Last year I stopped in fitness because I was way too tired of fitness centres and the whole train-train-train mentality. But, lately I’ve just been feeling like really doing some energetic exercise and really get my pulse up, and sweating – so I’ve followed my body’s need and I’ve started in fitness again. And, I love it! I really feel SO good after getting a good sweat and getting a tomato-red-face. I, of course, still love yoga and stretching – and as my lovely boss says; it’s all about balance: yin & yang <3

There’s nothing better when the sun is shinning than a little walk around the lake and seeing the beautiful nature – and preferably with a good podcast in my ears!

I’ve always loved my family, but I think over the past years I’ve neglected my lovely big family a bit too much due to lots of work and school – but, I truly love my big family, and I love all the different personalities which I am so truly blessed to have in my life – and I really want to spend more time with them all <3 Here is a picture from last week where almost all the women from my mom’s side of the family had a Cinema trip. We watched ‘The Book Club’ (hilarious movie, and so sweet and loving!) and had dinner afterwards – such a great time!

 

How was your past week?