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BOOK RECOMMENDATION – IDIOT’S GUIDES TO AYURVEDA

It’s time for the first book recommendation of 2019! The first book I read this year was “Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda” by Sahara Rose. It’s all about what Ayurveda is, the three doshas, it contains an ayurvedic dosha test and so much more.

 

Speaking of books and reading, I’ve joined the ‘goodreads‘ site, it’s a site where you can keep track of all the books you’ve read and want to read. You can also make the ‘2019 challenge’ and put in how many books you want to read for the year and then add to the list every time you’ve finished a new book. I already wrote down the books I’ve read in a word document, but this is a bit more fun, so I can definitely recommend that! And now I can tick off the first book of the year: ‘Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda’ by Sahara Rose.

You might remember the name Sahara Rose, because I already recommended her podcast ‘The Higher Self‘ in here. But Sahara is also the author behind the book ‘Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda‘, if you are not familiar with the ‘idiot’s guides’ books, they are simply books explaining things in a very easy and understandable way.

So what’s it about?

Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda is the perfect book if you are new to the concept of Ayurveda. Perhaps you’ve never even heard about this word before? Or maybe you just want to dive deeper into learning about your own dosha and how to balance it.

This book covers the basics of Ayurveda, the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha), and Ayurvedic dosha test so you can find out of your primary and secondary doshas (I’m primarily vata, and my secondary dosha is pitta, but definitely most vata), how to balance your dosha both when it comes to food and lifestyle tips, ayurvedic self-care practices, all about the 5 koshas and the 7 chakras, good morning and night rituals, all about digestion according to ayurveda, ayurvedic home remedies and so much more!

I already knew a bit about Ayurveda and which dosha was my primary, but I’ve definitely learn a lot of new things by reading this book as well, so I will definitely recommend it if you are into holistic health, self development, growth, self-care practices and spirituality!

 

Read also: Book recommendation – Chinese Holistic Medicine

 

As always, if you have any good book recommendations, then please share them with me and everybody else below in the comments and let’s all inspire each other!

 

Ps, if you have taken an Ayurvedic dosha test then I’m curious, which dosha is your primary?

Health Inspiration

30 DAYS YOGA CHALLENGE

I’m currently doing a 30 day yoga challenge. That does not need much explanation, it’s simply yoga each day for 30 days straight. But, I want to tell a little bit more about my experience with it!

I was inspired by Cecilie Blaksted and her weekly challenges, where she does something for an entire week which I found really inspirering. Cecilie also recommended this inspirering TED talk about trying something new for 30 days. I really wanted to get back into my yoga practice again, and saw this as a perfect opportunity for doing just that. Therefore, I decided to do a 30 days yoga challenge (because clever people say that it takes around 30 days (more precisely, 21 days) to establish a new habit).

I am now on day 28 (I started November 1st), and I’ve only skipped 1 day because I was simply too tired after work one Sunday. So because I skipped one day, I’ll instead just continue for 1 more day – luckily I have a Christmas yoga event with Cathrine on Saturday (1st of December), so that is just perfect!

So, how has it been?

It has really been great! I’m feeling way more motivated to move my body, and do things, and I just love the feeling of stretching my body. I guess I’ve always loved that, since I’ve been dancing for several years when I was younger, so it feels so good to do it regularly. And I’m for sure planning on doing yoga quiet regularly after this challenge is done.

What challenge did I follow?

I followed ‘Yoga with Adriene’s 30 days yoga challenge‘ (free on youtube), but in reality you could just choose whatever you want. Take a random yoga video each day, go to yoga classes in your local yoga center, or do freestyle yoga practice at home if you are more experienced. I really like Adriene’s challenge, since she is so down to Earth and gives several options if you do not feel like something hardcore and instead want a more chill pose, and her videos are very manageable since they range from 12-40 minutes, but they are not too long for everyday practice, which makes it much easier to keep it a daily routine.

 

I can for sure recommend a 30 days yoga challenge! Both if you are experienced with yoga and just want to get back into your practice again, but especially also if you are totally new to yoga, then this is a great way to get into it.

 

Have you tried a 30 day yoga challenge? Or, have you tried other challenges? I’m really hooked on trying new things for a week or a month. I’m considering a ‘no TV for a week’, ‘no sugar’, ‘go for a walk each day for a week’, ‘photo challenge’ etc. But I would love recommendations and inputs from you guys!

 

Read also: The Power of Breathing

Health

THE POWER OF BREATHING

Today I want to talk about the Power of Breathing. Breathing, it is usually something we tend to just take for granted. However, there truly is power in breathing. Not only have the power of breathing, ‘pranayama’, been well-known for thousands of years through yoga, meditation and Chinese Medicine, but the Western medicine has also done studies now proving the benefits of deep breathing.

 

Have you ever paid attention to your breath during different times of your life?

Perhaps before doing something you are nervous about, fx a performance or before an exam. You feel those small, quick breaths and it can almost come to the point where you feel like you’re going to choke because of your own unsteady breath. If you have ever been in an exam situation, you might have felt the power of breathing. Have you ever tried to put your focus on your breath and tried to breathe more slowly, and then you started to feel more relaxed? I know I have certainly done this several times, and it always seems to help and calm me down.

If you feel stressed, it might be because you are not taking the time to really breath deep. If you are feeling stressed, try to take just a few seconds, perhaps just 10 breaths, and really deep breath and slow. Take a really deep breath and fill your lungs with air, and take 10 of these breaths – and feel the change in your body and mind.

 

Remember to breathe. It is after all the secret to life” – Gregory Maguire

 

When you breath shallow breaths, the lowest portion of the lungs never gets fully filled with air. This can make you feel short of breath and make you feel anxious. However, deep abdominal breathing fill your lungs up with oxygen – and this type of breathing slows your heartbeat and can lower or stabilise blood pressure (Harvard Health Publishing).

Deep breathing can

  • help lower blood pressure
  • help lower stress
  • help with digestive problems
  • help with insomnia
  • calm you down

 

Breathing right is unquestionably the single most important thing you can do to improve your life. It will help you to live a longer more energetic and stress-free life” – Dr. Sheldon Helder

 

How to do it?

You can fx try to every night before you go to bed, to take 10 deep breaths. You can also try to add meditation or yoga to your life, or just some conscious breathing every single day.
It seems like such a simple thing, yet we often forget about it. I know I do, I tend to not breathe really deep, but rather small breaths, or sometimes I just discover that I’m almost holding my breath, especially if I’m working on something. So I find it so important to get a more mindful practice, and really consciously make an effort to take some full, deep breaths for my own health.

 

So hereby, a little reminder – the next time you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or you just want to do something good for your health, slow down – sit still and take a couple of deep breaths. Fill your lungs up with fresh air, and focus on your breathing – it really does wonders!

References

TED Talk: Pranayama: Extend Your Life by Extending Your Breath – Jim Kambeitz
Take a Deep Breath – Harvard Health Publishing
The Power of Deep Breathing – Mindbodygreen
TED Talk: The Hidden Power in a Breath of Gratitude – Rory Ledbetter

Health Holistic beauty & skincare

3 HERBAL TEAS FOR CLEAR SKIN

I will just start out by saying, that just beginning to drink herbal teas will of course not solve all of your skin problems. The body and mind is so much more complex than that. But if you are already eating relatively healthy, moving your body, getting enough good sleep etc. and you still want to do something extra to help your skin clear up, or just do something good for your body, then here are 3 herbal teas which can help clear your skin.

 

🌱Matcha / Green tea

Green tea or matcha can help reduce inflammation in the body, and can thereby help with inflamed acne or pimples.
The difference between green tea and matcha, is that green tea is just the leaves in a tea bag, whereas matcha is where the leaves have been grinded into powder, and it is thereby more powerful than green tea. Just 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha powder is equivalent to 8-10 cups of green tea.

🌱 Nettle tea

Nettle (brændenælde) helps support healthy skin because it purifies the blood and detoxifies the liver, which helps your skin clear up. Nettle is also rich in zinc, selenium and vitamins B and K. You can also try to make a stronger version, called a nettle infusion if you really want to do something for you skin! The taste of the nettle is quiet strong and not the best, so it can be recommended to make a mix with another herb, fx rooibos.

 

🌱 Dandelion tea

Dandelion (mælkebøtte) supports liver function and the digestive system. Both of these are essential for gaining healthy and clear skin. Dandelion contains calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamins B and C.

Personal favourites!

My personal favourites are green tea, matcha lattes or a nettle/rooibos mix! Especially green tea is my forever favourite. I have been drinking several cups of green tea almost every single day for the past 5+ years, and I just love it so much!

 

 

Have you tried any of these herbal teas? Which herbal tea is your absolute favourite?

Read also: My Daily Self-Care Routine

Health Holistic beauty & skincare

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 

Health Inspirering people

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)

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

Books Health Holistic & Spiritual living

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!