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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 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!

Health

THE BENEFITS OF WALKING

Did you know that you can improve your health simply by going for a walk? Inactivity is one of the biggest health threats to our society today. A simple way to combat this is simply to put one foot in front of the other and go for a walk. The benefits of walking is amazing, and this is what I want to share with you today!

 

Walking is such a simple thing, yet so effective when it comes to improving your overall health. I’ve previously written a blogpost about that ‘Sitting is the new smoking’, which you can read right here, which is all about how we in today’s society are way too inactive and spend too much time sitting, which is actually really harmful for our health.

And a way to combat sitting and being inactive – is simply, to go for a walk. Walking can actually help cleanse the lymphatic system – which is a system that helps to purify bodily fluids and improve your overall health. This system does not have a pump, and it is therefore necessary for the individual to maintain a regular amount of activity that will help move the lymph and cleanse the system. You can cleanse this system simply by engaging in 20-30 minutes walking – preferably outside in nature, since there is also a lot of benefits with being outside in nature; you get fresh air, you get some natural sunlight and just the visual of nature can be an instant mood lifter!

The Benefits of Walking

  • It boosts the immune function
  • It helps combat sugar cravings
  • It reduces risk of developing breast cancer
  • It can lower risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes
  • It strengthens your bones and muscles
  • It lifts your mood by releasing endorphins (the happy-hormone!)
  • It reduces the risk of depression and fatigue
  • It improves your posture
  • It can increase your creativity
  • It can improve your memory
  • It cleanses your lymphatic system

 

But, if walking doesn’t  sound like the funniest thing for you, then here is a few suggestions for how to spice it up and how to make walking a bit more fun! 

How to make walking more fun

  • Listen to a podcast or some good music while walking (my absolute favourite podcasts at the moment is The Food Medic, Martiny Podcast and Awaken Radio)
  • Go for a walk along with a friend and talk
  • Go outside in nature, in the forest or along the beach and enjoy the beautiful nature and fresh air
  • Drive to a beautiful place where you haven’t been before and go for a long walk, fx Møns Klint (I was there recently with my family and it was such a beautiful place)
  • You can also choose to make a little competition with your friends, children or whoever, about who can pick up most trash while going for a walk. A fun little game and such a nice little thing to do to keep the nature clean

How to sneak in more walking in your everyday life?

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator to your work
  • Choose to walk instead of taking the bike or the car to the grocery store
  • Go for a walk with a friend instead of sitting down at a café. You can just bring your own to-go cups with you and either make your own coffee, tea or whatever, or you can ask to get your cup filled at a café

So, don’t you just feel like going for a walk right now? Or maybe you can suggest to your friend that the next time you are going to meet up that you can go for a walk instead of sitting at a café.

Read also: Healthy Lifestyle Tips

 

References

5 Surprising Benefits of Walking

Benefits of Walking 

The # 1 Best Way to Cleanse the Lymphatic System 

Why Walking is the most Underrated form of Exercise 

The Importance of Walking to Public Health

Holistic & Spiritual living

MY DAILY SELF-CARE ROUTINE

If you have been following me for a while, either here on my blog or on my Instagram, then you know how highly I value self-care practices. But what kind of self-care practices do I actually practice daily? I’m going to share some of my favourite daily self-care routines with you today!

 

A little while ago I shared this blogpost about my thoughts upon why I find self-care practices so important, and some tips on different practices you could start practicing in your everyday life.

But, what self-care practices do I actually personally practice daily? That is what I want to share with you today, and hopefully you can find some inspiration to sneak in some more self-care in your daily life.

My daily self-care routine

 

*Drink a cup of warm green tea

The first thing I do in the morning, is to drink a nice cup of warm, green tea. This is one of my favourite things to do. It is so simple, yet it makes me so happy. Just ask my boyfriend how happy I finally got the other day when it was finally ‘cold enough’ again to start drinking tea in the morning (because it has been so hot during this Summer in Denmark). There is just something so soothing and relaxing about a nice cup of warm tea, and I truly love that time of my day.

 

*Wake up early

Along with a good cup of nice tea, I really like to wake up early. Not that I need to get lots of stuff done in the morning necessarily, I just really like to have a slow, relaxing morning, where I can wake up slowly and eat and enjoy my breakfast without having to hurry and run out the door. This really makes such a huge difference for my mood. When I was younger I would rather sleep in, and then stuff some breakfast down my throat and run out the door – but then my mood would not always be the best. Nowadays I always plan to wake up at least 1,5 hours before I need to go anywhere, so that I can slowly wake up and start the day on a slow, lovely and good note.

 

*Have a lovely Skincare routine

I have always loved skincare and the whole practice of cleansing the face, moisturising it, facial massages etc. So I do my best to really take some time to enjoy this little practice in the morning and evening. It doesn’t have to be a long time, just 5-10 minutes of a relaxed time with just me and myself – a time where I really feel like I do something good for my skin and it’s a lovely way to relax and calm down, especially in the evening after a long day.

*Enjoy a Green smoothie

Taking care of myself also means taking care of my body and my health, and I’ve found the easiest way to do so is to get as many greens during the day as possible. It’s not always the easiest if you have a lot to do, but then I’ve found the most delicious recipe for a green smoothie, where I can thereby sneak in lots of extra greens during my day. You can find the recipe for my green smoothie right here – you have to try it!

 

*Spend time with loved ones

My day ALWAYS gets better when I spend time with my loved ones. Either friends or family. And luckily enough I also live together with my boyfriend and our cat. I am such a home-buddy, and I just absolutely love spending time with them – it makes me so happy and completely filled with love.

 

*Keep a Gratitude Journal

One of the best practices, which I’ve talked about a million times in here and on Instagram, is having a gratitude journal. I cannot express how much learning to be grateful for even the smallest things in life, has changed my life completely! So I strive for writing down a couple of things every single day that I feel grateful for – and then take a little second for every thing I write down, to really deeply feel the gratitude in my heart.

 

These are my personal favourite daily self-care practices. Do you also remember to take time to nurture yourself and your soul, and do what makes you happy? What are your favourite things to do? Feel very free to share them below in the comments!

 

Read also: Healthy Lifestyle Tips 

Health

SEED CYCLING – WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT CAN HELP BALANCE YOUR HORMONES

Today we are going to talk about a new concept I’ve come across lately, and that is: Seed Cycling! Just for your information, this is next-level-health-stuff, so some might find this to be a bit too over the top, but if you are like me then you love everything health related, and you are probably constantly looking for new ways to optimise your health, merely out of pure interest, and if that is the case, then this post is for you!

 

So, what exactly is seed cycling?

Seed cycling is about eating different seeds during the different times in your cycle (btw, we are talking about the menstrual cycle). Seed cycling is a way to eat your way back to hormonal balance. By adding seeds like pumpkin, flax, sunflower and sesame seeds to your diet at different phases of your menstrual cycle you can encourage your body to produce, or metabolise hormones which promotes hormonal synergy in the body.

You are very simply using foods to either promote oestrogen detoxification, in the first half of your cycle, or to increase progesterone production in the second half of your cycle. So the concept of seed cycling is simply to eat different seeds for the 2 different phases of your monthly cycle because they help to restore estrogen and progesterone in the body.

Which seeds to eat and when

Follicular phase (start of menstruation to ovulation, around day 1-14)

  • During your follicular phase you eat these seeds daily:
    1 tbs of flaxseeds (Dansk: 1 spsk hørfrø)
    1 tbs of pumpkin seeds (Dansk: 1 spsk græskarkerner)

Luteal phase (start of ovulation to menstruation, around day 15-28)

  • During your luteal phase you eat these seeds daily:
    1 tbs of sunflower seeds (Dansk: 1 spsk solsikkefrø)
    1 tbs of sesame seeds (Dansk: 1 spsk sesamfrø)

*You should either grind the seeds, or soak them in water a couple of hours before consuming them, otherwise it might be too hard for your digestive system

*If you have absolutely no clue which ‘phase’ you are in during your menstrual cycle, then I can recommend using the MyFLO app to keep track on this, and if you want to learn more about the different phases then I can recommend you to read the book ‘Womancode’ by Alisa Vitti

 

How to eat them

I have found the easiest way to eat the seeds is to simply add them into my daily green smoothie. But, I have also read about others who add them into their breakfast, fx in their oatmeal. You can also choose to add them onto different salads.

Why I want to try it out

As mentioned, this concept can be used to help balance out your hormones if they are a bit out of control, fx if you have gotten off the birth control pill, which is the case for me. As you might know if you have followed along in here, I stopped taking the birth control pill in November 2017, and my hormones are still a bit out of balance, which I can see due to smaller hormonal breakouts around my chin and mouth. So, I’ve been trying to search for natural ways to balance out my hormones, and then I came across seed cycling which I am now trying out (along many other things) to try to better my hormonal acne, and just in general restore my health and get my hormones back to a good place again.

 

 

Do you seed cycle, and if so what has your experience with it been like so far? Or, do you want to try it out with me?

Happiness Holistic & Spiritual living

CREATE A SPACE YOU LOVE

This is YOUR life, so why not create it and make it just as you like it! Create a space you love – and not just a physical space, but just as much a mental space you love.

 

Physically

Life is simply too short to surround yourself with things that doesn’t make you happy. Seriously, do you sit at home and just feel like “eh..” over your room, apartment or house? There is really no need to. Start clearing up and throw out all of the things that doesn’t make you happy (for this little project I can recommend Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up“). Hereafter, everytime you bring something new into your life really think about if this is something that makes you happy and excited. Create a home and a create a feeling that inspires you and which makes you feel happy and at home.

I still have a few minor things I would like to change in our apartment, but overall I am so happy with the light and bright apartment my boyfriend and I have, all the plants I have, the himalayan salt lamps, the crystals, all my books and just everything! I really love our home. I especially love my little desk corner (yes exactly, the one on the picture above), which is where I sit most of the day and read homeworks, do work or write on blogposts – and with a cup of tea by my side, that is simply just the best! You know, the small pleasures of life, right?

Mentally

But now we talk about creating a space that you love, then I of course do not just mean the physical space, but just as much the mental space. You are the only person you need to spend your entire life together with. Just think about it for a second, you will always be together with YOU. Therefore, the best thing you can do in life is to learn to love yourself and love your own company. Become your own best friend.

But, how do you do that?

I know, it’s not just as easy-peasy as it sounds. We can be so cruel to ourselves “you look ugly”, “why did you say that?”, “and who exactly do you think you are?” – do you recognise the negative self-talk? I’ve done a tons of this, and I still work on this, but I have gotten so much better, and I love myself now and whenever I start thinking such thoughts I quickly turn them around and apologise to myself.

But Camilla you still didn’t answer the question, how do you actually learn to love yourself?

First of all, you need to start paying attention to the things you say to yourself. Start noticing every time you think negatively about yourself and then stop yourself right there. Become aware of it. Instead tell yourself something you love about yourself, it might be your smile, your eyes, your kindness toward others – anything, just focus on something positive instead. At first it can seem very forced and fake, but eventually you will start believing yourself.

 

A little exercise: Look yourself in the mirror and say “I love you”.

Do this every time you are at the bathroom, fx brushing teeth, cleansing your face or if you just pass a mirror – take a little moment, look at yourself and say these words – and try your very best to believe them, trust me, eventually you will learn to love and accept yourself just as you are.

 

I have lots of other ideas for things you can do to improve your wellbeing, but let’s say this is it for now. Try working on stopping your thoughts every time you find yourself thinking negatively, and do the little mirror exercise, and see how your life slowly starts to become happier, better and you will feel more confident!

By creating a mental space you love, also think about whether you spend your time on the things you love. Do you read books that you find interesting? Do you spend time in nature? Do you spend time with people who you like? Consider these things, and if the answer is not yes, then start changing things – or, if you do not know what you like, start to do some researching, explore – find out what it is that really makes you happy and excited and spend your time on these things!

Read also: 3 Practices that Will Change Your Life

 

Health Holistic & Spiritual living

THE 3 AYURVEDIC DOSHAS

In ayurveda there is 3 different doshas, or constellation types. We all have each of these doshas in us, but we tend to have one or two more dominant doshas. Based on these doshas you can find out what brings you out of balance, and what brings you into balance and what makes you the best version of yourself. If you have no idea what ayurveda is, then I have written a little blogpost about ayurveda in general here, but today I want to write a bit about the 3 different doshas.

The 3 different doshas are vata, kapha and pitta. Below you will find some descriptions about the characteristics for each type and what brings them out of balance and what brings them into balance. You can take ayurveda tests several places online or in books, or you might even be able to see which one is your primary one simply based on the descriptions below.

 

Picture source: Raw Ayurveda

 

Vata – space and air

  • Characteristics: typical slim, small persons. Easy to see bones. Tendency to dry skin. Often have cold hands and feet, speaks fast and sleeps very lightly.
  • Vata in balance: imaginative, enthusiastic, flexible, generous, easily gets friends, ready, happy, creative, good communicator, light body, does not care about routines, ordinary and predictable ways. Learns quickly, loving. Because vata is very cold, light and dry it needs warm, stability and routines.
  • Vata in imbalance: easily gets out of balance during the winter and the cold months, and by stress, hard exercising or too much activity, travelling and instability. Easily gets constipated, shakes easily, easily looses appetite, sleepless, gets anxious, have a hard time making decisions and standing by them, feeling divided, dry skin, cannot stay still, worries a lot, anxious, indecisive, unfocused, do things fast, forgets to eat, gets overwhelmed by too much at once.

 

Kapha – Water and Earth

  • Characteristics: Often big and strong.  Skin is clear and eyes are moisture and beautiful. Hair is typically thick, shiny and waved. Strong appetite, good immune system, moves slowly and calmly, loves to sleep for a long time and deep.
  • Kapha in balance: calm, stable, romantic, grounding, a good support for many people, easy to be in company with, satisfied, generous, loyal, faithful, good health, likes cakes, full of love and compassion, happy for routines, empathic, good memory, loves to eat, sit, relax, sleep, easily gains weight, healthy body, strong teeth, thick hair,
  • Kapha in imbalance: very lazy, depressive, greedy, turns inward, lung issues, slow, sleeps more than  hours per night, feels heavy in body and mind, does not take initiatives, passive, lies on the couch, eats comfort foods, easily gains weight, jealous.

 

Pitta – Fire and Water

  • Characteristics: medium building, is often strong and well proportioned. Have a sensitive skin, a good glow, glittering eyes with a sharp look. Hair is soft and thin. A pitta is warm and soft to touch, they speak sharp and precise.
  • Pitta in balance: have lots of fire and energy inside, a big drive, is ambitious, competitive, leader, ask many questions, interpretive, reflective, energetic, intelligent, sharp focus, organised, impatient, warm, adaptable, strong appetit and thirst, disciplined, principle, perfectionist, independent, strong body, charismatic, passionated, good at businesses, healthy and strong appetit.
  • Pitta in imbalance: impatient, frustrated, highly competitive, arrogant, judgemental, critical, angry, aggressive, burns out quickly, gets inflammations, gets skin rashes, looses hair early, high blood pressure, cynical, needs to cool down, feels exhausted, works too much, is a control freak, diarrhea, stomach problems.

 

Once you know which dosha is your primary, you can also learn how to bring it into balance by learning about what foods are good for you, what kind of exercises are good for you, which routines etc.

I can tell you that I’m without a doubt a primary vata, I’m slim, have a tendency to get easily cold, gets easily stressed out if I have too many things going on, love warm food and drinks and I have tons of ideas,  but sometimes have a hard time sticking to routines – a typical vata. Some of the things I’ve learned through learning about ayurveda is what I can do to get more into balance. I can eat warm, grounding food, remember to relax and slow down and try to stick to some routines.

Ayurveda is a very ancient philosophy which goes hands in hand with yoga and really looks at how you can prevent diseases, illnesses etc. rather than fighting them once they are there.

 

I’m interested to hear – what is your dosha type? Can you identify yourself based on these descriptions? Or have you taken a test?

 

If you want to learn more about ayurveda and doshas, then I can recommend these sources, which is also where I’ve found information for this post from

*Affiliate links have been used, which means that I get a small percentage of the sale, if you buy through this link

Happiness Personal

EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

The past week has been filled with lots of studying, great time with one of my best friends, coming home to valentines day to find that my boyfriend had bought me flowers and chocolate (so sweet, but I might have hinted it a bit too much, cause that is the first time in 5 years that that happens, nevertheless I’m so grateful and I love him so much) and I’ve been on a lovely yoga retreat with Cathrine on Samsø over the weekend <3

As you might have seen on Instagram, I’ve started tongue scraping and it’s incredibly satisfying once you first begin

I’ve also tried to make my very own face cream, and it turned out really well, it’s so thick and moisturising, perfect for dry winter skin!

I spend the weekend in this beautiful place (Mellem-Rummet) at Samsø on a yoga retreat held by Cathrine, and a lot of kind and loving people. We ate lots of delicious, healthy vegan food, practiced yoga, relaxed, drank herbal teas and just had time to just be. So lovely!

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AYURVEDIC PRACTICES

Today I thought I would share some of the ayurvedic practices which I’m using in my everyday life, and you might find some inspiration for some more loving and selfcaring practices.

 

If you don’t know what ayurveda is, then I’ve already written a blog post about it which you can read about right here. I find ayurveda very fascinating and, as mentioned, I’ve already taken several of the ayurvedic practices to me and use them in my everyday life to take better care of myself, health and happiness.

 

Dry brushing

Dry brushing is a very used practice within ayurveda. Dry brushing is where you brush your dry skin, to get rid of dead skin cells, but more importantly to get your blood circulation flowing in your body. Dry brushing before a bath is such a lovely selfcare practice.

 

Oil massage

Just like dry brushing, then giving yourself an oil massage, is also a very practiced ritual within the ayurvedic belief system. Again this is a way to get your blood circulation going, but also just a lovely way to moisturise your skin and get in tune with your own body.

self care

 

Tongue scraping

Tongue scraping is a new ayurvedic practice which I’ve just started to do. Basically you just scrape your tongue to remove dirt from your tongue. You can do this after you brush your teeth and just incorporate it as a daily practice, like brushing teeth. Tongue scraping is a way to not only remove a bad breath, but also a way to, according to ayurvedic beliefs, improve taste and digestion*.

 

Warm food, drinks and clothes

If you have identified which ayurvedic dosha is your primary (vata, kapha, pita), then you can follow some of the practices which are suggested for your type. My primary dosha is vata, and one of my characteristics is that I very easily get cold and freeze. This is so simple and seems very logic, but the ayurvedic practice recommends, especially for vata doshas, to eat warm food, drink warm drinks (herbal teas, golden milk) and dress in warm clothes in order to keep balanced. So I sip on tea almost all day long, wear lots of warm knits and a blanket if I’m at home, and I truly enjoy eating a delicious warm and nourishing vegetable soup or a good dhal.

 

I’m curious to know if you’ve looked into ayurveda? Are you following any of these selfcare practices? And, what dosha type are your primary?

Source: Why everyone should consider tongue scraping 

Health Sustainable & Conscious living

ELIMINATING TOXINS FROM YOUR LIFE

Toxins are small molecules, peptides or proteins that are capable of causing disease on contact with or absorption by body tissues. Toxins are something which affects you and your body’s health and you should strive for avoiding them as much as possible in your everyday life if you want to be as healthy as possible. However, it can be difficult in our age today, because we are exposed to toxins almost all the time without us even being aware of it. But, if you learn which things you can change in your everyday life in order to get less exposed to toxins, then this is a great way to begin if you want to live a healthier life.

Here are some of the different areas in your life where you should be aware of toxins.

Skin, body and hair products
Some of the first things to look at when trying to eliminate toxins from your life are all the products you use on your skin, hair and body. Such as shampoo, conditioner, cleansers, cremes, body lotions, toothpaste, deodorant, make-up etc. You can strive to buy products with more natural ingredients, or you can simple make your own natural products and in that way be completely sure that they only contain natural and pure ingredients.

Cleaning products 
This is an area many people might forget about when trying to clean out in their products at home. But this area is so important, since you clean everything with these products, the sink, your food plates, your kitchen surfaces where you prepare food etc. All these cleaning products that you use in these places will somehow get in contact with you as well.
Here you can find some of the natural cleaning products you can use instead.

Food 
Go for organic food and thereby avoid food which is sprayed with a lot of pesticides. Pesticides does absolutely nothing good for your body.

Clothes 
The clothes you wear is in constant contact with your body, and regular clothes is also full of chemicals. Therefore you should go for buying organic clothes if you really want to avoid as many toxins in your life as possible.


Have you thought about these things before? Or, is there any other area that you think should have been included as well?

 

Read also: Natural and Toxic-Free Cleaning